That We Might Love to Live Hidden in God

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I took a few minutes this evening to translate the Litanies de Notre-Dame-du-Chêne. Some of the invocations are quite beautiful. I especially like the allusion to Colossians 3:3 in the Oration. Do read through the litanies and let me know if you have a favourite invocation!

Thérèse Dussud offered me a lovely reproduction of the statue in the actual size of the original. I burned a candle in front of it all day yesterday and until this morning for a special intention. The Mother of God does not disdain our little gestures of confidence and love; she welcomes them and delights in them.

The Litanies of Notre-Dame-du-Chêne

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Heavenly Father who art God, have mercy upon us.
Son, Redeemer of the world who art God, have mercy upon us.
Holy Spirit who art God, have mercy upon us.
Holy Trinity who art one God, have mercy upon us.

Our Lady of the Oak, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak who revealed thyself by means of miraculous apparitions, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, Virgin most humble, hidden for so long in the tree of Grand-Champ, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, whose sweet image was revealed in the branches of an age-old tree, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, whose goodness is ever displayed by precious favours, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, who hast fixed thine abode in the valley there to spread abroad thy maternal gifts, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, glory and honour of the region, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, all-powerful protectress, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, open refuge in all of life’s necessities, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, evergreen palm of holy hope, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, sweet rest of the afflicted soul, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, hope of downcast souls, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, safe haven in the tempest, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, friend of the lowly of heart, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, arm of victory, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, mystic ladder, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, magnet of hearts, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, mother of mercy, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, fountain of graces, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, health of the sick, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, peace and bond of families, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, joy and hope in exile, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, shelter of hearts that are pure, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, way that leads to Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, mother most devoted to those who implore thee, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Oak, who art never invoked in vain, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
forgive us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon u, O Lord.

V. Pray for us, O Our Lady of the Oak,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Oration

O gentle Virgin of the Oak,
who didst choose the forest of Grand-Champ
as the theatre of thy wonders,
grant that in these blessed places we may find graces and salvation.
Do thou disclose to our souls the worth of humility,
so that, by following thy example,
we might love to live hidden in God;
and since the poor and the humble
more particularly drawn thy attentions,
place thou within us the dispositions that please thee,
that we might have a share in thy favours.
We bless thee, O divine Mother,
and to thee we offer the tribute of our praises and of our love
for thou art so good, so powerful, and so worthy to be
the Queen of earth and of the heavens.
Amen.

We approve for the private use of the faithful of our diocese these Litanies composed in honour of Our Lady of the Oak, and we grant Forty Days Indulgence to those persons who will recite them with piety.

19 July 1882 + Joseph, Archbishop of Besançon
19 September 1882 + César-Joseph, Bishop of Saint–Claude

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What a blessing to find your blog! I love the image of Jesus on your background, where did you get it? I also would like to know more about Our Lady of the Oak as I'd never heard of her before. Also, Our Lady of the hermits. Do you know about her? I just discovered this Lady of the Oak while on retreat at St Benedict Center in Schuyler NE. in the Jane Best collection of Blessed Virgin statues and figurines from all over the world. Bless you Fr. Mark.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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