The image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, famous for its graces, has been worshiped since time immemorial on the island of Crete. In the 15th century, it was transferred to Rome, where it is now in the church of the Redemptorist Fathers. A copy of this painting is in several temples of Cieszyn Silesia.
O Mother of Perpetual Help! Today we stand before your image with the greatest confidence, to present you our requests and beg for your help. You were watching, oh mother, for the wounds of the Redeemer, for his passion on the cross for our salvation. Your son is dying, he gave you to us as a mother. Surround us, your spiritual children, constant care. You see our difficulties, needs, suffering, we are begging you, support us, strengthen and lead a safe way of life. Stay with us always, especially in difficult moments, in days of spiritual breakdown, in days of doubt and sickness, in the days of crisis of family love. Then lead us to the Source of our hope, to your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Common celebration of the Mother of God.
K. Queen of heaven and earth.
W. Support us, Mother of Perpetual Help!
The dawn of lasting peace,
Pillar of the Holy Church,
Guide of all Christians,
The strength of our faith,
Hope of the despairing,
An example of mercy,
Guardian of our families,
Guardian of children and youth,
Support of widows,
Strengthen the weak and the failing,
Healing the sick,
Salvation of the dying.
K. O Mary, accept our thanksgiving!
W. Thank you, Mother of Perpetual Help!
For your motherly love,
For your great goodness,
For the mercy shown to us,
For delivering us from the power of sin,
For supporting the doubters,
For the consolation of the afflicted,
For giving hope to the despairing,
For healing the sick,
For strengthening the spirit of the dying,
For hearing all our requests.
K. O Mary, hear our prayers!
W. We are begging you, Mother of Perpetual Help!
For the erring, that you may lead them to the path of truth,
For those who are crying and distressed, that you may comfort them,
To be tempted, that you might keep them from sin, For the fallen, that you would make them improve,
For compulsive sinners, that you would obtain their conversion,
For the poor and needy, that you would send them help from others,
For orphans and the abandoned, that you may be their mother,
For the sick, that you might give them health and patience,
For elderly people, that you would help them to bear the burden of old age,
To hear all our prayers.
Personal prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Remember, for the most merciful Virgin Mary, that has not been heard for ages, so that anyone who runs under your protection, begging your help, asking for your intercession, was abandoned by you. Inspired by this trust, for Virgin of Virgins and Mother, I'm running to you, I'm coming to you, as a repentant sinner I humbly stand before you. Mother of the incarnate Word, do not despise my words, but kindly hear me. Amen.
O my lady, o my mother! Remember, that I am yours. Keep it, defend me as your property.