True Devotion to Mary Part 1

    At Fatima, Our Lady asked for consecration to her Immaculate Heart.  On June 13, 1929 Sr. Lucia saw a vision of the Blessed Trinity and Our Lady of Fatima in the Dorothean convent chapel in Tuy, Spain.  Her confessor, Fr. Goncalves ordered her to write down the message.  Our Lady said, “The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father in union with all the bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.  There are so many souls whom the justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray.”  
(John De Marchi I.M.C., Mother of Christ Crusade, p. 211.)

    Our Lady also wanted Catholics to consecrate themselves to her Immaculate Heart.  According to Sr. Lucia, this is the Total Consecration according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort because it is the safest, simplest and easiest way to Jesus.  “Total Consecration is “an act of religion towards God…  By it we acknowledge God’s sovereign dominion..  It is an act of humility, for by it we acknowledge our nothingness and our helplessness.  It is an act of confiding love, for love consists in the gift of self; and to give oneself entirely and unreservedly presupposes absolute trust and living faith.”  (Rev. Adolphe Tanquery, The Spiritual Life, p. 92.)

    Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as described by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is based on Our Lady’s role as our Mother, Queen and Mediatrix.  In these difficult times God has provided a spiritual secret to help us advance in holiness and to persevere amid so many dangers and temptations.  This is the secret of True Devotion to Mary.  

    Many will be quick to say, “Oh yes, I have heard of that, but…”  This is why it is considered a secret because it is pursued and lived by so few.  For the generous hearted it is the quickest and easiest way to glorify God and sanctify their soul.    .

Our spiritual journey is much like being in an old mansion that has a series of mazes, leading to only one way out.  Pursuing each individual path, we will find that many obstacles and difficulties confront us.  Eventually, following the guidance of the Church and the graces of her sacraments, we will finally find our way out to freedom.  The way, however, will be difficult.  What so many do not realize is that there is a secret, simple, straightforward passage—a passage that they do not notice or choose to ignore.  It is the path of Mary.

At first, it may appear dark and overwhelming, but Our Lady is there to take us by the hand as her beloved child and lead us along it.  Soon it becomes a bright and happy path, for we are there hand in hand with our loving Heavenly Mother, fearing nothing because she is guiding us.  This path, when followed consistently and with confidence, quickly leads us to the freedom and happiness of a closer union with God in this life, and, ultimately, Heaven.  

St. Louis’ book, True Devotion to Mary, explains how to make and live our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Since it contains some deep theology, it should be read often, slowly and prayerfully.  Other recommended books are: The Secret of Mary, Friends of the Cross, God Alone, The Queen’s Way, and The Reign of Jesus through Mary.  

In order to improve your devotion to Our Lady you must frequently read and study some of this literature.  You may ask, Why all this reading?  “Anything worth having is worth working for…  To read and study True Devotion literature is necessary so that, by the grace of God, you may understand it…  You will be richly rewarded for the time and effort you put into your reading.”  (Rev. John Cantwell, Seven Talks on True Devotion, p. 45.)
This devotion consists first in a total consecration of oneself to Our Lady, as a slave of love, in order to belong completely to Christ through her.  This consecration is to be renewed from time to time.  Secondly, it consists in a habitual attitude by which we live in complete dependence on Mary after the example of Our Lord at Nazareth.  

It is not merely another spiritual exercise to be added to those you already have.  “It is, rather, a way of life that embraces all our devotions and all our prayers, all that we are and that we have past, present, and future.  It is a generous and loving way to Jesus through Mary.”  (Cantwell, 25.)

“This devotion is to be practiced in the ordinary course of life as well in our most important actions.  Only when steadily persevered in, and not when merely tried for a few weeks, shall we be able to judge of its excellence and know its fruit.  It is necessary to remove all hindrances to this devotion, namely sin and secret affection for that which is sinful.”  (St. Louis Marie de Montfort, The Secret of Mary, p. 3.)

St. Louis Marie de Montfort has written, “The act of consecration consists in giving oneself wholly to Mary and through her to Jesus as her slave.”  This is clarified by Fr. Adolphe Tanquery: “Let no one be shocked at the word, ‘slave,’ which today seems so repugnant to us, but which has no such evil meaning as explained by this servant of God.  A mere servant, says he, receives wages, is ever free to quit his master’s service.  He gives his labor only, not his person, not his rights, nor his goods.  A slave, however, freely agrees to work without wages and, trusting to the master that gives him food and shelter, hands himself over to him forever, with all that he is and has, in order to live in entire dependence on the master in the spirit of love.”  (The Spiritual Life, pp. 90-91.)

In the Catechism on True Devotion to Mary we read, “Why does St. Louis de Montfort tells us to be slaves of Jesus and Mary when we should be their loving children?...  St. Louis de Montfort calls his devotion the Holy Slavery of Love.  By it, we are loving children of Jesus and Mary, and more besides.  To bring out that we are children of Mary, he uses the word ‘love’ and to show that we are to exceed the duty imposed on even loving children, he uses the word ‘slave.'

It is the only term that we have to express this idea of complete surrender.  It is the same slavery which St. Paul prized so highly.  Indeed, he found his honor in being a ‘slave of Jesus Christ.’  When he wrote to his converts to congratulate them on their entrance into the Church, he gave them the same glorious title of slaves: ‘But now being made free from sin and become slaves of God you have your fruit unto sanctity and the end, life everlasting.’  This is a slavery that only the most perfect can conceive.”   (Rev. Ralph Beiting, p. 15.)

Ultimately, every person with the use of reason must choose to serve a master, God or Satan.  “We are not free to not have a master, but we are free to select our master…  [Our slavery of love is summarized in this formula:] “To do all our actions through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary, so as to preform them more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.”
(Bishop Pierre-Marie Theas,D.D., Holy Slavery Supreme Liberty, pp. 8, 10.)
St. Louis Marie de Montfort has written, “There is nothing among men which makes us belong to one another more than slavery.  There is nothing among Christians which makes us more absolutely belong to Jesus Christ and His holy Mother than the slavery of the will, according to the example of Jesus Christ Himself who took on Himself the form of a slave of love for us. (Phil. 2:7); and also according to the example of the holy Virgin, who called herself the servant and slave of the Lord (Luke 1: 38)…  Before Baptism we were slaves of the devil.  Baptism has made us the slaves of Jesus Christ: Christians must be either the slaves of the devil or the slaves of Jesus Christ.”  (True Devotion to Mary, pp. 60-61.)
According to Rev. John Cantwell, “When we consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort, we set ourselves aside for Mary to use as she wills, how and in the manner she wills.  We say with her, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord.  Be it done to me accord to Thy word.’  With Mary we surrender our will to God.” (Cantwell, 24.)

Our total consecration to the Our Lady is based on our love and trust in her.  Fr. Adolphe Tanquery has written, “Do we rely more on Mary than on ourselves or our friends?  If we do, let us have no misgivings, for she will care for our souls and further our interests far better than we could ever do ourselves.  If we do not, let us refrain from making this act of complete consecration for we might regret it before long.  In any event one should not make this act of consecration without reflection and advice.”  (The Spiritual Life, p. 93.)

The de Montfort consecration is not for everyone.  Regarding this devotion, St. Louis Marie de Montfort has written, “Beware, then of remaining inactive while possessing my secret; it would turn into a poison and be your condemnation.” (The Secret of Mary, p. 2.)  However, if you live your consecration, you will derive immense spiritual blessings.

Devotion to Mary is necessary because she is the Mediatrix of all graces.  Fr. John Cantwell stated, “Jesus Christ through His sufferings and death stored up all the graces needed for salvation.  To help us understand we might say that Jesus put all these graces in vaults, as it were, and then turned over the keys to our Blessed Mother and told her to distribute the graces.”

