Marian Prayers of Popes


Prayers
Author, dates and source of text
Mary, show that you are our Mother; may our prayer be heard by that Jesus who willed to be your Son.
Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
(Pontiff 1879-1903)


A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations / edited by Pamela Moran

Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, 228

As a Little Child I Loved You

As a little child,
I loved you like a mother.
Now that I am old,
my love for you has grown.
Receive me in heaven
as one of the blessed,
and I will proclaim
that I have obtained
such a great prize
through your patronage.
Amen.

Pope Leo XIII  (1810-1903)
(Pontiff 1879-1903)

Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer

Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 132.
BX2160.2 B46 1996

It Is Sweet Music

It is sweet music to the ear to say:
I honor you, O Mother!
It is a sweet song to repeat:
I honor you, O holy Mother!
You are my delight, dear hope, and chaste love,
my strength in all adversities.
If my spirit that is troubled
and stricken by passions
suffers from the painful burden
of sadness and weeping,
if you see your child overwhelmed by misfortune,
O gracious Virgin Mary,
let me find rest in your motherly embrace.
But alas,
already the last day is quickly approaching.
Banish the demon to the infernal depths,
and stay closer, dear Mother,
to your aged and erring child.
With a gentle touch,
cover the wary pupils
and kindly consign to God
the soul that is returning to him.
Amen.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
(Pontiff 1879-1903)

Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer

Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 132-133.
BX2160.2 B46 1996

O Most Holy Virgin

Most holy Virgin, who pleased our Lord and became his mother, Virgin Immaculate in your body and soul, in your body and soul, in your faith and love, at this solemn jubilee of the promulgation of the dogma which proclaimed you to the entire world as conceived without sin, look kindly on us unfortunate ones who implore your powerful protection. The infernal serpent, upon whom the primeval curse was laid, continues, alas, to attack and tempt the hapless children of Eve. Ah! Do you, our blessed Mother, our Queen and Advocate, who at the first moment of your conception did crush the enemy's head, do you gather together our prayers and we beseech you (our hearts one with yours) present them before God's throne, that we may never allow ourselves to be caught in the snares laid for us, but that we may reach the portal of salvation, and that the Church and Christian society may once more chant the hymn of deliverance, of victory and of peace. Amen.
Pope Pius X (1835-1903)
(Pontiff 1903-1914)


Composed for the fiftieth anniversary of the definition of the Immaculate Conception, September 8, 1903.

 

Papal Teachings: Our Lady,
[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]

 

Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 165.
BT597.C29

Prayer To Our Lady of the Assumption
O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.


We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated Wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose bodies weigh down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.


We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as he once said to you of his Beloved Disciple: "Behold your son," and we who call upon you as our Mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.


We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.


We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

This text concluded the address the pope gave to the faithful assembled in St. Peter's Square on November 1, 1950, after the definition of the dogma of the Assumption.


It is published in: Papal Teachings: Our Lady,
[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 323-324. BT597.C29

To Mary, Mother of Divine Love

To you, O Mary, are known all the needs of your people and of the whole Church. Mother of Truth and Seat of Wisdom, dissipate the clouds of error which darken our minds. Amend the strayings of our hearts and inspire in us love for truth and the desire to do good.


Obtain for all people a holy fear of God so that society may know happiness. Give us lively faith that we may trust in those things which are imperishable. Give us that love which is sealed forever in God. Obtain for families fidelity, harmony, and peace. Stir up and confirm in the hearts of those who govern nations a clear notion of their responsibility, and of their duty to foster religion, morality, and the common good.


And just as your mercy is showered upon souls, O Mary, may it likewise flow over all those ills which afflict this people, and indeed the whole Christian family. Have pity on the poor, on captives, on all who bear persecution for the sake of justice, or are stricken by misfortune. Hail, O Mary, Mother of those who wander here below; you are our life, our sweetness, and our hope.


O Mother of Divine Love, send down your motherly blessing on all who pray to you; send it abundantly and consolingly. Amen.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

[edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer]

Imprint Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999, 123.
BX2160.2 .E88 1999

To Our Lady of Rest


Hear, O Blessed Virgin, the prayers which we address you, Our Lady of Rest, as we are mindful of that maternal love in which you receive your children.


It is by your powerful intercession, O Mary, that our hearts and minds find rest. We know well our own weakness; but we trust in the everlasting promises, and we hope for eternal happiness as we cling to the crucified Jesus, who has made His cross to be ours as well.


