The Catholic Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Immaculate Heart is often venerated together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the devotion we celebrate in June), and with good reason. Just as the Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for mankind, the Immaculate Heart represents the desire of the Blessed Virgin to bring all people to her Son.
There is no better example of the Christian life than that offered by Mary. Through the following prayers, which help to deepen our devotion to her Immaculate Heart, we can join the Mother of God in drawing closer to Christ.
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This Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary illustrates perfectly the Marian doctrine of the Catholic Church: We do not worship Mary or place her above Christ, but we come to Christ through Mary, as Christ came to us through her.
In this prayer in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we ask the Blessed Virgin to guide us in our journey, so that we might receive the graces necessary to live virtuous lives and to persevere at the hour of our death.
In this long but beautiful prayer, we pray to Mary under the name Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and call upon the love of her immaculate heart to intercede for the conversion of the entire world.
This Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is particularly appropriate to pray in the month of August, but it can be prayed at any time of the year, when you have a special favor to ask of the Blessed Virgin.
This long and very beautiful prayer of intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds us of the Blessed Virgin's complete submission to the will of God. As we ask Mary to intercede for us, the prayer draws us back to the point of such intercession: In uniting ourselves with Mary, we draw closer to Christ, because no other human has been closer to Christ than His mother.
In this prayer of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we dedicate ourselves to follow the example of the Mother of God. The Blessed Virgin desires nothing other than the Will of her Son; we ask her to intercede for us, that we may know His Will and live it in our lives.
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