Consecration of the Church and
World to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope John Paul II
Prayed before the icon of Our Lady,
Salus Populi Romani, (December 8,1990)
You, who have known in the fullest way the power of the Holy Spirit, when it was granted to you to conceive in your virginal womb and to give birth to the Eternal Word, obtain for the Church that she may continue to give new birth through water and the Holy Spirit to the sons and daughters of the whole human family, without any distinction of language, race, or culture, giving them in this way the "power to become children of God" (Jn 1:12).You, who are so deeply and maternally bound to the Church, preceding the whole people of God along the way of faith, hope and charity, embrace all who are on the way, pilgrims through temporal life towards eternal destinies, with that love which the Divine Redeemer himself, your Son, poured into your heart from the Cross. Be the Mother of all our earthly lives, even when they become tortuous, in order that we may all find ourselves, in the end, in that large community which your Son called the fold, offering his life for it as the Good Shepherd. You, who are the first handmaid of the unity of the body of Christ, help us, help all the faithful, who feel so painfully the drama of the divisions of Christianity, to seek with constancy the way to the perfect unity of the Body of Christ by means of unconditional faithfulness to the Spirit of Truth and Love, which was given to them by your Son at the cost of the cross and of death.
You, who have always wished to serve! You
who serve as mother of the whole family of the children of God, obtain for the
Church that, enriched by the Holy Spirit with the fullness of hierarchical and
charismatic gifts, she may continue with constancy towards the future along
the way of that renewal which comes from what the Holy Spirit says and which
found expression in the teaching of Vatican II, assuming in this work of
renewal everything that is true and good, without letting herself be deceived
either in one direction or in the other, but discerning assiduously among the
signs of the times what is useful for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
Mother of all peoples, you know all their sufferings and their hopes. You feel in a motherly way all the struggles between good and evil, between the light and the darkness which shakes the world, accept our cry addresses to the Holy Spirit directly to your heart and embrace with the love of the Mother and the Handmaid of the Lord the peoples who await this embrace the most and likewise the peoples whose consecration you, too, are particularly awaiting. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family which we consecrate to you, O Mother, with affectionate rapture. May the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, justice and hope, approach for everyone.
O you, who through the mystery of your particular holiness, free of all stain from the moment of your conception feel in a particular deep way that "the whole creation has been groaning in travail." (Rom.8:22), while, "subjected to futility," it hopes that it will be "set free from its bondage to decay" (Rom.8:20-21), You contribute unceasingly to the "revealing of the sons of God," for whom "the creation waits with eager longing." (Rom. 8:19), to enter the freedom of their joy (cf. Rom.8:21).O Mother of Jesus, now glorified in heaven in body and in soul, as the image and beginning of the Church, which is to have its fulfillment in the future age here on earth, until the day of the Lord comes (cf. 2 Pet. 3: 10), do not cease to shine before the pilgrim people of God as a sign of sure hope and consolation (cf. Lumen Gentium 68).
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