Reveal for all the light of hope

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
on the on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions

Prayer of the Day
From Pope Saint John Paul II’s Consecration of the Modern World to Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1982, which he renewed in 1983, and his Consecration of All Individuals and Nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, March 25, 1984

“We entrust, O Mary, and consecrate the whole world to your Immaculate Heart!”

Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call!

Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son!

Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world.

In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart.

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us.

From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.

From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world’, sin in all its manifestations.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”

Prayer and Consecration Resources

Question of the Day

What was the message of Fatima?

War is man’s punishment for sin. God desires to give us his peace. Do we desire to receive it? The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three innocent shepherd children and through them tells us how (pray the Rosary daily for peace in the world). More specifically, Our Lady asked the children for prayer, penance, reparation, and sacrifice, which they did with great fervor to help convert and save sinners.

Will we listen and convert, or will we continue to choose war?

Pilgrim of light, peace, and hope

Today Pope Francis arrived in Fatima, Portugal, first as a pilgrim, and also as Christ’s Vicar on earth, to commemorate the centennial of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children. Tomorrow Pope Francis will celebrate a Canonization Mass for two of those children, brother and sister Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto. It is a great day to ask for graces.

Following is the Holy Father made at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. He opens his prayer and repeats again toward the end that the Virgin Mary is both a refuge and also the way to God. God chose to come to us through the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we can be assured that if we go to her, she will lead us to her son, for Jesus himself gave his mother to us and entrusted us to her when he said from the cross to his mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and to his beloved disciple John, “Behold your mother” (John 19:26).

Prayer of the Day
Pope Francis’ prayer of entrustment to the Blessed Virgin of Fatima

Hail Holy Queen,
Blessed Virgin of Fatima,
Lady of Immaculate Heart,
our refuge and our way to God!

As a pilgrim of the Light that comes to us from your hands,
I give thanks to God the Father, who in every time and place
is at work in human history;
As a pilgrim of the Peace that, in this place, you proclaim,
I give praise to Christ, our peace, and I implore for the world
concord among all peoples;
As a pilgrim of the Hope that the Spirit awakens,
I come as a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all,
at the same table that unites us.

Hail, Mother of Mercy,
Lady robed in white!
In this place where, a hundred years ago
you made known to all the purposes of God’s mercy,
I gaze at your robe of light
and, as a bishop robed in white,
I call to mind all those who,
robed in the splendour of their baptism,
desire to live in God
and tell the mysteries of Christ in order to obtain peace.

Hail, life and sweetness,
Hail, our hope,
O Pilgrim Virgin, O Universal Queen!

In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
you keep the joys of men and women
as they journey to the Heavenly Homeland.
In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
you keep the sorrows of the human family,
as they mourn and weep in this valley of tears.
In the depths of your being,
in your Immaculate Heart,
adorn us with the radiance of the jewels of your crown
and make us pilgrims, even as you were a pilgrim.

With your virginal smile,
enliven the joy of Christ’s Church.
With your gaze of sweetness,
strengthen the hope of God’s children.
With your hands lifted in prayer to the Lord,
draw all people together into one human family.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary,
Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Grant that we may follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta,
and of all who devote themselves to proclaiming the Gospel.
Thus we will follow all paths
and everywhere make our pilgrim way;
we will tear down all walls
and cross every frontier,
as we go out to every periphery,
to make known God’s justice and peace.

In the joy of the Gospel, we will be the Church robed in white,
the whiteness washed in the blood of the Lamb,
blood that today too is shed in the wars tearing our world apart.
And so we will be, like you, an image of the column of light
that illumines the ways of the world,
making God known to all,
making known to all that God exists,
that God dwells in the midst of his people,
yesterday, today and for all eternity.

Hail, Mother of the Lord,
Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Blessed among all women,
you are the image of the Church robed in paschal light,
you are the honour of our people,
you are the victory over every assault of evil.

Prophecy of the merciful love of the Father,
Teacher of the Message of Good News of the Son,
Sign of the burning Fire of the Holy Spirit,
teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows,
the eternal truths that the Father reveals to the little ones.

Show us the strength of your protective mantle.
In your Immaculate Heart,
be the refuge of sinners
and the way that leads to God.

In union with my brothers and sisters,
in faith, in hope and in love,
I entrust myself to you.
In union with my brothers and sisters, through you, I consecrate myself to God,
O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima.

And at last, enveloped in the Light that comes from your hands,
I will give glory to the Lord for ever and ever.
Amen.

