To the Blessed Virgin Mary for May
O most august and blessed Virgin
Mary! Holy Mother of God! Glorious
Queen of heaven and earth!
Powerful protectress of those who
love thee, and unfailing advocate of
all who invoke thee! Look down, I
beseech thee, from thy throne of
glory on thy devoted child; accept
the solemn offering I present thee of
this month, specially dedicated to
thee, and receive my ardent, humble
desire, that by my love and fervor I
could worthily honor thee, who, next
to God, art deserving of all honor.
Receive me, O Mother of Mercy,
among thy best beloved children;
extend to me thy maternal
tenderness and solicitude; obtain for
me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and
a special share in the gifts of His
grace. O deign, I beseech thee, to
recognize my claims on thy
protection, to watch over my
spiritual and temporal interests, as
well as those of all who are dear to
me; to infuse into my soul the spirit
of Christ, and to teach me thyself to
become meek, humble, charitable,
patient, and submissive to the will of
May my heart burn with the love of thy Divine
Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a
month alone, but for time and eternity; may I
thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine,
and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension.
Receive me, O Mary, the refuge of sinners!
Grant me a Mother’s blessing and a Mother’s
care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.