Mary, Help of Christians Prayer Card

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Also available as a print, notecard and book mark.  Prayer:

Prayer To Our Lady, Help Of Christians

By St. John Bosco

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.
Amen.
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This image is taken from the Bascilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus, Wisconsin.  This national shrine has been a site for pilgrims for many years.  Crutches line the entry way from many people who have been healed by making their petitions there.

Mary, Help of Christians is a Marian devotion with a feast day celebrated on May 24. Saint John Chrysostom was the first person to use this Marian title in year 345 as a devotion to the Virgin Mary. Don Bosco also propagated Marian devotion under this title.

The title of Mary Help of Christians is associated with the defense of Christian Europe (Latin and Greek), the north of Africa and the Middle East from non-Christian peoples during the Middle Age. In 1572, the Islamic Ottoman Empire intended to invade Christian Europe. Pope Pius V called Christian armies from all over Europe to defend the continent and asked the believers to pray to Mary in order to defeat the Muslim Turks. The Christian victory was attributed to the intercession of Mary under this title.

Pope Leo XIII granted a Canonical coronation towards the Marian image bearing the same title on 17 May 1903, now enshrined within the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. Pope Benedict XVI during his Regina Caeli papal address on 24 May 2009 invoked this Marian patronage, under the venerated title of Our Mother of Sheshan, calling for Chinese Catholics to renew their fidelity to the Pope as the sole successor of Saint Peter.

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