Litany of Loreto

 

This litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary was composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds in the life of the Church is due to its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto. It was definitely approved by Sixtus V in 1587, and all other Marian litanies were suppressed, at least for public use. Its titles and invocations set before us Mary’s exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty.

The principle that has been followed in their interpretation is the one enunciated by the same Pius IX: ‘God enriched her so wonderfully from the treasury of His divinity, far beyond all angels and saints with the abundance of all heavenly gifts, that she…should show forth such fullness of innocence and holiness, than which a greater under God is unthinkable and which, beside God, no one can even conceive in thought.’

Hence, whatever virtue and holiness is found in angels and saints must be present in Mary in an immeasurably higher degree.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us Christ, 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, Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of Virgins, Pray for us.
Mother of Christ, Pray for us.
Mother of the Church, Pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace, Pray for us.
Mother most pure, Pray for us.
Mother most chaste, Pray for us.
Mother inviolate, Pray for us.
Mother undefiled, Pray for us.
Mother most amiable, Pray for us.
Mother most admirable, Pray for us.
Mother of Good Counsel, Pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, Pray for us.
Mother of mercy, Pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, Pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, Pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, Pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, Pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, Pray for us.
Mirror of justice, Pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, Pray for us.
Cause of our joy, Pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, Pray for us.
Vessel of honor, Pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, Pray for us.
Mystical Rose, Pray for us.
Tower of David, Pray for us.
Tower of ivory, Pray for us.
House of gold, Pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant, Pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, Pray for us.
Morning star, Pray for us.
Health of the Sick, Pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, Pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, Pray for us.
Help of christians, Pray for us.
Queen of angels, Pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, Pray for us.
Queen of prophets, Pray for us.
Queen of apostles, Pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, Pray for us.
Queen of confessors, Pray for us.
Queen of virgins, Pray for us.
Queen of all saints, Pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, Pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, Pray for us.
Queen of the Holy Rosary, Pray for us.
Queen of families, Pray for us.
Queen of peace, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray- Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

 

Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Dear friends in Christ,

There is something remarkable about the Solemnity of the Assumption.

In 2005 on this day, Lighthouse Catholic Media was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lighthouse Catholic Media went on to provide talks about the Faith to hundreds of thousands of Catholics, helping them rediscover and deepen their love for their faith. These are the famous “Lighthouse Talks” that you can find at the entrance of many parishes.

In 2005, on this same day, the Augustine Institute was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Founded as a Graduate School of Theology, the Augustine Institute quickly branched out to become content creators, releasing well-known series such as FORGIVEN and PRESENCE, the Lectio Study series, and more.

And Our Lady definitely has had a hand in both of these stories.

In 2015, the Lighthouse Catholic Media and the Augustine Institute merged to form the Augustine Institute as we know it today, providing even more amazing content to those who are seeking to enter the Faith, learn more about it, or rediscover their faith. These initiatives have included FORMED.org, and many productions from our Studios team, as well as many books, among which is our new What Every Catholic Should Know series.

What a beautiful journey! We are very blessed to be able to follow Christ’s call to help in the New Evangelization in such a profound way. We consider ourselves very blessed.

All of this we attribute to the grace of God, and to the protection and guidance of our Blessed Mother. She has helped us reach millions of people around the world, enkindling in their souls a love for the Lord.

We also want to express an important “Thank You” to so many people for the generous financial help and hard work , and to you for supporting us in every way.

On this important solemnity, you all are in our prayers!

Please pray for us, too, as we all continue to follow Christ.

If you have a FORMED subscription through your parish or on your own, we encourage you to visit FORMED.org, search “Mary,” and learn something new about our Lady on her feast day today.

God Bless,

The Augustine Institute Team

Gospel – Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr

 

JN 15:12-16

Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
I was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”

Jon Leonetti

 

THE SAINTS UNDERSTOOD THIS
St. John Vianney and St. Padre Pio used to spend several hours per day hearing confessions. People would come from all over to have their confessions heard by them, seeking both God’s forgiveness and their advice.
In confession we confess our sins, strive to convert our hearts, and turn again to the Lord.
The saints knew this, which is why they went frequently (St. Teresa of Calcutta went every other day!), and spoke about it every chance they got.
And we should too.
PS––We are nearing the release of the biggest project I’ve ever done; allowing the lives, teachings, and wisdom of the saints to come alive for you like never before. Who is one saint you want to know more about? Reply and let me know!
Friends, be confident in Christ’s mercy and love.

Another thought for the day

 

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. What use are the victories on battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?

Thought for the day

 Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you want me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words without any second guessing. I hope in your words, not relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love you. You continue to astonish me by showing me that your ways are not my ways.

 Petition: Lord, may I know you personally through faith and a generous imitation of you.

  1. Partial Knowledge: We acquire knowledge through experience. The people in the Gospel attempted to know Jesus by identifying him with others. Some said he was John the Baptist, who preached repentance and conversion like the Lord. Some compared him to Jeremiah, whose prophecies involved a new covenant that God would make with the house of Israel, one in which he would place his law within them, and “write it upon their hearts.” “I will be their God,” he said, “and they shall be my people.” (see Jeremiah 31:33). Some heard of Jesus’ extraordinary powers, and mistook him for Elijah, who was carried away in a chariot of fire. All of these figures match somehow with Jesus. But they don’t reveal his full mystery. Am I content with a partial knowledge of Our Lord, or do I ardently seek to know him inside and out? 
  1. A Mere Shadow: Jesus does resemble the prophets and patriarchs of the Old Testament. He resembles them, but also supersedes them. None of these holy men exhaust the dimensions of Christ’s person. They are rays, he is the sun. The apostles know the Lord is more than Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah or even John. “Who do you say that I am?” “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” How wonderful it is to know by faith that Jesus is truly the Son of God. Do I appreciate this wondrous gift of knowing my God, Creator and Redeemer through the person of Jesus Christ? I can rest in him and find strength, hope and joy in him. Do I rest in him? 
  1. It Finally Dawned on Him and he Saw the Light: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.” The apostles had first compared Jesus to all the holy ones of Israel’s past, but soon saw that he surpassed them all. His virtue, goodness and power rose higher and higher, until he shattered the paradigms of measurement and comparison. He was not only quantitatively but qualitatively, much, much more. The heavenly Father shed his light, and they believed at last. I need to live in the light that has shone so brightly and continues to shine. Christ tells us that he is the light of the world. He is the way, the truth and the life. Do I treasure my faith in Jesus Christ, guard it and strive to make it grow and bear much fruit?

Conversation with Christ: Lord, in my reading of the gospels I come to admire you exceedingly, but only grace can allow me to believe. Only grace can strengthen my faith and allow me to understand and see things the way you do. Give me the gift of faith, so I might rise above those limits and come to know you as my supreme good.

Resolution: Today I will pray for the gift of faith for those who don’t believe.

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