31 Days of Prayer – Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the anniversary of the last visit of Our Lady to the children at Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this day, I found this beautiful prayer:

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Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

Dearest Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who came to Fatima to reveal to all mankind the Divine plan for true Christian peace, of prayer, penance, and consecration, grant an abundance of grace, strength, and guidance to the members of Thy Fatima Crusade, here present and throughout the world. Inspire us to great zeal, oh great Mediatrix of All Graces, that we may be effective instruments in spreading devotion to Thy Rosary; that we may be faithful in wearing Thy scapular; that we may inspire our brothers in Christ to a life of sacrifice, penance, and modesty, and finally, that we may help to bring about that wonderful day when all men, through consecration to Thy Immaculate Heart, shall be one in Christ. Amen.”

I do not know the author of this poem but I found it on the Salve Maria Regina website. You can go there to get other Fatima prayers, to learn the story of Fatima, and to learn about the lives of the three children who were privileged to get those heavenly visits from Our Lady.

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31 Days of Prayer – The Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. So, naturally, I want to encourage you to pray the rosary.

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Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

It took me a long time before I realized how powerful and wonderful and scriptural the rosary is. Now, I look forward to praying the rosary. If you are interested, go here to learn about Catholics and the Rosary, and here are some links about the rosary.

I wish I had the chance to make a video or had the opportunity to do a live chat so we could pray the rosary; It just isn’t possible today. However, here is a quick rundown on how to pray the rosary:

On the Cross: Make the sign of the cross, state your intention, and pray the Apostle’s Creed.

Large Bead: Pray an Our Father.

3 small beads: Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray a Glory Be, announce the first mystery**, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Large bead: Pray the Glory Be, “Oh my Jesus,”* announce the second mystery, pray an Our Father.

10 small beads: Pray a Hail Mary on each bead.

Continue in this way, remembering to announce the next mystery, until you finish the fifth mystery.

Large bead: finish with the Hail Holy Queen and “Oh, God..” Make the sign of the cross.

*Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven. Amen.

**Joyful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Annunciation, The Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth, The Nativity of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Finding of Jesus at the Temple.

**Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary are: The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging at the Pillar, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross, and fifth, The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord.

**Luminous Mysteries of the rosary are: The Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Proclamation of the Kingdom and call to Conversion, The Transfiguration, and The Institution of the Eucharist.

**Glorious Mysteries of the rosary are: The Resurrection of Jesus, The Ascension of Jesus, The Coming of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary, and The Queenship of Mary.

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Our Catholic Traditions: First Saturday Devotions

I have talked about the First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus before, and today I want to talk about its complimentary devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is another beautiful and grace-filled devotion that Catholics should know about.

Immaculate Heart of Mary
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What is the First Saturday Devotion?

The first Saturday devotion is a devotion that was specifically requested by the Blessed Mother during her apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. She said to Lucia:

“I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”

Devotion Requirements

There are four (4) practices “required” for this devotion (all done with the specific intention of making reparation for sins):

1. Sacrament of Reconciliation. Going to confession before the first Saturday, on the first Saturday or a few days after is okay.

2. Receiving Holy Communion. Communion can be received outside of mass, but the communicant must be in the state of grace at the time communion is received.

3. Praying a 5 decade rosary. The Joyful Mysteries are traditionally said on Saturdays, but the Glorious Mysteries would be nice for this devotion, too.

4. Meditation for 15 minutes on the Mysteries of the Rosary. This meditation is an addition to, not a part of, your regular rosary for this devotion.

Promise

We can never outdo our Lord or our Lady in generosity. However, Our Lady promises us a very special gift for practicing this devotion for five (5) consecutive months:

“I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation.”

Further Reading

Here are some links to read more about this lovely devotion.

themostholyrosary.com

fatimafamily.org

Wikipedia

I know that Saturdays can be tough. Sports, activities, etc. often fall on Saturdays. Believe me, I know this by experience. Truthfully, I miss out on this devotion more often than not! Still, if you can participate in this devotion, I know you will be blessed!

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31 Days With Mary: Day 30

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Mary: Channel of Grace

“Since the fullness of the Divine Nature dwelt in Mary’s womb, the Blessed Virgin thereby, acquired a kind of jurisdiction over all graces, for the all the streams of Divine grace flow from her womb as from the ocean of Divinity which was within her.” –St. Bonaventure

Offering: A prayer, such as the Hail Mary, for someone in need of prayer.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 26

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Mary: The Way to Jesus

“Many conversations, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Encouraging someone to begin a relationship or grow in his or her relationship with Mary, and through her with Jesus.

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(P.S. The ninth -last- day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 25

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Mary: Help of Christians

“Our Lady wishes us now to honor Her especially under the title of ‘Help of Christians’. In these evil days we need Her help.” –St. John Bosco

“We owe many great debts of gratitude to Mary, Help of Christians. What we are and what we have done, we owe to Her.” –St. John Bosco

Offering: Praying an extra decade or two besides our normal daily rosary.

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(P.S. The eighth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 24

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Mary: Our Mother

“Find out for yourself by personal experience the meaning of Mary’s maternal love. it is not enough just to know that she is our Mother, and to think and talk about her as such. She is your Mother and you are her child. She loves you as if you were her only child in this world. Treat her accordingly. tell her about everything that happens to you; honor her and love her. no one will do it for you or as well as you.'” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Many affectionate prayers and thoughts to our heavenly mother throughout the day.

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(P.S. The seventh day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 21

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Mary: Prayer

“Let us ask the Blessed Virgin to make us contemplatives, to teach us to recognize the constant calls from God at the door of our heart.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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(P.S. The fourth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 20

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Mary: Our Hope

“The King of Heaven, being infinite Goodness, desires in the highest degree to enrich us with His graces. But because confidence is a necessary condition for being heard, and because He wants to increase our confidence, He has given us His own Mother as our Mother and intercessor, and has granted her all power to help us. So it is that He wishes us to place our hope for salvation and every blessing in her.” –St. Alphonse Liguori

Offering: A smile for those we love, even when we don’t feel like it.

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(P.S. The third day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 19

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Mary: Her Faith

“If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. St. John tells us that it was because of the miracle that Christ performed, at his mother’s request, at the marriage feast at Cana, that ‘his disciples learned to believe in him’ Our Mother is always interceding with her Son, so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us in such a way that we can cry out, ‘You are the Son of God!'” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: The Memorare prayed well and carefully for the person in our life who most needs the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assistance.

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(P.S. The second day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)