Mary, Help of Christians

Mary, Help of ChristiansToday we celebrate the feastday of Mary, Help of Christians.  This feastday was instituted in 1815 by Pope Pius VII, who had a special devotion to Our Lady which was particularly emphasized during his most difficult years with Napoleon.  The feastday has become more widely known throughout the years due to the work of St. Don Bosco  (also known as St. John Bosco, born Giovanni Melchior Bosco).  The Salesians of St. Don Bosco are celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year. 

Mary, Help of Christians

Mary, powerful Virgin, you are the mighty and glorious protector of the Church. You are the marvelous help of Christians. You are awe-inspiring as an army in battle array. You have destroyed heresy in the world. In the midst of our anguish, our struggle, and our distress, defend us from the power of the enemy, and at the hour of our death receive our soul in heaven.

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