The day of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a day of universal joy, because through the Mother of God, the entire human race was renewed, and the sorrow of the first mother, Eve, was transformed into joy.
St. John Damascene
Prayer of Pope Pius IX
Re: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave us your Mother Mary,
whose renowned image we venerate,
to be a Mother ever ready to help us;
grant we beseech You,
that we who constantly implore her motherly aid,
may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of Your redemption,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.