She is especially necessary to the great saints of the latter times.  In 1851, Fr. Frederick Faber described the last age of the Church and the reign of Antichrist.  He said that Antichrist’s “doctrine [would be] an apparent contradiction of no religion, yet a new religion [—the ecumenical religion of Vatican II.]  There will be hardly any Mass… the majority of Christians will apostatize, but the Church will not be destroyed.  Saints greater than ever—martyrs greater, as the first fought against men, the latter will fight against devils, Our Lady’s saints [as described by St.] Louis de Montfort.  (Notes on Doctrinal and Spiritual Subjects; The Faith and the Spiritual Life volume 2, pp. 16-17.)   

In his Prayer for Missionaries, St. Louis Marie de Montfort stated: “True it is, indeed, great God, as You Yourself have foretold, that the devil will lie in wait to attack the heel of this mysterious woman, that is the little company of her children who will come towards the end of time.  There will be great enmity between the blessed posterity of Mary and the accursed issue of Satan…  

The children of Belial [the demon of impurity] will wage war against the children of Thy Blessed Mother and afflict them with persecutions which will have no other outcome than to make more manifest, in a striking manner, the power of Thy grace, their courage and virtue and the reality of your Mother’s authority.  It cannot be otherwise since, from the beginning of time, You have appointed this humble Virgin to crush this proud spirit under her heel: “She shall crush thy head.”  (God Alone, p. 404.)

Someone may say to himself, “God loves me and He wants me to love Him too and become a saint.  Since I cannot be successful without Him, He is ready to give me all the graces I need.  Then, all I have to do is put forth the effort and begin.”

The following may be your scenario, “ “You make a rule to live by.  You try to find out what your faults are and you begin to fight against them, starting with the predominant one.  You go along a little way and then you are driven backwards because the road is hard and sometimes you get all mixed up.  You start out again, but if you are not very brave, you are going to be tempted to stop altogether and sit down by the roadside.”  

“It is something like the story of the travelers who set out on a mountain trip to reach the beautiful high peak.  The travelers have read books which tell them how to get there.  They take with them maps on which all the roads are marked and long poles to help them walk better and plenty of food [and water] to keep them strong.  They have everything with them when they start out, but they do not take a guide—someone who lives in that section—who knows all the roads and [can] show them the way without any trouble.”

“At the beginning of the trip everything is fine because the road is easy.  The travelers are happy and they sing as they climb.  After a little while they get mixed up.  They come across many paths and they are not sure which one to take.”  

“Then a fog comes which covers the mountain and hides all the roads.  What are they going to do?  Should they stop, or keep walking, not sure which way they are going?  They have stopped singing now.  They are sorry they did not take a guide along.  If a guide had been with them they would be at the top of the mountain now, looking over the beautiful country…”

“[You can also compare such a struggle to that of a] little child.  It is… [only] a month since he has begun walking by himself and does not need anyone to help him.  He thinks now that he almost a man and does not want anyone to hold him by the hand.  At home he is all right because [it is a friendly environment;] the floor is quite level and the carpet keeps him from slipping.”  

“But it is very different out in the street or [even] in the backyard.  There are stones there and holes in the ground.  The little boy falls once or twice, but tries hard not to cry, for he is big now.  Then he runs back… holds on to his mother’s hand [and all is OK.]  It is the same with those who wish to arrive at holiness.  Very soon they find out that the road is long… hard and [fearful so] they look for a guide…”    

“[God has given us a special] guide on this road to holiness.  There is someone who knows this road very well; one who has gone every inch of the way and has also led many other souls to holiness…  [This guide is His very own Mother.]   She is the most perfect, the most loving, the sweetest Mother that ever lived.  She is the Mother that God made especially for Himself [and for us.]”  (Montfort Fathers, The Secret of Mary Explained to Children, p. 19.)

She knows the road to holiness so well because she is more holy than all the saints and angels put together.  How wonderful it is to be carried in her arms or to hold her hand and walk with her as we look into her beautiful face.  She will protect, guide, and help us if we trust and frequently turn to her.

To put it more directly, we give Our Lady our body and material things, all that belongs to us, both interior and exterior and the value of all our good actions, past, present, and future.  Most importantly we give her our soul which is the principle in us by which we live, move and exist.

With trust, knowing that the Blessed Virgin loves us more than anyone else short of God Himself, we give her our very own life.  Our life becomes her property to direct as she sees fit.  If she makes it a hard existence or an easy one; if she fills it with interest or hides it in some quiet corner, it is all the same to us.  

