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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE TO LOVE YOU AS OUR LADY DESIRE

Revelation 12:1

The Woman and the Dragon

And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:

 

 
When our Lord ascended into heaven, He sat down on the right of the Father as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This was in fulfillment of the promise that the Messiah would sit upon the throne of David for all eternity (Lk 1:32-33). In the Davidic kingdom of old, the queen was not usually the wife of the king – rather, it was the mother of king who was considered the queen [which is why the Old Testament line of Davidic kings makes such a big fuss of mentioning the mothers in their genealogies]. The title that the queen assumed was Gebirah – or Queen Mother.
Since Jesus fulfils the Davidic kingdom in every sense, it is only fitting that His Kingdom has His Mother for its Queen. Thus, upon her assumption into heaven, Our Lord – who is King of Heaven and Earth – bestowed upon Our Lady the honour of being crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.
The vision of Our Lady that St. John saw is a most striking one. He sees her resplendent in glory as the Queen of Heaven – clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars upon her head (Rev 12:1). But he also reminds us that she is our Mother – the Mother of all those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17).
So as we meditate upon this Mystery – indeed, whenever we pray the Rosary – may we be reminded of the efficacy of the prayers of the Most Chaste Virgin (e.g. Jms 5:16 b). May we be reminded that as our Mother, her intercession for us is most loving; and as our Queen, her intercession for us is most powerful.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.


Turn then, O most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the Blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, 
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Our Father......

1.  "God who is mighty; has done great things for me."  (Lk. 1:49)  - Hail Mary...

2.  "My heart overflows with a goodly theme;  as I sing my ode to the king."  (Ps. 45:2)  - Hail Mary...

3.  Fairer in beauty are you than the sons of men;  grace is poured out upon your lips;  thus God has blessed 
you forever.  (Ps. 45:3)  - Hail Mary...

4.  Because of this gift of sublime grace, she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth.  
(Vat. II, Constit. of Ch. 53)  - Hail Mary...

5.  "I am the rose of Sharon, I am the lily of the valleys."  (Song 2:1)  - Hail Mary...

6.  "So now, O children, listen to me;  instruction and wisdom do not reject."  (Prov. 8:32-33)  - Hail Mary...

7.  The Lord chose her. He chose her before she was born.  (Div. off.)  - Hail Mary...

8.  Entirely holy, and free from all stain of sin.  (Constit of Ch. 56)  - Hail Mary...

9.  Freely co-operating in the work of human salvation through faith and obedience.  (Constit. of Ch. 56)
Hail Mary...

10.  "Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth."  (Judith 13:18)
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Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 


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