26 October 2010

Our Lady, Queen of Palestine

O Mary Immaculate, gracious Queen of Heaven and Earth, we are prostrate at your feet, sure of your goodness and confident in your power.

We beg you to look kindly on the Holy Land, which, more than any other country, belongs to you since you have honored it by your birth, your virtues and your pain, and that it is here where you gave the Savior of the World.

Remember that you were made Mother and dispenser of graces. Deign to grant special protection to your earthly homeland to dispel the darkness of the error, so that the sun of eternal justice may shine on it and that the promise, fallen from the lips of your divine Son to form one flock under the guidance of one shepherd, may be fulfilled.

Obtain us to serve the Lord in righteousness and holiness, every day of our lives, so that by the merits of Jesus, with your maternal protection, we can pass from the earthly Jerusalem to the splendors of the heavenly Jerusalem.

Even if you don't speak Italian, you'll enjoy the images on this video, which shows last year's celebration of Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, at the shrine in Deir Rafat.  At about the four-minute point, the images simply repeat themselves and the sound stops, so you won't necessarily want to go to the end, unless you decide you'd like to see the pictures without hearing the Italian commentary!