MARY QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS


“She shall be admired in the holy assembly, and in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise; and among the blessed she shall be blessed” (Sir 24:3) 

0 God, You have given us the Mother of Your Son to be our Mother 
and Queen. Through her intercession, grant that we may attain the glory destined for Your adopted children in Your heavenly Kingdom. 


LITANY OF ALL SAINTS( All-Saints day Prayer)

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Litany of the Saints
Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord have mercy on us)
Christ, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us)
Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord, have mercy on us)
Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us)
Christ, graciously hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us)
God the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us)
God the Holy Spirit, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us)
Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, (pray for us*)
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael, 
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
All you holy Angels and Archangels,
All you holy orders of blessed Spirits,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. James,
St. John,
St. Thomas,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All you holy Apostles and Evangelists,
All you holy Disciples of the Lord,
All you holy Innocents,
St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent,
SS. Fabian and Sebastian,
SS. John and Paul,
SS. Cosmas and Damian,
SS. Gervase and Protase,
All you holy Martyrs,
St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Ambrose,
St. Augustine,
St. Jerome,
St. Martin,
St. Nicholas,
All you holy Bishops and Confessors,
All you holy Doctors,
St. Anthony,
St. Benedict,
St. Bernard,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All you holy Priests and Levites,
All you holy Monks and Hermits,
St. Mary Magdalen,
St. Agatha,
St. Lucy,
St. Agnes,
St. Cecilia,
St. Catherine,
St. Anastasia,
All you holy Virgins and Widows,
All you holy Saints of God, (make intercession for us.)
Be merciful, (spare us, O Lord.)
Be merciful, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
From all evil, O Lord (deliver us*)
From all sin, 
From Your wrath,
From sudden and unlooked for death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and every evil will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From the scourge of earthquakes,
From plague, famine and war,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation,
Through Your Coming,
Through Your Birth,
Through Your Baptism and holy Fasting,
Through Your Cross and Passion,
Through Your Death and Burial,
Through Your holy Resurrection,
Through Your admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
In the day of judgment.
We sinners, (We implore you to hear us*)
That You would spare us, 
That You would pardon us,
That You would bring us to true penance,
That You would vouchsafe to govern and preserve Your holy Church,
That You would vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate,
and all orders of the Church in holy religion,
That You would vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church,
That You would vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That You would vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world,
That You would call back to the unity of the Church all who have
strayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel,
That You would vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Your holy service,
That You would lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That You would render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That You would deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren,
relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation,
That You would vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That You would vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That You would vouchsafe graciously to hear us,
Son of God,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Christ, (hear us)
Christ, (graciously hear us)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy)
Christ, have mercy, (Christ, have mercy)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy)
Finally say the Our Father inaudibly.

*Queen of all Saints 

Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother, is the Queen of all saints because she made the most diligent use of the rich treasure of grace which God granted to her. Her thoughts were always occupied in learning to know and praise God; her heart loved Him above all things. She zealously accepted every inspiration to good. Thus sanctifying grace was wondrously increased in her soul. 

Mary was no more than a teenager when she was called to her special mission by God. Her home was in Nazareth, a village in Galilee that was so unimportant, it hadn’t been mentioned in the Bible before her time. Like most Jews of her time, Mary and the others in her village were poor. They were simple people who lived plain lives and worked hard.

Romans had occupied the land of the Jews and the people were hoping and praying that a messiah would come to rescue them from their oppressors. But they were looking for someone who looked like a mighty king. When God sent a Messiah who was like His people, poor, he chose Mary as Jesus’ mother because she too was one of the poor. She was someone willing to be the servant of God. 

Because she was full of grace, Mary also excelled in every virtue much more than every other saint. All the traits of Jesus were expressed in her as faithfully as they could be expressed in any creature. Because of her fullness of grace and the splendor of her virtues, she was raised above all the saints; she is their Queen. 

Mary was raised above all the saints in glory. Chosen from among all human beings, she sits on a throne of surpassing splendor. Scripture can be applied to her: “She shall be admired in the holy assembly, and in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise; and among the blessed she shall be blessed” (Sir 24:3) 

As she surpasses all saints in choosing a virtuous and meritorious life, so Mary stands higher than all the elect in receiving glory and reward. After God there is no greater bliss for the blessed in heaven than to behold her, their glorious Queen.

photo:VERONESE, Paolo (b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia) Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints 1564-65 Oil on canvas, 420 x 230 cm San Sebastiano, Venice

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