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.



Saint John XXIII

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Pope John XXIII (1959)

Prayer to St. Joseph
by St. John XXIII

St. Jospeh: be always our protector.
That your internal spirit of peace,
silence, honest work, and prayer
in the service of the Church
give us life and happiness
in union with your blessed Spouse,
our Sweet and Immaculate Mother
in the strong and mild love to Jesus,
Glorious and Immortal King
of the centuries and the people.


Mary, Undoer of Knots

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Mary, Undoer of Knots, Unknown Artist, 1700

Prayer to
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the Devil was never able to tie you around with his confusion. Once with your son, you interceded for our difficulties, and, full of kindness and patience, you gave us [an] example of how to untie the knots of our life. And by remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order, and make more clear, the ties that link us to the Lord. Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother, to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks. Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Prayer attributed to Pope Francis when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina