“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of Saint John Vianney

Saint John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests, notably known as the Curé of Ars, is a saint that I have drawn from many times in my writings. His simple yet profound sayings have impacted me in the course of my life, most especially the last twelve years or so. I was first introduced to him in 2006, then in 2009, I was reintroduced through a small booklet with many of his quotes contained in it. If you are unfamiliar with this great French saint, I would encourage you to read more about him. To read my other post about him and the Blessed Mother, read that one here.

St. John Vianney was asked once how long he loved Our Lady, his response, “I loved her almost before I could know her.” If I was a betting man, I imagine many of the saints would say the same exact thing about the Blessed Virgin Mary. So, for today’s “Mondays with Mary”, here is a Marian Prayer written by the Curé of Ars –

O most holy Virgin, Mary, who evermore stands before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to your most beloved Son; pray for in all my necessities; help me, protect me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the tempting enemy.

When I can no longer say: “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands,” I ask you to say it to me; when I can longer hear human words of consolation, comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged, and if I have to atone for my sins in purgatory, pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed vision of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with you: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and you for all eternity. Amen. (Split into two paragraphs for easier reading).

 O, Most Blessed Virgin Mary…Pray for Us

Saint John Vianney…Pray for Us

The Top 5 “Mondays with Mary” over the Past Month

For this week’s “Mondays with Mary”, I provide for you the Top 5 blog posts over the past month in the hopes that you will read them again, if you did not get the chance when they first published, as well as share them with your family and friends via email or social media.  Studying and reflecting on Marian theology is important to the life of every Christian. The more we come to know Mary; the more we come to know Jesus Christ. Mariology leads us into a deeper understanding of Christology.

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in his co-authored with Hans Ur Von Balthasar, Mary: The Church at the Source, states, “…Mariology underscores the nexus mysteriorum — the intrinsic interwovenness of the mysteries in their irreducible mutual otherness [Gegenuber] and their unity…Mary represents a further step, inasmuch as she is first related to Christ, not as a bride, but as mother.”

The blog posts are listed with the most popular over the past month first:

1. Our Lady Help of Christians

2. Mary as the New Ark of the Covenant

3. The Flowers of the Blessed Virgin Mary [most popular “Mondays with Mary” of all time]

4. The Esheth Yahil (Woman of Valor)

5. 10 Memorable Quotes about the Blessed Virgin Mary from St. John Vianney

Mary, Help of Christians

 Our Lady Help of Christians…Pray for Us.