Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Feast of Saint Maria Goretti

O God, author of innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness, so we, too, may be firm in obeying your commandments. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Litany of Saint Maria

Lord have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us
Lord have mercy on us, 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
Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, pray for us
Holy Mary, Queen of martyrs, pray for us
Saint Maria Goretti, etc.
St. Maria, Martyr of Purity,
St. Maria, Lily of the Marshes,
St. Maria, pure of heart,
St. Maria, child of Mary,
St. Maria, whose shield was the Most Holy Rosary,
St. Maria, most obedient,
St. Maria, most faithful,
St. Maria, most zealous observer of modesty,
St. Maria, mirror of patience,
St. Maria, lover of Holy Poverty,
St. Maria, ever burning for the Eucharistic Christ,
St. Maria, resplendent with humility,
St. Maria, most holy daughter,
St. Maria, most saintly sister,
St. Maria model for all youth,
St. Maria, patron of girls,
St. Maria, patron of Saint Maria's Messenger,
St. Maria, guardian of virgins,
St. Maria, holy and innocent virgin,
St. Maria, exclaiming "It is a sin! God does not want it!",
St. Maria, exclaiming "May God forgive him as I have already forgiven him!",
St. Maria, whose motto was, "I would rather die than commit a mortal sin.",
Saint Maria Goretti, make us pure
Through your most brutal death, make us pure
Through your life of poverty, make us pure
Through the tears and anguish of domestic life, etc.
Through the love you bore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Through the care and zeal with which you honored Mary,
Through your prompt forgiveness of your murderer,
Through the tenderness of your heart toward your siblings,
Through the obedience and fidelity you showed your mother,
Through the unwavering patience you gave to your neighbors,
Through the prayers and honor you gave your father even after death,
Through the love and protection you show us here on earth,
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
Pray for us O Holy Saint Maria Goretti, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let Us Pray
O God, who has exalted blessed Maria, thy virgin, in the glory of Thy Saints, grant that, as we rejoice in her commemoration, so may we profit by the example of her virtues; especially those of purity and chastity. Through Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us, for the victims of sexual violence and for all young people.

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