ACT OF DEDICATION TO OUR LADY


Most holy, immaculate Virgin Mary, 
to your motherly heart Jesus entrusted his disciples 
and to us He has given you.
I thank you, O most beautiful and noble of women, 
that you have always loved me as a mother, 
and I want to provide afresh for you an honored place in my life.
Obtain for me from Jesus 
the gift of a new beginning and a new heart: 
a heart open and obedient to God's Word; 
a heart simple as a child's; 
a heart bold in sacrifice;
a chaste heart; 
a thankful heart;
a compassionate heart;
a heart like yours, 
O Mary.
Enfold in your mercy, dear Mother, 
all my dear ones especially....(pause) 
and all who have a special claim to your help 

- children and young people,
-the sick and the suffering,
-the forgotten and the poor of this world.

Join your prayers to our petitions 
for those who do not cease to be your children 
even though they have abandoned the faith and fallen into sin. 
May a remembrance of your love and beauty 
touch their hearts at depths we can not reach.
As at Pentecost, 
so now pray for the Church; 
pray for our parish, 
our priests, 
our Brothers and our Sisters, 
and for all of us, 
who strive to serve others in the name of Jesus, your Son.
With all generations, 
we will ever call you blessed, O Mary, 
our Mother of Perpetual Help, 
for God, the Almighty, 
has indeed done great things for you, 
and you have been and are so gracious to us: 
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary.

photo:Madonna and Child with Saints
Girolamo dai Libri (Italian, Verona 1474–1555 Verona) 

The saints (left to right) are Catherine of Alexandria, Leonard, Augustine, and Apollonia.

Painted in about 1520 for the Augustinian church of San Leonardo nel Monte outside Verona, the picture was described at length by the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari, who especially admired the landscape and enormous laurel tree. While the Madonna and Child reflect the work of Andrea Mantegna, the distant hill crowned with a fortress and the dead tree are taken over directly from Dürer's well-known engraving of Saint Eustace. The juxtaposition of the dead tree with the flourishing laurel refers to Death and Resurrection, while the peacock is a traditional symbol of immortality.

A versatile artist, Girolamo dai Libri was equally famous as an illuminator of books, whence his name dai Libri ("of the books"). Of modern manufacture, the frame is based on Renaissance prototypes. This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 961 © 2000–2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.

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