Pope's prayer to the Virgin Mary marking the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Pope's prayer to the Virgin Mary marking the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Vatican Radio and abouna.org

On Tuesday, December 8, Pope Francis visited Piazza di Spagna, as part of celebrations for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In his official capacity as the Bishop of Rome, the Pope paid homage to the Virgin Mary by placing a bouquet at the base of the Column of the Immaculate Conception in the Piazza.

Then, the Holy Father addressed this theme when he prayed to Our Lady, asking for her mercy on families, children, young people, the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned and migrants, after which the choir present sung the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Following is the Holy Father's prayer to the Virgin Mary:

Virgin Mother,

On this day, the feast of your Immaculate Conception,

I pay homage to you in faith and love

On behalf of God’s holy people who live in this city and diocese.

I come before you in the name of families, with their joys and troubles;

On behalf of children and young people, exposed to life’s challenges;

On behalf of the elderly, laden with age and years of experience;

I come especially

On behalf of the sick, the imprisoned,

And those who struggle.

As a leader I also come here for the sake of all those

Who have come from far-away lands in search of peace and work.

There is space for everyone beneath your cloak,

Because you are the Mother of Mercy.

Your heart is full of tenderness towards all your children:

The tenderness of God, who, by you, became incarnate

And became our brother, Jesus,

Saviour of every man and every woman.

Looking at you, Our Immaculate Mother,

We see the victory of divine mercy

Over sin and all its consequences;

And hope for a better life is reignited within us,

Free from slavery, rancor and fear.

Here, today, in the heart of Rome, we hear your motherly voice

Calling all of us to walk towards that door,

Which represents Christ.

You say to everyone: “Come, come closer, faithful ones;

Enter and receive the gift of mercy;

Do not be afraid, do not be ashamed:

The Father awaits you with open arms.

He will forgive and welcome you into his house.

Come, all those in search of peace and joy”.

We thank you, Immaculate Mother,

Because you do not make us walk along this path alone;

You guide us,

You are near us and help us through every difficulty.

May God bless you, now and forever. Amen.

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 20:57
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