MARY, THE MOTHER OF CHRIST

"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..."

         God, in your plan of salvation for us you decided that your only Son would become man and share in our nature. You also chose Mary to be his Mother and thus gave her a most important part in Christ's mystery. In choosing her to be the Mother of your Son, you honored her above all women and drew her closer to yourself than any other person.

         We know that you also chose us, in Christ, before the creation of the world, to be holy and blameless before you. We ask you to hear our prayers today. Help us to realize, like Mary, the immense love you have for us in choosing us to be your people and in sending your Son to be our Savior. Help us to appreciate our vocation to holiness and give us the courage to say "yes" to you as Mary did when you asked her to be the mother of your Son. We ask you this through 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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