Litany in Flowers: A Marian Devotional for Families

Litany in Flowers: A Marian Devotional for Families

by W.J. Ottenbreit


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ISBN-13: 9781466956285
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

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Litany in Flowers

A Marian Devotional for Families
By W.J. Ottenbreit

Trafford Publishing

Copyright © 2012 W.J. Ottenbreit
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4669-5628-5

Chapter One

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48b)

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May 1

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.

"Hail Mary"

"How men like to be reminded of their relationship with distinguished gures in literature, in politics, in the armed forces, in the Church! Sing to Mary Immaculate, reminding her: Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father! Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son! Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit! Greater than you – no one but God!"

(The Way, 496)

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the theological virtue, love

• Compare yourself to the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Spend this month better seeking this excellence.

• Research Nicolas Poussin's painting "The Realm of Flora."

• Take a walk in a park today, giving loving thanks for the beauty you see there.

• Watch a movie which shows self-giving love.

• Visit a tabernacle today, if possible go to adoration, and offer God the love of which he is worthy.

Holy Mary, R. Pray for us Holy Mother of God, R. Pray for us Holy Virgin of virgins, R. Pray for us

Sancta Maria, R. Ora pro nobis Sancta Dei Genetrix, R. Ora pro nobis Sancta Virgo virginum, R. Ora pro nobis

Rose (rosa) Our Lady's Rose; Beautiful Angel

Symbolic of beauty and love. There is a legend that the Apostle Thomas was not present at Mary's Assumption and would not believe it had taken place. When he went to her tomb however he found it filled with roses and lilies. It is also said that the pink rose turned so when Mary blushed at the Annunciation.

And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6,7)

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May 2

What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the Son of Mary.

"What Child is This"

"Here is a piece of advice I shall never tire of telling souls: Love the Mother of God madly, for she is our Mother too."

(The Forge, 77)

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the birth of Jesus & the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy

• Set up your nativity set remembering the joys of Christmas as you do.

• Buy a just-because gift for someone else and give it with a spirit of joy.

• Watch a movie which shows joy or humour.

• Prepare or go out for a special meal today to celebrate the joys in your life.

• Water the lawn, letting your children run through the sprinkler.

Mother of Christ, R. Pray for us Mother of divine grace, R. Pray for us

Mater Christi, R. Ora pro nobis Mater divinae gratiae, R. Ora pro nobis

Lilac (syringa vulgaris)

Said to symbolize the first emotions and beautiful sadness of love.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (Proverb 31:26)

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May 3

O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from your sublime heights turn your eyes of pity on me. Filled with con dence in your goodness and knowing full well your power, I beg you to extend to me your assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. In order that I may never be a slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to you. I consecrate my heart to you forever, my only desire being to love your divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of your devout servants has ever perished; may I, too, be saved. Amen.

(Saint Ephraem of Edessa)

"From among the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son. 'Full of grace,' Mary is 'the most excellent fruit of redemption': from the rst instant of her conception, she was totally preserved from the stain of original sin and she remained pure from personal sin throughout her life."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 508)

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Mary's birth & the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, gentleness

• Go through your possessions and donate those of which you no longer have need.

• Visit a pet store and notice how gentle the young animals are. If possible hold them, showing gentleness as you do.

• Take a walk looking for signs of new life and paying attention to the birds along the way.

• Put a new plant in your yard or garden or buy one for your house.

• Read some poetry together as a family.

Mother most pure, R. Pray for us

Mater purissima, R. Ora pro nobis

Daisy (bellis perennis)

Symbolic of innocence, freedom from sin.

Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14b)

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May 4

Mother! Whose virgin bosom was uncrost / With the least shade of thought to sin allied; / Woman! above all women glori ed, / Our tainted nature's solitary boast; / Purer than foam on central ocean tost; / Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn / With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon / Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast: / Thy image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween, / Not unforgiven, the suppliant knee might bend / As to a visible power, in which did blend / All that was mixed and reconciled in thee / Of a mother's love with maiden purity, / Of high with low, celestial with terrene."

"The Virgin" by William Wordsworth

"Mary 'remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to him, a virgin in carrying him, a virgin in nursing him at her breast, always a virgin': with her whole being she is 'the handmaid of the Lord'"

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 510)

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Mary's perpetual virginity & the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, chastity

• Take a look at your wedding photographs or video and renew your marriage vows.

• Introduce your children to the idea of praying for their future spouses and discuss with them the possibility of a religious vocation.

• Make a special effort today to clean up your house (do some of your spring cleaning) and to keep it so.

• Say a Rosary for those couples whose weddings you attended, listing as many as possible by name.

• Go to Confession.

Mother most chaste, R. Pray for us Mother inviolate, R. Pray for us Mother unde led, R. Pray for us

Mater castissima, R. Ora pro nobis Mater inviolata, R. Ora pro nobis Mater intemerata, R. Ora pro nobis

Bachelor's Button (centaurea cynanus) Mary's Crown

Symbolic of celibacy, solitude.

For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12:50)

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May 5

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria! Hail, mother of mercy and of love, O Maria! Triumph, all ye cherubim. Sing with us, ye seraphim. Heav'n and earth resound the hymn: Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

"Hail, Holy Queen, Enthroned Above"

"in a sense Mary as Mother became the rst 'disciple' of her Son, the rst to whom he seemed to say: 'Follow me,' even before he addressed this call to the Apostles or to anyone else"

(Redemptoris Mater, 20)

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Mary as a disciple of Jesus & the importance of the Eucharist

• Design a treasure hunt for your children with the prize found by properly following directions, or play a game based upon directions.

• Bake a loaf of bread, from a recipe not in a bread machine.

• Go to Mass.

• Spend some time watching ants, noticing how they work together in their tasks.

• Begin making a batch of wine.

Mother immaculate, R. Pray for us Mother most amiable, R. Pray for us Mother most admirable, R. Pray for us

Mater immaculata, R. Ora pro nobis Mater amabilis, R. Ora pro nobis Mater admirabilis, R. Ora pro nobis

Gladiolus (gladiolus) Twelve Apostles; Ladder to Heaven

Symbolic of strong character. Some think these may be "the lilies of the field" referred to in the Sermon on the Mount (cf. Matthew 6:28,29).

You are all my fair, my love; there is no aw in you. (Song of Solomon 4:7)

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May 6

Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing, you reign now in heaven with Jesus, our King. Ave, ave, ave Maria. Ave, ave, ave Maria. In heaven, the blessed your glory proclaim; on earth, we your children invoke your fair name. Ave, ave, ave Maria. Ave, ave, ave Maria. Your name is our power, your virtues our light. Your love is our comfort, your pleading our might. Ave, ave, ave Maria. Ave, ave, ave Maria. We pray for our mother, the Church upon earth, and bless, dearest lady, the land of our birth. Ave, ave, ave Maria. Ave, ave, ave Maria.

"Immaculate Mary"

"true devotion to the mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption."

("Crossing the Threshold of Hope", p. 213)

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compassion for the souls in Purgatory & the Gift of the Holy Spirit, counsel

• Offer up some discomfort for the souls in Purgatory. Try to mention as many of your deceased family and friends by name in your prayers.

• Visit the cemetery where a relative or friend is buried and offer prayers there.

• Volunteer time to help a local crisis pregnancy centre or counselling service of some type or make a suitable donation to their work.

• Make a resolution to begin each day this month with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

• Spend some time with your children today seeking to understand any concerns and problems they may have and helping them with these.

Mother of good counsel, R. Pray for us

Mater boni consilii, R. Ora pro nobis

Zinnia (zinnia elegans) The Virgin

Symbolic of thoughts of absent friends, both those far from us and those who have died.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (Luke 1:42b)

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May 7

May the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary be known, praised, blessed, loved, worshipped, and glori ed always and in all places. Amen.

