New Year’s Day – World Day of Peace

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Dove of Peace, Mosaic

Prayer for Peace
By Pope Paul VI

Lord, God of peace,
who has created man,
the object of your kindness,
to be close to you in glory,
we bless you and we thank you
because you have sent us
your beloved son, Jesus,
making him the mystery of the pasch,
the architect of all salvation,
the source of all peace,
the bond of true brotherhood.
We thank you for the desire,
the efforts, the realizations
which your spirit of peace
has roused in our day:
to replace hatred with love,
diffidence with understanding,
unconcern with care.
Open yet more our hearts
to the needs of all our
brothers and sisters,
so that we may be better able
to build a true peace.
Remember, Father of mercy,
all who are in pain,
who suffer and die
in the cause of a more
brotherly world.
For the men of every race,
of every tongue –
may your kingdom come:
your kingdom of justice,
of peace, of love;
and may the earth be filled
with your glory.
Amen.

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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L’Innocence, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1893

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Divine Love
by Pope Pius XII

To you, O Mary,
are known all the needs of your people
and of the whole Church.
Mother of Truth and Seat of Wisdom,
dissipate the clouds of error which darken our minds.
Amend the straying’s of our hearts
and inspire in us love for truth
and the desire to do good.
Obtain for all people a holy fear of God
so that society may know happiness.
Give us lively faith that we may trust
in those things which are imperishable.
Give us that love which is sealed forever in God.
Obtain for families fidelity, harmony, and peace.
Stir up and confirm in the hearts
of those who govern nations
a clear notion of their responsibility,
and of their duty to foster religion,
morality, and the common good.

And just as your mercy is showered upon souls, O Mary,
may it likewise flow over all those ills
which afflict this people,
and indeed the whole Christian family.
Have pity on the poor, on captives,
on all who bear persecution
for the sake of justice,
or are stricken by misfortune.
Hail, O Mary,
Mother of those who wander here below;
you are our life,
our sweetness,
and our hope.

O Mother of Divine Love,
send down your motherly blessing
on all who pray to you;
send it abundantly and consolingly.

Amen.