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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


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


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


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


O Mary, of all creatures thou art the noblest, the purest, the holiest, the most sublime, the most beautiful. O, that all knew you, my Lady, and loved thee as thou deserveth!

- St Alphonsus Liguori


Saint Anne, guardian of the infancy and childhood of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us!

May your compassion, O Mary, help these poor souls, which sigh in purgatory and are being purified there by the terrible pains of the fire.
- St Anselm

May your compassion, O Mary, help these poor souls, which sigh in purgatory and are being purified there by the terrible pains of the fire.

- St Anselm


I beseech you

Night and day I beseech you, my Lady Mary - and reverence you on bended knee.

Now, O Virgin, speak to your Son and say: “Hear the prayer of your mother, my Son, and be mindful of your mercy and kindness. And do not enter into judgment with your servant. For the sake of your name do not call to mind the sins of this sinner.”

- From the Ethiopian hymn Harp of Glory

Burning love

Hail Mary, may the burning love of your heart inflame the coldness of mine.

- St Louis de Montfort