"Queen of Heaven, pray for us."
The article below comes from a most wonderful book and it is written in sort of a question and answer form such as a person interviewing a priest and asking him questions. This portion is an excerpt from the explanation of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Beauties of the Catholic Church
By: Rev. F.J. Shadler Copyright 1881
QUEEN OF ANGELS! QUEEN OF PATRIARCHS! QUEEN OF PROPHETS! QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES! QUEEN OF MARTYRS! QUEEN OF CONFESSORS! QUEEN OF VIRGINS! QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS!
Pastor- Well, then, learn the reason why we call Mary the Queen of Angels, from the lips of St. Bernard. He says: "Will not she who had God for a son be raised above all the choirs of the angels? Does not Mary call the God and Lord of Angels her son? And is not he, whom the angels serve, and to whom the powers and principalities are subject, himself subject to Mary? Why should not the heavenly spirits joyfully honor her whom the Son of God has chosen as an instrument for the redemption of mankind?" She is furthermore called "Queen of Patriarchs." Who could with better right lay claim to the title of mother of the human race than the Mother of God, who, in her Divine Son, gave to the world the new spiritual life? We call her the "Queen of Prophets." She was truly a prophetess when in the sublime canticle "Magnificat" she exclaimed: "Henceforth all nations shall call me blessed." Was it not she of whom the prophet Isaiah said: "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son, and his name is 'God with us'"? Was it not she for whom all the prophets looked with earnest longing, that of her might be born the Redeemer of the human race? She is called the Queen of Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, and Virgins. The Saviour had gathered his twelve apostles around him, that they might become the instruments for dispensing his graces and disseminating his teachings; but before them he had called ONE, not, indeed, that she might announce his truths to the world, and dispense his graces, but that she might give earthly being to the Eternal Truth and the Lord of Grace himself. Mary could truly repeat the words of ST. John (1 John i.1): "I have seen with my own eyes, and my hands have handled the Word of Life."
Whom could we, with better right, call a Queen of Martyrs, than her who stood at the foot of the cross, and in her maternal heart suffered all the ignominies and tortures of her Son? If the sufferings of the martyrs derive their worth and their merit from the union of their sufferings with those of Christ, whose sufferings have been more intimately united with the sufferings of Jesus than those of Mary? We call confessors those blessed servants of God who have not suffered martyrdom, and have not shed their blood for the truths of the Gospel, but who, with the solicitude of faithful servants, have done the will of their Master, and by righteous and exemplary lives have gained for themselves crowns of immortality. After having considered the shining virtues of the Blessed Virgin, I need not tell you how she is, in this connection, a model for all the confessors of Christ, and how she has proved herself a queen and mistress of all. Still less have I cause to remind you of how she, the Virgin of virgins, has merited the title of "Queen of Virgins." In conclusion, we praise her as the "Queen of all Saints," and call to mind the renown and glory she enjoys among the heavenly hosts. Let us, too, my friends, in union with the angels and archangels, the apostles and martyrs, and all the citizens of the heavenly kingdom, glorify and honor the Saint of all saints as our Queen. Out of her regal treasure, so rich in sublime virtues, and so precious, because of the power of her intercession, let us ask and receive favors for time and eternity.
This Weeks Friday Fare..... Dishes to remind us of Our Lady!
Blue and White are her colors; roses, stars, lilies, crowns all symbols of Our Lady and Rosemary is her herb!
We added a couple of new books to the All the Saint's story for Mary and her own special month, May! We were reading the intro to this one and just had to share, it was so edifying! Also there is a special sale for the month of May on all the Marian titles, get 10% off by using the coupon code MONTHMARY2013.Month of Mary- Conceived Without Sin
Translated from the French of: A. Gratry, Priest of the Oratory of the Immaculate Conception, with and Introduction by the Very Rev. E. W. Faber, D.D. of the London Oratory
With the Approbation of the Most Rev. F. P. Kenrick,
Archbishop of Baltimore.
From the Introduction: ...To all the faithful, therefore, devotion to our Blessed Mother is of supreme importance. It is not a mere beauty of Catholic worship, a graceful accessory, an exquisite adornment, or a lawful consolation. It is an essential element in all Christian piety. Without it, holiness is simply impossible. But to us in an un-catholic country devotion to Mary assumes a very peculiar importance. We are surrounded on all sides by monuments of falsehood. The air is impregnated with its poison. The daily intercourse of life becomes almost contagion of evil. Measures, weights, and standards, which are quite opposed to those of the sanctuary of God, are implied and acknowledged in the common language which we use, so that it is difficult to avoid making a material profession of an unholy faith, even when we have not such intention. The literature of our country is perpetually imbuing us with unchristian principles, the more insidiously the more the subject of it is apparently removed from religion altogether. The habitual perusal of the Protestant newspapers is itself as nearly as possible incompatible with the existence of the spirit of prayer, or with the preservation of intelligent Catholic sympathies. The very sweetest and kindliest parts of our nature are perpetually alluring us to an easy and indulgent view of that deadliest of all sins, the sin of heresy, and thus to an acquiescence in that which ought, both morally and intellectually, to be the most repulsive of all things to us, falsehood about God.
Now, devotion to Mary has been in all ages, as an historical fact, the guardian of the doctrine about Jesus...
The month of Mary devotion "is itself a visible monument of that endless development of devotion to our Blessed Lady which characterizes the life of the Church. It belongs almost to our own times. Although it is not recognized either in the Breviary or in the Missal, it has become as acknowledged a season of the Christian year as Advent or Lent. The Church has enriched it with indulgences." The venerable Grignon de Montfort tells us that the most remarkable development of devotion to our Blessed Lady is that it " is reserved for the last age of the Church, when her sufferings will have reached their height, and the triumph of the world will seem to be most complete. He tells us that God has reserved for those days saints of almost unparalleled grandeur, whose distinguishing characteristic will be their devouring zeal for Mary's honor."
This devotional book is composed of 31 meditations that are profound and sure to inspire new love of our Blessed Mother.TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF MONTH OF MARY AND SEE MORE WONDERFUL BOOKS ON OUR LADY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY VISIT ALL THE SAINTS BOOKS!
For the Month of May
Children, 'tis the month of Mary,
Strew her altar-steps with flowers,
And your guileless witness bear
What a genial faith is ours!
To our Blessed Lady offer
Joyous hymns of love and praise;
Make atonement for the scoffer,
For he knows not what he says.
May for you is doubly blooming,
Life itself is in its Spring,
No dark clouds o'er you looming,
All seems fair and promising.
Therefore, to most holy Mary
Consecrate your hearts and live,
She will not forget her servants
When their trial-hour arrives.
Wait then for not more to-morrows,
Cast ourselves before her feet,
She will soften all your sorrows;
She who is with grace replete,
In affliction will not leave you,
But, when life has passed away,
Will with open arms receive you
Into everlasting May.
In this blessed month of Mary
Heavenly Father, grant to me
True devotion to that Mother
Who alone was worthy thee;
Grief for every thing that grieved her,
Joy for all that gave her joy;
And in those who've not believed her
Worthy of our love, destroy
Whatso'er it is that blinds them,
Through her suffering Son, we pray
Till at length Thy mercy find them,
And they, too, to Mary pray.
Poems for Catholics & Convents and Plays for Catholic Schools
By: The Sisters of Mercy