JUBILEE OF BISHOPS
ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY
8 October 2000
1. "Woman, behold your Son!" (Jn 19:26).
As we near
the end of this Jubilee Year,
when you, O Mother, have offered us Jesus
the blessed fruit of your womb most pure,
the Word made flesh, the
we hear more clearly the sweet echo of his words
entrusting us to you, making you our Mother:
"Woman, behold your Son!"
When he entrusted to you the Apostle John,
and with him the children of the
Church and all people,
Christ did not diminish but affirmed anew
role which is his alone as the Saviour of the world.
You are the splendour
which in no way dims the light of Christ,
for you exist in him and through
Everything in you is fiat: you are the Immaculate One,
there shines the fullness of grace.
Here, then, are your children, gathered
at the dawn of the new millennium.
The Church today, through
the voice of the Successor of Peter,
in union with so many Pastors
from every corner of the world,
seeks refuge in your
and trustingly begs your intercession
as she faces
the challenges which lie hidden in the future.
2. In this year of grace, countless people have known
overflowing joy of the mercy
which the Father has given us in Christ.
the particular Churches throughout the world,
and still more in this centre
the widest array of people have accepted this gift.
Here the enthusiasm of the young rang out,
here the sick have lifted up
Here have gathered priests and religious,
workers and people of learning,
children and adults,
all have acknowledged in your beloved Son
the Word of God made flesh in
O Mother, intercede for us,
that the fruits of this Year will
not be lost
and that the seeds of grace will grow
to the full measure of
to which we are all called.
3. Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us,
and we ask you to be with us on our way.
We are the men and women of an
exhilarating yet full of contradictions.
now has instruments of unprecedented power:
we can turn this world into a
or reduce it to a pile of rubble.
We have devised the astounding
to intervene in the very well-springs of life:
man can use this
power for good, within the bounds of the moral law,
or he can succumb to
the short-sighted pride
of a science which accepts no limits,
tramples on the respect due to every human being.
Today as never before in
humanity stands at a crossroads.
And once again, O Virgin Most
salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son.
4. Therefore, O Mother, like the Apostle John,
we wish to
take you into our home (cf. Jn 19:27),
that we may learn from you to
become like your Son.
"Woman, behold your son!"
Here we stand before you
to entrust to your maternal care
ourselves, the Church, the entire world.
Plead for us with your beloved Son
that he may give us in abundance the
the Spirit of truth which is the fountain of life.
the Spirit for us and with us,
as happened in the first community gathered
in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts
May the Spirit open our hearts to justice and love,
people and nations to mutual understanding
and a firm desire for peace.
We entrust to you all people, beginning with the weakest:
the babies yet
and those born into poverty and suffering,
the young in search
and those suffering hunger and disease.
We entrust to you all troubled families,
the elderly with no one to help
and all who are alone and without hope.
5. O Mother, you know the sufferings
and hopes of the
Church and the world:
come to the aid of your children in the daily trials
which life brings to each one,
and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all,
the darkness will not prevail over the light.
To you, Dawn of Salvation, we
our journey through the new Millennium,
so that with you as guide
all people may know Christ,
the light of the world and its only Saviour,
who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever. Amen.
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