Our Lady of Ransom

Reflection & Novena Prayer to The Patroness of Burning Bush 

la mercedPatroness of Burning Bush – Our Lady of Ransom

Our Lady of Ransom or Maria de Mercede is a Catholic Marian title with a feast celebrated on 24 September, highlighting the founding of the Mercedarians, an order that ransomed and rescued Christian captives and slaves back in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The spirit and fervour of Mary’s intercession as Our Lady of Ransom is especially meaningful in our times for victims of modern human trafficking and labour exploitation. The Blessed Virgin whose Magnificat is increasingly appreciated as  a document of God’s justice and mercy for the cries of the anawim* is later mirrored in the Beatitudes. As the patroness for Burning Bush, we turn to her for strength and guidance in this apostolate.

* Anawim (pronounced ann-a-weem) is a Hebrew word from the Old Testament which describes the “poor ones” who remained faithful to God in times of difficulty. These humble people became known as the anawim or the “faithful remnant.”


Novena Prayer

A decade of the Rosary with scripture reflections (Sorrowful Mysteries) 
followed by Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Ransom

Blessed be thou, O Mary, the honour and joy of thy people. On the day of thy glorious Assumption, thou didst take possession of thy Queenly dignity for our sake; and the human race records all of thy merciful interventions. The captives whose chains thou hast broken, and whom thou hast set free from the degrading yoke of oppression, captivity, enslavement and human trafficking may be reckoned in the millions.

We too, silently ponder in our hearts thy sorrow when our blessed Saviour was lost for three days and remember the wound of the sword piercing thy soul at the foot of the cross. 

And yet what sorrows there are yet still upon the earth, where thou thyself didst drink such long draughts from the cup of suffering!

(Here state the prayer and intercessory request)

Let us pray: 

O God, through the most glorious Mother of thy Son was pleased to give new children to the Church for the deliverance of Christ’s faithful from the power of the wicked. Grant, we pray that we who affectionately honour her as the foundress of so great a work, may by her merits and intercession be delivered from the bondage of sin. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives and reins with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen. 

Reflection on Our Lady of Ransom

Mary, Mother of God, you are so filled with compassion that you deserve to be called not only merciful but even mercy itself. We praise your virginity and admire your humility; because we are poor sinners, your mercy attracts us more and we embrace it more lovingly. You are the throne of divine mercy in whom we find solace of mercy. The more holy you are, the greater is your compassion towards sinners who have recourse to you with the desire to amend their lives. Your prayers are those of a Mother and therefore have a certain maternal authority with Jesus Christ so that you obtain the grace of pardon even for those who, though guilty of grievous crimes, commend themselves to you. Your intercession brings hope and life.

Mary, my Mother, you stand in the presence of your Son, interceding for sinners and supplicants. You are truly the pledge of Divine Mercy. Be merciful to us and aid the victims of human trafficking. Help us that our souls may be cleansed from the stains of sins.

(adapted from Rev Lawrence G Lovasik, SVD)