Abrahamic / Middle Eastern Christianity A Prayer for the Help of the Blessed Virgin Mary Share Flipboard Email Print Storvandre Photos by Alessandro Calzolaro/Getty Images Christianity Catholicism Prayers Beliefs and Teachings Tips Worship Saints Holy Days and Holidays Christianity Origins The Bible The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians Christian Life For Teens Christian Prayers Weddings Inspirational Bible Devotions Denominations of Christianity Funerals and Memorial Services Christian Holidays Christian Entertainment Key Terms in Christianity Latter Day Saints View More By ThoughtCo Updated June 25, 2019 This prayer, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary's help, is addressed to Jesus Christ, the source of the blessings and protection that the Blessed Virgin bestows on those who seek her intercession. As such, it illustrates an important point: All intercessory prayer, even through the saints, is directed to man's relationship with God. The Prayer May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. Explanation This prayer might initially strike us as odd. Catholics are used to praying to saints, as well as praying to God, in all Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; but why would we pray to our Lord Jesus Christ in order to seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary? After all, when the Mother of God intercedes for us, she does so by praying to God Himself. Doesn't that mean that this prayer is a sort of circular prayer? Well, yes, in a way. But that isn't as odd as it might seem at first glance. For instance, imagine being stranded somewhere and needing some sort of physical help. We might pray to Christ that He would send someone to assist us. But spiritual dangers are even more hazardous than physical ones, and we, of course, are not always aware of the forces that are attacking us. By asking Jesus for the assistance of His Mother, we're not asking for help just right now, and for those dangers that we know threaten us; we are asking Him for her intercession at all times and in all places and against all dangers, whether we recognize them or not. And who better to intercede for us? As the prayer notes, the Blessed Virgin Mary has already provided many good things for us through her previous intercession. Definitions of Words Used Beseech: To ask with urgency, to beg, to imploreWorshipful: Reverent, showing adorationIntercession: Intervening on behalf of someone elseEnriched: Made richer; here, in the sense of having had one's life improvedPerpetual: Unending, repeatedBlessings: Good things for which we are thankfulDelivered: Set free or kept freeLoving-kindness: Tenderness toward others; considerationWorld without end: In Latin, In saecula saeculorum; literally, "unto the ages or ages"—that is, "forever and ever"