Companion in Illness:
Prayers to Mary, the Mother of God

Ancient Prayer to the Virgin Mary

We turn to you for protection,
holy Mother of God.
Listen to our prayers
and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger,
glorious and blessed Virgin.



Remember, most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turned to you for help
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I turn to you for protection
for you are my mother.

Mother of the Word of God,
do not despise my words of pleading,
but be merciful and hear my prayer.

Mother of Sorrows

O 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 he would do
great things for you.
We praise you for your love,
in bearing, with Jesus,
the sorrows of his passion.

Holy Mary,
may we follow your example
and stand by all our 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. Amen.

Prayer in Sickness

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
and my Mother,
I come before you
in the knowledge that you will help me.

My faith tells me so
and my heart makes sure of this.

In my sickness,
and in the midst of my suffering,
I often call out to you: "Mother!"

Just saying this word
makes me feel better.

When I feel misunderstood and all alone,
I know that you are with me
and that you love me.

Help me, Mary,
and when I am well let me love God more.

Overview: Prayer in Illness
Simple Prayers Prayers in Sickness Everyday Prayers
The Wisdom of Scripture Mary and Prayer in Sickness
Thoughts from a Physician Why Suffering?
Index Page

Jesus, Crucified

Prayer books and commentary provided by
Passionist Publications and Fr Victor Hoagland, C.P.
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