May we, too, live as pilgrims of light, peace, and hope, consecrated to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, his mother and mother of the Church. To learn more about how the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is a path to Jesus, read True Devotion by Saint Louis de Montfort.

Let us meet at the feet of the Virgin Mother

Tomorrow Pope Francis will arrive in Portugal on pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of  Apparitions of Our Lady to three young shepherd children. At the feet of our Mother, he will present “the brothers and sisters of the world redeemed by His blood without excluding anyone.” Let us join Pope Francis on pilgrimage and be united with him spiritually in prayer and in oneness of heart, pleading for the peace that only Jesus can give, making reparation for those who do not believe and for our own sins.

Video of the Day
Pope Francis’ Message to the People of Portugal in advance of his pilgrimage to Fatima

Quotes of the Day
from Pope Francis’ message to Portugal

 Prayer enlarges our hearts and makes them ready to receive God’s gifts.

Prayer illuminates one’s eyes to know how to see others as God sees them, to love them as he loves them.

I come to you in joy to share with you the Gospel of Hope and Peace.

Behold, I come to do your will

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the day that the history of humanity was changed forever. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus said he came to do his Father’s will, which was to redeem us from our state of sin and death and reunite us with the Father now and for all eternity. The Blessed Virgin Mary imitates her Son when she says Yes to the Father’s plan, to be the mother of the Savior of the world.

Scriptures of the Day

Old Testament Prophecy: Isaiah 7:10–14; 8:10

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us!”

New Testament Fulfillment: Luke 1:26–38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

Psalm: 40:7–8A; 8B–9; 10, 11

Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”

“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.

Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth
in the vast assembly.

What the Church Teaches About Mary
Resources from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception

To Jesus Through Mary

Mary was the channel that God chose to come through to enter the world, to take on our flesh, humanity, and our suffering. Mary is also a channel through which we can go to know her son better, as well as his Holy Spirit. Her work was not limited to a specific time and place. Rather, Jesus allows his mother to continue her work from her privileged place in heaven, distributing graces to all who ask her assistance. Her Yes to God’s will earned her the title of the “New Eve” and “Mother of All Mankind.” Developing a relationship with Mary will help us develop our relationship with Jesus Christ, her son. You should not be afraid that you give too much honor to Mary. No human being will ever honor her more than her own son. To learn how Mary can help us do God’s will, I recommend Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat.

Questions of the Day

  • Whose will are you doing?
  • Will you give God your Yes!?
  • Will you give Mary your Yes! and ask her help in becoming the saint God created you to be?

 

Guided by the star of faith

The Epiphany of the Lord

Gospel Reading of the Day: The Visit of the Magi

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Quote of the Day
From Homily of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, 10th on the Gospels, Ninth Lesson

All things which He had made, bore witness that their Maker was come. Let me reckon them after the manner of men.

  • The heavens knew that He was God, and sent a star to shine over where He lay.
  • The sea knew it, and bore Him up when He walked upon it.
  • The earth knew it, and quaked when He died.
  • The sun knew it, and was darkened.
  • The rocks and walls knew it, and rent at the hour of His death.
  • Hell knew it, and gave up the dead that were in it.

God Among Us

Christmas Carol of the Day: We Three Kings

Questions of the Day

  • How does the natural world reveal God to you?

With the Wise Men, have you set out and do you also

  • See the star shining?
  • Ask “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
  • Search diligently for the child-king?
  • Lay prostrate at the feet of Jesus?
  • Offer your best gifts?

Guided by the Holy Father and Church Fathers

Go in haste to Jesus

New Year’s Day 2017
The Eighth Day of Christmas
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

In 2017, take time to get to know Jesus Christ, Son of God. May His mother, Mary, help you and guide you.

The Blessing of Aaron: Numbers 6:22–26

The LORD said to Moses:
“Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them.”

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:16–21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

To be holy and without blemish before God

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Question of the Day
What does it mean that Mary was immaculately conceived?

In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God’s own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall. — Father William G. Most

Scriptures of the Day

Old Testament: Genesis 3:9–15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree, the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then, from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman, “Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned from all the animals and from all the wild creatures;  on your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”

The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living.

New Testament: Ephesians 1:3–6, 11–12

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

Gospel: Luke 1:26–38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”  But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

Quote of the Day

What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. #487, CCC

Understanding Church Teaching

Prayer

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Hail Mary, pray for us sinners

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary / Our Lady of Victory
Commemoration of the Battle of Lepanto

Saint Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary
Twentieth Rose: The Hail Mary—Explanation 

Are you in the miserable state of sin? Then call on the divine1 Mary and say to her: Ave, which means “I salute thee with the most profound respect, thou who art without sin” and she will deliver you from the evil of your sins.

