(December 10 is the feast day of Our Lady of Loreto)
O Virgin of Loreto,
greeting thee with filial devotion,
I love to repeat the words of the Archangel Gabriel and also thine:
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.”
“The Almighty has done great things in me.”
O Virgin of Loreto,
Thy house is a dwelling place of Light and Charity;
Obtain for me the true Light and full Charity.
May peace pervade my soul,
sometimes restless and fearful;
May love fill my life and radiate all around.
Prolong, O Mary, this moment of serene joy;
Defend me in temptations
and every difficult trial
with thy motherly protection.
Please let me come to the Father’s House
where thou reignst as Queen.
Prayer to Our Lady of Loreto
(To be recited on December 10, March 25, August 15, September 8)
O glorious Virgin Mary of Loreto, we confidently come to thee: Accept our humble prayer.
Humanity is threatened by serious evils from which we would like to free ourselves, but on our own initiative. We need peace, justice, truth, love, and we delude ourselves that we can find these divine realities far from thy Son. O Mother, who carried the divine Savior in thy most pure bosom and lived with Him in the Holy House that we venerate on this hill in Loreto, obtain for us the grace to seek Him and to imitate His examples that lead to salvation. With faith and filial love, we spiritually travel to thy blessed House. Thanks to the presence of thy Family, this is the Holy House par excellence that must inspire all Christian families. From Jesus, every child learns obedience and hard work; from thee, O Mary, every woman learns humility and the spirit of sacrifice; from Joseph, who lived for thee and Jesus, every man learns to believe in God and to live in family and society with fidelity and rectitude.
Many families, O Mary, are not a sanctuary where God is loved and served; That is why we beseech thee to obtain for us the grace that our family may imitate thine by recognizing and loving thy Divine Son above all things and every single day. Just as after many years of prayer and work, He came out of this Holy House to make heard His Word, which is the Light and the Life, so also may all men hear the echo of His almighty word, which illuminates and converts, and which still reverberates on the holy walls that speak to us of faith and charity.
To thee, O Mary, we pray for the Pope, the universal church, Italy and all the peoples of the earth, ecclesial and civil institutions, sinners and all those who suffer, so that all may become disciples of God. O Mary, on this day of grace, spiritually united with thy devotees to venerate the Holy House where thou were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, with living faith we repeat to thee the words of the Archangel Gabriel: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
Once again, we pray Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church, Refuge of Sinners, Consoler of the Afflicted, Help of Christians.
Among trials and frequent temptations, in danger of losing our souls, we look to thee and repeat Hail, Gate of Heaven, Hail, Star of the Sea! May our plea, O Mary, rise to thee and express, O Mother, our desires, our love for Jesus, and our hope in thee. May our prayer return to earth with an abundance of heavenly graces. Amen.