Marian Prayer of Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
(Pontiff 1879-1903)

As a little child,
I loved you like a mother.
Now that I am old,
my love for you has grown.
Receive me in heaven
as one of the blessed,
and I will proclaim
that I have obtained
such a great prize
through your patronage.


*about Pope Leo XIII (Latin: Leo PP. XIII, Italian: Leone XIII; 2 March 1810 – 20 July 1903), born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, was the head of the Catholic Church from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903. He was the oldest pope (reigning until the age of 93), and had the third longest pontificate, behind Pius IX (his immediate predecessor) and John Paul II. He is the most recent Pope to date to take the name "Leo" upon being elected as Pope.

He is known for intellectualism, the development of social teachings with his encyclical Rerum Novarum and his attempts to define the position of the Church with regard to modern thinking. He influenced Roman Catholic Mariology and promoted both the rosary and the scapular. He issued a record eleven encyclicals on the rosary, approved two new Marian scapulars and was the first Pope to fully embrace the concept of Mary as mediatrix.

source:Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer
Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996

photo:Madonna with Child, and Angels detail
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