Most Holy Virgin Mary… (Dedication Of Oneself To Mary)

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
I am not worthy to be thy servant.
But moved by thy marvelous compassion
and my own desire to serve thee, here and now,
in the presence of my guardian angel
and the whole court of Heaven,
I choose thee as my Lady,
Advocate, and Mother.
I firmly purpose to love and serve thee always,
and to do all I can to inspire others to love and serve thee.

O Mother of God and my own most compassionate Mother,
I beseech thee, by the Blood which thy Son shed for me,
to receive me into the number of thy servants
as thy child and servant forever.
Assist me in all my thoughts, words, and actions
in every moment of my life,
so that every step I take,
every breath I draw,
may be directed to the greater glory of my God.

Through your powerful intercession,
may I never again offend my beloved Jesus.
Help me to love and glorify Him in this life.
Help me to love thee also,
dear and beloved Mother,
and to go on loving thee forever in the happiness of Heaven.

My Mother Mary,
I commend my soul 4to thee now,
and especially at the moment of death.

Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

Why do we pray?

We pray:

  1. to adore God, expressing to Him our love and loyalty;
  2. to thank Him for His favors;
  3. to obtain from Him the pardon of our sins and the remission of their punishment;
  4. to ask for graces and blessings for ourselves and others.

Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

How should we pray?

We should pray:

  1. with attention;
  2. with a conviction of our own helplessness and our dependence upon God;
  3. with a great desire for the graces we beg of Him;
  4. with loving trust in His goodness;
  5. with perseverance.

And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)

For whom should we pray?

We should pray especially for ourselves, for our parents, relatives, friends, and enemies, for sinners, for the souls in purgatory, for the Pope, bishops, and priests of the Church, and for the officials of our country.

But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism