Prayers of Pope John XXIII to Mary

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) (Pontiff 1958-1963)


Prayer of Love for Mary

Holy Immaculate Mary, help all who are in trouble. Give courage to the faint-hearted, console the sad, heal the infirm, pray for the people, intercede for the clergy, have a special care for nuns; may all feel, all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance, all who now and always render and will render, you honor, and will offer you their petitions. Hear all our prayers, O Mother, and grant them all. We are all your children: Grant the prayers of your children.
Amen forever.


O Mary, your name has been on my lips and in my heart from my early infancy. When I was a child I learned to love you as a Mother, turn to you in danger, and trust your intercession. You see in my heart the desire to know the truth, to practice virtue, to be prudent and just, strong and patient, a brother to all.

O Mary, help me to keep to my purpose of living as a faithful disciple of Jesus, for the building up of the Christian society and the joy of the holy Catholic Church. I greet you, Mother, morning and evening; I pray to you as I go on my way; from you I hope for the inspiration and encouragement that will enable me to fulfill the sacred promises of my earthly vocation, give glory to God, and win eternal salvation. O Mary! Like you in Bethlehem and on Golgotha, I too wish to stay always close to Jesus. He is the eternal King of all ages and all peoples. Amen.

A Marian Prayer Book: A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations, edited by Pamela Moran
Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, p. 228-9

As well as

Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions, Richard J. Beyer
Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 138. BX2160.2 B46 1996


O Mary, you are praying for us, you are always praying for us. We know it, we feel it. Oh what joy and truth, what sublime glory, in this heavenly and human interchange of sentiments, words and actions, which the rosary always brings us: the tempering of our human afflictions, the foretaste of the peace that is not of this world, the hope of eternal life!

A Marian Prayer Book: A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations, edited by Pamela Moran
Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, p. 228-9

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