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Marian Year Prayer
Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty, and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, O immaculate mother of Jesus and our mother, Mary, confident of finding in your most loving heart appeasement of our ardent desires and a safe harbor from the tempests which beset us on every side. Though degraded by our faults and overwhelmed by infinite misery, we admire and praise the peerless richness with which God has filled you above every other mere creature, from the first moment of your conception until the day on which He crowned you Queen of the Universe.
O Crystal Fountain of Faith, bathe our minds with the eternal truths.
O Fragrant Lily of all holiness, captivate our heart with your heavenly perfume.
O conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave to hell.
O well beloved of God, hear the ardent cry which rises up from every heart in this year dedicated to you (1954).
Bend tenderly over our aching wounds, convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatreds, sweeten harshesss, safeguard the flower of purity in youth, protect the Holy Church, make all men feel the attraction of Christian goodness. In your name, resounding harmoniously in Heaven may they recognize that they are brothers and that the nations are one family upon which there may shine forth the sun of a universal and sincere peace. Receive O most sweet mother our humble supplications and obtain for us that one day, happy with you, we may repeat before your throne that hymn which is sung today around your altars . . . "You are all beautiful O Mary, you are the glory, you are the joy, you are the honor of our people." AMEN
Official Prayer of the Marian Year (9/8/53-9/8/54) given to us by Rome, submitted to Catholic Prayers by Stan Stefanski on July 5, 1999