May 8th: Special Prayer to the Blessed Mother

The celebrated image of Our Lady of the Rosary at Pompeii.

The celebrated image of Our Lady of the Rosary at Pompeii.

Tomorrow, May 8th, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, celebrated with particular solemnity at the great Basilica-Shrine in that town just south of Naples (which sits in the shadow of the active volcano, Mount Vesuvius).

The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be there to celebrate Solemn Mass and recite the famous “Supplica” prayer, which every year is recited on May 8th and the first Sunday of October at 12noon. It is an extremely beautiful prayer, written by Blessed Bartolo Longo who, if you recall from my previous mentions of him on the blog, had been a satanic priest and, through the rosary, had a total conversion to Catholicism and lived the rest of his life promoting this great prayer.

Longo would be the one to have this great shrine in Pompeii built in honor of the Most Holy Rosary, enshrining in it the image of Our Lady that has come to be associated with it, and to which great miracles have been attributed.

This prayer, which is written in a beautiful and old-fashioned rather baroque Italian, is presented below in English translation. I used an existing translation and fixed several errors in it, also updating the language a bit so that words like “vouchsafe” and “thou/thee/thy” might not get in the way of understanding it and truly offering it as a prayer to the Blessed Mother. (Even though I happen to like such language in old prayers!)

Thousands of people will gather to recite this prayer in Pompeii and elsewhere at 12noon Italian time on Thursday, May 8th (that’s 6am Eastern Time and 5am Central Time). Hopefully, with my posting it here a bit in advance of the day, many of you will be able to recite it also, at whatever time of the day, uniting yourself with all of those who honor our Blessed Mother in that special place, and also offering her the special devotion that is her due during this month of May.

A blurry cell phone photo that I took of the famous image when I visited the Shrine with friends last year.

A blurry cell phone photo that I took of the famous image when I visited the Shrine with friends last year.

SUPPLICATION TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF POMPEII (ITALY)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O august Queen of victories, Virgin who reigns in Paradise, whose mighty name causes heaven to rejoice and hell to tremble; O glorious Queen of the most holy rosary: we, your favored children, chosen by your goodness in this century to build you a temple at Pompeii, kneeling at your feet on this most solemn day to commemorate your latest triumphs over the domain of idols and demons, do pour out with tears the feelings of our hearts, and with a childlike confidence lay before you our miseries.

From that throne of mercy where you sit as Queen, O Mary, turn your merciful eyes upon us, our families, on Italy, on Europe, and upon the whole Church; look with compassion upon the afflictions that overwhelm us and the cares that embitter our lives. See, O Mother, how many dangers of soul and body surround us; how many calamities and afflictions press upon us! O Mother, hold back your indignant Son’s arm of justice, and conquer by your mercy the hearts of sinners: for they are our brethren and your children, bought with the blood of our sweet Jesus and the wounds of your most tender heart, pierced with the sword. Today, show yourself to all as you are: Queen of peace and of pardon.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy…

V/. Grant that I may praise you, O sacred Virgin.
R/. Give me strength against your enemies.
V/. Pray for us, Queen of the most holy rosary.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

It is true – it is true! – that we first of all, though your children, crucify Jesus again in our hearts, and wound anew your heart by our sins. Yes, we confess: we deserve the severest of chastisements! Yet remember how you, atop Golgotha, did receive the last drops of that divine blood and the testament of our dying Redeemer. And this testament of a God, sealed with the blood of a Man-God, appointed you as our Mother, the Mother of sinners. Thus, as our Mother, you are our Advocate and our Hope. To you, amidst sighs, do we lift up our hands, crying for mercy!

Have pity, good Mother, have pity on us: on our souls, on our families, on our relations, on our friends, on our departed brethren, and above all, on our enemies; and on so many who claim the name of Christian, yet wound the loving heart of your Son. Pity, O Mother! We implore you today for pity on erring nations, on all Europe, on the whole world: may it turn in repentance to your heart. Be merciful to all, O Mother of mercy!

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy…

V/. Grant that I may praise you, O sacred Virgin.
R/. Give me strength against your enemies.
V/. Pray for us, Queen of the most holy rosary.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

What does it cost you, O Mary, to hear us? What does it cost you to save us? Did not Jesus entrust to your hands all of the treasures of His graces and mercies? You sit as Queen at the right hand of your Son, crowned with immortal glory, above all the choirs of angels. You extend your dominion as far as the heavens expand; and to you the earth and all the creatures that inhabit it are subject. Your power reaches even to hell; and you alone, O Mary, can rescue us from Satan’s hands.

You are almighty by grace, and therefore you can save us. Even if you tell us that you will not help us because we are ungrateful children and unworthy of your protection, at least tell us to whom we can go to be released from so many evils!

But no! Your maternal heart will never bear to see the ruin of your children. Both the divine Child whom we behold on your knees and the mystical rosary that we admire in your hand inspire in us the hope that we will be heard. And full of confidence in you, we throw ourselves at your feet, we abandon ourselves as feeble children into the arms of the tenderest of mothers and today – this very day – we expect from you the graces for which we long.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy…

V/. Grant that I may praise you, O sacred Virgin.
R/. Give me strength against your enemies.
V/. Pray for us, Queen of the most holy rosary.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us ask Mary for her blessing.

We now ask of you, O Queen, a final favor, which you cannot refuse on this solemn day. Grant to all of us your constant love, and in a special manner, your maternal blessing. No, we will not leave your feet today nor cease clasping your knees until you have blessed us. Bless now, O Mary, the sovereign Pontiff; to the ancient honors of your crown and to the immortal triumphs of the rosary, in which you are called Queen of Victories, add also this one, O Mother: grant triumph to religion and peace to human society. Bless our bishop, the priests, and particularly those who zealously work for the honor of your Shrine.

Bless, finally, all those who are associated with your new Temple at Pompeii, and who practice and spread devotion to your most holy rosary .

O blessed rosary of Mary – sweet chain that unites us to God, bond of love that joins us to the angels, tower of safety against the assaults of hell, safe harbor amidst the common shipwreck – never more shall we leave you. You will be our comfort in the hour of agony; to you, the last kiss of our life. And the last sound from our lifeless lips shall be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of the Valley of Pompeii! O Mother dear! O only refuge of sinners! O supreme comforter of the afflicted! May you everywhere be blessed, now and for ever, on earth and in heaven. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy…

V/. Grant that I may praise you, O sacred Virgin.
R/. Give me strength against your enemies.
V/. Pray for us, Queen of the most holy rosary.
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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2 Responses to May 8th: Special Prayer to the Blessed Mother

  1. Edith Robus says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful prayer. Will be saying it tomorrow. God Bless! Edith

  2. Cathy Johnson says:

    Father Joseph Kentenick read an article of the shrine that Bl. Bartolo Longo built and was inspired to do the same in Germany. That was the start of the world-wide Schoenstatt Movement which will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Oct. 18, 2014. It will be televised live on EWTN. Pope Francis granted a plenary indulgence to anyone visiting a Schoenstatt Shrine anywhere in the world (there are 10 in the U.S.A.). There is a shrine in Rome where St. John Paul used to visit. A picture showing a pilgrim Schoenstatt shrine on the bedstand in Pope Francis’ room is making the rounds.

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