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Prayer To Live And Not Die

In the Name of the Father,
and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.


Let us praise our God in veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
our Mother and Protector.

O Almighty and merciful God!
You have given the Church a wondrous help and defense
in the most holy Virgin Mary
and You have honored Her sacred image as the Black Madonna
with remarkable veneration of the faithful.
Grant in Your mercy that, under Her protection,
we may struggle confidently throughout our lives
and at the moment of death be victorious over our enemy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


O Black Madonna, our Mother and Queen of our nation!
Trusting in Your maternal goodness
and powerful intercession with Your Son,
we place before You our humble prayers and petitions.
To You we commend all our needs, in particular
[Mention your need(s) here…],
our families, and all children of our nation.

V: For Your presence and intercession
at the Shrine of the Black Madonna
and for the countless graces
You have obtained for us in the past,
R: We thank you, O Black Madonna, our Mother.

V: For Your gracious reign over our parish,
for Your powerful help throughout our history,
especially in times of difficulty and suffering,
R: We thank you, O Black Madonna, our Mother.

V: For the maternal care with which You ever surround us,
leading us to Your Beloved son,
strengthening the faith in our hearts,
drawing sinners to conversion,
and comforting the sick,
the sad, and the faint-hearted,
R: We thank you, O Black Madonna, our Mother.

V: For our negligence in the faith
and for the religious indifference
through which we have strayed so often from God,
unmindful of his presence and love,
R: We ask You, Mother intercede for us.

V: For our conduct which has not always been in accord
with our holy faith nor with the dignity of a child of God;
for sins against life, for drunkenness, selfishness,
carelessness, envy, social discord, and lax morals,
R: We ask You, Mother, intercede for us.

V: For being so preoccupied with ourselves
that we did not see the needs of our brothers and sisters;
the hungry, the homeless, the sick, and the lonely,
R: We ask You, Mother, intercede for us.

V: O Mother with the Divine Infant in Your arms,
through this sacred image You remind us
of the constant presence of Your Son
and of Your own motherly solicitude
as a source of strength and courage
in our daily trials, difficulties, and labors,
R: We praise You and we love You

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