Mother of Perpetual Help,
with the greatest confidence
we come before your holy picture
to be inspired by the example of your life.
We think of you at that moment when,
full of faith and trust,
you accepted God's call
to be the Mother of his Son.
Help us, your children,
to accept with joy our own calling in life.
When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need
you immediately went to serve her
and offer your help.
Help us, like you,
to be concerned for others.
We think of you, Mother,
at the foot of the cross.
Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony.
But your joy was great
when he rose from the dead,
victorious over the powers of evil.
Mother of Sorrows,
help us through the trials and disappointments of life.
Help us not to lose heart.
May we share with you and your Son
the joy of having courageously faced up
to all the challenges of life.
O Mother of Perpetual Help,
with grateful hearts we join you in thanking God
for all the wonderful things
he has done for us
especially for giving us
Jesus, your Son, as our Redeemer.
O God our Creator,
we thank you for the gift of life
and all the gifts of nature:
our senses and faculties,
our talents and abilities.
We thank you for creating us in your image and likeness,
and for giving us this earth to use and develop,
to respect and cherish.
Despite our failures, you continue to show your love for us
by increasing the life of your Spirit in us,
at the Eucharistic table.
Finally, we thank you, living Father,
for giving us Mary, the Mother of your Son,
to be our Mother of Perpetual Help.
We are grateful for all the favours we have received
through her intercession.
We pray that those past favours may inspire us
to greater confidence in your loving mercy
and to seek the aid of our Mother of Perpetual Help.