There are TEN (10) Marian Feast days to close out 2015
Let us ask her for return to purity, modesty, peace, and for graces for massive
repentance for reconciliation and restoration of souls to God!
I wanted to share with you reflections on the three beautiful feast days that are coming up on September 8th, 12th, and 15th, I thought you might want to join me in an effort to return to decency of behavior, modesty in choice of clothing. Now, more than ever, it is important to remember Our Lady of Fatima's words to Jacinta: "New fashions will be introduced that will greatly offend Our Lord," and "More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than any other sin."
A gift that would console the Heart of our Holy Mother Mary would be to pray, make a small sacrifice, and try to raise our awareness, and that of others, about the importance of dressing with dignity, not only when visiting the holy Church of God, but at all times and in all places. Thank you for considering this topic as you think about how to honor Our Mother on her feast days this month. Feel free to copy the ideas and to spread them as God leads you!
SEPTEMBER 8th, BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Start Novena on August 30th for Marriage and Family
To thee, O Queen of Prophets, foreseen by them, Mother of God and of His people, to thee we have recourse in our necessities, confident that as thou thyself art the fullfilment of prophecy, so thou will desire the fullfilment of thy own words, bringing out of all generations, N_______, to call thee blessed. Say to all the erring for whom we beseech thee, and especially to N________, "Thy light has come." Say but one word to thy Son, and the glory of the Lord shall rise upon them, and the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and so they, wondering at the star, will follow into the house of bread, where, finding thy Child with thee, they will eat of the true bread and live forever, possessing joy and gladness, while sorrow and sadness will disappear. O thou who art omnipotent in prayer, at whose request thy Son worked his first miracle, beg Him to say: "I the Lord will do this suddenly in its time," and grant to hose for whom we pray, that they may draw water with joy at the fountains of the Savior. May it be granted to us all to be united with thee, O Mother, in singing the Magnificat to Him thy Son, our Lord Jesus.
Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of Prophets
From the earliest centuries of the Catholic Church, Christians have addressed suppliant prayers and hymns of praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the hope they have placed in the Mother of the Saviour has never been disappointed. They have looked upon Her as Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of Prophets, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Martyrs, Queen of Virgins. Because of Her eminence, She is indeed entitled to the highest honors that can be bestowed upon any creature. Saint Gregory Nazianzen called Her Mother of the King of the entire universe, and the Virgin Mother who brought forth the King of the entire world.
Devotion to Queenship of Mary
RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL PRAYERS:
LITURGY OF THE HOURS, THE ANGELUS, HOLY ROSARY, MASS, ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT; CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART IN UNION WITH THE MOST SA RED HEART, CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCCY. For all members of Legion of Mary, daily Rosary and Catena (this is the Magnificat prayer beginning with, and ending with an antiphon).
DAILY PRAYERS ENCOURAGED
Begin on Aug. 7th; Prayer on same page.
Feast of Our Lady of Knock is on Aug. 20th
Aug. 26th-Our Lady of Cestochowa
Aug. 22nd-Queenship of Mary
Prayer on same page.
Prayer for Vocations
O Most Blessed Mother, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today especially (specially intention)
We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or alone or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever. Amen.
The month of August (Overview - Calendar) is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (a time to pray the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; to consecration ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary). The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.
This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.
On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.
Excerpted from The Prayer Book by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart
Pope Paul VI, on the floor of the Vatican Council at the close of the third session, renewed publicly the consecration of the Church and the world to Mary's Immaculate Heart. He said that his thoughts turned to the whole world "which our venerated predecessor Pius XII . . . not without inspiration from on high, solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. . . . O Virgin Mary, Mother of the Council, to you we recommend the entire Church." When he visited Fatima on May 13, 1967, the same Pope recalled this "consecration which we ourselves have renewed on November 21, 1964 — we exhort all the sons of the Church to renew personally their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of the Church and to bring alive this most noble act of veneration through a life ever more in accord with the divine will and in a spirit of filial service and of devout imitation of their heavenly Queen."
Before making a consecration it is most desirable to make a careful preparation extending over some period of time. One good way to make that preparation is described in the last part of St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion book.
The most essential thing is not making an act of consecration, with or without some solemnity, though that is important. The essential thing is to live that consecration.
Living a consecration could be described as following three attitudes or spirits:
Union — Imitation of Jesus and Mary, so as to become like them, and trying to develop as constant as possible a realization of His and her presence.
Dependence — Give to Jesus and Mary the right to dispose of everything we have, temporal and spiritual.
Obedience — Jesus and Mary have the right to ask us to do anything at all, even without reward. In consecration, we recognize that right, give it on a basis of love, and plan to carry it out with fullest generosity.
St. Maximilian Kolbe liked to speak of the relation of consecration to our baptismal promises, in which we promised to renounce satan and all his works, and to follow Jesus, by whom we are "sealed" in baptism as His property. Consecration is the fullest kind of response to and carrying out of these promises. Mary, in view of her Immaculate Conception, was most fitted to respond most fully, and that she did, with a fullness and perfection beyond our ability to visualize — for we recall that Pius IX told us that even at the start of her existence, her holiness was so great that "none greater under God can be thought of, and no one but God can comprehend it."
