Opening prayer

Mary, God chose you as the mother of his Son and called all nations and generations to bless the gift of grace he gave you. In the company of those who have gone before us, with people of all races and languages, we call upon you in prayer.


Response for the following: Pray for us.

Holy Mary
Mother of God
Mother of our redemption
Mother of a lost child
Mother of comfort and understanding
Mother who shares our joys
Mother who endures our sorrows
Mother whose heart was pierced by a sword
Mother most merciful
Woman responsive to God's word
Woman willing to believe the impossible
Woman who rejoices in her lowliness
Woman with an undivided heart
Woman of perfect freedom
Woman wrapped in mystery
Woman moved by the Spirit
Woman champion of the poor and lowly
Woman graced by a husband's love
Woman widowed by a husband's death
Woman at the cross
Woman patient and waiting
Woman clothed with the sun
Queen of the fullness of times
Queen of beauty unalloyed
Queen of integrity
Queen of painful meetings
Queen of all our heart's treasure
Queen of our destiny
Queen of peace

Let us pray:

Mary, you are mother and virgin, wife and widow, peasant and queen--blessed for all time. We need the comfort of your prayers. Remember us always to our Father through your Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev. Joseph H. Lackner, S.M.

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Glory to you, God our Creator
Breathe into us new life, new meaning.

Glory to you, God our Savior
Lead us in the way of peace and justice.

Glory to you, healing Spirit
Transform us to empower others.

Response to the following:
Be our guide.

Mary, wellspring of peace
Model of strength
Model of gentleness
Model of trust
Model of courage
Model of patience
Model of risk
Model of openness
Model of perseverance

Response to the following: Pray for us.

Mother of the liberator
Mother of the homeless
Mother of the dying
Mother of the nonviolent
Mother of widowed mothers
Mother of unwed mothers
Mother of a political prisoner
Mother of the condemned
Mother of the executed criminal

Response to the following:
Lead us to life.

Oppressed woman
Liberator of the oppressed
Marginalized woman
Comforter of the afflicted
Cause of our joy
Sign of contradiction
Breaker of bondage
Political refugee
Seeker of sanctuary
First disciple
Sharer in Christ's passion
Seeker of God's will
Witness to Christ's resurrection

Response to the following: Empower us.

Woman of mercy
Empower us.
Woman of faith
Woman of contemplation
Woman of vision
Woman of wisdom and understanding
Woman of grace and truth
Woman, pregnant with hope
Woman, centered in God

Let us pray:

Mary, Queen of Peace, we entrust our lives to you. Shelter us from war, hatred and oppression. Teach us to live in peace, to educate ourselves for peace. Inspire us to act justly, to revere all God has made. Root peace firmly in our hearts and in our world. Amen.

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Response for the following: Have mercy on us.

Jesus, knit so wonderfully in the womb of Mary

Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary

Jesus, uniquely human from the moment of conception in the womb of Mary

Jesus, present at creation, created in the womb of Mary

Jesus, word made flesh, taking on a human body in the womb of Mary

Jesus, subject to human development in the womb of Mary

Jesus, whose Precious Blood first flowed through tiny arteries and veins in the womb of Mary

Jesus, hidden nine months in the womb of Mary

Jesus, begotten by God, nourished by the substance and blood of His Most Holy Mother in the womb of Mary

Jesus, leaping from eternity into time, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, revealing with His Father and the Holy Spirit all wisdom and knowledge to His Most Holy Mother,
in the womb of Mary

Jesus, aware of His role as Redeemer in the womb of Mary

Jesus, Sanctifier of His Precursor from the womb of Mary

Jesus, Eternal Word, Divine Child, embraced by the Father, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, raising His Mother to the heights of sanctification, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, everlasting delight of heaven, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, manifesting His Incarnation to His Holy Mother, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, adored and contemplated by His Mother in the sanctuary of her womb

Jesus, before whom the angels prostrated themselves, in the womb of Mary

Jesus, in whom the very angels beheld the humanity of the Infant God and the union of the two natures
of the Word in the virginal womb of Mary

Jesus, whose Holy Limbs first budded in the womb of Mary

Jesus, whose Godhead the world cannot contain, weighing only a few grams in the womb of Mary

Jesus, Divine Immensity, once measuring only tenths of an inch in the womb of Mary
Jesus, Sacrificial Lamb, Docile Infant in the womb of Mary

Jesus, who was to suffer the agony and passion of death, accepting the human capacity for pain and grief,
in the womb of Mary

Jesus, Lamb of God in the womb of Mary,
Spare us, O Lord.

Jesus, Holy Innocent in the womb of Mary,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Jesus, Son of God and Messiah in the womb of Mary,
Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Let us pray:

God, our creator, you formed us as women and men,
equal partners in the stewardship of your world:
joined forever as sisters and brothers,
yet within each of us lives a rich diversity of different gifts,
different hopes and different limitations.
In Jesus, your word born fully in our flesh,
you have seen and loved in us all that you have made us to be.
Though graced, we are limited and often weak.
But our weaknesses themselves are no obstacle to your passion for us.
Teach us to see in ourselves what you have seen in each of us from birth.
Teach us to know our gifts and limits.
Keep us confidently on the path of self-knowledge,
fullness of wisdom, and joy in being your children.
We ask this through Christ and the Holy Spirit, with you,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.

The above litany is the closing prayer from Prayers for Peace and Justice. Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly. The author of The Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary is Marta Catalano, a member of The Helpers of God's Precious Infants located in Brooklyn, NY. To reach the group, phone The Helpers at 718-853-2789.

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