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Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

 

Traditional Feast day August 22

also May 16

 

 

When we practice devotion to the Immaculate Heart,
we venerate not only the physical heart of Mary,
but everything the heart symbolizes.
Veneration of the Immaculate Heart
is the veneration for the whole person of Mary.

We know that Mary is Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows,
the Immaculate Conception, Mother of God,
Spouse of the Holy Ghost, Mother of all men,
Mediatrix of all Graces.
In the devotion to the Immaculate Heart,
all these titles and many others are combined.

This all-embracing devotion has been saved
for wide-spread attention in our own day.
The origin of the devotion, however, can be traced
back several centuries.

 

In some ways, devotion to the Immaculate Heart
prepared the way for devotion to the Sacred Heart,
just as Mary prepares the way for Jesus.

Until the middle of the 17th century, devotion to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary was unknown,
except to a few privileged souls.
In 1641, St. John Eudes began preaching devotion
to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
In 1638, he published his
Devotion to the Most Pure Heart and Holy Name of Mary.

 

 

The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was first celebrated
in 1648.
About 30 years later, Our Lord appeared
to St. Margaret  Mary Alacoque and asked for devotion to His Sacred Heart.

 

 

By 1680 devotion to the Immaculate Heart was widely known.
In 1839, Our Lady gave great impetus to the devotion when she appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and instructed her to introduce the Miraculous Medal.

 

As we know, one side of the medal represents
the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary, side by side.
No words were needed on the medal, as directed by the Blessed Mother.

The two hearts told the whole story.

 

 

 

 At Blangy, in 1840, Our Lady gave Sister Bisqueyburu the Green Scapular.

The Green Scapular is known as The Badge of The Immaculate Heart,
and one prays
"Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death."

 

 

 

At Fatima in 1917, Our Lady told Lucia
she was to remain on earth to help establish
devotion to the Immaculate Heart.
A few moments later the children saw in front of Our Lady
a heart surrounded by thorns.
This understood this to be the Heart of Mary
pierced by sins and desiring reparation.
After Lucia was in the convent, Our Lady appeared to her
and asked for the devotion of the Five First Saturdays
in reparation to the Immaculate Heart.

Today the world needs Mary as never before; let us ponder the words of Jacinta to Lucia:

"Tell everyone that Our Lord grants us all graces
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
That all must make their petitions to her.
That the Sacred Heart of Jesus desires that
the immaculate Heart of Mary be venerated.
Tell them that they should ask for peace
from the Immaculate Heart of Mary
as God had placed it in her hands.

 

In 1942, Pope Pius XII dedicated the world to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The following year he fixed the feast
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the Universal Church
on August 22nd.

Holy Mother Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

On August 15 we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption,
and on August 22, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart.

 

 

 

 

 Novena may be offered at any time, but  especially Aug 14 through Aug 22

The novena consists of these three parts
(the prayers are given below):

1) State the intention of the novena.
2) Pray the Magnificat.
3) Pray the Litany of Loreto (or Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

Say each day for nine days.

We earnestly hope that you will join with us
in praying this novena to Our Lady,
and in celebrating, in a fitting manner,
the two great Marian feasts with the intervening octave.

 

 

 


Canticle of Mary
~ Luke 1:46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed.
Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me;
and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is from generation unto generations,
to them that fear Him.
He hath shewed might in His arm:
He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of His Mercy:
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

 

 

 
Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the word, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, 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 the Church, 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 Savior, 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.
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.
Queen of the Church, pray for us.