by Fr. Bernard Holzer, aa


To prepare for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us recite her own prayer, the Magnificat.


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:

the Almighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his Name.


O Lord, I thank you for all your blessings to me, my family and relatives, and friends

(Let us say their names and the blessings we have received…)

I thank you Lord for your creation, for your bounty, for your goodness and compassion…


He has mercy on those who fear him

in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,

he has scattered the proud in their conceit.


O Lord, I thank you for your saints, your martyrs, your witnesses,

for Pope Francis, our Bishops, the frontliners, the public servants…

for all those who work for the common good.

(Let us say their names)


He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.


O Lord, I thank you for all those who commit themselves with mercy and compassion for the poor, the disadvantaged and the most vulnerable of our society.

(Let us say their names)

Give us the grace to become peace makers and to stand up when the values of your Kingdom are trampled down.


He has come to the help of his servant Israel

for he remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers,

to Abraham and his children forever.


O Lord, I thank you for your fidelity, your mercy and compassion, for your forgiveness and your promises.

I entrust to you all our departed loved ones. May they rejoice with you and the saints forever, according to your promise.

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