Memorare (Remember…) Prayer* (English/Latin)
O most gracious Virgin Mary, o piisima Virgo Maria,
that never was it known non esse auditum a saeculo,
that any one who fled to thy protection, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia,
implored thy help tua implorantem auxilia,
or sought thy intercession, tua petentem suffragia
was left unaided. esse derelictum.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, Ego tali animatus confidentia
O Virgin of virgins and Mother; O Virgo virginum et Mater;
to thee do I come, curro; ad te venio,
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; coram te gemens peccator assisto;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, O Mater Verbi,
despise not my petitions, noli verba mea despicere,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me. sed audi propitia et exaudi.
*Traditionally, this prayer has been attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux and used extensively by Father Claude Bernard during the 17th century to help poor sinners and hardened criminals repent and accept the love of Our Merciful Lord via the intercession of His Virgin Mother. This prayer was instrumental in helping St. Francis De Sales cope with a deep emotional turmoil described similarly as a ‘dark night of the soul’ by St. John of the Cross. This mental darkness so grieved the saintly Francis De Sales that he feared losing his faith and all hope. Then, while kneeling at the altar rail of a church he read the words of “The Memorare” and he began to regain his mental composure thanks to the graces of Heaven. As a result, he recommended this prayer to many members of his flock.