Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
"O Mary, powerful Virgin and Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thy Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our whole being and all our life, all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts, our souls. To thee we dedicate our homes, our families, and our country. We desire that everything in s, and everything about us, should share in the gifts to thy maternal blessings and the fruits thereof. And that this consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting we renew at thy feet today, O Mary, the promises of our Baptism and of our First Communion. We bind ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our Holy Catholic Faith, and to live as Catholics in full submission to all the instructions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him. We pledge ourselves to keep the Commandments of God and of the Church, especially to keep holy the Sunday. We undertake to embrace in our daily lives, as far as possible, the consoling practices of the Christian religion and, above all, Holy Communion. We promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and tender Mother of men, to occupy ourselves with our whole hearts in devotion to thy blessed service, especially in praying the Holy Rosary, in order to hasten and confirm, through the reign of thy Immaculate Heart, the Kingdom of thy adorable Son, in our souls and the souls of all who dwell in our beloved country, and throughout the world, -- on earth as in Heaven. Amen" - Novena to Our Lady of Fatima, Page 19-20
MARY - the GODDESS
What is the meaning of the First Marian Dogma?
The First Marian Dogma, which was defined by the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, declares that the Virgin Mary is the Mother of God, which in Greek is rendered Theotakos. The reason is as follows: Mary is the Mother of Jesus; Jesus is God: therefore, Mary is the Mother of God.
To be precise, the official Greek tittle Theotokos, the one approved by the Council of Ephesus, literally means “Bearer of God,” of “The One Who Gives Birth to God;” but in Latin it was rendered as Mother Dei, and in English Mother of God. The exact Greek translation of “Mother of God” would be Theometer. As a matter of fact, Mary is the Mother of the Incarnate Son of God, or Mother of God Incarnated, namely, of the human nature of Christ, and she is by no means a goddess. In the liturgy, we celebrate the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, On January 1. - The Apostles’ Creed, pages 53-54.
MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN OF CATHOLIC CHURCH
QUEENSHIP OF MARY - AUGUST 22
In this feast, particularly cherished by the Popes of modern times, we celebrate Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Pope Pius XII in the Papal Encyclical Ad Coeli Reginam proposed the traditional doctrine on the Queenship of Mary and established this feast for the Universal Church.
Pope Pius IX said of Mary's queenship: "Turning her maternal Heart toward us and dealing with the affair of our salvation, she is concerned with the whole human race. Constituted by the Lord Queen of Heaven and earth, and exalted above all choirs of Angels and the ranks of Saints in Heaven, standing at the right hand of Her only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, she petitions most powerfully with Her maternal prayers, and she obtains what she seeks."
And Pope Pius XII added the following: "We commend that on the festival there be renewed the consecration of the human race to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon this there is founded a great hope that there will rejoice in the triumph of religion and in Christian peace...
...Therefore, let all approach with greater confidence now than before, to the throne of mercy and grace of our Queen and Mother to beg help in difficultly, light in darkness and solace in trouble and sorrow...
. . Whoever, therefore, honours the lady ruler of the Angels and of men - and let no one think themselves exempt from the payment of that tribute of a grateful and loving soul - let them call upon her as most truly Queen and as the Queen who brings the blessings of peace, that She may show us all, after this exile, Jesus, who will be our enduring peace and joy."
SOURCE: Queenship of Mary
THE BIBLICAL MARY
She needs a Saviour - "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour." (Luke 1:47)
She is humble and obedient - "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.." (Luke 1:38)
She points the people to Jesus - "His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5)
Mary has never given any intercessory or mediatorial role in heaven but Christ as the Bible clearly stated:
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Timothy 2:5-6
In fact, the act of bowing down before any statue is against commandment #2 which says:
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;" Ex 20:4-5