|Australian friend's portrait of Our Lady.|
At the point in the Angelic Salutation where
you pray, "Mother of God," substitute it in a
rotation of titles which come from the Litany
of Our Lady, Marian apparitions, and other
titles found in church-approved texts. The
examples go as follows:
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels, pray for us sin-
ners now and at the hour of death. Holy Mary,
Mother of Mercy, pray for us sinners now and
at the hour of death. Holy Mary, Health of the
Ill, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of
death. Holy Mary, Mirror of Justice, pray for
us sinners now and at the hour of death. This
was inspired by Louis of Montfort ... sort of.
recitation, you are simply adding to the title, Mother of God, other official titles that
define the Virgin Mary. Therefore, this tip consists in incorporating the Rosary of
the Virgin Mary with her litany. It's the act of praying two devotions simultaneously.
Of course, chose one or more Marian titles that you find applicable to the Rosary
mystery upon which you are meditating. For example, for the Annunciation, the
title Queen of Angels fits, because an angel appeared to Mary, saluted more high-
ly than any human in history, and announced that she would become the mother
him who would be called Son of God. Saint Gabriel the Archangel was saluting
his future queen.
Being that the Archangel Gabriel called Mary full of grace, and therefore free of sin,
you can also say (while meditating on the Annunciation) Holy Mary, the Immacu-
late Conception, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death. After all, Mary
identified herself as the Immaculate Conception at Lourdes ... during her final visit
Keep in mind that many titles of Mary apply to any one mystery of the Rosary.
Other examples of suiting a Marian title with a Rosary meditation include, but
are not limited to:
1 - The Nativity of Jesus: Holy Mary, Mother of Our Savior, being that angels
appeared to shepherds that night and told them that a savior had been born
2 - The Scourging at the Pillar: Holy Mary, Tower of Ivory, being that she was suf-
fering intense grief and needed to spiritually ascend to the symbolic ivory tower.
3 - The Crucifixion: Holy Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows .... self-explanatory.
4 - The Descent of the Holy Spirit: Holy Mary, Queen of the Apostles, being that
she was in the Cenacle with the apostles, during the nine days of prayer.
5 - The Assumption of Our Lady: Holy Mary, Gate of Heaven ... self-evident.
Employ whatever title the Holy Spirit inspires you to use.
EWTN used to air two TV shows hosted by former North American Director of the
Militia Immaculata, Father James McCurry. While on air, Fr. Jim defined the titles
of the Virgin Mary as being "efficacious ones." Of course, this refers to the titles in
the Litany of Our Lady and elsewhere. When you announce these titles in an applic-
able prayer, as opposed to pointlessly announcing them, you unleash light. This is
because they each define an aspect of Mary and the aspect becomes alive in your
perception as soon as you acknowledge it.
This means that using these titles in prayer is actually the act of calling upon the pow-
er of Mary related to the power symbolized by the title you use. For example, if some-
one is ill, it would be wise to pray, "Holy Mary, Health of the Sick, Pray for us now
and at the hour of death" ... while you are praying the Rosary. This will bring three-
dimensionality to your prayer. It will keep you alert, also. The bottom line is that the
titles of Mary have meaning. They are not mere window dressing.
By the way, Fr. Jim told me, while we both were in Massachusetts, that he believed
the root of today's evils were the Dialectics of Hegel. Such a thing is a method of
problem solving via Thesis ... resulting in Antithesis ... followed by Synthesis.
This process translates into compromising morals and changing doctrine according to
mere human whim ... or to convenience ... or in the image & likeness of a self-seeking
I have two of my own theories as to why things are so evil. I simply decided to let
you in on what a former director of St Maximilian Kolbe's Militia Immaculata thought
on the subject.
The thing that impressed me the most about Fr Jim was that he was apparently taught
exquisite manners while growing up. But, his actions were a reflex action. There
was nothing fake or contrived about him. Only a South American book award win-
ner I was published along-side a couple times had manners more exquisite. Only a
Latin American gentleman whose typewriter I once borrowed had the equivalency.
I have to vent. Fr. James McCurry's manners, at least while he was stationed with
Conventuals at Granby Massachusetts, were impressive. More importantly, James
McCurry, the last time I checked, knew his Mariology ... and then some. Thus,
he would make an excellent reference source, in learning anything about Mary.
The tip of the moment is to use several Marian titles while praying the Rosary.
If you don't limit yourself, you will eventually have unlimited power intersect
your life. At Fatima Mary said, "God has entrusted the Peace of the World to
my Immaculate heart." This means that without Mary, there will be no world
peace. In fact, if you don't find peace in your heart, you won't find it anywhere
else. Saint Teresa of Avila discovered this secret about peace.
Being that the higher percentage of humanity ignores or deplores Mary, the world
has been traveling in the opposite direction of the Road to Peace. As a result, the
various subsets of humanity have been crashing into each other, thereby triggering
deadly conflicts of varying sorts. The formula for World Peace includes praying,
Holy Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death.
Mary's titles in the Litany of the Virgin Mary include:
Holy Virgin of Virgins Mother of Divine Grace Mother Most Amiable
House of Gold Ark of the Covenant Gate of Heaven
There is also:
The Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Good Counsel (good advice)