Prayers from Gregory the Wonderworker to Mother Teresa

Throughout Catholic tradition the faithful have turned in prayer to Mary. Just as she did at the wedding of Cana, she continues to turn to the Lord on our behalf. The following prayers are samples of Marian prayers throughout the centuries from the Fathers of the Church and various saints to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


Prayers
Author, dates and source of  text
Mary, you are the vessel and tabernacle containing all Mysteries. You know what the patriarchs did not know; you experienced what was not revealed to the Angels; you heard what the prophets did not hear. In short, everything that was hidden from preceding generations was made known to you; even more, most of these wonders depended on you.
St. Gregory the Wonderworker (d. 270)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage Anthony M. Buono,
New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 110
O Immaculate and wholly-pure Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the world, hope of those who are in despair: You are the joy of the saints; you are the peacemaker between sinners and God; you are the advocate of the abandoned, the secure haven of those who are on the sea of the world; you are the consolation of the world, the ransom of slaves, the comfortress of the afflicted....
O great Queen, we take refuge in your protection. After God, you are all my hope. We bear the name of your servants; allow not the enemy to drag us to hell. I salute you, O great mediatress of peace between men and God, Mother of Jesus our Lord, who is the love of all men and of God, to whom be honor and benediction with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
St. Ephrem
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991, p. 226
O Virgin, most pure, wholly unspotted, O Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the universe, you are above all the saints, the hope of the elect and the joy of all the blessed. It is you who have reconciled us with God. You are the only refuge of sinners and the safe harbor of those who are shipwrecked. You are the consolation of the world, the ransom of captives, the health of the weak, the joy of the afflicted, and the salvation of all. We have recourse to you, and we beseech you to have pity on us. Amen.
St. Ephraem the Syrian (306-373)
The Essential Mary Handbook : a Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer] Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 111
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, full of grace, the one whom you brought forth, Emmanuel, is the fruit of your womb. In your motherhood you have nurtured all human beings. You surpass all praise and all glory.
I salute you, Mother of God, joy of the angels, because you surpass in fullness what the prophets have said about you. The Lord is with you: you gave life to the Savior of the world.
Unknown
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage; Anthony M. Buono, New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 109
Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions; Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, p. 35. [Instead of salute: I honor you]
O, that the soul of Mary were in us to glorify the Lord!
That the spirit of Mary were in us to rejoice in God.
St. Ambrose (340?-397)
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 222
May the life of Blessed Mary be ever present to our awareness.

In her, as in a mirror, the form of virtue and beauty of chastity shrine forth.
She was virgin, not only in body, but in mind and spirit.
She never sullied the pure affection of her heart by unworthy feelings.
She was humble of heart.
She was serious in her conversations.
She was prudent in her counsels.
She preferred to pray rather than to speak.
She united in her heart the prayers of the poorr
And avoided the uncertainty of worldly riches.
She was ever faithful to her daily duties,
Reserved in her conversations, and always accustomed to recognize God as the witness of her thoughts.
Blessed be the name of Jesus..
Amen.
St. Ambrose (340?-397)
It is becoming for you, O Mary, to be mindful of us, as you stand near Him who bestowed upon you all graces, for you are the Mother of God and our Queen. Come to our aid for the sake of the King, the Lord God and Master Who was born of you. For this reason you are called “full of grace.”
Be mindful of us, most holy Virgin, and bestow on us gifts from the riches of your graces, O Virgin, full of grace.
St. Athanasius (d. 373)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage, Anthony M. Buono New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 111
Hail, O Mother! Virgin, heaven, throne, 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 favor of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be power, honor, and glory, now and forever. Amen.
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In Beyer, also translated as:
Rejoice, Mother and heaven,
maiden and cloud, virgin and throne,
the boast and foundation of our church.
Plead earnestly for us that through you we may obtain mercy on the day of judgment and attain the good things reserved for those who love God,
through the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be glory, power, and honor
now and for ever and for all eternity.
Amen.
St. John Chrysostom (349-407) A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations / edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 227
Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 76-77.
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanksgiving for rescuing a fallen world by your generous consent? What songs of praise can our weak human nature offer in your honor, since it was through you that it has found the way to salvation?
Accept then such poor thanks as we have to offer, unequal though they be to your merits. Receive our gratitude and obtain by your prayers the forgiveness of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
May the sins we repentantly bring before Almighty God through you be forgiven. May what we beg with confidence be granted through you. Accept our offering and grant our request; obtain pardon for what we fear, for you are the sole hope of sinners. We hope to obtain the pardon of our sins through you. Blessed Lady, in you is our hope of reward.
