Daily Archives: May 23, 2010

Psalm 4, Blessing Psalter

4 So that God heals the sensitive people who fell ill from depression because of the behaviour of hard-hearted people.
.2 When I call, answer me, O God of justice;
from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

.3 O men, how long will your hearts be closed,
will you love what is futile and seek what is false?

.4 It is the Lord who grants favors to those whom he loves;
the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

.5 Fear him; do not sin: ponder on your bed and be still
.6 Make justice your sacrifice, and trust in the Lord.

.7 “What can bring us happiness?” many say.
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

.8 You have put into my heart a greater joy
than they have from abundance of corn and new wine.

.9 I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once
for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

St. Louis de Montfort on the Hail Mary

http://www.rosary-center.org/secret.htm

The Hail Mary

The Angelic Salutation is so heavenly and so beyond us in its depth of meaning that Blessed Alan de la Roche held that no mere creature could ever possibly understand it, and that only Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Who was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary can really explain it.

Its enormous value is due first of all to Our Lady to whom it was addressed, to the purpose of the Incarnation of the Word for which reason this prayer was brought from heaven, and also to the Archangel Gabriel who was the first ever to say it.

The Angelic Salutation is a most concise summary of all that Catholic theology teaches about the Blessed Virgin. It is divided up into two parts, that of praise and petition: the first shows all that goest to make up Mary’s greatness and the second all that we need to ask her for and all that we may expect to receive through her goodness.

The Most Blessed Trinity revealed the first part of it to us and the latter part was added by Saint Elizabeth who was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Holy Mother Church gave us the conclusion in the year 430 when she condemned the Nestorian heresy at the council of Ephesus and defined that the Blessed Virgin is truly the Mother of God. At this time she ordered us to pray to Our Lady under this glorious title by saying:

“Hail Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death.”

The greatest event in the whole history of the world was the Incarnation of the Eternal Word by Whom the world was redeemed and peace was restored between God and men. Our Lady was chosen as His instrument for this tremendous event and it was put into effect when she was greeted with the Angelic Salutation. The Archangel Gabriel, one of the leading princes of the heavenly court, was chosen as ambassador to bear these glad tidings.

In the Angelic Salutation can be seen the faith and hope of the patriarchs, the prophets and the apostles. Furthermore it gives to martyrs their unswerving constancy and strength, it is the wisdom of the doctors of the Church, the perseverance of holy confessors and the life of all religious. (Blessed Alan de la Roche) It is also the new hymn of the law of grace, the joy of angels and men, and the hymn which terrifies devils and puts them to shame.

By the Angelic Salutation God became man, a virgin became the Mother of God, the souls of the just were delivered from Limbo, the empty thrones in heaven filled. In addition sin was forgiven, grace was given to us, sick people were made well, the dead were brought back to life, exiles were brought home, and the anger of the Most Blessed Trinity was appeased and men obtained eternal life.

Finally, the Angelic Salutation is a rainbow in the heavens, a sign of the mercy and grace which God has given to the world. (Blessed Alan da la Roache)

Order The Secret of the Rosary from the Rosary Center

Psalm 2, Blessing Psalter

2 So that God illumines those who go to meetings and councils.
1 Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
2 They arise, the kings of the earth,
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
3 “Come, let us break their fetters,
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
5 Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
6 “It is I who have set up my king on Zion,
my holy mountain.”

7 (I will announce the decree of the Lord:)

The Lord said to me: “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
8 Ask and I will shall bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
9 With a rod of iron you will break them,
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

10 Now, O kings, understand,
take warning, rulers of the earth;
11 serve the Lord with awe
and trembling, pay him your homage
12 lest he be angry and you perish;
for suddenly his anger will blaze.

Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

Psalm 145, Blessing Psalter

145 So that God blesses the work of people so that it is well accepted by God.
1 I will give you glory, O God my king,
I will bless your name for ever.

2 I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
3 The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured.

4 Age to age shall proclaim your works,
shall declare your mighty deeds,
5 shall speak of your splendor and glory,
tell the tale of your wonderful works.
6 They will speak of your terrible deeds,
recount your greatness and might.
7 They will recall your abundant goodness;
age to age shall ring out your justice.

8 The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

10 All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God,

12 to make known to all your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendor of your reign.
13 Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.

