Sub Tuum Praesidium

This prayer, known in Latin as Sub tuum Praesidium and first found in a Greek papyrus, c. 300 A.D., is the oldest known prayer to the Virgin.

We 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 Virgin.

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The Memorare is a sixteenth-century version of a fifteenth-century prayer that began "Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria."  Claude Bernard (1588-1641) popularized the idea that the Memorare was written by Saint Bernard.

Remember, 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.

Mother of the Word of God,
do not despise my words of pleading
but be merciful and hear my prayer.

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Mary, Help of Those in Need

"Mary, Help of Those in Need" was formerly the Magnificat antiphon from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Evening Prayer.

Holy Mary,
help those in need,
give strength to the weak,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for God's people,
assist the clergy,
intercede for religious.

Mary, all who seek your help
experience your unfailing protection.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

In the dioceses of the United States of America, Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12.  The following is the opening prayer of the memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

O God, Father of mercies,
who places your people under the singular protection of your Son's most holy Mother,
grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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English Version Latin Version

V. The angel spoke God's message to Mary
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Hail Mary ...

V. "I am the lowly servant of the Lord:
R. Let it be done to me according to your word."
Hail Mary ...

V. And the Word became flesh
R. and lived among us.
Hail Mary ...

V. Pray for us, holy Mother of God,
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
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.

R. Amen.

L. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae,
A. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.
Ave Maria ...

L. "Ecce Ancilla Domini,
A. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum."
Ave Maria ...

L. Et verbum caro factum est,
A. Et habitavit in nobis
Ave Maria ...

L. Ora pro nobis,sancta Dei Genitrix,
A. Ut digni nefficiamur promissionibus Christi.

L: Oremus
Gratiam tuam, quaesumus Domine, mentibus nostris infunde: ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. 

R. Amen.

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Hail, You Star of Ocean

Hail, you Star of Ocean!
Portal of the sky,
Ever Virgin Mother,
Of the Lord most high.

O! by Gabriel's Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva's name reversing,
Establish peace below.

Break the captive's fetters;
Light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show yourself a mother;
Offer him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate
Did not you despise.

Virgin of all virgins!
To your shelter take us;
Gentlest of the gentle!
Chaste and gentle make us.

Still as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with you and Jesus
We rejoice forever.

Through the highest heaven,
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.

The Latin version of this prayer, Ave, Maris stella, can be traced to the late eighth/early ninth century.  The title, Star of the Sea (or Ocean), is one of the oldest and most widely spread titles for Mary.  The prayer is often used to pray for travelers.  Mary herself is a sign of hope for a safe arrival to one's destination.

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