Flowers For Our Lady
One of the books I am currently reading is Volume I of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's The Life of Christ. In this first volume, this mystic and stigmatist reveals a great deal about Our Lady's Immaculate Conception and birth. One thing that Our Lady revealed to Anne Catherine Emmerich was a novena prayer that would begin on September 7 and continue for nine consecutive days. As today is the eve of Our Lady's Nativity, I thought I would share it here.
While Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions and revelations are not dogma or doctrine, there is nothing in this revelation or novena prayer that goes against Magesterial teaching or Sacred Scripture. This is a lovely spiritual bouquet to give to our Blessed Mother on her birthday. She does more for us than we will ever know; let's give her a little something back in gratitude to her and to Jesus who gave us this precious gift of His Mother.
Here is the revelation as given to Anne Catherine Emmerich which includes the novena prayer.
I saw the Blessed Virgin on the eve of her nativity. She said to me: "Whoever says this evening," (Sept. 7th) "nine times the Hail Mary lovingly and devoutly to honor the nine months spent in my mother's womb as also my birth, and continues the same devotion for nine consecutive days, daily gives to the angels nine flowers for a bouquet. This bouquet they bear to Heaven and offer to the Most Holy Trinity to obtain some favor for the one that prays."~Revealed to Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), (a Catholic nun who suffered the pains of the stigmata), and who achieved a high level of sanctity during her holy and fruitful life.