Virgin of Sorrow Surrounded by Angels, by Christoph Unterberger, 1780
Prayer to Our Mother of Sorrows
Our mother of sorrows,
with strength from above you stood by the cross,
sharing in the sufferings of Jesus,
and with tender care you bore Him in your arms,
mourning and weeping.
We praise you for your faith,
which accepted the life God planned for you.
We praise you for your hope,
which trusted that God would do great things in you.
We praise you for your love,
in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.
may we follow your example,
and stand by all your children
who need comfort and love.
Mother of God,
stand by us in our trials
and care for us in our many needs.
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Immaculate Conception, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1628
Canticle Of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my Spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
for He has looked with favour on His lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He has remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning.
is now, and will be forever.
Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, by Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter, 1700
A Prayer for Grandparents
Dear St. Ann, you were truly twice blessed
to have our blessed Mother as your daughter
and Jesus our Savior as your Grandson.
I know that every period of our lives
has its responsibilities as well as its joys.
Today, it seems that grandparents
have either too little use or too much;
either we are shunted aside to do nothing,
or we are called upon to do everything.
Help me to know just where my duties lie
in my particular situation
and to carry them out as best I can.
Take care of my family, my children, and their children.
Inspire them all to follow your Grandson
and lead truly Christian lives.
Keep all of us in your loving care,
never let us turn away from Jesus,
and help us in the end to receive the joy
of entering into your Grandsons’ glorious presence forever.
Good St. Ann, pray for us grandparents.