Prayer to the Mother of God,
Searcher for the Lost
O Mother of God,
through your virginal conception and birth-giving,
your Son, Jesus Christ, Our God,
took flesh to redeem the likeness that had fallen.
We now beg of your compassion,
seek those who bear the likeness of your Son
through the grace of baptism,
and unite them once more
to your holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
Render those who bear your Son’s image
not unto the prince of this world,
but unto their Heavenly Father
for Whom they were created.
Make them to know the beauty
of our Father’s house,
that they may recognize
that better is one day in his courts
than a thousand elsewhere.
Quicken their repentance that they, like David,
fashion praise with their lips
and offer their contrite spirit
upon the altar of mercy.
For you, who sought your Son
tenderly in the temple
and who made ministers like servants
His servants of the miracle at Cana,
seek the lost.
Stay with them in their temporal sufferings,
as you did with your Son at His crucifixion,
that they may know that death is certain,
life is short, and merely a prelude
to the inexhaustible joy of eternal life
with your Son, prepared for those
who seek Him in this life.
In this, may your Son be glorified,
together with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever,