BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The Ave Maria is a well known prayer. This is partly an attempt to put its ideas into modern English and in a form which may be acceptable to non-Catholics too.
- Here I am, mother, at your bidding:
your obedience is a pattern for me to follow,
- for a mother knows what it is to be hurt:
to live for another, so they may develop.
- All blessings to you among women and men:
full of grace and strength, help us also to grow;
- glorious among all who have gone before us:
you are given honour as Queen of Heaven.
- We are all children of Eve our mother:
we ask you, holy mother, show us Jesus your son.
- Mother of God, I look to you for support:
to see God through your eyes, Mary most holy.
- You stood by the cross with your son at his dying:
be with me now for I need God's power.
- You felt the sword that was piercing your heart:
pray for me today as I face my trials.