Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception to Our Readers

There is a Marian prayer that is recited daily by millions of people entitled the Memorare (which means «remembrance») the text of which is believed to have been written by the Cistercian monk, Bernard of Clairvaux.

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The Catholic Church grants a partial indulgence for those who devoutly recite the memorare. It is said that in order to receive a grace, the prayer should be recited at least nine times consecutively.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was particularly close to the recitation of this prayer. It has been said that along with her fellow sisters, this prayer was recited almost 25,000 times to obtain the healing of a nun who was gravely ill.

The following is the prayer:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, we dedicate this Memorare to all our readers.
We will recite it to invoke the mercy of the Lord for your families, friends and loved ones.

Have a Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!
The ZENIT team

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