The Memorare


The Memorare is a popular prayer addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, that asks for her help and intercession. The prayer is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The term memorare comes from the first words of the prayer in Latin.

Memorare in English


O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help,

or sought thine intercession,

was leftunaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

I fly unto thee,

O Virgin ofvirgins, my mother;

to thee do I come,

before thee I stand, sinfuland sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not mypetitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


Memorae in Latin

O piissima VirgoMaria,

non esse auditum a saeculo,

quemquam ad tua currentempraesidia,

tua implorantem auxilia,

tua petentem suffragia,

esse derelictum.

Ego tali animatus confidentia,

ad te,

Virgo Virginum, Mater,curro,

ad te venio,

coram te gemens peccator assisto.

Noli,Mater Verbi,

verba mea despicere;

sed audi propitia et exaudi.