Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 27 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Simeon Sylites
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

This might be the best Marian prayer for when you really need help

STATUE OF MARY,BABY JESUS

Fr Lawrence Lew | CC

Philip Kosloski - published on 07/12/17

The 12th-century prayer has been connected to numerous miracles throughout the centuries.

One of the most widely known Catholic prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, almost as popular as the Hail Mary, is the Memorare. It is an ancient prayer that has a miraculous reputation.

The prayer, traditionally attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, gets its name from the first word of the original Latin prayer. However, the prayer as we know it today is actually found within a much larger prayer to the Virgin Mary entitled Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria (“At your holy feet, most sweet Virgin Mary”).

The Memorare was popularized by another Bernard, Fr. Claude Bernard, in the 17th century. Fr. Claude believed that the recitation of the prayer was the cause of his miraculous healing. He printed over 200,000 leaflets with the prayer on it in different languages to distribute wherever he could.

St. Francis de Sales said the prayer daily and St. Teresa of Calcutta taught others to pray it when they most needed help. Mother Teresa would pray it whenever she was faced with an emergency situation and most needed a miracle. It never failed her and has proven its miraculous character over the years through thousands of testimonials.


Mother Teresa

Read more:
Need help right away? Make Mother Teresa’s emergency novena

For those not familiar with the prayer, it is printed below. Pray it with sincere faith and trust in God. He always answers our prayers, though not always in the way that we expect.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by 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.

Tags:
Prayers for a Particular NeedVirgin Mary
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
morning
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
2
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
3
Joachim and Anne
Philip Kosloski
Did Jesus know his grandparents?
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been know...
6
BABCIA Z WNUKAMI
Cerith Gardiner
5 Ways grandparents impact our lives for the better
7
WOMAN,FACE,MASK
Cecilia Pigg
Simplify your life and honor your body with these 5 natural perso...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.