Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Traditional Feast of the Immaculate Heart

August 22nd is the traditional feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the new calendar, it was moved, not entirely without good reason, to the Saturday following the Feast of the Sacred Heart (which is always a Friday), so that the feasts of the Two Hearts fall back-to-back. So that means I, being both a trad and a realist, get to celebrate the Immaculate Heart twice! Plus the entire month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart still.

Prayer of Saint Pio to the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Lady
‘O Immaculate Heart of Mary, full of goodness, show thy love towards us. Let the flame of thy Heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love thee immensely. Impress true love in our hearts so that we have a continuous desire for thee. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we are in sin. Thou knowest that all men sin. Give us, by means of thy Immaculate Heart, spiritual health. Let us always see the goodness of thy motherly Heart and may we be converted by the flame of thy Heart. AMEN’

“Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit today we beseech thee, those souls who are in the cold sweat of death and at enmity with God. Bathe them in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. Breathe into them the very life of God. Obtain for them the grace to make perfect Acts of Faith, Hope and Divine Charity, that they may be snatched from the very abyss of Hell, to glorify God for all Eternity and to – add to the lustre of thy Triumph!”