A tribute to: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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This feast is celebrated on the 31st May to conclude May – a month dedicated to our Bl. Mother. Pope Pius XII instituted this feast. He hailed her as: “O most sweet Mother of Him who is King by right, by inheritance, and by conquest.”

He asked the special aqueen-of-heaven-robeid of the Queen of Heaven and earth for those who do not yet know Her divine Son, and for the persecuted members of the Church that they may never yield under unjust compulsion.

“Reign over the minds of men, that they may seek only what is true; over their wills, that they may follow only what is good; over their hearts, that they may love only what You yourself love.”

The prayers below are those of the Traditional Latin Mass for today. For those who attend the Novis Ordo Mass, : the Introit and Collect (sometimes referred to as the Prayer) are equivalent to the Entrance antiphon and Opening Prayer; the Lesson (or Epistle) is the (one and only) Reading; the Gradual is equivalent to the Responsorial Psalm. The Gospel and Offertory antiphon are self explanatory; the Secret is said after the offertory and before the Preface. The preface itself is a special one for feastdays of Our lady. The Communion and Post Communion are read towards the end of Mass.

The prayers are so beautiful,  I felt I had to share them.

They are a good source of meditation.

 

INTROIT
Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate the feast in honour of our Queen, the Blessed Virgin, upon which the angels rejoice and praise the Son of God. 
Ps. 44:2. 
My heart overflows with good tidings; I sing my song to the king. 
V
. Glory be . . .

COLLECT
O Lord, bestow peace in this life and glory in the life to come upon all who celebrate the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen. Through our Lord . . .

LESSON Eccli. 24:5, 7, 9-11, 30-31
I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the firstborn before all creatures; I The_Epistledwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of a cloud. I have stood in all the earth and in every people, and in every nation I have had the chief rule; and by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all the high and low. He who hearkens to me, shall not be confounded, and they who work by me, shall not sin; they who explain me shall have life everlasting.

GRADUAL Apoc. 19:16; Ps. 44:10
Upon His cloak and upon His thigh He has written the name: King of kings and Lord of lords.
V. The queen stands at His right hand, clad in robes of gold from Ophir.

Alleluia, alleluia! V.
Hail, O Queen of mercy. Shield us from our enemy, and receive us at the hour of death. Alleluia!

GOSPEL Luke 1:26-33
At that time, And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON
Mary has come forth from a royal race and is crowned with glory. We earnestly plead with heart and soul for the assistance of Her prayers.

SECRET
O Lord, receive the gifts of Your jubilant Church and let them assist us toward salvation through the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen. Through our Lord . . .
 
COMMUNION ANTIPHON
O Ever-Virgin Mary, the most royal Queen of the world who gave birth to Christ the Lord, the Savior of all men, obtain peace and salvation for us.

POSTCOMMUNION
We have celebrated the Sacred Mysteries with joy, O Lord, on this feast of Holy Mary, our Queen. May the Sacrifice that we have jubilantly offered in Mary’s honor bring us to our eternal salvation through Her intercession. Through our Lord . . . 

The hymns we sang at Mass today were:

Chorus:

On this Day, O Beautiful Mother
On this day we give thee our love.
Near thee Madonna, fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.

1. On this day we ask to share, 
Dearest Mother thy sweet care;
Aid us ere our feet astray, 
Wander from thy guiding way.  Chorus

2.Queen of angels, deign to hear
Lisping children’s humble pray’r;
Young hearts gain, O Virgin pure,
Sweetly to thy self allure.  Chorus


O Sanctissima, O Piissima,
Dulcis Virgo Maria,
Chorus: Mater amata, intemerata
Ora, ora pro nobis.

Tota pulchra es, O Maria,
Et macula non est in te. Chorus
Hail Queen of heaven
the ocean star, Guide of the wand’rer here below; Thrown on life’s surge, we claim thy care; Save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea, pray for the wanderer, pray for me. O gentle, chaste and spotless maid, We sinners make our prayers through thee; Remind thy Son that he has paid The price of our iniquity. Virgin most pure, star of the sea, Pray for the sinner, pray for me. Sojourners in this vale of tears, To thee, blest advocate, we cry; Pity our sorrows, calm our fears, And soothe with hope our misery. Refuge in grief, star of the sea, Pray for the mourner, pray for me. And while to Him who reigns above, In Godhead One, in Persons Three, The Source of life, of grace, of love, Homage we pay on bended knee. Do thou, bright Queen, star of the sea, Pray for thy children, pray for me. (John Lingard 1771-1851)

 

 

 

Our Lady Help of Christians: Feast day 24th May

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OL Help of ChrLet us not forget our dearest Mother on this day. She has been ignored this month (May) and on many other feastdays… ( the Assumption, Immaculate Conception,…etc). We desperately need her now!

The invocation Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians ) originated in the sixteenth century. In 1576 two  litanies were published that were used at Lorreto.  One of these (“Aliae litaniae B.M.V.”) is identical with the litany of Loreto, and was  approved by Clement VIII in 1601. It is now used throughout the entire Church.

According to the Roman Breviary, Pius V inserted the invocation in the Litany  of Loreto after the battle of Lepanto. It is possible that the warriors returning from the Battle of Lepanto (on 7th Oct. 1571, visited the sanctuary of Loreto, and saluted the Holy Virgin there for the first time with this new title.

The history of the feastday dates back to the 1800’s.

Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pius VI who died in jail. When Pope Pius VII was elected he too was jailed by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner  The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.

OL H of Ch AUstThe feast day of Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844. The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness.

St Mary's cathedral DSydney

When Australia became the first country to have Mary Help of Christians as Patroness, it became the first country to have a mother-cathedral under the same title.

