Prayers and Devotions to Our Lady Mary
do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
Used both as a hymn and as a prayer, the earliest version of Sub Tuum Præsidium was found in a Coptic Orthodox Christmas liturgy from the 3rd century.
glory of our Church, its foundation and ornament.
Earnestly pray for us to Jesus, your Son and Our Lord,
that through your intercession we may have mercy on the day of judgment.
Pray that we may receive all those good things
which are reserved for those who love God.
Through the grace and favour of Our Lord, Jesus Christ,
to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be power, honour, and glory, now and forever. Amen.
and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent!
Receive our gratitude and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged,
comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people,
plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection.
Be ready to help us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever. Amen.
venerable treasure of the whole world.
You are the lamp that is never extinguished,
the crown of virginity, the rule of orthodoxy,
the incorruptible temple containing the one whom nothing can contain,
the mother and virgin, through whom the One who comes
in the Name of the Lord receives in the Gospel the name of “Blessed.”
We salute you,
who have borne the immensity of God in your virginal womb.
Through you, the Most Holy Trinity is sanctified.
Through you, the Cross is venerated in the whole world.
Through you, heaven is filled with joy.
Through you, the angels and archangels rejoice.
Through you, demons are sent flying.
Through you, the tempter devil is cast out of heaven.
Through you, the fallen creature is elevated to heaven.
Through you, the whole universe, possessed by idolatry,
has attained the knowledge of the truth.
Through you, holy baptism comes to those who believe.
Through you, the oil of gladness reaches us.
Through you, churches are established in the whole world.
Through you, peoples are led to conversion.
Through you, even more, the only-begotten Son of God
has radiated like light upon those who sat in darkness
and the shadow of death.
Through you, the prophets have announced their message,
and the Apostles have proclaimed salvation to the nations.
Through you, the dead rise, and kings exercise their royalty,
by the power of the Holy Trinity.
This prayer of praise to Mary has been attributed to one of the Fathers who took part in the Council of Ephesus in AD 431. The Council defined for the whole Church Mary as the Theotokos, the “Birth Giver of God”, or Mother of God. In the spirit of the Council, the prayer sees the entire Church (with its life and ministry) as dependent on Mary’s willing consent to become the Mother of the Lord Jesus.
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
First recorded in a collection of prayers from 15th century.
into your blessed trust and custody,
and into the care of your mercy I this day,
every day, and in the hour of my death,
commend my soul and my body.
To you I commit all my anxieties and miseries,
my life and the end of my life,
that by your most holy intercession
and by your merits all my actions
may be directed and disposed according to your will
and that of your Son. Amen.
how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth
we may love and eternally thank you in heaven. Amen.
recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your Divine son,
dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care.
You are our Mother,
we desire ever to remain your devout children.
Let us therefore feel the effects
of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ.
Make your name again glorious in this place once renowned
throughout our land by your visits, favours and many miracles.
Pray, O holy Mother of God for the conversion of England,
restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted,
repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.
O Blessed Mary, Mother of God,
Our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us. Amen.
This is the traditional prayer used at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (Norfolk).
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross
you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Christian people, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
Composed following the COVID-19 outbreak.