Basic Things to Know about The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated every year on a different day and it refers to the Catholic view of the interior life of Mary, considering all her joys and sorrows, virtues and virginal love for God the Father. This Feast is celebrated right after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it is now celebrated by all Christians since 1944.
Let’s discover the basic things to know about the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Iconography

Usually, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is depicted with roses wrapped around it, symbol of purity, and pierced with a sword, to remind us about her great sorrow of losing her only son, Jesus, crucified to give us Salvation.
The Heart of Mary is the place where she keeps all her feelings and virtues; for this reason it is very important to celebrate it. 
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The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was established in 1805, after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in 1765. The worship of this important Feast received a great impulse after the apparitions of Fatima, in 1917, when the Holy Virgin clearly asked to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. On this occasion, the Virgin said that the Lord wanted to establish in the world the devotion to her Immaculate Heart and that it will triumph over evil.  
The Catholic Church extended this Feast to all Christians in 1944, under the papacy of Pope Pius XII, to remind us of the consecration of humankind to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is celebrated on the third Saturday after Pentecost, just the day after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today more than 65 countries of the world have been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by many different archbishops.  
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How To Worship the Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is worshiped exactly like the Sacred Heart of Jesus is. While Jesus’ “divine heart” is overflowing with love for humanity, in the devotion to the Heart of Mary the attraction is her love for Jesus and for God.
In the devotion to the Heart of Mary, study and imitation hold as important a place as love. 
The goal of this devotion is to unite humankind to God through Mary’s heart, and this process involves the ideas of consecration and reparation.
The best way to love Jesus and God is by imitating the Virgin’s virtues, the ones that she keeps into her heart. To worship the Immaculate Heart of Mary means to behave exactly like Saint Mary to be closer to God and Jesus Christ, her Son. 
If you are devoted to Saint Mary, you can dedicate your daily prayers to our colorful wooden statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Virgin is for us a model of Christian love that can bring us closer to God, everyday of our lives.

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Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Immaculate Heart of Mary,
full of goodness,
show your love towards us.
Let the flame of your heart,
O Mary, descend on all people.

We love you immensely.
Impress true love in our hearts
so that we have a continuous desire for you.
O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we are in sin.
You know that all men sin.

Give us, by means of your Immaculate Heart, spiritual health.
Let us always see the goodness of your motherly heart
and may we be converted by means of the flame of your heart.
Amen.

 

 

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