Wishing and Praying a blessed feast of
Our Lady of Knock
to all of you
– may she unceasingly draw all of us
ever more deeply into the heart
of her Son, our Eucharistic Lord.
The following is part of the homily given by Pope St John Paul II on his visit to Knock in 1979 – a prayer as relevant today as it was when he made it ... possibly even more so. Also our prayer for Ireland and for you today:
“We entrust and consecrate to you, Mother of God and Mother of the Church,
our hearts, our consciences, and our works,
in order that they may be in keeping with the faith we profess.
We entrust, and consecrate to you each and every one of those
who make up both the community of the Irish people
and the People of God living in this (and in every) land.
We entrust to your motherly care the land of Ireland,
where you have been and are so much loved.
Help this land to stay true to you and your Son always.
May prosperity never cause Irish men and women
to forget God or abandon their faith.
Keep them faithful in prosperity
to the faith they would not surrender
in poverty and persecution.
Save them from greed, from envy, from seeking selfish or sectional interest.
Help them to work together
with a sense of Christian purpose and a common Christian goal,
to build a just and peaceful and loving society
where the poor are never neglected and the rights of all,
especially the weak, are respected.
Queen of Ireland,
Mary Mother of the heavenly and earthly Church,
a Mháthair Dé,
keep Ireland true
to her spiritual tradition and her Christian heritage.
Help her to respond to her historic mission
of bringing the light of Christ to the nations,
and so making the glory of God be the honour of Ireland.
May our ears constantly hear with proper clarity your motherly voice:
“Do whatever my Son tells you”.
Enable us to persevere with Christ.
Enable us, Mother of the Church,
to build up His Mystical Body
by living with the life that He alone can grant us
from His fullness, which is both divine and human.
A Mhuire na ngrást’, a Mháthair Mhic Dé, go gcuire tú ar mo leas mé.”
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