The Lord is faithful in all his words
and loving in all his deeds.
14 The Lord supports all who fall
and raise up all who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food in due time.
16 You open wide your hand,
grant the desires of all who live.

17 The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
18 He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

19 He grants the desires of those who fear him,
he hears their cry and he saves them.
20 The Lord protects all who love him ;
the wicked he will utterly destroy.

21 Let me speak the praise of the Lord,
let all peoples bless his holy name
for ever, for ages unending.

Thirty Days’ Prayer to Mary

Ever glorious and blessed Mary,
Queen of Virgins,
Mother of Mercy,
hope and comfort of dejected and desolate souls,
through that sword of sorrow
which pierced thy tender heart
whilst thine only Son,
Christ Jesus, our Lord,
suffered death and ignominy on the cross;
through that filial tenderness
and pure love He had for thee,
grieving in thy grief,
whilst from His cross He recommended thee
to the care and protection
of His beloved disciple, St. John,
take pity,  I beseech thee,
on my poverty and necessities;
have compassion on my anxieties and cares;
assist and comfort me
in all my infirmities and miseries,
of what kind soever.

Thou art the Mother of Mercies,
the sweet comforter
and only refuge of the needy and the orphan,
of the desolate and afflicted.
Cast, therefore,
an eye of pity on a miserable,
forlorn child of Eve,
and hear my prayer;
for since,
in just punishment of my sins,
I find myself encompassed by a multitude of evils,
and oppressed with much anguish of spirit,
wither can I fly for more secure shelter,
O amiable Mother of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
than under the wings of thy maternal protection?

Attend, therefore,
I beseech thee,
with an ear of pity and compassion,
to my humble and earnest request.

I ask it,
through the bowels of mercy of thy dear Son;
Through that love and condescension wherewith
He embraced our nature, when,
in compliance with the divine Will,
thou gavest thy consent, and whom,
after the expiration of nine months
thou didst bring forth
from the chaste enclosure of thy womb,
to visit the world,
and bless it with His presence.

I ask it,
through that anguish of mind
wherewith thy beloved Son,
our dear Saviour,
was overwhelmed on the Mount of Olives,
when He besought His eternal Father
to remove from Him, if possible,
the bitter chalice of His future passion.

I ask it,
through the threefold repetition
of His prayers in the garden,
whence afterwards,
with dolorous steps and mournful tears,
thou didst accompany Him to the doleful theatre
of His death and sufferings.

I ask it,
through the welts and bruises of His virginal flesh,
occasioned by the cords and whips
wherewith He was bound and scourged,
when stripped of His seamless garment,
for which His executioners afterwards cast lots.

I ask it,
through the scoffs and ignominies
by which He was insulted;
the false accusations and unjust sentence
by which He was condemned to death,
and which He bore with heavenly patience. 

I ask it,
through His bitter tears and bloody sweat;
His silence and resignation;
His sadness and grief of heart.

I ask it,
through the blood which trickled
from His royal and Sacred Head,
when struck with the scepter of a reed
and pierced with His crown of thorns.

I ask it,
through the excruciating torments He suffered,
when His hands and feet were fastened
with gross nails to the tree of the cross.

I ask it,
through His vehement thirst,
and bitter potion of vinegar and gall.

I ask it,
through His dereliction on the cross
when He exclaimed,
“My God! my God! why hast Thou forsaken me?”

I ask it,
through His mercy extended to the good thief,
and through His recommending
His precious soul and spirit
into the hands of His eternal Father
before He expired, saying, “It is consummated.”

I ask it,
through the blood mixed with water,
which issued from His Sacred Side
when pierced with a lance,
and whence a flood of grace
and mercy has flowed to us.

I ask it,
through His immaculate life,
bitter passion and ignominious death on the cross,
at which nature itself was thrown into convulsions,
by the bursting of rocks,
rending of the veil of the Temple,
the earthquake,
and the darkness of the sun and moon. 

I ask it,
through His descent into hell,
where He confronted the Saints
of the old law with His presence,
and led the captivity captive.

I ask it,
through His glorious victory over death,
when He arose again to life on the third day,
and through the joy
which His appearance for forty days after gave thee,
His blessed Mother,
His Apostles,
and the rest of His Disciples;
when in thine and their presence
He miraculously ascended into heaven.

I ask it,
through the grace of the Holy Spirit,
infused into the hearts of His Disciples,
when