Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. (John 14: 23-29)
You are witnesses … and I am sending the promise of the Father upon you … and he blessed them. (Luke 24: 46-53)
Holy Father, I pray … that they may all be one, as you Father are in me and I in you, that they also may be one in us … that the world may believe … (John 17: 20-26)
Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. (John 7: 37-39)
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in y name, will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you. (John 14: 15-26)
When he comes, the Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth ... (John 16: 12-15)
My most pure Mother, my soul so poor, all stained with wretchedness and sin cries out to your maternal heart. In your goodness deign, I beseech you,
to pour out on me at least a little of the grace that flowed into you with such infinite profusion from the Heart of God.
Strengthened and supported by this grace, may I succeed in better loving and serving Almighty God Who filled your heart completely,
and Who created the temple of your body from the moment of your Immaculate Conception. (Prayer of Padre Pio to Mary Immaculate)
Prayers for the Month of Mary
The “Stations of Joy” each commemorate one of the passages in Scripture when the Resurrected Jesus tried tenderly to convince us of His Resurrection, to change our sorrows into joys. A sad Christian is not a convincing Christian… let us try to pray and live these “Stations of Joy” during the glorious Paschal time, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. The 40 days of Lent are intense ones for a Christian, but the next 40 days of Paschal time, from the Resurrection to the Ascension, should be the most joyful, ending an extra 10 days later with the glory of Pentecost.
O most compassionate Virgin Mary,
that never was it known,
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your assistance,
or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you,
O virgin of virgins, my mother,
to you I come, before you I kneel,
sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate
(Assist me, that I may open my heart
to God’s Word, and, like you,
open my life to Christ,
that I may live with, in, and for Jesus,
as you did.)
Despise not my request,
but in your clemency, hear and answer me.
Gospel selections referring to Mary
(Select a passage each day and read it all or part of it, reflect on how it refers to Mary and to you. Then pray a pray from your heart to live the message that Mary’s example offers in that Scripture passage.)
Matthew 1: 1-17 (Genealogy of Jesus)
Matthew 1: 18-23 (Birth of Jesus the Messiah)
Matthew 2: 1-12 (Visit of the Wise Men)
Matthew 2: 13-23 (Flight into Egypt / Innocents)
Matthew 12: 46-50(Family of Jesus Father’s Will)
Matthew 13: 54-58 (Mary known at Nazareth)
Mark 3: 31-35 (Who does Father’s Will is family)
Mark 6: 1-6 (Jesus known as Mary’s Son)
Luke 1: 26-38 (Annunciation of Angel to Mary)
Luke 1: 39-56 (Visit of Mary to Elizabeth)
Luke 2: 1-14 (Mary gives birth to Jesus)
Luke 2: 15-19 (Shepherds visit / Mary ponders)
Luke 2: 27-35 (Simeon+Anna praise Infant Jesus)
Luke 2: 41-52 ( Jesus lost and found in Temple)
Luke 8: 19-21 (Brethren of Jesus do Father’s Will)
John 2: 1-11 (Wedding at Cana in Galilee)
John 19: 25-27 (Mary at the Cross)
Acts 1: 12-14 (Mary and the Church at Prayer)
Revelation 12: 1-6 (Great Sign in the Heavens)
Litany of Our Lady
At the sign (*) the response will be: pray for us (*)
Holy Mary, *
Mother of God, Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of divine grace, *
Mother most pure, chaste, undefiled, amiable, admirable, *
Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, Cause of our joy,*
Spiritual vessel, Vessel of honor, Singular vessel of devotion, *
Mystical rose, Tower of David, Tower of ivory, House of gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, *
Morning Star, Health of the Sick, Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, *
Queen of Angels, Patriarchs, Prophets, *
Queen of Apostles,Martyrs,Confessors,Virgins, *
Queen of all Saints, conceived without original sin, of the most holy Rosary, of Peace, *
Thanksgiving to God for the gift of Mary
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks; we especially praise you and proclaim your glory for the gift you gave us in the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She received your Word in the purity of her heart, and, conceiving in her virgin womb, gave birth to our Savior and so nurtured the Church at its beginning.
She accepted God’s parting gift of love as she stood at the foot of the cross and so became the mother of all those who were brought to life through the death of her only Son.
She joined her prayers with those of the apostles, as together they awaited the coming of your Spirit, and so became the perfect pattern of the church at prayer.
Raised to the glory of heaven, she cares for the pilgrim Church with a mother’s love, following its progress homeward until the day of the Lord dawns in splendor.
And so we thank you eternal and ever-living
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for Mary our Mother, through whose almighty intercession we find our way more easily to you, who live forever. Amen.
To Padre Pio
for Childlike Trust in Mary’s Intercession
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for me, that with your childlike confidence in Our Lady, I can say with you: thank you, Mary, my Mother, for the many graces I obtain through your almighty intercession. Pray for me, o Holy Mother, that I always have strength sufficient to accept whatever burdens I am asked to bear each day. May I bear them hopefully with a joyful heart, knowing that you, Mother, are with me, encouraging and leading me ever closer to Jesus Your Son, in Whose Name I pray, and Who lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.