Whether we are exalted or humiliated, comforted or grieved, able to work for Mary or are incapable of anything, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the one who owns and directs our life.  She wants our salvation more than we do so we remain confident and secure in the fact that we live our life under her loving care and should let all things be done to us according to her good pleasure.

You should not let the devil make you think that true devotion to our Blessed Mother is difficult or involved.  Its simplicity is summed up by the following story.  “One day shortly after a priest began teaching True Devotion in his parish, a dear little Irish lady came to him at the rectory and said, ‘Father, what’s all the fuss about?  I’m not much on reading all those books, but I listen[ed] to your talk and I don’t find anything to be concerned about at all.  Then I hear some people fussing away about not being sure, and waiting, and wondering.  Now, Father, I’d just like to make the Act of Consecration.”  

Father asked her what she knew about the act, and she replied, ‘Father, I give Our Lady everything I have, my body, my soul, all my exterior goods (Father, she ain’t getting much), my interior goods, that is my prayers, my good works, and so forth.  Then I do my best to do everything the way Our Blessed Lady would if she were in my shoes.  Do you think I could make the Act of Consecration, Father?’  Of course, the priest told her to go ahead.  Our Lady must have been well pleased with her faith, desire, and determination.  The little Irish lady had summed up True Devotion beautifully.”  (Rev. John Cantwell, Seven Talks on True Devotion, p. 27.)

True Devotion to Mary Part 2

    In order to properly understand True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we must first study several fundamental truths as described by St. Louis Marie de Montfort.

1) Jesus Christ is the last end of devotion to Mary.
Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is the final purpose or end of all devotions.  “Christ is the Model Whom we must imitate; He is the Physician Who can heal us; He is the Shepherd Who can feed us; He is the Truth Whom we must believe; He is the life by which we live…  Jesus Christ is the foundation of… our salvation, our sanctification, and our future glory in Heaven.” (Sr. Mary Amatora, O.S.F., The Queen’s Way, p. 58.)

The Blessed Virgin Mary loves God more ardently and glorifies Him perfectly than all the blessed put together.  God lives and reigns in her more perfectly than in all the angels and saints.  Therefore, true devotion to Mary is an easy means to unite us more quickly and securely to Christ, which is the sole purpose of all devotion.  It causes us to love Him more tenderly and to serve Him more faithfully.  “As the best of Sons, Christ loved His Mother more than any earthly son could love his mother.” (Amatora, 59.)  Any loving son is happy when his mother is honored.  We can only imagine the immense joy the Sacred Heart of Jesus receives when His Mother is honored and loved.

2) We belong to Jesus and Mary as their slaves.
St. Paul has written, “Do you not know that your members are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought at a great price.”  (I Cor. 6: 19-20.)  Therefore, we belong to Jesus and Mary because we were purchased by the Precious Blood of Jesus.

We belong to God because He created and redeemed us.  In the sacraments of Baptism and Extreme Unction we are called His servants or handmaids.  St. Paul begins several of his epistles with the words, “Paul, the servant of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1: 1.)  “Paul, a servant of God and apostle of Jesus Christ.”  (Titus 1: 1.)  “Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ.”  (Phil. 1: 1.)   He later writes, “If I were still trying to please men, I should not be a servant of Christ.”  (Galatians 1: 10.)  The insistence of Ss. Peter, Paul, James and Jude on calling themselves slaves of Jesus Christ shows that there is no opposition between this characterization and the words of Christ, “I will not call you now servants (slaves)… but I have called you friends.”

According to The Catechism of the Council of Trent “the pastor is to remind the faithful that from Christ we take our name and are called Christians: …we cannot be ignorant of the extent of His favors, particularly since by His gift of faith we are enabled to understand all these things.  We, above all others, are under the obligation of devoting and consecrating ourselves forever, like faithful servants [mancipia], to our Redeemer and our Lord.”  (p. 39.)

