Novena of Mary's Titles;
by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
Meditate and Pray on the Following Discourses
- First Meditation -
"House-of-Gold" - Gold is a Symbol-of Love. Therefore Blessed-Albert-the-Great 'Calls'
Mary, "a Golden-Temple-of-Charity". And with Reason; for Saint-Thomas 'Says', that "as All in the Temple was
Covered-with Gold, so was everything in the Beautiful Soul of Mary, 'Filled' with Sanctity". Mary was the House-of-Gold which
Eternal Wisdom, that is the Divine Word, 'Chose' for His Dwelling-on-Earth; "Wisdom
hath Built herself a House" - Proverbs 9:1. "This House-of-God", 'Says' Richard-of-Saint-Lawrence, "is so Rich,
that it can 'Relieve' All our Wants".
O Mary, thou Lovest God so much, and therefore thou Desirest to see
Him Loved by All. This is the Grace, which above all others, I Ask of thee, and which I Hope from thee;
Obtain me Great Love for God.
- Second Meditation -
Mantle of Mary
"Ark-of-the-Covenant" - Hesychius 'Calls' Mary, "an Ark more-Spacious than that of
Noah", for in the Ark-of-Noah, only Two (2) Animals of every kind were Received, but under the Mantle-of-Mary, the
Just and Sinners 'Find' Place. This was One Day 'Revealed' to Saint-Gertrude;
for she saw a Multitude-of Wild Beasts, Lions, Leopards, and the like, who Took-Refuge under the Mantle-of-Mary; and
she not only did not 'Drive' them away, but with her Benign Hands 'Caressed' them, that they might not Fly-away. The Animals which 'Entered' the Ark,
'Remained' Animals; but Sinners, who are 'Received' under the Mantel-of-Mary, do not 'Remain'
Sinners. She is certain to 'Change' their Hearts, and to 'Render'
them Dear-to God. The Blessed Virgin herself, 'Said' to Saint-Bridget,
"However much a Man may have Sinned, if he Returns to me, with a Real Purpose-of-Amendment, I am Ready at-once to 'Receive' him; neither do I Pay Attention to the Sins with-which he is 'Laden',
but only to the Good Disposition in which he 'Comes'; and then I do not Disdain to Anoint and Heal his Wounds, for I am Called and Truly-am the Mother-of-Mercy".
O Mother-of-Mercy, will I then Say to thee, in the Words-of Saint Bernard:
'Remember that it has never been Heard-of in any Age,
That any Sinner who had Recourse to thee, was Rejected by thee'.
I, a Miserable Sinner, have Recourse to thee, and Trust in thee.
- Third Meditation -
"Gate-of-Heaven" - Mary is 'Called' the Gate-of-Heaven, because, as
Saint-Bonaventure 'Declares', "no one can enter Heaven, unless by Mary, as Through a Door". Our Queen 'Says',
"My Power is in Jerusalem". Richard-of-Saint-Lawrence 'Adds', "Commanding what I Will, and Introducing whom
I Will". I can 'Obtain' whatever I Please, for my Clients, and 'Introduce' All whom I Please,
into Paradise. Hence, Saint-Bonaventure 'Writes', that, "those who Enjoy the Favor of Mary, are Recognized by the
Citizens-of-Heaven; and those who 'Bear' her Stamp, that is, have the Grace to be her Servants, are Inscribed-in the Book-of-Life". For this Reason, Bernardine-de-Bustis 'Calls'
Mary, "the Book-of-Life", and 'Says' that whoever, by his Devotion, is Written in this Book, is certain to be
Ah, my Mother, in thee do I Repose my Hope-of Eternal Salvation. I Love thee; do thou Save me; never Allow a Servant-of thine,
Who Loves thee, to go to Blaspheme thee, in Hell.