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.
Fresco in Holy Trinity Parish Church in Schwarzenberg, by Angelica Kauffmann, 1757
Prayer to Saint Matthew, the Apostle
O Glorious Saint Matthew,
through the grace of God our Father
you gave us the Holy Gospel,
which brings us joy and life.
Inspired by your example,
I ask for your assistance in all my needs.
Help me to follow Christ
and remain faithful to His service.
Virgin of Sorrow Surrounded by Angels, by Christoph Unterberger, 1780
Prayer to Our Mother of Sorrows
Our mother of sorrows,
with strength from above you stood by the cross,
sharing in the sufferings of Jesus,
and with tender care you bore Him in your arms,
mourning and weeping.
We praise you for your faith,
which accepted the life God planned for you.
We praise you for your hope,
which trusted that God would do great things in you.
We praise you for your love,
in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.
may we follow your example,
and stand by all your children
who need comfort and love.
Mother of God,
stand by us in our trials
and care for us in our many needs.
Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.