Novena of Mary's Titles;
by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
Meditate and Pray on the Following Discourses
- First Meditation -
"Mother-most-Amiable" ― Richard-of-Saint-Lawrence says, "that Mary
was Amiable in the Eyes-of-God Himself". Mary was so-Beautiful in the Eyes-of God, that He was
'Enamored' of her Beauty. "How Beautiful art thou, My Love, how Beautiful art thou!" - Canticles 4:1. Hence He 'Called'
her His only Dove, His only Perfect One:
"One is My Dove, My Perfect One is but One" - Canticles 4:1. "It is certain", as Father-Suarez 'Says',
"that God Loved Mary more than all the other Saints together; and with Reason; for she alone Loved God more than all Men, and all Angels have ever Loved Him".
O Most Beautiful Mary, thou hast Gained the Heart of God;
Take also my Poor Heart, and Make me a Saint.
I Love thee; and in thee is my Confidence.
Most Amiable Mother, Pray for us.
- Second Meditation -
"Mother-of-Our-Redeemer" ― Saint-Bonaventure 'Calls' Mary
"the Mediatress-of-our-Salvation"; and Saint-Damascen, "the-Savior, in a certain manner, of the World".
For Two (2) Reasons Mary can be 'Called' the Savior-of-the-World and Our
Mediatress; that is, the Mediatress-of-Grace, as Jesus is the Mediator-of-Justice.
First (1st), on-account-of the 'Consent' (Fiat) which she 'Gave' at the
Incarnation of the Eternal Word; for by that 'Consent', Saint-Bernadine 'Says', "she Procured us Salvation".
Secondly (2nd), by the 'Consent' which Mary 'Gave' to the Death of her
Son, in which she 'Expressed' her Willingness, that He should be
'Sanctified' on the Cross, for our Salvation.
I Remind thee, then, O Mother of my Savior,
that thou didst once Offer the Life of thy Son to God;
Save me now, by thy Intercession.
- Third Meditation -
"Virgin-most-Venerable" ― Saint-Anselm 'Says', "that when we say that
Mary is the Mother-of-God, we Speak of a Dignity, which is above every other Dignity, that can be Named or Thought-of, after that of God; therefore he 'Says',
"O Lady, nothing equals thee; for all is either above thee, and this is God alone, or beneath thee, and this is All which is not God". In Fine,
Saint-Bernard 'Writes', "that God alone can Know the Greatness of Mary". Blessed-Albert-the-Great 'Says',
"that Mary could not be more closely United to God, without Becoming God". This Great Mother-of-God is, then,
indeed Worthy of our Veneration, since God Himself could not have 'Made' her Greater-than
He did, when He 'Made' her His
O Mother-of-God, my Mother Mary, I Adore thee, and would Wish thee to be
Adored by all Hearts, as that Exalted Lady which thou art. Pity a Poor Sinner, who Loves thee, and Trusts in thee.
Virgin-most-Venerable, Pray for us.