"Act of Praise"

"'All generations will call me blessed': 'The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.' The Church rightly honours 'the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honoured with the title of 'Mother of God', to whose protection the faithful y in all their dangers and needs .... This very special devotion ... differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.' The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an 'epitome of the whole Gospel,' express this devotion to the Virgin Mary."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 971)

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Mary as the Mother of God & the quality of service

• Show honour to your mother, grandmothers, and godmother. If they are far away call them, if near visit, if deceased pray for their souls.

• With your children, go through your family's genealogy, as best you know it. Help them to know where they came from. Inspire them to pray for these members of their family.

• Talk with your children about the qualities and actions which should be seen in good mothers and fathers. Aim to live their insights.

• Offer to watch the children of someone else, giving her and her husband time to be with one another.

• Do some quiet, secret, service for someone else.

Mother of our Creator, R. Pray for us Mother of our Saviour, R. Pray for us

Mater Creatoris, R. Ora pro nobis Mater Salvatoris, R. Ora pro nobis

Begonia (begonia semperflorens)

In two varieties, represents the hearts of Jesus and of Mary.

Rise, take the child and his mother, and ee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him. (Matthew 2:13b)

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May 8

O Holy Virgin, in the midst of all your glory, we ask you not to forget the sorrows of this world. Cast a look of pity upon all who struggle against life's dif culties, and who cease not to feel all its bitterness. Have pity on all who have been separated from those they love. Have pity on the lonely and friendless. Pardon the weakness of our faith. Have pity on those whom we love. O Holy Mother, show a mother's compassion toward the sorrowful and those who tremble under life's af ictions. Give them hope and peace. Amen.

"Mother of Compassion"

"the Blessed Virgin Mary offers a calm vision and a reassuring word to modern man, torn as he often is between anguish and hope, defeated by the sense of his own limitations and assailed by limitless aspirations, troubled in his mind and divided in his heart, uncertain before the riddle of death, oppressed by loneliness while yearning for fellowship, a prey to boredom and disgust. She shows forth the victory of hope over anguish, of fellowship over solitude, of peace over anxiety, of joy and beauty over boredom and disgust, of eternal visions over earthly ones, of life over death"

(Marialis Cultus, 57)

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Mary as the Mother of God & the quality of service

• Show honour to your mother, grandmothers, and godmother. If they are far away call them, if near visit, if deceased pray for their souls.

• With your children, go through your family's genealogy, as best you know it. Help them to know where they came from. Inspire them to pray for these members of their family.

• Talk with your children about the qualities and actions which should be seen in good mothers and fathers. Aim to live their insights.

• Offer to watch the children of someone else, giving her and her husband time to be with one another.

• Do some quiet, secret, service for someone else.

Virgin most prudent, R. Pray for us Virgin most venerable, R. Pray for us

Virgo prudentissima, R. Ora pro nobis Virgo veneranda, R. Ora pro nobis

Impatiens (impatiens) Our Lady's Earrings; Mother's Love

Because of its blooming from spring to frost, it reminds us of the constancy of Mary's love for her Son and for us.

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you! (Luke 1:28b)

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May 9

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary ... Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word

Hail Mary ... And the Word was made flesh,

R. And dwelt amongst us

Hail Mary ... 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 thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may we by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


"This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 969)

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the Annunciation & the cardinal virtue, fortitude

• Select and watch a movie which shows courage.

• Explain to your children the place of the angels in our lives. Help them develop a sound devotion tot hem, especially with their own guardian angel.

• Take the time to write a letter to or telephone some relative or friend with whom you have not been in contact for some time.

• Make an effort to be more evangelistic in your relationships with others, seeking to better share your own gift of faith.

• Show more strength in doing those things you should do but find dif cult.

Virgin most renowned, R. Pray for us Virgin most powerful, R. Pray for us

Virgo praedicanda, R. Ora pro nobis Mater potens, R. Ora pro nobis

Iris (iris)

Symbolizes messages, as the one given Mary at the Annunciation.


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