Desert Nuns

Devotions to Our Lady

A Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
by St. Francis of Assisi

Hail Lady, Holy Queen, Holy Mary Theotokos, who art the Virgin made church and the One elect by the Most Holy Father of Heaven, whom He consecrated with His Most Holy beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; Thou in whom was and is all fullness of grace and every good.Hail His Palace;
Hail His Tabernacle;
Hail His Home.

Hail His Vestment;
Hail His Handmaid;
Hail His Mother
And hail all you holy virtues, which through the grace and illumination of the Holy Spirit are infused into the hearts of the faithful, so that from those unfaithful you make them faithful to God.  Amen.

 

An Act of Total Consecration to the Immaculate Virgin
By St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and earth, Refuge of sinners and Our most loving Mother, to whom God willed to entrust the entire order of Mercy, I, an unworthy sinner, cast myself at Your feet, humbly begging You to be so good as to accept me wholly and completely as Your possession and property, and to do with me and with all my powers of soul and body, with my whole life, death, and eternity, whatever pleases You.

If it pleases You, use my whole self without reserve to accomplish what has been said of You: “She will crush your head” (Genesis 3:15), and also: “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world” (Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary), so that I may become a useful instrument in Your immaculate and most merciful hands for promoting and increasing Your glory to the maximum in so many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus extend as much as possible the blessed Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For, wherever You enter, You obtain the grace of conversion and sanctification, since it is through Your hands that all grace comes to us from the Most Sweet Heart of Jesus.

R. Allow me to praise You, O most Holy Virgin.
V. Give me strength against Your enemies.

 

The Franciscan Crown
(The Rosary of Our Lady’s Seven Joys)

Say the Rosary in this manner: Recite 1 Our Father, and 2 Hail Mary’s. Then for each of the Seven Decades, recite the Mystery, 1 Our Father and 10 Haily Mary’s, followed by the Glory be.. At the end of the Seventh Decade, two more Hail Mary’s are said.

The Seven Mysteries are the Seven Joys of Our Lady:

1) Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary at Nazareth.

2) Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth.

3) Birth of Jesus Christ in the grotto of Bethlehem.

4) Adoration of the Child Jesus by the Three Holy Magi

5) Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple by the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph

6) Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Morning

7) Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.