I remember driving through a neighborhood in St. Louis near the seminary there, where many of the houses (probably built during the 1940s and 50s) had niches built into the front with statues of the Blessed Mother in them. It was beautiful. In other areas (such as Kentucky), one sees the so-called “Bathtub Marys” in front of folks’ homes. And there are many other customs, some regional, some based on personal taste.
Do you have a statue of the Blessed Mother in front of your home or perhaps in your garden?
Here is how they do home Marian shrines in Rome:
Let us pray.
O Most holy Mary, I know the graces which you have obtained for me, and I know the ingratitude which I have shown you. The ungrateful man is unworthy of favors; and yet for all this I will not distrust your mercy. O my great Advocate, have pity on me! You, O Mary, do dispense the graces which God deigns to give us sinners, and therefore he made you so mighty, so rich, and so kind, that you might assist us. I will that I may be saved: in your hands I place my eternal salvation; to you I consign my soul. I will to be associated with those who are your special servants: reject me not. You go up and down seeking the wretched, to console them. Cast not away, then, a wretched sinner who has recourse to you. Speak for me, Mary: your Son grants what you ask! Take me beneath your shelter, and it is enough for me, for with you to guard me I fear no ill: no, not even my sins, because you will obtain God’s pardon for them; no, nor yet devils; because you are far mightier than all hell; no, nor my Judge, Jesus Christ, for at your prayer he will lay aside his wrath. Protect me, then, my Mother; obtain for me pardon of my sins, love of Jesus, holy perseverance, a good death, and Heaven. It is too true: I merit not these graces; yet if you only ask them of our God, I shall obtain them. Pray, then, to Jesus for me. O Mary, my Queen, in you I trust; in this trust I rest, I live; and with this trust I will that I may die. Amen.