Skip to comments.Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Posted on 09/12/2013 6:23:01 AM PDT by Salvation
By St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Richard of St. Laurence states "there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary." He continues, "that the devout invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next."
After the most sacred name of Jesus, the name of Mary is so rich in every good thing, that on earth and in heaven there is no other from which devout souls receive so much grace, hope, and sweetness.
Hence Richard of St. Laurence encourages sinners to have recourse to this great name, "because it alone will suffice to cure them of all their evils;" and "there is no disorder, however malignant, that does not immediately yield to the power of the name of Mary." The Blessed Raymond Jordano says, "that however hardened and diffident a heart may be, the name of this most Blessed Virgin has such efficacy, that if it is only pronounced that heart will be wonderfully softened." Moreover, it is well known, and is daily experienced by the clients of Mary, that her powerful name gives the particular strength necessary to overcome temptations against purity.
September 12th is the
Feast Day of The Most Holy Name of Mary
In fine, "thy name, O Mother of God, is filled with divine graces and blessings," as St. Methodius says. So much so, that St. Bonaventure declares, "that thy name, O Mary, cannot be pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly.". . grant, O Lady, that we may often remember to name thee with love and confidence; for this practice either shows the possession of divine grace, or else is a pledge that we shall soon recover it.
On the other hand, Thomas a Kempis affirms "that the devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire." The Blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget "that there is not on earth a sinner, however devoid he may be of the love of God, from whom the devil is not obliged immediately to fly, if he invokes her holy name with a determination to repent." On another occasion she repeated the same thing to the saint, saying, "that all the devils venerate and fear her name to such a degree, that on hearing it they immediately loosen the claws with which they hold the soul captive." Our Blessed Lady also told St. Bridget, "that in the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion."
Consoling indeed are the promises of help made by Jesus Christ to those who have devotion to the name of Mary; for one day in the hearing of St. Bridget, He promised His Most Holy Mother that He would grant three special graces to those who invoke that holy name with confidence: first, that He would grant them perfect sorrow for their sins; secondly, that their crimes should be atoned for; and, thirdly, that He would give them strength to attain perfection, and at length the glory of paradise. And then our Divine Savior added: "For thy words, O My Mother, are so sweet and agreeable to Me, that I cannot deny what thou askest."
O amor mei nomen matris Dei -St. Anselm(Translation) "Oh name of the mother of God, thou art my love."
St. Ephrem goes so far as to say, "that the name of Mary is the key of the gates of heaven," in the hands of those who devoutly invoke it. And thus it is not without reason that St. Bonaventure says "that Mary is the salvation of all who call upon her." "O most sweet name! O Mary, what must thou thyself be, since thy name alone is thus amiable and gracious," exclaims Blessed Henry Suso.
Let us, therefore, always take advantage of the beautiful advice given us by St. Bernard, in these words: "In dangers, in perplexities, in doubtful cases, think of Mary, call on Mary; let her not leave thy lips; let her not depart from thy heart."
Names of Jesus and Mary
In every danger of forfeiting divine grace, we should think of Mary, and invoke her name, together with that of Jesus; for these two names always go together. O, then, never let us permit these two most sweet names to leave our hearts, or be off our lips; for they will give us strength not only not to yield, but to conquer all our temptations.
"The invocation of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary," says Thomas a Kempis, "is a short prayer which is as sweet to the mind, and as powerful to protect those who use it against the enemies of their salvation, as it is easy to remember."
Hour of Death
Thus we see that the most holy name of Mary is sweet indeed to her clients during life, on account of the very great graces that she obtains for them. But sweeter still will it be to them in death, on account of the tranquil and holy end that it will insure them.
Let us then, O devout reader, beg God to grant us, that at death the name of Mary may be the last word on our lips. This was the prayer of St. Germanus: "May the last movement of my tongue be to pronounce the name of the Mother of God;" O sweet, O safe is that death which is accompanied and protected by so saying a name; for God only grants the grace of invoking it to those whom He is about to save.
Father Sertorius Caputo, of the Society of Jesus, exhorted all who assist the dying frequently to pronounce the name of Mary; for this name of life and hope, when repeated at the hour of death, suffices to put the devils to flight, and to comfort such persons in their sufferings.
The Most Holy Name of Mary said Devoutly is a Prayer
"Blessed is the man who loves thy name, O Mary," exclaims St. Bonaventure. "Yes, truly blessed is he who loves thy sweet name, O Mother of God! for," he continues, "thy name is so glorious and admirable, that no one who remembers it has any fears at the hour of death." Such is its power, that none of those who invoke it at the hour of death fear the assaults of their enemies.
St. Camillus de Lellis urged the members of his community to remind the dying often to utter the holy names of Jesus and Mary. Such was his custom when assisting people in their last hour.
Oh, that we may end our lives as did the Capuchin Father, Fulgentius of Ascoli, who expired singing, "O Mary, O Mary, the most beautiful of creatures! let us depart together."
Let us conclude with the tender prayer of St. Bonaventure:
"I ask thee, O Mary, for the glory of thy name, to come and meet my soul when it is departing from this world, and to take it in thine arms."
