Thou Art All Fair, O Mary
Blasphemy Against the Holy Virgin:
Catholic Tradition received four e-mails, November 14, 2002, which were so derogatory and blasphemous that in all my years of being on the web I have never read the likes of such.
Clearly, some people do not want us as an internet presence, and even more so do they despise the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy!
I cannot let this vile
outburst of an assault on the Queen of Heaven
pass. Someone must
make reparation for the insult to the Mother of God and that someone
is me because
Below is a beautiful prayer of praise and petition from the Raccolta for the occasion of the Immaculate Conception, a very small way to help make amends to Our Lady and Her Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ and another, also from the Raccolta, for the conversion of sinners. Please pray for the conversion of those who insult Our Lady, whether they be straying Catholics or the unBaptized.
O Mary, Ever Virgin, we are so very very sorry that thou art so insulted and that THY image is so besmirched and despised. We offer these prayers as a pledge of our fidelity to thee and thy Son and to holy Mother Church and ask that thou wilt receive our little prayers as if thou hadst received them from the greatest Saints.
O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of us, thou who by a singular privilege, in virtue of the foreseen death of our Redeemer, wast redeemed from the first moment of thy conception and preserved immune from every spot of original sin, we firmly believe in this thy privilege and we proclaim it aloud, saying: "Thou art all fair, O Mary, and in thee there is no stain"; thou art the Immaculate; thy raiment is white as snow; thy face shines like the sun; in thee we marvel at the brightness of eternal light and the spotless mirror of Divine beauty. Like the Divine Redeemer, thou art wholly and utterly fair, for in Him there can be no stain and thou art His most perfect reflection.
We all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast that recalls this singular privilege of thine, O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, and we unite ourselves to thee in magnifying and thanking Our Lord, who through thee hath done such wondrous deeds, and hath given us in thee good cause for rejoicing.
We would be ever worthy to love thee and to sing thy glories, O Mary, our Immaculate Mother, but we are by nature sons of wrath, and only by grace can we become thy children and acceptable unto thee. From thee we hope for assistance in obtaining the pardon of our sins, the strength to overcome our wicked passions, and to escape the snares laid for us by the world and the devil. Wherefore, O Immaculate Mother, Mary, inspire in us an intense hatred of sin, perfect contrition for the sins we have committed, and a lively fear of falling again into sin; make our hearts and our bodies immaculate, lest we be confounded forever; and so, being cleansed of sin, with our passions under control, and the enemies of our salvation overcome, with pure hearts burning with love of thee, may we be able to sing to thee with unfaltering voices: "Thou art all fair, O Mary, and in thee there is no original stain; thou art our glory, thou art our joy."
conqueror of the infernal serpent
from the first instant of thy existence; renew even now, for it is now
more necessary than ever before, thine ancient triumphs; glorify thy
Son, bring back to Him the sheep that have strayed from the one fold
place them once more under the guidance of the universal Shepherd who
the place of thy Son on earth; let it be thy glory, O Virgin who
to restore unity and peace once more to all the Christian