Prayers, Consecrations, and Acclamations
to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Madonna and Child with St Jerome - by CORREGGIO - from Galleria Nazionale, Parma . . . .

Saint Jerome, whose eyes are fixed on his Creator,  is depicted presenting his translation of the Latin Vulgate Bible to Jesus, Who happily accepts it. Saint Jerome completed this difficult translation while living in a cave, and he was constantly tempted by Satan, depicted here as a lion, to err in the translation process. From the smiles of the Angel, Mary and Jesus, we know that the Vulgate translation is accurate and truthful. The Douay-Rheims Bible, used herein by Saint Alphonsus and commissioned by the Catholic Church, is a direct English translation of Saint Jerome's Latin Vulgate Bible.


These Prayers are put here, not only that they may be used,
but also that they may show the high idea that the Saints had of the power
and mercy of Mary, and the great confidence they had in her patronage


Prayers, Consecrations, and Acclamations
to the Blessed Virgin Mary

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Prayers to the Divine Mother for every day of the week

From the Raccolta
(Book of Indulgences)

Pope Pius VII., of holy memory, at the prayer of the Chapter of the Basilica of St. Mary in Cosmedin here in Rome, by a Rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, dated June 21, 1808, kept in the Archivium of the said Basilica, granted -
i. An indulgence or 300 days, once a day, to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, say the following prayers to our Blessed Lady, extracted from the spiritual works of the holy Bishop Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori, each on that day of the week to which it has been assigned, together with three Ave Maria's, with the intention of making some reparation to her for the many blasphemies which have been, and are daily uttered against her, not only by unbelievers, but even by bad Christians.
ii. A plenary indulgence, once a month, to all who say these prayers, with three Ave Maria's, daily for a whole month, with the intention above named, on any one day when, after Confession and Communion, they shall pray to God for the Holy Church, &c.



Little Rosary (Chaplet) of the Seven Dolors of Mary

From the Raccolta
(Book of Indulgences)

It was about the year 1233 that seven holy men of noble birth, by name Bonfiglio, Monaldio, Bonagiunta, Manetto, Amadeo, Uguccio, and Alessio Falconieri, withdrew from the city of Florence into the solitude of Mount Senario, receiving afterwards from the Church the appellation of the "Seven Blessed Founders." For it was in that solitude that, passing their days in the constant exercise of prayer, penitence, and other virtues, they, by a special revelation from the Blessed Virgin, instituted the Order called "Servants of Mary," taking for the object of their institution, meditation on the bitter pains she suffered in the Life, Passion, and Death of her Son Jesus, and, undertaking to promulgate this devotion amongst Christian people. One of the devout practices which they made use of for their purpose was a Chaplet or Rosary of Seven Divisions, in remembrance of the seven principal Dolours of the Blessed Virgin, which were to form the subject of the reciter's meditation according to his ability; the prayers to be said during such meditation being one Pater noster and seven Ave Maria's for each division, with three more Ave Maria's at the end of all, in honour of the tears shed by the same most holy Virgin in her Dolours.

This devout prayer, so acceptable to our most holy Sorrowful Mother, and so useful to Christian souls, was propagated throughout the Christian world by these Servants of Mary and it afterwards received much encouragement from Pope Benedict XIII., who, in order to induce the faithful to adopt it more and more, granted by his Brief Redemptoris, of Sept. 26, 1724 -
i. An indulgence of DAYS for every Pater noster, and the same for every Ave Maria, to every one who, having Confessed and Communicated, or at least made a firm resolution to Confess, should say this Chaplet in the churches of the Order of the Servants of Mary.
ii. The same indulgence of 200 days to be gained by all who shall say it any where on Fridays, during Lent, and on the Feast and Octave of the Seven Dolours of our Blessed Lady, and -
iii. An indulgence of 100 days, on any other day.
Lastly, the same Pope added -
iv. An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines to any one who says this Chaplet either alone or in company with others.
Afterwards Pope Clement XII., " that the faithful might often recollect and sympathise with the Dolours of Mary," confirmed by his Bull of Unigeniti, Dec. 12, 1734, the before-named Indulgences, adding also the following:
v. A plenary indulgence and remission of all sins to every one who shall say this Chaplet daily for a month together, and shall then, after Confession and Communion, pray for holy Church, &c.
vi. An indulgence of 100 years, every time it is said, to all who say this chaplet, being truly penitent and having confessed, or having at least made a firm resolution to confess their sins.
vii. An indulgence of 150 years, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Feast of Obligation of the Holy Church, after Confession and Communion.
viii. A plenary indulgence all who say it four times a week, on any one day in the year when, after Confession and Communion, they shall say the said Chaplet of Seven Dolours.
ix. An indulgence of 200 years * also to those who shall say it devoutly after their Confession.
x. An indulgence of ten years to those who keep one of these Chaplets about them, and are in the habit of saying it frequently, every time that, after Confession and Communion, they shall hear Mass, be present at a sermon, accompany the Blessed Sacrament to the sick, make peace between enemies, bring sinners to Confession, &c. &c.; or whenever, saying at the same time seven Pater noster's and seven Ave Maria's, they shall do any spiritual or temporal good work in honour of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin, or their Patron Saint.

All these Indulgences Mere confirmed by decrees of the S. Congr. of Indulgences issued at the command of Pope Benedict XIV. on January 10, 1711. and Clement XIII.. March 13, 1763. It is, however, requisite, in order to gain these Indulgences, that these Chaplets should be blessed by the Superiors of the Order of the Servants of Mary, or by other priests of the Order deputed by them; and when blessed, they cannot be sold or lent for the purpose of communicating these Indulgences to others, as in that case they would lose the Indulgences. See the above-named Brief of Benedict XIII.

* In some summaries of these Indulgences, and more particularly in that reprinted in Rome in 1518, we find 150 days and a few lines after, 200 days; but in the Bull above named published at the Office of the Reverend Apostolic Chamber in 1135, we find in both places not days but years.


Little Rosary (Chaplet) of Mary Immaculate

From the Raccolta
(Book of Indulgences)

His Holiness Pope Pius IX., in order that the fervour of the devotion of the faithful might be the more inflamed towards the Sacred and Immaculate Heart of Mary, granted at the prayer of the Bishop of Verona -
i. An Indulgence of 300 days, once a day, to every one who should say with contrite heart the following little chaplet.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who have the devout custom of saying it once a day; to be gained once a month, on the day when, after Confession and Communion, they shall visit a church or public oratory, and play there for a while according to the mind of his Holiness. See decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Dec. 11, 1854.


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