Thursday, May 03, 2007

National Day of Prayer in the Month of Mary: May 3rd devotions

If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. –II Chronicles 7:14
God wills that all his gifts should come to us through Mary. –St. Bernard

Today is the 56th Annual National Day of Prayer as well the Month of Mary. Actually, it is the National Day of Prayer in 49 of our 50 states, since New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, the notorious pro-abort who also recently said he would sign a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in his state is the ONLY governor who refused to sign a proclamation authorizing May 3rd as the National Day of Prayer in his state. Let all Christians say a quick Jesus prayer, "O Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner," and all Catholics add the miraculous medal prayer, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee," for New York, the unity of our nation and the unification of all Christians. For the more ambitious, I have quoted A. Carthusian and Pope Paul VI on the origin of the Month of Mary devotion.

Saints Philip and James (today's saints) pray for us!

Lastly, the Month of Mary Devotion for May 3 is entitled "Mary and the Blessed Trinity" and asks us to say a Hail Mary each time the clock strikes an hour. Amen!

"It was in Rome, towards the end of the eighteenth century, one fine evening in May. A child of the poor gathered his companions around him and led them to a statue of Mary, before which a lamp was burning, as is the custom in that holy city. There, these fresh young voices sang the Litany of our Lady. The next day, the little group, followed by other children, again gathered at the feet of the Mother of God. Next came their mothers, to join the little assembly. Soon, other groups were formed, and the devotion rapidly became popular. Holy souls, troubled by the disorderly conduct which always increases and becomes graver at the return of the pleasant springtime, saw in these growing practices the hand of God, and they cooperated with the designs of Providence by approving and promoting this new devotion, as a public and solemn act of reparation. The Month of Mary was founded." (Cf. A Carthusian, "A Month with Mary," London: Burns and Oates, 1950)

"This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians is raised to Mary. It is also the month in which from his throne descend upon us the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy." (Paul VI, "The Month of Mary," 1967)

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