The power of the Memorare

The Memorare is a well-known and loved prayer that invokes the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Memorare name comes from the first word of the prayer in Latin. Many saints reportedly prayed this prayer regularly throughout their lives, including St. Francis de Sales and Mother Teresa.

The origins of the Memorare may date back to the 12th century, but it was popularized in the 17th century by Fr. Claude Bernard, a French priest who used the prayer extensively in his ministry to the poor and imprisoned. He believed that recitation of the Memorare and intercession of Our Blessed Mother had special power.

Relevant Radio® also believes that the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, has special intercessory power before the throne of her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We turn to Our Lady, asking for her prayers for the protection of all human life, especially the unborn. Will you join us in praying Memorares for an end to abortion? Listen for the Memorare prayed throughout the day across the Relevant Radio network by many of our bishops, including: Archbishops Cordileone, Hebda, and Listecki; Auxiliary Bishops Clark, Dolan, O’Connell, and Rojas; and Bishops Hying, Malloy, Olmsted, Reed, Ricken, and Tobin.

So far, many prayer warriors have joined the fight and recorded praying over 48,000,000 Memorares on the Relevant Radio Memorare Meter. If you pray, please record your Memorares on the Memorare Meter located at and help us in praying for life!


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.