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THE GLORIES OF MARY

by
St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Doctor of the Church

  
Edited by
Rev. Eugene Grimm,
Priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

 

 

Nihil obstat:

Rev. Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D.
Censor Librorum

Imprimatur:       

+ His Eminence
Patritius Cardinalis Hayes
Archiepiscopus Neo-Eboracensis
Neo-Eboraci
Die 16 Aprilis, 1931

Approbation

By virtue of the authority granted me by the Most Rev. Patrick Murray, Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, I hereby sanction the publication of the work entitled "THE GLORIES OF MARY", which combines Volumes VII and VIII of the complete edition of the works of St. Alphonsus de Liguori.

Rev. Andrew B. Kuhn, C.SS.R.,
Provincial
Brooklyn, N.Y., January 1, 1931

Copyright by Very Rev. Andrew B. Kuhn, C.SS.R., 1931

We, at Mary's Touch By Mail, thank the Redemptorist Fathers of New York for giving us permission to publish on our website the work of Saint Alphonsus entitled "The Glories of Mary" as per the letter written by Rev. Carl Hoegerl, C.SS.R., Archivist, dated November 17, 2004.


CONTENTS

APPROBATION

NOTICE

SOME PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS

GLORIES OF MARY

TO JESUS AND MARY

TO THE READER

INTRODUCTION WHICH SHOULD BE READ

 

PART THE FIRST.

EXPLANATION OF THE SALVE REGINA.

CHAPTER I.

Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae.

MARY, OUR QUEEN, OUR MOTHER.

I.                 How great should be our confidence in Mary, who is the Queen of Mercy

II.               How much our confidence in Mary should be increased because she is our Mother

III.             The greatness of the love which this Mother bears us

IV.            Mary is the Mother of penitent sinners

 

CHAPTER II.

Vita, Dulcedo.

MARY, OUR LIFE, OUR SWEETNESS.

I.                 Mary is our life, because she obtains for us the pardon of our sins

II.               Mary is also our life because she obtains for us perseverance

III.             Mary is our sweetness; she renders death sweet to her clients

 

CHAPTER III.

Spes nostra!  Salve.

MARY, OUR HOPE.

I.                 Mary is the hope of all

II.               Mary is the hope of sinners

 

CHAPTER IV.

Ad te clamanus, exsules filii Evae.

MARY, OUR HELP.

I.                 The promptitude of Mary in assisting those who invoke her

II.               The greatness of the power of Mary to defend those who invoke her when tempted by the devil

  

CHAPTER V.

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hoc lacrymarum valle.

MARY, OUR MEDIATRESS.

I.                 The necessity of the intercession of Mary for our salvation

II.               The same subject continued

 

CHAPTER VI.

Eia ergo, Advocata nostra!.

MARY, OUR ADVOCATE.

I.                 Mary is an advocate who is able to save all

II.               Mary is so tender an advocate that she does not refuse to defend the cause even of the most miserable

III.             Mary is the peace-maker between sinners and God

 

CHAPTER VII.

Illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.

MARY, OUR GUARDIAN.

 Mary is all eyes to pity and succors us in our necessities

  

CHAPTER VIII.

Et Jesum, benedictum Fructum ventris tui nobis post hoc exilium ostende.

MARY, OUR SALVATION.

I.                 Mary delivers her clients from hell

II.               Mary succors her clients in purgatory

III.             Mary leads her servants to heaven

  

CHAPTER IX.

O Clemens, O Pia!

CLEMENCY AND COMPASSION OF MARY.

How great are the clemency and compassion of Mary

 

CHAPTER X.

O dulcis Virgo Maria.

SWEETNESS OF THE NAME OF MARY

The sweetness of the name of Mary during life and at death

BEAUTIFUL AND FERVENT PRAYERS ADDRESSED BY THE VARIOUS SAINTS TO THE DIVINE MOTHER

HYMNS

      To Mary, our Queen, the Mother of Mercy

      To Mary, our Mother

      To Mary, our Hope

      The name of Mary

 

PART THE SECOND.

DISCOURSES ON THE PRINCIPAL FEASTS OF MARY.

DISCOURSE I.

MARY'S IMMACULATE CONCEPTION.

I.                 It was befitting that each of the Three Divine Persons should preserve Mary from original sin

II.               It was becoming that the Son of God should preserve Mary from sin, as being his Mother

III.             It was becoming that the Holy Ghost should preserve her as his spouse

CONCLUSION.    Theological proofs of the Immaculate Conception

 

DISCOURSE II.

THE BIRTH OF MARY.

I.                 How great was the first grace with which God enriched Mary

II.               How great was the fidelity with which Mary corresponded to divine grace

  

DISCOURSE III.

THE PRESENTATION OF MARY.

I.                 Mary offers herself promptly to God

II.               Mary offers herself to God without reserve

 

DISCOURSE IV.

THE ANNUNCIATION OF MARY.

I.                 Mary could not have humbled herself more than she did humble herself

II.               God could not have exalted her more than he did exalt her

 

DISCOURSE V.

THE VISITATION OF MARY.

I.                 Whoever desires graces must have recourse to Mary

II.               Whoever has recourse to Mary may be sure of obtaining the graces that he desires

 

DISCOURSE VI.

THE PURIFICATION OF MARY.

The great sacrifice that Mary made to God in offering him the life of her Son

 

DISCOURSE VII.

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

I.                 How precious was the death of Mary on account of the special favors that accompanied it

II.               How precious was the death of Mary on account of the manner in which it took place

  

DISCOURSE VIII.

SECOND DISCOURSE ON THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY.

I.                 How glorious was the triumph of Mary when she ascended to heaven

II.               How exalted was the throne to which she was elevated in  heaven

 

HYMNS:

            The death of Mary

            The assumption of Mary

 

SERMON FOR THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION:

I.                 Mary, by her humility, became the Mother of the Creator

II.               The Creator, in his goodness, became the Son of his own creature

 

THREE MEDITATIONS FOR THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF MARY.

I.                 Mary offers herself to God promptly

II.               Mary offers herself to God entirely

III.             The life of Mary in the Temple

 

 

PART THE THIRD.

THE DOLORS OF MARY

 

DISCOURSE.

MARY IS THE QUEEN OF MARTYRS.

I.                 The martyrdom of Mary was longer than that of all the martyrs

II.               The martyrdom of Mary was greater than that of all the martyrs

 

SERMON

ON THE DOLORS OF MARY.

I.                 The martyrdom of Mary was never equaled

II.               The martyrdom of Mary was without relief

 

REFLECTIONS

ON EACH OF THE SEVEN DOLORS OF MARY.

I.                 St. Simeon's prophecy

II.               The flight of Jesus into Egypt

III.             The loss of Jesus in the Temple

IV.            The meeting of Mary and Jesus when he was going to death

V.              The death of Jesus

VI.            The piercing of the side of Jesus, and his descent from the cross

VII.          The burial of Jesus

HYMNS.        

            Words of Mary in Sorrow on Mt. Calvary

            The same subject

            The Stabat Mater

 

PART THE FOURTH.

THE VIRTUES OF THE MOST BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

I.                 The humility of Mary

II.               Mary's charity towards God

III.             Mary's charity towards her neighbor

IV.            Mary's faith

V.              Mary's hope

VI.            Mary's chastity

VII.          Mary's poverty

VIII.        Mary's obedience

IX.            Mary's patience

X.              The spirit of prayer and mediation in Mary's Touch By Mail

HYMNS:

The loveliness of Mary

Mary Virgin of Virgins

 

PART THE FIFTH.

PRACTICES OF DEVOTION IN HONOR OF THE DIVINE MOTHER.

PROLOGUE

I.                 The Hail Mary

II.               Novenas

III.             The Rosary and the Office of our Blessed Lady

IV.            Fasting

V.              The visiting of the images of Mary

VI.            The Scapular

VII.          Confraternities of our Blessed Lady

VIII.        The alms given in Mary's honor

IX.            Frequent recourse to Mary

X.              Several other practices in honor of Mary

 

CONCLUSION

MEDITATIONS on the Litany of Loretto for the nine days preceding each of the principal festivals of the divine Mother

MEDITATIONS for the seven principal festivals of the Blessed Virgin

            The Immaculate Conception

            The Purification

            The Annunciation

            The Visitation

            The Assumption

            The Nativity

            The Presentation

 

ACTS OF CONSECRATION TO MARY

            Dedication of one's self to Mary

            Dedication of a family to Mary

 

PRAYERS to Mary for every day in the week

            Sunday, to obtain the forgiveness of our sins

            Monday, to obtain holy perseverance

            Tuesday, to obtain a good death

            Wednesday, to obtain deliverance from hell

            Thursday, to obtain heaven

            Friday, to obtain love towards her and Jesus Christ

            Saturday, to obtain her patronage

LITTLE ROSARY in honor of the Seven Dolors of Mary

LITTLE ROSARY of Mary Immaculate

LITTLE CHAPLET of the Blessed Trinity

VARIOUS PRAYERS to Mary

            Prayer to obtain a good death

            Prayers of St. Ephrem

            Prayers of St. Bernard

            Prayers of the Venerable Louis Blosius

            Ejaculatory prayers

ACCLAMATIONS IN PRAISE OF Mary

HYMNS

            A soul the lover of Mary

            Our Mother Mary

            Invocation of Mary in time of temptation

            Aspirations to Mary

ANSWERS TO CRITICS

            Reply to an anonymous writer

            Reply to the Abbé Rolli

INDEX

 


 

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