Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the Devil was never able to tie you around with his confusion. Once with your son, you interceded for our difficulties, and, full of kindness and patience, you gave us [an] example of how to untie the knots of our life. And by remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order, and make more clear, the ties that link us to the Lord. Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother, to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks. Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Prayer attributed to Pope Francis when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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. Amen.