Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary focuses on Mary’s love for God and encourages our emulating her humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration.
Excerpt from Ineffabilis Deus (The Immaculate Conception) Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854
Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived without original sin. Let them fly with utter confidence to this most sweet Mother of mercy and grace in all dangers, difficulties, needs, doubts and fears. Under her guidance, under her patronage, under her kindness and protection, nothing is to be feared; nothing is hopeless. Because, while bearing toward us a truly motherly affection and having in her care the work of our salvation, she is solicitous about the whole human race. And since she has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth, and is exalted above all the choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, she presents our petitions in a most efficacious manner. What she asks, she obtains. Her pleas can never be unheard.”
MARY IMMACULATE NOVENA
O MARY IMMACULATE, Lily of Purity, I congratulate thee, because from the very first instant of thy conception thou wast filled with grace. I thank and adore the Most Holy Trinity for having imparted to thee favors so sublime.
O, Mary, full of grace, help me to share, even though just a little, in the fullness of grace so wonderfully bestowed on thee, in thine Immaculate Conception. With lively confidence in thy never-failing intercession, we beseech thee to obtain for us the intentions of this Novena [mention them] and also that purity of mind, heart and body necessary to unite us with God. Amen.
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY NOVENA PRAYER
IMMACULATE HEART of Mary, full of love for God and mankind, and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you. I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever united with yours, so that I may hate sin, love God, and my neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love. Mediatrix of All Graces and Mother of Mercy, remember the infinite treasure which your Divine Son has merited by His sufferings and which He has confided to you for us, your children.
Filled with confidence in your motherly Heart, which I venerate and love, I come to you with my pressing needs. Through the merits of your loving Heart, and for the sake of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask: [Mention your request.]
Dearest Mother, if what I ask for should not be according to God’s Will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your motherly Heart and the power of your intercession with Jesus during life and at the hour of my death. Amen.