MARY, THE SERVANT OF THE LORD

". . . Our Father . . . has maintained you faithful, the servant of the Lord all the way to the cross."

        God, in your providence you decreed that all men should obey you and seek your will above all things. In becoming man and accepting death on the cross, your Son showed us what it means to carry out your will and serve you. He showed us that our true freedom and perfection can only be found in remaining faithful to you.

         All through her life, but especially at the foot of the cross, Mary proved herself faithful to you and to your Son. Although your will for her meant pain and suffering as well as joy, she never failed to be the servant you wanted her to be. In this way she joined herself to Christ as a perfect example of obedience to you.

         We ask you to give us the strength to persevere, like Mary, as your servants. Help us to accept both good times and bad, both health and sickness, both joy and suffering as expressions of your will for us. Above all, help us to remain faithful to you even when we do not understand your will. From the cross, lead us, with Mary, to the joy of your Son's resurrection. 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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