Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

This devotion was established by Christ Himself who wished that His mother’s Immaculate Heart be revered along with His Own Sacred Heart. The Blessed Mother first revealed her Son’s wish to the 3 children seers of Fatima - Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco - in her second apparition to them on June 13, 1917. She revealed that “Jesus wishes to use you in order to make me known and loved. He wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it; and these souls will be loved by God like flowers arranged by me to adorn His throne.” Lucia writes that “Upon saying these words, she opened her hands…..in front of Our Lady’s right hand there was a heart encircled by thorns that seemed to pierce it. We understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, insulted by the sins of humanity and which desires reparation.”

 

The Blessed Mother returned to this devotion in her third apparition of July 13, 1917 when she showed the three children the terrifying vision of hell. The vision so frightened the children that Lucia later said that if Mary had not promised to take them to heaven in the first apparition “I think we would have died of fear and terror.” The Holy Mother then told them, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.  The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out in the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see the night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

This revelation was given as one of the three secrets of Fatima and the three seers did not tell the world of the Holy Mother’s desire. Lucia was informed in the second apparition that only she would live to promulgate this devotion as her two younger cousins were soon to be taken to heaven. He Holy Mother reassured Lucia saying, “Does that make you suffer much? Do not be dismayed. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart shall be your refuge and the road that shall lead you to God.”

It was not until December 10, 1925 that The Blessed Mother gave the details of the devotion to Lucia. By then Lucia was being educated at the convent of the Dorothean Sisters. Out Lady appeared with the Infant Jesus. The Infant Jesus spoke first saying to her, “Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.” Our Lady then spoke, “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”

Christ Himself explained to Lucia the purpose of the Five First Saturdays on May 29-30, 1930 saying, “Daughter, the motive is simple: There are five kinds of offenses and blasphemies spoken against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. First: Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception. Second: against her Virginity. Third: against the Divine Maternity, refusing, at the same time, to receive her as the Mother of mankind. Fourth: those who seek publicly to implant, in the hearts of children, indifference, disrespect, and even hate for the Immaculate Mother. Fifth: those who revile her directly in her sacred images.”

In this devotion, the confession can be made before, on, or even after the First Saturday Communion as long as the Communion is received in a state of grace. However the confession must be offered as a reparation.

The First Saturday Holy Communion must be offered as a reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Communion can be made on the Sunday of that weekend with the permission of a priest if, for just reason, such as sickness, one is unable to receive it on the First Saturday. If Communion is received on a Sunday then the person may perform all or any of the other requirements on that day.

The Rosary must also be offered in reparation and prayed with proper devotion and meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

The 15 minutes of medication on the Mysteries of the Rosary may involve one or more of the Mysteries. It is not necessary to meditate on all 15 Mysteries in that time.

While the devotion is established as the Five First Saturdays, it can be continued as an ongoing and even a lifelong devotion to the Blessed Mother – much to the benefit of the devoted ones who do so.

 

A Solemn Act Of Consecration To The Immaculate Heart Of Mary

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to you, all the people of our country and all the world.

Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as you wish to accomplish your designs in the world.

O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and the desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.

 

We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.

Venerable Pope Pius XII

 

Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(state the special intention).

 

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever, Amen

 

Litany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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 R.  Christ, graciously hear us.

R.  Have mercy on us.

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R. Spare us, O Lord.

R. Graciously hear us, O Lord

R. Have mercy on us.

                 

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray!    O Immaculate Heart of Mary, bearing with love for all thy children upon earth, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Show to Our Heavenly Father the Wound in the Heart of Thy Son and at the same time offer again the sword that pierced thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as thou suffered by compassion with Thy Divine Son for the redemption of the world. By thy intercession, through the merits of Jesus Christ, bring us to salvation. Amen           

Approved by Pope Leo XIII for Public use in 1899.

Lord, have mercy on us                                               

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, hear us.                         

 

God the Son, Redeemer of the world 

God, the Holy Spirit                                                                       

Holy Trinity, One God                                                                                 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, favorite Daughter of God the Father                                

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of God the Son                                                        Immaculate Heart of Mary, Souse of the Holy Spirit

Immaculate Heart of Mary, redeemed in a sublime manner by the merits of thy Son 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother and Model of the Church      

Immaculate Heart of Mary, excellent exemplar in faith and charity     

Immaculate Heart of Mary, who conceived the Word of God in thy heart before They did in thy womb                                                         

Immaculate Heart of Mary, who gave precious Blood to the Son of God in His human nature         

Immaculate Heart of Mary, conceived free of Original Sin            

Immaculate Heart of Mary, who embraced God’s saving will with a full heart, impeded by no sin      

Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose sweet soul a sword pierced beneath the Cross        Immaculate Heart of Mary, given to us as Mother by Jesus as He hung dying on the Cross      Immaculate Heart of Mary, who accepted us as sons as thou stood beneath the Cross              Immaculate Heart of Mary, all pure and holy              

Immaculate Heart of Mary, exalted by Divine Grace above all angels and men                        Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mediatrix of grace                                

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,                                                             

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,                                                            

 

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.               

 
 
  1. To all those who hall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.

  2. Those who shall preserve in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive signal graces.

  3. The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy.      

  4. The Rosary will make virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and lift them to the desire of heavenly and eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!

  5. Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall not perish.      

  6. Whoever shall recite my Rosary devoutly, meditating on its mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by misfortune. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.

  7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

  8. Those who recite my Rosary shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His graces, and shall share in the merits of the blessed.

  9. I shall deliver from purgatory the souls devoted to my Rosary.

  10. The true children of my Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.

  12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.     

  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

  14. All who recite the rosary are my sons and daughter, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ. 

  15.  Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.  

 

 Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche.                                               

The 15 Promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Those Who Faithfully Recite the Rosary

Fr. Anthony J. Mastroeni, S.Th.D., J.D.

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