Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians
The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians was instituted by Pope Pius VII on May 24, 1815 in gratitude to Mary for her protection during the Pope’s imprisonment by Napoleon. This day is celebrated by the Sisters of Bon Secours as a special feast day and the Day of their Founding in the United States.
Holy Mary, Help of Christians,
how good it is to come to you,
imploring your constant and loving help.
As mothers always remember and care for their children,
you, holy mother, remember and care for us.
Grant then to us your consolation and presence and help,
in every sorrow and in every joy.
We ask for your loving help, too, for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, comfort all in need.
O Mary, Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.