PRAYER TO OUR LADY,COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED


Immaculate Virgin Mary, 
Mother of God and our most compassionate Mother, 
we present ourselves in thy sight in all humility, 
and with full confidence 
we implore thee for thy maternal patronage. 

Thou hast been proclaimed by Holy Church 
the Comforter of the Afflicted, 
and to thee constant recourse is had 
by the sorrowful in their afflictions, 
the sick in their maladies, 
the dying in their agony, 
the poor in their straitened circumstances, 
those who stand in all manner of need 
in both public and private calamities; 
and from thee they all receive consolation and strength. 

Our dearest Mother, 
turn upon us also, 
wretched sinners that we are, 
thy merciful eyes, 
and graciously accept our humble and confident prayers. 
Aid us in all our spiritual and temporal necessities, 
deliver us from all evil 
and especially from sin, 
which is the greatest evil, 
and from all danger of falling into it; 
obtain for us from thy Son Jesus 
every blessing of which thou seest we stand in need 
both in soul and body, 
and especially the greatest blessing of all, 
which is Divine grace. 
Comfort our spirits, 
troubled and afflicted in the midst of the many dangers that threaten us, 
and the countless miseries and misfortunes that beset us on every side. 
This we ask through that immense joy 
which filled thy pure soul 
in the glorious Resurrection of thy Divine Son. 

Obtain tranquillity for Holy Church, 
help and comfort for her visible Head, 
the Sovereign Pontiff, 
peace for Christian princes, 
refreshment in their pains for the Holy Souls in Purgatory; 
for sinners, the forgiveness of their sins, 
and for the just, perseverance in well-doing. 
Receive us all, our most tender Mother, 
under thy loving and mighty protection, 
that we may be enabled to live virtuously, 
die holily and attain to everlasting happiness in Heaven.

photo:Salus Infirmorum
The miraculous icon of Our Lady Health of the Sick in the church of Santa Maria Maddalena, Rome.

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