Mary, Queen of the Apostles
Triduum, Wednesday before the Feast of the Ascension
Feast, Saturday after the Feast of the Ascension
The Blessed Virgin Mary was present as the Mother and Queen of the Apostles at the birthday of the Church when the Holy Ghost descended upon Her and the Apostles on Pentecost Day. The Feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles is always celebrated between the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost because it was Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, who called down the Divine Paraclete upon the Apostles on the Feast of Pentecost. This Feast especially reminds us that Mary is properly called Queen and Mother of the Apostles, and Queen and Mother of the Church. It is traditional to call upon Her intercession for all true Catholic Bishops Who are the successors of the Apostles and who possess the Apostolic Authority over the Church and all of Her members, given to them by Christ. We commend our own Most Reverend Bishop to Mary, Queen of the Apostles, that She may assist His Excellency in governing and guiding Holy Mother Church.
Down through the ages She has accompanied in spirit and assisted the missionaries in their apostolic work because, as co-Redemptrix with Her Divine Son, She would co-operate in the salvation of souls, and thus She is traditionally invoked for all priests and religious who go forth to do the missionary work of the Church. As She was Queen of the Apostles in the Church’s infancy, so She is Queen of the Apostles of our own day. Let us pray to Her for our own priests and missionaries, that She may sanctify them and aid them in their apostolic labors. Let us pray for an increase of missionary vocations. And finally, we should remember that all Catholics are called upon to be Apostles of Our Blessed Mother in praying and working for the spread of the True Catholic Faith. Let us pray that all nations may be brought under the universal Queenship of Mary by their conversion to the Catholic Faith.
“All these, with one mind, continued steadfastly in prayer, with the women and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.”
Thou art the Gate of Heaven and the Morning Star, Virgin Mary, Mother of the eternal King, and our Queen! Make us pleasing to Thy Son, for all virtue, honor, and glory shine forth from Thee. O holy Mother of God, we fly to Thy patronage. Our Mother, our Queen, take us as Thine own! Hail Mary…
Beg Thy Son to send forth laborers into His harvest, that all people may praise Thee, and all generations may call Thee blessed. Thou, the source of pardon, Thou, the Mother of Grace, Thou, the Hope of the world! Hear us as we cry to Thee. Hail Mary…
Let us Pray:
Through Thy mercy, O Lord, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may Thy Church increase in the number of the faithful and ever shine forth in the manifold light of virtue. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Mary speaks: “They who explain Me shall have life everlasting”. (Ecclus. 24:31)
“All praise to Thee, O holy Mother of God! Thou art the world’s most precious gem. Through Thee the Trinity is praised, through Thee the holy Cross is revered and honored throughout the world. Through Thee the heavens exult, the Angels and Archangels rejoice, the demons flee, and man himself is once more admitted to Heaven. Through Thee, souls bound by the chains of idolatry have been brought to know the truth and led to holy Baptism; churches have been erected throughout the world. By Thy help nations have come to repentance. Through Thee the prophets have spoken and the Apostles have preached salvation to all nations. O Mary, Virgin and Mother, who can worthily proclaim the praise of Thy power?” -St. Cyril
Let us Pray:
O Mary, ever Virgin, who because of Thy great worth God set up as Queen of the whole world, pray for our peace and salvation, for Thou didst bring forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of us all. Amen.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Novena, May 4-12 Feast, May 13th
We invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament” because She is the Mother of Jesus Who lives in the Eucharist, for it was from Her that He assumed the Flesh and Blood with which He nourishes us. Through Her we receive every grace, and consequently those graces contained in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. She was the first to practice the duties of a truly Eucharistic life, showing us by Her example how we ought to assist at Mass, receive Holy Communion, and visit the Most Blessed Sacrament. Let us love Mary, and we will love the Eucharistic Christ. Love the Eucharistic Christ, and we are not far from Mary, for the Mother and the Son are inseparable.
“My delights are to be with the children of men.” (Prov. 8:31)
Let us Pray:
Lord, abide with Thy children who are refreshed by receiving Thy Body and Blood, that by the help of Thy most holy Mother we may be freed from all evil and protected in every good work. Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.
O Blessed Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, Temple of the Lord, Sanctuary of the Holy Ghost, Thou alone, without an equal, hast pleased Our Lord Jesus Christ! Happy indeed art Thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, for from Thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ Our Lord. Thou art blessed by the Lord, for through Thee we have partaken of the Fruit of Life.
Mary speaks: “How lovely are Thy Tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs and faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart and soul have rejoiced in the living God…at Thy altar, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.” (Ps. 83).
Hymn: Ave Verum
Hail, true Body, truly born of the Virgin Mary mild,
Truly offered, racked and torn on the Cross, for man defiled,
From whose love-pierced, sacred Side
Flowed Thy true Blood’s saving tide.
Be a foretaste sweet to me in my death’s great agony,
O Thou loving, gentle One, sweetest Jesus, Mary’s Son.
Let us Pray:
We pray Thee, O Lord, Our God, that by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thou wouldst make the Most Holy Mysteries which Thou hast given us for the preservation of our Spiritual life a remedy for us both for the present and for the future. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.