Mary; the Blessed Mother; the Virgin Mary; Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth; Mary, Star of the Sea; Our Lady of Guadalupe; Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady of Charity; Immaculate Mary; the Madonna; all titles of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is our Lord and Savior.
That very brief list is but a mere glimpse of the titles given to the woman who, from her conception had no sin and gave her “fiat” to the Angel Gabriel and bore a Son who saved us all. May is traditionally the month in which we honor Mary and October is considered the month of the Rosary, there are Marian feast days throughout the Roman Catholic calendar. Last Tuesday was the feast of the Assumption and today is the feast of the Queenship of Mary. Rosary fast fact: those are the last two mysteries of the Glorious mysteries.
Like most Catholics, I have a few favorite Marian prayers and images. As a young girl, I learned the Memorare and have treasured it always. The words are a comfort, reminding us that Mary will indeed help us through our trials and difficulties when we ask for her help.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Another favorite, which is both a prayer and an image is Our Lady Undoer of Knots. This is a novena that asks Mary to help us untie the knots in our life. The image shows Mary patiently untying knots in a ribbon, the ribbon of our lives once again becomes smooth with Mary’s intercession.
My favorite image of Our Lady is called the Madonna of the Streets by the Italian artist Roberta Ferruzzi. Here is the story behind the painting, known as Madonninia in Italian.
Whatever prayers and images of Mary speak to you makes no difference. Mary always points us to her Son so when we honor Mary she draws us closer to herself and leads us to her Son. Devotion to Mary reminds us to have her humility but also her strength. She never takes Jesus’ place but she stood at the foot of the cross, watching her only Son give his life for all of humanity.
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