Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day Fourteen Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

Day Fourteen Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

                                                                        Day Fourteen

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days11-17 in Lent:

Begin each day with "Lord, I wish to consecrate myself to You, through Your Mother, Mary."

First Meditation

Pray this prayer, known as the Salve Regina or 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 to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, Who by the working of the Holy Spirit didst prepare both body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, that she might deserve to be made a worthy dwelling for Thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her memory, may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from lasting death, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Meditation

The prayer you prayed, the Salve Regina, has the term, "...mourning and weeping in this valley of tears."  Meditate upon the ancient legend that there was a slave market in ancient Rome, known as the Valley of Tears.  Imagine the mourning and weeping of the people being sold into slavery.
     Slave traficking exists today.  Pray for the victims of today's slave traficking.

Third Meditation

Pray a decade of the Rosary: 
One the Lord's Prayer
Hail Mary 10x
One Glory Be

End the day with, "Lord, hear Your Mother's prayers."

End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?

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