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"A day without prayer is a day without blessing,
and a life without prayer is a life
"As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength".
Pope Francis' Prayer to Virgin Mary for Protection
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
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"I will praise you as long as I live, lifting my hands up to you in prayer."
"O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you."
Father in Heaven I give you today,
all that I think and do and say.
All my work and all my happy play,
I will give to you today.
Father in Heaven I've come to say,
thank you for your love today,
thank you for my family
and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
and in the morning send your light.
Lord, help me to hear you saying, "I am your hope" over all the other voices.
I'm running to you with both hands stretched out and grabbing on to you.
Fill me up with hope and give me a reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline.
In Jesus' name.
God, thank You for this day!
Thank You for the birds and the animals,
the flowers and the trees,
the lakes and the streams,
and the sun that rises and
sets over them each day.
Thank You for creating everything we see!
Thank You for the life we live,
and for making each person different.
Thank You for Jesus,
who died for us so that we can go to heaven
one day just for believing in Him.
What an amazing God You are!
In Jesus’ Name,
God, Thank You for my friend.
You tell us that it is not good to be alone,
God, and bless us with family and friends all around us.
Thank You for giving us people to talk to and laugh with.
I pray for my friend today,
that they have a good day and a blessed life.
They are a blessing to me, God, when I need them the most.
Just like Jesus is to me.
Help me to be kind like Jesus.
To be a good friend to others and spread His love.
In Jesus’ Name,
Give me strength in my weakness.
Give me faith in my fear.
Give me power in my powerlessness.
I'm trusting you.
Month of Mary- Two Prayers Shared by the Holy Father
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health. Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.