The Memorare

The Memorare is a prayer to Mary, which was made popular in the 17th century by a French Roman Catholic priest, Fr Claud Bernard. It is an excerpt from a longer 15th-century prayer, "Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria."


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Words (full text) of the prayer:

Traditional:

Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection,
implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;
To Thee do I come, before thee I kneel, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
But in Thy mercy, hear and answer me.


Modern:

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 you, O virgin of virgins, my mother;
To you 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.

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