Friday, 19 August 2011

St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes, 1601 - 1680

Salutation to the Glory of Mary

by St. John Eudes

Hail Mary! Daughter of God the Father,
Hail Mary! Mother of God the Son,
Hail Mary! Spouse of God the Holy Ghost,
Hail Mary! Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity,
Hail Mary! Celestial Rose of the ineffable love of God.
Hail Mary! Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born and with thy milk to be nourished.
Hail Mary! Virgin of virgins,
Hail Mary! Queen of Martyrs, whose soul a sword transfixed,
Hail Mary! Lady most Blessed! unto whom all power in Heaven and earth is given,
Hail Mary! my Queen and my Mother! my Life, my Sweetness, and my Hope,
Hail Mary! Mother most Amiable,
Hail Mary! Mother most Admirable,
Hail Mary! Mother of Divine Love,
Hail Mary! Immaculate; Conceived without sin!
Hail Mary! Full of Grace! the Lord is with thee!

Blessed art thou among women!
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus!
Blessed by thy Spouse, St. Joseph,
Blessed by thy Father, St. Joachim,
Blessed by thy Mother, St. Anne,
Blessed by thy Guardian, St. John,
Blessed by thy Holy Angel, St. Gabriel,

Glory be to God the Father, Who chose thee,
Glory be to God the Son, Who loved thee,
Glory be to God the Holy Ghost, Who espoused thee,
Glorious Virgin Mary, may all men love and praise thee,

Holy Mary, Mother of God! pray for us and bless us, now
and at death in the Name of Jesus, thy Divine Son! Amen

There is more information about St. John Eudes here. He could be called the founder of the devotion of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He compiled the first Mass in honour of The Sacred Heart, and this was - and still is - the basis for the universal Mass of the Feast. On this blog there is an address by Pope Benedict from the Year for Priests about St. John Eudes.

Below is a version of "Ave Maria" sung by Celine Dion. I have only just begun to appreciate her - I used to cringe when I heard her, but now, for some reason I have come to regard her as a real artist. Anyway she is a practising Catholic!

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