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What is intercessory prayer? Quotes from the saints about Mary.

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The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be celebrated on this Saturday, June 28th by the Catholic Church. Why do Catholics ask Mary to pray for them? What is the meaning of this feast day? What do the saints say about Mary?

Intercessory prayer is simply prayer in which we pray for someone other than ourselves. When we pray for a family member, we are interceding for them. The Catholic faith believes in the Communion of Saints. This belief means that we believe the saints in heaven can and do pray for us. Mary, the mother of God, is considered the Queen of Saints. This title comes from the image of Jesus as our King and Savior. The mother of a King is a Queen! Because she was Jesus' mother, we believe that Jesus listens and hears all of her prayers. We also believe in community. The more people praying (in heaven or on earth) the better!

The early church had great reverence for Mary, the Mother of God. Because she gave birth to Jesus, Mary was full of Grace...literally! Just as Adam and Eve were created without sin, it is believed that Mary also was created without the stain of original sin. Mary's Heart was Immaculate....free from any stain of sin, both original sin and personal sin. Mary was not God, however. All worship goes to the trinity...the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Mary was an instrument used by God to bring Jesus into the world. We know Jesus honored and loved His Mother. Are we not called to imitate Jesus?

There are many quotes by the saints for us to learn about the beliefs of the early Church.

View each photo to read a quote from a saint of the Catholic Church.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

Purer than heaven's purest angels, brighter than its brightest seraph; Mary, after her Creator, God, made her and gave her all, the most perfect of beings, the masterpiece of Infinite Wisdom, Almighty Power and Eternal Love.

To such a being we cannot reasonably suppose that a perfection was denied her which had been already gratuitously bestowed  on inferior creatures; on the angelic spirits.

Bl. John N. Newmann

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Most Holy Virgin places herself between her Son and us.  The greater sinners we are, the more tenderness and compassion does she feel for us.  The child that has cost its mother the most tears is the dearest to her heart.

St. John Vianney

Our Lady is rest for those who work, consolation for those who weep medicine for the sick, a harbour for those assailed by tempests, pardon for sinners, sweet relief for the sad, succour for those who implore.

St. John Damascene

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Hail Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!  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 most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile show unto us the Blessed fruit of they 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

Bl. Herman  (likely author)

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

Why should we be astonished if the God who could work marvels in the scripture and through His saints should choose to reveal Himself even more marvelous by means of His Mother?

St. Bernard 

(Feast day August 20)

Most Holy Virgin Mary...Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, Lily of purity, Rose of patience, Paradise of delight, Mirror of chastity, Model if innocence...intercede for this poor banished pilgrim.

St. Peter of Alcantara

(Feast day (October 19)

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Memorare

Remember, O most loving virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, O virgin of virgins, our mother.  To you  we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful, O mother of the Word incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

The Virgin Mother's heart remainged perpetually inflamed with the holy love which she recevied of her Son.

St. Francis de Sales

(Feast day January 24)

 

Blessed is he for whom Mary prays.

St. Peter Julian Eymard

(Feast day August 1)

 

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