The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. John the Evangelist saw a Woman clothed with the sun, crowned with twelve stars, and the moon under Her feet. Holy Mother Church recognizes this Woman as none other than the Blessed Virgin Mary, with Her virtues and Her privileges, especially that of Her Divine Maternity. Thus originated the “Little Crown of the Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin”,which St. Joseph Calasanctius, St. John Berchmans, and many other saints made it a practice to recite frequently. In order to make this beautiful prayer more attractive, St. Louis Marie de Montfort added to each Hail Mary one of the praises of Our Lady with the invocation, “Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; rejoice a thousand times!”

All praise and thanksgiving be to the ever-blessed Trinity, Who hath shown unto us Mary, ever-Virgin, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath Her feet, and on Her head a mystic crown of twelve stars.

R. Forever and ever. Amen.

I. The Crown of Excellence
To honor the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Her ineffable Virginity, Her purity without stain and Her innumerable virtues:
Let us praise and give thanks to God the Father, Who elected Her for His Daughter. R. Amen. Our Father…

1. Praise be to God the Father, Who predestined Her to be the Mother of His Son. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Blessed art Thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Lord, the Creator of the world; Thou didst give Birth to Him Who made Thee and remainest a Virgin forever.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

2. Praise be to God the Father, Who preserved Her from all stain in Her Conception. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
O holy and Immaculate Virgin, I know not with what praise to extol Thee, since Thou didst bear in Thy womb the very One Whom the Heavens cannot contain.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

3. Praise be to God the Father, Who on Her birthday adorned Her with His choicest gifts. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Thou art all fair, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in Thee.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

4. Praise be to God the Father, Who gave Her St. Joseph for Her pure spouse and companion. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Thy virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars in number.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

Glory be to the Father…

II. The Crown of Power
To honor the royalty of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Her magnificence, Her universal mediation, and the strength of Her rule:
Let us praise and give thanks to God the Son, Who chose Her for His Mother. R. Amen. Our Father…

5. Praise be to God the Son, Who became Incarnate in Her Womb, and abode there nine months. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O Empress of the world! Bring us with Thee to the joys of Heaven.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

6. Praise be to God the Son, Who was born of Her and was nourished at Her Breast. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O treasure house of the Lord’s graces! Grant us a share in Thy riches.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

7. Praise be to God the Son, Who in His Childhood willed that Mary should teach Him. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O Mediatrix between God and man! Through Thee may the Almighty be favorable to us.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

8. Praise be to God the Son, Who revealed to Her the mysteries of the Redemption of the world. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, who destroyest heresies and crushest demons! Be Thou our loving guide.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

Glory be to the Father…

III. The Crown of Goodness
To honor the mercy of the Blessed Virgin Mary toward sinners, the poor, the just, the dying, and the Poor Souls in Purgatory.
Let us praise and give thanks to God the Holy Ghost Who made Her His Spouse. R. Amen. Our Father…

9. Praise be to God the Holy Ghost, Who revealed to Her first His Name of Holy Ghost. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O Refuge of Sinners! Intercede for us with God.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

10. Praise be to God the Holy Ghost, through Whose operation She became at once Virgin and Mother. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O Mother of orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

11. Praise be to God the Holy Ghost, through Whom She became the Living Temple of the Most Holy Trinity. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, O joy of the just! Lead us with Thee to the joys of Heaven.
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

12. Praise be to God the Holy Ghost, by Whom She was exalted in Heaven high above all creatures. R. Amen. Hail Mary…
Glory be to Thee, who art ever ready to assist us in life and in death! Lead us with Thee to the Kingdom of Heaven!
V. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! R. Rejoice a thousand times!

Gloria Patri…

For the Holy Catholic Church, for the propagation of the Faith, for peace and charity to reign among all true Christians, and for the uprooting of every diabolical heresy, let us pray:

Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father; Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost; Hail Mary, Temple of the most Holy Trinity; Hail Mary, my mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my Mother, my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope, yea, my heart and my soul! I am all Thine and all that I have is Thine, O Virgin blessed above all things! Let Thy soul be in me to magnify the Lord; let Thy spirit be in me to rejoice in God my Savior. Set Thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in Thee and through Thee, I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom Thou lovest and teachest, whom Thou leadest, nourishest, and protectest as Thy children. Grant that for love of Thee, I may despise all earthly consolations and ever cling to those of Heaven; until through the Holy Ghost, Thy faithful Spouse, and through Thee, His faithful Spouse, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, be formed in me for the glory of the Father. Amen.

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