Novena of Mary's Titles;
Day 7:
'House-of-Gold',
'Ark-of-the-Covenant',
'Gate-of-Heaven'


Madonna della Scodella - by CORREGGIO - 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 7:
'House-of-Gold',
'Ark-of-the-Covenant',
'Gate-of-Heaven'

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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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.

Amen

 

- 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.

Amen

 

- 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 Saved.

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.

Amen