Let us ask our dear Mother – the Help of all Christians – who with the help of that most powerful weapon, the Holy Rosary, saved Europe from the enemy at Lepanto in 1571; in Vienna in 1683; in 1716 in Peterwardsein in Hungary; in 1955 in Austria against the communists; in 1966 in Brazil and in 1975 in Portugal where communist rule was averted.

We turn to her now under her most powerful titles, amongst them being – Mother of Salvation, Our Lady Help of Christians, and Our Lady Queen of the Rosary to lead us in this battle against the enemy which confronts the whole world .

 

Sources:  http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=8851 and

     https://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2012/2012523_1553.shtml

Meditation on the Cross

This is a beautiful meditation on the Cross from “America Needs Fatima”

The story is of a Spanish knight, leaving his castle, his wife and child behind in order to lead his men to fight the Moors.He is captured and enslaved.

He does not know if his family knows of his whereabouts, in order to raise ransom money to free him. A life-sized Crucifix hangs above the town, for the pure purpose of being blasphemed and spat upon. He vows that if he is freed, he will return for the Cross. After 10 years, when it seems that he can be freed, he has a huge decision to make  – to choose between the Cross and his family!

“The weight of the Cross” is a beautiful meditation on the Cross.

Read the full story here:

https://americaneedsfatima.org/Family-Series/the-weight-of-the-holy-cross.html

Prayer before a Crucifix

BEHOLD, O kind and most sweet Jesus,

I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,

and with the most fervent desire of my soul,

pray and beseech  Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart,

the lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity,

with true repentance for my sins and a firm desire of amendment:

whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself

and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds,

having before mine eyes the words which of old,

the prophet David spoke in prophecy of Thee, O good Jesus:

They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones [Psalm 21, 17, 18].

Say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Catholic Church and the intentions of the Holy Father.

A plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, may be gained by those who shall say this prayer with devotion before an image of our crucified Redeemer.

A partial indulgence may also be gained for each devout recitation.

More Archangel Prayers

Prayer to Saint Gabriel

Blessed St. Gabriel, the Archangel,

We beseech thee to intercede for us ast the throne of divine mercy:

As thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation,

so through thy prayers may we receive strength of faith

and courage of spirit,

 and thus find favour with God and redemption.

Through Christ Our Lord.

May we sing the praise of God our Saviour

with the angels and saints in heaven

forever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer to Saint Raphael

Blessed St Raphael, the Archangel,

We beseech thee to help us in all, our needs and trials of life,

as thou, through the power of God,

didst restore sight and give guidance to young Tobit.

We humbly seek thine aid and intercession that our souls may be healed,

our bodies protected from all ills,

and that through divine grace

we may be made fit to dwell in the eternal Glory of God in heaven.

Amen.

Prayer of Consecration to St Michael

Oh, most noble Prince of the Angelic hierarchies,

valorous warrior of Almighty God, and zealous lover of His glory,

terror of the rebellious angels,and love and delight of all the just,

my beloved Archangel Saint Michael,

desiring to be numbered among your devoted servants,

I, today, offer and consecrate myself to you,

and place myself, my family and all I possess

under your most powerful protection.

I entreat you not to look at how l;ittle I,

as your servant have to offer,

being only a wretched sinner,

but to gaze rather with favourable eye at the heartfelt affection

with which this offering is made,

and remember that if from this day onward,

I am under your patronage,

you must assist me, and procure for me

the pardon of my many grievous offences and sins,

the grace to love with all my heart my God,

my dear Saviour Jesus and my sweet Mother Mary,

and obtain for me all the help necessary to arrive to my crown of glory.

Defend me always from my spiritual enemies,

particularly in the last moments of my life.

Come then oh glorious Prince

and succour me in my last struggle,

and with your powerful weapon

cast far from me,

into the infernal abysses that prevaricator and proud angel

that one day you prostrated in the celestial battle.

Accompany me then to the throne of God to sing with you,

Archangel Saint Michael and all the Angels, praise, honour and glory

to the One who reigns for all eternity. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady Queen of the Angels to help fight the demons

August Queen of Heaven,sovereign Mistress of the Angels,

who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the Serpent’s head,

we beseech thee to send thy holy Angels, that under thy command and by thy power,

they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy Angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels help and defend us. “

This prayer has a partial indulgence attached to it.

Note: See also post under Catholic church Doctrine and Teachings dated 10th August, 2015

Urgent prayers needed at this time!

Being mindful of the issues facing the Church at this time, and the fight our own dear Bishops are putting up. We need to pray more earnestly for courage and strength for our shepherds. Following is  a prayer for our own Archbishop, who has been fighting the good fight. (You can change the words “head of your Church in Sydney” according to your own circumstances if you reside elsewhere).

Prayer for Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (on the occasion of his investiture as the ninth archbishop of Sydney on 25th July,2015)

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,

look favourably on your servant

whom you have set at the head of your Church of Sydney as her shepherd;

grant, we pray, that by word and example

he may be of service to those over whom he presides;

so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,

he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer for Protection of the Sacrament of Marriage. (sponsored by the Confraternities of Catholic clergy in Australia, Ireland, Great Britain and America)

Father in Heaven,

you have ordered the Sacrament of Marriage and the gift of life

as images of your Divine Life with the Son in the Holy Spirit.

We pray that the teaching of the church on the true meaning of marriage and human sexuality

may be proclaimed with ever greater love, courage and hope, and be received in our world with deep gratitude.

We ask for the intercession of all the saints in Heaven:

Holy Mary, Mother of Nazareth – pray for us;

Saint Joseph – pray for us;

Saint Thomas Moore – pray for us;

Saint Therese of Lisieux – pray for us;

Blessed Louis and  Zelie Martin – pray for us.