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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.

    Amen

  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!

Latin

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

Memoráre,
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.
Amen

Arabic

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.
آمين.

Chinese

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

吁!至仁慈的童贞玛利亚,请垂念:从未有人向你求保护、求救援、求转达,而未得到所求的。

吁!童身之圣童身者,我们母亲,我怀着这依恃的心,投奔于你。我虽有罪,但我现在忏悔,俯伏于你台前。

吁!降生的圣言之母,别拒绝我的请求,但求你仁慈地俯听我。阿们。

French

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.
Amen.

German

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.

Hindi

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।  

आमेन।

Italian

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.

Polish

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.
Amen.

Portuguese

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

Russian

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.
АминьВикипедия

Spanish

I like this one too!

Acordaos, 
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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The Real Story behind The Miraculous Medal

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal.

Why?

What is the Miraculous Medal?

What is The Miraculous Medal?

During Tokyo OIympic medal ceremony, Hilidyn Diaz wore the Miraculous Medal: you can read my previous post about it. The Miraculous Medal is a devotional medal

But there is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal.

Surely, it’s not a good luck charm.

Saint Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

Between July and December 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré on three occasions.

Sister Catherine was a novice of the Daughters of Charity in the convent on the rue du Bac in Paris.

The Second Apparition: the Miraculous Medal

The Second Apparition on November 27, 1830: at 5.30 p.m. The Blessed Virgin appeared to Sister Catherine in the chapel.

Catherine saw something like two living paintings: notably one fading into the other.

In the first image, Our Lady stood in a white silk dress upon a half-globe: her feet crushing a serpent.

The Blessed Virgin held a small golden globe topped with a cross.

Mary lifted it up toward heaven. 

The Blessed Virgin said “This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person.

In the second image, beautiful rays of light stream from the Blessed Virgin’s open hands. 

Sister Catherine heard : “These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.

Then an oval formed around the apparition. Catherine saw in a semi-circle this invocation in gold letters: “O Marie conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”).

Sister Catherine heard “Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.

Finally, the image turned.

Then Catherine saw the reverse side of the medal.

The letter M topped with a little cross and two hearts below: one crowned with thorns (the Sacred Heart of Jesus) and the other pierced by a sword (the Immaculate Heart of Mary).

After The Third Apparition

The Third Apparition in December 1830: The same image of the medal appeared near the tabernacle. “These rays are the symbol of the graces that the Blessed Virgin obtains for those who ask them of her…You will not see me anymore.

Later, Sister Catherine was assigned to the Hospice of Enghein to care for elderly men: she still felt that the medal must be struck.

The medal was minted and shared: it led to such gifts of grace that it came to be called “The Miraculous Medal.”

In particular during cholera epidemic of 1832, the Daughters of Charity began to distribute the first 2000 medals. Cures accumulated. Protection from the disease spreaded. Conversions happened.  That was overwhelming.  When released, the medal was called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. The people of Paris began to call the medal “miraculous.” (in French, Médaille Miraculeuse)

Why you should wear the Miraculous Medal?

Three intimately connected aspects come from the sentence on the Miraculous Medal : “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.

Mary’s identity is explicitly revealed to us: the Virgin Mary is immaculate from the moment of her conception. The power behind her intercession for those who pray to her comes from the privilege derived from the merits of the Passion of her Son Jesus Christ.

This is the reason why the Virgin invites everyone to have recourse to her in the difficulties of life.

Again: There is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal. Then again: It’s not an amulet, it’s not a good luck charm.


I should visit the Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse  indeed! Coming with me?


Photos

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You can read my previous post about Hidilyn Diaz here

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.


The Miraculous Medal at Olympic Games

Philippines’ first ever gold medallist wearing The Miraculous Medal inspires the world with her victory and Catholic devotion

Philippines sent its first Olympic delegation to Paris for the 1924 Olympic Games: after nearly 100 years, last July 26th weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the 55-kilogram category.  And she wore the Miraculous Medal.

She set an Olympic record with a combined weight total of 224 kilograms across two successful lifts too.

You can imagine what this meant for her and for all people in Philippines.

It was not an easy journey: a poor financial support and the need for money, a broken knee that nearly ended her career, a link to an alleged conspiracy against the President and the fear for her safety, the diet problems to change category and finally the COVID-19 limiting her training.

But there’s something more than rising out of a childhood marked by poverty to pursue dreams at the highest level: there’s her Faith in God.

The Faith in God: the Miraculous Medal

Hidilyn Diaz is the fifth of six children. She is the daughter of poor tricycle driver.

After her final lift she clutched at her Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary hanging from her neck. Some friends gave it to her before Japan: they prayed the Novena!

The Novena is a Catholic spiritual devotion: it consists of the recitation of a set form of prayer for nine consecutive days. Hidilyn Diaz did the Novena too.

For her, it was the first time to successfully lift that much weight: she was never able to get it! Neither during training!

National Anthem playing, Hidilyn Diaz was wearing two medals: the Olympic Gold medals and the Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She was quoted as repeating: “Thank you, Lord, thank you, Lord”.

She did a Sign of the Cross towards the end of the medals ceremony.

Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO
BOLOGNA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 18, 2019 statue of The Miraculous Medal at stand of ART DEMETZ in DEVOTIO, Religious products and service exhibition

Lifting souls

The Miraculous medal also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception had its beginnings in 1830: a novitiate, St. Catherine Labouré was visited by the Virgin Mary. You can read all the story here.

Hidilyn Diaz is a weightlifter, indeed: in fact she lifted the spirits of Philippines and Catholics all over the world.

Hidilyn Diaz: Proud to be Filipino and Catholic.


Photos

The photos in this post come from our catalog. If you need them without watermarks for your projects, get a license. Here are the links: click to download them


You can read my post about The Miraculous Medal here.

And you can read my post about The Novena of the Miraculous Medal here.