The Holy Name of Mary
The Power of Her Name

In Hebrew, the Name Mary is Miryam. In Our Lady's Time, Aramaic was the Spoken Language, and the Form-of the Name then in use was Mariam. Derived from the Root, Merur, the Name signifies "Bitterness".


 

Madonna of the Magnificat (Madonna del Magnificat) -
by BOTTICELLI, Sandro -
from Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Painting is Lavishly covered-with Gold Paint. The Virgin, Crowned-by Two (2) Angels, is depicted-as the Queen-of-Heaven. Two (2) of the Wingless Angels are Crowning the Queen-of-Heaven. The Crown she is Wearing is a Delicate-piece of Goldsmiths Work, consisting-of Innumerable Stars; they are an Allusion-to the 'Stella Matutina' (Morning Star), One (1) of the Hundreds-of Mother-of-God's Titles/Offices in Contemporary Prayers/Hymns, Devoted-to Mary.

The Three (3) remaining Angels have moved towards the Virgin and Child. The One at the front is Kneeling, and Holding an Open Book and Inkwell. Encouraged-by the Christ Child, the Virgin is about to dip her Quill and write the last words of the "Magnificat", beginning on the Right Page, with the large initial "M". The Pomegranate which the Mother and Child are both holding, is a Symbol-of the Passion, and adds-to the basic Melancholy and Meditative Mood of the Painting.

We 'Venerate' (not 'Worship') the Name-of Mary, because it Belongs-to her who is the Mother-of-God, the Holiest-of-Creatures, the Queen-of-Heaven and Earth, the Mother-of-Mercy. The Object-of 'Venerating' the Holy Virgin, 'Bearing' the Name-of Mirjam (Mary), is to 'Thank' God for all the Privileges Given-to Mary, and all the Graces we have Received-from God, 'Through' her Intercession and Mediation. Mary has Hundreds-of 'Titles' and 'Offices', through-which she Works-for our Benefit.

Definition-of Terms, According-to Orthodox and Roman Catholic Theology:
(Summa Theologica II-II-103-3)

'Adoration' = 'Latria' = 'Worship' and 'Homage' that is Rightly Offered to God alone.
'Veneration' = 'Dulia' = 'Honor' and 'Recognition' due to the Excellence-of a 'Created' Person, such as Mary, the Angels,
or the Saints. The Awarding-of an Olympic Medal for Excellence-in Sports, is an Example.
'Devotion' = A certain Ardor-of Affection in the Things-of God, and even without any Qualifying Prefix, it generally implies that this Ardor, is of a 'Sensible' Character. On the other hand, by the Term 'Devotions', in the Plural, or 'Popular Devotions', we commonly Understand those External Practices-of Piety, by which the Devotion-of the Faithful finds Life and Expression. The Efficacy of these Practices, in 'Eliciting' Feelings-of-Devotion, is Derived-from Four (4) Principle Sources:
by the Strong Appeal which they make to Man's Emotional Instincts, or
by the Simplicity-of Form, which puts them within the Reach-of all, or
by the Stimulus-of Association, with many-Others, in the same Good Work, or
by their Derivation-from the Example-of Pious Persons, who are 'Venerated' ('Dulia') for their Holiness.

 

The Devils Fear the Queen-of-Heaven to such a Degree,
that only on-Hearing her Great Name pronounced,
they Fly-from him who does so, as from a Burning Fire.

Thomas Kempis

 

The Holy Name of Mary
The Power of Her Name

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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Richard-of-Saint-Laurence 'States' "There is not such Powerful Help in any Name, nor is there any other Name given-to Men, after-that-of Jesus, from which so much Salvation is Poured-forth upon Men, as from the Name-of Mary". He continues, "that the Devout Invocation-of this Sweet and Holy Name, leads to the Acquisition-of Superabundant Graces in this Life, and a very High Degree-of Glory, in the Next".

The Abbot-Francone, Speaking-on this Subject, says, "there is no other Name after-that-of the Son, in Heaven or on Earth, whence Pious Minds derive so-much Grace, Hope, and Sweetness". After the most Sacred-Name-of-Jesus, the Name-of-Mary is so-Rich in every Good Thing, that on-Earth and in-Heaven there is no other, from-which Devout Souls 'Receive' so-much Grace, Hope, and Sweetness.

Hence Richard-of-Saint-Laurence "encourages Sinners to have Recourse-to this Great Name", because it alone will Suffice-to Cure them of all their Evils; and "there is no Disorder, however Malignant, that does not Immediately Yield to the Power-of the Name-of Mary". The Blessed-Raymond-Jordano says, "that however Hardened and Diffident a Heart may be, the Name-of this most Blessed Virgin has such Efficacy, that if it is only Pronounced, that Heart will be Wonderfully Softened". Moreover, it is well Known, and is Daily Experienced-by the Clients-of Mary, that her Powerful Name gives the Particular-strength Necessary-to 'Overcome' Temptations-against Purity.

In Fin, "thy Name, O Mother of God, is Filled with Divine Graces and Blessings", as Saint Methodius says. So-much-so, that Saint Bonaventure 'Declares', "that thy Name, O Mary, cannot be Pronounced, without Bringing some Grace to him who Does-so Devoutly" . . . 'Grant', O Lady, that we may often 'Remember' to Name thee with Love and Confidence; for this Practice either shows the Possession-of Divine Grace, or else is a Pledge that we shall soon 'Recover' it.

