O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the goods which God grants to us miserable sinners, and for this reason, has He made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, that thou mayest help us in our misery. Thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, who have recourse to thee; come, then, to my help, dearest Mother, for I recommend myself to thee. In thy hands, I place my eternal salvation and to thee do I entrust my soul. Count me among thy most devoted servants; take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me; for, if thou protect me, dear Mother, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; nor even from Jesus, my judge Himself, because, by one prayer from thee, He will be appeased. But one thing I fear; that, in the hour of temptation, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me, then, the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to have recourse to thee, O Mother of Perpetual Help.
Three Hail Marys.
V. Thou has been made for us, O Lady, a refuge. R. A helper in need and tribulation.
Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast given us Thine own Mother Mary, whose glorious image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us; grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who constantly implore her help, may merit always to experience the fruits of Thy Redemption, Thou Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
PRAYER IN SPIRITUAL WANTS
O Mother of Perpetual Help, with the greatest confidence, we come before thy sacred Picture, in order to invoke thine aid. Thou hast seen the wounds which Jesus has been pleased to receive for our sake; thou hast seen the Blood of Thy Son flowing for our salvation; thou knowest how thy Son desires to apply to us the fruits of His Redemption. Behold, we cast ourselves at thy feet, and pray thee to obtain for our souls the graces we stand so much in need of. O Mary, most loving of all mothers, obtain for us from the heart of Jesus, the source of every good, these graces (here mention them). O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou desirest our salvation far more than we ourselves: thy Son has given thee to us for our Mother; thou hast thyself chosen to be called Mother of Perpetual Help. We trust not in our merits, but in thy powerful intercession; we trust in thy goodness; we trust in thy motherly love. Mother of Perpetual Help for the love thou bearest to Jesus, thy Son and our Redeemer, for the love of thy great servant Alphonsus, for the love of out souls, obtain for us the graces we ask from thee. Amen.
Three Hail Marys.
PRAYER FOR THE CONVERSION OF A NON-CATHOLIC
Trusting in Thy goodness, O sweet Lady of Perpetual Help, because thou art the Mother of Mercy and the Refuge of Sinners, we beseech thee to look, with pitying eyes, upon those who are living outside the pale of the one true Church. So many non‑Catholics possessed of kind hearts, with a charity for God’s poor, are honestly seeking religious truth, but with difficulty, because they are blinded by misinformation and inherited prejudice. These souls, O Mother of Perpetual Help, are destitute of the knowledge of the one true Faith, yet they must be dear to thee, as they are to thine adorable Son, Jesus, because He wanted them redeemed by His Precious Blood. We plead with thee, O Mary, for the conversion of all those who walk in the darkness of error and sin. Virgin Mother, as thou art called the “Seat of Wisdom,” enlighten the minds of our separated brethren, that they may discover the consoling truths of our Holy Faith, and, having discovered them, willingly accept and believe in them. O Mary, grant us this wonderful favor, that all immortal souls, ransomed by the Blood of thy dying Son, may soon be united to us, by the bonds of divine charity, so that there may be but one fold and one Shepherd. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE CONVERSION OF A SINNER
O Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, thou knowest so well the great value of an immortal soul. Thou knowest what it means, that every soul has been redeemed by the Blood of thy Divine Son; thou wilt not then despise my prayer, if I ask from thee the conversion of a sinner, nay, a great sinner, who is rapidly hurrying on towards eternal ruin. Thou, O good merciful Mother, knowest well his/her irregular life. Remember that thou art the Refuge of sinners, remember that God has given thee power to bring about the conversion of even the most wretched sinners. All that has been done for his/her soul has been unsuccessful; if thou dost not come to his/her assistance, he/she will go from bad to worse. Obtain for him/her an effectual grace that he/she may be moved and brought back to God and his/her duties. Send him/her, if necessary, temporal calamities and trials, that he/she may enter into himself/herself, and put an end to his/her sinful course. Thou, O most merciful Mother, hast converted so many sinners at the intercession of their friends. Be, then also moved by my prayer, and bring this unhappy soul to true conversion of heart. O Mother of Perpetual Help, show that thou art the Advocate and Refuge of sinners. So I hope, so may it be. Amen.
PRAYER IN TEMPORAL WANTS
O Mother of Perpetual Help, numerous clients continually surround thy holy Picture, all imploring thy mercy. All bless thee as the assured help of the miserable; all feel the benefit of thy motherly protection. With confidence, then, do we present ourselves before thee in our misery. See, dear Mother, the many evils to which we are exposed; see how numerous are our wants. Trials and sorrows often depress us; reverses of fortune and privations, often grievous, bring misery into our lives; everywhere we meet the cross. Have pity, compassionate Mother, on us and on our dear ones, especially in this our necessity (here mention it). Help us, dear Mother, in our distress; deliver us from all our ills; or, if it be the will of God that we should suffer still longer, grant that we may endure all with love and patience. These graces we expect of thee with confidence, because thou art our Perpetual Help. Amen.
Three Hail Marys.
PRAYER IN SICKNESS
O Dear Mother of Perpetual Help, behold how much I suffer from this my sickness. Together with the body, my soul is also afflicted. I have not even the strength to say a prayer as I ought to do. Nothing is able to give me any relief. Even the visit and compassion of my best friends does not give me any comfort. Hence, my courage begins to fail; impatience and sadness oppress my soul. In this, my great distress, I put all my trust in thee, most tender of all mothers. Thy compassionate heart will certainly have pity on me; yes, most merciful Mother, thou wilt not forget thy poor, afflicted child. Obtain then, for me, courage and strength to accept all these trials, from the hand of God, with patience and resignation. If it is for the good of my soul, then grant that I may recover my former health; but, if it is the will of God that I should suffer still longer, or that this sickness should lead me to a better life, I am perfectly resigned, for I am sure that thou, O loving Mother, wilt obtain for me the grace to do whatever God demands of me. Amen.
PRAYER FOR FINANCIAL AID
Realizing, dear Mother Mary, that thou art our perpetual help, not only in spiritual, but likewise in temporal necessities, we approach thee with submissive and humble hearts, because we have a childlike confidence in thy power and goodness, beseeching thee to assist us in our present financial worry. Owing to untoward circumstances, which have arisen in our lives, we are in dire want and financial embarrassment, being unable to meet our honest debts. We are not asking, dearest Mother, for wealth, if the possession of it is not in accordance with the holy will of God; we merely beg for that assistance, which will enable us to satisfy our pressing obligations. We believe, dear Mother, that thou art the Queen of heaven and of earth, and, as such, the instrument and special dispensation of thy divine Son, Jesus Christ; that thou hast acquired, by virtue of thy wonderful dignity, a sweet jurisdiction over all creation. We believe that thou art not only rich and bountiful, but extremely kind and generous to all thy loving children. We plead with thee, then, dear Mother, to obtain for us the help we so urgently need, in our present financial difficulty. We thank thee, dear Lady, and promise to publish far and wide the marvels of thy glorious Picture. Amen.
INVOCATIONS TO OUR LADY IN TIMES OF TEMPTATION, TROUBLES & DIFFICULTIES
Priest: O Mother of Perpetual Help, whose very name inspires confidence. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may be victorious in the trying time of temptation. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may quickly rise again should I have the misfortune to fall into sin. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may break asunder any bonds of Satan in which I may become entangled. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: Against the seductions of the world, evil companions, and bad books. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may soon return to my former fervor should I ever become lukewarm. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: In my preparation for the Sacraments and the performance of my Christian duties. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: In all the trials and troubles of life. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: Against my own inconstancy that I may persevere to the end. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may ever love thee and serve thee and invoke thine assistance. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may be able to induce others to love, serve and pray to thee. People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: O Mother to my last hour, to my last breath do thou ever watch over me. People: Help me, O loving Mother.