Dream Devotion

Last night I dreamt that I was instructed to offer a brief devotion to Mary four times a day whenever I was unable to pray the full Daily Office. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember all the details, although I knew that the Memorare and the Salve Regina were two of the four prayers. In reflecting on the dream, I recalled that the Magnificat is typically prayed in early evening and the Angelus at noon, so perhaps those two prayers ought to be included as well. In Cistercian spirituality the Salve Regina is the final prayer of the day, so that one ought to be prayed before going to bed, which leaves the Memorare for first thing in the morning.

So, here is a brief devotion to Mary for throughout the day, courtesy of my dreams.

In the morning: 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 you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I kneel, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your clemency, hear and answer me. Amen.

At noon: the Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death
.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to your word.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death
.
And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death
.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

In early evening: the Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.
He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,
The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Before retiring: the Salve Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the prayers; I’ve made a few minor alterations when the language in the Wikipedia version was archaic.

Enjoy!


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