Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757
Prayer to Saint Bartholomew, the Apostle
O Glorious Saint Bartholomew,
Jesus called you a person without guile
and you saw in this word a sign that
He was the Son of God and King of Israel.
Obtain for us the grace to be ever guileless
and innocent as doves.
At the same time, help us to have
your gift of faith to see the Divine hand
in the events of daily life.
May we discern the signs of the times
that lead to Jesus on earth
and will eventually unite us to Him
forever in Heaven.
Santa Rosa de Lima ,by Claudio Coello, 1683
“Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
St. Rose of Lima
Coronación de la Virgen, by Diego Velázquez, 1645
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
“Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of “Queen”.”
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Act of Unlimited Consecration to The Immaculate
by St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv.
O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother,
to whom there has been confided by God
the whole order of Mercy:
I prostrate myself before Thee,
poor sinner that I am,
and I supplicate Thee humbly
to accept my entire being as your property and possession,
and to do with me
and with all the faculties of my soul and body,
with my entire life,
my death and my eternity,
whatsoever may please Thee.
Do with me as Thou would,
so as to realize what is written of Thee:
“She shall crush your head;” and again:
“Through Thee alone have all the heresies of the world been vanquished.”
May I be in Thy immaculate and most merciful hands
a docile instrument to make Thee known and loved
by so many tepid and mislead souls,
and thus advance in the greatest manner possible
the most holy Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
For in truth, where Thou hast gained entrance,
Thou dost obtain the grace
of the conversion and sanctification of souls,
since all the graces,
passing through Thy hands,
gush upon all of us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.