May 2006
Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thusday Friday Saturday
O Mary, conceived in grace, pray for us, who have recourse to you. 1
May Jesus rest his gaze on you and console your spirit.
Do not fear the enemy lays for you, and be strong in the ways of the Lord.
(Appease and implore) divine mercy, not only with the voice of the mouth, but with fasting, tears
Appease the wrath of heaven by returning to him in the simplicity of faith.
Pray with humility in the secrecy of (your) heart, that peace may be granted
Jesus be the supreme King of your heart.
Always maintain the humility of our heavenly Mother.
You become distressed and groan because you doubt the presence of divine love within you
In the ways of divine love, one can never say: enough!
Jesus is with you and where he is, the Kingdom of God (is found).
Calm your anxieties ... humble yourself more and more before the goodness of God...
Never cease to than (God) for the continual favors he continues to bestow on you and on many other souls.
Do not become discouraged in the face of trials...(God) wants to test and strengthen you at the school of sacrifice and suffering.
Pray with humility, and remember the calm after the rain,..light after darkness,...placid quiet after the storm and turmoil.
Both in happy and sad events humble yourself (like Mary) under the powerful hand of God.
Do what you can, and Jesus, who looks into the depths of the heart, will be pleased with you just the same.
Live completely at peace because there will be light.
The remedy I prescribed is tranquillity of spirit, and I always forbid excessive worry.
(Remind) yourself of the spiritual rest our hearts must always have in the will of God.
May Jesus continue to consider you to be his chosen one, and make you totally his!
Consecrate all your affections, afflictions and actions to (God).
May afflicted souls find in you compassionate help and sweet and loving tolerance.
Whatever the tempter says or does, God will accomplish his admirable will in you.
(Reflect) on what took place in the heart of our Heavenly Mother at the foot of the cross.
Be patient in bearing your imperfections, if you hold your perfection dear.
When you are unable to take big steps on the path the Lord leads, be content with small steps
God speaks to those who are humble.
Cast aside worries, dismiss harmful judgments, God is in you and with you.
Jesus always be the supreme King of your heart and assist you with his vigilant grace and render you more worthy of his embrace.
Abandon yourself always more trustingly in the arms of divine mercy and do not doubt divine assistance.
(Mary) was never loved more than at the moment when she suffered and couldn't even cry.
The quotes are taken from the last letters addressed to Annita Rodote: Oct. 28, 1915 - Oct. 31, 1915 - May 28, 1917 - July 28, 1918 - Au. 16, 1918 - Dec. 31, 1920 - Jan. 7, 1922 - Apr. 14, 1923


May 2006

Prayers and Practices for the Month of Mary



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,

Mother of good counsel, of our Creator, of our Savior,

Virgin most prudent, venerable, renowned, powerful, merciful, faithful,

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.


    To Padre Pio's Trust in Mary 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 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 you are with me, encouraging and leading me ever closer to Jesus Your Son, Who lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.