Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
THE LITTLE OFFICE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Join with me in a Prayer of Praise
PRAYERS TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The following prayers to Mary include some well know common prayers and several old and lesser know prayers to Our Lady.
“Hail Mary” (“Ave Maria”) is based on Luke I .28. 42 and is known
as the “Angelic Salutation” from its first line.
Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Prayer to the Virgin
prayer, known in Latin as “Sub tuum praesidium” and first found in a
Greek papyrus. c. 300. is the oldest prayer to Mary.
turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and
help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed
‘‘Memorare’’ is a sixteenth-century version of a fifteenth century
prayer. Claude Bernard (1588-1641), popularized the idea that the
“Memorare’’ was written by Saint Bernard.
most loving Virgin Mary, never was it heard that anyone who turned to you
for help was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, though burdened by
my sins, I run to your protection for you are my mother.
of the Word of God, do not despise my words of pleading but be merciful
and hear my prayer. Amen.
Help of Those in Need
prayer was formerly the Magnificat antiphon from the Common of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Evening Prayer.
Mary, help those in need, give strength to the weak, comfort the
sorrowful, pray for God’s people, assist the clergy, intercede for
all who seek your help experience your unfailing protection. Amen.
to Mary (Composed
by Pope John Paul II for the Marian Year)
of the Redeemer, (in this year dedicated to you,) with great joy we call
order to carry out his providential plan of salvation, God the Father
chose you before the creation of the world.
believed in his love and obeyed his word.
Son of God desired you for his Mother when he became man to save the human
received him with ready obedience and undivided heart.
Holy Spirit loved you as his mystical spouse and he filled you with
allowed yourself to be led by his hidden and powerful action.
the eve of the third Christian Millennium, we entrust to you the Church
which acknowledges you and invokes you as Mother.
earth you preceded the Church in the pilgrimage of faith: comfort her in
her difficulties and trials, and make her always the sign and instrument
of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race.
you, Mother of Christians, we entrust in a special way the peoples who are
celebrating (during the Marian Year) the sixth Centenary or the Millennium
of their acceptance of the Gospel.
long history is profoundly marked by devotion to you.
toward them your loving glance; give strength to those who are suffering
for the faith.
you, Mother of the human family and of the nations, we confidently entrust
the whole of humanity, with its hopes and fears.
not let it lack the light of true wisdom. Guide its steps in the ways of
peace. Enable all to meet Christ, the Way and the Truth and the Life.
us, 0 Virgin Mary, on our journey of faith and obtain for us the grace of
eternal salvation. 0 clement, 0 loving, 0 sweet Mother of God and our
The custom of saying the “Hail Mary” three times at the ringing
of the bell of the evening goes back to the thirteenth century. Today, it
is the custom to say the “Angelus” three times: in the morning, at
noon, and in the evening.
angel spoke God’s message to Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
am the lowly servant of the Lord: Let it be done to me according to your
the Word became flesh and lived among us.
for us, holy Mother of God,
we may become worthy of the promises of Christ. Lord, fill our hearts with
your grace: once,
through the message of an angel you revealed to us the incarnation of your
Son; now, through his suffering and death lead us to the glory of his
resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From 1743, this
twelfth-century antiphon has replaced the Angelus in the Easter Season.
of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son you merited to bear, alleluia, has
risen as he said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.
and be glad, 0 Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen,
God of life, you have given joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.