Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Salve 2009: Mother of Priests


Marian Prayer

80th Annual Alumni Homecoming

International Year for Priests

National Year of the Two Hearts

Opening Hymn



Nemy Que, SJ

Aba Ginoong Maria,

napupuno ka ng grasya.

Ang Diyos ay sumasa’yo.

Bukod kang pinagpala sa babaeng lahat

at pinagpala naman ang ‘yong Anak na si Hesus.

Santa Maria, Ina ng Diyos,

ipanalangin mo kaming makasalanan

ngayon at kung kami’y mamamatay. Amen.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

Introduction to the Celebration

Coming home to this house of the Carpenter,

we cannot fail to miss the lady of the house,

Mary, who is Mother to us all.

In this Year for Priests, we contemplate her role

as Mother of Priests.

Mary is rightly called Mother of Priests

by virtue of her unique relationship to Christ and to the Church.

As she cared for and nurtured Christ, our High Priest,

her motherhood extends to all the members of his Body,

especially to those whom he has called to his side as priests.

Mary accompanied her Son at the altar of the Cross.

There, the Savior gave her to us to be our mother.

As we continue to follow Christ and carry on his work,

Mary continues to be for us a model, companion and guide.

And so, we turn to her with confidence,

asking her to keep us always, close to her Son.

Salutations to Mary

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Alumnus 1:

Saint John Vianney said, «The priest ought always to be enveloped by the Holy Spirit, as he is by the soutane.»

Mary, Mother of priests, at this hour we remember your yes, when you welcomed the Holy Spirit with trusting faith and allowed him to accomplish wonders through your cooperation. Help us to be open to the action of the Spirit in our lives.

Through your intercession, may the prayer of consecration, which the bishop pronounced at our ordination, be abundantly fulfilled: “Renew deep within them the Spirit of holiness… so that through their preaching and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the words of the Gospel may bear fruit in human hearts and reach even to the ends of the earth.” Filled with the Holy Spirit, may God’s work be accomplished through our humble ministry.

Hail Mary…

All say together: Holy Mary…

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done to me according to your word.


Alumnus 2:

Saint John Vianney exclaimed, «O God! How you have loved us! See the power of the priest; out of a piece of bread the word of a priest makes a God. It is more than creating the world.»

Mary, Mother of priests, through your Fiat of faith in God’s will, the Word was made flesh. Dios Eterno hecho hombre, maravilla sin igual. Eternal God was made man, wonder without equal!

Teach us to always say yes to God’s continuing call: to go wherever we are sent, to make ourselves totally available for his plans, and to continue following him even when it is difficult. Through our obedient, generous and persevering word of yes, may God accomplish his creating, redeeming and sanctifying work and make his loving presence felt among his people.

Hail Mary…

All say together: Holy Mary…

V. And the Word was made flesh.

R. And dwelt among us.

Alumnus 3:

Saint John Vianney asked, «What is a priest? A man who holds the place of God - a man who is invested with all the powers of God. ‘Go,’ said Our Lord to the priest; ‘as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me.’

When the priest remits sins, he does not say, ‘God pardons you’; he says, ‘I absolve you.’ At the Consecration, he does not say, ‘This is the Body of Our Lord;’ he says, ‘This is My Body.’»

Mary, Mother of priests, your yes gave flesh to the love you had for God, which, united with the love that God has for us, became Emmanuel, the Word made flesh. Truly you can say, “This is my Body… the fruit of my womb, the fruit of my love. “

Help us to say our yes to God with great trust, faith and confidence in his will. Help us to say it constantly, ardently and faithfully. Above all, let us say our yes to him with great love, so we may truly enflesh for our people today, the sublime gift of our priesthood, “the love of the heart of Jesus.”

Hail Mary…

All say together: Holy Mary…

Gospel Reading

The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

X A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 19, 25-27

R. Glory to you, O Lord.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to his disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour, the disciple took her into his home.

The Gospel of the Lord.

R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

After the reading of the Gospel, a few moments of silence is observed.

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Priests

After the reading, a brief period of silence follows. Then, all recite:

Mary, Mother of priests,

your silent yes at the foot of the Cross

is the full flowering of the yes you made

at the beginning of your vocation:

a yes of faith pronounced

not only in the deepest of joys

but also in the sharpest of pains.

Help us to cultivate our yes of discipleship,

so that our apostolate may bear abundant fruit.

You followed Jesus into his Passion

as you hurried to Elizabeth in her distress,

help us to run always where there is greatest need

always saying yes to the call of the Master

who came not to be served but to serve.

You cradled the Savior with love

not only at his birth but also in his death,

may our priestly yes always resound

as a song of praise to the Father

and a hymn of faithful love

at every moment of our lives.

From the Cross, Jesus gave you to us to be our Mother.

And we have recourse to your protection

because you have always lived your yes.

Be with us now, as everyday we go up to the same altar.

As we lift up the spotless Lamb to the Father

in the Eucharistic banquet, help us to offer ourselves

in union with Christ, Priest and Victim,

so that even our frail and sinful priesthood,

lived in constant obedience, availability and self-denial,

may give life to the people of God.

O Mother and Model of all disciples,

do receive us into your care as you received John.

