Offering of our Heart to Mary.
PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.
My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.
Offering of our Heart to Mary.
The first of June is taken as consecrated to her Sacred Heart; or some day close before or after the day, if a solemn feast, as that of Pentecost, Corpus Christi, or the like, occurs; and in order to offer yourself and the whole month you have employed in MARY’s honour, having been to Confession the day before, you should dispose yourself to receive most holy Communion with singular fervour and abundance of high thoughts and devout affections. After which, having made your usual thanksgiving, you ought with fervour,
I. To offer all the devotions you have practised in the whole month to MARY, and present them as an act of homage to her most sacred heart.
II. To venerate then, and in the course of the day, the heart of MARY, which (as the Lord revealed) is the object of His love, and of the love of all hearts next to that of JESUS; and is most full of every grace, and is that from which, and through which, every grace descends upon us.
III. To unite your heart to the heart of all the Saints, particularly of those who in this life have been most loving to MARY, to supply in this way for the imperfections of your own love.
IV. To pray the Holy Virgin to receive, once for all, the offer which we make of our own heart, and to obtain for us the power of coming one day and paying her perfectly in heaven those acts of homage which we give her feebly upon earth.
V. Recite, besides, on this day, your prayers with greater fervour and devotion, visit some church or image of MARY. Give some alms. In fine, employ the day as holily as you can.
MAY JESUS AND MARY LIVE EVER IN YOUR HEART!
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FOR THE OFFERING OF THE HEART TO MARY.
O Most Holy Virgin MARY, Mother of God! I, N. N., though a most unworthy sinner, prostrate at your feet in the presence of Almighty God, and all the court of Heaven, present and offer to you my heart with all its affections; to you I consecrate it, and wish it to be ever yours and that of your dear JESUS. Accept, then, O Mother most kind, from this your poor servant, this devout offering, united to the heart of all the Saints; and cause me, from this time, to begin and to continue for the future to live only for you, and for your Divine Son; so that, drawing life from your beauteous fire upon earth, I may burn with eternal love for you in Heaven, in company with the Angels and the Saints. So be it.
A DEVOUT PRAYER TO MARY MOST HOLY.
Most Holy Virgin, Mother of the Incarnate Word, dispensatrix of graces, refuge of us poor sinners, may we have recourse to your maternal love with lively faith, and beg of you the grace ever to do the will of God, and your will; and may we give our hearts into your most holy hands, and beg of you health of soul and body, and hope for certain that you, our most loving Mother, will listen to us, and so let us say, with lively faith,
Three “Hail Mary’s.”
PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.
My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.
June Devotion: The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Virtue to practice: Obedience, piety, dutifulness
O Jesu! Creator of the world,
Of all mankind Redeemer blest,
True God of God, in Whom we see
Thy Father’s image clear expressed!
Thee, Saviour, love alone constrained
To make our mortal flesh Thine own,
And, as a second Adam, come
For the first Adam to atone.
That selfsame love which made the sky,
Which made the sea and stars, and earth,
Took pity on our misery,
And broke the bondage of our birth.
O Jesus! in Thy Heart divine
May that same love for ever glow!
Forever mercy to mankind
From that exhaustless fountain flow!
For this the Sacred Heart was pierced,
And both with blood and water ran –
To cleanse us from the stains of guilt,
And be the hope and strength of man.
Jesu, to Thee be glory given,
Who from Thy Heart dost grace outpour,
To Father and to Paraclete
Be endless praise for evermore. Amen.
An indulgence of 5 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, If this hymn is devoutly recited every day for a month (S.P.Ap., March 12, 1936). (taken from The Raccolta (c)1957)
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