Excerpted from Our Father's Plan, Fr. William G. Most
Reparation to the Immaculate Heart
Our very consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary calls upon us to make reparation for the offenses that we and others have committed against her. The Church, in inviting us to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart, implicitly calls upon us for this reparation. But more explicitly, and even before Fatima, Saint Pius X offered a plenary indulgence to all who on the first Saturday of the month would observe special devotions in honor of the Immaculate Virgin in a spirit of reparation for the blasphemies uttered against her.
There is, however, an even more basic reason why each one of us owes reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: every sin of ours caused grief and suffering to her in union with her divine Son. For sin was the cause of that terrible day on Calvary when she, as the New Eve, shared in the torment of the great sacrifice, and, amidst indescribable pain, brought forth spiritually all the members of the Mystical Body of her divine Son. God willed that Mary should be intimately associated with His Son in bearing the burden of all sin; surely then, her Immaculate Heart, in union with His divine Heart, should receive reparation from us who have caused them such pain. If anyone causes hurt to even a very ordinary human being, he does not overlook the need to make amends. How much more do we owe to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Excerpted Mary In Our Life, Fr. William G. Most
Or Novena to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary II
Majestic Queen of Heaven and Mistress of the Angels, you received from God the power and command to crush the head of satan. Therefore, we humbly beg of you, send forth the legions of Heaven, that under your command they may seek out all evil spirits, engage them everywhere in battle, curb their pride, and hurl them back into the pit of hell. “Who is like unto God?”
With firm confidence we present ourselves before you, our most loving Mother, afflicted and troubled as we are, and we beg you to let us understand the love you have for us by granting this petition, if it is according to the Will of God and profitable for our salvation: (mention your request).
Good and tender Mother, you shall ever be our hope and the object of our love. Mother of God, send forth the Holy Angels to defend us and drive far from us the cruel foe. Holy Angels and Archangels, defend and keep us.
Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima making reparation every First Saturday,
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with the Most Sacred
Heart of Jesus
Pray for conversions of self and many sinners with daily Holy Rosary, adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, regular practice of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, receive Holy Eucharist at Mass, and on First Saturdays make these offerings in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (for first Saturday devotion: Plenary Indulgence is obtained by an aversion to sin, receiving Holy Communion, Sacrament of Reconciliation, praying one Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be, for the intentions and physical well-being of our Holy Father within 8 days before or after the devotion); and especially during the months from May 13th, Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima; also pray to Our Lady of Fatima on every 13th day of every month till October 13th. Additionally, during these months, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Brighton, MA, there is Holy Rosary with procession of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at 8PM, on the grounds of the Shrine followed by Benediction.
Pope St. John Paul II had said: 'The final message of Fatima is more relevant today than in 1917': the First Saturday devotion to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and praying for the conversion of sinners, must begin with ourselves.
Prayer of Consecration to Mary
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country. We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion. We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him. We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day. We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do. Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven. so on earth. Amen.
Aug. 15th-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
Month of the Immaculate Heart is August; also listed are other Marian Feasts
till end of Year
MARIAN PRAYERS / NOVENAS
Regular visits to the Lord's Throne of Mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
September 8 Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 12 The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 15 Our Lady of Sorrows
September 19 Our Lady of La Salette
September 24 Our Lady of Walsingham, Feast of Our Lady of Ransom
October 7 Most Holy Rosary
November 16 Our Lady of Mercy
November 21 Presentation of Mary
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Almighty and Eternal God, in your unfailing love you provide ministers for your Church. We pray for those whom you call to serve the Church of ___________ as priests inspire in them a generous response. Grant them courage and vision to serve your people. May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence of your Spirit among us that, faithful to the Gospel and blessed with the hope of Jesus the Christ, we may: announce glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, set prisoners free and renew the face of the earth.
Prayer For Peace
Almighty and Eternal Father, God of wisdom and mercy, Whose Power exceeds all force arms and Whose protection is the strong defense of all who trust inThee, enlighten and direct, we beseech Thee those who bear heavy responsibility of government, throughout the world in these days of stress and trial. Grant them the strength to stand firm for what is right and the skill to dispel the fears that foment discord; inspire them to be mindful of the horrors of atomic war for victor and vanquished alike, to Beck conciliation in truth and patience, to see in every man a brother, that the people of all nations may in our day enjoy the blessings of a just and lasting peace.Conscious of our unworthiness, we implore Thy mercy on us in a sinful world in the name of Thy Divine Son, the Prince of Peace and through the intercession of His Blessed Mother and all the saints, Queen of
All Saints pray for us.
Queen of the Holy Rosary pray for us.
Queen of Peace pray for us.
Novena to Assumption of the Virgin Mary
begin on Aug. 7th
Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity. Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven. From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request). When the hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God For all eternity with you.
Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary