Our Lady of Guadalupe
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
by St. John Paul II
O Virgin of Guadalupe,
Mother of the Americas,
grant to our homes the grace of loving
and respecting life in its beginnings,
with the same love with which
you conceived in your womb
the life of the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of Fair Love,
protect our families so that
they may always be united
and bless the upbringing of our children.
Our hope, look upon us with pity,
Teach us to go continually to Jesus,
and if we fall
help us to rise again and return to Him
through the confession of our faults
and our sins in the Sacrament of penance,
which gives peace to the soul.
We beg you to grant us a great love
of all the holy Sacraments,
which are, as it were,
the signs that your Son left us on earth.
Thus, Most Holy Mother,
with the peace of God in our consciences,
with our hearts free from evil and hatred,
we will be able to bring to all others
true joy and peace,
which come to us from your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Juan Diego, by Miguel Cabrera, 1752
Prayer to St. Juan Diego
O St. Juan Diego, in appearances of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
you, a humble peasant, were chosen as Her messenger.
Your faithfulness in this task is evident still today,
in the miraculous image the Virgin left upon your tilma.
Intercede for me, I pray, that I might have your childlike trust
in the Mother of God, and that my heart might respond
to her maternal promptings.
Through such simple confidence, obedience, and love,
may I join you one day in sharing everlasting joy,
where our heavenly Mother reigns in the glory of Her Son.
“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Prayers for Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles
From A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions
God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.