We have many powerful prayers to Mary, but perhaps the most beloved is the Memorare. The prayer is excerpted from a much longer 15-century one known as the “Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria.
By the 16th century, a French priest named Father Claude Bernard was teaching this shortened version to prisoners condemned to death. He said that through the invocation to Mary with this prayer, not only was he cured, countless prisoners reconciled with the Lord. Many today attest to a miraculous outcome after praying the Memorare themselves.
Following is this magnificent prayer. Pray the words slowly and confidently. Believe and know that our Holy Mother prays our most troubling and desperate prayers with us and then carries them to her son.
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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 with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, buy in your mercy hear and answer me.
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