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Father Marquette's Devotion to the Immaculate Conception (Catholic Caucus)
Account of the second voyage and the death of Father Jacques Marquette. Jesuit Relations, Volume 59 ^ | 1677 | Fr. Claude Dablon

Posted on 12/08/2009 4:26:35 AM PST by Claud

Father Jaques Marquette, of the province of champagne, died at the age of 38 years, of which 21 were passed in the Society — namely, 12 in france and 9 in Canada. He was sent to the missions of the upper algonquins, who are called outaouacs; and labored therein with the zeal that might be expected from a man who had proposed to himself st. francis Xavier as the model of his life and death. He resembled that great Saint, not only in the variety of barbarian languages which he mastered, but also by the range of his zeal, which made him carry the faith To the ends of this new world, and nearly 800 leagues from here into the forests, where the name of Jesus Christ had never been proclaimed.


We might say much of the rare virtues of this noble missionary: of his zeal, which prompted him to carry the faith so far, and proclaim the gospel to so many peoples who were unknown to us; of his gentleness, which rendered him beloved by all, and made him all things to all men — a frenchman with the french, a huron with the hurons, an algonquin with the algonquins; of the childlike Candor with which he disclosed his heart to his superiors, and even to all kinds of persons, with an ingenuousness which won all Hearts; of his angelic Chastity; and of his uninterrupted union with God.

But that which Apparently predominated was a devotion, altogether rare and singular, to the blessed virgin, and particularly toward the mystery of her immaculate conception. It was a pleasure to hear him speak or preach on that subject. All his conversations and letters contained something about the blessed virgin Immaculate — for so he always called her. From the age of 9 years, he Fasted every Saturday; and from his tenderest Youth began to say the little office of the Conception, inspiring every one with the same devotion. Some months before his death, he said every Day with his two men a little corona of the immaculate conception which he had devised as follows: After the Credo, there is said once the pater and ave, and then 4 times [Page 207] these words: Ave filia Dei patris, ave mater filii Dei, ave sponsa spiritus sancti, ave templum totius trinitatis: per sanctam virginitatem et immaculatam conceptionem tuam, purissima Virgo, emunda Cor et Carnem meam: in nomine patris, et filii, et spiritus sancti, — concluding with the gloria patri, the whole repeated three times.

He Never failed to Say the mass of the Conception, — or, at least, when he could do so, the prayer of the Conception. He hardly meditated upon anything else Day and night. That he might leave us an ever-enduring testimony of his sentiments, it was his desire to bestow on the mission of the Ilinois the name of la Conception.

TOPICS: Catholic; History; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: marquette; mary; prayer

1 posted on 12/08/2009 4:26:37 AM PST by Claud
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To: Claud
My favorite personal devotion for today is the little chaplet composed and recited every day by the Jesuit priest who was one of our nation's great explorers: Father Jacques Marquette. It's not very well known--there's another, better-known chaplet to the Immaculate Conception written by St. John Berchmanns--but I think this one should hold pride of place for Americans because of its national and historic connections.

The Corona of the Immaculate Conception

1.) Say the Apostles' Creed
2.) Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, the Corona Prayer, and then one Glory Be.
3.) Repeat step 2 three more times.

The Corona Prayer

Hail Daughter of God the Father,
Hail Mother of God the Son
Hail Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Hail Temple of the entire Trinity.
By thy holy virginity and Immaculate Conception,
O Virgin most pure,
cleanse my heart and my flesh.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

2 posted on 12/08/2009 4:32:54 AM PST by Claud
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To: Claud

Cool - thanks for the translation.

3 posted on 12/08/2009 4:38:05 AM PST by Tax-chick (Here I come, with a sharp knife and a clear conscience!)
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To: Claud

oops..sorry I miswrote above. The Corona prayer is prayed *four* times in each of the 4 series (so 16 times total)

4 posted on 12/08/2009 4:54:00 AM PST by Claud
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To: Claud
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5 posted on 12/08/2009 9:22:44 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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