Praying with Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Name: Mary or Miriam

Born: Nazareth, Galilee see Luke 1:26

Role in the Church: Married to Joseph the Carpenter Cousin of Elizabeth see Luke 1:36 who was a descendant of Aaron, the High Priest see Luke 1:5 so she was a member of the tribe of Levites

 Mary, the Mother of Jesus helps us to pray. Let us look at three occasions in the Gospels when she prayed

Mary’s Magnificat: Mary gives praise to God.

When we praise God we tell Him, we make a list of the things that he has done for us. Let’s look at Mary’s list of praise.

My soul glorifies the Lord,

And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

For he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

For the Mighty One has done great things for me,

And holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

From generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

He has scattered the proud in their thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;

He has filled the hungry with good things,

And sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

In remembrance of his mercy,

According to the promise he made to our ancestors,

To Abraham, and to his descendants forever.

Luke 1:46-55

Mary contemplates, she thinks over what was said about Jesus at his birth.We must read and re-read the Gospel without stopping, so that we will have the spirit, deeds, words and thoughts of Jesus always before us so that we may one day think, talk, and act as he did.

Contemplating, pondering or reflecting are other words for listening. Let’s read and listen to Luke’s Gospel

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they say this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:15-19

Mary pray with Jesus’s disciples

The Church is the community or family of Jesus’s disciples and followers. In the days following the Ascension, the Acts of the Apostles recounts that Mary prayed with the Apostles

They returned to Jerusalem from the Mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus.Acts of the

Apostles 1:12-14

Here are some other prayers used in the Church

Hail Mary

This is most well-known prayer in honour of Our Lady. The first part comes passages in Luke’s Gospel, the second half expresses the Church’s belief that Mary is the Mother of God which in turn expresses the belief that Jesus is both human and divine

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen

This prayer which is sung by priests and nuns at the end of every day was probably written in the eleventh century by Hermas of Richenau. It is also used at the end of the Rosary prayer.

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, Mother of God                 That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious 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 with confidence, I fly to you, O virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you O come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

The Angelus

See Jesus in every human being, and act on that vision: with goodness, respect, love, humility, gentleness … Live for Jesus.

I want all the people … Christians, Muslims, Jews, non-believers, to get used to seeing me as their brother, the brother of all. They have started calling my place, ‘the Fraternity’, and I am really pleased about that.

‘All things to all people’

This prayer is traditionally prayed at 6am, noon, and at 6pm as a reminder of the Incarnation, that Jesus became human. During the Middle Ages and still today in some places, Church bells are rung at these times for this prayer. People stop their work and say this prayer to make the day holy.

 

The angel of the Lord declared to Mary And she conceived by the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the

fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of

death. Amen.

 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord Be it done to me according to your word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the

fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of

death. Amen.

 

The Word was made flesh And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the

fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of

death. Amen.

 

Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts that we, to whom the

Incarnation of Christ your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may be brought, by his

Passion and Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.