· Prayer in the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima ·
On Wednesday, 12 May, after addressing representatives of the world of culture, the Holy Father returned to the Apostolic Nunciature where he had a private meeting with H.E. Mr José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal. After the private meeting, the Pope took his leave of the Nunciature personnel and collaborators before being driven to Lisbon Airport. He was met in Fatima by Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leina-Fátima, the Mayor, the Director of the Municipal Board of Ourém and the local Military Authority. Fr Virgílio do Nascimento Antunes, Rector of the Shrine, greeted the Pope on his arrival at the Chapel of the Apparitions. The Holy Father knelt to pray before the statue of Our Lady, offering a golden rose. The following is a translation of the Pope's Prayer in Portuguese.
Prayer to Our Lady
Mother of all men and women,
I come before you as a son
visiting his Mother,
and I do so in company
with a multitude of brothers and sisters.
As the Successor of Peter,
to whom was entrusted the mission
of presiding in the service
of charity in the Church of Christ
and of confirming all
in faith and in hope,
I wish to present to your
the joys and hopes
as well as the problems and sufferings
of each one of these
sons and daughters of yours
who are gathered in the Cova di Iria
or who are praying with us from afar.
Mother most gentle,
you know each one by name,
you know each one's face
and personal history,
and you love them all
with maternal benevolence
that wells up from the very heart
of Divine Love.
I entrust and consecrate them all
to you, Mary Most Holy,
Mother of God and our Mother.
Cantors and Assembly: We sing to you and we praise you, O Mary (v. 1)
The Venerable Pope John Paul II,
who visited you three times
here in Fatima
and thanked the “unseen hand”
that rescued him from death
in the assassination attempt
on 13 May in Saint Peter's Square
almost thirty years ago,
wanted to offer to the Shrine of Fatima a bullet which gravely wounded him
and was placed in the crown of the Queen of Peace .
It is a profound consolation
to know that you are crowned
not only with the silver
and gold of our joys and hopes,
but also with the “bullet”
of our anxieties and sufferings.
I thank you, beloved Mother,
for the prayers and sacrifices
that the shepherd-children
of Fatima offered for the Pope,
led by the sentiments
that you inspired in them
in the apparitions.
I also thank all those who, every day,
pray for the Successor of Peter
and for his intentions,
that the Pope may be strong in faith,
bold in hope and zealous in love.
Cantors and Assembly: We sing to you and we praise you, O Mary (v. 2)
Beloved Mother of us all,
here in your Shrine at Fatima
I consign the Golden Rose
that I have brought from Rome
as a homage of gratitude
from the Pope
for the marvels that the Almighty
has worked through you
in the hearts of so many
who come as pilgrims
to this your maternal home.
I am sure that
the shepherd-children of Fatima,
Blessed Francisco and Jacinta and
the Servant of God Lucia of Jesus,
are united with us
at this hour of prayer and jubilation.
Cantors and Assembly: We sing to you and we praise you, O Mary (v. 5).
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