Some ways to pray the Hail Mary, Mary: Day 290

Some ways to pray the Hail Mary St. Alphonsus provides some practical advice for praying the simplest and most popular of Marian prayers.Here are some ways to pray the Hail Mary. First, every morning and evening, when we get up and when we go to bed, we can say three Hail Marys lying down, or at least kneeling. Then we can add to each one this short prayer: “Mary, by your pure and immaculate conception, make my body pure, and my soul holy.” We should then, as St. Stanislaus always did, ask M … [Read more...]

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A meditation on the Hail Mary, Mary: Day 289

A meditation on the Hail Mary St. Alphonsus reflects on the words of this famous prayer, pondering the mean- ing of each phrase.Immaculate and holy Virgin! Before you, who are so humble, though endowed with such precious gifts, I’m ashamed to appear—I who am so proud in the midst of so many sins. But miserable as I am, I too will salute you.“Hail, Mary, full of grace.” You are already full of grace; impart a portion of it to me.“The Lord is with you.” The same Lord who was always wit … [Read more...]

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The Hail Mary is pleasing to Our Lady, Mary: Day 288

The Hail Mary is pleasing to Our Lady Do you want to say a prayer that pleases our Blessed Mother? St. Alphonsus assures us that she finds no prayer more agreeable than a Hail Mary.The Hail Mary comes, of course, from the angelic greeting to the ever- blessed Virgin. It’s most pleasing to her, because whenever she hears it, she seems to experience anew the joy that she felt when St. Gabriel announced to her that she was the chosen Mother of God. With this purpose in mind, we should often s … [Read more...]

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A great sign appeared in heaven, Mary: Day 287

A great sign appeared in heaven St. John Eudes explains the symbolism in the Book of Revelation’s vision of Mary in heaven.“A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (see Rv 12:1). What is this great sign? Who is this miraculous woman? . . . The woman is Mary, the queen among women, the Sovereign of angels and men. . . .Mary appears in heaven because she comes from heaven, because she is heaven’s m … [Read more...]

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The Blessed Trinity welcomes Mary to heaven, Mary: Day 286

The Blessed Trinity welcomes Mary to heaven Once Mary has been welcomed by the angels, her family, and all the saints, the Most Holy Trinity receives her and places her on her throne. St. Alphonsus imagines the scene.After having been greeted by the angels and the saints, the humble andholy virgin kneels and adores the divine Majesty. She is totally absorbed in the awareness of her own nothingness. So she thanks him for all the graces bestowed upon her by his pure goodness, and … [Read more...]

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Let the queen of glory come in!, Mary: Day 285

Let the queen of glory come in! St. Alphonsus imagines the coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven.Let’s now imagine how our Savior went forth from heaven to meet his mother on the day of her assumption into heaven. On first meeting her, and to console her, Jesus speaks the words of the Song of Songs: “ ‘Arise, my love, my dove, my fair one, and come away; for behold, winter is past’ (Sg 2:10–11). Come, my own dear mother, my pure and beautiful dove. Leave that valley of tears in which, for my … [Read more...]

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