In prayer for peace. Handing over to Mary a world torn apart by hatred and engulfed in war. On Tuesday 31st May at 6pm, at the end of the month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin, the Pope will recite the rosary in front of the statue of Maria Regina Fascist in the Basilica of Santa Maria Magiore in Rome. It is a sculpture commissioned by Benedict XV and created by Guido Galli, placed in the left aisle of the church. The Virgin raises her left hand and is shown as a sign that the war is coming to an end, while holding the baby Jesus to her right and ready to drop the olive branch that symbolizes peace. The flowers are carved into the basement, symbolizing the prosperity of life by returning to peace. It is customary for believers to place small handwritten cards at the feet of the virgin for the purpose of prayer. The pope will place a flower garland at the base of the statue before offering his prayers to the Mother and leaving her specific purpose. Location selection is not accidental. Except for the pope’s contact with Basilica, the statue was erected in 1918, precisely to put an end to the conflict during World War I, where he departed and returned from each apostolic visit.
On May 31, Francesco will not be alone. Accompanying him in prayer are representatives of the boys and girls, scouts, representatives of the radical Marian youth (com) who have received the first unity and commitment in recent weeks, members of the Vatican Gendermary and the Swiss Guard and members of the Three Churches of Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Queen Mary of Peace, and members of the Roman Curia.
Also, as a further sign of intimacy with those who paid the highest price for the conflict, they were invited to read ten rosaries: a Ukrainian family, people associated with war victims and a group of military chaplains with them. Respective bodies.
In addition, many churches around the world share Marian prayers, including the Church of the Mother of God in Ukraine (Sarvanitsia) and the Holy House of Loreto. Other temples dedicated to the Virgin Mary connected with Rome: Our Lady of Salvation Cathedrals in Iraq; Mother of Peace in Syria; Queen Mary of Arabia in Bahrain. In addition, International Churches: Temple of the Mother of Peace and Good Travel; The International Church of Jesus the Savior and Mother Mary; Jasna Kora Sanctuary (Poland); International Martyrs’ Temple; International Church Our Lady of Knock; The Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary; Madonna is the Queen of Peace; Our Lady of Guadeloupe; Our Lourdes lady.
At the end of the month Marianne – explains a note – wants to give Pope Francis a sign of hope to the world, suffering from the conflict in Ukraine, and deeply wounded by the violence of several battlefields.
Here is the pope’s prayer
“Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace, we have gathered around you to hear your intercession in times of plague. We ask you to support the sick and strengthen the medical staff; We begged to have mercy on the dead and to dry the tears of those who mourned in silence and loneliness. Tonight, at the end of the month, is dedicated to you, behold, Queen of Peace, we are before you again to plead with you: Give the best gift of peace, and quickly stop the war raging in various parts of the world. For decades now, it has occupied the European continent as well.
This is what the Pope will say at the beginning of the rosary this evening.
How to follow it
The prayer will be broadcast live on Holy See’s official channels, connected to all Catholic networks around the world, and made available to the deaf and hard of hearing by translating it into the Italian sign language LIS.
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