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THE PRAYER
O MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE
By Pope John Paul II
December 8, 2003


To you, O Mary,
we turn our gaze with stronger trepidation,
to you we hasten back
with more insistent trust in these times
scarred by a multitude of doubts and fears
for the present and future destiny of our planet.

To you, the first-fruits of humanity redeemed by Christ,
set free at last from the slavery of evil and sin,
we raise together our heartfelt, trusting plea:
listen to the cry of pain of the war victims,
of the victims of the many forms of violence
that bathe the earth in blood.

Dispel the shadows of sorrow and of loneliness,
of hatred and of revenge.
Open to forgiveness the minds and hearts of all!

Queen of Peace,
pray for us!

Mother of mercy and of hope,
obtain for the men and women
of the third millennium the precious gift of peace;
peace in hearts and families,
in communities and among peoples;
peace above all for those nations
where people fight and die every day.
Obtain that every human being of every race and culture
may encounter and accept Jesus,
who came down to earth
in the mystery of Christmas to give 'his" peace to us.

O Mary, Queen of Peace,
give us Christ,
the world's true Peace!



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