A Marist Spiritual Programme

 

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EACH DAY:

*To say some short prayer to the Mother of God at the beginning and end of each day.

In popular use are the three "Hail Mary's" together with the prayer: "We Fly to Your Protection"

*To spend some time each day, if possible, in quiet personal prayer to Jesus Christ.

(Reading and reflection on the Scriptures can be of great help to you in your prayer. This kind of prayer is a source of spiritual gifts from God.)

*To make a brief examination of your conscience at night, thanking God for His goodness to you and asking forgiveness for your failures.

*To offer a decade of the Rosary daily, for the conversion of sinners.(This intention is particularly close to the heart of Mary, Mother of Mercy.)

GENERAL:

*To make the best use possible of the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in your life, remembering also the important festal days of the Lord and His Mother.

*To take part in the devotional life of the parish and in the good works suggested by the parish priest. To support him and his assistants in your prayers and in any other ways that are practically possible.

*To remember the unborn and infants committed to the care of Mary, Mother of Good Hope.

*It is an excellent practice to have a Mass offered each year for all deceased members of the Confraternity.

 

Kindly Note: These practices are in no sense obligatory. They should be interpreted in the light of Fr. Colin's principle: "A short, simple way of life, easy to observe and proportioned to the needs and conditions of each". One does the best one can out of love for God and gratitude to Mary.

"Try to be imitators of the Holy Family as much as you can by God's grace, especially in humility, self-effacement, simplicity of heart, mutual charity and the love of God.

"Use this world's goods in such a way that they do not become your real treasure.

"Avoid in your life what smacks of arrogance, display and a passion for human applause.

Adapted from the writings of the Founder.

 

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, . . .

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Be it done to me according to your word.

Hail Mary, . . .

And the Word was made flesh: And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, .

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

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 be brought by his passion and cross f to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the divine assistance remain always with us t and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God:

Despise not our prayers in our necessities But deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin!