Devotion to Mary is perhaps the least known aspect of the life of St. Francis and the Order of Friars Minor. Yet just as Mary lies at the center of the Mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption, those two great Mysteries around which the spiritual life of St. Francis and his followers revolve, so also is this august and Immaculate Queen found at the very center and principle of Franciscan Life. Did She not counsel the entire Church at Cana, saying: "Do whatever He tells you."? Indeed, this counsel contains exactly the form and substance of all that St. Francis strove in death and life to accomplish. Hence devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary has been the distinguishing characteristic of Franciscans and Franciscanism throughout their long history.
In Chronological Order
Some of the many sermons of St. Anthony were for Marian feast days.
Les Ecrits du S. Antoine de Padoue en Français, c/o JesusMarie.com
SPECULUM B. MARIAE VIRGINIS
or The Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Conrad Holzinger of Saxony, OFM
The Mirror of the B. V. M. is an exposition of the "Hail Mary" as it was recited in the 13th century. Please note that the ascription of the Mirror of the B.V.M. to St. Bonaventure was established to be erroneous at the turn of the last century. The work is by Conrad of Saxony, yet another early Franciscan writer.
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attributed to Friar Jacoponi da Todi
Perhaps the most famous of all Lenten hymns in the Roman Rite, this chant has also been attributed by some scholars to Pope Innocent III, the first Pope to approve the Rule of St. Francis. It has been set to music by such famous composers as Josquin Desprez, Palestrina, Pergolesi, Haydn, Schubert, and Rossini.
An Introduction to the Hymn, by Fr. Paul-Dominique Masiclat, O.P. , c/o CE
“Stabat Mater Dolorosa”, c/o the Columbia Encyclopedia
History and Text of the Hymn, in Latin and English, c/o marymediatrix.com
Audio Files for Pronunciations of the Stabat Mater, in RA and MP3 Formats, c/o Orpheus Alliance: Virtual Music Department
Stabat Mater: Hymn in English and Latin, Music, History, Interpretation, c/o University of Dayton
107 Poems by Friar Jacopone da Todi (in Italian) : some of these are Marian
The Franciscan Crown
or the Rosary of Our Lady’s 7 Joys
History, Explanation & Meditations, c/o TOR’s Website
The Writings of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, OFM Cap.
The first volume of the Saint’s Opera Omnia is dedicated entirely to the Sermons he wrote for Marian Feasts. Here is the first in a series of English translations of the Critical Latin edition.
Admirability of the Virgin Theotokos, Sermon 1, [Latin & English]
published by The Franciscan Archive.
La Vie Divine de la Très Sainte Vierge Marie
par Vénérable Marie d'Agreda
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Diem Illum Laetissumum
by Pope St. Pius X
St. Pius X’s Encyclical on the 50th Anniversary of the Definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception
The Writings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv..
One of the greatest devotees of the Immaculate Virgin in the Franciscan Order, the founder of Niepokalanow, Poland: these extracts of his writings in Italian translation are c/o Casa Mariana, Frigento.
N° 995 DOV’E’ LA FELICITA’?
N° 1050 PERCHE I BUONI SOFFRONO?
N° 1224 IMMACOLATA
N° 1319 IL SUO NOME
N° 1170 TU SOLA HAI DISTRUTTO TUTTE LE ERESIE DEL MONDO
N° 1220 LO SCOPO DELLA MILIZIA
N° 1319 CHI E’ LEI
N° 1024 ESISTE DIO?
N° 1094 ATTRAVERSO L’IMMACOLATA AL SACRATISSIMO CUORE DI GESU’
N° 1228 LA PREGHIERA
Apostolates of St. Maximilian:
The Militia of the Immaculate and the Importance of Consecrating yourself to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Marytown: the MI Headquarters in North America
La Virgen María, Madre de Dios: Un collecion de articulos sobre La Santissima Virgen en la espiritualidad franciscana. c/o OFMVal
This is a short introduction to the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary after the manner of the theological exposition that prevails in the Franciscan approach to Christology and Mariology. It draws heavily from the writings of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, the Fool of the Immaculate and Martyr of Auschwitz.
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