Most Sacred Heart

MARY COREDEMPTRIX

Pius X, Encyclical, “Ad diem illum,” February 2, 1904: As the result of this participation between Mary and Christ in the sorrows and the will, she deserved most worthily to be made the restorer of the lost world,* and so the dispenser of all the gifts which Jesus procured for us by His death and blood. ... Since she excels all in sanctity, and by her union with Christ and by her adoption by Christ for the work of man's salvation, she merited for us de congruo, as they say, what Christ merited de condigno, and is the first minister of the graces to be bestowed.

*The monk, Eadmar, The Excellence of the Virgin Mary, c. 9 [ML 159, 573]. Cf. what Benedict XV, Litt. Apost., “Inter sodalicia,” March 22, 1918 (AAS 10 [1918] 182) holds: “So did she suffer with her suffering and dying son, and almost die; so did she abdicate her maternal rights over her Son for the salvation of men, and to placate God's justice, insofar as was fitting for her, so did she sacrifice her Son, that it can properly be said that she with Christ redeemed the human race”; and also, what Pius XI has, Litt. Apost., “Explorata res,” February 2,1923 (AAS 15 [1923] 104): “The Virgin participated with Jesus Christ in the very painful act of redemption.” In the decree of the S.C. of the Holy Office (section on Indulgences), “Sunt quos amor,” June 26, 1913 (AAS 5 [1913] 364), he praises the custom of adding to the name of Jesus the name of “His Mother, our coredemptor, the blessed Mary”; cf. also the prayer enriched by the Holy Office with an indulgence, in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is called “coredemptress of the human race” (Jan. 22, 1914; AAS 6 [1914] 108).

Source: Denzinger, The Sources of Catholic Dogma, Thirtieth Edition, p. 502.


PRAYER

O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from Heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, Co-Redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days (Holy Office, Jan. 22, 1914; S. P. Ap., Dec. 4, 1934).

(The Raccolta, 1957.)


PRAISES TO MARY MOST HOLY

Praised be Mary,
Daughter of the Eternal Father;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Mother of the Word Incarnate;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Spouse of the Divine Spirit;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Co-redemptress of the world;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Immaculate Queen;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Full of grace;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Refuge of sinners;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Mother most merciful;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Consoler of the sorrowful;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Refuge of the afflicted;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Star of promise in the midst of evil;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Safe harbour for travellers;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Our comfort in life;
May Mary be ever praised.

Praised be Mary,
Our hope in death;
May Mary be ever praised.

(The Raccolta, 1910.)


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