Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen called her “the world’s first love.” Sheen had particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout his life. He constantly preached the importance of honoring and venerating the greatest of all the saints. Mary has been given many names and titles by the Catholic Church; so many that it has a special litany to express them all. The New Eve, Ark of the New Covenant, Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church, Mother of God, Help of Christians, Untier of Knots, and many others.

Sheen often asked his audiences what they would think of him if he visited their homes and refused to talk to or even acknowledge their mothers. Even worse, what about a home where there are no photos of a mother, and no one ever speaks of her. He was fond of saying it is simply not possible to make too much fuss over a mother. Especially the Mother of God, so special to Jesus, who created her and thought of her before he flung the cosmos into existence.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, stained glass window art from Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, stained glass window art from Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

He urged his brother priests to adopt a similar veneration for Mary, and to call upon her intercession. Then, one day when they reach eternity, he said, they would hear Christ say, “I’ve heard my Mother speak of you.”

Sheen ended many of his presentations by reciting a favorite poem by Mary Dixon Thayer:

Lovely Lady dressed in blue ——-
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
Tell me what to say!

Did you lift Him up, sometimes,
Gently on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way
Mother does to me?

Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world?
O! And did He cry?

Do you really think He cares
If I tell Him things ——-
Little things that happen? And
Do the Angels’ wings

Make a noise? And can He hear
Me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now?
Tell me ——-for you know.

Lovely Lady dressed in blue ——-
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
And you know the way.

5 thoughts on “Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray”

  1. I LEARNED THIS PRAYER IN GRADE SCHOOL, ALMOST 65 YEARS AGO, AND WHEN A PRIEST USED IT IN HIS HOMILY A WEEK AGO, I WAS ABLE TO RECITE IT ALONG WITH HIM EVEN THOUGH I DON’T ROUTINELY SAY IT. iT’S A PRAYER THAT IS ALWAYS WITH ME, LIKE A GOOD FRIEND – YOU CAN BE TOGETHER NOT SPEAKING AND IT IS ENOUGH.
    NOW I CAN MAKE MY OWN HOLY CARDS TO SHARE WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTERS. THANK YOU!!

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    1. This is one of the most popular pages on my blog. I’m glad you like it. Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will be pleased. I have numerous recordings of him saying this prayer. He did it so well. God bless!

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      1. I remember The Bishop Fulton Sheen. I watched his TV shows. Loved his inspiring talks.Growing up the nuns taught us Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue. I always liked that prayer. I’ll never forget it.

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