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Prayer to the Apocalytic Virgin on our Medal

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    Dignare me laudare te Virgo Sacrata

Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos 

This prayer is  attributed to John Duns Scotus (1262-1308) the great Franciscan “Marian Doctor” when, at the request of Pope Clemens V, he was to appear at the Sorbonne University in Paris to defend before an august assembly of Cardinals and theologians his theory that Mary was conceived without sin. Legend has it that on his way to the University, he repeated the prayer again and again.

At least from 1924-1929, this prayer was said daily in Latin at the beginning of Morning Prayer.

From 1929, the prayer was said in English before the Tota Pulchra every Saturday after Vespers.

Great that I may praise thee, O’ Sacred Virgin

                                                                   Give me strength against thine enemies

The SMIC Medal was crafted from the medal at a shrine in Germany called Our Lady of Neviges.

The medal shows Mary , spared from sin, irradiated with light.  The is the woman of the the Revelation about whom we read: “A woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.”  With God’s grace she conquered the serpent, the evil one.  He lied dead at her feet.

In each of us there lives an indelible image of the fully redeemed person.  Mary tells us that in Christ this hope is possible.  Also note that the light is not her own, but the light of her son whom God gave to her.  The angels at her feet bring lilies and roses, the gifts of a creation freed from sin and death.

Thus Mary, illuminated by the light of Christ, becomes for us the star of the sea which helps us to find our way through life to the morning star, who announces the sun and points towards our sole Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Reflection by Fr. Alexander Gerken, OFM