'Our Lady of Guadalupe'
Patroness of the Americas.
O Immaculate Virgin,
Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church!, who
from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to
all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer
that we address to you with filial trust, and present
it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.
Mother of Mercy, Teacher
of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to
meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being
and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life,
our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows.
Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples;
for we entrust to your care all that we have and all
that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely
yours and to walk with you along the way of complete
faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us
always with your loving hand.
Virgin of Guadalupe,
Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops,
that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense
Christian life, of love and humble service of God and
souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede
with the Lord that He may instil a hunger for holiness
in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations
of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous
dispensers of God's mysteries.
Grant to our homes the
grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings,
with the same love with which you conceived in your
womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary,
protect our families, so that they may always be united,
and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon
us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus
and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to
Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins
in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the
We beg you to grant us
a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are,
as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience,
with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be
able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which
come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who
with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns
for ever and ever.
His Holiness John Paul II
Mexico, January 1979. Visiting Her Basilica during
his first foreign trip as Pope.
"Let not your heart be
disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other
sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health?
Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you
wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego)
Used with permission of www.sancta.org
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