Praises of Our Lady

Holy water stoop at an oratory near Sant’Ignazio

From the upcoming publication from Filii Passionis. [You can find our other works HERE.]

Orsini Chapel at Trinita dei Monti

This universal power of the Blessed Virgin is so well recognised by the Church that, for every kind of grace, its members apply to her as to the source from which they flow.

Our Lady of Miracles at Sant’Andrea delle fratte. Where St. Maximilian Kolbe said his first Mass.

The Church, throughout the world, honours her by every conceivable title which may animate the confidence of her children. She calls her “Our Lady of Consolation,” and honours her in many churches and chapels under this title. This she does out of regard for such as are afflicted. In other places she is invoked as “Our Lady of Mercy;” this, again, is for the sake of those who are afflicted in mind or body. Here she is invoked under the title of “Our Lady of Hope,” as a remedy against despair; there, under that of “Our Lady of Grace,” as an antidote to temptation to sin. She is called “Our Lady of Refuge,” against the persecutions of our enemies, visible, and invisible; “Our Lady of Peace,” in opposition to all trouble and discord; “Our Lady of Light,” as opposed to the darkness of ignorance and error; “Our Lady of Good Succor,” as against the abandonment of creatures; “Our Lady of Remedy,” as ministering to sickness of soul or body; “Our Lady of the Dying,” as patroness of a happy death; “Our Lady Liberator,” as fighting against the captivity of the people and the tyranny of men; “Our Lady of Victory,” as the strength of Christian armies; “Our Lady of Good Encounter; Our Lady All-powerful,” in order to designate her power. Thus, too, of the other titles applied to Mary, which are all well calculate to excite confidence and bring great consolation to the hearts of the faithful.

At San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini

All these beautiful titles convey better than any explanation the opinion held by the Church as to the limitless power conferred by Jesus on His Divine Mother, and they must teach us to look to her for all the benefits they suggest.

Thence springs the universal desire of Mary’s patronage, witnessed throughout the Church in all ages, in every condition, and in each country where the Christian religion is known.

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows!

Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Sorrows, September 15

Taken by a seminarian friend of mine. Conception, MO.

O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me kindly, and awaken in my heart a tender sympathy for Our Lord’s sufferings.

Grant me a sincere detestation of my sins, so that free from undue affection for the passing joys of earth, I may set my sights higher on the eternal joys of heaven.

May all my thoughts and all my actions be directed towards this one great goal. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.

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Hail Mary…

Prayer to Our Lady for a particular grace

O, mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the Cross; by the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathizing with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.

[Mention your petition here]

Dear Mother, since your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully grant what I ask, through the merits of His sacred passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the Cross.

Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? In our name, offer Jesus but one drop of His most precious Blood, but one pang of His loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life, and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto 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 clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows: Day 8

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14

Sweet Mother of Sorrows, Providence wished that Saint Helena, like you the mother of a King, find the Cross of your Son and lavish honors on this Relic of relics.

Grant me, Sorrowful Queen and Mother, that, like Saint Helena, I always honor the symbol of our salvation, the Cross. And like the Church, may I hold it high, display and wear it with gratitude and pride.

Above all, may I unite my sufferings to that of Jesus on the Cross, and carry my crosses not in shame but in faith, love and patience as He did.

The Church teaches that suffering thus carried and united to His, is never in vain, but a powerful, redemptive prayer.

May I always believe thus, so my life will always have meaning.

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Hail Mary…

Prayer to Our Lady for a particular grace

O, mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the Cross; by the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathizing with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.

[Mention your petition here]

Dear Mother, since your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully grant what I ask, through the merits of His sacred passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the Cross.

Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? In our name, offer Jesus but one drop of His most precious Blood, but one pang of His loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life, and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen.

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The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto 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 clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows: Day 7

Prayer in honor of the Seventh Sorrow of Mary: The Burial of Jesus

Most sorrowful Virgin, sorrow again filled your heart when the sacred body of your Son was taken from your arms, and placed in a cold grave. Yet you did not doubt that He would rise again.

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Queen of Martyrs, let me join you in your sorrow, and grant me your own deep, trusting faith in the word of your Son. Let me trust that even in suffering, even when all seems lost, with Jesus there is always a way out.

Obtain for me too, a sincere sorrow for all my sins, a burning love for my God, a tender devotion to you, so that one day, I may die in His grace and, with Him, rise to eternal life.

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Hail Mary…

Prayer to Our Lady for a particular grace

O, mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the Cross; by the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathizing with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.

[Mention your petition here]

Dear Mother, since your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully grant what I ask, through the merits of His sacred passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the Cross.

Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? In our name, offer Jesus but one drop of His most precious Blood, but one pang of His loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life, and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto 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 clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows: Day 6

Prayer in honor of the Sixth Sorrow of Mary: The Piercing of the Side of Jesus and His Descent from the Cross

Most Sorrowful Mother, when your Son’s body was lowered from the Cross and laid in your arms, sorrow filled your heart.

Though now this sorrow had a note of relief, how painful it was for you to gaze on that body, formerly the seat of perfect life, health and beauty, gruesomely scarred, pale and lifeless.

Mother, Queen of Martyrs, let me join my heart to yours in this grief, and obtain for me to receive Jesus into my soul before I die, so I may join Him in heaven forever.

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Hail Mary…

Prayer to Our Lady for a particular grace

O, mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the Cross; by the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathizing with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.

[Mention your petition here]

Dear Mother, since your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully grant what I ask, through the merits of His sacred passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the Cross.

Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? In our name, offer Jesus but one drop of His most precious Blood, but one pang of His loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life, and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto 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 clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

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Update to Page of PassioXP

There is now available in the side menu the horarium as dictated by the Rule of Saint Paul of the Cross.

During this novena, my intention is very particular with even a place in mind that would be a perfect opportunity for a true oratory of the Passion of Our Lord. Pray that this may come to fruition. The ordinary’s heart must be softened and there must be a priest who is called by our Lord to join in this endeavor and to live a life fully devoted to the Passion of Our Lord.

Also, I went to Lucca on Sunday last with some American pilgrims. We were able to visit the Sanctuary of Saint Gemma and venerate her remains. In addition, we visited the Giannini home, where Saint Gemma spent the last years of her life and received many graces from Our Lord, including mystical union with the Infant Jesus.

And we saw the chair where Saint Gemma was sitting when this photo was taken, and another where she was sitting when she received the Crown of Thorns.

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And here is the Sign of the Passionists, this particular one was made by Saint Gemma for a friend of hers.

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Today I visited Saint Paul of the Cross to pray my Rosary and to ask his intercession concerning this current Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows.

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Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows: Day 5

Prayer in honor of the Fifth Sorrow of Mary: The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

Most sorrowful Mother, standing by the Cross of Jesus, your heart was one great knot. And yet, you did not sit, you did not even lean, but stood as you watched Him suffer for the sins of the whole world–for my sins. Like Abraham, you offered the sacrifice standing up, consciously and willingly. In your case, you offered it for me, and for every sinner. Still, unlike Abraham, you stood and watched Him die. In your case, your perfect Son was not spared.

Queen of Martyrs, let me join you in this sorrow, and obtain for me the grace to fight against temptation and sin at the cost of effort, suffering and even life. When my turn comes, grant me, Mother, by Jesus’ death and your sacrifice, the grace to die in His holy Grace–the grace of a happy death.

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Hail Mary…

Prayer to Our Lady for a particular grace

O, mother most holy and sorrowful, Queen of Martyrs, you who stood by your Son as He agonized on the Cross; by the sufferings of your life, by that sword of pain that pierced your heart, by your perfect joy in heaven, look down on me kindly as I kneel before you, sympathizing with your sorrows and offering you my petition with childlike trust.

[Mention your petition here]

Dear Mother, since your Son refuses you nothing, ask of His Sacred Heart to mercifully grant what I ask, through the merits of His sacred passion, along with those of your sufferings at the foot of the Cross.

Mother most merciful, to whom shall I go in my misery if not to you who pities us poor sinful exiles in this valley of tears? In our name, offer Jesus but one drop of His most precious Blood, but one pang of His loving Heart. Remind Him that you are our sweetness, our life, and our hope, and your prayer will be heard. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thine intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto 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 clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.