Are you groping in the darkness of ignorance and error? Go to Mary and say to her: Hail Mary; which means “Hail thou who art bathed in the light of the Sun of Justice” — and she will give you some of her light.

Have you strayed from the path leading to Heaven? Then call on Mary, for her name means “Star of the Sea, the North Star which guides the ships of our souls during the voyage of this life,” and she will guide you to the harbor of eternal salvation.

Are you in sorrow? Turn to Mary, for her name means also “Sea of Bitterness which has been filled with sharp pain in this world but which is now turned into a Sea of the Purest Joy in Heaven” and she will turn your sorrow to joy and your afflictions into consolation.

Have you lost the state of grace? Praise and honor the numberless graces with which God has filled the Blessed Virgin and say to her: Thou art full of grace and filled with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and she will give you some of these graces.

Are you all alone, having lost God’s protection? Pray to Mary, and say: “The Lord is with thee — and this union is far nobler and more intimate than that which He has with Saints and the just — because thou art one with Him. He is thy Son and His Flesh is thy flesh; thou art united to the Lord because of thy perfect likeness to Him and by your mutual love — for thou art His Mother.” And then say to her: “The Three Persons of the Godhead are with thee because thou art the Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity,” and she will place you once more under the protection and care of Almighty God.

Have you become an outcast and have you been accursed by God? Then say to Our Lady: “Blessed art thou above all women and above all nations, by thy purity and fertility; thou hast turned God’s maledictions into blessings for us,” and she will bless you.

Do you hunger for the bread of grace and the bread of life? Draw near to her who bore the Living Bread Which came down from Heaven, and say to her: Blessed be the Fruit of thy womb Whom thou hast conceived without the slightest loss of thy virginity, Whom thou didst carry without discomfort and to Whom thou didst give birth without pain. Blessed be Jesus Who has redeemed our suffering world when we were in the bondage of sin, Who has healed the world of its sickness, Who has raised the dead to life, brought home the banished, restored sinners to a life of grace and Who has saved men from damnation.” Without doubt, your soul will be filled with the bread of grace in this life and of eternal glory in the next. Amen.

Then, at the end of your prayer, pray thus with Holy Mother Church:

“Holy Mary
Holy in body and in soul
Holy because of thy incomparable
And eternal devotion
To the service of God —
Holy in thy great rank
Of Mother of God
Who has endowed thee
With eminent holiness,
A worthy attribute
Of this great dignity.
Mother of God —
And our Mother —
Our Advocate and Mediatrix
Thou who art the Treasurer of God’s graces
And who dost dispense them
As thou seest fit —
Oh, we beg of thee
Obtain for us
Soon
The forgiveness of our sins —
And grant that we may be reconciled
With God’s infinite Majesty.
Pray for us, sinners —
Thou who art always filled with compassion
For those in need —
Thou who wilt never despise sinners
Or turn them away —
For but for them
Thou woulds’t never have been
Mother of the Redeemer,
Pray for us
Now,
During this short life
So fraught with sorrow and uncertainty.
Pray for us now,
Now — because we can be sure of nothing
Except the present moment.
Pray for us now
That we are being attacked night and day
By powerful and ruthless enemies . . .
Pray for us now
And at the hour of our death,
So terrible and full of danger,
When our strength is waning
And our spirits are sinking
And our souls and bodies
Are worn out with fear and pain
Pray for us then
At the hour of our death
When the devil is working
With might and main
To ensnare us and cast us into perdition.
Pray for us
At the turning point
When the die will be cast once and for all
And our lot for ever and ever
Will be Heaven —
Or Hell.
Come to the help of thy poor children,
Gentle Mother of pity:
And, oh, Advocate and Refuge of Sinners,
Protect us
At the hour of our death
And drive far from us
Our bitter enemies,
The devils our accusers,
Those with frightful presence
Fills us with dread.
Light our path
Through the valley of the shadow of death.
Please, Mother
Lead us
To thy Son’s
Judgment Seat
And do not forsake us there.
Intercede for us
And ask thy Son to forgive us
And let us into the ranks of the blessed
Thy elect
In the realm of everlasting glory.
Amen. So be it.”

No one could help admiring the beauty of the Holy Rosary which is made up of two heavenly things: the Lord’s Prayer and the Angelic Salutation. How could there possibly be any prayers more pleasing to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin, or any that are easier, more precious or more helpful than these two prayers? We should always have them in our hearts and on our lips to honor the Most Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ our Savior, and His Most Holy Mother.

