Prayer by Pope John Paul II to Mary Help of Christians
O Mary Help of Christians, in our need we turn to you with eyes of love, with empty hands and longing hearts.
We look to you that we may see your Son, our Lord.
We lift our heads that we may have the bread of life.
We open wide our hearts to receive the Prince of Peace.
Mother of the Church, your sons and daughters thank you for your trusting word that echoes through the ages, rising from an empty soul made full of grace, prepared by God to welcome the Word to the world, that the world itself might be reborn.
In you, the reign of God has dawned, a reign of grace and peace, love and justice, born from the depths of the Word made flesh.
The Church throughout the world, joins you in praising Him whose mercy is from age to age.
O Stella Maris, light of every ocean and the mistress of the deep guide the peoples of Oceania across all the dark and stormy seas, that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.
Keep all your children safe form harm for the waves are high and we are far from home.
As we set forth upon the oceans of the world, and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on our life journey, that in heart and mind in word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say: “ Who is this that even the wind obey Him?”
Our Lady of Peace, in whom all storms grow still, pray at the dawn of the new millennium that the Church in Oceania will not cease to show forth the glorious face of your Son, full of grace and truth, so that God will reign in the hearts of the Pacific peoples, and they will find peace in the world’s true Saviour.
Plead for the Church in Oceania that she may have strength-to follow faithfully the way of Jesus Christ, to life fully the way of Jesus Christ, to tell courageously the truth of Jesus Christ.
O Help of Christians, protect us!
Bright Star of the sea, guide us!
Our Lady of Peace, pray for us!
Given in Rome at St. Peter’s, 22 November 2001, Twenty-fourth of my pontificate John Paul II