The prayer to the Virgen de la Mercedes or Virgen de la Merced is performed because she is named as the Patron Saint of inmates and it is they and all those people who are going through similar circumstances that are quite difficult who venerate them. The celebration given to the Virgen de las Mercedes, one of the most recognized invocations of the Virgin Mary, especially in Spanish-speaking countries.
Merced or Mercedes, is defined as the merciful of the royalty in front of their servants or as the independence for the liberation of the captives. That is the representation of the image of the Virgin of Mercy.
Learning a little about the prayer to the Virgin of Mercy
At the moment we say pray, our spiritual development is dignified, to explain a little better, it is about establishing that private connection with God through the Virgen de las Mercedes whom we use for that sensory bridge, although if there is something that we must keep very It is clear that the power to make a transcendental change for our lives improves and everything is for the good depends solely and exclusively on us. Of course we must recognize that this does not mean that those at the top cannot help.
The act of praying deserves a time of consecration and respect, which is part of one of the most important objectives of prayer, the fact that it can overcome some discomfort in your life, but it is also important and it is necessary to know to which saint we are praying. And how can you really help us? For this reason we have some questions and answers that will help us to know more about the Virgen de las Mercedes:
Who founded the order of Mercedes?
The story tells that the virgin made appearances before three men on different occasions so that they could found their religious order. The first went to San Pedro Nolasco, who is the official founder of the order, then to King Jaime I of Aragon and finally tells the story that it was San Raimundo de Peñafort, Dominican friar, priest and Mercedarian founder. These three men met in the Cathedral of Barcelona and began to work in the year 1218 founding the order of Mercedes.
What is the meaning of the coat of arms of the Virgen de las Mercedes?
The shield of the Mercedes symbolizes the innocence and purity of the virgin. This is composed of a cross, which represents the cathedral of Barcelona and the red stripes is the representation of the Crown of Aragon. Its meaning is more aimed at Barcelona since it was where the order began and spread through different countries after colonization. This was the greatest promoter of the invocation of the Virgin Mary.
Whose employer is she?
As we well know, the Virgin is very famous for being the patron saint of prisoners, but she is also the protector of places and institutions around the world.
She is one of the most recognized protector in Latin American countries, it is important that we know that the prayer to the Virgen de las Mercedes is made to ask for the interception of Christ for the liberation of our souls and our reconstruction, we also ask for her company and care for a friend or family member who needs your help. These are the main prayers that are made to Our Lady of Mercedes so that she prays for us.
Who are devoted to the Virgen de las Mercedes?
The adoration of the Virgen de las Mercedes is carried out in different places in Venezuela such as: in Calabozo located in the Guárico State, Lobatera located in the State. Táchira, in Zea located in the Mérida State, in Onoto located in the State. Anzoátegui, Río Chico located in the Miranda State, in Aponte and La Trilla that are part of the Aragua State, these celebrations are carried out with a set of festivities centered on this invocation of the Virgin Mary.
She is well known as the Merciful Virgin, and she is not only the patron saint of different peoples of Venezuela but also in different countries of the world such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, United States, and of course in Spain.
Some time ago, the Patron Saint of Caracas was the Virgen de las Mercedes. The Virgen de las Mercedes was also designated as the “Patron Saint of Cacao”. These titles were granted by the City Council, in reality this institution does not concern the Catholic Church because the Catholic Church had Santiago de León as patron until he was replaced by the Virgin of Coromoto in 2011.
It is customary that in the church of Las Mercedes in Caracas, which is located next to the building of the Ministry of Education, in the entire center of the city, where the convent of the Mercedarians was established from the year 1682; today said temple is in charge of the Franciscans, they placed the image of the virgin in an important place of the temple.
Tips for praying to the Virgen de las Mercedes:
- Always remember that prayer is not an act of superstition.
- Try to find a quiet place to pray.
- Try that at the moment of making your prayers it is not that moment in which you are stressed or anxious, your level of concentration will be low and you need to be in serenity to empower the prayer.
- The purpose for any prayer is based on meditation, that you think about what it says and ask for, and in one way or another get some teaching and learning.
Prayer to the Virgin of the Mercedes Obatala
I beg my prayers to be heard to you Virgin Mother of Mercy Obatala, Immaculate, you who can do everything, protector of prisoners, of lost causes. Loving and benevolent mother of all of us, divine light that ignites the sea and the skies, today I pray this prayer to you with faith that you will listen to me:
“You, who with your divine blessing protect the lives of the helpless, have always given us the necessary support for those of us who repent of our sins. Through your word, I ask with humility and repentance in my heart sweet Mary, give strength and salvation to your children who need you most.
That through your divine intersection you work for the prompt awareness of (name of the condemned soul). so that he can follow the paths of the sacred words that you teach us, I ask you to take away his restlessness and anguish, make your divine presence accompany him in these difficult times he is going through.
Place it under your protection so that with your love they can forget the suffering and sadness. Holy divine virgin, I ask you to be a protector of my wishes and fulfill the requests that I make of you with fear and devotion. I call you Blessed Virgin of Mercy Obatala.Amen”.
Name three times the name of the person to whom you dedicate the petition.
Prayer to the Virgen de las Mercedes for inmates
It is with this prayer to the Virgen de las Mercedes, who favors inmates, with which you can pray for a family member or friend who is in this condition:
“Oh, Blessed Virgin Mary of the Mercy of God! for men, mother of Jesus Christ, queen of the world and Lady of all creation, who abandons no one or leaves them suffering, make us see the reign of Christ, your Divine Son, who is the reign of love, truth and justice. ”
Immaculate Virgin Mother of Mercedes, you who can do everything, protector of prisoners, of all those lost causes. Most Holy Mother of Jesus King of Kings, loving and pious mother of all of us, divine light that lights up the sea and the skies, I beg you to listen to my pleas.
“You, who with your divine blessing protect the lives of the helpless, have always given us the necessary support for those of us who repent of our sins. Through your word, I ask with humility and repentance in my sweet heart, Maria, I ask you for strength and to save your children who need you most.
That through your divine concurrence you work for the prompt liberation of (name of the condemned soul) so that he can freely undertake the paths of the sacred words that you teach us, I ask you to remove his restlessness and anguish immediately, make your divine presence accompany him in these difficult times you are going through.
Place it under your mantle so that with your love they can forget the suffering and sadness. Holy Divine Virgin, I ask you to be a protector of my wishes and fulfill the requests that I make of you with fear and devotion. I name you Blessed Virgin Patron of Mercy.Amen”.
Name three times the name of the person to whom you dedicate the petition.