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Marian May and Mother's Day

With it being Mother’s Day in Canada this weekend, as well as May being a Marian month, I thought it might be nice to share some lovely poetry about Mary. There are many others you may wish to discover for the month of May. I also wanted to share two nice Marian prayers related to Mass that you may find helpful. Enjoy!

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Fr. Brian Trueman

Our Lady's Nativitye 

by Robert Southwell S.J. (1560-1595)

Joye in the risinge of our orient starr,

That shall bringe forth the Sunne that lent her light;

Joy in the peace that shall conclude our warr,

And soone rebate the edge of Satan's spight;

Load-starr of all engolfd in worldly waves,

The card and compasse that from shipwracke saves.

The patriark and prophettes were the floures

Which Tyme by course of ages did distill,

And culld into this little cloude the shoures

Whose gracious droppes the world with joy shall fill;

Whose moysture suppleth every soule with grace,

And bringeth life to Adam's dyinge race.

For God, on Earth, she is the royall throne,

The chosen cloth to make His mortall weede;

The quarry to cutt out our Corner-stone,

Soyle full of fruite, yet free from mortall seede;

For heavenly floure she is the Jesse rodd

The childe of man, the parent of God.

Dedicated to the Woman I Love 

by Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)

The Woman whom even God dreamed of

Before the world was made; 

The Woman of whom I was born. 

At cost of pain and labor at a Cross; 

The Woman who, though no priest, 

Could yet on Calvary's Hill breathe,

"This is my Body; This is my Blood." 

For none save her gave Him human life. 

The Woman who guides my pen, 

Which falters so with words 

In telling of the Word. 

The Woman Who, in a world of Reds, 

Shows forth the blue of hope. 

Accept these dried grapes of thoughts 

From this poor author, who has no wine; 

And with Cana's magic and thy Son's Power 

Work a miracle and save a soul– 

Forgetting not my own.

Prayer Before Mass

O most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of tenderness and mercy, I, a miserable and unworthy sinner, fly to you  with all the affection of my heart and I beseech your motherly love, that, as you stood by your most dear Son, while he hung on the Cross, so, in your kindness, you may be pleased to stand by me, a poor sinner, and all Priests who today are offering the Sacrifice here and throughout the entire holy Church, so that with your gracious help we may offer a worthy and acceptable oblation in the sight of the most high and undivided Trinity. Amen. 

Prayer After Mass

O Mary, Virgin and Mother most holy, behold, I have received  your most dear Son, whom you conceived  in your immaculate womb, brought forth, nursed and embraced  most tenderly. Behold him at whose sight you used to rejoice  and be filled with all delight; him whom, humbly and lovingly, once again I present and offer him to you to be clasped in your arms, to be loved by your heart, and to be offered up to the Most Holy Trinity as the supreme worship of adoration, for your own honor and glory and for my needs and for those of the whole world. I ask you therefore, most loving Mother: entreat for me the forgiveness of all my sins and, in abundant measure, the grace of serving him in the future  more faithfully, and at the last, final grace, so that with you I may praise him for all the ages of ages. Amen. 


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