June 25, Our Lady of Święta Góra in Gostyń (Najświętszej Maryi Panny Świętogórskiej z Gostynia)

June 25
In the Archdiocese of Poznań
OUR LADY of ŚWIĘTA GÓRA in GOSTYŃ
Obligatory memorial

From the late 15th century a shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary has existed in Gostyń, which is the heart of her cult in the Archdiocese of Poznań. The stately church of the Immaculate Conception was consecrated in 1698. The benevolent image was crowned on 24 June 1928.

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, except:

OFFICE OF READINGS

SECOND READING

Sermon by Saint Amadeus, Bishop of Lausanne
(Sermon VIII about BVM)

Unparalleled are the Blessed Virgin’s Merits, and her constant advocacy for us has great power before the Lord. All is known and revealed in the Creator’s eyes, and in this Divine light she sees all the dangers that threaten us and the maternal heart of this sweet and gracious Lady pities us. Out of the unfathomable Divine Providence, she was called Mary, the Star of the sea – the name reflects her charity.

She reigns from the heights of heavens with her Son, shining with beauty and full of power – with a single nod she calms the rush of sea waves. Those that wander the turbulent paths of this world and with trust call for her help are saved from dangerous disturbance of unfettered elements and led to the shores of the land, where they participate in her victory with joy.

The Blessed Virgin gathers the dispersed, guides the lost, saves from death and protects from destruction those that are led towards destruction. She not only watches over the salvation of souls, but she also helps with love those in need, grants health and heals the wounds of hearts. In the places devoted to her memory, through her intercession, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute speak and various disabilities and weaknesses are healed. Sinners, beating their breast, confess their sins and, being forgiven, return home with joy. She too draws the despondent, the afflicted and sad, the despaired, the lost, the poor, the dishonoured, and the vilified. She does not reject any paupers. Merciful, she begs her Son for them and reverts all evil.

Let us ponder how much she loves and attracts those that are of pure heart like hers for, as we know, with her intercession she even saves wrongdoers and the perverted from eternal death. He makes some defeat the evil, and leads others along the paths of virtuous life. She shows the chosen ones the depth of prayerful contemplation and begs salvation for the dying so that no devil power has access to those that the Mother of the Only-Begotten God’s Son leads towards Christ.[1]

MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

O Morning Star rising before the Sun,
House of Gold, Ark of the Covenant,
Beautiful Rose bedewed with grace,
Pray for us!

O Refuge of lost sinners,
And sweet Comforter of the afflicted,
Star that shows the path,
Cause of our human joy,
Pray for us!

O Virgin, clothed in light,
Immaculate in your conception,
Faithful mirror of your Son,
Born to give birth to Him,
Pray for us!

O Mary, mighty Queen,
We praise the Triune God with you,
Who made you for us
The best Ruler and Mother
Of all our land. Amen.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Blessed are you, Virgin Mary, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
you chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the worthy dwelling for your Majesty and adorned her with true beauty,
grant that we, duly honouring and faithfully following her, may shine with holy lives.
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.
Amen.

EVENING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Mystical Rose, sowing virtues, grant us the grace to praise the Lord for ever.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

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