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Traditional Prayers: Remembering Mary in May

Hail Mary
 
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 our death.
Amen.
 

The Angelus
 
V — The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R — And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary…
 
V — Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R — Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary…

V — And the Word was made Flesh. 
R — And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

V — Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R — That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
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 by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
 
 
The Magnifcat (Luke 1:46-55)
 
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.
 

The Memorare (attributed to St Francis Xavier)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me, Amen.


Mary Antiphon

Regína Caeli

Regína caeli, laetáre, allelúia:
qui-a quem me-ru-í-sti portáre,
allelúia, Resurréxit, sicut dixit, allelúia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, allelúia.
O Queen of heaven, be joyful, alleluia:
For he whom you have humbly born for us, alleluia,
Has arisen, as he promised, alleluia,
Offer now our prayer to God, alleluia.
 
Hail Holy Queen
 
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
 
 
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima
 
Dearest Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who came to Fatima to reveal to all mankind the Divine plan for true Christian peace, of prayer, penance, and consecration, grant an abundance of grace, strength, and guidance to the members of Thy Fatima Crusade, here present and throughout the world. Inspire us to great zeal, oh great Mediatrix of All Graces, that we may be effective instruments in spreading devotion to Thy Rosary; that we may be faithful in wearing Thy scapular; that we may inspire our brothers in Christ to a life of sacrifice, penance, and modesty, and finally, that we may help to bring about that wonderful day when all men, through consecration to Thy Immaculate Heart, shall be one in Christ. Amen.
 
Suggested Marian Hymns
The following music videos are provided as examples for parish and school musicians to refer to when selecting songs. These ones have been suggested for the Marian month of May: 
 
O God Hear Us
by Bob Hurd, from As One Voice 
 
 
 
The Magnificat
Arranged by David Haas, Gather Australia (Vol. I)
 
 
 
Open My Eyes
by Jesse Manubusan, As One Voice
 

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