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Appendix B. Traditional Catholic Prayers • 535

To thee do we send up our sighs,

mourning and weeping in this

valley of tears.

Turn then, most

gracious advocate,

thine eyes of mercy toward us,

and after this our exile

show unto us the blessed fruit of

thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving,

O sweet Virgin Mary.


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 by this confidence I fly

unto 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. Amen.


V. The Angel of the Lord declared

unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy


Hail, Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women

and blessed is the fruit of thy

womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


V. Behold the handmaid of the


R. Be it done unto me according to

thy word.

Hail Mary.

V. And the Word was made flesh.

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother

of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of

the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech thee, O

Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that

we, to whom the Incarnation of

Christ, thy Son, was made known

by the message of an angel, may by

his Passion and Cross be brought

to the glory of his Resurrection.

Through the same Christ, our Lord.


Queen of Heaven


Regina Caeli


Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.

The Son whom you merited to bear,


has risen as he said, alleluia.

Pray for us to God, alleluia.