As Catholics we are the living tradition (a word which means “handing on”) of the prayers and aspiration of all the Church, from its earliest days to today. As we say ancient prayers in modern times we unite ourselves to the “unseen cloud of witnesses” of all those who have gone before us. Our most ancient prayers, the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be, combine elements which come directly to us from the Lord and his apostles — and those prayers make up the rosary.
Our tradition, as explained in the Catechism (CCC 969) holds that Mary is the Mother of the Church and our mother as well “in the order of grace” that is, spiritually. Upon her death and assumption into heaven, “God chose her to be the treasurer, the administrator and the dispenser of all his graces, so that all his graces and gifts pass through her hands,” according to St. Louis de Montfort; “When we ask Our Lady to approach Christ for us “we are practicing humility, something which always gladdens the heart of God!”
The Memorare invites us to ask the Blessed Mother for her assistance, especially when we feel most troubled in our daily lives. It is a powerful prayer, and one which brings comfort in times of turmoil and difficulty.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled
to your protection, implored your help,
or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,
O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan