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Mary, Help of Christians. 2011 by Stephen B Whatley | by Stephen B. Whatley
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Mary, Help of Christians. 2011 by Stephen B Whatley

Christmas Blessings .....a drawing spontaneously made earlier this month, on December 4th; taking its inspiration from one of my prayer cards, Mary, Help of Christians - a Catholic devotion that dates back to the 16th century; there is even mention of this title in 345.


The drawing in charcoal and pastel evolved with deep prayer; and in praying for peace, happiness, healing & relief of those in sorrow at this time, I include the prayer that is on my prayer card.


Patron Saint of Australia & New York, USA.


"Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians,

how sweet it is to come to your feet

imploring your perpetual help.

If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,

how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?

Grant then to me, I implore you,

your perpetual help in all my necessities,

in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.

I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.

Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.

Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.

Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,

that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven."

By St. John Bosco


Just as Christ was born 2000 years ago, I pray that His love & peace will be born in more and more hearts.

Happy Christmas!


Charcoal & pastel on paper

23.4 x 16.5in/59 x 42cm

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Taken on December 9, 2011