Saturday, May 31, 2008

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI Composed on September 1, 2007, the First Anniversary of his Visit to the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello

In honor of this last day of May, the month of Mary, Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, and traditionally,the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, here is an excerpt of Pope Benedict XVI's prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus which ends with an invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"Mary, Mother of the Holy Face, help us have 'innocent hands and a pure heart', hands illumined with the truth of love and hearts enraptured by divine beauty, that transformed by the encounter with Christ, we may give ourselves to the poor and the suffering whose faces reflect the hidden presence of your Son Jesus, who lives and reigns forever. Amen!"

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