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ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

BEADS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Composed by St John Berchmans, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Our Lady, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Method of saying. – “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

First Set of Beads. – “Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times. Gloria once.

Second Set. – Same prayers. Third Set. – Same prayers.

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LO! MARY IS EXEMPT FROM STAIN OF SIN

Lo! Mary is exempt from stain of sin,

Proclaims the Pontiff high;

And earth applauding celebrates with joy

Her triumph, far and high.

 

Unto a lowly timid maid she shows

Her form in beauty fair.

And the Immaculate Conception truth

Her sacred lips declare.

 

O honoured cave, by Mary’s smile adorned!

O hallowed rock, whence spring

The living waters of a gushing stream,

The gifts of life to bring.

 

And thither from the far most bounds of earth

The pilgrims wend their way,

And suppliant around the Virgin’s shrine

Her powerful help they pray.

 

The sufferers’ cry the Mother fondly hears,

And grants the longed-for grace;

And health restored, the pilgrim throng returns

Unto its native place.

 

O Virgin! have compassion on our needs,

Refresh us labouring on;

Obtain for us the joys of heavenly life,

When sorrow is all gone.

 

All praise and honour to the Father be,

And to his only Son,

And to the Spirit, power of both, for aye,

In Godhead ever One. Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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O STAINLESS MOTHER OF THE LORD (HYMN)

O stainless Mother of the Lord,

While we thy glory chant,

A gracious ear to us accord

And heavenly favour grant.

 

A sad inheritance we own –

In guilt our lives begin:

Exempt from Adam’s fall alone,

Thou never knewest sin.

 

Prone on the earth beneath thy heel

The serpent’s head remained;

Thou only dost to heaven reveal;

An origin unstained.

 

Do thou whose glory takes away

The shame of Mother Eve,

Accept the tribute that we pay

And all our wants relieve.

 

From Satan’s every dart and snare

Our weakened soul defend,

That so thy glory we may share

In joys that never end.

 

All honour, laud, and glory be,

O Jesu, Virgin-born, to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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NOVENA PRAYER IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

NOVENA PRAYER IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
(The Immaculate Conception: 8th December)

Immaculate Virgin Mary, you were pleasing in the sight of God from the first moment of your conception in the womb of your mother, St Anne. You were chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe the teaching of Holy Mother the Church, that in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race and your beloved Son, you were preserved from all stain of original sin. I thank God for this wonderful privilege and grace He bestowed upon you as I honour your Immaculate Conception.
Look graciously upon me as I implore this special favour: (mention your request).
Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from your throne in Heaven turn your eyes of pity upon me. Filled with confidence in your goodness and power, I beg you to help me in this journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. I entrust myself entirely to you, that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may always live a humble and pure life. I consecrate myself to you forever, for my only desire is to love your Divine Son Jesus.
Mary, since none of your devout servants has ever perished, may I, too, be saved. Amen

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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PRAYER ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O God, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin you prepared a worthy dwelling place for your Son. Through the death, that was yet to take place, of that same Son, you preserved her free from all stain; may we, purified through her intercession, be made worthy to come into your presence.

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.

 
 

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PLANTING A MARY GARDEN – A GARDEN FOR THE SPIRIT

÷ THE PRAYER OF GARDENING ÷

PLANTING A MARY GARDEN AND WATCHING IT GROW IS A SOURCE OF CONTEMPLATION AND BEAUTY FOR THE WHOLE PARISH. YOU CAN ALSO TRY IT AT HOME OR IN PLANTERS ON THE BALCONY OF YOUR APPARTMENT, ADJUSTING THE CHOICE OF FLOWERS TO THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA YOU LIVE IN. TRADITIONALLY, ACCORDING TO MEDIEVAL HISTORIANS, MARIAN GARDENS WERE SMALL ENDEAVOURS. MARIAN GARDENS AND WINDOW BOXES CAN ALSO SUPPLY FLOWERS TO ADORN MARIAN SHRINES AND STATUES.

“As a child I was always encouraged to create a Marian altar in my room during the months of May and October…I thought it time to resurrect this custom on a slightly larger scale. It is the practice within many parishes to create an Easter garden, usually within the body of the church, in order to create a powerful visual image of the new life of the resurrection linked with the blossoms and buds of the burgeoning life of spring. This article aims to extend this liturgical centrepiece in what seems a natural progression, to the grounds of the church itself with the planting of a Mary garden.

The nature of gardening forces a connection with the mud and rain, the stones and the weeds, the spade and the soil and the very activity of cleaning and planting can be part of the prayer of the garden itself. Therefore, the connection with God is not only achieved in the summative achievement of the garden, but also in its formative creation. This enterprise might also provide an opportunity to link parishioners from different aspects and ages of parish life, with silver haired, green-fingered members of the community working alongside members of your First Eucharist or Confirmation groups. Within such collaborations seeds of friendship may be planted which allow the parish garden to flourish in a multitude of ways…”

SOME OF THE FLOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR LADY

• “LILIES – (Easter or Madonna lilies and lilies-of-the-valley): white colour and sweet fragrance symbolise Mary’s purity, humility, loving obedience to God’s will.

• IRIS – (old-fashioned names were ‘flag’ or ‘sword lily’): the deep-blue colour symbolises Mary’s fidelity, and the blade-shaped foliage denotes the sorrows that ‘pierce her heart’.

• GLADIOLUS – (the name comes from the Latin word for sword): sword-shaped leaves also symbolise ‘piercing sorrows’.

• BABY’S BREATH – symbolises innocence and purity; also the breath and power of the Holy Spirit.

• IVY – evergreen stands for eternity, faithfulness.

• VIOLETS – delicacy, colour, sweet scent and heart-shaped leaves refer to Mary’s constancy, humility and innocence.

• BLUE COLUMBINE – (from the Latin word for dove, ‘columba’): a circle of petals thought to resemble doves and is a symbol of fidelity.

• MARIGOLD – (calendula; ‘English’ or ‘pot marigold’ and common garden or ‘French marigold’): named in honour of Mary (‘Mary’s gold’), symbolises her simplicity, domesticity and also, sometimes denoted Mary’s sorrows.

• CARNATIONS – pink or red colour symbolises love, life. The colour and spicy fragrance can also refer to the crucifixion, ‘love unto death’.

• ROSE – regarded as the ‘queen of flowers’, and often symbolises Mary, the Queen of Heaven. Also an almost universal symbol of perfect love, its colour, perfection of form, and fragrance, as well as its thorns signifies Mary’s role in salvation history as the Mother of God the Saviour who was crowned with thorns and shed His blood on the Cross for love of mankind. The rose, arising from a thorny bush, also signifies Mary, the Mystical Rose, ‘our fallen Nature’s solitary boast’, who alone of the human race was conceived without sin. It also may contain a parallel with the fiery thorn bush from which God SPOKE to Moses: Mary, immaculately conceived, was the means through which God BECAME Man, the Word made flesh.”

WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.springfieldop.org (external link): “This is the site of the Dominican sisters in Springfield, Illinois and its focus on ‘Gardening as Prayer’ provides a perfect starting point for the spiritual gardener. ‘In the prayer of gardening we come to know that deep within the soul is an inner garden of great importance. There we discover what it means to be more truly human and to relate to one another and all creation in love.’ The idea of starting off any gardening with this thoughtful reflection places a different hue on the enterprise itself, reminding us all that we are the flowers and fruits of the Ultimate Creator. The site also contains links to other types of prayer such as the contemplative Prayer Walk and Praying the Rosary. There’s not a lot to read, but what is there is intuitive and serene…”

http://www.fisheaters.com (external link): “This well presented site offers an exhaustive list of plants, shrubs and herbs for the Mary Garden. Although it does not have pictures of each plant, it does suggest other plants that can be used to mark the liturgical year and help it to come to life…”

http://campus.udayton.edu (external link): “This site is a comprehensive guide to all things associated with the Mary garden. It is text heavy, which is a shame when we are talking about such visual joys as plants and gardens, however if you negotiate you will find all sorts of interesting bits. I particularly liked the ‘My Garden Prays’ section which details prayers inspired by particular plants and ends with the invocation of the Rev. James J. Galvin, CSSR: ‘Gardens should pray! Gardens should remind children of their Mother. Gardens should be holy places that keep minds fresh and unsullied as Madonna lilies. Gardens should chime with names that ring like the Litany of Loreto. And gardens, if they are truly Mary Gardens, will naturally lead to Christ.'”
– The above are excerpts of an article by Maureen Glackin entitled, “Getting Resourced: The Mary Garden – a garden for the spirit”, published in The Pastoral Review, May/June 2010, Vol. 6, Issue 3

 
 

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THE SPIRITUALITY OF BL. JOHN DUNS SCOTUS: MARY IMMACULATE

IF WE ALLOW GOD’S LOVE INTO OUR LIVES IT WILL ENABLE US TO GROW INTO OUR TRUE SELVES

[The vision of Blessed John Duns Scotus had been inspired by St Francis.] “He saw so clearly that God had planned that His son, for whom the world was created, would be made flesh to live in and rule over that world as Christ the King. From this he argued that the very moment that God had made this decision, then that decision included a human mother, how else would he be made flesh? As Scotus put it: ‘If God wills an end, He must will the means.’

