To You, O Mary! (written by Pope John-paul Ii)

O Mother of men and peoples,

you know all their sufferings and their hopes,

you feel in a motherly way

all the struggles between good and evil,

between the light and the darkness

which shakes the world.

Accept our cry addressed in the Holy Spirit

directly to your heart

and embrace with the love of the Mother

and the Handmaid of the Lord

the peoples who await this embrace the most,

and likewise the peoples whose consecration

you too are particularly awaiting.

Take under your motherly protection

the whole human family

which we can consecrate to you,

O mother, with affectionate rapture.

May the time of peace and freedom,

the time of truth,

justice and hope,

approach for everyone.

O you, who are the first handmaid

of the unity of the Body of Christ,

help us, help all the faithful,

who feel so painful

the drama of divisions of Christianity

to seek with constancy

the way to the perfect unity

of the Body of Christ

by means of unconditional faithfulness

to the Spirit of Truth and Love,

which was given to them by your Son

at the cost of the cross and death.

O you, who are so deeply and maternally bound to the Church,

preceding the whole People of God

along the ways of faith, hope and charity,

embrace all men who are on the way,

pilgrims through temporal life

towards eternal destinies,

with that love which the divine Redeemer himself,

your Son, poured into your heart from the cross.

Be the Mother of all our earthly lives,

even when they become tortuous,

in order that we may all find ourselves,

in the end in that large community

which your Son called the fold,

offering his life for it as the Good Shepherd.

O you, who were with the Church

at the beginning of her mission,

intercede for her in order that going all over the world

she may continually teach all the nations

and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

O you, who have known in the fullest way

the power of the Holy Spirit,

when it was granted to you

to conceive in your virginal womb

and to give birth to the Eternal Word,

obtain for the Church

that she may continue to give new birth

through water and the Holy Spirit

to the sons and daughters of the whole human family,

without any distinction of language,

race, or culture,

giving them in this way

the "power to be come with children of God." [Jn. 1:12].

O you, who have always wished to serve!

You who serve as Mother

the whole family of the children of God,

obtain for the Church

that enriched by the Holy Spirit

with the fullness of hierarchical and charismatic gifts,

she may continue with constancy

towards the future

along the way of that renewal

which comes from what the Holy Spirit says

and which found expression in the teaching of Vatican II,

assuming in this work of renewal

everything that is true and good,

without letting herself be deceived

either in on direction or in the other,

but discerning assiduously

among the signs of the times

what is useful for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

O you, who--through the mystery of your particular holiness,

free of all stain from the moment of your conception,

feel in a particularly deep way

that "the whole creation has been groaning in travail" [Rom. 8:22],

while, "subjected to futility,"

"it hopes that it will be set free

from its bondage to decay" [Rom. 8:20-21],

you contribute unceasingly

to the "revealing of the sons of God,"

for whom "the creation awaits with eager longing" [Rom. 8:19],

to enter the freedom of their joy [cf. Rom. 8:21].

O Mother of Jesus,

now glorified in heaven in body and in soul,

as the image and beginning of the Church,

which is to have its fulfillment in the future age,

here on earth,

until the day of the Lord comes [cf. 2 Pt. 3:10],

do not cease to shine before the pilgrim people of God

as a sign of sure hope and consolation (cf. Lumen Gentium, 68).

O you, who more than any other human being

have been consecrated to the Holy Spirit,

help your Son's Church

to persevere in the same consecration.

Holy Spirit of God,

You who is worshipped

and glorified with the Father and Son!

Accept these words of humble consecration

addressed to You

in the heart of Mary of Nazareth,

Your bride and mother of the Redeemer,

whom the Church too calls her Mother,

because right from the Upper Room at Pentecost

she has learned from Her,

her own motherly vocation!

Accept these words of the pilgrim Church,

uttered amid toils and joys,

fears and hopes.

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