On the other-hand, Thomas--Kempis 'Affirms' "that the Devils fear the Queen-of-Heaven to such a degree, that only on-Hearing her Great Name pronounced, they Fly-from him who does so, as from a Burning Fire". The Blessed Virgin herself, 'Revealed'-to Saint Bridget "that there is not on Earth a Sinner, however Devoid he may be of the Love-of God, from whom the Devil is not Obliged immediately to-fly, if he Invokes her Holy Name, with a Determination-to Repent". On another occasion, she repeated the same thing to the Saint, saying, "that all the Devils Venerate and Fear her Name to such a degree, that on Hearing it, they Immediately Loosen the Claws with-which they Hold the Soul Captive". Our Blessed Lady also told Saint Bridget, "that in the same way as the Rebel Angels fly-from Sinners, who Invoke the Name-of Mary, so also do the Good Angels approach Nearer-to Just Souls, who Pronounce her Name, with Devotion".

 

Promises

Consoling indeed, are the Promises-of Help made-by Jesus Christ, to those who have Devotion-to the Name-of-Mary; for One-day, in the Hearing-of Saint Bridget, He 'Promised' His most Holy Mother, that He would 'Grant' Three (3) Special Graces to those who 'Invoke' that Holy Name with-Confidence: First (1st), that He would Grant them Perfect Sorrow for their Sins; Secondly (2nd), that their Crimes should be Atoned-for; and, Thirdly (3rd), that He would give them Strength-to 'Attain' Perfection, and at-Length, the Glory-of Paradise. And then our Divine Savior added: "For thy Words, O My Mother, are so Sweet and Agreeable to Me, that I cannot Deny what thou Askest".

Saint Ephrem goes so-far-as to say, "that the Name-of Mary is the Key-of the Gates-of-Heaven", in the Hands-of those who Devoutly 'Invoke' it. And thus it is not without-Reason, that Saint Bonaventure says "that Mary is the Salvation-of all who Call-upon her". "O most Sweet Name! O Mary, what must thou thyself be, since thy Name alone, is thus Amiable and Gracious", exclaims Blessed-Henry-Suso.

Let us, therefore, always take Advantage-of the Beautiful Advice given us by Saint Bernard, in these words: "In Dangers, in Perplexities, in Doubtful Cases, Think-of Mary, Call-on Mary; let her not-Leave thy Lips; let her not-Depart from thy Heart".

 

Names of Jesus and Mary

In every Danger-of Forfeiting Divine Grace, we should Think-of Mary, and Invoke her Name, together with that of Jesus; FOR THESE TWO (2) NAMES ALWAYS GO TOGETHER. O, then, never let us permit these Two (2) most-Sweet Names, to-Leave our Hearts, or be 'Off' our Lips; for they will give us Strength, not-only not to-'Yield', but to-'Conquer' all our Temptations.

"The Invocation of the Sacred Names of Jesus and Mary", says Thomas--Kempis, "is a Short Prayer which is as Sweet-to the Mind, and as Powerful to Protect those who use it against the Enemies-of their Salvation, as it is easy-to Remember".

 

Hour of Death

Thus we see that the most-Holy Name-of-Mary is Sweet indeed, to her Clients during-Life, on-account-of the very Great Graces that she Obtains-for them. But Sweeter still, will it be to them in Death, on-account-of the Tranquil and Holy End that it will 'Insure' them.

Let us then, O Devout Reader, beg God to 'Grant' us, that at-Death, the Name-of-Mary may be the Last Word, on our Lips. This was the Prayer-of Saint Germanus: "May the Last Movement of my Tongue, be to Pronounce the Name of the Mother of God"; O Sweet, O Safe is that Death, which is 'Accompanied' and 'Protected' by so-'Saying' a Name; for God only 'Grants' the Grace-of 'Invoking' it, to those whom He is about-to Save.

Father-Sertorius-Caputo, of the Society-of-Jesus, 'Exhorted' all who 'Assist' the Dying, frequently-to 'Pronounce' the Name-of-Mary; for this Name-of Life and Hope, when Repeated-at the Hour-of-Death, Suffices-to put the Devils to-Flight, and to-Comfort such Persons in their Sufferings.

"Blessed is the Man, who Loves thy Name, O Mary" exclaims Saint Bonaventure. "Yes, Truly Blessed is he who Loves thy Sweet Name, O Mother of God! for", he continues, "thy Name is so Glorious and Admirable, that no one who Remembers it, has any Fears-at the Hour of Death". Such is its Power, that none of those who 'Invoke' it at the Hour-of-Death, Fear the Assaults-of their Enemies.

Saint-Camillus-de-Lellis, 'Urged' the Members-of his Community to Remind the Dying often, to 'Utter' the Holy Names-of Jesus and Mary. Such was his Custom when 'Assisting' People, in their Last Hour. Oh, that we may End our Lives as did the Capuchin Father, Fulgentius-of-Ascoli, who Expired 'Singing', "O Mary, O Mary, the most Beautiful of Creatures! let us Depart together". Let us Conclude-with the Tender Prayer-of Saint Bonaventure: "I ask thee, O Mary, for the Glory of thy Name, to Come and Meet my Soul when it is Departing-from this World, and to take it in Thine Arms".