Memorial: Saturday after the Second
Sunday after Pentecost
After the Secred Heart of Jesus, there
is no other heart more compassionate and more merciful than the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In her, the heart of the Son of God was formed and rested for nine months.
Among the examples of active sympathy that the holy Mother of God has given us during her life span was the incident at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. She saw the affliction of those at the wedding, due to the lack of wine. Urged by sympathy, she spoke to her Divine Son: "Son, they have no more wine." Ever since Mary as the Queen of Heaven participates in the glory of her Son, millions of Christians in sickness and affliction have obtained help through her intercession. Mary is everywhere known as the most noble, charitable and beneficent heart, after the Divine Heart of Jesus. For this reason, the Church calls her the Mother of Mercy, the Consolation of the Afflicted, the Health of the Sick, and the Help of Christians. Consequently, to imitate this Mother of Mercy in active mercy cannot but be exceedingly pleasing to her.
Blessed Alphonse Marie hopes for salvation exclusively from the mercy of God through Jesus Christ; and in the pain that constantly fills her soul, she finds peace only in the afflicted hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Prayer: O God, who prepared a fit dwelling place for the Holy Spirit in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, graciously grant that through her intercession we may be a worthy temple of your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(for private use)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, according to the Heart of God, [etc.]
Heart of Mary, united to the Heart of Jesus,
Heart of Mary, organ of the Holy Ghost,
Heart of Mary, sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity,
Heart of Mary, tabernacle of God incarnate,
Heart of Mary, immaculate from thy creation,
Heart of Mary, full of grace,
Heart of Mary, blessed among all hearts,
Heart of Mary, throne of glory,
Heart of Mary, abyss of humility,
Heart of Mary, holocaust of divine love,
Heart of Mary, fastened to the Cross with Jesus Cricified,
Heart of Mary, comfort of the afflicted,
Heart of Mary, refuge of sinners,
Heart of Mary, hope of the agonizing,
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like to the Heart of Jesus.
Let us pray.
O most merciful God, Who, for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the miserable, was pleased that the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary should be most like in charity and pity to the divine Heart of Thy Son, Jesus Christ; grant that we who commemorate this most sweet and loving heart, may, by the merits of the same Blessed Virgin, come to be found according to the Heart of Jesus. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.