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How to celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on September 8: that is not the real birthday of Our Lady because we do not have authoritative information about the real date. Indeed The Church celebrated The Nativity of Mary in September since the V century.

Other Names for the Feast

The other names of the Feast are the Nativity of Mary, the Marymas, the Birth of the Virgin Mary and the Virgin Mary’s Birthday

How to celebrate the Nativity of Mary

It’s very easy to celebrate the Nativity of Mary, indeed

Time needed: 1 hour.

How To celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  1. Attend Mass

    Attend Mass in your favorite church! Better if one dedicated to the Nativity of Mary

  2. Say a Marian prayer

    Say a Marian prayer like The Hail Mary or The Memorare

  3. Participate in the Marian Procession

    Participate in a Marian Procession, if any

My funny memory about Marymas

I’d like to share one of my funny memories about the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. Above all, I really love the Feast since I was a young child. In particular, I especially loved the midnight fireworks from the bell tower.

I can tell you a silly story about that: once during these fireworks to celebrate the Nativity of Mary in my country village, some people said:

Now they are going to blow up the bell tower indeed

Hence, I spent about 6 years of my childhood feeling sorry for that poor priest who had to rebuild the bell tower every year!

Happy Birthday, Mary!

The Birth of Mary is really important because it is a prelude to the Coming of Christ: now you know how to say Happy Birthday, Mary!

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The Memorare

Needing help? Then pray The Memorare!

You need to know The Memorare, the prayer to The Blessed Virgin Mary, if you are looking for help. Indeed you’re in the right place, because I can help you and show you how to pray it step by step. For this reason, keep on reading!

Why to pray The Memorare

The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known of all the Marian prayers. Most importantly it’s considered one of the most powerful prayers at all.

I guess that you heard that St. Bernard of Clairvaux were the author of this prayer in the XII century, but while you can find some words in his writings, he probably did not compose it.

This opinion spreaded because another Bernard, the poor priest Father Claude Bernard widely spreaded this prayer to Holy Mother in the XVII century: his father taught him indeed but Father Claude Bernard really trusted The Memorare because he got well after a deathly illness where he prayed it.

Moreover, this prayer had appeared for the first time in the  XV century prayer “Ad sanctitatis tuae pedes, dulcissima Virgo Maria”.

The Memorare is a Heaven-Opener to grant graces

People praying the The Memorare got lots of Graces and Miracles, hence the prayer became extremely popular. Furthermore Pope Pius IX indulgenced it by in 1846, in other words praying it grants the forgiveness of sins.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta loved this prayer: she was not only used to often pray it but she he taught it to lot of people and for this reasons, during years, she got news of thousands of Graces.

As a result it is a miraculous and powerful prayer, hence lots call it Heaven-opener: indeed, if you need Mary’s help, pray The Memorare!

How to Pray The Memorare

Pray The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary in the right way with this How-to. I chose the Vatican version of the prayer because I like ancient English: you can read a modern one if you feel more comfortable.

Time needed: 1 minute.

How to Pray The Memorare

  1. Make the Sign of The Cross

    When you make The Sign Of The Cross, do it well: on the contrary, it would be useless. Hence, read how to make the Sign of The Cross!

  2. Say the words of the Miraculous Medal

    Begin saying The words of the Miraculous Medal
    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee

  3. Say The Memorare

    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 stand,
    sinful and sorrowful.

    O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
    despise not my petitions,
    but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


  4. Make the Sign of The Cross

The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary: Our Holy Mother in an oil painting illustration for your prayers

The Memorare in your language

You can pray The Memorare in your language if you feel more comfortable with it: above all you can get most of them on Vatican Site but furthermore, let me put here some!


The name “Memorare” comes from the first word in the original Latin version and it means “Remember“: the Latin version sounds musical, indeed!

o piissima Virgo Maria,
non esse auditum a saéculo
quémquam ad tua curréntem praesídia,
tua implorántem auxilla,
tua peténtem suffrágia,
esse derelictum.

Ego, tali animátus confidentia,
ad te, Virgo virginum, Mater,
curro, ad te venio, coram te,
gemens peccátor, adsisto.

Noli, Mater Verbi,
verba mea despicere,
sed audi propitia et exáudi.


It’s very difficult to find an Arabic version of The Memorare. Consider this one too!

تذكر ، يا مريم العذراء الكريمة ،
أنه لم يكن معروفًا أبدًا أن أي شخص هرب لحمايتك ،
طلب مساعدتك ، أو طلب شفاعتك ،
تُرك دون مساعدة.
مستوحاة من هذه الثقة ،
أطير إليك ، يا عذراء العذارى ، أمي. 60- إليك أتيت ، أمامك أقف ، خاطئًا وحزينًا.
يا أم الكلمة المتجسدة ،
لا تحتقرى التماساتى ،
ولكن برحمتك اسمعنى وأجبنى.


This is the simplified Chinese version of The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin Mary but you can use the traditional one too.





French version sounds great too.