Excerpts from the Breviary for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary (Sept. 12)
It is said: And the Virgin's name was Mary. Let us speak a few words upon this name, which signifieth, being interpreted,
Star of the Sea, and suiteth very well the Maiden Mother, who may very meetly be likened unto a star. A star giveth forth
her rays without any harm to herself, and the Virgin brought forth her Son without any hurt to her virginity. The light of a
star taketh nothing away from the Virginity of Mary. She is that noble star which was to come out of Jacob, whose brightness
still sheddeth lustre upon all the earth, whose rays are most brilliant in heaven, and shine even unto hell, lighting up
earth midway, and warming souls rather than bodies, fostering good and scaring away evil. She, I say, is a clear and shining
star, twinkling with excellencies, and resplendent with example, needfully set to look down upon the surface of this great
and wide sea.
The Most Holy Name of Mary
O thou, whosoever thou art, that knowest thyself to be here not so much walking upon firm ground, as battered to and fro
by the gales and storms of this life's ocean, if thou wouldest not be overwhelmed by the tempest, keep thine eyes fixed upon
this star's clear shining. If the hurricanes of temptation rise against thee, or thou art running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star, call on Mary. If the waves of pride, or ambition, or slander, or envy toss thee, look to the star, call on
Mary. If the billows of anger or avarice, or the enticements of the flesh beat against thy soul's bark, look to Mary. If
the enormity of thy sins trouble thee, if the foulness of thy conscience confound thee, if the dread of judgement appal thee,
if thou begin to slip into the deep of despondency, into the pit of despair, think of Mary.
In danger, in difficulty, or in doubt, think on Mary, call on Mary. Let her not be away from thy mouth or from thine
heart, and that thou mayest not lack the succour of her prayers, turn not aside from the example of her conversation. If
thou follow her, thou wilt never go astray. If thou pray to her, thou wilt never have need to despair. If thou keep her in
mind, thou wilt never fall. If she lead thee, thou wilt never be weary. If she help thee, thou wilt reach home safe at the
last - and so thou wilt prove in thyself how meetly it is said: And the Virgin's name was Mary.
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I have a special devotion to St. Bridget. I’ve been to her well in Ireland. Very spooky story. I left a petition and it was granted as soon as I came home.
As a noob Catholic, I would covet some advice from those who are more mature in the Faith: how would one go about becoming closer to the Blessed Virgin?
A good start would be praying the Rosary.
Here is a web site that gives information on the Rosary.
I recommend reading the references to her in the Bible and contemplating any connection you see between you and her.
I never thought I had much in common with Mary, since I was well-educated and single until age 34. But then I had my first child, and Christmas came soon thereafter, and I heard the Gospel reading of the Magnificat (”my soul magnifies the Lord”) and also the little phrase “Mary pondered all of these things in her heart.” I realized she was a thinker, with a strong mind of her own, not just blindly obedient.
She knew her scripture. According to a Protestant friend of mine, the Magnificat text harkens back to prayers of other OT women (although I can’t remember who).
She also could tell Jesus to get busy and help out (wedding at Cana), and He did. He called her “Woman”, not “mom” because the translation is a special term that is more like “THE Woman— the preeminent Woman”. This event is where people get the confidence to ask Mary for intercession. A regular guy mentioned to her his problem, and she, The Woman, went to bat for him right away.
People can argue that you could just ask Jesus directly, and you can, but Mary has been bugging her Son about the real-world problems of ordinary people for some time now, and it keeps working. So people keep doing it.
Welcome to our Church. Have fun on your journey!
I do pray the Rosary at least once a day and I spend a lot of time thinking about Our Lady. I’ve also read Scott Hahn’s book “Hail Holy Queen” and listen to his videos.
This is a a Catholic/Orthodox caucus thread. FR rules are that it’s not okay to bust in and argue with fundamental premises of the Faith.
In any case, just to clarify: Catholics are certainly not supposed to worship Mary. We are supposed to ask her to pray for us and with us, in the same way you might say to a friend, "I'm having his problem, could you please pray for me?" We believe that the saints are definitely in heaven and able to hear us, and before the Church admits anyone to sainthood it insists on some pretty tough evidence of this ability to hear us.
Pray the Rosary. The rosary of the day is posted every day in the Daily Readings thread.
Learn the Memorare
Sing Immaculate Mary for a day — they sing this at Lourdes in the procession.
I’ll learn the Memorare. Easily done—we pray a novena to the Blessed Virgin every Monday after a group Rosary, so the words are already almost inscribed in my mind. Afterwards we sing Immaculate Mary.
I am learning to sing the Salve Regina in Latin.
Then next is reading
About Lourdes — St. Bernadette
About Fatima — lots of books
The current one that someone just gave me is something like “Mary through the eys of the Mystics.” Should be different.
I think this also points back to the "Woman" of Eden, making Mary the "New Eve."
Six Biblical Reasons Mary is the New Eve (Mary as the new "Woman" of Genesis is #5)
You're off to a great start. I read his book a while ago, but I'm sure he covered some of the ground mentioned in the link I posted at #20.