Chaplet of Our Lady of Czestochowa

 

Beads:

 

Nine beads with at one end of the string a crucifix and at the other a medal of Our Lady of Czestochowa

 

Method:

 

The nine beads correspond to three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glorias. The chaplet begins (or ends) with the following prayer addressed to Our Lady of Czestochowa:

 

O Almighty and merciful God! You gave the Polish Nation a wondrous help and defense in the most holy Virgin Mary and You honoured Her sacred image at Jasna Gora with remarkable veneration of the faithful. Grant in Your mercy that, under Her protection, we may struggle confidently throughout our lives and at the moment of death be victorious over our enemy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Lady of Jasna Gora, our Mother, Queen of the Polish Nation! Trusting in Your maternal goodness and powerful intercession with Your Son, we place before You our humble prayers and petitions. To You we commend all our needs, in particular … and all children of the Polish Nation whether in their native land or elsewhere in the world.

Chaplet of Our Lady, Star of the Sea

 

Beads:

 

The chaplet of Our Lady Star of the Sea has a medal of Our Lady of Carmel, three separate beads, and twelve additional beads.

 

History:

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea is the patroness of those who sail the seas. According to Saint Bonaventure she is also the one who guides to a landfall in heaven those who navigate the sea of this world in the “ship of innocence or penance.” Our Lady aids not only sailors, but also those who sail the stormy seas of life.

 

Method:

 

The prayer begins with the medal. Holding the medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you say this prayer:

 

Most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.

 

The first three beads are for one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be. These three beads are for John Paul II, Bishop Warren Boudreaux and John Paul Finke (The Confraternity of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Morgan City, Louisiana, was established in 1979 by Bishop Boudreaux). I suppose it would not be sacrilegious to say these three prayers for those who minister in the church at all levels.

On each of the twelve beads representing the twelve stars on Our Lady’s crown say one Hail Mary followed by the invocation:

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, help and protect us!

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hand.

 

Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception

 

The Chaplet consists of three groups of four beads, with a medal of the Immaculate Conception attached to the end. It was composed by Saint John Berchmanns, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Mary, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

 

There are other chaplets in honor of the Immaculate Conception. One of them uses an ordinary rosary (five decades), with the following exception. Instead of the crucifix, this chaplet has a medal of the image known as the “Miraculous Medal” (1830) framed by the prayer “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” The two beads (not three) immediately preceding the medal invite to say two Hail Marys. Before saying each one of them, it is said: “Praise be to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

O God, come to my aid; O Lord make haste to help me in my time of need.

 

1st – I thank Thee, O Eternal Father! for having by Thy Almighty power preserved Mary, most holy, Thy blessed daughter from the stain of original sin.

 

Then on the large bead say: Our Father: and on the four small beads: Hail Mary, adding each time: Blessed be the pure, most holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

2nd – I thank Thee, O Eternal Son, for having by Thy wisdom preserved Mary, most holy, Thy blessed mother from the stain of original sin.

 

Then on the large bead say: Our Father: and on the Four small beads: Hail Mary, adding each time: Blessed be the pure, most holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

3rd – I thank Thee, O Holy Ghost Eternal, for having by Thy love preserved Mary, most holy, Thy Blessed Spouse, from the stain of original sin.

 

Then on the large bead say: Our Father: and on the four small beads: Hail Mary, adding each time: Blessed be the pure, most holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Conclude with: Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen