Marian Prayers

THE ROSARY

The Rosary is one of the most important Marian devotions used by Christians. In the Rosary, the Christian finds closeness to Jesus through his Mother. There are many resources on the web to enable a beginner to get started. The link below is a particularly useful chart that can be printed off:

http://www.newadvent.org/images/rosary.pdf

 

THE ANGELUS

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
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.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy Word.
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.
V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt amongst us.
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.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord.

For more information about the Angelus, see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01486b.htm

 

 

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 with this confidence, I fly to 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.

For more information on this prayer, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorare

 

THE SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

For more information on this prayer, see: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2011/02/sub-tuum-praesidium.html#.UyRouWdOWpo

 

FOUR SEASONAL MARIAN ANTHEMS

These anthems are sung or recited after the Divine Office of Compline, according to their season.

Alma Redemptoris Mater
From Advent to the Feast of the Presentation

Gracious Mother of our Redeemer, for ever abiding Heaven’s gateway, and star of ocean, O succour the people, who, though falling, strive to rise again. Thou Maiden who barest thy holy Creator, to the wonder of all nature; ever Virgin, after, as before thou receivedst that Ave from the mouth of Gabriel; have compassion on us sinners.

Ave Regina coelorum
From Candlemas to Maundy Thursday

Queen of the heavens, we hail thee,
Hail thee, Lady of all the Angels;
Thou the dawn, the door of morning
Whence the world’s true light is risen:
Joy to thee, O Virgin glorious,
Beautiful beyond all other;
Hail and farewell, O most gracious,
Intercede for us alway to Jesus.

Regina coeli
During Eastertide, until First Vespers of Trinity Sunday

O Queen of heaven, be joyful, alleluia;
Because he whom so meetly thou barest, alleluia,
Hath arisen, as he promised, alleluia:
Pray for us to the Father, alleluia.

Salve Regina
From First Vespers of Trinity Sunday to Advent

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

For the accompanying versicles and responses, see: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/Anglican_Service_Book/addl_devotions2.html

 

AKATHIST TO THE THEOTOKOS

The Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos is sung on Fridays every Lent in the Eastern Christian tradition. For more information on the Akathist, see: http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/Akathist.htm

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