September 4 St. Rose of Viterbo

For from that time He was always present to me under the form of the crucifix or of an Ecce Homo, or as carrying His cross. This filled me with such feelings of compassion and so great love of suffering that whatever I had to bear seemed but light in comparison with the ardent desire I had to suffer, that thereby I might render myself conformable to my suffering Jesus.

– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque



The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary. . .

Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh:
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .

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

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord.