The Memorare

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 unto you,
O Virgin of virgins
my Mother;
to you I come,
before you I kneel,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of
the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your clemency
hear and answer me.

The Memorare, Latin for 'remember', is a powerful prayer invoking the intercession of the Blessed Mother. Many attribute the origin of this prayer to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th century Cistercian monk. However, Fr. Claude Bernard, a 15th century French priest gets credit for popularizing it. Some also believe that he may be the creator of the Memorare.