|Devotion to Our Lady||
LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical Rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning Star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray:
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ Our Lord.
NINTH DAY OF THE NOVENA (new meditations posted for each day)
Theme: Prepare Your Soul For Temptation
Holy Scripture Says:
“When thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation” (Ecclesiasticus 2:1).
"If thou know not thyself, O fairest among women, go forth, and follow after the steps of the flocks, and feed thy kids beside the tents of the shepherds" (Canticles 1:7).
Reading on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
taken from The Mystical City of God by the Venerable Mary of Agreda
and The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
God allowed St. Anne to undergo grievous trials during her pregnancy. Although Satan did not know that her daughter was to be the Mother of the Savior, he perceived that a strong spiritual influence proceeded from Ann, and therefore he did his best to tempt and disturb and harm her. But she resisted all his attacks with humble fortitude, patience and prayer. Then the enraged Devil tried to make St. Joachim's house crash to the ground, but Mary's protecting angels prevented such an accident from happening. Next, Satan incited some of St. Anne's women friends to treat her with open scorn and mockery because of her late pregnancy. St. Anne did not permit herself to be upset by this injustice, but. in all meekness and humility. she bore the insults and acted with still greater kindness toward these women. In the end, as a result of her prayers, they amended their ways.
Early in September, St. Anne was informed interiorly by the Lord that the time of her daughter's birth was near. Filled with holy joy, she humbly prayed for a happy deliverance and sent for three of her closest women relatives. When she told St. Joachim, he rejoiced and went among his flocks in order to choose the finest lambs, goats and bulls, which he sent to the "temple in care of his servants as an offering of gratitude to the Lord.
One evening the three woman arrived and embraced St. Anne, congratulating her warmly. Standing with them, she poured forth her deep joy and thankfulness in a beautiful spontaneous canticle, which surprised and thrilled her friends. Then, still standing, they took a light meal of bread, fruit and water, after which they went to lie down and rest.
St. Anne prayed until nearly midnight, when she woke her relatives and went with them into her oratory and lit the lamps. From a closet she took a small box containing some relics of the Patriarchs of Israel. Then she knelt before her little altar. While she was praying thus, a supernatural light began to fill the room. Noticing it, the three friends threw themselves onto the floor and hid their faces in awe. Soon the dazzling light entirely surrounded St. Anne, making her invisible.
A moment later she was holding in her hands a beautiful, spotless, radiant baby, which she tenderly wrapped in her cloak and pressed to her heart. With tears of fervent love and joy, she gazed at her child. God gave her to understand that she was to bring up her daughter with all motherly love and care but without any outward show of reverence, while retaining inwardly her profound veneration for the future Mother of the Messias.
Now she herself bathed and wrapped the babe in red and gray swaddling clothes. As the bright mystic light vanished, the three relatives got up and to their keen surprise and joy perceived the lovely child in her mother's arms. Then they sang a hymn of praise and thanks to the Lord while many invisible guardian angels also greeted the tiny Mary with heavenly music.
Later St. Anne retired to her room and lay down on her bed, with her baby in a little cradle next to her, and St. Joachim was called in. The holy old man knelt beside the bed, deeply moved at the sight of this lovely daughter for which he and his dear wife had waited and suffered for twenty long years. While warm tears flowed freely down his cheeks, he carefully took the baby in his arms and sang a fervent hymn of praise to God. Then, as he tenderly embraced his daughter and put her back in the cradle, he murmured with touching humility and piety: "Now I am ready to die!"
"God allowed St. Anne to undergo grievous trials during her pregnancy ... Satan did his best to tempt and disturb and harm her."
“When thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation” (Ecclesiasticus 2:1). God spares nobody when it comes to temptation. Why? Because temptation is the exam that everyone must take, in order to show how well they have assimilated the teachings of the Faith. Holy Scripture speaks of this on numerous occasions:
“God, His way is immaculate, the word of the Lord is tried by fire” (2 Kings 22:31). “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried by the fire, purged from the earth refined seven times” (Psalms 11:7). “As silver is tried by fire, and gold in the furnace: so the Lord trieth the hearts” (Proverbs 17:3). “That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory” (1 Peter 1:7). “Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of Himself” (Wisdom 3:5). “For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation” (Ecclesiasticus 2:5).
“When thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation” (Ecclesiasticus 2:1). “Thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars” (Apocalypse 2:2). “Thou hast proved my heart, and visited it by night, Thou hast tried me by fire: and iniquity hath not been found in me” (Psalms 16:3). “For Thou, O God, hast proved us: Thou hast tried us by fire, as silver is tried” (Psalms 65:10).
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life” (Apocalypse 2:10).
"Anne resisted all his attacks with humble fortitude, patience and prayer."
Prayer is the staple diet of the Christian, or the air that the Christian breathes. Our Lord said: "Without Me, you can do nothing!" (John 15:5). Without His grace we can do nothing. This infernal independent world wants us do things without God. Insanely, some Catholics, though they know in theory that they need God, in practice they live as though they do not need Him—until something goes terribly wrong! Let's face it, prayer for many, if not most, is a secondary thing in their lives. They have time galore for the earthly things in their lives and will often burn the candle at both ends and make all kinds of sacrifices to obtain those earthly goals; but for the spiritual side of life, which as Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange states, is the most important part of life (though I suppose may dispute him on that point), they begrudge having to give the spiritual more time and effort. They can easily schedule extra events into their already busy schedule, but they cannot or will not schedule extra spiritual things into that schedule. As we sow, so shall we reap.
The only way the devil can be resisted is by spiritual means and spiritual exercises. If we have few spiritual exercises, or if they are of a low quality, then we will not have the fuel for the virtues needed to overcome temptation and adversity. St. Anne was able to be humble, courageous and patient because she prayed. She prayed well and she prayed much.
Mary, Mother of God, you are the Virgin who was promised as the Mother of the Savior. After the fall of our First Parents, earth, which was to be paradise, was changed into a valley of tears, on which the curse of God fell. People became the poor banished children of Eve. They roamed about in the darkness of sin and despair. In His infinite mercy, God chose Abraham, who was to be the Father of a Chosen Nation. You were descended from the most renowned men of that nation and counted among your ancestors, patriarchs, prophets, leaders of the people of God and kings of the ancient law. Your birth was represented beforehand by many figures, announced by prophets, desired for many ages by the human race.
Prophets foretold the coming of the Savior and the manner in which the Redemption would take place. They spoke of you as His Virgin Mother and of the part you would play in the Redemption of mankind. Balaam referred to you as a star: "The star which shall arise from Jacob." Isaias called you a Virgin; "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His name shall be Emmanuel." King Solomon described your beauty: "Thou art all fair my beloved, beautiful as the moon, brilliant as the sun."
Mary, My Mother, your birth was awaited as the near sign of the deliverance of the human race. The Church regards you as the rising dawn. As the dawn precedes and announces the coming of the sun, makes the darkness of the night disappear, consoles the sick and rejoices all nature, so you went before and announced Jesus, "The Sun of Justice," who made the darkness of the world disappear by the light of His Gospel, consoled and cured the sick in soul and body and brought an abundance of graces and blessings to the whole world.
Say the Our Father and the Hail Mary.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.