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On this Friday, 25th March, at 4pm Irish time join in this Act so that God’s Holy People may raise a heartfelt and choral plea to Mary our Mother as per The Papal Letter.

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As
our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from
you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and
your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of
Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson
learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who
fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a
community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the
hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own
nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish
needs and concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions,
to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile
weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our
common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our
sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be
brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except
ourselves. Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and
weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us
that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever
ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to us and
made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By
God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments
of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved
children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion.
At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am
I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our
hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that,
especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will
come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he
worked the first of his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said
to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3). Now, O Mother, repeat those words and
that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has
fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered
the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How
greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.

Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears
you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid
the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace. May
your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs.
May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and
their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and
inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are
injured and cast aside.

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple
at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26.) In this way he entrusted each
of us to you. To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother”
(v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our
history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you
beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to
consecrate itself to Christ. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate
you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with
compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger,
injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we
solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity,
especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with
confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the
world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the
Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more.
To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and
expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.
Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and
the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat,” on
whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes
from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope,” water the dryness of our
hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of
communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths
of peace.

Amen.

 

 

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