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Prayers to Virgin Mary

From the Church’s beginnings, prayers to Virgin Mary have held a place of honor for
Here are some of the most fundamental and majestic.
These prayers to Virgin Mary take varied forms. Most of them combine:

• Prayers to God, modeled after the faith of Mary.

• Meditations on the Incarnation, Mary’s unique role in salvation history, or her
perfect examples of virtues like faith, humility, and charity.
• Prayers to Mary, asking for her help and protection.

Like all prayers to Saints, our prayers to Virgin Mary rely on the Saints’ special power
to intercede for us before Christ and the Father. But since Mary has a unique role in
salvation, and a unique relationship to the Trinity, our prayers to the Blessed Virgin also
rely on her special power of intercession.
When we pray to Mary, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends
his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus’ mother into our
homes, for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her.
The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope.”
(Catechism, 2679)
“Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church
loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things
the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her.” (Catechism,
This is a collection of some of the more cherished Catholic prayers to Virgin Mary.

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, of thy womb, Jesus.
Full of Grace, Holy Mary,
The Lord is with Thee. Mother of God,
Blessed art thou among women, Pray for us sinners now,
and blessed is the fruit and at the hour of death.
Remember, O most gracious virgin Mary, that never was it known that
anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy
intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my
Mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O
Mother of the word incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but in thy
mercy, hear and answer me.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do
we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and
weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy
toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we
may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

The Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity forever.