Saturday, December 12, 2009

La Virgen de Tepeyac


[Responses to the following prayers may be given in either Spanish or English.]

Deacon:
As the Virgin Mary, Saint Juan Diego, and Bishop Don Fray Juan de Zumárraga give us examples of humility, let us humbly pray to the Lord, saying: Señor, ten piedad/Lord, have mercy.

Intercessor:
When it was still night, Juan Diego was going in search of the things of God and of God's messages. That we may seek God by night and day, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

As Juan Diego dared to go where he was being called, his heart was undisturbed and he experienced no fear. That we may answer God's call without fear, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

Mary saw Juan as her most abandoned son, yet dignified. That may we see the dignity of the poor, the suffering, and the powerless, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

Mary revealed herself as one of the people of the land. That we may embody the Gospel in our own time and place, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

Mary promised to hear the laments of all who suffer miseries, misfortune, and sorrows. That our hearts and hands may attend to those in need, and that we may have faith to offer our own needs to God, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

The Virgin of Guadalupe showed the children of both the Old and New Worlds a way forward, turning them from violence toward a path of embracing love and compassion. That we may constantly seek repentance and conversion from all the ways of death unto the ways of the Prince of peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

A new creation flourishes where the message of Guadalupe is embraced. That we may learn to proclaim God's Good News with all the beauty of flower and song and lives that radiate the Light of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
Señor, ten piedad / Lord, have mercy.

Please offer your own intercessions and thanksgivings.

The Officiant continues:
Collect for Our Lady of Guadalupe
God of power and mercy, you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

2 comments:

marshmk said...

Thanks for recognizing this feast. I really like the sense of compassion expressed in the litany - not surprising; what else should we expect from La Virgencita. Here is my post, http://bit.ly/6pBx0h. La paz de Cristo sea con usted siempre.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Palabras hermosíssimas!