O, OUR SOVEREIGN LADY AND ADVOCATE


O, our sovereign Lady and Advocate, commend us to thy Son. Grant, O Blessed One, by the grace which thou hast merited, that He Who through thee was graciously pleased to become a partaker in our infirmity and misery, may also, through thy intercession, make us partakers in His happiness and glory.

It is not possible, O Lady, that thou shouldst abandon him who has placed his hopes in thee.

Our Blessed Lady revealed to a devout soul that she was much pleased at being honored by her servants with the following devotion:

I thank Thee, O Eternal Father, for the power given to Mary, Thy daughter.

One Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Glory be.

I thank Thee, O Eternal Son, for the wisdom given to Mary, Thy Mother.

One Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Glory be.

I thank Thee, O Eternal and Holy Spirit, for the love given to Mary, Thy Spouse.

One Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Glory be.

To thee do we cry, O Queen of Mercy, return, that we may behold thee dispensing favors, bestowing remedies, giving strength. Show us thy compassionate looks, and we shall be saved.

O sovereign Lady of all things, Saint of saints, splendor of the world, glory of Heaven, acknowledge those who love thee; hear us , for thy Son honors thee by denying thee nothing.

Run, hasten, O Lady, and in thy mercy help thy sinful servant, who calls upon thee, and deliver him from the hands of the enemy.

Who will not sigh to thee? We sigh with love and grief, for we are oppressed on every side. How can we do otherwise than sigh to thee, O Solace of the miserable, Refuge of outcasts, Ransom of captives? We are certain that when thou seest our miseries, thy compassion will hasten to relieve us. Amen

photo: The Virgin Mary ~ one of 24 compartmental scenes on The Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. The work was begun by Hubert van Eyck and upon his death in 1426 it was completed by his brother Jan van Ecyk - completed in 1432.

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