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.
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for the Church in Ireland
God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus Christ,
may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.
Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide,
inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal
for the Church in Ireland.
May our sorrow and our tears,
our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment
bear an abundant harvest of grace
for the deepening of the faith
in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society,
and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace
within the whole human family.
To you, Triune God,
confident in the loving protection of Mary,
Queen of Ireland, our Mother,
and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints,
do we entrust ourselves, our children,
and the needs of the Church in Ireland.