The National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Patroness of the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana

The statue of Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor came to New Orleans in 1810. Over the following two centuries, the Ursuline Sisters have shared this devotion to Our Lady of "Quick Help" with many who pray to the Mother of God in moments of pain or need, joy or thanksgiving, or simply out of a desire to live their lives with deepening fidelity and love.

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Mission Statement

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor serves God and all God’s people as the center of devotion to the Mother of Jesus under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor—quick help. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage, worship and prayer and welcomes all who wish to come to this sacred place.

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Eucharistic Adoration

Adoration is offered on the first Thursday of every month, September-May, from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Feel free to drop in at your convenience or sign up via the monthly schedule.

Prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor

O Mary, Mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watch over us and over the Church of your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Make haste to help us all in our necessities, that in this fleeting life you may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). As you once saved our beloved city from ravaging flames and our country from an invading army, have pity on us and obtain for us protection from hurricanes and all other disasters. Be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us.

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Circles of Prayer

Generations of Ursulines and friends of Our Lady of Prompt Succor have learned about many of the favors granted through the intercession of Our Lady in response to pleas for quick and favorable help. We will never know them all. But those we know are a source of encouragement and hope to all who count on Our Lady’s help.

The Ursuline Sisters, in a tradition that has continued for over two centuries, gather the written petitions of the faithful in the Sanctuary of the Shrine. The Sisters and the faithful pray daily for these intentions during the celebration of the Eucharist.

We would like to invite you to become part of this tradition by joining the Circles of Prayer that have multiplied throughout the country. Your request for prayers for your special intentions will be physically placed in our Sanctuary and will be remembered each day at daily Mass. Your requests will also be circulated to the Circles that are active nationwide.

Ursuline Academy of New Orleans

The National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor is situated on the 11 ½ acre campus of the oldest, continuously operating school for girls in the United States: Ursuline Academy of New Orleans. If you would like to learn more about Ursuline Academy.

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