Mary, Queen of Peace

ReginaPacis

See Mary seated on her glorious throne, the Christ child standing on her lap. She looks down upon us with great care and compassion. Her hand is raised as if she is fending off anything that could harm us. The Christ child, on the other hand, is patiently awaiting the time he gets to drop the olive branch.

This statue was made under the direction of Pope Benedict XV at the end of World War I. The war decimated Europe and everyone hoped that it would never happen again. There is still so much violence in the world. The genocide of Christians in Iraq, the senseless violence against schoolchildren in Nigeria, unaccompanied children running away from the cartel violence in Mexico, forced abortion in China, and mass killings at our own backdoor, only to name a very few.

Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace. 

We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace. 

Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.- Catholic Online   

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