Saturday, September 02, 2006First Saturday
It is indeed First Saturday and I would have felt remiss had I only posted funnies for today and not even acknowledged the day which is traditionally been devoted to Our Lady! I don't really do any of the Fatima devotions on first Saturdays, but I do try to make it to Mass and confession if I can, and to especially say some prayers to Mary.* Today I was reminded by Father to pray especially to Mary for her guidance in femininity-- What better model than she dso we have to teach us to be pure, gentle, loving.... and she is indeed the perfect model of a mother.
*The desire for a First Saturday devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children at Fatima in 1917. On December 10, 1925, the Virgin revealed more details about the devotion to Sister Lucia, the only seer still alive and at that time a cloistered nun. From that time, the devotion has spread throughout the world on the day (Saturday) that the Church has traditionally honored the Blessed Virgin.
Here are a couple of simple prayers to Our Lady which I'm posting in honor of her on this First Saturday. They are traditional prayers of the Church and can be found on our Prayer Page.
Loving Mother of the Redeemer
Loving Mother of the Redeemer, Gate of Heaven, Star of the Sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin as before. You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners. Amen.
The Church's Oldest Prayer To Our Lady
O Mother of God, we take refuge in your loving care. Let not our plea to you pass unheeded in the trials that beset us, but deliver us from danger, for you alone are truly pure, you alone are truly blessed. Amen.
And here is the beautiful Alma Redemptoris Mater... I've included the Latin as well.
Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti, surgere qui curat, populo: tu quae genuisti, natura mirante, tuum sanctum Genitorem, Virgo prius ac posterius, Gabrielis ab ore, sumens illud Ave, peccatorum miserere.
transl.: Loving mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again. To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, Yet remained a virgin after as before. You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.