Blessed Virgin Mary: September 2012 Archives
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement! O loving! O sweet Virgin Mary!
The narrative of this feast of Our Lady has its origin in the devotion of Saint Peter Nolasco in the late 12th century France. Father Paul Haffner tells us more here.
The feast of Our Lady of Mercy is close to the heart of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma, and those who have an awareness of the role of Mercy in life.
May Our Lady of Mercy be with us, pray for us.
Let us celebrate with joy the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for from her arose the sun of justice, Christ our God. (antiphon)
Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation.
Several things to pray for today,
- the Most Rev. Edoardo Aldo Cerrrato, CO, on the day of his episcopal ordination in Rome;
- the Cistercian Order;
- those who professed vows today;
- the Benedictines of Saint Mary's Monastery (Petersham, MA);
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap, on the first anniversary of being the archbishop of Philadelphia;
- Michael Maggiore who is healing.
Keeping in mind what Saint Thomas of Villanova reflected upon for today's feast,
"What joy, what happiness there is in heaven! The shoot for the root of Jesse, sown so long ago in the patriarchs, has today sprung up and began to grow, and will bear a Flower which is destined to heal the world; a Flower whose scent revives the dead, whose taste heals the sick, whose beauty delights the angels; a Flower both white and red, which the angels long to see."