Sancta Maria, succurre miseris

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Sancta Maria, succurre miseris was written by Bishop Fulbert of Chartres (c.952-1028). It is often associated with the 5 August feast commemorating the Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major.

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Latin.png Latin text

Sancta Maria, succurre miseris,
juva pusillanimes,
refove debiles [or, flebiles]
ora pro populo,
interveni pro clero,
intercede pro devoto femineo sexu;
sentiant omnes tuum juvamen
quicumque celebrant tuam commemorationem.

English.png English translation

Holy Mother, aid the unfortunate,
help the poor in spirit,
comforth those who mourn,
pray for your people,
intercede for your priesthood,
intervene on behalf of your faithful feminine sex;
let all realize your help,
whosoever keep remembrance of you.

English.png English translation

Holy Mary, be thou a help to the helpless,
strength to the fearful,
comfort to the sorrowful,
pray for the people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all holy women consecrated to God;
may all who keep thy sacred commemoration
feel the might of thine assistance.