FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
POPE JOHN PAUL II’s PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Hail Mary, 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 humanity.
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.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
PRAYERS TO SAINT BERNADETTE
SAINT BERNADETTE - TEACH US TO SERVE AND TO PRAY
In Lourdes You experienced the joys and trials of family life
Saint Bernadette, teach us to pray to Mary each day, Mother of God and our Mother: 'Hail Mary, full of Grace'.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you
OH SAINT BERNADETTE
Privileged seer, confident and faithful messenger of the Immaculate Virgin. You, whom the celestial vision had promised happiness in the next world, and whom the Holy Church echoing the Virgin's promise has proclaimed a Saint.
You, whose virtues hide from the eye of man, but great in the eyes of God, have enraptured the Devine Heart. You whose name is so poetical and sweet evokes simplicity, candour, humility, purity and intimate unity with the Queen of Heaven.
You whose virginal perfume pervades the world, we praise You, we glorify You with exultancy; on our knees we invoke You with our love and trust, oh sweet child of the Virgin Mary.
Prayer by Mgr. CHATELUS, Bishop of Nevers, France.