O Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary,

Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church,

With joy and wonder we seek to make our own your Magnificat,

joining you in your hymn of thankfulness and love.

With you we give thanks to God

"whose mercy is from generation to generation,"

for the exalted vocation

and the many forms of mission

entrusted to the lay faithful.

God has called each of them by name

to live his own communion of love and holiness

and to be one in the great family of God's children.

He has sent them forth to shine with the light of Christ

and to communicate the fire of the Spirit

in every part of society

through their life inspired by the Gospel.

O Virgin of the Magnificat,

fill their hearts with a gratitude and enthusiasm

for this vocation and mission.

With humility and magnanimity

you were the "handmaid of the Lord;"

give us your unreserved willingness for service to God

and the salvation of the world.

Open our hearts to the great anticipation

of the Kingdom of God

and of the proclamation of the Gospel

to the whole of creation.

Your mother's heart is ever mindful

of the many dangers and evils

which threaten to overpower men and women in our time.

At the same time your heart also takes notice

of the many initiatives undertaken for good,

the great yearning for values,

and the progress achieved

in bringing forth the abundant fruits of salvation.

O Virgin full of courage,

may your spiritual strength

and trust in God inspire us,

so that we might know how to overcome

all the obstacles that we encounter

in accomplishing our mission.

Teach us to treat the affairs of the world

with a real sense of Christian responsibility

and a joyful hope of the coming of God's Kingdom,

and of a "new heavens and a new earth."

You who were gathered in prayer

with the Apostles in the Cenacle,

awaiting the coming of the spirit at Pentecost,

implore his renewed outpouring on all the faithful,

men and women alike,

so that they might more fully respond

to their vocation and mission,

as branches engrafted to the true vine,

called to bear much fruit for the life of the world.

O Virgin Mother

guide and sustain us

so that we might always live

as true sons and daughters of the Church of your son.

Enable us to do our part

in helping to establish on earth

the civilization of truth and love,

as God wills it, for his glory.


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