Holy Mary, help those who are miserable, strengthen those who are discouraged, comfort those who are sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you experience your assistance and protection.
Be ready to aid 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.
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In Beyer, also translated as:
Blessed Virgin Mary,
who can worthily repay you with praise 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 read 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.
St. Augustine (354-430)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono, New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 112
Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, p.
Gracious Lady, you are a mother and virgin; you are the mother of the body and soul of our Head and Redeemer; you are also truly mother of all the members of Christ’s Mystical Body. For through your love, you have cooperated in the begetting of the faithful in the Church. Unique among women, you are mother and virgin; mother of Christ and virgin of Christ. You are the beauty and charm of earth, O Virgin. You are forever the image of the holy Church. Through a woman came death; through a woman came life, yes, through you, O Mother of God.
St. Augustine (d. 430)
The Essential Mary Handbook : a Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer], Liguori, Mo. Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 111
Hail, Mother and Virgin, Eternal Temple of the Godhead, Venerable Treasure of Creation, crown of virginity, support of the true faith, on which the Church is founded throughout the world.
Mother of God, who contained the infinite God under your heart, whom no space can contain: through you the most Holy Trinity is revealed, adored, and glorified, demons are vanquished, Satan cast down from heaven into hell and our fallen nature again assumed into heaven.
Through you the human race, held captive in the bonds of idolatry, arrives at the knowledge of Truth. What more shall I say of you? Hail, through whom kings rule, through whom the Only-Begotten Son of God has become the Star of Light to those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.
St. Cyril of Alexandria (382-444)
The Essential Mary Handbook : S summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer], Liguori, Mo. Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 117-8
This prayer with a similar translation is also found in:
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono,  New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 113-4
We honor you, O Mary,
Mother of God,
treasure of the universe,
inextinguishable flame,
crown of virginity,
scepter of the true faith,
indestructible temple,
tabernacle of the one whom
the world cannot contain,
and mother and virgin. ...
In your virginal womb
you enclosed the immense and
incomprehensible One.
Through you the Trinity is glorified
and the cross is celebrated and adored
everywhere on earth.
Through you
the heavens exult with joy,
the angels and archangels are glad,
demons are put to flight,
the demon tempter is cast out of heaven,
and our fallen nature has again
been assumed into heaven. ...
It is through you that the only-begotten Son of God,
who is the Light,
shone amid the nations
who were seated in darkness and the shadow of death.
What human voice can ever worthily celebrate
the ineffable greatness of Mary?
She is mother and virgin
at the same time.
Through her
peace has been restored to the world.
What peace?
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
whom Mary has brought forth!
St. Cyril of Alexandria (382-444)
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 79-80.
Hail, Mary, Mother of God, 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 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.
A Father of the Council of Ephesus (431)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono,  New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 112-3
Blessed are you, O Mary, and blessed is your holy soul, for your beatitude surpasses that of all the Blessed.
Blessed are you who have borne, embraced, and caressed as a baby the One who upholds the ages with his secret word.
Blessed are you, from whom the Savior appeared on this exile earth, subjugating the seducer and bringing peace to the world.
Blessed are you, whose pure mouth touched the lips of the One whom the Seraphim do not dare to look upon in His splendor.
Blessed are you, who have nourished with your pure milk the source from Whom the living obtain life and light.
Blessed are you, because the whole universe resounds with your memory, and the angels and human beings celebrate your feast....
Daughter of the poor, you became the mother of the King of kings. You gave to the poor world the riches that can make it live.
You are the bark laden with the goodness and the treasures of the Father, who sent his riches once again into our empty home.
James of Saroug (d. 521)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono,  New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 114
Hail, Mary, full of grace, more holy than the Saints, more elevated than the heavens, more glorious than the Angels, and more venerable than every creature.
Hail, heavenly paradise, all fragrant and a lily that gives off the sweetest scent, a perfumed rose that opens up for the health of mortals.
Hail, immaculate temple of the Lord, constructed in a holy fashion, ornament of divine magnificence, open to everyone, and oasis of mystical delicacies.
Hail, mountain of shade, grazing ground for the holy Lamb Who takes upon Himself the miseries and sins of all.
Hail, sacred throne of God, blessed dwelling, sublime ornaments, precious jewel, and splendiferous heavens.
Hail, urn of purest gold, who contained the manna Christ, the gentle sweetness of our souls.
Hail, most pure Virgin Mother, worthy of praise and veneration, fount of gushing waters, treasure of innocence, and splendor of sanctity.
