Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HWP: Prompt Succor

Our Lady is known to us under a whole variety of names and titles to indicate the universality of her maternity. Here in Louisiana she is well-known under the title of 'Our Lady of Prompt Succor'  and since we have been miraculously spared from fire and storms on account of her intercession, we honor her as patroness of the State of Louisiana. Today, January 8, is the feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and in the province of New Orleans it is a solemn feast day! Let us have recourse to Our Lady who is quick to respond to the cries of her children in need:

Collect for the Mass from the Solemnity of 
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Grant, we beseech you, Lord God, that we who have been favored by the prompt succor of the Virgin Mother of your divine Son in war, in disasters, in epidemics and illness, may continue to merit her protection by fidelity to your word and to your law. We ask this through the same Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen. 
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us!