“I shall speak to your Heart, O Mary…”

Present research“… indicates the Benedictine Eckbert of Schoenau (+1184) as the first to write a prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary…It does not merely mention or praise the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Eckbert greets this Heart: he speaks to it as to the person of Mary herself. …Therefore, he is the first to initiate an act of devotion, or cult, towards the Immaculate Heart.”
(Source: The Heart of Mary in the Latin Tradition From the 7th to the 16th Century, Fr Théodore A. Koehler, S.M. Marian Library Series 1996-97, pp 120-121)

“I shall speak to your heart, O Mary,

I shall speak to your heart so pure, Sovereign of the universe, and I shall offer my veneration from the depths of my soul. From the depths of my heart I shall greet your Immaculate Heart which, the first in this world, was worthy to receive the only Son of the Supreme God, coming forth from the bosom of the Father.

Hail, singular shrine, that God has sanctified for Himself in the Holy Spirit. Hail, holy of holies, that the Sovereign Pontiff has consecrated by his ineffable entrance. Hail, ark of sanctification that contains the writing of the finger of God. Hail, urn of gold that contains the heavenly manna, filled with the delights of the angels. Hail, royal court, the true Solomon’s house of cedar, whose sweet fragrance surpasses all the woods of cedar. Hail, couch of gold, the most agreeable rest for the desirable beloved whose head is of perfect gold. Hail, room filled with a heavenly perfume, bringing the precious spices of all the virtues and graces.

Hail, enclosed paradise, wherein the cunning seducer of Eve had never dared to crawl. Hail, sealed fountain, whose secrets the violator of hearts has never tasted, not even by the lightest sip. To whom do we compare you, to what do we assimilate the beatitude of your heart, O Mary? By what words do we worthily greet the intimate sweetness of your chaste breast?

Live, live and rejoice eternally, O holy and Immaculate Heart in which the salvation of the world was begun and in which the divinity has embraced our humanity, bringing peace to the world. Be filled with an eternal jubilation, you, emerald conch, whose color has never faded, you who have poured out to the Supreme King, thirsting for our salvation, the sweet nectar of faith, at that hour when, at the greeting of the archangel, you pronounced the good word (Ps 44:2), saying: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Thus, you have delighted, you have filled his heart, in such a degree that from now on, from his heaven, He would proclaim more joyously:
“My delights are to be with the children of men” (Prov. 8:31). May every soul magnify you, O mother of sweetness! And may all pious tongues praise together for ever and ever the beatitude of your Heart, from which our salvation has flowed forth. Amen.”

Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

We encourage you to pray this Litany in loving reparation.

Lord, have mercy, Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy, Christ, have mercy.
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Heart, after God’s own Heart, pray for us.
Heart, in union with the Heart of Jesus, etc.
Heart, the vessel of the Holy Spirit,
Heart of Mary, shrine of the Trinity,
Heart of Mary, home of the Word,
Heart of Mary, immaculate in thy creation,
Heart of Mary, flooded with grace,
Heart of Mary, blessed of all hearts,
Heart of Mary, throne of glory,
Heart of Mary, abyss of humbleness,
Heart of Mary, victim of love,
Heart of Mary, nailed to the Cross,
Heart of Mary, comfort of the afflicted.
Heart of Mary, refuge of the sinner,
Heart of Mary, hope of the dying,
Heart of Mary, seat of mercy,
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Immaculate Mary, meek and humble of heart,
R. Conform our hearts to the Heart of Jesus.
Let Us Pray: O most merciful God, Who for the salvation of sinners and the
refuge of the miserable, hast made the Immaculate Heart of Mary most like in
tenderness and pity to the Heart of Jesus, grant that we, who now commemorate
her most sweet and loving Heart, may by her merits and intercession, ever live
in the fellowship of the Hearts of both Mother and Son, through the same Christ
Our Lord. Amen.

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