(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of Holy Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis led the faithful in the Rite of Coronation of the image of the Most Holy Virgin of Guadalupe.
The miraculous image dates back to 1531, when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Since that time, the Virgin, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been proclaimed Patroness of Mexico, Patroness and Empress of the Americas, and Heavenly Patroness of the Philippines. She is also known as the Protectress of Unborn Children.The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most visited pilgrimmage places in the world, with millions of pilgrims coming each year to venerate the sacred image.
Below, please find the prayer for the Coronation of the Image of the Most Holy Virgin of Guadalupe:
Blessed are you, O Lord,
God of heaven and earth, who, in your mercy and justice,
cast down the proud, and exalt the humble.
In the wondrous designs of your providence,
you have offered a perfect model in the Incarnate Word and in the Virgin Mother:
Your Son, who voluntarily humbled Himself, even to death on the Cross,
shines in eternal glory and sits at your right hand
as King of kings and Lord of lords.
And the Virgin, who desired to call herself your handmaid,
who was chosen as Mother of the Redeemer and true Mother of the living,
and now, lifted up above the choirs of angels, gloriously reigns beside her Son,
interceding for all men, the advocate of grace
and queen of mercy.
Look with kindness, O Lord, on these your servants
who, in placing a royal diadem upon the image of the Mother of your Son,
recognize in your Son the King of the universe, and invoke, as Queen, the Virgin.
in following their example, we too might consecrate ourselves to your service,
and make ourselves available to others, fulfilling the law of charity,
thus triumphing over selfishness, and in generously giving
we might lead our brothers and sisters to you.
seeking humility on earth, we might one day be lifted to the heights of heaven,
where you yourself will place on the heads of your faithful
the crown of life.
Through Christ our Lord.
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