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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today is the Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

God's temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. ~ Rv 11:19a

MARIAN PRAYER of Saint Albert the Great

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
Mary, you have found grace, not taken it as Lucifer tried to do.
You have found grace, not lost it, as Adam did.
You have found favor with God because you desired and sought it.
You have found uncreated Grace, that is, God himself became your Son,
And with that Grace, you have found and obtained every uncreated good.

Today, as we honor our Mother in Heaven,
we invite you to join us in praying for our nation,
our bishops and priests,
our Blessed Mother’s intentions,
and for all who have asked for our prayers.

Blessings to you,

Cheri and Father Jim
and your friends at Mary’s Touch

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MARIAN PRAYER of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri

Mother of my God, and my Lady Mary;
As a beggar, all wounded and sore, presents himself before a great Queen,
So do I present myself before you, who are Queen of heaven and earth.
From the lofty throne on which you sit,
Disdain not, I implore you, to cast your eyes on me, a poor sinner.
God has made you so rich that you might assist the poor,
And has made you Queen of Mercy
In order that you might relieve the miserable.
Behold me then, and pity me:
Behold me and abandon me not,
Until you see me changed from a sinner into a saint.

Prayer sources: St. Albert the Great, was a Dominican scholar, philosopher, and scientist. His writings on logic, theology, botany, geography, astronomy, mineralogy, chemistry, zoology, physiology, phrenology, and many other topics span 38 volumes. The gifts that God gave him, his higher intellect and wonder of creation, helped him to grow in greater love and faith of God. He is called Doctor of the Church. He was canonizes on December 16, 1931. His feast day is November 15.

St. Alphonsus Liguori was a moralist, writer, and founder of the Redemptorist congregation. He dedicated his life to imitating Christ and is credited with providing practical examples for pastors and confessors on how to serve Christ humbly and to shepherd faithfully His flock. His book, Glories of Mary is considered one of the great works about our Blessed Mother. He was canonized in 1839. In March 1871, Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church. His feast day is August 1.

Image: Detail from The Lady of the Assumption Gives St Thomas Her Belt by Bartolomeo della Gatta (c. 1475), Museo Diocesano, Cortona, Italy