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Prayers to Mary

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Consider learning one of these Marian prayers by heart during Mary’s month, the month of May.

Catholics do not worship Mary but we do honor and venerate her, just as we honor and venerate all the saints.  Still, as the Mother of God, Mary is unique. She is the first disciple, and the preeminent member of the communion of saints. She is Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven, the Cause of Our Joy. We ask the beloved dead for their prayers, just as we might ask someone living to pray for us.  Mary is our Advocate.  We look to her for courage, hope, and compassion.  Because she knew suffering, we know she understands our trials: she gave birth while homeless and fleeing, she was a refugee, and the mother of an unjustly executed son. We draw on her example, thank God for her, and ask for her prayers.

Consider learning one of these Marian prayers by heart during the month of May.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy: Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this veil of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, I delight in God my savior, who regarded my humble state. Truly from this day forward all generations will call me blessed: for God, wonderful in power, has used that strength for me.  Holy the name of the Lord, whose mercy embraces the faithful one generation to the next. The mighty arm of God scatters the proud in their conceit, pulls tyrants from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. The Lord fills the starving and let’s the rich go hungry. God rescues lowly Israel, recalling the promises of mercy, the promises made to our ancestors to Abraham’s heirs forever. Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrims