The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary




St. Louis Marie de Montfort, called “the apostle of the Rosary”, encouraged people to pray the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin. This is a short prayer made up of three Our Fathers and twelve Hail Mary's. The prayer is said in honor of all the privileges of grace and of glory given our Lady, which are symbolized by the triple crown of twelve stars which she received from the three Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity (cf. Revelation 12:1).


The simplest form of the “Little Crown” is as follows:

1) The Our Father one time, followed by the Hail Mary four times.

2) Repeat this three times.

3) It is also customary to add the Glory be after each set of four Hail Marys.


St. Louis de Montfort wanted us to pray Mary’s “Little Crown” every day. Here is what he had to say about this precious prayer (True Devotion, nn. 234 and 235):


“If it is not too inconvenient, they should recite every day of their lives the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin. […] This prayer is very old and is based on Holy Scripture. St. John saw in a vision a woman crowned with twelve stars, clothed with the sun and standing upon the moon. According to biblical commentators, this woman is the Blessed Virgin."


St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s method


Here follows the method which St. Louis Marie himself practiced:


INTRODUCTORY PRAYER


Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle within them the fire of Thy love!


V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit dost instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us by this same Spirit to relish what is right and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


I. CROWN OF EXCELLENCE


[To honor the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, her ineffable Virginity, her purity without stain and her innumerable virtues.]


Our Father, Hail Mary...


Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Lord, the Creator of the world; thou didst give birth to Him Who made thee, and remainest a Virgin forever.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


O holy and immaculate Virgin, I know not with what praise to extol thee, since thou didst bear in thy womb the very One Whom the Heavens cannot contain.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary.


Thou are all fair, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in thee.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary.


Thy virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars in number.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Glory be to the Father...


II. CROWN OF POWER


[To honor the royalty of the Blessed Virgin, her magnificence, her universal mediation and the strength of her rule.]


Our Father, Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O Empress of the world! Bring us with thee to the joys of Heaven.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O treasure house of the Lord's graces! Grant us a share in thy riches.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O Mediatrix between God and man!Through thee may the Almighty be favorable to us.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee who destroyest heresies and crushest demons! Be thou our loving guide. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary;

Rejoice a thousand times!


Glory be to the Father...


III. CROWN OF GOODNESS


[To honor the mercy of the Blessed Virgin toward sinners, the poor, the just and the dying.]


Our Father, Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O refuge of sinners! Intercede for us with God.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O Mother of orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee, O joy of the just! Lead us with thee to the joys of Heaven.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Hail Mary...


Glory be to thee who are ever ready to assist us in life and death! Lead us with thee to the kingdom of Heaven!

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary; Rejoice a thousand times!


Glory be to the Father...


CONCLUDING PRAYER


Let Us Pray.


Hail, Mary, Daughter of God the Father; Hail, Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail, Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost; Hail, Mary, Temple of the most Holy Trinity; Hail, Mary, my Mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my Mother, my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope ---- yea, my heart and my soul! I am all thine and all that I have is Thine, O Virgin blessed above all things! Let thy soul be in me to magnify the Lord; let thy spirit be in me to rejoice in God. Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children. Grant that for love of thee I may despise all earthly consolations and ever cling to those of Heaven until, through thee, His faithful spouse, Jesus Christ thy Son be formed in me for the glory of the Father. Amen.

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