Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Garden statues

A recent post of "Our Lady's Garden" raised a couple of questions. Texasnascarcowgirl asked for a closeup picture of the statue and Dina and J. Evan Kreider asked about the smaller statue.

This is St. Michael the Archangel, the field commander of the army of God and patron saint of warriors. He is often portrayed as crushing the head of Satan - the force of evil.

Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -by the Divine Power of God -cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The larger statue is the "Immaculate Conception" to whom the garden is dedicated and named. The Immaculate Conception is a name given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in deference to her own conception in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, without the stain of orignal sin. This was a special gift to Mary in preparation for her carrying of the Savior of the world.

Prayer to the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.