Sunday, 31 May 2015

31st May

Today's virtue is Union With Jesus
and the flower is the Anemone.

The picture provides the text of the "Ave Maria" in French.

The Litany of Loreto by Mozart

Saturday, 30 May 2015

30th May

Today's virtue is Perseverance
and the flower is the Camellia.

This is one of my favourite pictures of Our Blessed Lady, 
extrapolated from the face on the Turin Shroud
 by Julien Lasbleiz.
Our Lord would have inherited His
 facial characteristics from His Mother :-)
The original artwork can be seen here.

Friday, 29 May 2015

May 29th

Today's virtue is Goodness
and the flower is the Aster, whose family
 includes the Michaelmas Daisy.

This photograph of the lovely icon of
 "Our Lady of Perpetual Help"
which is at St Silas's Church, Kentish Town, London,
is used with the kind permission of 
Dr John Salmon of the aforesaid parish.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

May 28th

Today's virtue is Confidence in God
and the flower is the Honeysuckle.

This mosaic is outside the Cathedral of the 
Mother of God of Kazan, 
Red Square  in Moscow.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

May 27th

Today's virtue is Prudence
and the flower is the Verbena.

This glorious statue of Our Lady is in the Jesuit church
 of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street in London.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May 26th and The Walsingham Pilgrimage.

Today's virtue is Love of Labour
and the flower is the Primrose.

Yesterday was the National Pilgrimage at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. 
A friend of mine, Fr Irving Hamer, was there and took some lovely photographs
 which he has kindly given me permission to post here - many thanks!

This is the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, crowned, enrobed and surrounded by flowers. 

Processing through the mediaeval village.... 

Arriving at the Abbey.

Our Lady enthroned in front of the the ruin 
of the great east window of the Abbey. 

Fr Irving said that "Our Lady's Lace" flowers 
were blossoming in profusion! 

This is a Google image of Our Lady's Lace, 
also known as  Sweet Woodruff, and more formally as Galium Odoratum 
or Asperula Odoratum, depending on which source you look at:

                                       Prayer to Our Lady Of Walsingham

O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine Son, 

dying on the cross confided us to your maternal care. 
You are our Mother; we desire ever to remain your devout children. 
Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. 
Make your name again glorious in this place, once renowned throughout our land 
by your visits, favours and many miracles.
Pray, O Holy Mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, 
consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. 
O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham intercede for us. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

May 25th

Today's virtue is Devotion to Mary
and the flower is the Daffodil.

Our Lady with Saints Felicity and Perpetua.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

May 24th

Today's virtue is Fervor
and the flower is the Red Poppy.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

May 23rd

Today's virtue is the Desire For Heaven
and the flower is the Bluebell.

Friday, 22 May 2015

May 22nd

Today's virtue is Obedience 
and the flower is the Buttercup.

Our Lady of the Buttercups 
by Margaret Tarrant.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

May 21st

Today's virtue is Purity of Intention
and the flower is the blue Periwinkle.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

May 20th

Today's virtue is Zeal For Souls
and the flower is the Geranium.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

May 19th

Today's virtue is Mortification
and the flower is the Hawthorn.

Painting by Thomas Cole, 1845.

Monday, 18 May 2015

May 18th

Today's virtue is Modesty
and the flower is Lavender.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

May 17th

Today's virtue is Fidelity in Little Things
and the flower is the Lilac.

Our Lady of China

Saturday, 16 May 2015

May 16th

Today's virtue is Punctuality
and the flower is the Lily of the Valley.

May 15th

Today's virtue is Generosity
and the flower is Mimosa.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

May 14th

Today's virtue is Sacrifice
and the flower is the Passion-flower.

The icon is of  Our Lady of Capel-ffin
at St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

May 13th

Today's virtue is Love of Duty and the
 flower is the Laurel blossom.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

May 12th

Today's virtue is Recollection and the
 flower is the Heath-flower, of the Epacris family.

Monday, 11 May 2015

May 11th

Today's virtue is Prayer
and the flower is the Pink Rose.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

May 10th

Today's virtue is Sweetness
and the flower is Jasmine.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

May 9th

Today's virtue is the Practice of Hidden Virtues
and the flower is the intensely perfumed Mignonette.