(Curé d'Ars)
(A.D. 1786-1859) 

Feast day August 4

"To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern."-Saint John Vianney 

O most holy Virgin Mary,
always present before the most holy Trinity, 
to whom it is granted at all times 
to pray for us to your most blessed Son, 
pray for me in all my needs. 
Help me, defend me, 
give thanks for me, 
and obtain for me the pardon 
of all my sins and failings.
Help me especially in my last hours. 
Then, when I can no longer give 
any sign of the use of reason, 
give me courage 
and protect me against all evil spirits. 
Make in my name a profession of faith. 
Assure me of my eternal salvation.
Never let me despair of the mercy of God. 
Help me to overcome the evil spirits. 
When I can no longer say, 
"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, 
I place my soul in your hands," 
say it for me. 
When I can no longer hear 
human words of consolation, 
bring me comfort. 
Stay with me when I stand 
in judgment before your Son.
If I have to do penance 
for my sins in purgatory, 
pray for me after my death. 
Inspire my friends to pray for me, 
and thus help gain for me 
very soon the happiness of being 
in the presence of God. 
Lead my soul to heaven where, 
united with all the elect, 
I may bless and praise God 
and yourself for all eternity. 


Saint John Marie Vianney Quotes On The Blessed Virgin Mary 

"To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern."

"Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest; from now until then, she is much too busy with her children."

"Christian wife! Follow in the footsteps of the ideal of all womanhood, the Blessed Mother of God; in joy and in sorrow, she will be your advocate at the throne of her Son."

"Jesus Christ, after having given us all he could give, that is to say, the merit of his toils, his sufferings, and bitter death; after having given us his adorable body and blood to be the food of our souls, willed also to give us the most precious thing he had let, which was his holy Mother,"

"When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant." 

**St. John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day - August 4 Universally known as the "Cure of Ars)," St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification.

Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested a imperturbable patience. He was a wonderworker loved by the crowds, but he retained a childlike simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ.

He heard confessions of people from all over the world for the sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925.

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