Below are five traditional and popular devotions to our Blessed and Immaculate Mother Mary. These devotions are endorsed by Saints, Doctors, and Popes of the Church. In most cases, these devotions are endorsed by Mary and Christ through approved private revelations.
- Holy Rosary. I place this first because it is the Marian devotion of the Catholic Church. Pope Leo XIII wrote eleven encyclicals exhorting the faithful to pray the Rosary daily. Our Lady of Fatima asked the faithful to pray the Rosary daily. The Popes have also granted a plenary indulgence to reciting the Rosary as a family or in a Church. So do you think Christ, Mary, and the Church want you pray the Rosary? You bet.
- Brown Scapular. The Brown Scapular goes back to the Old Testament in essence with Elias the Carmelite Prophet. It is worn under the clothes and is the sign that you are consecrated to Mary under her title Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I need to write a post on this one of these days. In the meantime, here is a great sermon on the Brown Scapular. Please click here to listen to it.
- First Saturdays. At Fatima, Our Lady asked that the faithful attend Holy Mass, pray the Rosary and meditate for 15 minutes on a mystery of Rosary for five consecutive first Saturdays of the month. God chose five first Saturdays of the month for the five chief blasphemies committed against Mary:
- Denial of her as Mother of God
- Denial of her Immaculate Conception
- Denial of her Perpetual Virginity
- Desecration of images of Mary
- Those who teach children not to love Mary
- Wearing the Miraculous Medal. I cannot go into the long and glorious history of the Miraculous Medal in this brief post. Suffice it to say that it is miraculous. If you want to be completely blown away by a verifiable miracle and miraculous conversion through the Miraculous Medal, listen to this short sermon. You won't regret it and it won't take much time.
- Three Hail Mary's. Mary has promised the gift of sexual chastity and purity to those who pray three Hail Mary's morning and evening. It's a great custom. I've written a whole post on it and where it comes from here: Three Hail Mary's a Day Keeps Mortal Sin Away. It's an easy and simple devotion to add to your daily schedule. Tack it on to the end of your Rosary.
There are many, many wholesome devotions to our Immaculate Lady. Remember, countless saints have taught that a person cannot be saved without devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you love and worship and Incarnate Christ, how could you not have reverence for the Mother who made it possible? Please leave questions or suggestions in the comments box on the site below. I'd love to hear what you have to say.