Novena of Mary's Titles;
'Virgin most Faithful',
'Cause of our Joy'
'Vessel of Singular Devotion'
by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
Meditate and Pray on the Following Discourses
- First Meditation -
Mantle of Mary
"Virgin-most-Faithful" - Blessed is he, who by his Prayers, 'Watches' at the Gates-of
Mary, as the Poor 'Wait' at the Door-of-the-Rich, to 'Obtain' Relief. "Blessed is the Man",
Mary 'Says', "that Heareth me, and that Watcheth Daily at my Gates" - Proverbs 8:34. O that we were as Faithful
to 'Serve' this Divine Mother, as she is Faithful to 'Relieve' us, when we
'Pray' to her! Mary 'Promises' that All, who 'Serve' and 'Honor' her,
shall be Free from Sin and 'Obtain' Eternal Life: "They that Work by me, shall not Sin. They that Explain me, shall have
Life Everlasting" Ecclesiasticus 24:30,31. She 'Invites' All to have Recourse to her, and 'Promises' them
every Grace which they Desire: "In me is all Grace of-the-Way and of-the-Truth; in me is all Hope of-Life and of-Virtue; come-over to me, all ye that Desire
me" - Ecclesiasticus 24:25,26. Saint-Lawrence-Justinian 'Applies' to Mary, that other Text-of
Ecclesiasticus, "her Bands are a Healthful Binding" - Ecclesiasticus 6:31; and then 'Adds',
"wherefore Bands, unless to Bind her Servants, that they may not Stray in the Fields-of-Sin". Mary 'Binds' her
Servants, that they may not 'Give' themselves too-much Liberty, which would 'Cause' their Ruin.
O Mother-of-God, in thee do I Place all my Confidence;
Thou must Preserve me from Falling any-more into Sin.
My Lady, Abandon me not,
Obtain me the Grace rather to Die
Than to Lose the Grace-of-God.
- Second Meditation -
Birth of Mary, our Dawn - by GOZZOLI, Benozzo - from Biblioteca Comunale, Castelfiorentino
The Sun, Symbolic-of Jesus Christ, can be seen Rising in the Distance, through the Arched Window.
Mary is depicted Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes, in-accordance-with Jewish Custom and Law
(Click to Enlarge)
"Cause-of-our-Joy" - As the Dawn is a Cause-of Joy, after the Darkness and
Gloom-of-Night, so was the Birth-of Mary, who is our Dawn, a Cause-of
Joy to the World, which, before the Coming-of Jesus Christ, had been for Four Thousand Years, 'Immersed' in
the Darkness-of-Sin. A Holy-Father 'Says', "that in the Birth-of-Mary, the Dawn Appeared". The Dawn is the
Forerunner-of the Sun, and Mary was the Precursor of the Incarnate Word, the
Sun-of-Justice, the Redeemer, Who, by His
Death, 'Delivered' us from Eternal Death. With Reason the Church 'Sings', on the Nativity-of-Mary, "Thy
Birth, O Holy Mother-of-God, 'Announced' Joy to the Whole World". And as Mary was the Beginning-of our Joy, so is she also its
Completion; for Saint-Bernard 'Says': that Jesus Christ 'Deposited' the Whole Price of our
Redemption, in the Hands-of-Mary; that every Grace which we 'Receive', we may 'Receive' from
Thou art my Joy and my Hope;
For thou Deniest thy Graces, to no one,
And thou 'Obtainest' All that thou Willest, from God.
- Third Meditation -
"Vessel-of-Singular-Devotion" - Devotion, as Saint-Thomas 'Teaches', Consists-in the Readiness with
which our Will 'Conforms' itself to the Will-of-God. This was the Principle
Virtue, which 'Rendered' His Most Holy Mother, so Dear-to God.
This also was the Signification of the Answer which Our Lord 'Gave' to the Woman who 'Called' the Womb which 'Bore'
Him, Blessed: "Yea rather, Blessed are they who Hear the Word-of-God, and Keep it" - Luke 11:28. By this,
according-to the Venerable Bede, Our Lord meant that Mary was more Blessed by the
Union-of her Will, with that of God, than by 'Being' His
Mother. That Flower (Heliotropic) which always Turns-towards the Sun, is a Real Type of Mary. The
Divine Will, was alone the Aim and Satisfaction of the Heart-of-Mary; as she
herself 'Proclaimed', "My Spirit hath Rejoiced in God, my Savior".
O Blessed art thou, my Lady, who wast Always,
and in-All, United to the Divine Will.
Obtain me the Grace to Spend the Rest-of my Life
in Constant Uniformity with the Will-of-God.