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
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death.
The second half of the popular prayer Hail Mary can be traced back to the 15th century. It was first used in the writings of the Servites, in a Roman Breviary, and in some German dioceses. The text became a standardised part of the prayer sometime in the 16th century and was included in the reformed Breviary of 1568.
Holy Mary, be a help to the helpless, strength to the fearful, comfort to the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all holy women consecrated to God; may all who keep your sacred commemoration feel the might of your assistance. Amen.
- Sancta Maria, succurre miseris (early 11th century)
At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.
O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.
- Stabat Mater
O Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world?
What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found the way to restoration?
- O Beata Virgo Maria
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,
Mother of the orphan and the destitute,
Hope of the hopeless,
blessed by all generations,
sweeter than honey and the honeycomb,
immaculate lily perfuming the universe with thy perfumes,
safe asylum amid the dangers of the world,
the purest and loveliest of creatures.
- Litany of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart