Sub tuum praesidium confugimus

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We take refuge under Thy protection,
O holy Mother of God!
Despise not our supplications in our need,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O Virgin, glorious and blessed!

Here is yet another image of the Blessed Virgin Mary saving the little boy from the clutches of the devil while his mother, gazing up at the Madonna, prays with folded hands. One who perseveres in praying the Rosary will experience just such interventions of the Blessed Virgin in his life. Mary has been known to intervene in spectacular ways to save souls from sin; more often than not her interventions are subtle and hidden, albeit no less efficacious.

Fidelity to the humble monotony of the Rosary is precisely what makes it possible for Mary to intervene when we are most in need of her. The daily Rosary creates an intimate bond between the Mother of God and the one who prays it.

The Rosary, ceaselessly repeated by day and by night, allows one to live in the presence of Mary; it gives one the right to hide beneath her protecting mantle when the devil, like a lion seeking someone to devour, seems to be crouched at the door.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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