“Mary is the perfect Orans (pray-er), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus' mother into our homes,  for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope.”
~The Catechism of the Catholic Church~ 


Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. 
The Lord is with thee. 
Blessed art thou amongst women, 
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners, 
Now and at the hour of our death. 
Amen. 

The Hail Mary, or the Angelic Salutation. is the most recognizable Marian prayer. It is described as having three parts. The first part, “Hail Mary full of grace……..” represents the words of the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation (Luke, 1:28). The second part, “and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,” is taken from the greeting of Saint Elizabeth to Mary at the Visitation (Luke 1:42).
The final part, "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen." was declared by the official "Catechism of the Council of Trent" to have been framed by the Church itself.

“Beginning with Mary's unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first "magnifies" the Lord for the "great things" He did for His lowly servant and through her for all human beings. The second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused." 
~Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2675~

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Salve Regina

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, 
Our life, our sweetness and our hope. 
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve,
To thee do we send up our sighs, 
Mourning and weeping
In this valley of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, 
Thine eyes of mercy toward us, 
And after this our exile, 
Show unto us the blessed fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary! 
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 
That we may be made worthy 
Of the promises of Christ.
Amen. 

It is believed that this beautiful prayer (also known by it’s English name, Hail Holy Queen) was written as a hymn, during the Middle Ages, by a German monk, Hermann of Reichenau. Many others, however, have been suggested as it’s author. Among them are Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Adhemar de Monteil, Bishop of Le Puy (ca 1080 AD), and Peter of Compostela (930 AD). 
In 1218 the Cistercians adopted it as a daily processional chant and in 1251 as an ending to the Night Prayers. The Dominicans and Franciscans also adopted it around this same time and the Carmelites used it for a while in place of the last Gospel at Mass. Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241) ordered it to be chanted after Night Prayers (Compline) on Fridays. From the 14th century down to today it has been a part of Compline for the Latin Rite. Traditionally this antiphon is recited at Night Prayers from Trinity Sunday until Advent. This hymn is said to be a favorite of our Lady herself as told by testimony of those who have seen her in visions. 

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly recite this prayer.


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The Memorare

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 then with confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen


Memorare, from the Latin "Remember,"  emphasizes Mary's role as intercessor and her unbroken history of answering the prayer of those who call to her. 
It is often mistakenly credited  to the 12th century Cistercian monk, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. This is probably because of confusion with the 17th century priest who had  a similar name, Father Claude Bernard.  Father Bernard, who popularized the prayer, learned it from his father. 
Father Bernard, enthusiastically,  preached to prisoners who were condemned to death. Using the Memorare to a great extent, he entrusted his prayers to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. Many prisoners were reconciled to God through his work. 
The Memorare first appears as part of a longer 15th century prayer, "Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria."  The modern version is taken from that indulgenced by Pope Pius IX in 1846, Raccolta, #339 

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Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(Litany of Loreto)​










​Angels Entertaining the Holy Child
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Prayers
We want to share some well known ~ and not so well known ~ Marian prayers.
Because each prayer is so rich in our Catholic tradition and history, we are including a little background with each. If you have a favorite Marian prayer or some information about a prayer and would like it included please e-mail us at [email protected] 
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Lord, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven, 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God the Holy Spirit, 
Holy Trinity, One God, 

Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God, 
Holy Virgin of virgins, .
Mother of Christ, .
Mother of divine grace, 
Mother most pure, 
Mother most chaste, 
Mother inviolate, 
Mother undefiled, 
Mother most amiable, 
Mother most admirable, 
Mother of good counsel, 
Mother of our Creator, 
Mother of our Savior, 
Mother of the Church, 
Virgin most prudent, 
Virgin most venerable, 
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful, 
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice, 
Seat of wisdom, 
Cause of our joy, 
Spiritual vessel, 
Vessel of honor, 
Singular vessel of devotion, 
Mystical rose, 
Tower of David, .
Tower of ivory, 
House of gold, 
Ark of the covenant, 
Gate of Heaven, 
Morning star, 
Health of the sick, 
Refuge of sinners, 
Comforter of the afflicted, 
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, 
Queen of patriarchs, 
Queen of prophets, 
Queen of apostles, 
Queen of martyrs, 
Queen of confessors, 
Queen of virgins, 
Queen of all saints, 
Queen conceived without 
Original Sin, 
Queen assumed into Heaven,
Queen of the holy Rosary, 
Queen of families, 
Queen of peace, 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

Christ, have mercy on us.


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Spare us, O Lord.

Graciously spare us, O Lord.

Have mercy on us.


That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.


Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

Approved by Pope Sixtus V in 1587
This litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary was composed during the Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds in the life of the Church is due to its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto. Its titles and invocations set before us Mary's exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty. 
The principle that has been followed in their interpretation is the one enunciated by the same Pius IX: "God enriched her so wonderfully from the treasury of His divinity, far beyond all angels and saints with the abundance of all heavenly gifts, that she . . .should show forth such fullness of innocence and holiness, than which a greater under God is unthinkable and which, beside God, no one can even conceive in thought."
Hence, whatever virtue and holiness is found in angels and saints must be present in Mary in an immeasurably higher degree.

http://ewtn.com/Devotionals/Litanies/Loreto.htm