Act of Entrustment to Our Lady of Fatima

Following is my (rather literal) translation of the prayer of entrustment (consecration) that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, recited at the end of Mass this morning. It is on the Vatican web site in Italian but has not yet been translated into English. His homily has been translated, however, and I encourage you to read it.

As Prayed by the Supreme Pontiff, Francis, on October 13, 2013,
following Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima,
with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence
we unite our voices to those of all generations
that call you blest.

In you we celebrate the great works of God,
who never tires of bowing down with mercy to humanity,
afflicted [as it is] by evil and wounded by sin,
to heal and save it.

Receive with a Mother’s kindness
[this] act of entrustment that we make today with confidence,
before this, your image, that is so dear to us.

We are certain that each one of us is precious in your sight
and that, of everything that dwells in our hearts, nothing is irrelevant to you.

We allow ourselves to be touched by your sweet glance
and we receive the consoling caress of your smile.

Guard our lives in your embrace:
bless and strengthen every good desire;
enliven and nourish [our] faith;
sustain and enlighten [our] hope;
kindle and vivify [our] charity;
guide us all on the path of holiness.

Teach us your own preferential love
for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suffering,
for sinners and those of dismayed heart:
gather everyone under your protection
and deliver all to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus.


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