Solemn High Pontifical Mass with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, October 17, 2021
A Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
(the Novena we pray each year at Grotto)
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, / who deigned to appear at Lourdes to reanimate the faith of the world / and draw it to your divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; / you who have chosen a humble child to be the messenger of your mercies, / in order to manifest more clearly your maternal tenderness and to render our hearts more confiding; / you who have said: “I am the Immaculate Conception,” / in order to teach us the infinite value of innocence and pledge of the friendship of God; / you, who, in the course of eighteen apparitions, did not cease, / by your acts and your words / to recommend prayers and penance, alone capable to move heaven and avert the blows of justice; / you, whose touching appeal, sent out to the entire universe, / have assembled before the miraculous grotto throngs unnumbered of your children; / O sweet Lady of Lourdes, behold us prostrate at your feet, / in the firm hope of obtaining by your all-powerful intercession, / the blessing and graces of God. / Those who love you, O Mother of Jesus Christ and divine Mother of all, / desire above all things to serve God faithfully in this world, / and thus to obtain the happiness of loving him eternally in heaven.
While we pour forth our hearts in prayer at your feet, O sweet Lady of Lourdes, O Immaculate Virgin, / we cannot forget our Holy Father the Pope, / and in his person the whole Catholic Church, / which your Divine Son has charged him to lead in the paths of eternal salvation. / As we place in you all our trust, so also does he; / protect him, bless him, be his support and his consolation in the midst of his trials / by helping him to spread the kingdom of God.
O Mother of the Prince of Peace, / bless our country, placed under the patronage of your Immaculate Conception. / Bless all our rulers, both spiritual and temporal, / so that peace and happiness may continually dwell within our borders.
We entreat you to take under your protection also our parents, our friends, our benefactors, / and among them in a special manner all those who have abandoned the practice of their duties as Christians: / may they be converted and become again your faithful servants.
Hear the supplication with which we address you today; / defend us against the enemies of our salvation and against our own weaknesses; / and with the pardon for our sins, / obtain for us perseverance in the resolution never to fall into them again.
O Mother of mercy, be for us all the “cause of our joy,” / and show unto us Jesus Christ as your gift in this life and in eternity. Amen.