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A PRAYER TO
OUR LADY OF POMPEII
(To be prayed on the 8th of May
and the first Sunday in October.)


In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and or the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

I.


O august Queen of victories,
Virgin who reignest in paradise,
whose mighty name causes Heaven to rejoice
and hell to tremble,
O glorious Queen of the most holy Rosary,
we, thy happy children chosen by thy goodness
in this century to build thee a temple at Pompeii,
kneeling at thy feet on this solemn day
to commemorate thy latest triumphs
on the spot where idols and demons
were formerly worshipped,
we pour out with tears
the feelings of our hearts
and with a filial confidence
lay before thee our miseries.

From that throne of mercy
where thou sittest as Queen,
o Mary, turn down thy pitiful eyes on us,
on our families,
on Italy, on Europe,
and the whole Church;
take into pity the afflictions
which overwhelm us
and the cares which embitter our life.
Thou seest, o Mother,
how many dangers of soul and body,
how many calamities
and afflictions press upon us.

O Mother,
keep back the arm of justice
of thy indignant Son,
and conquer by thy mercy
the hearts of sinners,
since they are our brethren and thy children,
redeemed through the blood of our sweet Jesus
and through the wounds of thy most tender heart
pierced with the sword.
Show thyself to all in this day,
as thou art,
the Queen of peace and mercy.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
Give me strength against thy enemies.
Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

II.


It is but too true that we,
although thy children,
are the first who crucify Jesus in our hearts
and wound anew thy heart by our sins.
We confess it,
we deserve the severest chastisements;
yet remember how thou didst receive,
on the top of Golgotha,
the last drops of that Divine blood,
and the testament of our dying Redeemer.
And this testament of a God,
sealed with the blood of a Man-God,
appointed thee our Mother,
the Mother of sinners.
Thus, as our Mother,
thou art our Advocate and our Hope.
To thee, amidst sighs,
do we lift up our hands,
crying for mercy!

Have pity, good mother,
have pity on us,
on our souls,
on our families,
on our relations,
on our friends,
on our departed brethren,
above all, on our enemies,
and on so many who claim the name of Christians,
yet wound the loving heart of thy Son.
Pity, o Mother,
we now implore thee for pity on the erring nations,
on all Europe,
on the whole world,
that they may repair repentant to thy heart.
Be merciful to all, o Mother of mercy.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
Give me strength against thy enemies.
Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

III.


What does it cost thee, o Mary, to hear us?
What does it cost thee to save us?
Did not Jesus entrust to thy hands
all the treasures of His graces and mercies?
Thou sittest as Queen
at the right hand of thy Son,
crowned with immortal glory,
above all the choirs of angels.
Thou extendest thy dominion
as far as the heavens expand,
the earth and all the creatures
that people it are subject to thee.
Thy power even reaches hell;
and thou alone, O Mary,
canst rescue us from the devil's grasp.
Thou art almighty by grace,
and therefore thou canst save us.
Now if you sayest thou wilIest not help us
because we are ungrateful children
and unworthy of thy protection,
tell us at least
to whom shall we have recourse
in order to be released from so many evils?
Oh! No, thy maternal heart will never bear to see
the ruin of thy children.
The Divine Child we behold on thy knees,
the mystical crown we admire in thy hand,
both inspire us with hope that we will be heard.
And full of confidence in thee,
we throw ourselves at thy feet,
we trust ourselves as feeble children
into the arms of the tenderest
amongst mothers and today, this very day,
we expect from thee the graces we are longing for.

Hail, Queen, Mother of mercy,
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
Give me strength against thy enemies.
Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us ask Mary for her blessing.

We now ask of thee, O Queen,
a last favour which thou canst not refuse on this solemn day.
Grant to all of us thy constant love
and in a special manner thy maternal blessing.
No, we will not leave thy feet today
nor cease clasping thy knees
till thou hast blessed us.
Bless now, o Mary,
the sovereign Pontiff:
to the first laurels of thy crown,
to the ancient trophies of the Rosary,
whence thou art called Queen of victories,
add also this one, o Mother,
grant triumph to religion
and peace to mankind.
Bless our bishop,
the priests
and particularly those who promote
the honour of thy Sanctuary;
bless finally all those who are associated
to thy new temple of Pompeii
and who practice
and spread devotion to thy most holy rosary.

O blessed rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which unites us to God,
bond of love,
which connects us with the angels,
tower of safety against the assaults of hell,
sure harbour in the universal shipwreck,
never more shall we part with thee;
thou shall be our comfort in the hour of agony:
to thee the last kiss of our life;
and the last word of our dying lips
shall be thy sweet name,
O Queen of the Rosary of Valle di Pompei.
Mother dear,
only refuge of sinners,
supreme comforter of the afflicted,
blessed be thy name,
now and forever,
on earth and in heaven.

Amen.

Hail; Queen, Mother of mercy,
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
Give me strength against thy enemies.
Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
[This prayer has been approved by the Congregation of rites, and Leo XIII has granted an indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines to those who devoutly recite it on the 8th of May or on the first Sunday in October. (Rescript of June 18th, 1887).]



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