Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 02 August |
Saint of the Day: St. Peter Julian Eymard
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

A beautiful prayer to Mary left by St. John Paul II as a legacy to families

POPE JOHN PAUL II

WITSCHEL | DPA | dpa Picture-Alliance via AFP

Anna Ashkova -

This private devotion was one of the secrets to his pontificate.

Everyone knows the deep love St. John Paul II had for Mary. On the 100th anniversary of his birth in this month of May dedicated to the Mother of God, we invite you to embrace this prayer for families that the Holy Father addressed to the Blessed Virgin.

From his childhood to his final days, St. John Paul II maintained a special relationship with the Virgin Mary. For, indeed, the Mother of God played a large role in the life of little Karol, and then in his life as a priest and cardinal. As soon as he was elected to the See of St. Peter, he placed his pontificate under the protection of the Mother of God.

“In this grave hour which gives rise to trepidation, we cannot do other than turn our mind with filial devotion to the Virgin Mary, who always lives and acts as a Mother in the mystery of Christ, and repeat the words ‘Totus tuus’ (all thine),” he proclaimed in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on the day of his installation, October 16, 1978. Then on May 13, 1981, the pontiff miraculously survived an assassination attempt, and it was to Our Lady of Fatima that he attributed this miracle.

Throughout his life, he composed many prayers to the Mother of God, including this one, which families can use in their evening prayers during this month of May (and beyond …).

May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, be also mother of the domestic church.

Through her maternal help, may every Christian family

truly become a little church

which reflects and relives the mystery of the Church of Christ.

May you who are the servant of the Lord, be our example

of a humble and generous welcome of the will of God!

You who are the mother of sorrows at the foot of the cross,

be there to lighten our loads,

and wipe away the tears of those afflicted by family difficulties.

May Christ the Lord, King of the Universe, King of families,

be present, as at Cana, in every Christian home,

to communicate his light, joy, serenity, and strength.

May every family generously add its share

to the coming of his kingdom on earth.

To Christ and to you, Mary, we entrust our families.

Amen.


pope John Paul ii

Read more:
John Paul II reveals quickest way to become a saint in everyday life

Tags:
FamilyPope John Paul IIPrayer
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
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
2
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
3
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
4
JEDZENIE
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
5
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
6
CARLO ACUTIS
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
7
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More