Sunday, September 12, 2010

Blessed Feast of Holy Name of Mary ( September 12 )

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary .
We venerate the Name of Mary because it belongs to her who is the Mother of God, the holiest of creatures, the Queen of heaven and earth, the Mother of Mercy. The object of the feast is the Holy Virgin bearing the name of Mirjam (Mary); the feast commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God and all the graces we have received through her intercession and mediation. It was instituted in 1513 at Cuenca in Spain, and assigned with proper Office to 15 Sept., the octave day of Mary's Nativity.( catholic encyclopedia New Advent )
To ponder the name of Mary is to meditate on all facets of our Redemption, from the still serenity of Bethlehem to the bitter sorrows of Calvary.
"When we talk on earthly subjects or politics, we grow weary," wrote St. John Vianney [+1859], "but when we talk of the Holy Virgin, it is always new."
Like a recitation of the Rosary, which keeps the historical particulars of salvation history ever before our minds and hearts, a meditation on Our Lady's name will bless us with peace and hope in God's endless Mercy .
Our Lord desires that we invoke Mary's Holy Name in our trials and necessities, as did John Sobieski and the Catholic warriors at Lepanto. He has proven this again and again, and the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary is yet another reminder that when we invoke this name, we call upon not only a Queen, not only a Mother , but upon an Intercessor, Advocate and Mediatrix:
"As wax melts before fire, so do the evils lose their power against those souls who remember the name of Mary and devoutly invoke it." [St. Bonaventure + 1274]

Therefore let us faithfully pray the Litany of the Holy Name of Mary

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Son of Mary, hear us.
Son of Mary, graciously hear us.
Heavenly Father, of Whom Mary is the Daughter,
have mercy on us.
Eternal Word, of Whom Mary is the Mother,
have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, of Whom Mary is the spouse,
have mercy on us.
Divine Trinity, of Whom Mary is the Handmaid,
have mercy on us.
Invocations and Response
1. Mary, Mother of the Living God, pray for us.
2. Mary, daughter of the Light Eternal, pray for us.
3. Mary, our light, pray for us.
4. Mary, our sister, pray for us.
5. Mary, flower of Jesse, pray for us.
6. Mary, issue of kings, pray for us.
7. Mary, chief work of God, pray for us.
8. Mary, the beloved of God, pray for us.
9. Mary, Immaculate Virgin, pray for us.
10. Mary, all fair, pray for us.
11. Mary, light in darkness, pray for us.
12. Mary, our sure rest, pray for us.
13. Mary, house of God, pray for us.
14. Mary, sanctuary of the Lord, pray for us.
15. Mary, altar of the Divinity, pray for us.
16. Mary, Virgin Mother, pray for us.
17. Mary, embracing your Infant God, pray for us.
18. Mary, reposing with Eternal Wisdom, pray for us.
19. Mary, ocean of bitterness, pray for us.
20. Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us.
21. Mary, suffering with your only Son, pray for us.
22. Mary, pierced with a sword of sorrow, pray for us.
23. Mary, torn with a cruel wound, pray for us.
24. Mary, sorrowful even unto death, pray for us.
25. Mary, bereft of all consolation, pray for us.
26. Mary, submissive to the law of God, pray for us.
27. Mary, standing by the Cross of Jesus, pray for us.
28. Mary, Our Lady, pray for us.
29. Mary, Our Queen, pray for us.
30. Mary, Queen of Glory, pray for us.
31. Mary, glory of the Church Triumphant, pray for us.
32. Mary, Blessed Queen, pray for us.
33. Mary, advocate of the Church Militant, pray for us.
34. Mary, Queen of Mercy, pray for us.
35. Mary, consoler of the Church Suffering, pray for us.
36. Mary, exalted above the angels, pray for us.
37. Mary, crowned with twelve stars, pray for us.
38. Mary, fair as the moon, pray for us.
39. Mary, bright as the sun, pray for us.
40. Mary, distinguished above all, pray for us.
41. Mary, seated at the right hand of Jesus, pray for us.
42. Mary, our hope, pray for us.
43. Mary, our sweetness, pray for us.
44. Mary, glory of Jerusalem, pray for us.
45. Mary, joy of Israel, pray for us.
46. Mary, honor of our people, pray for us.
47. Mary, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
48. Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us.
49. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, pray for us.
50. Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
51. Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
52. Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us.
53. Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.
54. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
55. Mary, Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us.
56. Mary, Our Lady of Dolors, pray for us.
57. Mary, Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.
58. Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
59. Mary, Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.
60. Mary, Our Lady of La Trappe, pray for us.
61. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us, O Lord Jesus.
Son of Mary, hear us.
Son of Mary, graciously hear us.
I will declare your name unto my brethren.
I will praise you in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Us Pray:

O Almighty God, Who beholds Thy servants earnestly desiring to place themselves under the shadow of the name and protection of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, grant, we beseech You, that by her charitable intercession, we may be delivered from all evil on earth, and may arrive at everlasting joys in Heaven, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ , in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen

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O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to thee, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through thy immaculate hands.

Since thou look with special kindness on those who wear thy Scapular, I implore thee to strengthen my weakness with thy power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom, and to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may repay each day my debt of humble homage to thee.

May thy Holy Scapular bring me thy special protection in my daily struggle to be faithful to thy Divine Son and to thee. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to imitate thy virtues.

From now on, I shall strive to live in God's Presence, and offer all to Jesus through thee. Dearest Holy Mother, support me by thy never-failing love and lead me to paradise through the merits of Christ and thy own intercession. Amen.


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