O Mary, under your patronage we find peace in the midst of earthly tribulation. You are the quiet certainty of the strong soul, ever on guard against the enemy. You are the sanctuary of the pure who remain unstained by earth’s corruption. And just as, with you, we find peace during the present life, so shall we find with you, when the days of our pilgrimage are over, everlasting peace in the world to come. Amen.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

[edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer]

Imprint Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999, 123-4.
BX2160.2 .E88 1999

Consecration of the Sick to Mary

O kind and good Mother, whose own soul was pierced by the sword of sorrow, look upon us while, in our sickness, we arraign ourselves beside you on the Calvary where your Jesus hangs.


Dowered with the high grace of suffering, and hopeful of fulfilling in our own flesh what is wanting in our sharing of Christ's passion, on behalf of his Mystical Body, the Church, we consecrate to you ourselves and our pain. We pray that you will place them on that Altar of the Cross to which Jesus is affixed. May they be little victims of propitiation for our salvation, for the salvation of all peoples.


O Mother of Sorrows, accept this consecration. Strengthen our hopeful hearts, that as partakers of Christ's sufferings we may also share in his comfort now and for evermore. Amen.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

[edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer]

Imprint Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999, 124.
BX2160.2 .E88 1999

Consecration to the Blessed Virgin

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of all, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart and the request of the Vicar of your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to you, all the people of our country and all the world.


Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the rosary more faithfully.


We come with confidence to you, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumphant in every heart and home.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)

The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

[edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer]

Imprint Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999, 107.
BX2160.2.E88 1999

Bend Tenderly Over Our Wounds

Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty, and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, O Immaculate Mother of Jesus and our Mother, Mary, confident of finding in your most loving heart appeasement of our ardent desires, and a safe harbor from the tempests which beset us on every side.


Though degraded by our faults and overwhelmed by infinite misery, we admire and praise the peerless richness of the sublime gifts with which God has filled you, above every other mere creature, from the first moment of your conception until the day on which, after your assumption into heaven, he crowned you Queen of the Universe.


O crystal Fountain of Faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths! O fragrant Lily of All Holiness, captivate our hearts with your heavenly perfume! O Conqueress of Evil and Death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell!


O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cry which rises up from every heart. Bend tenderly over our aching wounds. Convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatreds, sweeten hardness, safeguard the flower of purity in youth, protect the holy church, make all men feel the attractions of Christian goodness. In your name, resounding harmoniously in heaven, may they recognize that they are brothers, and that the nations are members of one family, upon which may there shine forth the sun of a universal and sincere peace.


Receive, O most sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us that, one day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne that hymn which today is sung on earth around your altars: You are all-beautiful, O Mary! You are the glory, your are the joy, your are the honor of our people!
Amen.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)


Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer

Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 134-135.
BX2160.2 B46 1996


"...prayer, dedicated to Mary Immaculate, was composed ... for the Marian year of 1954, which was proclaimed to mark the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception." p. 134.

Mary Our Strength

O Virgin, fair as the moon,
delight of the angels and saints in heaven,
grant that we may become like you
and that our souls may receive a ray of your beauty,
which does not decline with the years
but shines forth into eternity.
O Mary, sun of heaven,
restore life where there is death
and enlighten spirits where there is darkness.
Turn your countenance to your children
and radiate on us your light and your fervor.
O Mary, powerful as an army,
grant victory to our ranks.
We are very weak
and our enemy rages with uttermost conceit.
But under your banner
we are confident of overcoming him. ....
Save us, O Mary,
fair as the moon,
bright as the sun,
awe-inspiring as an army set in battle array
and sustained not by hatred
but by the ardor of love.
Amen

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)
(Pontiff 1939-1958)


Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer

Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 136.
BX2160.2 B46 1996

Prayer to Mary, Queen

From the depths of this vale of tears where sorrowing humanity makes weary progress -- through the surges of the this sea of ours endlessly buffeted by the winds of passion -- we raise our eyes to you, O most beloved Mother Mary, to be comforted by the contemplation of your glory and to hail you as Queen of heaven and earth, Queen of mankind.
With legitimate filial pride, we wish to exalt your queenship and to recognize it as due to the sovereign excellence of your whole being, O dearest one, truly mother of him who is King by right, by inheritance and by conquest.


