PRAYER OF ST. ANSELM.
WE pray thee, oh most blessed Lady, by that
grace which God bestowed on thee when he so
greatly exalted thee, rendering all things possible
to thee with him; we pray thee to obtain for us
that the fulness of grace which thou hast merited may make us to share thy glory. Be pleased,
oh most merciful Lady, to procure for us the
good for which God consented to become man in
thy chaste womb. Be not slow to hear us. If
thou wilt deign to supplicate thy Son, he at once
will graciously hear thee. It is enough that thou
wilt save us, for then we cannot but be saved.
Who can restrain the bowels of thy compassion?
If thou hast not compassion on us, thou who art
the mother of mercy, what will become of us
when thy Son shall come to judge us?
Come, then, to our succor, oh most compassionate mother, without regarding the multitude of
our sins. Remember again and again that our
Creator has taken human flesh from thee, not
to condemn sinners, but to save them. If thou
hadst been made mother of God only for thine
own advantage, it might be said that it would be
to thee of little importance whether we were
saved or condemned; but God has clothed himself with thy flesh for thy salvation and for that
of all men. What will it avail us that thou art
so powerful and so glorious, if thou dost not
render us partakers of thy felicity ? Aid us and
protect us; remember the need we have of thy
assistance. We recommend ourselves to thee;
save us from damnation, and make us serve and
love eternally thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen
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