Hail Mary, poor and humble Woman, Blessed by the Most High! Virgin of hope, dawn of a new era, We join in your song of praise, to celebrate the Lord’s mercy, to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom and the full liberation of humanity.
Hail Mary, lowly handmaid of the Lord, Glorious Mother of Christ! Faithful Virgin, holy dwelling-place of the Word, Teach us to persevere in listening to the Word, and to be docile to the voice of the Spirit, attentive to his promptings in the depths of our conscience and to his manifestations in the events of history.
Hail Mary, Woman of sorrows, Mother of the living! Virgin spouse beneath the Cross, the new Eve, Be our guide along the paths of the world. Teach us to experience and to spread the love of Christ, to stand with you before the innumerable crosses on which your Son is still crucified.
Hail Mary, woman of faith, First of the disciples! Virgin Mother of the Church, help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in human goodness and the Father’s love. Teach us to build up the world beginning from within: in the depths of silence and prayer, in the joy of fraternal love, in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross.
Holy Mary, Mother of believers, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
~~ Pope John Paul II (This prayer was said during the Holy Father's August 15, 2004 visit to Lourdes, France. The Pope asked her among other things to "be our guide along the paths of the world.")
Our Little Celebration
Last year the kids and I made a simple picture craft using a piece of construction paper, a coloring page of Our Lady of Lourdes and green and red tissue paper.
This year I surprised the kids with a "grotto" treat using my picture from last year (our printer needs ink!) and a "grotto" of rice crispy treats (I used EnviroKidz Koala Crisp cereal and this post inspired the treat). Naturally, it was a hit! Though it was quite funny watching Critter trying to eat it with a fork (Skipper too whose front teeth are still not in!). The kids also watched Bernadette - The Princess of Lourdes on dvd, colored in a small page from this week's Catholic Kids: weekly mass bulletin, and we took a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, where in 1854, Our Lady appeared to a little girl named Bernadette.