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Padre Pio and The Blessed Virgin Mary

Padre Pio and The Blessed Virgin Mary: what a deep devotion! Everyday, Saint Padre Pio prayed The Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Graces.

Prayer of Padre Pio to Our Lady of Graces

O heavenly treasurer of all graces, Mother of God and my mother Mary, since you are the first-born daughter of the Eternal Father and hold in your hands His omnipotence, be moved to pity my soul and grant me the graces which I fervently ask of you.

Hail Mary

O merciful dispenser of divine graces, Mary most holy, mother of the Eternal incarnate Word who has crowned you with His immense wisdom, look upon the greatness of my sorrow and grant me the graces I need so much.

Hail Mary

O most loving dispenser of divine graces, immaculate Spouse of the Eternal Holy Spirit, most holy Mary, who have received from Him a heart which is moved to pity by human misfortunes and which is constrained to offer consolation to those who suffer, be moved to pity my soul and grant me whose graces which I await from you with full confidence in your immense goodness.

Hail Mary

O my mother, treasurer of all graces, refuge of poor sinners, consolation of the afflicted, hope of those who despair and most powerful help of Christians, I places all my confidence in you, being sure that you will obtain for me from Jesus the graces which I so much desire, if they are good for my soul. Amen

Hail Mary

Exterior view of Church of Saint Mary of the Graces, in the Shrine of Saint Father Pious from Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Apulia in Italy

Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio

On the 23rd of September, the Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio, we celebrate the love of Saint Padre Pio for the Blessed Virgin Mary!



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Pray Padre Pio with his favorite prayer

Padre Pio

Padre Pio or Saint Pio from Pietrelcina is probably the most famous saint of the last 100 years

Padre Pio’s favorite prayer

When people asked San Pio for prayers, consequently every day he prayed his favorite prayer, the Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Furthermore St. Margaret Mary Alacoque wrote tthe prayer:

  1. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. ‘ Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request) Our Father… . Hail Mary… . Glory Be to the Father… .
    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
  2. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. ‘ Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…… . (here name your request) Our Father… Hail Mary… . Glory Be To the Father… .
    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
  3. O my Jesus, you have said: ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away. ‘ Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of… . . (here name your request) Our Father… . Hail Mary… . Glory Be to the Father…
    Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Statue of Saint Padre Pio in the Shrine of Saint Father Pious from Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Apulia in Italy

Pray for the intercession of Padre Pio

Now you know how to ask for the intercession of Saint Pio: use his favorite prayer!



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How to celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on September 8: that is not the real birthday of Our Lady because we do not have authoritative information about the real date. Indeed The Church celebrated The Nativity of Mary in September since the V century.

Other Names for the Feast

The other names of the Feast are the Nativity of Mary, the Marymas, the Birth of the Virgin Mary and the Virgin Mary’s Birthday

How to celebrate the Nativity of Mary

It’s very easy to celebrate the Nativity of Mary, indeed

Time needed: 1 hour.

How To celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  1. Attend Mass

    Attend Mass in your favorite church! Better if one dedicated to the Nativity of Mary

  2. Say a Marian prayer

    Say a Marian prayer like The Hail Mary or The Memorare

  3. Participate in the Marian Procession

    Participate in a Marian Procession, if any

My funny memory about Marymas

I’d like to share one of my funny memories about the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. Above all, I really love the Feast since I was a young child. In particular, I especially loved the midnight fireworks from the bell tower.

I can tell you a silly story about that: once during these fireworks to celebrate the Nativity of Mary in my country village, some people said:

Now they are going to blow up the bell tower indeed

Hence, I spent about 6 years of my childhood feeling sorry for that poor priest who had to rebuild the bell tower every year!

Happy Birthday, Mary!

The Birth of Mary is really important because it is a prelude to the Coming of Christ: now you know how to say Happy Birthday, Mary!



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Novena to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pray the Novena to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven from August 6th

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

15th of August: Solemnity Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. It’s the most important Marian Feast! Take a look at the dogma!

What is a novena

A novena (nō-ˈvē-nə) is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually  to obtain a particular request, through the intercession of the Virgin or some saint.

The name comes from latin word novem meaning “nine” or from the medieval latin word novenus meaning “nine by nine”.

But why nine? Well, because the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. To be honest, somebody thinks that it comes from the nine months that The Blessed Virgin Mary carried Jesus in her womb.

How to pray the Novena to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

You should pray this novena every day from 6th to the 14th of August but you can pray it for every need you have.


O Immaculate Virgin, mother of God and Mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervour of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Mary assumed body and soul into Heaven pray for us

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

The Hail Mary
Mary assumed body and soul into Heaven pray for us

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as he once said to you of his beloved disciple: “Behold you son” and we who call upon you as our Mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.

The Hail Mary
Mary assumed body and soul into Heaven pray for us

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

The Hail Mary
Mary assumed body and soul into Heaven pray for us

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

The Hail Mary
Mary assumed body and soul into Heaven pray for us

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.


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Gain The Pardon of Assisi!

A full reset of your sins. And for your dead too! And not only on the 1st of August. Don’t miss The Pardon of Assisi!

signboard of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Saint Luke

What is The Pardon of Assisi

The Pardon of Assisi is a plenary indulgence: the punishment for sins that could well be experienced on earth or after death in purgatory are expiated or removed.

You can even obtain the indulgence for a deceased person

It’s known as The Indulgence of the Porziuncola or The Forgiveness of Assisi, too.

What is the Indulgence?

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church (nn. 1478-9): An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity.

(See Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution. Indulgentiarum doctrina, 8; Council of Trent: DS 1835).

The story behind The Pardon of Assisi

In 2016 in Assisi, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Francis in the Porziuncola Chapel.
Saint Francis humbly requested and got a broad pardon with a complete remission of all sins, to all those who, repented and confessed, entered the church.
Later Pope Honorius III granted it to Saint Francis.

How to gain The Pardon of Assisi

You can gain it on August 1st from noon until midnight the following day, at the church of the Portiuncula and in all parish and Franciscan churches.

You must

  1. visit a Parish or Franciscan church with genuine intention to gain the indulgence reciting the Creed to reaffirm your Christian identity, the Lord’s Prayer to reaffirm your dignity as the Son of God received through Baptism, and praying for the intentions of the Pope (for example Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be) to reaffirm your commitment in the Church
  2. Receive Holy Communion during Holy Mass
  3. Make a sacramental Confession  to be in God’s sanctifying grace (within eight days before or after): NO attachment to sin is permitted!

Besides You can gain The Pardon of Assisi visiting the Porziuncola in any day of the year.


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The Memorare

Needing help? Then pray The Memorare!

You need to know The Memorare, the prayer to The Blessed Virgin Mary, if you are looking for help. Indeed you’re in the right place, because I can help you and show you how to pray it step by step. For this reason, keep on reading!

Why to pray The Memorare

The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known of all the Marian prayers. Most importantly it’s considered one of the most powerful prayers at all.

I guess that you heard that St. Bernard of Clairvaux were the author of this prayer in the XII century, but while you can find some words in his writings, he probably did not compose it.

This opinion spreaded because another Bernard, the poor priest Father Claude Bernard widely spreaded this prayer to Holy Mother in the XVII century: his father taught him indeed but Father Claude Bernard really trusted The Memorare because he got well after a deathly illness where he prayed it.

Moreover, this prayer had appeared for the first time in the  XV century prayer “Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria”.

The Memorare is a Heaven-Opener to grant graces

People praying the The Memorare got lots of Graces and Miracles, hence the prayer became extremely popular. Furthermore Pope Pius IX indulgenced it by in 1846, in other words praying it grants the forgiveness of sins.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta loved this prayer: she was not only used to often pray it but she he taught it to lot of people and for this reasons, during years, she got news of thousands of Graces.

As a result it is a miraculous and powerful prayer, hence lots call it Heaven-opener: indeed, if you need Mary’s help, pray The Memorare!

How to Pray The Memorare

Pray The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary in the right way with this How-to. I chose the Vatican version of the prayer because I like ancient English: you can read a modern one if you feel more comfortable.

