Praying the Rosary:
Pope Francis is encouraging everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home either as a family or individually. He says “the key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.” Pope Francis has also published two new Marian Prayers, and he asks that you join him in praying these two specific prayers to Mary, that he himself will be praying after the Rosary, “in spiritual union with you.”

Prayers to recite at the end of the Rosary in spiritual union with the Holy Father.

First Prayer
O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.
“Protectress of the Roman people,” you know our needs, and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

 

Second Prayer
“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God.”
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you,
Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who
are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that
grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and
who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those
who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering
may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana,
so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts to be opened to
confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this
emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them
strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern
and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may
find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of
those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by
farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and
stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar
tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us to realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the
bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless
situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will
stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely
resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O
Clement, O loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.