Ave Regina Caelorum - Hail, Queen of Heaven!

Ave Regina Cælorum – Hail, Queen of Heaven!

Herman Contractus (1013 – 1054) – an 11th-century Benedictine monk and scholar – has been traditionally credited with the composition of several popular Marian antiphons, including Ave Regina Cælorum. The hymn praises Our Lady, acknowledging her Queenship over heaven and angels, and extolling her unparalleled beauty and favor with God. It also acknowledges her as the mediator between men and Our Lord Jesus Christ, as it asks her to pray for us to Our Lord. “Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata! Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.” “Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin. Give me strength against[…]

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Block Rosary Crusade Guide

Block Rosary

Block Rosary is a Marian devotion which is connected with the visit of Icons of Mary, or Statues of Mary from house to house and from one family to another, where special veneration is given to Mary and the Holy Family during the term of the sacramentals stay. We urge you to form a Block Rosary group in your area with your friends and neighbors. Gather in one of your homes at the same time each week to pray the Rosary for your neighborhood, city and your country. Pray also for your bishops and the Pope, so that they do their part[…]

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Lorica of Saint Patrick

St. Pat­rick’s Lor­i­ca (Breastplate) for Divine Protection

Every poisonous reptile fled before his powerful blessing, and the devils back to hell. “For star differeth from star in glory.” — 1 Corinthians xv. 41. Saint Patrick made this hymn; in the time of Loegaire macNeill it was made, and the cause of its composition was for the protection of himself and his monks against the deadly enemies that lay in ambush for the clerics. And it is a lorica of faith for the protection of body and soul against demons and men and vices : when any person shall recite it daily with pious meditation on God, demons[…]

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Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

“Where there is no Mass,” writes one of the Fathers of the English Oratory, “there is also no Christianity.” The reason is plain: Christ’s life was one of sacrifice—not merely of the figurative sacrifice of praise and prayer, but one of outward act, of suffering and of death His religion must be like Himself: it must be the continuation of the divine-human life that He led upon earth, representing and perpetuating, by some sacred rite, the sacrifice that began in the womb of Mary and ended upon the Cross of Calvary. That rite is the holy Mass. Do we always[…]

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Prayer to Our Queen of Victory

Prayers and Novena to Our Queen of Victories

O Mary, merciful Refuge of Sinners and Mother of all mankind!Behold how many souls are lost every hour!Behold how countless millions of those who live in barbarous regions do not yet know Our Lord Jesus Christ!See, too, how many others are far from the bosom of Mother Church which is Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman!O Mary, … life of our hearts … let not the Precious Blood and fruits of Redemption be lost for so many souls!Grant that a ray of Heavenly light may shine forthto enlighten those many blinded understandingsand to enkindle so many cold hearts.Intercede with thy Divine Son,[…]

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Holy Trinity

Feast of the Holy Trinity

This festival is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, because as soon as the apostles were instructed and consoled by the Holy Ghost, they began to preach openly that which Christ had taught them. That we may openly profess our faith in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, which is the first of Christian truths, the foundation of the Christian religion, and the most sublime of all mysteries; and that we may render thanks, to the Father for having created us, to the Son for having redeemed us, and to the Holy Ghost for having sanctified us. Why do we[…]

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How to Pray "The Crown of Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin" Devotion

How to Pray “The Crown of Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin” Devotion

The “Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin” is recited in honor of the 12 stars in Our Lady’s heavenly crown, as mentioned in Revelation 11:19-12:1. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” Saint Hippolytus of Rome (c. 170-c.235), clearly states, that the Evangelist John meant[…]

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Litany for the Church in Our Time

The Litany for the Church in Our Time

Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us.Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, Divine Founder of the Church,Hear us.Christ, Who warned of false prophets,Graciously hear us.God the Father of Heaven,Have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world,Have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit,Have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, One God,Have mercy on us. Holy Mary, Mother of the Church,Pray for us.Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church,Pray for us.Saint Michael, defender in the day of battle,Pray for us.Saint Peter, the Rock upon which Christ built His Church,Pray for us.Saint Paul, protector of the faithful remnant,Pray for us.Saint Francis[…]

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The Angelus Chant

The Angelus – Prayer for Peace and Tranquility

The Angelus originated during the time of Crusades as a prayer for peace and tranquillity for their country. To be said or sung at 6:00 a.m., Noon, and 6:00 p.m.  Indulgenced by Pope Benedict XIII, Sept 14, 1724. Listen to “The Angelus prayer from the “Day in the Cloister” – a chant CD available from the Virgo Sacrata shop. Audio courtesy of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary. The Angelus Prayer in Latin and English Latin V/. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae; R/. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. Ave Maria,gratia plena,Dominus tecum.Benedicta tu in mulieribus,et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.Sancta Maria,Mater Dei,ora[…]

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The Sign of the-Cross

The Sign of The Cross

Mgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume has compiled a magnificent collection of history and commentary from the saints and fathers and doctors, as well as his own meditations and exhortations regarding this most powerful prayer. With the Brief of His Holiness, Pope Plus IX, who attaches, to the Sign of the Cross, an indulgence of Fifty Days. BRIEF OF HIS HOLINESS PIUS IX, POPE.FOR ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE. Being fully certain that the salutary mystery of the redemption and the divine virtue are contained in the Sign of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the faithful of the primitive Church made the most frequent use[…]

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Our Lady of Consolation

Our Lady of Consolation – Ancient Marian Devotion & Prayers

“Our Blessed Mother has been invoked under the beautiful title of Our Lady of Consolation since the fourth century – and probably for even longer than that. History records that St Eusebius of Vercelli, who was a heroic defender of the doctrine of Christ’s Divinity in an age when Arianism was gaining influential followers, brought back an icon of Our Lady of Consolation from Egypt in 363 when he was returning from exile. As part of the Traditional Missal, the Feast of Consolation occurs on the Saturday after the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, which falls on August 28th.[…]

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Holy Spirit

Devotion to the Holy Ghost

The world knows not the Holy Ghost. Many pious souls have no devotion towards Him. He is, as it were, forgotten almost by all, and He is, nevertheless, the Soul of the Church. Leo XIII, in his Encyclical upon the Holy Ghost, strongly urges all the faithful to love this Divine Spirit. He exhorts all Bishops and priests to preach this sanctifying devotion with a new and burning zeal. Jesus, before His Ascension into Heaven, commends this devotion to His Apostles, promising them the coming of the Holy Ghost, Who “will teach you all things” (St. John xiv. 26). The[…]

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