The book was written at a time when some
Jansenists (which were declared heretical by the Pope) were criticizing
Marian devotions, and was written in part as a defense of
Marian devotion. The book combines numerous citations in favor of devotion to the
Blessed Virgin Mary from the
Church Fathers and the
Doctors of the Church with Saint Alphonsus' own personal views on Marian veneration and includes a number of Marian prayers and practices.
The first part of the book focuses on the Salve Regina (
Hail Holy Queen) prayer and explains how God gave Mary to mankind as the "Gate of Heaven". On this topic, St. Alphonsus quoted
Saint Bonaventure, "No one can enter Heaven unless by Mary, as though through a door."
The second part of the book deals with the key
Marian feasts such as the Immaculate Conception, Nativity, Purification, Annunciation, Assumption, etc.
 The third part focuses on the
Seven Sorrows of Mary, explaining how her "prolonged martyrdom" was greater than that of all other martyrs. The fourth part discusses ten different virtues of the
Blessed Virgin, while the fifth part provides a collection of Marian prayers, meditations and devotions. An appendix is devoted to defending the role of Mary as
mediatrix of all graces.