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The Memorare

The Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Immaculate Conception, Most Blessed Sacrament Shrine, Hanceville, AL. (Photo © Scott P. Richert)

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she appeared at Lourdes, France, in 1858, where she announced, "I am the Immaculate Conception." Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, Alabama.

(Photo © Scott P. Richert)

The Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known of all Marian prayers. It is a section of a much longer 15th-century prayer known as the "Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria." By the early 16th century, Catholics had begun to treat the Memorare as a separate prayer, and Fr. Claude Bernard, a French priest who ministered to the imprisoned and those condemned to death, was a zealous advocate of the prayer. He attributed the conversion of many criminals to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invoked through the Memorare.

Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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