Most holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, although unworthy to be thy servant, yet moved by thy wonderful compassion and by my desire to serve thee, I now choose thee, in the presence of my Guardian Angel and of the whole Heavenly court, as my advocate and mother. I resolve always to love and serve thee for the future and to do whatever I can to lead others to love and serve thee. I ask thee, Mother of God, by the Blood which thy Son shed for me, to receive me as thy servant. Assist me in all my thoughts, words, and actions in every moment of my life, so that every step I take and every breath I breathe may be directed to the glory of God. Through thy powerful intercession, may I turn from sin and never offend Jesus. May my life give glory and honour to Him. With thee, may I praise Him forever in Heaven. My Mother Mary, I recommend my soul to thee now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Prostrated at thy feet, and humiliated by my sins, but full of confidence in thee, O Mary! I beg thee to accept the petition my heart is going to make. It is for my last moments, Dear Mother I wish to request thy protection and maternal love so that in the decisive instant thou wilt do all thy love can suggest on my behalf.

To thee, O Mother of my soul, I consecrate THE LAST TWO HOURS of my life. Come to my side to receive my last breath and when death has cut the thread of my days, tell Jesus, presenting to Him my soul, “I LOVE IT.”

That word alone will be enough to procure for me the benediction of my God and the happiness of seeing thee for all eternity.

I put my trust in thee, my Mother and hope it will not be in vain.

O Mary! pray for thy child and lead me to Jesus! Amen.


Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help


O Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us your Mother Mary, whose renowned image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us; grant we beseech You, that we who constantly implore her motherly aid, may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of Your redemption, Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.


Mary’s powerful intercession on our behalf is expressed so beautifully by this great prayer, the Memorare, of St Bernard (who was so deeply loved by St Alphonsus!):


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen!