Our Lady of Mercy Responds to Pope’s Call of Global Prayer Vigil for Peace

       “There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming. For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church…a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout the world.  Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear the words of hope and peace. All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.”—Pope Francis



The Holy Father has asked for Catholics and all people of good will to pray for peace on Saturday, September 7th, which is the Vigil of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace.  Please join us at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Saturday, September 7, 2013 for a Mass for Peace at 8:30AM followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary with a Litany of Peace

We can pray to other Mother in Heaven, Mary, Queen of Peace as our Holy Father said on Sunday: “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace.”


Here is a prayer to Mary, Immaculate Queen of Peace, you can use on Saturday:

Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you 3384300504_29516b6385shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.

We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.

Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.