When we make the Total Consecration described by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, we renew our baptismal vows and give ourselves completely to Jesus through Mary as slaves of love.  He says, “Before Baptism we were the slaves of the devil.  Baptism has made us slaves of Jesus Christ: Christians must needs be either the slaves of the devil or the slaves of Jesus Christ.” (True Devotion to Mary, p. 62.)  By our free-will we voluntarily choose to serve God like the saints in Heaven and the just on earth.  We give ourselves completely and entirely into God’s hands to do with us whatever He wishes.  

Sr. Mary Amatora explains this total consecration, “A person is not obliged to this complete surrender of himself and all that belongs to him, yet He offers it to God.  His will makes choice of God and His service above all things.  This slavery of the will is the most perfect and the most glorious to God.  He looks with intense love upon that soul, sees the heart which is working for Him and loving Him…  There is nothing which makes the soul belong more absolutely to Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother than this slavery of the will, which is truly and purely a slavery of love.”

“Such a person is actually following the example of Jesus Himself, Who left Heaven to take upon Himself the form of a slave of love for us.  Mary followed the example of her Son, Jesus, and called herself the handmaid of the Lord…  When one is a slave of Jesus, he is also a slave of Mary.  Jesus chose her for the inseparable companion of His life, of His death, of His glory, and of His power in Heaven and upon earth.  He gave her by grace the rights and privileges He possessed by nature.  Therefore, His slaves are also her slaves…”

“Whoever is united to Mary, is at the same time united to Jesus.  Whoever is a slave of love to Mary is likewise a slave of love to Jesus…  By this devotion one becomes a slave of love of Jesus through Mary.  That is why it is a perfect way of going to God.”  (Amatora: 61-63.)

 3) We need Mary in order to die to ourselves.
Our Lord said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.”  He specified renunciation and death to self as the first condition to follow Him.  

Fr. Lasance has written, “What is the self which we are bound to renounce?  The word self signifies a certain life within us which is, to some extent, a part of ourselves, and which we ought to exterminate.  [He explains further,] In every man and woman there are three… lives: the natural life, the supernatural life, [and] the life of self.”   (Thoughts on the Religious Life, p. 13.)

Obviously, we should take reasonable care of our health to preserve our natural life.  In addition, we should constantly strive to grow in sanctifying grace that we received in baptism.  However, we have within us a strong inclination to sin, especially self-will, self-love and attachment to our own opinion.  This proneness to evil “leads us to love ourselves, to desire nothing but what pleases us, and to cling obstinately to our own opinions and our own judgments.”  (Lasance: 15.)

By our union with Mary, co-operation with the grace of God, and personal efforts we can daily make progress in self-renunciation and grow closer to God.  This spiritual combat is an arduous, strenuous task that must be carried on incessantly for a lifetime.  Some of the means to die to self are mortification and the practice of the virtues of humility, obedience and simplicity.  The practice of true devotion to Mary helps us to attain a true knowledge of self and empty ourselves of everything that is bad within us.

“If anyone stops from time to time to examine the real reason for doing some of his actions, he will soon discover that very often they are done in accordance with his own good pleasure.  He may think he is doing all for the love of God, but a little deeper examination of his conscience will reveal to him that there is much of self contained in his good works…”

“He thinks, ‘What will I get out of this?’ even in his prayers and good works…  Self enters into many [of our] actions… spoils them. [and] lessens their value in the sight of God.  Often we are proud, envious, angry, jealous, lazy, gluttonous, and avaricious without fully realizing it.  Temptations come to us even in small things; and just because they are small, they often go unrecognized.  That is why St. Paul says, ‘I die daily.’ (I Cor. 15: 31.)…”

“In order to get… self out of our motives, and really do everything for the love of God, it is necessary to die to self daily.  That is accomplished by giving up our own will.  To do each action of the day, not because you like to do it, but because it is the will of God that you do it.  Where you would have a choice of actions, do that which you think would please Him best, rather than that which would please you most.”

“Again,  it  is St. Paul who says that we should use the things of this world as if we used them not (I Cor. 7: 31.)  That means that the heart should not become attached to them.  One should use them only as though they were things loaned to him, for his use, for a time, which they really are.  When you leave this world you can take nothing of it along with you.  Why, then, attach yourself to something you only use for a time?”  (Amatora: 63-65.)

