MARY, OUR MOTHER

          "Relying on Christ's choice from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.”

          Almighty God, it was your will that Christ be, in all things, the first man, the model and guide for all others. Even now you desire that every man be a part of your Son's body, since it is through him alone that we can come before you. In giving us his own mother to be our mother, Jesus showed us how closely we are meant to be united with him. From the moment of his death, Mary has been more than his physical mother. She has been the mother of his body, the Church. She joins him in his intercession with you on our behalf.          We ask you to bring us, like Mary, to a closer union with your Son. Help us to be alive and active as members of his body. Hear the words our Savior speaks on our behalf and hear the words of Mary as she stands in your presence and intercedes for us. Help us to be true brothers and sisters with Jesus and true children of Mary. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART

          REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, how greatly Our Father has loved you. He has chosen you to be the Mother of his Son, and has main­tained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross.           Relying on Christ's choice from the cross when he made you our Mother, we pray you speak for us now that you stand in his presence.           We praise you and we thank you. Take into con­sideration our requests and our needs . . . . . . . . Lead all men to the source of living water opened in the side of your Son and pouring forth for the life of the world hope and peace, mercy and salvation.           Help us to live in his love and to do whatever he tells us. From the heart of your Son, our sole mediator, obtain for us the grace best suited to us, for which in union with you we thank him. Amen.

          Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.

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