Has anyone ever seen this posted in a local paper? We have what is called a "Hometown Shopper" here that list things for sale plus other annoucements and advertisements. Every week someone will post something like this under the title above. It isn't always the exact same words but always gives Mary power and authority to grant you your request under some sort of magic. As long as you follow the directions, she must grant you your request. I'm wondering if it's orgin is from Catholics. Do Catholics believe in these kind of prayers and that Mary has the characteristics that this prayer says she has? Here is the prayer.... " Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea help me and (never known to fail) Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splender of heaven, Blessed Mother, Son of God, Immaculate Virgin assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my mother. Oh, holy, Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in the necessity of my son's spiritual welfare and his health. There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary concieved without sin pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times) Holy Mary I place this prayer in your hands. (3 timess) Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you ." There are folks who are actually putting their hope into these prayers because there is one posted about every week. I always here Catholic posters here accerting that what non catholics say they believe about Mary is not really what they believe about Mary. However when I hear the average joe catholic on the street, they are always talking about Mary as though she is God and the only avenue by which we can pray to God. If Catholicism is not teaching what they say they are not teaching about Mary then why are all these catholics so stuck on worshipping and praying to Mary? The "Leaders" say they don't worship her nor teach it, but the joe catholic on the street sure talks her up as if she is God. Just look at what that prayer has to say about her. Anyone reading that prayer would believe that this person believes that Mary is Holy and is God wouldn't you say? My underlying question is if Catholicism does not teach that Mary is God, then why does the average catholic give her titles and attributes that were given to Jesus Christ alone in scripture? Why does the average joe catholic talk her up as though she is like God? I know the catholic defenders on here say oh, no ,no, no, we don't teach that, BUT, the lay people are certainly coming away with a different idea of her then what you say you are NOT teaching. God Bless!