Prayer to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

From Pastores Dabo Vobis

Pope John Paul II, 25 March 1992

O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the Priesthood of your Son and of your sons, O Holy Mother of God.

Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-Priest you gave a body of flesh through the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart, guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Savior.

O Mother of Faith, you accompanied the Son of Man at the temple, in fulfillment of the promises made to the Fathers, give to the Father for his glory, the priests of his Son, O Ark of the Covenant.

O Mother of the Church, among the disciples in the Cenacle you prayed to the Spirit for the new People and their Shepherds, obtain for the Order of Presbyters the full measure of gifts, O Queen of the Apostles.

O Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with him from the beginning of his life and in his mission, you sought the Master among the crowd, you stood beside him when He was lifted up from the earth, consumed as the one eternal sacrifice and you had John, your son, close by, accept from the beginning those who have been called, protect their growth, in their life's ministry accompany your sons, O Mother of Priests. Amen!