St. Vincent de Paul, by Gabriel von Hackl, 1897
Prayer to Saint Vincent de Paul
Almighty God, who called your servant
Vincent de Paul to serve You in the
Person of those in need:
Grant that we, following his example,
may fulfill your commandments
by defending and supporting the poor,
and by loving You with all our hearts,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, One God,
for ever and ever.
The Virgin in Prayer, by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 1640-1650
Mother of Compassion
O Holy Virgin, in the midst of all your glory,
we ask you not to forget the sorrows of this world.
Cast a look of pity upon all who
struggle against life’s difficulties,
and who cease not to feel all its bitterness.
Have pity on all who have been separated
from those they love.
Have pity on the lonely and friendless.
Pardon the weakness of our faith.
Have pity on those whom we love.
O Holy Mother, show a mother’s compassion
toward the sorrowful
and those who tremble under life’s afflictions.
Give them hope and peace.