Leonine Prayers


Original prayer by Pope Leo XIII


Ave Maria

3 times

It is customarily said kneeling!



Ave Maria,

gratia plena;

Dominus tecum:

benedicta tu in mulieribus,

et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.

Sancta Maria,

Mater Dei,

ora pro nobis peccatoribus,

nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.


Salve Regina,

Mater misericordiae,

vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Hevae.

Ad te suspiramus,

gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia ergo, advocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.

Et Iesum,

benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens,

o pia,

o dulcis Virgo Maria.

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


Deus, refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph, ejus Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi.

Per eundum Christum Dominum nostrum.



Sancte Michael Archángele,

defénde nos in prælio;

contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto præsídium.

Imperet illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur;

tuque, Princeps militiae cœléstis,

átanam aliósque spíritus malignos,

qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo,

divina virtúte in inférnum detrúde.


P:      Cor Jesu sacratissimum.

A:      Miserere nobis.

P:      Cor Jesu sacratissimum.

A:      Miserere nobis.

P:      Cor Jesu sacratissimum.

A:      Miserere nobis.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix.

Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris,

sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,

Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.


+ In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, Amen


Hail Mary

3 times

It is customarily said kneeling!



Hail Mary,

full of grace,                           

the Lord is with thee,

blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus

Holy Mary,

Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Hail, O Queen,
Mother of mercy:
our life, our sweetness, and our hope, hail.
To thee do we cry, exiles; sons of Eve.
To thee do we sigh,

moaning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Ah then, our Advocate,
those merciful eyes of thine turn towards us.
And Jesus,

the blessed fruit of thy womb,
after this exile show unto us.
O clement:

O holy:

O sweet Virgin

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.

Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Let us pray.

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord.


Let us pray.

Saint Michael the Archangel,

defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –

by the Divine Power of God –

cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,

who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.  


P:      Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

A:      Have mercy on us.

P:      Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

A:      Have mercy on us.

P:      Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

A:      Have mercy on us.

We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God;

Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,

but deliver us always from all dangers,

O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.


+ In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen

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