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Devotion to Mary has been a long tradition in the Catholic Church and all are encouraged to develop a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, through the use of approved pious exercises. Although Mary's intercession is powerful, it is ultimately God who answers our prayers. We must be careful not to think that Mary herself, or her icon have talismanic powers in themselves. It is our faith and trust in God that is most important. The traditional saying goes, 'To Jesus through Mary.' Mary is always leading us to Christ and the Church including the many unbaptised persons who are drawn to her. A Marian devotion that does not lead to Christ cannot be authentically Catholic.

Devotion to Mary always takes its proper place within the practice of the Catholic faith; primarily worship of the Trinitarian God and participation in the sacraments and does not only consist of pious exercises. The poor and abandoned feel close to her because she suffered at the death of her Son and rejoiced at His resurrection. In the Magnficat, she sings of God's justice, how God stands on the side of the oppressed. Our devotion must move us to live this commitment to justice as well. As Mary is an example of faith, true devotion to her means we must try to imitate her example.

An e-book on the prayers prayed during Novena Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help can be accessed by clicking on the  image on top of this page. 



"Make her known throughout the world"

(Pope Pius IX to the Redemptorist Superior General, 1866)

"Make her known throughout the world"

(Pope Pius IX to the Redemptorist Superior General, 1866)

What is Devotion to Mary?

Mary was called by God to be the mother of Jesus the Redeemer, and she became only the mother of Jesus in His human form but also the mother of God. So she is bound to Jesus, but also being human, she is united to us. Jesus at the cross, gave her to be the mother of all believers. by the grace of God, she surpasses all creatures as the perfect disciple and the model of faith. And so we believe that she intercedes for us and we can confidently trust in her patronage.

Devotion To Mary