Zenit, the on-line news agency covering events of the Church in Rome, offered the following gift of prayer to its readers today to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother. (See (Zenit.org)
Zenit writes: “There is a Marian prayer that is recited daily by millions of people entitled the Memorare (which means "remembrance") the text of which is believed to have been written by the Cistercian monk, Bernard of Clairvaux. The Catholic Church grants a partial indulgence for those who devoutly recite the memorare. It is said that in order to receive a grace, the prayer should be recited at least nine times consecutively.”
The following is the prayer:
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 with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to thee do 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. Amen.
This is a wonderful prayer for the Advent Season. Our Sisters pray it daily at the end of our Evening Prayer. It was one of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s favorites.