Hello everyone! Today is Saturday, the day of the week dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It is also First Saturday. Would you please join me in honoring our Mother using this prayer which I penned?
O Queen of Heaven, Hasten the Advent of your Son.
O Queen of Heaven, Hasten the Advent of your Son and help us, your children, to worthily prepare ourselves to receive Him. Assist us in our desire to live our lives in a pleasing manner of His Holy Majesty and, when He wills that “to dust we return,” grant that the Angel of Peace may safely carry us to His abode – the New and Eternal Jerusalem,
This Advent Season, O Queen and Mother:
Cleanse us of the leprosy of sin, which rots our spiritual life and robs us of the necessary grace to attain Eternal Bliss.
Heal us of the bruises of sin – both those which we have afflicted our selves and those which others have heaped upon us. Bind up the wounds of your suffering children.
Satisfy burning hunger with which your children long for your Son. Just as He came to us on Christmas, He also comes to us in Holy Communion. Prepare us to worthily receive Him.
Do also grant unto us the hastening of your Son and His Eternal Glorious Kingdom.
Let us Pray,
O Lord, who from the Cross taught us to “Behold Our Mother,’ be pleased to accept the petition which we now ask through her powerful intercession. Grant unto us – through her unblemished hands and coupled with the prayers of the poor souls in Purgatory – that soon “Your Kingdom may come and your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Thank you for praying with me on this First Saturday, and remember to offer little acts of love to Our Mother on this her special day.
Just A Note!
In less than a week (Dec. 8), we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Last year, on this Solemnity, Bishop David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, officially proclaimed that the Marian Apparitions, given to Sr. Adele Brise at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, had received full approbation of the Church. This year, it is my understanding that while the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will itself be celebrated, no extra celebration marking the anniversary of the approval is planned. I was told that Bishop Ricken wishes to retain the tradition of marking the Anniversary of Apparition and of the Miracle (Oct. 8th and 9th), the May Celebration (last Sunday in May), and the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th) as the major days of celebration at the Shrine. Again, this is from the best of my (limited) knowledge, so take everything I say with a grin of salt. Thus, if you plan on traveling to the Shrine on that day, do not expect a special celebration of the anniversary of the declaration.