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In the time of Charlemagne, a young Hungarian lord was ardently in love with the Mother of God. He recited the Hours of the Virgin every day with angelic devotion. He often felt in his heart the desire to dedicate his life to the service of his divine Queen, in one of the religious Orders instituted more especially in Her honor. But, as the heir to rich estates, his family succeeded in getting him to consent to a noble alliance.
A few days before his marriage, having entered a church, he had the squires of his retinue withdrawn and began to recite his customary prayer. When he reached the antiphon of none, Pulchra es et décora, filia Jerusalem: Daughter of Jerusalem, you are radiant with beauty and grace, the Virgin Mary appeared to him accompanied by two angels who were standing beside Her.
“If I am beautiful, why do you want to abandon Me for another wife?” She said to him; “don’t I have enough attractions for you?”
The young lord, astonished, answered Her:
“O sweetest Lady, the brilliance of Your glory surpasses all the beauty of the world, for You are exalted above all the choirs of the angels. What do You want me to do?
– If you leave for My love your earthly bride, I Myself will be your bride in Heaven.”
The young squire placed the ring he intended for his young bride on the finger of a statue of Mary. He did not want to return to his manor; he ran to throw himself at the feet of a hermit, who introduced him into a blessed solitude, where he tasted, the rest of his days, the consolations of celestial love.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.