Prayer of the World Meeting of Families
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.
Prayer to Our Lady of Palestine
O Mary Immaculate, gracious Queen of Heaven and of Earth, behold us prostrate before thy exalted throne. Full of confidence in thy goodness and in thy boundless power, we beseech thee to turn a pitying glance upon Palestine, which more than any other country belongs to thee, since thou hast graced it with thy birth, thy virtues and thy sorrows, and from there hast given the Redeemer to the world.
Remember that there especially thou wert constituted our tender Mother, the dispenser of graces. Watch, therefore, with special protection over thy native country, scatter from it the shades of error, for it was there the Sun of Eternal Justice shone. Bring about the speedy fulfilment of the promise, which issued from the lips of Thy Divine Son, that there should be one fold and one Shepherd.
Obtain for us all that we may serve the Lord in sanctity and justice during the days of our life, so that, by the merits of Jesus and with thy motherly aid, we may pass at last from this earthly Jerusalem to the splendours of the heavenly one.
Lord Jesus, make me a loving and courageous member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. May I ever be an inspiring example to others to be faithful to you, your teaching and the teaching of your church. May I look on those teachings as your very own, and when necessary to have the courage to defend them against attacks from any source.
Grant me the ability to sustain and aid the institutions of the Catholic church in the Holy Land. After a life of faithful service on earth, may I merit an eternal life of happiness with you in Heaven.
A Plenary Indulgence may be acquired by members, with the conditions of confession, communion and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, provided that they make or renew, at least privately, the promise of faithfully observing the statutes at the following times:
1. On the day of investiture.
2. On the feasts of:
- St. Helen, 18th August
- St. Pius X, 21 August
- The Triumph of the Holy Cross, 14 September, and
- The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, Sunday following 25th. October.