Reign, O Mother and Queen, by showing us the path of holiness and by guiding and assisting us that we may never stray from it.


In the heights of heaven you exercise your primacy over the choirs of angels who acclaim you as their sovereign, and over the legions of saints who delight in beholding your dazzling beauty. So, too, reign over the entire human race, above all by opening the path of faith to those who do not yet know your Divine Son.


Reign over the Church, which acknowledges and extols your gentle dominion and has recourse to you as a safe refuge amid the calamities of our day. Reign especially over that part of the Church which is persecuted and oppressed; give it strength to bear adversity, constancy never to yield under unjust compulsion, light to avoid falling into the snares of the enemy, firmness to resist overt attack, and at every moment unwavering faithfulness to your kingdom.


Reign over men's minds, that they may seek only what is true; over their wills, that they may follow solely what is good; over their hearts, that they may love nothing but what you yourself love.


Reign over individuals and over families, as well as over societies and nations; over the assemblies of the powerful, the counsels of the wise, as over the simple aspirations of the humble.


Reign in the streets and in the squares, in the cities and the villages, in the valleys and in the mountains, in the air, on land and on the sea; and hear the pious prayers of all those who recognize that yours is a reign of mercy, in which every petition is heard, every sorrow comforted, every misfortune relieved, every infirmity healed, and in which, at a gesture from your gentle hands, from death itself there arises smiling life.


Obtain for us that all who now in every corner of the world acclaim and hail you Queen and Lady may one day in heaven enjoy the fullness of your kingdom in the vision of your Divine Son, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Pope Pius XII


Papal Teachings: Our Lady

[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 413-415.
BT597.C29


At St. Peter's Basilica, November 1, 1954.
Institution of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.

Prayer: Salve, O Vergine

Hail, O Virgin most pure, most powerful Queen whom the human family invokes by the sweet name of Mother! We who cannot invoke an earthly mother either because we never knew her or were very soon deprived of such a sweet and necessary support, we turn to you, certain that you shall be a mother to us in a special manner.


If, indeed, because of our condition, we arouse in every one feelings of pity, compassion and love, we shall awaken such feelings of pity, compassion and love, the most loving, most tender and most merciful of all pure creatures.


O true Mother of all Orphans, we take refuge in your Immaculate Heart, certain of receiving therein all the comfort for which our bereft hearts are yearning.


We place all our trust in you so that you maternal hand may guide and support us along the steep paths of this life.
Bless all those who assist or protect us in your name; reward our benefactors and the chosen souls that devote their lives to us. Above all, be ever to us a Mother, modeling our hearts, enlightening our minds, strengthening our wills, adorning our souls with every virtue, and keeping away from us the enemies of our God who would wish to ruin us forever!


Finally, dearest Mother, our delight and our hope, lead us to Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb, so that if we have not enjoyed the sweetness of a mother here below, we may hereafter, in everlasting life, enjoy your motherly love and your presence, together with that of your Divine Son who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Pope Pius XII


Papal Teachings: Our Lady


[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 428-429.
BT597.C29

Composed August 28, 1956.

Prayer: Obedient to the Invitation

Obedient to the invitation give in your own maternal words, O Virgin Immaculate of Lourdes, we hurry to your feet at the humble grotto, where you appeared to point out the way of prayer and penance to those gone astray and to dispense the graces and wonders of your supreme goodness to the sick.


O gracious Queen, accept the homage and the prayers that the peoples and the nations, caught in bitter straits, trustingly raise to you

O resplendent vision of Paradise, dispel from our minds the darkness of error by the light of faith! O mystical garden of roses, comfort the broken hearts of people with the heavenly perfume of hope! O inexhaustible fountain of saving waters, refresh with the floods of divine charity hearts that are dry.


Grant that we, your children, may be consoled in our sorrows, protected in danger, and sustained in our struggles! May we love and serve your dear Son Jesus in such a way that we may deserve eternal joy before your throne in heaven above. Amen.

Pope Pius XII


Papal Teachings: Our Lady


[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 431-432.
BT597.C29
Composed May 17, 1957.

Prayer: O Full of Grace

O Mary, "full of grace and blessed among women," stretch out the hand of your motherly protection, we ask you, upon us who gather round your queenly throne as your handmaidens, obedient to your command and resolved with your help to bring to realization in ourselves and our sisters the ideals of truth and Christian perfection.


