TO OUR LADY

Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: “I loved her almost before I could know her.” In this prayer he expresses that love.

 O Thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to Thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins.  Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy.  Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy.  When I can no longer say: “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands,” do Thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do Thou comfort me.  Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God.  Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with Thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and Thee for all eternity. Amen.

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY

 

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