IT WAS INCONCEIVABLE FOR A WOMAN WARPED BY SIN AND SELFISHNESS TO GIVE BIRTH TO AND BRING UP A PERFECT MAN DESTINED TO BE THE KING

This was obviously before creation had taken place in space and time, so His mother would have been conceived perfect in every way, as the mother of the Word to be made flesh, or if you like, Immaculate. She would be totally free from sin. When sin did eventually stain humankind God made sure that the human mother of His son remained exactly as He had originally conceived her, otherwise His plan would be in jeopardy. It was inconceivable for a woman warped in sin and selfishness to give birth to and bring up a perfect man destined to be the King that He claimed to be before Pilate. It was for these reasons among others that at the beginning of the 14th century, Scotus was the greatest champion of the Immaculate Conception…

LOVE DIFFERENTIATES

The moment the famous Jesuit mystic, Teilhard de Chardin had heard about Scotus’ teaching, he immediately replied, ‘Voila! La theologie de l’avenir’ (There it is, the Theology of the future). So many of Chardin’s ideas not only resonated with those of Scotus, but added to them and even enhanced them. One thing Chardin did say that was relevant to what Scotus stood for was this: LOVE DIFFERENTIATES. In other words, love makes things different. The prayer inspired by St Francis ends with these words: ‘It is in giving that we receive.’ In other words, when we try to love God, in the very act of loving we receive His love in return, and this love enables us to grow into our true selves, and in becoming our true selves we all become different. That’s why Scotus taught that love is the principle of individuation. There’s an old saying: ‘people are the same the world over.’ And it’s true, self-centred people are the same the world over.

THE TRUE SELF WE BECOME IS MILES AWAY FROM THE DRINKING PALS WE LEAVE BEHIND

They are like a handful of different seeds. Even an expert horticulturist would find it difficult to distinguish one from another, because they all tend to look the same, they all seem to be turned in on themselves. But, put them in good soil, water them and make sure that they get plenty of sunlight, and see what happens. Then, when they bloom they will all become totally different, each manifesting God’s beauty in many totally different ways.

If human care can do this for common seed, what can God’s love do when it is allowed to enter into human beings? It will enable them to grow into their true selves. Then, as they become their true selves, they will gradually become more and more different from the crowd from whom they were hardly distinguishable before.

Francis was a case in point, he was just one of the boys before his conversion, but the more he allowed the love of God to change him, then the more he became what love made of him – his true self, and that was miles away from the drinking pals he’d left behind. That’s why all the saints were totally different. Compare St Francis of Assisi with St Thomas Aquinas or St Teresa of Avila with St Joan of Arc, or St Ignatius of Loyola with St Benedict – love differentiates. Even the early companions of Francis, Leo, Angelo, Rufino, Masseo and Giles etc. were, thanks to the love of God, all completely different…

THE NATURE OF THE TRINITY

Perhaps Chardin’s famous little phrase helps to give a further glimpse into the very nature of the Trinity: LOVE DIFFERENTIATES. As we have seen, the more love enabled Francis to draw closer to God the more he became aware that His love is not just twofold. For the love that continually revolves between the Father and the Son is not just a blind impersonal force, but a person too in ‘His’ own right. Furthermore, Francis realised that the more that love entered into him, the more he became himself, not just here on earth, but hereafter. The invitation to share in the love unlimited that binds the three in one together to eternity, means that his journey never ends. It is not just one continual ecstasy but ‘epecstasy’, as St Gregory of Nyssa described it. What he means by adding the prefix ‘ep’ to the word ecstasy is that we are not just taken out of ourselves and into God, but continually taken out of ourselves and into Him forever and ever. The more love we receive, then the more our hearts are opened to receive more love, and as God’s love is infinite, the journey goes on and on without end.

THE MORAL SUN

The reward of the traveller is to go on travelling, the solace of the searcher is to go on searching, for there is no end to this journey this side of eternity. In heaven the ever deeper and fuller loving simply goes on to eternity together with the ever increasing joy and delight that being loved always brings with it. Like a rose bud that is touched by the sun, it cannot help but respond. Now the longer the sun shines on it the more the bud opens to receive its powerful rays with ever greater intensity, until it is fully open to display the fullness of its beauty and spread its fragrance to the delight of all.

The sun however is finite, it has a beginning and an end, and so does the rose that depends upon it, but the love that we depend on for our completion has no beginning and no end. We have a beginning like the rose, but we have been created by God with an infinite capacity for love so we can go on living and loving to all eternity, like the love that never stops possessing us with ever increasing power and intensity.

When Our Lady appeared to Marie-Bernarde Soubirous in 1858 she told St Bernadette, as she was later to be known, that she was the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Mary herself confirmed what had been [officially] defined by the Church only four years before. The teaching of Scotus…had at last become part of her official teaching.”
– These are excerpts from an article by David Torkington entitled “Eternal Love”, published in the “Messenger of Saint Anthony” issue February 2013. For subscriptions please contact: Messenger of Saint Anthony, Basilica del Santo, via Orto Botanico 11, 35123 Padua, Italy.

 
 

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