Saint John Paul II

St. John Paul II

Prayer for Peace
by Saint John Paul II

O God, Creator of the universe,
Who extends Your paternal concern
over every creature
and guides the events of history
to the goal of salvation,
we acknowledge Your fatherly love
when You break the resistance of mankind
and, in a world torn by strife and discord,
You make us ready for reconciliation.
Renew for us the wonders of Your mercy;
send forth Your Spirit that He may
work in the intimacy of hearts,
that enemies may begin to dialogue,
that adversaries may shake hands
and peoples may encounter
one another in harmony.
May all commit themselves to the
sincere search for true peace
which will extinguish all arguments,
for charity which overcomes hatred,
for pardon which disarms revenge.


Columbus Day

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Landing of Columbus, by John Vanderlyn, 1842-47; in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Washington, D.C.

Prayer to Our Lady of America
Patroness of Our Land (America)
by Sister Mary Ephrem, 1956

Oh Immaculate Mother,
Queen of our country,
open our hearts, our homes,
and our land to the coming of Jesus,
your Divine Son.
With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady,
so pure and so bright
with the radiance of Gods light shining in and about you.
Be our leader against the powers of evil
set upon wresting the world of souls,
redeemed at such a great cost
by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself,
in union with Him, from that same Savior,
Who loves us with infinite charity.

We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother,
Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land,
determined to fight under your banner of holy purity
against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil,
without God and without your loving maternal care.

We consecrate our hearts, our homes,
our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen,
that the kingdom of your Son,
our Redeemer and our God,
may be firmly established in us.

We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother,
for we believe in your great love for us,
and we place in you our entire confidence.
We promise to honor you by faith, love,
and the purity of our lives according to your desire.

Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate,
with your Son Jesus Christ.
May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart
be ever enthroned and glorified among us.
Use us, your children of America,
as your instruments of peace among men and nations.
Work your miracle of grace in us,
so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity,
Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us.

May your valiant spouse, St. Joseph,
with the holy Angels and Saints,
assist you and us in “renewing the face of the earth.”
Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother,
and as our Victorious Queen,
lead us to the eternal kingdom,
where your Son reigns forever as King.