Our Lady of the deceased little ones

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Within the basilica of Our Lady of Montligeon, a chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of the deceased little ones, where one can come and pray for an unborn child.

Praying for an unborn child

Often, no heed is paid to the death of the little ones. One thinks it best to keep their existence silent, seeking to avoid much suffering. Moreover most people are convinced that one will quickly forget them since one did not have time to get attached to them. Yet, the suffering of the parents and their kin is nevertheless very real.

Prayer to Our Lady of the deceased little ones

We turn our heart and our gaze to you, Mother of Life and Mother of Consolation. You have been assigned with leading all children to Jesus. You take care of each human being, created out of love by God, and He entrusts all of them to your motherhood. Hear our prayer for this child, N., who did not reach birth. Yet he/she was known and loved by God ever since his/her conception. May this child live in God’s kingdom, alongside Christ, who defeated death. Mother of the deceased little ones, reach out and comfort us in our grief. Help nurture our faith to one day meet up with him/her again, in Heaven. Amen.
Our Lady of Deliverance of the Holy Souls, pray for us. 

The deceased little ones have been created by God. He knows each of them, and knows each of them ever since his/her conception. Alike us, they are called to live with Him in His Kingdom praising and loving Him.

In the chapel of the deceased ones, you can come and pray for an unborn child and entrust him/her to Our Lady of the deceased little ones.

This prayer card is available at and from the shrine.

Mass for the deceased little ones: why? answers by
Fr. Paul Denizot, Rector of the shrine of Montligeon
Why should we mourn little deceased ones? Answers by Marc d’Anselme, clinical psychologist specialized in family therapies.
The Way of Consolation addresses people faced with the loss of the child they conceived and who did not get to live, whatever the reasons may be (ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, medically terminated pregnancy, still born babies, etc.)
The Way of Consolation
Bro. Paul-Marie Cathelinais, chaplain of “Mother of Mercy” (French Pro-Life Association) explains its apostolate of counselling, prayer and support to people affected by perinatal bereavement.

Entrust your petitions to the shrine

Pilgrimage for the little deceased ones on Divine Mercy Sunday

For the sixth year running, the shrine of Our Lady of Montligeon holds the annual pilgrimage dedicated to the unborn, and to their parents.

Every first Tuesday of the month, Holy Mass is celebrated at the basilica of the shrine for the unborn

Every first Tuesday of the month, Mass is celebrated to the following intention:

For the unborn (due to abortion, miscarriage) and for the little deceased ones who did not get to be baptized.”

To send us your petition, simply use our online contact form and select “Prayer intention” in the menu. It will be entrusted to the celebrant for the next up-coming Mass dedicated to the little deceased ones.

On Wednesdays, Mass is celebrated to the intentions entrusted to the shrine

On Wednesdays, Mass is celebrated at the basilica of Our Lady of Montligeon for the intentions received at the shrine.

To send us your petition, simply use our online contact form and select “Prayer intention” in the menu. It will be entrusted to the celebrant for the next up-coming Mass

Excerpts of petitions from the guest book at the Chapel of the Little Deceased Ones

“Barely here, you left. Little angel, watch over your baby cousins”, (signed) “Your older sister.”

“For Mila and Lana who both left in July 2021. May God take care of our little princesses”, (signed) “A. & A.”

“For Gilles, 2 days. For Corinna, 2 years old.”

“For the premature babies who were taken care of at my pediatric intensive care unit and for all the little ones who died in pediatric intensive care unit between 1994 and 2021. (signed) V.”

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