OUR LADY OF PALESTINE 

 

 O Mary Immaculate,

gracious Queen of Heaven and of Earth, behold us prostrate before thy exalted throne.

Full of confidence in thy goodness and in thy boundless power,

we beseech thee to turn a pitying glance upon Palestine,

which more than any other country belongs to thee,

since thou hast graced it with thy birth, thy virtues and thy sorrows,

and from there hast given the Redeemer to the world.

Remember that there especially thou wert constituted

our tender Mother, the dispenser of graces.

Watch, therefore, with special protection

over thy native country, scatter from it the shades of error,

for it was there the Sun of Eternal Justice shone.

Bring about the speedy fulfilment of the promise,

which issued from the lips of Thy Divine Son,

that there should be one fold and one Shepherd.

Obtain for us all that we may serve the Lord

in sanctity and justice during the days of our life,

so that, by the merits of Jesus and with thy motherly aid,

we may pass at last from this earthly Jerusalem

to the splendors of the heavenly one.

Amen.