PRAYERS TO THE B. V. MARY
OUR LADY OF LOURDES
O ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comfort of the afflicted, thou knowest my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, thou wert pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence thou didst dispense thy favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore thy maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. Through gratitude for thy favors, I will endeavor to imitate thy virtues, that I may one day share thy glory. Amen.
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
O Mother of Perpetual Help! grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O purest Mary! O sweetest Mary! let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O blessed Lady! to succor me, whenever I call on thee; for, in all my temptations, in all my needs, I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary. O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion fills my soul when I utter thy sacred name, or even only think of thee! I thank the Lord for have given thee, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering thy name. Let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual Help.
OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
Remember, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart! the unlimited power that thou possessest over the Heart of thy adorable Son. Full of confidence in thy merits, I come to implore thy protection. O sovereign Mistress of the Heart of Jesus! of that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, and which thou canst open at thy pleasure, and cause all the treasures of love and mercy, of light and salvation, that this Heart incloses, to descend upon man, grant me, I conjure thee, the favor I solicit. No, I can not bear a refusal, and because thou art my Mother, O Our Lady of the Sacred Heart! favorably receive my prayer, and vouchsafe to grant my petition. Amen.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
O Mary! I beseech thee by the sorrows thou didst experience in beholding thy divine Son dying on the cross, procure for me a good death; obtain for me that, having loved Jesus and thee, my most tender Mother, here on earth, I may love you both and bless you eternally in heaven. Amen.
OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE
Remember, Our Lady of La Salette, true Mother of Sorrows, the tears which thou didst shed for me on Calvary. Remember, also, the care thou hast always taken of me, in order to shield me from the justice of God. After having done so much for thy child, thou wilt not now abandon him. Inspired by this consoling thought, I come to cast myself at thy feet, in spite of my infidelities and ingratitude. Do not reject my prayer, O merciful Virgin, but convert me; obtain for me the grace to love Jesus above all things, and to console thee by a holy life, that I may one day see thee in heaven. Amen.
Most holy Mother, Our Lady of La Salette, who for love of me, didst shed such bitter tears in thy merciful apparition, look down with kindness upon me as I consecrate myself to thee without reserve. From this day, my glory shall be to know that I am thy child. May I so live as to dry thy tears and console thy afflicted heart. Beloved Mother, to thee and to thy blessed charge and sacred keeping and into the bosom of thy mercy, for this day and for every day, and for the hour of my death I commend myself, body and soul, every hope and every joy, every trouble and every sorrow, my life and my life's end. Deign, O dearest Mother, to enlighten my understanding, to direct my steps, to console me by thy maternal protection, so that exempt from all error, sheltered from every danger of sin, strengthened against my enemies, I may, with ardor and invincible courage, walk in the paths traced out for me by thee and Thy Son. Amen.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
Permit me, O Immaculate Virgin Mary! Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, to choose thee this day as my Mother, Patroness, Asylum, and Protection. I desire with all the intensity of my being to consecrate to thee my heart, my soul, and my body, and to love thee, after God, above all things. Happy he who consecrates his love to thee. Art thou not, O Blessed Virgin! more pure than the angels, more beautiful than the moon, and more bright than the sun? Dost thou not surpass the lily in splendor? Art thou not a garden of delights, a perfumed flower, a white dove, the well-beloved of Jesus, the cherished daughter, the stainless mother, and the spouse chosen amongst thousands? Who, then, could refuse his heart to thee? I give thee mine most freely, for thou art all-beautiful, enriched with all graces, and crowned with all perfections. But there is another most pressing reason why I should give myself fully to thee, viz.: gratitude. Holy Virgin, the world is indebted to thee for the life of grace. Thou art the new Eve; in thee the human race finds its joy, peace, reparation, salvation, consolation, and hope. In thee our race sees clearly the recall of the exiles, the return of the banished, the mother of the orphans, the light of all who are buried in darkness, and the assured haven of all who are buffeted by winds and waves. But as for myself particularly, I have contracted in regard to thee a debt of gratitude which all the ardor of the seraphim would never be able to repay thee. Thy heart hath ever been open to me; thou hast drawn me from the abyss; thou hast constantly defended me against the repeated attacks of the powers of darkness; thou hast been my strength, my courage, my guide, my support in the desert of this life, and my star amidst the dangers of the stormy sea of this world, so prolific, alas! of shipwrecks. It is then most just, O amiable Queen of the Most Holy Rosary! that I should unceasingly love, bless, and glorify thee. I, therefore, from this day forward, and forever, devote myself to thy service, and I pledge inviolable fidelity to thee. I am determined to die, yes, a thousand times, sooner than fail to keep this solemnly taken resolution. O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary! take full possession of my whole being, and as my sovereign after God command me. Banish from my soul and body all that in any way displeases thee; sanctify my heart, reform its perverse inclinations, and purify its intentions. Yes, henceforth my desire is to follow thy inspirations, to live under thy maternal care, and to labor only to please thee. Thy desires shall be mine, thy joys my joys, thy sorrows my sorrows, and thy glories mine, for thou art all mine, and I am all thine for all eternity.
O most beloved Mother! permit me now to entreat thee to grant me three special favors: 1st, a most pure heart, so that I may fitly love Jesus, thy Son, and thee; 2d, that I may one day die in thy arms, pronouncing acts of perfect love of my God and thee; 3d, that I may be one of the privileged choir of those holy souls who will sing forever at the foot of thy throne thy praises and thy mercies. Mother, I ask for more than I give; but art thou not ineffably rich and powerful? Do not the sinners who have been converted by thee contribute in heaven to the brightness of thy crown? To save my soul will then be a new diamond added to thy incomparable diadem. Protect me, then, during life, assist me at the hour of my death, receive my soul at my last breath, and conduct it into the eternal tabernacles, where it shall, in union with the angels and the saints, love and praise thee forever and ever. Amen.