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A Prayer to Mary, Refuge of Sinners

For Protection From Peril and Temptation


Mary, Intercessor for All Mankind. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

An icon of the Mary, the Mother of God, Intercessor for All Mankind. Egg tempera on wood, Central Russia, mid-1800's.

(Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

This prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary sounds a familiar theme: Mary as the font of mercy and forgiveness, through whom we obtain forgiveness of our sins and protection from temptation.

To Mary, Refuge of Sinners

Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

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