all peoples, and that the way may be opened to
the birth of a new world. It is the Risen Christ
who tells us, with a power that fills us with confi-
dence and unshakeable hope: âBehold, I make all
things newâ (
21:5). With Mary we advance
confidently towards the fulfilment of this prom-
ise, and to her we pray:
Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own âyesâ
to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,
to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Filled with Christâs presence,
you brought joy to John the Baptist,
making him exult in the womb of his mother.
Brimming over with joy,
you sang of the great things done by God.
Standing at the foot of the cross
with unyielding faith,
you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection,
and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit
so that the evangelizing Church might be born.
Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all the Gospel of life
which triumphs over death.
Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,