May 6, 2018

Feast of the Madonna di Setteporte

Evviva Maria!
The first Sunday of May is the Feast Day of the Madonna di Setteporte, patroness of Rocca di Neto, a small town in the Province of Crotone in Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting Prayer to Mary, Refuge of Sinners by St. Alphonsus Liguori. The accompanying photo of the Madonna di Setteporte was taken at Saint Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove, New York.
Prayer to Mary, Refuge of Sinners
O most holy and pure virgin! O my mother! You who are the mother of my Lord, the queen of the world, the advocate and refuge of sinners! I, a most wretched sinner, now come to you. I honor you, great queen, and give you humble thanks for the many favors which have come to me in the past through your intercession. I love you, Lady most worthy of all love, and by the love which I bear you, I promise ever in the future to honor you, and to do what lies in me to win others to your love. Receive me as your servant, and cover me with the mantle of your protection, you who are the mother of mercy! And since you have so much power with God, implore him to deliver me from all temptations, and to give me the grace ever to overcome them. Pray for me that I may love Christ in this world as you love him, and intercede for me that I may have the grace of a good death. O my mother! by your love for God I beseech you to be at all times my helper, but above all at the last moment of my life. Cease not your supplications until you see me safe in heaven, there for countless ages to bless you and, your holy company, to worship and adore your son, for ever and ever.