PRAYER OF POPE PIUS XII
This prayer, dedicated to Mary Immaculate, was composed by the Pope for
the Marian Year (December 8, 1953---December 8, 1954), which was
proclaimed to mark the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the
Enraptured by the splendor of thy heavenly beauty, and impelled by the
anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into thine arms, O Immaculate
Mother of Jesus and our Mother, Mary, confident of finding in thy most
loving heart appeasement of our ardent desires, and a safe harbor from
the tempests which beset us on every side.
Though degraded by our faults and overwhelmed by
infinite misery, we admire and praise the peerless richness of sublime
gifts with which God has filled thee, above every other mere creature,
from the first moment of thy conception until the day on which, after
thine assumption into Heaven, He crowned thee Queen of the Universe.
O crystal fountain of faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths! O
fragrant Lily of all holiness, captivate our hearts with thy heavenly
perfume! O Conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of
sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of Hell!
O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cry which rises up from every
heart. Bend tenderly over our aching wounds. Convert the wicked, dry
the tears of the afflicted and oppressed, comfort the poor and humble,
quench hatreds, sweeten harshness, safeguard the flower of purity in
youth, protect the holy Church, make all men feel the attraction of
Christian goodness. In thy name, resounding harmoniously in Heaven, may
they recognize that they are brothers, and that the nations are members
of one family, upon which may there shine forth the sun of a universal
and sincere peace.
Receive, O most sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all
obtain for us that, one day, happy with thee, we may repeat before thy
throne that hymn which today is sung on earth around thine altars: Thou
art all-beautiful, O Mary! Thou art the glory, thou art the joy, thou
art the honor of our people! Amen.
Taken from The Prayer Book
Father John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D., 1954.
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