Saint Michael Archangel, by Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697
Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray; and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Song of the Angels, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1881
Prayer to the Mother of the Lord
for All Mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers,
we turn to you.
We thank the Lord whom you serve
for the great gift of motherhood.
Never has it been known that anyone
who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace.
Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes”
to the invitation of the angel
which brought heaven to earth and changed human history.
You opened yourself to God’s word
and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace
of surrendered love so that they could join with you
in giving their own “Fiat.”
May they find daily strength to say yes
to the call to the sacrificial love
– the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration
for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
pray for us who have recourse to you…
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Risen Christ, Unknown Artist, 19th Century
The Lord is Risen!
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid.