April 27, 2020
Pope Francis Encourages Families to Pray the Rosary Together
Dear SMMS Families,
In a letter to the faithful dated April 25th, Pope Francis stated, “I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.”
He concluded his letter with this appeal:
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.
I join with Pope Francis in inviting all of you to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary as a family. As the SMMS Family we would like to post on our website and Facebook page videos of our families praying together. You can send your videos to Mr. Bonacorsa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pope Francis has also given to the Church two new prayers that can be said at the end of
praying the Rosary together.
You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people,” you know our needs, and we know that you will
provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly
to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort
those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are
buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their
loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be
close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and
the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great
suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son,
as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their
hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of
this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and
grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral
concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that
they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to
the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic
solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing
and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to
prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to
recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can
help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith,
persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God
will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life
can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust
ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
So once again we look forward to posting on our webpage and Facebook videos of our families praying the Rosary together.
May Mary, our Mother, continue to wrap us in her mantle of love.
The Marianist Community and the entire St. Martin de Porres Family welcome your prayer intentions. Please click the button below to add your prayer intentions. Prayer Intentions will be updated daily.
Mary, Mother of All the World’s Children
O good and gentle Mother wrap us in your mantle of love.
Protect us this day from all that would separate us from you and your precious Son.
Teach us to love as you do, to forgive as Jesus does, and to reach out to others in need, reflecting the image of our Divine Creator.
Keep us ever faithful and true as we seek to enhance the reign of God on earth. Thank you for loving us, dearest Mother.
May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done to me according to your word.
And the word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O’ Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Christ your Son by the message of an angel, so by his passion and cross, may we be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Three O’Clock Prayer
Lord Jesus, we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.
We ask your pardon for our sins which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us in that hour of salvation and for giving us Mary as our Mother.
Holy Virgin, take us under your protection and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.
Saint John, obtain for us the grace of taking Mary into our life, as you did, and of assisting her in her mission. Amen.
May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Our Lady of Divine Providence, Pray for us.
St. Martin de Porres, Pray for us.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Pray for us.
Prayer to St. Martin de Porres
Prayer Leader: Look at Jesus.
All: See the love He has for us.
Prayer Leader: Dear God,
We ask you to give us the strength and grace to follow the example of St. Martin de Porres.
As he saw Jesus in all of his fellow men and women,
All: May we see Jesus in our moms and dads, brothers and sisters, teachers and classmates, our friends and all those we meet today.
Prayer Leader: As St. Martin loved all of your creation,
All: May we too be bearers of Jesus’ love for all.
Prayer Leader: As he chose to serve all,
All: May we use our time and talents to help all those in need around us.
Prayer Leader: May the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
All: Be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.