HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE

The Hail Holy Queen Prayer is nearly 500 years old. Second only to the Hail Mary Prayer, this is the most popular prayer directed toward Mary. When praying this prayer you ask Mary for her help in all your needs.


Following are the intentions of the prayer for better understanding:
We are all searching for peace. The phrase, “banished children of Eve,” refers to this fact. There are times in your life when you are afflicted with disappointments, heartbreaks, and illnesses. These are known as “the valley of tears.”
As you learn while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, she experienced joys and sorrows as you do. You can turn to Mary during these times of trial in your life. She will help you find peace amidst your worries. She is our “most gracious” mother, because we are Jesus’ brothers and sisters we too are Mary’s children. Like a good mother she longs to protect and rescue you, her child. She is always kind and loving, and that is exactly what you are asking her to do when you pray “turn thy eyes of mercy towards us”. She is referred to queen in this prayer because of her relationship with her Son Jesus, Who is Christ the King. He gave her to you and me when He was on the cross as it is written in John 19:26-27 Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother.
This beautiful prayer will give you confidence to turn to Mary in all the struggles life throws you. And when you find this confidence, you will live a much more peaceful life knowing that you have someone bringing your worries to God on your behalf. You will truly learn to let go and find peace in your life.

Hail Holy Queen Prayer
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope,
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears;
Turn, then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,
And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Amen.

Hail the Holy Queen Mary

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Jesus, Dad&Son and Wedding at Cana

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Of all the experiences of night vigil that happened on the night of good friday, I remember a reflection. The reflection was about the wedding at cana. It was at cana that Jesus performed his first miracle.
 A child was very happy as he had given his final exams and now for a few days, it would be all fun and play in his life. He was preparing to go out and play cricket with his friends.  As he searched his cricket bat all around his house, his dad observed the enthusiasm of his child. The sense of freedom and unending energy was quite visible on his face. His dad asked him, so son, finally exams over. The child replied, o yes dad, they are. How did they all go, did you do well, asked the dad again. The child answered, yes dad, they went well, I am going to get good marks this time. Dad answered, I will pray for you son. Son replied, what dad, what’s the use praying now, exams are over. You should have prayed during my exams, now praying is useless. Saying this the child ran out with his bat to play with his friends. His dad kept thinking, his son had raised a valid point, what’s the use praying now, he has already given his exams. Nothing can be done now, he thought.
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At the wedding of cana, when wine ran out, Mother Mary asks Jesus to intervene. Jesus asks the servants to fill water in six stone jars, each stone jar could hold twenty to thirty gallons of water. The servants obeyed and filled all the six jars to brim with water. Jesus asks them, to draw some water from the jar and take it to the headwaiter. The headwaiter tastes it, the water which has turned into wine. He calls the groom and says, everyone serves the good wine first and then the second rate wine, you kept the good wine until now. This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did and revealed his glory to his disciples.
Now let’s come back to the contemporary times, the son and the dad, if you read the second chapter of gospel of St John carefully, Jesus asks the servants to fill six stone jars having a storage capacity of twenty to thirty gallons with water. Now try filling a drum which has a capacity of fifty litres manually. Quite a tiresome task right, the servants filled six gallons. How much hard work they all must have put in to fill those jars, once the jars were filled Jesus turned water into wine. If only servants had refused to fill the jar, the miracle wouldn’t have taken place in the first place. The servants obeyed Jesus and did their part, rest they left it on Jesus. Jesus blesses their efforts and converts water into wine.
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In the present times, the son has done the hard work, he has filled the jars with water, he has filled the answer sheet with answers, now nothing can be done. Like Mother Mary intervened, His Father should intervene and pray to Jesus. So that his son’s efforts bear fruit and he too enjoys the wine of everlasting life.
Work hard and wait for miracles to happen in your life.
Amen.
Issac Thomas

JOHN 15 : I AM THE TRUE VINE

I am the true vine and my father is the vine dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. abide in me and I in you. as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless its abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him bears much fruit for without me, you can do nothing.

If anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered and they gather them and throw them and they are burned. If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it will be done for you. by this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit, so you will be my disciples. As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments and abide in my love, just as I have kept my father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full.

This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. no longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from Father, I have made know to you. you did not choose me but I chose you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give you.

These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, you know It hated me before it hated you. if you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. remember the word I said to you, a servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. if they kept my word, they will keep yours too, but all this things they will do to you for my name sake because they do not know him who sent me.

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me, hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, “they hated me without a cause”. But when the helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify of me. and you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

SEASONS OF LIFE

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There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
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The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
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The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said, “no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise”. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
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The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.
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He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
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If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.
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Moral: Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.