Pray

I received news today of a priest who is very gravely ill. I won’t say who, where, what, etc., because I don’t have enough details myself and I don’t know about he and his family’s privacy concerns, or how public the whole thing is. Please just pray.

Today is the local feast day of the “Mary” of my school, the “Madonna dell’Apollinare”, here in Rome, and on the holy card that I picked up today at the Basilica that is attached to my university, the Memorare is printed on the back. So, below: the image of that “Mary”, and also the Memorare. Say it with me.

Mother and Child, enthroned between Saints Peter and Paul. On the base of the throne there is a Latin inscription begging help against the plague that struck Rome in 1657. The image itself dates originally from 1400s.

Fresco of the Madonna dell’Apollinare and Child, enthroned between Saints Peter and Paul. On the base of the throne there is a Latin inscription begging help against the plague that struck Rome in 1657. The image itself dates originally from 1400s.

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.

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