Mary Help of Christians
Mary, Help of Christians, is the patroness of Australia.
Feastday May 24
MARY brings us help especially in our spiritual needs.
She is a most merciful Mother who rejects no sinner,
no matter how far he may have strayed.
She lovingly assists on his behalf
and tries to reconcile him to her Son.
She assists us in temptations.
She is continually crushing the serpent's head by breaking Satan's plans
God Himself has said:
Instead of capturing others, Satan is himself made a captive by Mary;
She confirms us in good and obtains for us the grace of making progress
We can ask nothing of her that will give her greater pleasure
Above all, Mary assists us in the hour of death,
which is the most important moment in our life
because upon that moment our eternity depends.
As the exalted Queen of heaven she takes the souls of her faithful servants under her protecting mantle, accompanies them to the judgment seat of her Son, and there she becomes their intercessor.
Mary, Help of Christians, I know you do all in your power to save my soul.
Through her intercession calamities have been averted from Christendom,
Many feasts are expressions of gratitude toward her
O Mary, Help of Christians,
show yourself the Protectress of the Catholic Church
and destroy the wicked designs of her enemies, especially in these times of persecution.
Almighty and merciful God, Who in the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary
About the Feast Day
The invocation of Mary as Help of Christians
is part of the oldest prayer addressed directly to Mary,
the "Sub tuum praesidium,"
which was found on a papyrus dating, at the latest,
from the end of the third century.
This prayer was composed at a time of great danger for Christians
"Praesidium" is translated as "an assistance given in time of war
Yet, Mary help of all Christians is not only helpful to those engaged in new wars,
The first of these is the great sea battle of Lepanto in 1571, in which Europe was saved from the threat of Islamic invaders.
Pope Saint Pius V gave Mary the title:
"Help of Christians,"
after the victory of the Christian fleet over the Turks
on October 7, 1571,
and he added this invocation to her litany.
In 1683, John Sobieskis Polish troops held out at Vienna against the larger Ottoman army with the Marian prayer, Help of Christians, as their battle cry.
While military victory and support of the papacy
The title Mary Helper has its origin at some time in the middle ages
Mary's intercession at the Wedding feast at Cana,
MARY, we invoke you as the Help of Christians
because you afford help to Christians even in all temporal needs.
If, without being asked, you do so much, what will you do if we invoke your aid?
Though you are now enthroned in heaven,
You are still the Mother of God in heaven as you were on earth;
Your love for us is now even more intense and more compassionate,
You obtain sweet rest for all who are laden with trouble and pain;
Help of Christians, give me an unbounded confidence in you.
You can help me, for your prayer is all-powerful with God,
Let me pray to you with a pure and penitent heart, for I cannot expect help from you if I continue to offend your dear Son and even crucify Him again by my sins.
I wish to beg your help with perseverance,
I know you will grant my petition at the right time.
Teach me to pray with resignation to the will of God,
Obtain for me at least the grace of bearing my cross with patience.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.