We entrust our priestly life and ministry to you.

Help us to say and live our yes with our whole being,

now and always, to this most precious gift. Amen.

Salve Regina

After some silence, the presider intones the hymn. He then incenses the image of the Blessed Mother as all sing:

Salve Regina,

Mater misericordiæ,

Vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve!

Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Hevæ.

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.

Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende.

O clemens, o pia, o dulcis, Virgo Maria!

V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix.

R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


From the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Let us pray.

All pause for a moment of silent prayer

Lord our God,

through the Blessed Virgin Mary

you have shown us the example of a disciple

who is faithful to the words of life;

open our hearts to receive your saving word,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit

it may speak to us in our daily lives

and bring forth a rich harvest of holiness.

We ask this through our Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

All proceed and gather around the image and relic of Saint John Vianney.


1. Immaculate Mother, preserve those God has called

to serve at his altar, and lead his people.

Ave, ave, ave Maria!

Ave, ave, ave Maria!

2. O Queen of apostles, O Mother of priests,

preserve all our clergy, in loving service.

3. O Mother of Jesus, O Mother of the Church,

make us all his leaven, of change in the world.

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the

Dies Natalis of the Cure D’Ars


On the hundred-fiftieth anniversary of his birth into eternal life, we honor the holy parish priest of Ars, Saint John Mary Vianney. May his life, lived as a complete and uncompromising yes to the Father’s call to be shepherd of the Christian community, shine for us as a witness of priestly love and commitment in opus ministerii.

A brief period of silence is observed.

Prayer to Saint John Mary Vianney

A translation of the prayer of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI

before the relic of the heart of Saint John Vianney

on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Year for Priests - June 19, 2009

All say together.

Lord Jesus,

you willed to give to your Church

in Saint John Mary Vianney,

a most moving image of your pastoral charity;

grant that, together with him and following his example,

we may celebrate to the fullest

this Year for Priests.

Grant that,

sustained like him before the Eucharist,

we may be able to impart with the same simplicity,

your word that it teaches us everyday;

to possess the same charity

with which he accompanied repentant sinners,

consoled by a trusting abandon to your Immaculate Mother.

Grant, O Lord,

that through the aid of the Holy Cure of Ars

the Christian family may truly be “little Church”

able to welcome and nourish the vocations and charisms

imparted by the Spirit.

Lord, enable all of us

to say with the same ardent love

the words the Holy Parish Priest himself

often addressed to you:

“I love you, O my God,

and my only desire is to love you

until the last breath of my life.

I love you, O my infinitely lovable God,

and I would rather die loving you,

that live a moment without loving you.”

I love you Lord, and the only grace I ask of you,

is to love you for eternity.

O my God, if my tongue cannot always say that I love you

allow my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.

I love you, O Divine Savior,

because you were crucified for me,

and now you hold me here, crucified with you.

O my God, grant me the grace to die loving you,

and knowing that I love you.”


The image and relic are venerated with incense.



Carlos B. Cenzon, SJ

Ang sinumang sa aki’y mananahan, mananahan din ako sa kanya

at kung siya’y mamunga nang masagana,

siya’y sa Ama ‘y nagbigay ng karangalan.

Mula ngayon kayo’y aking kaibigan

Hinango sa dilim at kababaan.

Ang kaibiga’y mag-aalay ng sarili niyang buhay,

walang hihigit sa yaring pag-aalay.


Rejoicing for the great gift of the priesthood, let us enter the house of the Lord singing of the wonders the Lord has done for us.


Eddie Hontiveros, SJ

Ang puso ko’y nagpupuri, nagpupuri sa Panginoon.

Nagagalak ang aking Espiritu sa ‘king Tagapagligtas.

1. Sapagkat nilingap niya kababaan ng kanyang alipin

mapalad ang pangalan ko sa lahat ng mga bansa.

Sapagkat gumawa ang Poon ng mga dakilang bagay

banal sa lupa’t langit ang pangalan ng Panginoon.

2. At kinahahabagan niya ang mga sa kanya’y may takot.

At sa lahat ng salinlahi ang awa niya’y walang hanggan.

At ipinakita N’ya ang lakas ng kanyang bisig;

at ang mga palalo’y pinangalat ng Panginoon.

3. Ibinulid sa upuan ang mga makapangyarihan;

itinampok, itinaas ang mga mabababang loob.

At kanya namang binusog ang mga nagugutom;

pinaalis, walang dala ang mayamang mapagmataas.

4. Inampon N’ya ang Israel na kanyang aliping hinirang

sa dakila niyang pagmamahal at dala ng laking awa niya.

Ayon sa ipinangako n’ya sa ating mga magulang;

Kay Abraham at lipi niya at ito’y sa magpakailanman.

5. Luwalhati sa Ama at sa Anak at sa ‘Spiritu Santo;

kapara noong unang-una, ngayon at magpakailanman.

Reflection points follow. After which, all observe a period of silent prayer. Afterwards, all rise for the singing of the traditional Toque de Angelus.

Final Blessing

The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

May almighty God bless you X

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

V. Saint Joseph

R. pray for us!

V. Saint John Vianney

R. pray for us!