Time needed: 1 minute.

How to Pray The Memorare

  1. Make the Sign of The Cross

    When you make The Sign Of The Cross, do it well: on the contrary, it would be useless. Hence, read how to make the Sign of The Cross!

  2. Say the words of the Miraculous Medal

    Begin saying The words of the Miraculous Medal
    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

  3. Say The Memorare

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
    that never was it known
    that anyone who fled to thy protection,
    implored thy help,
    or sought thy intercession,
    was left unaided.

    Inspired by this confidence
    I fly unto thee,
    O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
    To thee do I come,
    before thee I stand,
    sinful and sorrowful.

    O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    despise not my petitions,
    but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

    Amen

  4. Make the Sign of The Cross

The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary: Our Holy Mother in an oil painting illustration for your prayers

The Memorare in your language

You can pray The Memorare in your language if you feel more comfortable with it: above all you can get most of them on Vatican Site but furthermore, let me put here some!

Latin

The name “Memorare” comes from the first word in the original Latin version and it means “Remember“: the Latin version sounds musical, indeed!

Memoráre,
o piissima Virgo Maria,
non esse auditum a saéculo
quémquam ad tua curréntem praesídia,
tua implorántem auxilla,
tua peténtem suffrágia,
esse derelictum.

Ego, tali animátus confidentia,
ad te, Virgo virginum, Mater,
curro, ad te venio, coram te,
gemens peccátor, adsisto.

Noli, Mater Verbi,
verba mea despicere,
sed audi propitia et exáudi.
Amen

Arabic

It’s very difficult to find an Arabic version of The Memorare. Consider this one too!

تذكر ، يا مريم العذراء الكريمة ،
أنه لم يكن معروفًا أبدًا أن أي شخص هرب لحمايتك ،
طلب مساعدتك ، أو طلب شفاعتك ،
تُرك دون مساعدة.
مستوحاة من هذه الثقة ،
أطير إليك ، يا عذراء العذارى ، أمي. 60- إليك أتيت ، أمامك أقف ، خاطئًا وحزينًا.
يا أم الكلمة المتجسدة ،
لا تحتقرى التماساتى ،
ولكن برحمتك اسمعنى وأجبنى.
آمين.

Chinese

This is the simplified Chinese version of The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary but you can use the traditional one too.

吁!至仁慈的童贞玛利亚,请垂念:从未有人向你求保护、求救援、求转达,而未得到所求的。

吁!童身之圣童身者,我们母亲,我怀着这依恃的心,投奔于你。我虽有罪,但我现在忏悔,俯伏于你台前。

吁!降生的圣言之母,别拒绝我的请求,但求你仁慈地俯听我。阿们。

French

French version sounds great too.

Souvenez-vous, ô très miséricordieuse
Vierge Marie, qu’on n’a jamais entendu dire
qu’aucun de ceux qui avaient eu recours à
votre protection, imploré votre assistance,
réclamé votre secours, ait été abandonné.

Animé d’une pareille confiance, ô Vierge
des vierges, ô ma Mère, je cours vers vous
et, gémissant sous le poids de mes péchés, je
me prosterne à vos pieds
.

Ô Mère du Verbe,
ne méprisez pas mes prières, mais accueillez-
les favorablement et daignez les exaucer.
Amen.

German

A strong version, indeed!

Gedenke, o gütigste Jungfrau Maria, es ist noch nie gehört worden, dass jemand, der zu dir seine Zuflucht nahm, deinen Beistand anrief und um deine Fürbitte flehte, von dir verlassen worden ist.

Von diesem Vertrauen beseelt, nehme ich meine Zuflucht zu dir, o Jungfrau der Jungfrauen, meine Mutter, zu dir komme ich, vor dir stehe ich als ein sündiger Mensch.

O Mutter des ewigen Wortes, verschmähe nicht meine Worte, sondern höre sie gnädig an und erhöre mich! Amen.

Hindi

What a fascinating version of The Memorare!

