Prayers, Meditations and Devotions


Listed below are some popular IHM devotions:

Rosary of the Seven Dolors

Chaplet of the Seven Dolors

IHM Novena Prayer

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Prayer for Holiness

IHM Aspiration


 


Rosary of the Seven Dolors

Default Rosary of the Seven Dolors

Act of contrition.

After each Dolor: Our Father; Hail Mary (seven times)

First Dolor: The Prophecy of Simeon.

When, according to custom, Mary and Joseph presented the infant Jesus in the Temple at Jerusalem, Simeon to whom it had been revealed that he would not die until he had seen the Christ, took the child in his arms and spoke to Mary: ‘ This child is set for the fall and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign of contradiction and a sword will pierce your own soul, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.’ (Lk2:22ff)


Second Dolor: The Flight into Egypt.

After the visit of the magi, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take the child and his mother, to flee into Egypt, and to remain there until he would be told what to do; for Herod was about to search for the child to destroy him. And Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt. (Mt 2:13-15)


Third Dolor: The Loss of Jesus for Three Days.

When Jesus was twelve years old he went with his parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. After the feast, the group from Nazareth had traveled one day before Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not with them. After returning to Jerusalem and searching for him, they found him in the Temple, listening to the teachers and questioning them. When Mary asked, ‘Son, why have you done this to us, for we have been seeking you sorrowfully?’ his parents did not understand his answer that he must be in his Father’s house. His mother kept all these things in her heart. And he returned with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. (Lk 2:41 ff)


Fourth Dolor: Mary Meets Jesus Carrying His Cross.

As Jesus carried his cross, heavy with the weight of all the sins of the world, his sorrowing mother, sharing in his pain, anguish and distress, experienced in her own soul the sword which Simeon had prophesied to her. As she looked into the pain-filled eyes of her divine Son, her heart spoke again her fiat of obedience to the divine will.


Fifth Dolor: Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross.

When Jesus, hanging on the cross, saw his mother and John, the beloved disciple, standing near him, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son’; and to John, ‘Son, behold your mother.’ From that hour John took Mary to his own home. (Jn 19:26,27)


Sixth Dolor: Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus.

When the soldiers saw that Jesus was already dead, they did not break his legs. When one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance, there came out blood and water. Then the body of Jesus was taken down from the cross, and Mary his mother who had once so joyfully received the newborn child in her arms, now sorrowfully receives the dead body of the Lamb who had given his life for his sheep. (Jn 19:33ff)


Seventh Dolor: Mary Witnesses the Burial of Jesus.

Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus; and Nicodemus, another disciple brought embalming spices. They wrapped the body of Jesus in linen cloths with the spices and laid it in a new tomb nearby, because the Jewish feast of Preparation was beginning at nightfall.

In honor of the tears shed by the Blessed Virgin Mary during her dolors: Hail Mary (three times)

 

 

 

 

 

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Chaplet of the Seven Dolors

Default Chaplet of the Seven Dolors

V. Incline unto my aid, O God.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Glory be to the Father...

R. As it was in the beginning...

First Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, in the grief you experienced when the holy old man Simeon prophesied to you. Dear Mother, by your heart then so wounded, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of holy fear of God. Hail Mary.

Second Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the anxiety which your sensitive heart suffered in the flight and sojourn in Egypt. Dear Mother, by your heart then so sorrowful, obtain for me the virtue of liberality, especially towards the poor, and the gift of piety. Hail Mary.

Third Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the terrors felt by your anxious heart when you lost your dear Son, Jesus.  Dear Mother, by your heart then so agitated, obtain for me the virtue of holy chastity and the gift of knowledge. Hail Mary.

Fourth Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the shock your mother’s heart experienced when Jesus met you as He carried his cross.  Dear Mother, by your loving heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.  Hail Mary.

Fifth Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the martyrdom your generous heart bore so nobly as you stood by Jesus agonizing. Dear Mother, by your heart then so martyred, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel. Hail Mary.

Sixth Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the wound with which your tender heart was risen when Jesus’ sacred side was pierced with a lance. Dear Mother, by your heart then pierced through, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding. Hail Mary.

Seventh Dolor: I compassionate you, sorrowing Mary, for the anguish of your loving heart when Jesus’ body was buried in the tomb. Dear Mother, by all the bitterness of desolation you then know, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom. Hail Mary.

V. Pray for us, Virgin most sorrowful.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Prayer: Grant, we beseech you, O Lord Jesus Christ, that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother, may intercede for us before the throne of your mercy, now and at the hour of our death, whose most holy soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrow in the hour of your own passion. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Default Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, ever Virgin!
O Heart most pure, most noble, most perfect image of the adorable Heart of Jesus!

We humbly entreat you to intercede for us and to obtain for us the favors we petition for in this novena, if it be the holy will of God to grant them, and if not, to ask for us whatever graces we most need.

(Pause for private intentions said in silence.)

We desire by this novena, which we offer in your honor, that you will always be, after the Heart of Jesus, the object of our love and devotion.  Through your Immaculate Heart we offer to your divine Son all our thoughts, words and actions of this day and all our days.

We pray for Francis, our pope, for our bishops, for all priests and for the conversion of all sinners.

We beg your powerful intercession for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially for our diocese.

Through your maternal Heart, we ask God's blessings upon our families, upon all who have been good to us for the Lord's sake, for all the living and the dead who are dear to us and for all for whom we have been asked to pray.

V.  Hail Mary…

R.  Holy Mary…

V.  Immaculate Heart of Mary,

R.  Pray for us.

V.  Refuge of Sinners,

R.  Pray for us.

V.  O Mary conceived without sin,

R.  Pray for us who have recourse to you.

V.  May Mary's Heart Immaculate,

R.  Be forever praised.

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Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Default Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, according to the heart of God, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, united to the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, organ of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, sanctuary of the Divine Trinity, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, tabernacle of God Incarnate, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, immaculate in your conception, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, full of grace, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, blessed among all hearts, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, throne of glory, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, most humble, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, holocaust of Divine Love, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, fastened to the Cross with Jesus Crucified, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, hope of the agonizing, pray for us.
Heart of Mary, seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, meek and humble of Heart,
Make our hearts according to the Heart of Jesus.

Let us pray:

O most merciful God, who for the salvation of sinners and the refuge of the wretched, has made the Immaculate Heart of Mary most like in tenderness and pity to the Heart of Jesus, grant that we, who now commemorate her most sweet and loving heart, may by her merits and intercession, ever live in the fellowship of the hearts of both Mother and Son, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Prayer for Holiness

Default Prayer for Holiness

Immaculate Heart of Mary, perfect model of sanctity, take my soul and mold it according to your sublime perfections.  Purify my heart and set it free from every obstacle to holiness, so that detached from self and the pleasures of sense, it may be adorned by you with the virtues and perfections of your own Immaculate Heart.

Then lead my soul to that divine intimacy which alone can satisfy the immense capacity for love and union with which God has created the human heart.  From you I confidently hope for this grace of holiness, and I entrust to your Immaculate Heart my eternal destiny and the sanctification of priests.  Amen.

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IHM Aspiration

Default IHM Aspiration

Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, bless us, help us to do all the good we can, keep us in your most pure Heart, so that we may please Jesus through you, in you and with you.

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