Louis XIII was King of France from 1610 to 1642. He was married to Anne of Austria, and long awaited a son from her. When Louis XIV was born, consolidating peace in the kingdom devastated by the wars of religion, the King wanted to dedicate himself and his kingdom to the holy and glorious Virgin, whom he declared France’s special protector.
We have declared and declare that,
in taking the very holy and glorious Virgin as the special protector of our
we dedicated to her
ourselves, our state,
our Crown and our subjects,
pleading her to inspire in us very holy behaviour and to defend
this kingdom against the efforts of all its enemies, with great care,
whether it may suffer under the scourge of war,
or enjoy the sweetness of peace that we are asking God to deliver us
with all our hears, there are no paths of grace that do not lead to
paths of glory.