Friday, May 24, 2013

On the Feast of Maria, Auxilium Christianorum


Mary, Help of Christians

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?

Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

~ written and prayed by St. John Bosco

Pictured:  Mary Help of Christians (MarijaPomagai) as Our Lady of Brezje, in Slovenia, painted in 1814 by an artist in thanksgiving for his own liberation from five years imprisonment during the Napoleonic wars.

History of the title "Mary Help of Christians"  here.

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