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Saturday, May 4, 2013

May Mary's Month - May Devotions to Our Lady

On Sundays:  O Mary, the Immaculate Conception, you are the New Eve. All that Adam and Eve longed for - and tried to steal from God - you give to us as the Mother of God.  May we share in Your holiness by our union with you.
On Mondays:  At your nativity, O Blessed Virgin, the way by which earth will be united to heaven is born.  By the grace of your birth, we are led away from our slavery, and are blessed with holy joy.
On Tuesdays:  May we live every day, O Blessed Virgin Mary, the miracle of the Annunciation.  United with you, may our life be a constant Yes to the presence of the Word made flesh.  May we turn with our yearning to the humanity of God.
On Wednesdays:  O Mother of God, may we experience through you all the graces of the Visitation:  you bring Jesus close to us; we rejoice with new life; your Magnificat becomes our hope.
On Thursdays:  O Blessed Mother, God chose you to offer his fatherly love more generously to the world.  You are the Mother of the Life by which we live - Jesus.  He leads us to you.  Through your maternal mediation, all things are made new. 
On Fridays:  Our Lady of Sorrows, your presence at the cross instills a grace that displaces horror.  Your faith contains a light greater than any darkness in my heart. Be with me in my Calvary.
On Saturdays:  O Blessed Lady assumed into heaven, give me the ability to await God's future and to abandon myself to the Lord's promises. (1)
The Canticle of Mary
The Magnificat
Luke 1:45-55
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be forever. Amen  
Virgin with the Angels - William Bougueraeu
Innocence- William Bougueraeu
Our Lady of Sorrows - Giovanni Battista Salvide Sassoferrato
(1)Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., Magnificat Year of Faith Companion, page 220.

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