JOHN PAUL II'S† PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
This prayer was said during
the Holy Father's† August 15, 2004 visit to Lourdes, France.† The Pope asked
her among other things to "be our guide along the paths of the world."
Hail Mary, poor
and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new
era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lordís mercy, to
proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.
Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful
Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening
to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his
promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the
events of history.
Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the
Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to
experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the
innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.
Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the
Church, help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in
human goodness and the Fatherís love. Teach us to build up the world
beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of
fraternal love, in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.
Holy Mary, Mother of believers, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.