St Augustine

Mary, take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven…

Pope Benedict once described St Augustine as his ‘travelling companion’. St Augustine was a companion of Catherine McAuley, too, as we see in this illuminated manuscript. Catherine would surely have been familiar with Augustine’s beautiful prayer to Our Lady…


Blessed Virgin Mary,

Who can worthily praise you, or sufficiently thank you,
for rescuing this fallen world by your generous ‘Let it be’?
Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers
obtain pardon for our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged,
comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection.
Be ready to help us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God and made worthy
to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever.