by Venerable Pope Pius XII

O Mary, "full of grace and blessed among women," 
stretch out the hand of your motherly protection, 
we ask you, upon us who gather round 
your queenly throne as your handmaidens, 
obedient to your command 
and resolved with your help 
to bring to realization in ourselves and our sisters 
the ideals of truth and Christian perfection. 

Our eyes are fixed on you in admiration, immaculate Virgin; 
you who are loved by the Heavenly Father above all others! 
O Virgin Spouse of the Holy Spirit! 
Tender Mother of Jesus! 
Obtain for us from your Divine Son 
the grace to reflect your sublime virtues in our conduct, 
according to our age and condition of life. 

Grant that we may be spotless and pure 
in our thoughts and in our behavior; 
gentle, affectionate, 
and sympathetic companions to our husbands; 
to our children solicitous, 
vigilant and wise mothers; 
prudent administrators of our homes; 
exemplary citizens of our dear country; 
faithful daughters of the Church, 
ever ready to allow ourselves to be guided 
by her in thought and deed. 

Help us, loving Mother, 
to be truly devoted to the duties of our state of life; 
help us make our homes true centers 
of spiritual life and active charity, 
schools where consciences will be rightly formed, 
gardens where every virtue will flourish. 
Give us your help that in social and political life 
we may be patterns of deep faith, 
of consistent and gracious Christian practice, 
of incorruptible integrity, 
and of well-balance judgment 
based upon the solid principles of religion. 

Bless these our resolutions 
which you have inspired us to make 
and the trials you have helped us to bear; 
may we with your aid come to see 
their abundant fruits in time and in eternity.


photo: A statue of Mary in the church of St John and St Stephen, also known as the Minims church, in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels, Belgium.

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