"May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the prayers of Thy most holy Mother, whose Rosary we celebrate, that the virtue of the mysteries we adore may be shared and the effect of the sacraments we have received may be obtained."
- Communion: Mass of the Most Holy Rosary
Excerpt from Pope Leo XIII Encyclical: Iucunda Semper Expectatione
(on the Holy Rosary)
"The recourse we have to Mary in prayer follows upon the office she continuously fills by the side of the throne of God as Mediatrix of Divine grace; being by worthiness and by merit most acceptable to Him, and, therefore, surpassing in power all the angels and saints in Heaven. Now, this merciful office of hers, perhaps, appears in no other form of prayer so manifestly as it does in the Rosary. For in the Rosary all the part that Mary took as our co-Redemptress comes to us, as it were, set forth, and in such wise as though the facts were even then taking place; and this with much profit to our piety, whether in the contemplation of the succeeding sacred mysteries, or in the prayers which we speak and repeat with the lips ...
“Whenever one of the faithful who is in a state of grace says the Rosary
while meditating on the mysteries of the life and passion of Jesus Christ,
he obtains full and entire remission of all his sins.”
- Our Lady to Venerable Dominic (Carthusian Monk)
Rejoice, O sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings,
you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son.
- Benedictus Antiphon
How radiant is that precious cross
which brought us our salvation.
In the cross we are victorious,
through the cross we shall reign,
by the cross all evil is destroyed.
- Antiphon 3, Lauds: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
"O Cross, more refulgent than all the stars, honored throughout the world, deeply loved by men, holiest of all things: You alone were worthy to bear the price of world's ransom. O sweet wood, o sweet nails, that held so sweet a burden: save this flock gathered today to sign your praises."
"O all ye that pass by the way, attend,
and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!"
- Lamentations 1:12
"The Virgin Mary was taken up to the heavenly bridal chamber
where the King of kings is seated on a heavenly throne."
- Antiphon from Vespers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we celebrate Our Lady being assumed, body and soul, into Heaven where she is fully united to her Creator and Lover of her soul. So too on Sunday did we celebrate the reception of Postulants into the chamber of our community, where each Sister lives with her Divine Spouse.
This day the Virgin Mary ascends into heaven;
rejoice for she reigns with Christ forever.
- Magnificat Antiphon, Second Vespers (Extraordinary Form)
Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee
Heart of Mary, I implore Thee
Heart of Joseph, good and just…
In these three Hearts I place my trust.
"Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order;
it is the special sign of my favor,
which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel.
He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire.
It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger,
and a pledge of special peace and protection."
- Our Lady to St. Simon Stock
"Thou has redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue, and people, and nation, and hast made us to our God a kingdom.
- Psalm 88:2 | Introit for the Mass of the Precious Blood of Jesus