July 23rd is the Carmelite Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace

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This feast concludes the octave of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. We honor Mary as Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace since she is the Mother of the Son of God, the Author of Grace.

‘The Blessed Virgin Mary was eternally predestined, in the context of the Incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. As decreed by divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving Mother of the divine Redeemer, His associate, uniquely generous, and the Lord’s humble servant. She conceived, bore, and nourished Christ; presented Him to the Father in the Temple; and was united with Him in His suffering as He died on the cross. In a completely unparalleled way she cooperated, by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity, with our Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is Mother to us all in the order of grace’ (Lumen Gentium, the Constitution on the Church, 61).

Prayer

Remember, O most amiable Virgin Mary, the ineffable power which the Holy Trinity conferred on thee when constituting thee the Mother of Grace. Animated with entire confidence in they all-powerful mediation, I place into thy blessed hands the needs, the intentions, and the persons of all who are dear to me and for whom I am bound to pray. I pray especially for the acknowledgment of the rights of her august head, for priests, for the conversion of sinners, the relief of the holy souls in purgatory, and particularly for (name your intention here).
 
Hail Mary…
Mother of love, of sorrow, and of mercy, pray for us.
Prayer
Lord, Jesus, the hour is come; glorify Thy Mother that Thy Mother may glorify Thee. Manifest to all her power and efficacious mediation, and grant us the favors we implore through her intercession. Hear us for Thy Mother’s sake, hear us for love of Thy Mother, we beseech Thee, Lord Jesus! Show Thyself her Son and procure her triumph which we desire in view of Thine Own. That Thy Kingdom may come, may we have the Kingdom of Mary, Mother of Grace. Amen.
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