Souvenez-vous, ô très miséricordieuse
Vierge Marie, qu’on n’a jamais entendu dire
qu’aucun de ceux qui avaient eu recours à
votre protection, imploré votre assistance,
réclamé votre secours, ait été abandonné.

Animé d’une pareille confiance, ô Vierge
des vierges, ô ma Mère, je cours vers vous
et, gémissant sous le poids de mes péchés, je
me prosterne à vos pieds

Ô Mère du Verbe,
ne méprisez pas mes prières, mais accueillez-
les favorablement et daignez les exaucer.


A strong version, indeed!

Gedenke, o gütigste Jungfrau Maria, es ist noch nie gehört worden, dass jemand, der zu dir seine Zuflucht nahm, deinen Beistand anrief und um deine Fürbitte flehte, von dir verlassen worden ist.

Von diesem Vertrauen beseelt, nehme ich meine Zuflucht zu dir, o Jungfrau der Jungfrauen, meine Mutter, zu dir komme ich, vor dir stehe ich als ein sündiger Mensch.

O Mutter des ewigen Wortes, verschmähe nicht meine Worte, sondern höre sie gnädig an und erhöre mich! Amen.


What a fascinating version of The Memorare!

याद कर, हे परम दयालु कुँवारी मरियम, कि यह कभी सुनने में नहीं आया

कि कोई तेरी मदद माँगने और तेरी विन्तियों की सहायता खोजने तेरे पास आया

और तुझसे असहाय छोड़ा गया हो।  

हे कुँवारियों की कुँवारी, हे मेरी माँ, इसी आसरे से मैं तेरे पास दौड़ आता हूँ,

और कराहते हुए पापी के रूप में तेरे सामने खड़ा हूँ।  

हे खीस्त की माँ, मेरी विनती अस्वीकार मत कर, पर दया से उसको सुन और पूरा कर।  



This version of The Memorare to The Blessed Virgin mary is nice but in Italy you often find this one too.

Ricordati, o piissima Vergine Maria, non essersi mai udito al mondo che alcuno abbia ricorso al tuo patrocinio, implorato il tuo aiuto, chiesto la tua protezione e sia stato abbandonato.

Animato da tale confidenza, a te ricorro, o Madre, Vergine delle Vergini, a te vengo e, peccatore contrito, innanzi a te mi prostro.

Non volere, o Madre del Verbo, disprezzare le mie preghiere, ma ascoltami propizia ed esaudiscimi. Amen.


The Memorare in Polish!

Pomnij, o Najświętsza Panno Maryjo,
że nigdy nie słyszano,
abyś opuściła tego,
kto się do Ciebie ucieka,
Twej pomocy wzywa,
Ciebie o przyczynę prosi.
Tą ufnością ożywiony, do Ciebie,
o Panno nad pannami i Matko,
biegnę, do Ciebie przychodzę,
przed Tobą jako grzesznik płaczący staję.
O Matko Słowa,
racz nie gardzić słowami moimi,
ale usłysz je łaskawie i wysłuchaj.


What an happy version!

Lembrai-vos, ó puríssima Virgem Maria, 
que nunca se ouviu dizer que algum 
daqueles que tenha recorrido à Vossa protecção, 
implorado a Vossa assistência e reclamado o Vosso socorro, 
fosse por Vós desamparado.

Animado eu, pois, de igual confiança, 
a Vós, Virgem entre todas singular, 
como a Mãe recorro, de Vós me valho, 
e, gemendo sob o peso dos meus pecados, 
me prostro aos Vossos pés.

Não desprezeis as minhas súplicas, 
ó Mãe do Filho de Deus humanado, 
mas dignai- Vos de as ouvir propícia 
e de me alcançar o que Vos rogo. Ámen


it’s difficult to find a Russian version of The Memorare to Holy Mother

Помни, о милостивая Дева Мария,
никогда не было известно, что кто-либо, спасаясь от твоей защиты,
умолял тебя о помощи или просил твоего заступничества,
остался без помощи.
Вдохновленный этой уверенностью,
я лечу к тебе, о девственница, моя Мать.
Я иду к тебе, пред тобой стою, грешный и печальный.
О Мать воплощенного Слова,
не презирай мои прошения,
, но по своей милости выслушай меня и ответь мне.


I like this one too!

oh piadosísima Virgen María, 
que jamás se ha oído decir 
que ninguno de los que han acudido 
a tu protección, 
implorando tu asistencia 
y reclamando tu socorro, 
haya sido abandonado de ti.

Animado con esta confianza, 
a ti también acudo, oh Madre, 
Virgen de las vírgenes, 
y aunque gimiendo 
bajo el peso de mis pecados, 
me atrevo a comparecer 
ante tu presencia soberana.

No deseches mis humildes súplicas, 
oh Madre del Verbo divino, 
antes bien, escúchalas 
y acógelas benignamente. Amén

The Memorare

Indeed, The Memorare is a powerful prayer to use when you need help, graces or miracles and so, after my tutorial, you know how to pray it: thus pray it, teach it, spread it and do not forget to ask Mary’s help accordingly!

Pray The Memorare! The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medugorje in front of the Church of Saint James

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