4th April : Our Lady Of Grace

Our Lady Of Grace

Country : France

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A feast of Our Lady of Grace is observed in various churches at different times.  Mary accordingly, is considered “full of grace” or, as the Mother who brings down graces and benefits on us.  She does both, as the collect for the Mass of Our Lady of Grace states:  “God conferred the grace of regeneration upon mankind through Mary’s fruitful virginity; may we then share her happiness in Heaven.”

The familiar image of Our Lady of Grace depicts Mary with hands outspread toward her devotees, and from those hands rays of light flow, symbolizing that always she is ready and able to shower upon us, her children, all the graces and blessings we desire.

“Hail Mary, Lily of spotless whiteness, thou dost ravish the gaze of the adorable Trinity dwelling in the eternal sojourn of light and peace.  Hail, rose of celestial sweetness, Virgin immaculate, whom the King of Heaven and Earth chose for His Mother and whom thou didst nourish with thy virginal milk, pour into my soul torrents of divine graces.  Amen.”  Mary promised St. Gertrude, as we are told in the 19th chapter of the REVELATIONS, that the inestimable treasures of her loving compassion would be given to those who saluted her in the above prayer, known as the “Golden Ave Maria”, and in the words of the Blessed Virgin, “And at the hour of their departure, I will appear to them clothed with radiant beauty and I will pour into their souls heavenly sweetness and consolation.”

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