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Our Lady Of All Nations Prayer
Question from Thomas Chaney on 5/30/2002:

Dr. Carroll,

Bernadette Shonker in her post (The Prayer To Our Lady Of All Nations and the image) asked for some explanation of why in the prayer the Blessed Virgin is referred to as "the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary", I give the prayer and background information on this prayer here:

The Lady Of All Nations

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth, Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All nations, who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen From 1945 to 1959 a woman in Amsterdam, Ida Peerderman, received messages in which Mary states that she wants to be addressed " in these our times" as "The Lady Of All Nations." On May 31, 1996, public veneration of the Mother of God under this title was officially authorized by the two bishops of Haarlem (NL). Our Lady also requested the official recognition of her vocation as "Coredemptix, Mediatrix and Advocate," promising that " The Lady of All Nations will then grant peace, true peace, to the world." Mary appeared standing before her Son's Cross, to which she is so inseparably and painfully united and she gave the above prayer to the visionary. From Mary's open hands the three rays of "grace, redemption and peace" stream down upon all nations. These gifts emerge from the Cross of Christ, and she promises to grant them to everyone who says this prayer daily before a crucifix or this image. the meaning of "who once was Mary." is explained by the Lady of All nations herself: "...many people have known Mary as Mary. Now however, in this new era, which is about to begin, I wish to be the Lady of All Nations. Everyone understands this." July 2, 1951

As for the image of our Lady Of All Nations, she is actually in front of the cross, not on it. For a more detailed explanation of the symbolism of this image, you should probably contact the general questions section of ewtn.com.

Special Thanks to ewtn.com for the information.

God Bless,

Thomas Chaney

Answer by Dr. William Carroll on 6/4/2002:

Thank you for the information. - Dr. Carroll

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