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MARIAN PRAYER OF
SAINT JOHN AUGUSTINE
(Lived A.D. 354-430)


Blessed Virgin Mary,
who can worthily repay you
with praise and thanksgiving
for rescuing a fallen world
by your generous consent?
What songs of praise
can our weak human nature
offer in your honour,
since it was through you
that it has found the way to salvation?

Accept then such poor thanks
as we have to offer,
unequal though they be to your merits.
Receive our gratitude
and obtain by your prayers
the forgiveness of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.

May the sins we repentantly bring
before Almighty God
through you be forgiven.
May what we beg with confidence
be granted through you.
Accept our offering
and grant our request;
obtain pardon for what we fear,
for you are the sole hope of sinners.
We hope to obtain the pardon of our sins through you.
Blessed Lady,
in you is our hope of reward.

Holy Mary, help those who are miserable,
strengthen those who are discouraged,
comfort those who are sorrowful,
pray for your people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you
experience your assistance and protection.

Be ready to aid us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern
to pray for the People of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy
to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever.

Amen.



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