Novena of Mary's Titles;
Day 1:
'Holy-Mary',
'Holy-Mother-of-God'


Madonna Enthroned with the Child - by CIMA da Conegliano - from Galleria Nazionale, Parma

 

The Novena is Nine (9) Days-of-Prayer for Special Graces,
and had its Origin in the Nine (9) Months, Our Lord was in His Blessed Mother's Womb,
from the Incarnation (25 Mar), to the Nativity (25 Dec).

 

Novena of Mary's Titles;
Day 1:
'Holy-Mary',
'Holy-Mother-of-God'

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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Meditate and Pray on the Following Discourses

- First Meditation -

"Holy Mary, Pray for us" - Since in the Litany of our Blessed Lady, the Church 'Teaches' us to 'Ask' this Good Mother so-many Times, to 'Pray' for us, it will be Well, before 'Meditating' upon the Titles by-which she is 'Invoked', to 'Consider' the Great Power which her Prayers have, with-God. Blessed is that Person, for whom Mary 'Prays'. Jesus 'Rejoices' when His Most Beloved Mother, 'Prays' to Him, that He may have the Pleasure-of 'Granting' her, All she 'Asks'. One Day, Saint-Bridget 'Heard' Jesus 'Speak' to Mary and 'Say', "My Mother, thou well Knowest that I cannot do Otherwise, than 'Grant' thy 'Prayers'; therefore, 'Ask' of Me what thou Wilt". And He then 'Added', "Since thou, when on Earth, didst Deny me Nothing, it is Becoming, now that I am in Heaven, that I should Deny thee Nothing, that thou Askest Me". Saint-Bernard 'Says', "To be Heard by the Son, is to be Graciously Heard". Mary has only to 'Speak', and her Son 'Grants' her All that she 'Asks'. Let us therefore, 'Pray' to this Divine Mother, without Ceasing, if we Wish to 'Secure' our Eternal Salvation; and let us 'Address' her in the Words of Saint-Andrew-of-Crete:

We Beseech thee, therefore, O Holy Virgin,
to Grant us the Help of thy Prayers with God;
Prayers which are more-Precious than all the Treasures-of the World;
Prayers which Obtain us a very Great Abundance of Graces;
Prayers which Confound all Enemies, and Triumph over their Strength.

Amen

 

- Second Meditation -

"Holy Mary" - The Name-of Mary is a Name-of Salvation. This Name came not of Earth, but from Heaven; hence Saint-Epiphanius 'Says', that it was not Given-to Mary by her Parents, but was Imposed-on her, by the Express Will-of-God. Therefore it is, that after the Name-of Jesus, the Name-of Mary is 'Above' every other Name; for God has 'Filled' it, with Grace and Sweetness, that every Blessing may be 'Obtained' by him who 'Names' it. Saint-Bernard 'Says', "O Mary, thou canst not be Named without Inflaming the Heart of him who does so, with Love for thee". Blessed-Henry-Suso used to 'Exclaim', "O Mary, what must thou thyself be, since thy Very Name is so Amiable and Gracious". That Name is Filled-with Blessings. Saint-Bonaventure 'Says' that the Name-of Mary cannot be 'Invoked' without Profit, to him who does so. Above all, this Name has Power to 'Overcome' the Temptations-of-Hell.

Ah, my Lady, had I always Invoked thee in my Temptations, I should not have Fallen. For the Future, I will never Cease to Invoke thee, 'Saying', "Mary, Help me; Mary, Succor me". And do thou 'Obtain' me the Grace always, to 'Invoke' thee in Time of Spiritual Danger.

Amen

 

- Third Meditation -

"Holy Mother-of-God" - If the Prayers of the Saints, are very Powerful with God, how Great must be, the Power of those of Mary! The Former are the Prayers-of Servants, the Latter the Prayers-of a Mother. Saint-Antoninus 'Says', that the Prayers of Mary, have the Force-of a Command, with Jesus Christ. Hence, he Concludes, that it is Impossible for the Son not to 'Grant' the Grace for which the Mother 'Asks'. Saint-Bernard, therefore, 'Exhorts' us to 'Ask' for every Grace which we 'Desire' from God, 'Through' Mary. "Let us Seek for Grace, and Seek it by Mary". And why? "Because she is a Mother, and is always Graciously Heard".

O Great Mother-of-God, Pray to Jesus for me.
Behold the Miseries of my Soul , and Pity me.
Pray, and never-Cease to Pray, until thou seest me Safe in Paradise.
O Mary, thou art my Hope, Abandon me not.
Holy Mother-of-God, Pray for us.

Amen