By practicing True Devotion to Mary we shall become convinced of our misery without despairing.   We will become more aware of the sad state to which are sins have reduced us.  At the feet of Mary we will examine our conscience, be sorry for our sins, renounce our own will, and learn to die to self in all things in order to please God and fulfill His holy will.  By living our consecration to Jesus through Mary and by placing ourselves entirely into her hands, we will glorify God and more easily and surely overcome the obstacles to our salvation.

4) We need Mary as our Mediatrix with our Mediator, Jesus Christ.
A mediator is one who goes between.  Even though God loves us, He knows that we are wretched sinners.  Therefore, it is more humble to approach God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In worldly matters we sometimes make use of a mediator because then we have a better chance of getting what we want.  Suppose you know a person who is a close friend of a government official and you need a favor.  Your first thought would be, “I’ll tell him about it.  The government official will never refuse him.”

St. Louis Marie de Montfort has written, “If we fear to go directly to Jesus Christ, our God, whether because of His infinite greatness, or because of our lowness, or because of our sins, let us boldly implore the aid and intercession of Mary, our Mother.  She is good, she is tender…  She is so charitable that she repels none of those who ask her intercession, no matter how great sinners they have been…  She is so powerful that none of her petitions have ever been refused.”  (de Montfort: 72-73.)

St. Bernard and St. Bonaventure tell us that to go to Jesus we must go to Mary, our Mediatrix.  To go to God the Father, we must go Jesus, our Mediator.  Our Lady leads us directly to her Divine Son.

5) We need Mary in order to preserve the graces and treasures we have received from God.    

Many people keep some of their valuable items and important documents in a safety deposit box to protect them from fire and theft.  God has given us the Blessed Virgin Mary to be our spiritual safety deposit box.  If we reflect upon our sinfulness and weakness, we realize that we are in great danger of losing the graces and treasures that God has given us.  We are capable of falling from virtue and grace at any time.  How many souls started out well and lived holy lives, yet did not persevere due to sin, neglect of prayer and pride.  Although some repented, many die hardened in sin.  There are countless occasions of sin that lead people away from God.  

The safest place to store our graces and virtues is in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She will guard our valuables and spiritual treasures and keep them safe for us.  Our Lady will also help us to grow in humility to prevent us from falling into sin.

The coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven is “the sign of a great mystery of glory and power for Mary.  Mary crowned, means Mary invested with the mission and the power of universal mediatrix.  It means Mary receiving the administration of all the treasures of grace… it means Mary authorized by [her Son] to exercise henceforth in the most proper and effectual manner her grand office of Mother toward all men…”  (Rev. A Tesniere, S.S.S., D.D.,  Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, p. 252.)  Let us never underestimate the power that God has given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, constantly rely upon her and stay obediently at her side as a slave of love as we strive toward Heaven.

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Prayer to St. Joseph:
O glorious St. Joseph, thou who, on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night, put fear aside to take thy Virgin Bride into thy home, show thyself today as my advocate and protector. Guardian of the Christ Child, defend me against every attack of the enemy, preserve me from the dangers that surround me on every side. Stand by when accused, stretch out they hand when I am tempted, comfort me when I am fearful, forsake me not when I am weak.

In thee God has given to me a model of faith, of obedience in adversity, of chastity in the midst of evil, and of hope in the uncertainty of these times, Thou art the terror of demons and the healer of those who fight the spiritual combat. Come, then to my defense. Keep me under thy gracious protection. Amen.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, California, is much like any Catholic church you might have attended before the Second Vatican Council occurred in the 1960's. This Council, supposedly intended to bring about a genuine spiritual renewal in the living of our Faith, inaugurated liturgical changes that broke drastically from the Church's sacred liturgy and traditions of nearly 2,000 years. It is because of these changes and the resultant universal loss of faith among so many bishops, priests, nuns and laity, that Queen of Angels and chapels like this one are drawing more and more interest from concerned Catholics all over the world.

The pastor of Queen of Angels is Father Dominic Radecki, CMRI, a priest belonging to the religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen . The bishop and priests of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) offer only the Tridentine Latin Mass in all the churches and chapels they serve. Remaining faithful to all of the Church's venerable teachings and traditions, Queen of Angels Church reflects the stability and endurance of truths and doctrines that will never change with the times.

The faithful receive Holy Communion on their tongues as they kneel at the communion rail in humble adoration of the Real Presence of God. Ladies wear head coverings and modest clothing out of respect. The reverent silence in the House of God indicates a living faith in Christ Who dwells in the tabernacle.

We have a full schedule of activities at our church. The Sacraments are administered exactly the way they were before Vatican II: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, the Holy Eucharist, Matrimony and Extreme Unction. Parish organizations who attend Queen of Angels, ranging from basic catechism instruction for the youth and converts to the Faith, to our Confraternity of Christian Mothers. For those who wish to lead a more dedicated spiritual life, we have the Confraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen. We invite you to check out all of our parish activities on this website.

We at Queen of Angels welcome visitors to our parish at anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas and Easter. Although the number of parishioners has outgrown our small church, newcomers are always welcome.

Each of our parishioners adds something unique to the family atmosphere we think is very special here at our church. Come and see it for yourself! If you have not been to a Latin Mass in many years, if you have never been to one at all, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at Queen of Angels. You will feel as if you have come home, as indeed you have.

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Prayer to the August Queen of Heaven

August Queen of Heaven, Sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent's head, we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen

O good and tender Mother Thou shalt ever be our love and our hope.

Holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen

Novena of Confidence
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(for family relations that have fallen away)

O Lord Jesus Christ, to Thy Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention (silently mention here the names you are praying for). Only look upon me, then do what Thy Heart inspires. Let Thy Sacred Heart decide. I count on it. I trust in it. I throw myself on its mercy, Lord Jesus! Thou wilt not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked Thee for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Thy open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father looks upon it, covered with Thy Precious Blood, He will not refuse it.s It will no longer be my prayer but Thine, O Sacred Heart of Jesus. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee. Let me never be confounded. Amen.

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May Crowing ceremony for Our Lady at Queen of Angels Catholic Church
May Crowning


The time may be delayed, the manner may be unexpected, but the answer is sure to come.

Not a tear of sacred sorrow, not a breath of holy desire poured out to God will ever be lost, but in God's own time and way will be wafted back again in clouds of mercy and fall in showers of blessings on you and on those for whom you pray.

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General Information

Baptisms: One parent and the sponsors must be practicing Catholics who attend only the Traditional Latin Mass. Call the pastor to make arrangements.

Sundays -
one hour before Mass. Weekdays - 10 minutes before Mass.
1st Friday and 1st Saturday - during the Rosary.

Communion for the Sick:
Inform Father if you are unable to attend Mass and wish to receive Holy Communion and/or Extreme Unction.

For registered members of Queen of Angels parish only. Please contact the rectory at least six months prior to the wedding date for marriage instructions.

Mass Intentions:
If you would like to have Holy Mass offered for your intention, please use the envelopes provided in the back of the church. The customary offering is $25.00. Mass requests are honored in the order in which they are received. If you wish a Mass offered on a particular day, it must be submitted at least a month in advance. Mass requests for special days will be honored when possible.

First Holy Communion Classes:
Classes are held every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Confirmation Classes:
For the children: on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.
For the adults: on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.

Prayers For Rain

O God, in Whom we live, move and have our being, grant us seasonable rain, so that our temporal needs being sufficiently supplied, we may seek with greater confidence after things eternal.

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the gifts which we offer, and garnt us in season the blessing of sufficient rain.

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, beneficial rain and deign to pour out showers from Heaven upon the parched face of the earth. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost. God, world without end. Amen

Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located in Santa Clarita, California and draws parishioners to the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) from all over Southern CA and the Greater Los Angeles areas.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
24244 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, California 91321

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  Pastor: Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
Church: (661) 255-9849
Rectory (661) 269-4943
FAX: (661) 269-5134

 Please use the address below for mailing purposes:

PO Box 220208
Santa Clarita, CA 91322