याद कर, हे परम दयालु कुँवारी मरियम, कि यह कभी सुनने में नहीं आया

कि कोई तेरी मदद माँगने और तेरी विन्तियों की सहायता खोजने तेरे पास आया

और तुझसे असहाय छोड़ा गया हो।  

हे कुँवारियों की कुँवारी, हे मेरी माँ, इसी आसरे से मैं तेरे पास दौड़ आता हूँ,

और कराहते हुए पापी के रूप में तेरे सामने खड़ा हूँ।  

हे खीस्त की माँ, मेरी विनती अस्वीकार मत कर, पर दया से उसको सुन और पूरा कर।  

आमेन।

Italian

This version of The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin mary is nice but in Italy you often find this one too.

Ricordati, o piissima Vergine Maria, non essersi mai udito al mondo che alcuno abbia ricorso al tuo patrocinio, implorato il tuo aiuto, chiesto la tua protezione e sia stato abbandonato.

Animato da tale confidenza, a te ricorro, o Madre, Vergine delle Vergini, a te vengo e, peccatore contrito, innanzi a te mi prostro.

Non volere, o Madre del Verbo, disprezzare le mie preghiere, ma ascoltami propizia ed esaudiscimi. Amen.

Polish

The Memorare in Polish!

Pomnij, o Najświętsza Panno Maryjo,
że nigdy nie słyszano,
abyś opuściła tego,
kto się do Ciebie ucieka,
Twej pomocy wzywa,
Ciebie o przyczynę prosi.
Tą ufnością ożywiony, do Ciebie,
o Panno nad pannami i Matko,
biegnę, do Ciebie przychodzę,
przed Tobą jako grzesznik płaczący staję.
O Matko Słowa,
racz nie gardzić słowami moimi,
ale usłysz je łaskawie i wysłuchaj.
Amen.

Portuguese

What an happy version!

Lembrai-vos, ó puríssima Virgem Maria, 
que nunca se ouviu dizer que algum 
daqueles que tenha recorrido à Vossa protecção, 
implorado a Vossa assistência e reclamado o Vosso socorro, 
fosse por Vós desamparado.

Animado eu, pois, de igual confiança, 
a Vós, Virgem entre todas singular, 
como a Mãe recorro, de Vós me valho, 
e, gemendo sob o peso dos meus pecados, 
me prostro aos Vossos pés.
 

Não desprezeis as minhas súplicas, 
ó Mãe do Filho de Deus humanado, 
mas dignai- Vos de as ouvir propícia 
e de me alcançar o que Vos rogo. Ámen

Russian

it’s difficult to find a Russian version of The Memorare to Holy Mother

Помни, о милостивая Дева Мария,
никогда не было известно, что кто-либо, спасаясь от твоей защиты,
умолял тебя о помощи или просил твоего заступничества,
остался без помощи.
Вдохновленный этой уверенностью,
я лечу к тебе, о девственница, моя Мать.
Я иду к тебе, пред тобой стою, грешный и печальный.
О Мать воплощенного Слова,
не презирай мои прошения,
, но по своей милости выслушай меня и ответь мне.
АминьВикипедия

Spanish

I like this one too!

Acordaos, 
oh piadosísima Virgen María, 
que jamás se ha oído decir 
que ninguno de los que han acudido 
a tu protección, 
implorando tu asistencia 
y reclamando tu socorro, 
haya sido abandonado de ti.
 

Animado con esta confianza, 
a ti también acudo, oh Madre, 
Virgen de las vírgenes, 
y aunque gimiendo 
bajo el peso de mis pecados, 
me atrevo a comparecer 
ante tu presencia soberana.
 

No deseches mis humildes súplicas, 
oh Madre del Verbo divino, 
antes bien, escúchalas 
y acógelas benignamente. Amén

The Memorare

Indeed, The Memorare is a powerful prayer to use when you need help, graces or miracles and so, after my tutorial, you know how to pray it: thus pray it, teach it, spread it and do not forget to ask Mary’s help accordingly!

Pray The Memorare! The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medugorje in front of the Church of Saint James

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The Novena of The Miraculous Medal

Pray this Novena to ask for graces

The Novena of The Miraculous Medal behind the Olympic Gold Medal

Filipino first-ever gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz thanked the Blessed Virgin Mary after her victory, showing her devotion to Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal.

Besides the weightlifter thanked friends for praying the novena of the Miraculous Medal before her competition.

In addition, she said that she prayed the Novena of The Miraculous Medal herself.

You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here.

And you can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.

But…what is a novena?

A novena (nō-ˈvē-nə) is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually to obtain a particular request, through the intercession of the Virgin or some saint.
The novena term comes from latin word novem meaning “nine” or from the medieval latin word novenus meaning “nine by nine”.
But why nine? Well, because the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. To be honest, somebody thinks that it comes from the nine months that The Blessed Virgin Mary carried Jesus in her womb.

How to pray the Novena of The Miraculous Medal


The Novena of the Miraculous Medal is also known as Our Lady Of The Miraculous Medal Novena

You should pray this novena every day from 18th to the 26th of November but you can pray it for every need you have.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, who, moved by mercy for our miseries, came down from Heaven to show us how deeply you care about our sufferings and how much you work to turn away from us God’s punishments and to implore His graces for us, have mercy on us in our present need; console us in our affliction, grant us perpetual good health all the days of our life and grant us the grace we ask from you: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, who, as the remedy for the many spiritual ills that afflict us, have given us your Miraculous Medal so that it will be a defense of our souls, medicine for our bodies and comfort in all our miseries: we now wear it gratefully over our hearts and we ask you through it to hear our prayer: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, you promised that you would obtain great graces for the devotees of your Medal who invoke you with the prayer you taught us: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.” Thus, O Mother Mary, see how we, full of trust in your word, come to you and ask you, by your glorious Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity, for the grace we ask: mention your petition here.

Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.


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You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here.

And you can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.


The Real Story behind The Miraculous Medal

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal.

Why?

What is the Miraculous Medal?

What is The Miraculous Medal?

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal: you can read my previous post about it. The Miraculous Medal is a devotional medal

But there is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal.

Surely, it’s not a good luck charm.

Saint Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

Between July and December 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré on three occasions.

Sister Catherine was a novice of the Daughters of Charity in the convent on the rue du Bac in Paris.

The Second Apparition: the Miraculous Medal

The Second Apparition on November 27, 1830: at 5.30 p.m. The Blessed Virgin appeared to Sister Catherine in the chapel.

Catherine saw something like two living paintings: notably one fading into the other.

In the first image, Our Lady stood in a white silk dress upon a half-globe: her feet crushing a serpent.

The Blessed Virgin held a small golden globe topped with a cross.

Mary lifted it up toward heaven. 

The Blessed Virgin said “This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person.

In the second image, beautiful rays of light stream from the Blessed Virgin’s open hands. 

Sister Catherine heard : “These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.

Then an oval formed around the apparition. Catherine saw in a semi-circle this invocation in gold letters: “O Marie conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”).

Sister Catherine heard “Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.

Finally, the image turned.

Then Catherine saw the reverse side of the medal.

The letter M topped with a little cross and two hearts below: one crowned with thorns (the Sacred Heart of Jesus) and the other pierced by a sword (the Immaculate Heart of Mary).

After The Third Apparition

The Third Apparition in December 1830: The same image of the medal appeared near the tabernacle. “These rays are the symbol of the graces that the Blessed Virgin obtains for those who ask them of her…You will not see me anymore.

Later, Sister Catherine was assigned to the Hospice of Enghein to care for elderly men: she still felt that the medal must be struck.

The medal was minted and shared: it led to such gifts of grace that it came to be called “The Miraculous Medal.”

In particular during cholera epidemic of 1832, the Daughters of Charity began to distribute the first 2000 medals. Cures accumulated. Protection from the disease spreaded. Conversions happened.  That was overwhelming.  When released, the medal was called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. The people of Paris began to call the medal “miraculous.” (in French, Médaille Miraculeuse)

Why you should wear the Miraculous Medal?

Three intimately connected aspects come from the sentence on the Miraculous Medal : “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.

Mary’s identity is explicitly revealed to us: the Virgin Mary is immaculate from the moment of her conception. The power behind her intercession for those who pray to her comes from the privilege derived from the merits of the Passion of her Son Jesus Christ.

This is the reason why the Virgin invites everyone to have recourse to her in the difficulties of life.

Again: There is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal. Then again: It’s not an amulet, it’s not a good luck charm.


I should visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse  indeed! Coming with me?


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You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.


The Miraculous Medal at Olympic Games

Philippines’ first ever gold medallist wearing The Miraculous Medal inspires the world with her victory and Catholic devotion

Philippines sent its first Olympic delegation to Paris for the 1924 Olympic Games: after nearly 100 years, last July 26th weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the 55-kilogram category.  And she wore the Miraculous Medal.

She set an Olympic record with a combined weight total of 224 kilograms across two successful lifts too.

You can imagine what this meant for her and for all people in Philippines.

It was not an easy journey: a poor financial support and the need for money, a broken knee that nearly ended her career, a link to an alleged conspiracy against the President and the fear for her safety, the diet problems to change category and finally the COVID-19 limiting her training.

But there’s something more than rising out of a childhood marked by poverty to pursue dreams at the highest level: there’s her Faith in God.

The Faith in God: the Miraculous Medal

Hidilyn Diaz is the fifth of six children. She is the daughter of poor tricycle driver.

After her final lift she clutched at her Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging from her neck. Some friends gave it to her before Japan: they prayed the Novena!

The Novena is a Catholic spiritual devotion: it consists of the recitation of a set form of prayer for nine consecutive days. Hidilyn Diaz did the Novena too.

For her, it was the first time to successfully lift that much weight: she was never able to get it! Neither during training!

National Anthem playing, Hidilyn Diaz was wearing two medals: the Olympic Gold medals and the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She was quoted as repeating: “Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord”.

She did a Sign of the Cross towards the end of the medals ceremony.

Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO
BOLOGNA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 18, 2019 statue of The Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO, Religious products and service exhibition

Lifting souls

The Miraculous medal also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception had its beginnings in 1830: a novitiate, St. Catherine Labouré was visited by the Virgin Mary. You can read all the story here.

Hidilyn Diaz is a weightlifter, indeed: in fact she lifted the spirits of Philippines and Catholics all over the world.

Hidilyn Diaz: Proud to be Filipino and Catholic.


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You can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.


The exorcism that you can do!

There is a very simple exorcism that you can do. And it’s a very powerful exorcism. You can do it on your own and immediately.

Christian Cross made with rough and broken bricks in a green garden near fence

It is the Sign of the Cross.

The exorcism you can do! And it’s a very powerful exorcism. You can do it on your own and immediately.

In Lourdes, when Bernadette saw the White Lady in the hollow of the rock, she instinctively tried to make the Sign of the Cross: she couldn’t.

Her hand had become very heavy.

Then she saw the Blessed Virgin make the Sign of the Cross and she received strength to make it.

Our Lady taught Bernadette how to make the Sign of the Cross: slowly, broadly and with concentration.

She was in no hurry: she raised her right hand so that the fingers touched the upper part of the forehead; then she lowered her hand until it touched the belt, just under the belly button; then she brought her hand back to the tip of the left shoulder and then to the right one. Pronouncing at the same time: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

When you make the sign of the cross, do it WELL

When you make the sign of the cross, do it WELL: a right sign of the cross, that is, slow, wide, from the forehead to the chest, from one shoulder to the other.

Through the Cross Christ redeemed us, took us away from the dominion of the devil, overcame him and began to cast him out.

This is why St. Thomas says that it is the Triumphal Sign of Christ’s victory over the demons

The Sign of the Cross is the exorcism that you can do: it is done to overcome demons!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “the sign of the cross, at the beginning of the celebration, expresses the seal of Christ on the one who is about to belong to him and signifies the grace of Redemption that Christ has acquired for us through His Cross”

Here are the three main meanings of the Sign of the Cross: declaration of belonging to Christ, perpetuation of our Redemption and removal of demons and misfortunes


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