us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we
have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to
Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the
tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have
disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’
dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our
own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and
concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and
aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our
neighbor’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the
earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to
be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now
with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!
Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the
mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues
to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to
us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s
gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are
there to guide us with tender love.
We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every
age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant
us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to
especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.
That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of
his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3).
Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the
wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered
the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need
your maternal help!
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.
this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer
turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the
rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their
native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors
and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.
each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you
into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you
beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.
The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as
your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger,
injustice and poverty.
Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and
consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this
act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread
throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the
Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we
consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the
anxieties and hopes of the world.
Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of
peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended,
restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water
the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of
communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen.
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