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The Memorare – A Powerful Prayer for help from our Blessed Mother

The Memorare – A Powerful Prayer for help from our Blessed Mother

Do you ever feel like you could use some help approaching God in your prayers? The Memorare is a prayer that reminds us that we have a wonderful advocate and protector in the mother of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictured at right.

In our prayers to her, we honour and worship her Son, who is more than happy to listen to His mother’s pleas on our behalf.

The Memorare, printed below, invites us to ask the Blessed Mother for her assistance and her grace, especially when we feel most troubled in our daily lives.

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee, I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

The actual author of the Memorare is unknown. It has been traditionally attributed to the abbot St. Bernard of Clairvaux from the 12th century. This is possible because it was championed by another Bernard, the French priest Claude Bernard, who used it extensively in his ministry to the poor and to prisoners (including some quite hardened criminals!) in the 17th century.

Claude Bernard credited reciting the Memorare with curing him of a serious illness. He had some 200,000 copies of the prayer printed up and distributed in leaflets in various languages during his lifetime. (This was no small feat in the days before desktop publishing, Kinko’s and the Internet!)

See Also: These 7 Surprising Things Happen To You When You Pray The Rosary More Often

Church teaching holds that Mary is the Mother of the Church and our mother as well “in the order of grace” (that is to say, spiritually) as we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 969).

Upon her death and assumption into heaven, “God chose her to be the treasurer, the administrator and the dispenser of all his graces, so that all his graces and gifts pass through her hands,” according to St. Louis De Montfort, the celebrated 18th century French priest best known as a champion of devotion to Mary.

Mary’s wonderful role in assisting in our salvation has been praised by many Saints and Church fathers alike over the centuries. St. Lawrence Justinian summed up the feelings of many of them when he once referred to the Blessed Mother as “the ladder of paradise, the gate of heaven, the truest mediatrix between God and man.”

Do you have a particular problem you feel you can’t share with our Creator? Or perhaps you think he’s too busy? He’s never too busy to hear a sincere request for His aid and guidance. (Indeed, he’s never too busy for any of us, period!) Still, we are always welcome to ask His mother to help us. In fact, this delights our Lord!

As De Montfort once put it, by asking Mary to approach Him for us “we are practicing humility, something which always gladdens the heart of God!” (St. Francis de Sales once wrote in this regard that “God so loves humility that He instantly hastens to the soul in which he sees it.”)

Keep in mind again that when we pray to Mary we also pray through her to her Divine Son, Jesus! And she is happy to pray for us and to intercede with Him on our behalf. You’ve probably asked a friend or colleague to pray for you sometimes. Why not ask the Blessed Mother as well? After all, in the Hail Mary we ask for her to “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

As long as we approach her with a sincere desire to do God’s will and to make amends for our sins, we can ask for her help with confidence. (And, after all, does it ever hurt to get on the good side of a loved one’s mother?)

When our Lord said to St. John when He was on the cross “Behold Thy Mother” (John 19:27) His mother became ours as well, as mentioned earlier! Don’t be afraid to ask our Blessed Mother for her assistance (or to show her your love!) by praying the Memorare, the Rosary, or many other fine prayers and devotions to her.

 

See Also: How to Say the Miraculous 54 Days Rosary Novena 

Why Is October Associated With The Blessed Virgin Mary? Read & Share

Why Is October Associated With The Blessed Virgin Mary? Read & Share


I want us to look at the reason why October is associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
In October 1571, the Church in Europe faced a seemingly hopeless challenge. The Muslim Turks had already conquered the Middle East, slaughtering millions and forcing the survivors to convert to Islam.

They then moved across the Mediterranean Sea, taking the crucial islands of Crete and Cyprus. From these islands, they set their sights on the Christian kingdoms of the central Mediterranean, threatening Sicily, Venice, and even Rome herself.
During that time, Pope Pius V called on the Christian princes of Europe to rally to defeat the Islamic threat. Additionally, he called on rosary confraternities in Rome and all over Europe to undertake special processions and public recitation of the Rosary, asking the intercession of the Blessed Mother. 

What ensued was the famous Battle of Lepanto. The Christian fleet was far outnumbered and appeared to have no human hope of winning. 

On the first Sunday of October 1571, the Christian fleet met the invading Muslims off the coast of Greece in the Gulf of Lepanto.

