“O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery; it is for this cause that He hath made thee so powerful, so rich, so kind, that thou mightest assist us in our miseries. Thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, if they but come unto thee; come once more to my assistance, for I commend myself to thee. In thy hands I place my eternal salvation; to thee I entrust my soul. Enroll me among thy most faithful servants; take me under thy protection and it is enough for me: yes, for if thou protect me, I shall fear nothing; not my sins, for thou wilt obtain for me their pardon and remission; not the evil spirits, for thou art mightier than all the powers of hell; not even Jesus, my Judge, for He is appeased by a single prayer from thee. I fear only that through my own negligence I may forget to recommend myself to thee and so I shall be lost. My dear Lady, obtain for me the forgiveness of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance and the grace to have recourse to thee at all times, O Mother of Perpetual Help.” Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
We are always told that Catholics are trusting in Jesus for their salvation and that they only honor Mary. We are told that they don’t see Mary as greater than Christ but that they honor Christ by honoring Mary. I’m sure most Catholics are sincere in believing this but from the prayer we have just seen this is a lie.
They call Mary, not Jesus, the dispenser of God’s grace, this is contrary to Scripture.
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)
They say that God made her powerful:
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
They say that God made her rich:
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
They say that God made her kind:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
They say that she assists us in our misery:
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
The prayer says Mary is the Advocate of sinners:
“My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1)
The prayer says, “I commend myself to thee.” Not to Jesus but to Mary. The prayer goes on to say that in her hands we place our eternal salvation, not in the hands of Jesus but Mary. Scripture never mentions her in relation to salvation:
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
The prayer says that Mary protects us and with her protecting us we will fear nothing. Scripture says our security comes from God:
“I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
Does Christ not want to protect us? Should we still fear if we ask Him for protection? It says we won’t fear our sins because Mary, not Jesus, obtains pardon and remission of sins.
It goes on to say that she is mightier than all the powers of hell even though Jesus claims to have the keys of hell (Revelation 1:18). It goes even further into error by saying we won’t even fear Jesus because He is appeased by one prayer from her.
To say that Jesus is mean and angry and we should be afraid of Him unless His good, sweet, kindhearted mother calms Him down is blatant blasphemy. They see her as kinder than Him. This of course comes from their pagan roots where the ancient Virgin goddess had to appease the wrath of the vengeful gods.
The prayer goes on to say that if we don’t recommend ourselves to her we will be lost. No place in Scripture does it tell us to come to anyone but Christ for salvation nor does it say we need to go through anyone to get to Christ.
The prayer in direct defiance of Scripture asks Mary to obtain the forgiveness of our sins:
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
It even says that she gives us final perseverance. This defies Scripture as well:
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)
The answer is clear; the Roman superstition teaches that salvation is found not in Jesus Christ, but in Mary. This is a foreign concept to Scripture and cannot be supported except by the traditions of men.
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