In addition, at the end of each decade it is very good to add a Gloria Patri2. . . that is to say: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

Notes:

1. ” . . . the word divine may be used without attributing the nature of Divinity to the person or thing thus qualified. We speak of our own prayers, whether addressed to God or to His Saints, as a divine service. The Psalmist speaks of us all as being gods and sons of the Most High; and yet no one takes offense, because the sense given to the words uttered is understood. Mary may be called divine because Divinely chosen for the divine office of Mother of a Divine Person, Jesus Christ (Cardinal Vaughan, preface to “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” by St. Louis de Montfort).”

2. The “Gloria Patri” was a happy innovation in the recitation of the Rosary. It’s quite probably that it can be attributed to Saint Louis de Montfort himself.

Just a Few Papal Writings on the Rosary

Jesus, love all people of today

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary—in other words, it’s her birthday. Jesus did not keep his mother to himself, but shares her with all his brothers and sisters. As our spiritual mother, she desires nothing more than to form us into other Christs, as she formed her Son in his humanity. And so this day I want to share with you a list of praises to sing and a prayer for imitating Mary, the Christ-Bearer.

Biblical Litany of Our Lady

Greeted by the Angel Gabriel
Full of grace
Mother of Jesus
Mother of the Son of the Most High
Mother of the Son of David
Mother of the King of Israel
Mother by act of the Holy Spirit
Handmaid of the Lord
Virgin, Mother of Emmanuel
You in whom the Word became flesh
You in whom the Word dwelt amongst us
Blessed among all women
Mother of the Lord
Happy are you who have believed in the words uttered by the Lord
Lowly handmaid of the Lord
Called blessed by all generations
You in whom the Almighty worked wonders
Heiress of the promises made to Abraham
Mother of the new Isaac
You who gave birth to your firstborn in Bethlehem
You who wrapped your Child in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manager
Woman from whom Jesus was born
Mother of the Savior
Mother of the Messiah
You who were found by the shepherds with Joseph and the newborn Child
You who offered Jesus in the temple
You who put Jesus in the arms of Simeon
You who marveled at what was said of Jesus
You whose soul a sword should pierce
Mother who were found together with the Child by the Wise Men
Mother whom Joseph took into refuge in Egypt
You who took the Child Jesus to Jerusalem for the Passover
You who searched for Jesus for three days
You who found Jesus again in His Father’s house
Mother whom Jesus obeyed at Nazareth
Model of widows
Jesus’ companion at the marriage feast of Cana
You who told the servants “Do as He shall tell you”
You who gave rise to Jesus’ first miracle
Mother of Jesus for having done with Will of the Father in heaven
Mary who chose the better part
Blessed for having heard the word of God and kept it
Mother standing at the foot of the Cross
Mother of the disciple whom Jesus loved
Queen of the Apostles, persevering in prayer with them
Woman clothed with the sun
Woman crowned with twelve stars
Sorrowful Mother of the Church
Glorious Mother of the Messiah
Image of the new Jerusalem
River of living water, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb

— Composed by A.M. Roguet, published in La Vie Spirituelle and reprinted in the New Saint Joseph Prayer Book #925

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Andrea di Bartolo, circa 1400, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Prayer to Mary the Christ-Bearer

O Mary,
you are a mystery
of faithfulness,
of light,
of perfection.
I love to think of you
as bearer of Christ
for all others.
Every child is for God
and for others.

I feel compelled
as I carry Christ
to others
to remain in the background like you
so that only He may be seen.
I am not running away,
or being detached,
but I am lending Him
my voice,
my face,
my living,
my environment
so that He
may speak
and save
and love
all people of today.

— Anna Teresa Ciccolini, New Saint Joseph’s Prayer Book # 930

Now have a piece of cake and some ice cream.

Into your hands, O Lord

Prayer of the Day
Saint Edmund of Abingdon’s Offering the Day to God

O Lord,
into Your hands,
and into the hands of Your holy Angels,
I commit and entrust this day
myself,
my relatives,
my benefactors,
my friends and enemies,
and all Your Christian people.

By the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and of all Your Saints,
keep us this day
from all evil and unruly desires,
from all sins and temptations of the devil,
from sudden and unprovided death,
and from the pains of hell.

Enlighten my heart
with the grace of Your Holy Spirit.
Grant that I may ever be obedient
to  Your commandments
and never let me be separated from You.

Source: #485, New Saint Joseph People’ Prayer Book, edited by Rev. Francis Evans