May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary come to our aid, we pray, O Lord, so that, fortified by her protection, we may reach the mountain which is Christ. Who lives and reigns with you.
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Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother.
To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy hear and answer me.
--St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153