POPE 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."
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 Lord’s
mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of
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 Father’s 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.