I questioned the validity of this prayer to Our Lady (posted on a seminary website as guidance for Deacons). I was told that it is just “understood” that Mary intercedes on our behalf and doesn’t answer our prayers directly, and so it is okay to pray directly to her.
(I haven’t solidified my opinion on their response)
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Who as teacher of faith, by your obedience to the
word of God, has co-operated in a remarkable way with
the work of redemption, make the ministry of deacons
effective by teaching them to hear the Word and
to proclaim it faithfully.
Teacher of charity, who by your total openness to
God’s call, has co-operated in bringing to birth all the
Church’s faithful, make the ministry and the life of
deacons fruitful by teaching them to give themselves
totally to the service of the People of God.
Teacher of prayer, who through your maternal
intercession has supported and helped the Church
from her beginnings, make deacons always attentive to
the needs of the faithful by teaching them to come to
know the value of prayer.
Teacher of humility, by constantly knowing yourself
to be the servant of the Lord you were filled with the
Holy Spirit, make deacons docile instruments in
Christ’s work of redemption by teaching them the
greatness of being the least of all.
Teacher of that service which is hidden, who by your
everyday and ordinary life filled with love, knew how to
co-operate with the salvific plan of God in an exemplary
fashion, make deacons good and faithful servants, by
teaching them the joy of serving the Church with an ardent love.