Prayers of Pope Pius X to Mary

POPE PIUS X (1835-1914) (Pontiff 1903-1914)

O Most Holy Virgin

Most holy Virgin, who pleased our Lord and became his mother, Virgin Immaculate in your body and soul, in your body and soul, in your faith and love, at this solemn jubilee of the promulgation of the dogma which proclaimed you to the entire world as conceived without sin, look kindly on us unfortunate ones who implore your powerful protection. The infernal serpent, upon whom the primeval curse was laid, continues, alas, to attack and tempt the hapless children of Eve. Ah! Do you, our blessed Mother, our Queen and Advocate, who at the first moment of your conception did crush the enemy's head, do you gather together our prayers and we beseech you (our hearts one with yours) present them before God's throne, that we may never allow ourselves to be caught in the snares laid for us, but that we may reach the portal of salvation, and that the Church and Christian society may once more chant the hymn of deliverance, of victory and of peace. Amen.

Composed for the fiftieth anniversary of the definition of the Immaculate Conception, September 8, 1903.

– Papal Teachings: Our Lady, [selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul] Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 165. BT597.C29

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