Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

"Let not your heart be disturbed.  Do not fear any sickness
or anguish.
Am I not here, who is your Mother?  Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health?  Are you not happily within my fold?  What else
do you wish?  Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
of Our Lady to Juan Diego)

Prayer to Our Lady of

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and
Mother of the Church, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to
all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you
with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.

Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, Mother of Mercy, Teacher
of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we
dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you
our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace,
justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we
have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother.

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,
protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the
upbringing of our children.

Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus
and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the
confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives
peace to the soul.

We beg you to grant us a great love for 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 conscience, with our
hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and
true peace, which come to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God
the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Excerpted from the prayer of Pope John Paul II

Basilica of Mexico City, January 1979