As Christians all over Europe prayed for Our Lady’s intercession, the Turks surrounded the Christian ships. But the European fleet broke through. By days’ end, almost all of the Turks were driven to shore or drowned. Europe then was saved. 

It was out of that Pope Pius established a yearly commemoration to honor Our Lady of Victory, and his successor, Gregory XIII, decreed that the first Sunday in October would be the feast of the Holy Rosary.
In summary, the decision of the Catholic Church to designate October as the month of the Rosary apparently stems from the Church’s desire to extend her thanksgiving to Our Lady for the victory in the Battle of Lepanto from one Sunday to a whole month.
My dear one, we are also on the battle field of life. There is the need for us to seek the intercession of our Mother Mary as we journey through. 
I humbly invite to take this year’s holy rosary devotion very serious especially in this month of October. 

God bless you and share with others. 

Every Catholic Should Know These 10 Messages From The Blessed Virgin Mary

Every Catholic Should Know These 10 Messages From The Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholics are known for our devotion to Mary. For good reason, the Mother of God was full of both grace and wisdom. Did you know that Mary continues to speak to us today? We would like to share with you a collection of 10 messages from the Virgin Mary that we think every Catholic should know. Especially for those who are actively engaged in apostolic activity, a deep and personal relationship with Mary is an absolute must.

Let us never forget that Mary is considered to be the first disciple of Christ; she is, therefore, model, guide, and Mother to all those who wish to bring others to a new life in the Lord Jesus.

We invite you to take a moment to today to meditate on these words, to savour them, for they are full of mercy and love. Then take a moment and think of others that might benefit from hearing them, those who right now need in a special way some words of encouragement and consolation, and share these images with them so that they too might rejoice in their warmth.

A few words from Pope Francis:

Dear brothers and sisters! Jesus Christ is the blessing for every man and woman, and for all of humanity. The Church, in giving us Jesus, offers us the fullness of the Lord’s blessing. This is precisely the mission of the people of God: to spread to all peoples God’s blessing made flesh in Jesus Christ. And Mary, the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus, the first and most perfect believer, the model of the pilgrim Church, is the one who opens the way to the Church’s motherhood and constantly sustains her maternal mission to all mankind. Mary’s tactful maternal witness has accompanied the Church from the beginning. She, the Mother of God, is also the Mother of the Church, and through the Church, the mother of all men and women, and of every people.

These 8 Oldest Images Of the Blessed Virgin Mary Will Amaze You

These 8 Oldest Images Of the Blessed Virgin Mary Will Amaze You

Just like we don’t know what Jesus looked like, we don’t know what His mother Mary looked like either.
Not counting the many, many images that people claim were painted by St. Luke, the earliest image we have of Mary is from the 2nd century, and you can’t exactly make out the details of her face (see the first image below).

In any case, it’s still fascinating to see how Christians depicted Mary in the first few centuries of the faith. Pay attention to who she’s almost always depicted with…

Enjoy!

1) Madonna and Child in the Catacombs – 2nd century

Located in the Catacomb of Priscilla in Rome, Mary appears to be nursing the infant Jesus on her lap. It is dated to around A.D. 150.

2) Madonna and Child With the Magi Bringing Him Gifts – 3rd century

This is a picture of a cast of a sarcophagus that is in the Vatican museums. It shows the scene of the Magi adoring the Christ child, who is held by his mother Mary. It is dated to the 3rd century.

3) Protectress of the Roman People – 5th century

The oldest and most important image of Our Lady in Rome, legend has it that it was one of the many icons painted by St. Luke, though historians date its original composition to the 5th century.

4) Madonna and Child Enthroned Among the Angels and Saints – 6th century

This image can be found at St. Catherine’s Monastery near Mt. Sinai and is dated to the 6th century. Around Mary and Jesus are St. Theodor of Amasea, St. George, and two angels. Notice also the hand at the top of the image (God the Father?).

5) A Nativity Icon – 7th century

This is another icon found at the monastery at Mt. Sinai, and it is dated to the 7th century.

6) Agiosoritissa (Mother of God) – 7th century

Originally from Constantinople, this 7th-century icon is currently kept at the Santa Maria del Rosario a Monte Mario in Rome.

7) Cover of Copy of the Gospels – 8th-9th century

This is the ivory cover of a copy of the Gospels created in Germany in the late 8th and early 9th century.

8) Madonna and Child Icon – 9th century

This icon is currently kept in the Art Museum of Georgia (the country) and is dated to the 9th century.

Source: Churchpop

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