O Mary, lead us to the port of peace and salvation, to the glory of Christ Who lives in eternity with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.
St. Germanus, Bishop of Auxerre (d. 576)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono, New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 115
Truly, you are blessed among women,
for you have changed Eve’s curse into a blessing;
and Adam, who hitherto lay under a curse,
has been blessed because of you.
Truly, you are blessed among women,
Through you the Father’s blessing has shone forth on mankind,
setting them free of their ancient curse.
Truly, you are blessed among women,
because through you
your forebearers have found salvation.
For you were to give birth to the Savior
who was to win them salvation.
Truly, you are blessed among women,
for without seed you have borne, as your fruit,
him who bestows blessings on the whole world
and redeems it from that curse
that made it sprout thorns.
Truly, you are blessed among women,
because, though a woman by nature,
you will become, in reality, God’s mother.
If He Whom you are to bear is truly God make flesh,
then rightly do we call you God’s mother.
For you have truly given birth to God.
St. Sophronius (560-638), born in Damascus, patriarch of Jerusalem.
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer,  Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 79-80.
O Mary, Mother of God, you were foretold by the prophets, foreshadowed by the patriarchs in types and figures, described by the Evangelists, and saluted most graciously by the Angels. Lead us to the wisdom of the Presence of God now and forever.
St. Sophronius (d. 640)
The Greatest Marian Prayers : Their History, Meaning, and Usage by Anthony M. Buono, New York : Alba House, c1999, BX2160.2 .B86 1999, p. 116
Mary, I beg you, by that grace through which the Lord is with you and you will to be with him, let your mercy be with me. Let love for you always be with me, and the care for me be always with you. Let the cry of my need, as long as it persists, be with you, and the care of your goodness, as long as I need it, be with me. Let joy in your blessedness be always with me, and compassion for my wretchedness, where I need it, be with you.
St. Anselm (1033-1109)
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran,Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 225
My most merciful Lady, 
what can I say about the fountains
that flowed from your most pure eyes
when you saw your only Son before you,
bound, beaten, and hurt?
What do I know of the flood that drenched your matchless face, when you beheld your Son, your Lord, and your God, stretched on the cross without guilt, when the flesh of your flesh was cruelly butchered by wicked me?
How can I judge what sobs troubled your most pure breast when you heard,  "Woman, behold your son,"
and the disciple, "Behold, your Mother,"
when you received as a son
the disciple in place of the Master,
the servant for the Lord?
St. Anselm (1033-1109) The prayers and Meditations of Saint Anselm with the Proslogion, Benedicta Ward, trans,1973, Penguin classics, Penguin Group(UK)
To you we cry, O Queen of mercy! Return, that we may behold you dispensing favors, bestowing remedies, giving strength.... Ah, tender Mother! Tell your all-powerful Son that we have no more wine. We are thirsty after the wine of his love, of that marvelous wine that fills souls with a holy inebriation, inflames them, and gives them the strength to despise the things of this world and to seek with ardor heavenly goods.
St. Bernard (1090-1153)
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 224
By you we have access to your Son, O blessed finder of grace, Mother of Life, Mother of Salvation, that by you He may receive us, Who by you was given to us.
St. Bernard (1090-1153)
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 227
Run, hasten, O Lady, and in your mercy help your sinful servant, who calls upon you, and deliver him from the hands of the enemy. Who will not sigh to you? We sigh with love and grief, for we are oppressed on every side. How can we do otherwise than sigh to you, O solace of the miserable, refuge of outcasts, ransom of captives? We are certain that when you see our miseries, your compassion will hasten to relieve us.
O our sovereign Lady and our Advocate, commend us to your Son. Grant, O blessed one, by the grace which you have merited, that He Who through you was graciously pleased to become a partaker of our infirmity and misery, may also through your intercession, make us partakers of his happiness and glory.
St. Bernard (1090-1153)
A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations edited by Pamela Moran, Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, c1991, BX2160.2 .M37 1991,  p. 224-5
Mary, our Mother, the whole world reveres you as the holiest shrine of the living God, for in you the salvation of the world dawned. The Son of God was pleased to take human form from you. You have broken down the wall of hatred, the barrier between heaven and earth which was set us by the disobedience of Adam and Eve. In you heaven met earth when divinity and humanity were joined in one person, the God-Man.
Mother of God, we sing your praises, but we must praise you even more. Our speech is too feeble to honor you as we ought, for no tongue is eloquent enough to express your excellence. Mary, most powerful, most holy, and worthy of all love. Your name brings new life, and the thought of you inspires love in the hearts of those devoted to you.
St. Bernard (1090-1153)
The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer], Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 112
Our Mediatrix and Advocate
O blessed Lady, you found grace,
brought forth the Life,
and became the Mother of Salvation.
May you obtain the grace for us to go to the Son.
By your mediation,
may we be received by the One
Who through you gave Himself to us.
May your integrity compensate with Him
for the fault of our corruption;
and may your humility, which is pleasing to God,
implore pardon for our vanity.
May your great charity cover the multitude of our sins;
and may your glorious fecundity confer on us a fecundity of merits.
Dear Lady,
our Mediatrix and Advocate,
reconcile us to your Son,
recommend us to Him,
and present us to your Son.
By the grace your found,
by the privilege you merited,
by the mercy you brought forth,
obtain for us the following favor,
O blessed Lady.
May the One who–thanks to you–came down to share our infirmity and wretchedness
make us share–
again thanks to you–
His glory and beatitude:
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
Who reigns in heaven and is blessed forever!
Amen.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 95-96.
Of Your Love, O Mary
O blessed Virgin,
did anyone ever invoke you in need
and yet fail to receive help?
Only such a person could remain silent
about your mercy.
As for us, who are your poor servants,
we congratulate ourselves for you
on account of all your other virtues,
but we rejoice in your mercy
in a special way for ourselves.
We praise your virginity,
and we admire your humility;
but your mercy has an even sweeter taste for us sinners.
We have a preferential love for your mercy,
we remember it more often,
and we invoke it more frequently ...
Who then could measure,
O blessed Lady,
the length and breadth, height and depth
of your mercy?
Its length extends indeed until the last day,
so that you may come to the aid
of all who invoke it.
Its breadth spans the whole world,
so that the whole earth is full of your mercy.
Its height is such that it brought about
the restoration of the heavenly city.
Its depth achieved the redemption of those
who sat in darkness and the shadow of death.
Thanks to you,
heaven has been populated,
hell has been emptied,
the ruins of the heavenly Jerusalem have been rebuilt,
and the unfortunate people living in hope
have been given back the life they had lost!
Thus it is that your charity,
so powerful and at the same time so gentle,
pours forth in abundance,
manifesting itself tenderly
and lending assistance effectively. Amen.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 96-98.
Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever-virgin;
Chosen by the most holy Father in heaven, consecrated by him
with his most holy and beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
On you descended and in you still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, his palace.
Hail, his tabernacle.
Hail, his robe.
Hail, his handmaid.
Hail, his mother.
And hail, all holy virtues,
who by the grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that, faithless no longer, they may be faithful servants of God through you. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
The Essential Mary Handbook : a Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer], Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 108
Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 99.
Holy Virgin Mary, there is none like you among women born in the world. Daughter and handmaid of the heavenly Father, the almighty King, Mother of our most high Lord Jesus Christ, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us to your most holy Son, our Lord and Master.
Hail, holy Lady, most noble Queen, Mother of God, and Mary ever Virgin. You were chosen by the heavenly Father, who has been pleased to honor you with the presence of his most holy Son and the Divine Paraclete.
You were blessed with the fullness of grace and goodness. Hail, Temple of God, his dwelling place, his masterpiece, his handmaid. Hail, Mother of God, I venerate you for the holy virtues that–through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit–you bring into the hearts of your devoted ones to change them from unfaithful Christians to faithful children of God. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
The Essential Mary Handbook : a Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church  [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer], Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, c1999, BX2160.2 .E88 1999 , pp. 115-6.
Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 99-100.
Mary, our Queen,
Holy Mother of God,
we beg you to hear our prayer.
Make our hearts overflow with divine grace
and resplendent with heavenly wisdom.
Render them strong with your might
and rich in virtue.
Pour down upon us the gift of mercy
so that we may obtain the pardon of our sins.
Help us to live in such a way
as to merit the glory and bliss of heaven.
May this be granted us by your Son Jesus
who has exalted you above the angels,
has crowned you as Queen,
and has seated you with Him
forever on his refulgent throne.
Amen.
St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, p. 104.
Mother of Grace
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.”
For note, Mary,
for you have found grace,
not taken it as Lucifer tried to so.
You have found grace,
not lost it as Adam did.
You have found favor with God
because you desired and sought it.
You have found uncreated Grace,
that is, God himself became your Son,
and with the Grace
you have found and obtained every uncreated good.
St. Albert the Great (1206-1280), buried in Cologne.
Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer, Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, pp. 100-101.


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