It is well known that on December 12, 1999, Pope St. John Paul II proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe to be Patroness of the Americas. Less well known is the fact that our Lord’s holy mother Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, had been recognized as Patroness of the United States since 1846. Under a variety of titles, she is the sole patroness of all fifty states, with the exception of Colorado (which names St. Francis of Assisi as co-patron).

As millions of Americans head to their polling places and cast their votes on this Election Day 2020—a year so fraught with division, fear, illness, and troubled communications—we offer this litany to Mary. We invite you to pray with us, in the hope that our decisions are guided by wisdom and truth, and that the intercessory prayers of the Mother of God—who brings our needs to Christ as she brought the needs of the newlyweds to him at Cana—may soothe our hopes, protect our processes, and help to speed the purposes of God which, St. Philip Neri reminds us, always work toward our good.

May the prayers and good intentions of Christians the world over, joined to the intercessory prayers of the Theotokos, the God-bearer, whose fiat began the whole pageant of our salvation, this day deliver unto us God’s peace, beyond all understanding. And may that peace last throughout the coming year.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours,
forever and ever. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Litany to the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States of America

Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
O Mary, Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States of America, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Gulf, Patroness of the State of Alabama, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Kodiak and the Islands, Patroness of Alaska, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Highways, Patroness of Arizona, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Patroness of Arkansas, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Refuge and of the Wayside, Patroness of California, pray for us.

Immaculate Mary, Patroness of Colorado, pray for us.

Notre Dame of Easton, Patroness of Connecticut, pray for us.

Our Lady of Mercy, Patroness of Delaware, pray for us.

Our Lady of La Leche, Patroness of Florida, pray for us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Patroness of Georgia, pray for us.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace and Star of the Sea, Patroness of Hawaii, pray for us.

Our Lady of Limerick, Patroness of Idaho, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Universe, Patroness of Illinois, pray for us.

Our Lady of Providence, Patroness of Indiana, pray for us.

Mary of Nazareth, Patroness of Iowa, pray for us.

Mary, Queen of Angels, Patroness of Kansas, pray for us.

Mary, Mother of God, Patroness of Kentucky, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Patroness of Louisiana, pray for us.

Our Lady of Peace, Patroness of Maine, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Assumption, Patroness of Maryland, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Incarnation, Patroness of Massachusetts, pray for us.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven, Patroness of Michigan, pray for us.

Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Patroness of Minnesota, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Sorrows, Patroness of Mississippi, pray for us.

Our Lady of Calvary, Patroness of Missouri, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Pines, Patroness of Montana, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Presentation, Patroness of Nebraska, pray for us.

Our Lady of Las Vegas, Patroness of Nevada, pray for us.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of New Hampshire, pray for us.

Our Lady of Fatima, Patroness of New Jersey, pray for us.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of New Mexico, pray for us.

Our Lady, Help of Christians, Patroness of New York, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Patroness of North Carolina, pray for us.

Mary, Queen of Peace, Patroness of North Dakota, pray for us.

Our Lady of Consolation, Patroness of Ohio, pray for us.

Our Lady, Queen of all Saints, Patroness of Oklahoma, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Woods, Patroness of Oregon, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Patroness of Pennsylvania, pray for us.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patroness of Rhode Island, pray for us.

Mary, Virgin Mother, Patroness of South Carolina, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Prairie, Patroness of South Dakota, pray for us.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patroness of Tennessee, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Annunciation, Patroness of Texas, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Snows, Patroness of Utah, pray for us.

Our Lady of Grace, Patroness of Vermont, pray for us.

Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, Patroness of Virginia, pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Help, Patroness of Washington, pray for us.

Our Lady of Victory, Patroness of West Virginia, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Americas, Patroness of Wisconsin, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Valley, Patroness of Wyoming, pray for us.

All saints of America, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.

O Mary, through his messenger Gabriel, the Holy One and Creator of the universe proposed something difficult and unimaginable to you. While justly wondering at this request, you nevertheless made your assent in perfect trust. Thus, you became the Ark of the New Covenant—the pure vessel from whom the Christ, Jesus the Divine Savior, took his Flesh and Blood in order to redeem us. May we take courage from your example, remembering that God’s love for every one of us surpasses our understanding, and that God’s plans always redound to our good, even if we cannot clearly see how in the present moment. Pray for us today, as we perform a civic duty with our best intentions, and help us to confront the outcome with the faith, humility, and perfect trust you modeled for us at the Annunciation and throughout your life.

In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray: Lord, have mercy upon us, and give us peace.