Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem as was custom. When Simeon, a righteous man, saw him, he took him in his arms, blessed God and said, “My eyes have seen your salvation…” Then turning to Mary he added, “…and you yourself, a sword will pierce…”. (Luke 2:30, 35)
Mothers are special. When possible, they carry our burden and when they can’t, it breaks their hearts.
Alongside our own mother, there is none more special than the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary, with all my heart, I thank you for carrying me when I have been down and protecting me when I selfishly believed I could do everything alone. I make this prayer through Joseph, your beloved husband.
Prayer: Most Holy Mary (St John Bosco)
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions
many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth
we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.