Our Lady of Good Counsel
April 23-25; Feast, April 26
The devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel originated near Rome, where for centuries an Augustinian church, which contains a miraculous picture of Mary, has been a place of pilgrimage. Our earthly pilgrimage is beset with many dangers, and we are in need of advice in the grave problems of life. Let us remember that Jesus gave us a Counselor who will never fail us. Let us go to our Heavenly Mother with childlike confidence and abandonment. Let us entrust ourselves to her prudent guidance, for she is our Mother of Good Counsel.
** Our Lady of Good Counsel **”I, Wisdom, dwell in counsel and am present in learned thoughts…Counsel is mine, prudence is mine, strength is mine” (Prov. 8:12, 14).
Let us pray:
May the kind intercession of Mary, Thy glorious and ever Virgin-Mother, be our help, we pray Thee, O Lord, that it may make those whom it has blessed with continual favors, ever to know what should be done, and then strengthen them to carry it out faithfully. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.
O Mary, thou art favored more than all other women on earth, for in the presence of our God thou hast aided us in our weakness. Rule over us, thou and Thy Son, because thou hast freed us from the hands of our enemies! Hail Mary…
“He that hearkens to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin.” (Ecclus. 24:30).
Let us pray:
O God, Who didst give her who bore Thy beloved Son, to be our Mother, and didst deign to glorify her fair image by a wondrous apparition, grant we beseech Thee, that by always following her counsels we may be able to live after Thine own Heart and arrive happily in our heavenly fatherland. Through the Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel:
Most glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word Made Flesh, thou who art the treasurer of Divine graces and the advocate of sinners, I who am thy most unworthy servant have recourse to thee; be thou pleased to be my Guide and Counselor in this vale of tears. Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy Divine Son, the forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it. In like manner, obtain for holy Church victory over her enemies and the spread of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth. Amen.
(500 days indulgence)