The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Devotion to the Immaculate and Sacred Heart of Mary
Our Lady is a strong Mediatrix of the graces achieved. If we want our acts of praise, love, thanksgiving, and reparation to reach the throne of God, we must place them in the hands of the Virgin Mary. The prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a great way to reach Mary, asking for her intervention and help to gain graces.
The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Mary is as old as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The two Hearts are inseparable. Where there is one, there is the other. Mary is the Mother, the Genetrix. The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Mary begins in response to the suffering of Mary at the foot of the Cross.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary goes back to the beginnings of the Church. Its devotion has its deepest roots in the Holy Scriptures. The sacred heart is part of the prophecy by the old Simeon in the temple, saying that the Heart of Mary would be pierced by the sword.
Another source of this devotion is in the Gospel of St. Luke which says: Mary kept all the words of Jesus in her Heart: “Mary kept all these words, meditating on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19). “Then he went down with them to Nazareth and was submissive to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart “(Lk 2,51).
The liturgical memory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated on the Sabbath. The celebration follows the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It generally takes place on the second Friday after the solemnity of Corpus Christi.
The seed of the Gospel, planted by the apostles and disciples of Jesus Christ, germinated in the doctrine of the Holy Fathers and developed with the theologians and mystics of the Middle Ages.
In the following centuries, Many other great devotees of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and of the Heart of Jesus appeared. Devotees such as St. Bernard, St. Gertrude, St. Bridget, St. Bernardine of Sena, and St. John Eudes.