Our eyes are fixed on your in admiration, immaculate Virgin; you who are loved by the Heavenly Father above all others! O Virgin Spouse of the Holy Spirit! Tender Mother of Jesus! Obtain for us from your Divine Son the grace to reflect your sublime virtues in our conduct, according to our age and condition of life.


Grant that we may be spotless and pure in our thoughts and in our behavior; gentle, affectionate, and sympathetic companions to our husbands; to our children solicitous, vigilant and wise mothers; prudent administrators of our homes; exemplary citizens of our dear country; faithful daughters of the Church, ever ready to allow ourselves to be guided by her in thought and deed.


Help us, loving Mother, to be truly devoted to the duties of our state of life; help us make our homes true centers of spiritual life and active charity, schools where consciences will be rightly formed, gardens where every virtue will flourish. Give us your help that in social and political life we may be patterns of deep faith, of consistent and gracious Christian practice, of incorruptible integrity, and of well-balance judgment based upon the solid principles of religion.


Bless these our resolutions which you have inspired us to make and the trials you have helped us to bear; may we with your aid come to see their abundant fruits in time and in eternity. Amen.

Pope Pius XII


Papal Teachings: Our Lady


[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 432-433.
BT597.C29
Composed May 26, 1957.

Prayer: Vergine benedicta

Blessed Virgin who, under the title of Repose, reminds us of the succoring pity with which your maternal heart is open to your children, hear our prayer!


Through your powerful intercession, O Mary, may minds and hearts find repose in abandoning themselves to the Will of the Heavenly Father, in the consciousness of their frailty, in faith in divine promises, in the hope of eternal blessings, and in adhering lovingly to your Crucified Jesus who has made our crosses his own.


If we are protected by you, O Mary, calm amid earthly perturbation will not be an empty word. It will be repose for the strong, watchful against hostile forces; repose for the pure, away from worldly corruption. And as through you we shall have had peace in this life, so, at the end of our pilgrimage in time, we shall enjoy peace for ever and ever. Amen.

Pope Pius XII


Papal Teachings: Our Lady


[selected and arranged by the Benedictine Monks of Solesmes; translated by The Daughters of St. Paul]


Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1961, 456-457.
BT597.C29
Composed 2 June 1958.

Consecration to the Blessed Virgin

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of all, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart and the request of the Vicar of your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to you, all the people of our country and all the world.


Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the rosary more faithfully.


We come with confidence to you, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumphant in every heart and home.

Pope Pius XII


The Essential Mary Handbook : a summary of beliefs, practices, and prayers : with a glossary of key terms and cross-referenced to the Catechism of the Catholic Church / [edited and compiled by Judith A. Bauer]

Imprint Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999, 107
BX2160.2.E88 1999

O Mary, you are praying for us, you are always praying for us. We know it, we feel it. Oh what joy and truth, what sublime glory, in this heavenly and human interchange of sentiments, words and actions, which the rosary always brings us: the tempering of our human afflictions, the foretaste of the peace that is not of this world, the hope of eternal life!
Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
(Pontiff 1958-1963)


A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations / edited by Pamela Moran

Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, 228

O Mary, your name has been on my lips and in my heart from my early infancy. When I was a child I learned to love you as a Mother, turn to you in danger, and trust your intercession. You see in my heart the desire to know the truth, to practice virtue, to be prudent and just, strong and patient, a brother to all.


O Mary, help me to keep to my purpose of living as a faithful disciple of Jesus, for the building up of the Christian society and the joy of the holy Catholic Church. I greet you, Mother, morning and evening; I pray to you as I go on my way; from you I hope for the inspiration and encouragement that will enable me to fulfill the sacred promises of my earthly vocation, give glory to God, and win eternal salvation. O Mary! Like you in Bethlehem and on Golgotha, I too wish to stay always close to Jesus. He is the eternal King of all ages and all peoples. Amen.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
(Pontiff 1958-1963)


A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations / edited by Pamela Moran

 Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, p. 228-9


Also found in: Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 138.
BX2160.2 B46 1996

Prayer of Love for Mary

Holy Immaculate Mary, help all who are in trouble. Give courage to the faint-hearted, console the sad, heal the infirm, pray for the people, intercede for the clergy, have a special care for nuns; may all feel, all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance, all who now and always render and will render, you honor, and will offer you their petitions. Hear all our prayers, O Mother, and grant them all. We are all your children: Grant the prayers of your children.
Amen forever.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
(Pontiff 1958-1963)
You Are Our Mother

O Mary,
look upon the church,
look upon the most responsible members
of the Mystical Body of Christ
gathered about you to thank you
and to celebrate you as their Mystical Mother.


O Mary,
bless the great assembly of the hierarchical church,
which also gives birth to brothers and sisters of Christ,
the firstborn among redeemed humankind.


O Mary,
grant that this church of Christ–
in defining itself–will acknowledge you
as its most chosen mother, daughter, and sister,
as well as its incomparable model,
its glory, its joy, and its hope.
We ask you now
that we may be made worthy of honoring you
because of who your are
and because of what you do
in the wondrous and loving plan of salvation.
Grant that we may praise you,
O holy Virgin!


O Mary,
look upon us who are your children,
look upon us who are brothers and sisters,
disciples and apostles and continuation of Jesus.
Make us aware of our vocation and our mission;
may we not be unworthy to take on–
in our priesthood, in our word,
in the offering of our life
for the faithful entrusted to us–
the representation and personification of Christ.
O you who are full of grace,
grant that the priesthood that honors you
may itself also be holy and immaculate.


O Mary,
we pray to you
for our Christian brothers and sisters
who are still separated
from our Catholic family.
See how a glorious group of them
celebrate your cult with fidelity and love.
See also how among another group,
who are so intent on calling themselves Christians,
there now dawns the remembrance
and the veneration of you,O most holy Lady.
Call these children of yours to the one unity
under your motherly and heavenly aid.


O Mary,
look upon all mankind,
this modern world in which
the divine will calls us to live and work.
It is a world that has turned its back
on the light of Christ;
then it fears and bemoans the frightening shadows
that its actions have created on all sides.
May your most human voice,
O most beautiful of virgins,
O most worthy of mothers,
O blessed among women,
invited the world to turn its eyes
toward the life that is the light of man,
toward you who are the precursor-lamp of Christ,
Who is the sole and the highest Light of the world.
Implore for the world
the true understanding of its own existence;
implore for the world
the joy of living as the creation of God
and hence the desire and the capacity
to converse–by prayer– with its Maker,
whose mysterious and blesses image
it reflects within itself.

Implore for the world
the grace to esteem everything as the gift of God
and hence the virtue to work with generosity
and to make use of such gifts wisely and providently.
Implore peace for the world.
Fashion brothers and sisters
out of persons who are so divided.
Guide us to a more ordered and peaceful society.
For those who are suffering–
today there are so many and ever new ones,
afflicted by current misfortunes–
obtain solace;
and for the dead, obtain eternal rest.


Show yourself a mother to us;
this is our prayer,
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Amen.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
(Pontiff 1963-1978)


Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions / Richard J. Beyer

Imprint Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, 1996, 139-142.
BX2160.2 B46 1996

Look down with maternal clemency, most Blessed Virgin, upon all your children. Consider the anxiety of bishops who fear that their flocks will be tormented by a terrible storm of evils. Heed the anguish of so many people, fathers and mothers of families who are uncertain about their future and beset by hardships and cares. Soothe the minds of those at war and inspire them with “thoughts of peace.” Through your intercession, may God, the avenger of injuries, turn to mercy. May He give back to nations the tranquility they seek and bring them to a lasting age of genuine prosperity.
Pope Paul VI


A Marian Prayer Book : A Treasury of Prayers, Hymns, and Meditations / edited by Pamela Moran

Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Servant Publications, 1991, 228

Prayer to Mary

¶56. May the most beloved Mother of the Lord, after whose example you have consecrated your lives to God, obtain for you in your daily journeying that lasting joy which Jesus alone can give. May your life, following her example, give witness to that "maternal love, which should animate all those who, associated in the apostolic mission of the Church, collaborate in the regeneration of men."(72) Beloved sons and daughters, may the joy of the Lord transfigure your consecrated life and may His love make it fruitful. With deep affection We bless you in His name.

 

Pope Paul VI

Prayer in the concluding paragraph of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelica Testificatio On the Renewal of the Religious Life According to the Teaching of the Second Vatican Council

June 29, 1971

Vatican web link Evangelica Testificatio

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