Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us!
“Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.
Alma Redemptoris Mater
“I went to a woman who was weeping and was slowly letting the rosary beads pass through her fingers. Together with her husband Jean Bosco she is responsible for the 40 children and young people from the San Pablo orphanage, three stone throws from here. She was thinking about her empty house with all their belongings which could be looted tonight. With the rosary beads of phosphorescent plastic she wanted to prevent a possible violation of her privacy. The rosary is an appeal for peace. I told her she should repeat like the Mother of God: “Do whatever he tells you,” so as to charge the batteries of her hope. Hope leads to peace. Central Africa must leave its past behind, look for peace and live in peace. She answered that she was just praying to fill her heart with a drop of hope, with the first drop for her empty glass. I said to her that when hope is lost, there is still the hope that you will regain hope, which is the twin of prayer.”
Mons. Juan José Aguirre, Bishop of Bangassou
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.