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MEMORARE

Intercessory prayer to the Blessed Virgin, commonly ascribed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), probably because it was popularized by Claude Bernard, the "Poor Priest" (1588-1641). The real author is unknown. Early texts have been known since the fifteenth century. Frequently indulgenced by the popes, there is now a partial indulgence for its recitation. A standard English version reads: "Remember, O most gracious virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen." (Etym. Latin memorare, to call to mind.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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