OCTOBER DEVOTION: UNDERSTANDING THE MARIAN TITLES IN THE LITANY OF LORETO (PART 2) – DAY 6: “COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED” (CONSOLATRIX AFFLICTORUM)

Praying Hands With Rosary Beads - Pictures, Tattoo IdeasDAY 6 PRAYER INTENTION: Today, pray for all those who are afflicted with all kinds of pains in their faith, family, relationships, educational struggles, mental trauma, demonic siege, and above all those afflicted with the pain of grieving the loss of their loved ones. May they be visited and comforted by Our Lady, the Comforter of the Afflicted, to the greater glory of God (Also add your own intention…)

Now, say the 20 decades of the Rosary…

At the end of the 20 decades, say the following Prayers:

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, 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 valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation. Grant, we beseech Thee, that while meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us!

Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us (Repeat after each invocation)

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,
pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Saviour,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honour,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower if ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Solace of Migrants,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace.

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 Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body;
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Prayer to Saint Joseph after the Rosary

To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also. Through that sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by his blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin. Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity. Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, die a holy death, and obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

 

DAY 6: REFLECTION

“COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED” (CONSOLATRIX AFFLICTORUM)

In the context of the current affliction of humanity and the Church, I wish to propose a reflection on a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary that evokes consolation and succour  – “Comforter of the Afflicted,” (Latin, Consolatrix Afflictorum) on this sixth day of our October Devotion. This is the third of a series of four similar invocations in the Litany of Loreto: “Health of the Sick,” “Refuge of Sinners,” “Comforter of the Afflicted,” and “Help of Christians.” They all profess the belief that Mary has the gift of helping us at all times: in sickness, in sin and in affliction, etc. it is worthy of note that this particular title of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Consolatrix Afflictorum” (Comforter of the Afflicted) was one of the ancient titles in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is originated in the Shrine-Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto. Now, why do we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Comforter/Consoler of the Afflicted, while St. Paul already refers to God the Father as the “Father of all consolation who comforts us in every hardship…through Christ…?”

A consoler is not just one who only wipes away the tears of those who cry; it also includes, giving strength, courage, comfort in agonizing moments. While the term “afflicted” means to experience pain and suffering. Every mother has a special way of comforting her child. It is common to see that scene of the baby crying on the laps of relatives and friends. Most often than not, only the mother’s bosom is capable of stopping the child from crying and even induce that child to sleep with that pleasant feeling of security. Being our Mother, Mary also consoles each of us in our afflictions. When we are facing the cross of life, we must look for the mother’s lap. There, we will get peaceful sleep and the feeling of childlike security.

 

Since St. Paul proclaims in his epistle: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all consolation. He comforts us in all our afflictions, so that, with the consolation we ourselves receive from God, we can comfort those who are in any and all afflictions. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow into our lives; so too does the encouragement we receive through Christ. So if we have hardships to undergo, this will contribute to your encouragement and your salvation; if we receive encouragement, this is to gain for you the encouragement which enables you to bear with perseverance the same sufferings as we do.” (2 Cor 1,3-6). It follows then, that, our Lord Jesus Christ, is the greatest consolation that the Father sent to the afflicted of heart (see. Is 61,1-3.10-11); and that is why he proclaims “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Mat. 5:4). Nevertheless, we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary as the “Consolation/comforter of the afflicted,” because she participated in the adventure of the faith, uniting herself with her beloved Son. Needless to say, Mary experienced affliction as did no other human person. We see her as a pilgrim, going to Bethlehem at the end of a pregnancy (cf. Luke 2). She also went into exile with Joseph and the Child, experiencing the pain and consolation that come from carrying out God’s will (Cf. Mat. 2:13-14). As a comforter of the afflicted, having seen the plight of the bride and groom in Cana, made the grace of Jesus’ first miracle, the miracle of joy (cf. Jn. 2). At the foot of the Cross (cf. Jn. 19:25-27), she suffered martyrdom in her soul, together with her Son. It is worth accepting the teaching of Saint Bernard of Claraval: “Do not be surprised, brothers, that it is said that Mary was a martyr in her soul.” In the Cenacle, in preparation for Pentecost, praying with the Apostles, Mary asked and waited confidently for the “Comforter”  (Holy Spirit). Therefore, it can be said that Mary studied long in the school of affliction, and having been consoled by God, knows how to comfort us in all kinds of afflictions and pains.

Thus, it becomes pertinent to look up to her as “Comforter of the afflicted” because, through her spiritual martyrdom, she has become in a special way a consoler of all men struck by the affliction of sin and its consequences. It was by her own experience of sorrow that she was taught the sympathy which enables her to comfort her children in all their afflictions. God gave her a mighty and sympathetic heart for this great task. She became the Consoler of the Afflicted for she herself experienced affliction by enduring the sufferings of being the Mother of God as her way collaboration to the God’s Plan of Salvation.

Dear friends in Christ, it is true that we naturally would not choose to experience pain and suffering; however, it is an unavoidable part of the human condition, for each person is given a cross to carry by which he can prove by actions and words that he loves God and his neighbour; and in this spiritual struggle, it becomes needful to invoke the presence of this powerful woman – “Comforter of the Afflicted” to grant us the consolation that comes from God. Above all, we rest on the expression found in the “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” – Lumen Gentium (# 68): “In the interim just as the Mother of Jesus, glorified in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come, so too does she shine forth on earth until the day of the Lord shall come,(304) as a sign of sure hope and consolation to the people of God during its sojourn on earth.”

Let us pray

O God, you willed that the Blessed Virgin Mary should participate in the sufferings of your Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and consoled by your grace, she becomes a comforter of the afflicted humanity. Grant, we pray that by imploring her intercession, we might be consoled in all our sufferings and pains in order to achieve eternal life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Oh “Comforter of the Afflicted” (Consolatrix Afflictorum) pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Blessing
Through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Shalom!
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Vila Sabrina, São Paulo, Brazil
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Nneka
Nneka
2 years ago

Amen

Nwanya Precious
Nwanya Precious
2 years ago

May God bless you now and always Padre.

Consolatrix Afflictorum, it is one name I call her with so much love.
Pray for us, O Comforter of the Afflicted. Amen.

Veronica Ofuani
Veronica Ofuani
1 year ago

Thanks so much Fada for this beautiful well worded write up on Our Mother Mary Comforter of the Afflicted. May God Almighty bless you specially with more wisdom and knowledge.

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
1 year ago

Mary , comforter of the afflicted pray for us

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Oh “Comforter of the Afflicted” (Consolatrix Afflictorum) pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Nneka
Nneka
1 year ago

Therefore, it can be said that Mary studied long in the school of affliction, and having been consoled by God, knows how to comfort us in all kinds of afflictions and pains.

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
1 year ago

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 year ago

Dear mother, consoler of the afflicted,
Pray for us, who are troubled with the afflictions and sorrows of life. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 month ago

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 month ago

Oh “Comforter of the Afflicted” pray for us. Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 month ago

Oh “Comforter of the Afflicted” (Consolatrix Afflictorum) pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

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