Hail Mary, our mother, teacher and queen. Listen with kindness to the supplication that we present to you according to the desire of Jesus: “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send workers into his harvest”.
Turn your merciful eyes towards all men. Many are wandering in the darkness, without a father, without a shepherd and without a teacher. In you, Mary, they will find the path to Christ,
for the Father has constituted you “apostle”, to give Jesus, the way the truth and the life, to the world.
Through you, all Catholics, with all their strength, for all vocations, for all apostolates.
Through you, all the believers for all the non-believers; all the committed for all the indifferent; all Catholics for all non-Catholics.
Through you, may all who are called be faithful to their vocation, may all apostles be holy, may all men welcome them.
At the foot of the cross your heart was open to welcome us all as children.
Give us an apostolic heart, modeled after that of Jesus, after yours and that of St. Paul, so that one day
we may all meet together with you in the Father’s house.
Bless your children, Mary, mother, teacher and queen.
Blessed Giacomo Alberione
Dear mothers and women of the 40 hours:
Thank you for your prayers for all of us.
The first thing I would like to thank you for is your participation in this mission to pray that vocations may
arise, that you remain faithful and reach holiness so that in turn these consecrated and priestly vocations may bring the Gospel to so many souls and lead them to heaven.
When I was a little girl, my family lived very close to Luján (Argentina), five of my siblings were born there. As it is known, our founder attributed every vocation in our Religious Family to the intercession of the Virgin of Luján; that is why it is so important that your prayers reach God through her.
Here in our monastery, after a short time of its foundation, we placed an oil lamp to the Virgin of Luján, committing ourselves to keep it lit day and night, asking her for an increase, perseverance and sanctity of vocations. Every week there is a sister who is in charge of replenishing the oil so that it does not go out, and if any of us forget, the sister in charge reminds us that we have the office of Negrito Manuel, who kept the lamp of the Virgin of Lujan lit throughout his life.
I think that you, mothers and women of the 40 hours, are like other “Negrito Manuel” who, with your prayers and sacrifices for vocations, keep the fire burning before Our Mother.
In the name of all the vocations that have been, are and will be, we thank you for your dedication and your prayer.
M. María de la Crucifixión
Monasterio San Juan Bautista de la Concepción (Torrelaguna, Spain)