May your compassion, O Mary, help these poor souls, which sigh in purgatory and are being purified there by the terrible pains of the fire.
- St Anselm
Night and day I beseech you, my Lady Mary - and reverence you on bended knee.
Now, O Virgin, speak to your Son and say: “Hear the prayer of your mother, my Son, and be mindful of your mercy and kindness. And do not enter into judgment with your servant. For the sake of your name do not call to mind the sins of this sinner.”
- From the Ethiopian hymn Harp of Glory
Hail Mary, may the burning love of your heart inflame the coldness of mine.
- St Louis de Montfort
O Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me. My protector, Saint Alphonsus, make it so that in all my needs I have recourse to Mary.
A short prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Alphonsus Liguori. I was baptised, confirmed and received my first Holy Communion in a Redemptorist church, so this is close to my heart!
Praise Mary all together, ye morning stars, the seas and the rivers and the foundations of the world.
- Psalm 57, Psalter of Mary
Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.
- Ave Maris Stella
Our Lady, Blessed Mother of God, preserve me from every evil and cover me with your honourable protecting veil.
- St Seraphim of Sarov
O Lady, cease not to receive and shelter us under the mantle of thy protection since, after God, we have no hope but thee.
- St Bernard of Clairvaux
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
The short invocation prayer Sweet Heart of Mary is meant to be recited frequently throughout the day.
O Mary of Good Counsel, inflame the hearts of all who are devoted to you, so that all of them have shelter in you, O great Mother of God. O most worthy Lady, let everyone choose you as teacher and wise counselor of their souls, since you are, as Saint Augustine says, the counsel of the apostles and counsel of all peoples.
- Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
O Virgin, thou art the life of heaven, the flower of the fields, the lily of the world.
- Alcuin of York
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Holy Mother, pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Saviour crucified!
- Stabat Mater