The Memorare is a powerful prayer asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is called the Memorare due to the first word of the prayer Remember which is translated Memorare in latin. No one knows who the original author of the Memorare is. However, the prayer has become a staple for Catholics throughout the centuries.
How Did The Memorare Prayer Gain Its Popularity
In the 17th century, Father Claude Bernard made it more popular by using it in his ministry. He even said that the prayer cured him of an illness. This motivated him to use it extensively and promote it heavily. However, he didn’t compose it. Since then it has only grown in popularity and it is often prayed at the end of the Rosary.
The Memorare Prayer
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your clemency hear and answer me.
The Memorare in Latin
MEMORARE, O piissima Virgo Maria, a saeculo non esse auditum, quemquam ad tua currentem praesidia,
tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum.
Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro, ad te venio, coram te gemens peccator assisto. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere; sed audi propitia et exaudi.