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Prayers to Saint Mary, the Mother of God

Through the selfless "yes" of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, our Savior, was brought into the world. It is appropriate, therefore, that we offer prayers of petition and praise to the Mother of God.

Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart
In this prayer of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we dedicate ourselves to follow the example of the Mother of God and ask her to intercede for us, that we may know the Will of her Son and live it in our lives.

Prayer of Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII composed this prayer in honor of the 100th anniversary of Pope Pius IX's promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

In Honor of the Assumption
This beautiful prayer was written by Pope Pius XII, who defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer of Praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary
The beautiful prayer of praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary was written by Saint Ephrem the Syrian.

To the Virgin Immaculate
In this prayer, we ask the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for the assistance we need in order to avoid sin.

Aspiration to Mary
This brief prayer is most famous for its presence on the Miraculous Medal.

For the Crusade of the Family Rosary
This prayer for the Crusade of the Family Rosary was written by Francis Cardinal Spellman, the cardinal archbishop of the archdiocese of New York in the mid-20th century. We can pray this prayer to spread the practice of the daily recitation of the rosary.

To Our Lady of the Rosary
In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us develop a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary.

To the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
This theologically rich prayer to Mary, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, calls to mind our Blessed Mother's protection of the Church.

Invocation to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
This short invocation to Mary, the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, is an appropriate prayer for October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, as well as for reciting at the end of the rosary.

To the Queen of Martyrs
In this prayer to Mary, the Queen of Martyrs, we recall the sorrow that she, Our Lady of Sorrows, endured watching her only Son die on the Cross.

To Our Lady of Sorrows
In this prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, we call to mind the pain endured both by Christ on the Cross and Mary, as she watched her Son be crucified.

To the Mother of Sorrows
In this prayer to the Mother of Sorrows, we ask Mary to pray for us, so that we may look forward to the joy that comes from remaining faithful witnesses to Christ.

Virgin Most Sorrowful
In this short prayer, or aspiration, we unite our sorrows to those of Our Lady of Sorrows—Mary, the Virgin Most Sorrowful.

Mary Most Sorrowful
This short prayer, or aspiration, addresses the Blessed Virgin Mary under two important titles, Our Lady of Sorrows and Mary, Mother of Christians.

In Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this lengthy but beautiful prayer in honor of the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we present our own sorrows and ask Mary to intercede for us with her Son.

Invocation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Invocation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is meant to be prayed frequently throughout the day.

Sweet Heart of Mary
The Sweet Heart of Mary, like other short prayers known as aspirations or ejaculations, is meant to be recited frequently throughout the day.

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is particularly appropriate to pray in the month of August, which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary illustrates perfectly the Marian doctrine of the Catholic Church: We do not worship Mary or place her above Christ, but we come to Christ through Mary, as Christ came to us through her.

In Honor of the Immaculate Heart
In this prayer in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we ask the Blessed Virgin to guide us in our journey, so that we might receive the graces necessary to live virtuous lives and to persevere at the hour of our death.

Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In this long but beautiful prayer to the immaculate heart of mary, we pray to Mary under the name Queen of the Most Holy Rosary to intercede for the conversion of the entire world.

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is often tied to the Brown Scapular and is also recited as a novena before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Memorare
The Memorare to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known of all Marian prayers.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan
In honor of the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24), Pope Benedict XVI composed this prayer in May 2008 and asked that it be recited every year on May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

Act of Reparation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this prayer, we offer praise to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the Holy Trinity in reparation for offenses against the Mother of God.

To the Blessed Virgin Mary for May
In this beautiful prayer, to be offered during the Marian month of May, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for her protection and for the grace to imitate her in her love of Christ, and Christ in His love of her.

For the Grace of Love
This prayer by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val reminds us that Mary is the perfect example of the Christian life, who in her own actions shows us true love for Christ.

Invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary
In this short prayer, we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary for her help in safeguarding our virtue. This is a very good prayer to pray at times when we are feeling tempted and afraid of falling into sin.

For the Help of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This prayer, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary's help, is addressed to God, the source of all blessings.

Prayer of Saint Augustine to the Blessed Virgin
In this prayer, Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) illustrates both Christian reverence for the Mother of God and the proper understanding of intercessory prayer. We pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary so that she might present our prayers to God and obtain forgiveness from Him for our sins.

Petition to Mary by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri
Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), one of the 33 Doctors of the Church, wrote this beautiful prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which we hear echoes of both the Hail Mary and the Hail Holy Queen.

To Mary, Refuge of Sinners
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.

The Hail Mary
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.

Prayer Commending Oneself to Mary
In this beautiful prayer, composed by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, we pledge ourselves to Mary, that she may intercede for us so that our will may be aligned with the will of Christ.

Ave Maria - Definition of the Ave Maria
The definition of the Ave Maria.

Hail Holy Queen
The Hail Holy Queen or Salve Regina is one of four special anthems to the Virgin Mary that are prayed as part of the Liturgy of the Hours and other daily Catholic prayers.

Litany of the Holy Name of Mary
This Litany of the Holy Name of Mary reminds us of the many titles and attributes of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This beautiful Litany of Intercession to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a popular prayer for use as a novena.

Prayer of Intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This long and very beautiful prayer of intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds us of the Blessed Virgin's complete submission to the will of God. In uniting ourselves with Mary, we draw closer to Christ, because no other human has been closer to Christ than His mother.

Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary makes a perfect novena for Christian unity or in preparation for celebrating the Virgin Mary's birthday.

Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell.

Prayer of Saint Peter Damian to the Blessed Virgin Mary
This beautiful prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, written by St. Peter Damian, asks her to intercede with her Son on behalf of those who repent.

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