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Poor

Mary’s eyes look upon the poor and her hands are stretched out to the orphan and the widow.

- Psalm 10, Psalter of Mary

Rose sweet fragrance

O Lady, by thy gentle touch the sick are healed and by thy rose sweet fragrance the dead revived.

- Psalm 13, Psalter of Mary

Full of Grace

Fill my mouth with the grace of thy sweetness, O Mary, and enlighten my mind, O Full of Grace! Move my tongue and lips to sing thy praises gladly, and especially that sweet melody which the Angel Gabriel addressed to thee, most pure Virgin Mother of God. Help me to salute thee in that prayer which is most worthy and which contains nourishment and assistance for every soul. Grant to me, thy humble servant, to praise thee and devoutly greet thee: Hail Mary, full of grace.

- St Ephrem

Celestial dew

O my only and sovereign Lady, who art the sole consolation that I receive from God; thou who art the only celestial dew that gives me refreshment in my pains; thou who art the light of my soul when it is surrounded with darkness; thou who art my guide in jouneyings, my strength in weakness; my treasure in poverty, the balm of my wounds, my consolation in sorrow, thou who art my refuge in miseries and the hope of my salvation; listen to my prayers, have pity on me as it becomes the Mother of a God who has such love for men.

- St Germanus of Constantinople

Pray for us

Mother of love, of sorrow, and of mercy, pray for us.

- Short Catholic prayer

Thy holy heart

Blessed art thou among women, by the faith of thy holy heart. By the beauty of thy body thou surpassest all women, by the excellence of thy sanctity thou surpassest all angels and archangels. Thy mercy and thy grace are preached everywhere, God has blessed the works of thy hands.

- Psalm 1, Psalter of Mary

True joy

I cried to Our Lady when I was in trouble and she heard me. Lady, deliver us from all evil, all the days of our life. Crush the head of our enemies with the insuperable power of thy foot. As thy spirit hath rejoiced in God thy Savior so do thou deign to pour true joy into my heart.

- Psalm 119, Psalter of Mary

Heavenly Babe

We hail thee, heavenly Babe, white Dove of purity, who in spite of the serpent wast conceived free from original sin.

- From the novena for the feast of Mary’s Nativity

Intentions

This week I will make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted in Kevelaer, Germany. Please leave a comment or let me know here if you have any prayer intentions.

Sing praise

Hear, O Lady, my words and prayer, and in the sight of angels I will sing praise to thee. In whatever day thou shalt invoke me, hear me, and multiply thy power in my soul.

- Psalm 137, Psalter of Mary

Victim

Heart of Mary, victim of love, pray for us!

Exalt

Let us now give praise to Mary, so prudent in preparing for death; and whilst we exalt her glory, we will unite with the nine angel choirs who, on her Assumption into heaven, escorted her!

- Assumption novena prayer

Totus tuus

Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.

A prayer of consecration to Mary from Saint Louis de Montfort’s ‘True Devotion to Mary’. In English it reads: I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.

Blessed company

Glorious Virgin, who for thy consolation didst merit to die in the blessed company of apostles and of saints; obtain for us, that when we breathe forth our souls we may feel thy presence, and that of our holy patrons, assisting us.

- Assumption novena prayer

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