My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Praised Be the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary! It is my great honor to share with you the news that two Novenas of Massess are being celebrated in honor of Our Lady’s Assumption for all the friends, supporters and readers of Marian Apostolate. The first novena began on August 7th and will come to completion on August 15th, the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption. The Second Novena shall begin on August 16th and will come to completion on August 24th. Marian Apostolate has requested that this back-to-back Novena of Holy Masses be offered by the Dominican Fathers for all friends and readers, for their intentions and their loved ones.
May Our Lady, whose soul and body were gloriously Assumed into heaven, see to each and every one of your needs, special intentions and petitions.
Please know that it is our fervent prayer for each of you that you all enter into the safe refuge of Mary’s Most Immaculate Heart on this, the feast of her Glorious Assumption into Heaven!
J.M.Brunelle, Founder, Marian Apostolate Ministries
La Salette, in the commune and parish of La Salette-Fallavaux, Canton of Corps, Department of Isere, and Diocese of Grenoble. It is celebrated as the place where, it is said, the Blessed Virgin appeared to two little shepherds; and each year is visited by a large number of pilgrims. On 19 September, 1846, about three o’clock in the afternoon in full sunlight, on a mountain about 5918 feet high and about three miles distant from the village of La Salette-Fallavaux, it is related that two children, a shepherdess of fifteen named Melanie Calvat, called Mathieu, and a shepherd-boy of eleven named Maximin Giraud, both of them very ignorant, beheld in a resplendent light a “beautiful lady” clad in a strange costume. Speaking alternately in French and in patois, she charged them with a message which they were “to deliver to all her people”. After complaining of the impiety of Christians, and threatening them with dreadful chastisements in case they should persevere in evil, she promised them the Divine mercy if they would amend.
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Peace In The Sacred Hearts Of Our Lord And Our Lady!
In keeping with our mission of offering prayers for all of the many wonderful friends, brothers and sisters in Christ of Marian Apostolate Ministries, it is my great honor and privilege to inform all Facebook friends, subscribers and readers of this blog that two consecutive novenas of Masses are being offered for each and every one of you, your intentions and your loved ones. The first novena of Masses was already offered: it began on March 28 and ended on April 5. The second novena of Masses is currently being offered: it began on April 8 and will continue through Divine Mercy Sunday and come to completion on April 16, 2012. It is our earnest hope and prayer that through these special Masses that are being offered for you and your Easter intentions that our Lord and our Lady will truly inundate each of you with a profound outpouring of graces and mercy throughout this Easter Season, and that our Lord will grant the desires of your hearts, provided they are in accord with His Holy, Divine Will.
Let us continue to remember each other in prayer.
May the Peace of the Risen Lord be with Each of You!
J. Brunelle, Founder, Marian Apostolate Ministries
Introduction by Jayson M. Brunelle
In the following “MaryCast,” Dr. Mark Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, explains to us that in order to most effectively convey the tremendous role of the Blessed Virgin Mary to our family members and friends who may not fully or adequately appreciate the doctrinal truths regarding the Mother of God, we must first allow ourselves to enter into the “Mystery of Mary.” This, Miravalle explains, can take place through our own personal immersion in the Marian mystery by reflecting upon the intimate union of life that the Blessed Mother has with each Person of the Holy Trinity: first, She is the “masterpiece” of the Father – the single greatest work of His divine hands; second, She is the Coredemptrix and Mediatrix with the Son, participating in a wholly singular and profoundly intimate and unique fashion in the redemption of humanity with Christ, obtaining for the human family, along with Her divine Son, grace – divine life – through her association in His passion, and then acting as the distributer of those graces that She participated in the meriting of; third, She is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, so intimately united with the Third Person of the Trinity that the great and truly brilliant Marian St. Maximilian Kolbe referred to Mary as the “quasi-incarnation” of the Holy Spirit, thereby expressing the profundity of the union that exists between Mary, created Wisdom, and Her divine spouse, the Holy Spirit, Uncreated Wisdom. It is only upon our examination of the radically intimate relationship that Mary possesses with each of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity that we, ourselves, begin to catch a glimpse of the most exalted role of the Blessed Virgin, and it is precisely then that we are capable of “sharing” the marvelous dogmatic and doctrinal “truths” concerning Mary, the New Eve, Mother of all the Spiritually Living, Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Let us, then, listen closely to the wise words of Dr. Miravalle as he explains to us the depths of Mary’s relationship to the Most High God.
Sign of the Cross:
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae. Et in Iesum Christum, Filium eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad infernos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos. Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
The Hail Mary:
AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
GLORIA PATRI, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Oratio Fatimae (The Fatima Prayer)
Domine Iesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, salva nos ab igne inferiori, perduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim eas, quae misericordiae tuae maxime indigent.
Hail, Holy Queen:
SALVE REGINA, Mater misericordiae. Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te Suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix. R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.