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Find peace and protection under Mary’s loving gaze with this evening prayer

Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist
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Place yourself in Mary’s arms as you fall asleep.

When lying in your bed, it’s easy to experience anxiety over what the next day might bring. Some people don’t even want to fall asleep as it entails waking up to another day of pain and suffering.

One way to fall asleep in peace is to entrust yourself to the Virgin Mary, the Heavenly Mother of us all. Similar to the way our own mother might have put us to sleep during our childhood, the Blessed Mother is here to calm our fears as we lie in our beds.

Here is a brief prayer that can vocalize this reality and bring peace to your soul as you look up at your Heavenly Mother and her loving gaze.

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, pray for me, that I may be preserved this night from all evil, whether of body or soul. Blessed St. Joseph, and all ye saints and angels of Paradise, especially my guardian angel and my chosen patron, watch over me. I commend myself to your protection now and always. Amen.

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