Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 16 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cornelius and Cyprian
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Prayer of St. John Paul II to Our Lady of the Pillar in Spain, Mary’s first apparition

OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

Goya | Public Domain

Philip Kosloski - published on 05/10/19

When visiting the shrine in Zaragoza, the beloved pontiff prayed this prayer.

According to tradition, St. James the Apostle traveled to Spain and was the recipient of a vision of the Blessed Mother there. However, while most apparitions of Mary occurred after her death, this vision was an act of bi-location, as she had not yet been assumed into heaven, and was still living her earthly life with St. John.

It is a remarkable story, one that has resulted in a long devotion to Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain.


OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

Read more:
Did you know the 1st apparition of the Blessed Mother was an act of bilocation?

While visiting the site of the apparition in 1982, St. John Paul II consecrated the entire country of Spain to the Blessed Mother.

He desired that the people of Spain would constantly turn to the Virgin Mary and place all their needs at her feet. In doing so, he assured that they would draw closer to her Son, Jesus, and live more attuned to the message of the Gospel.

Here is a prayer he recited at the shrine to Our Lady of the Pillar.

Holy Virgin of the Pillar: increase our faith,strengthen our hope, revive our charity.Help those who suffer misfortune,those who suffer from loneliness, ignoranceor hunger or lack of work.Strengthen the weak in faith.Arouse in the young an availabilityfor a total surrender to God. Amen.




Read more:
How to make a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Tags:
Prayers for a Particular NeedVirgin Mary

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
CELEBRITIES
Cerith Gardiner
Our favorite stories of celebrities who inspire us in daily life
2
communion
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
3
As irmãs biológicas que se tornaram freiras no instituto Iesu Communio
Francisco Veneto
The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just tw...
4
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
5
Mychal Judge
John Burger
The priests of 9/11
6
CROSS
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
7
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.