Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Cardinal Rivera urges prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe to halt swine flu
The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is encouraging the faithful to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe for an end to the swine flu epidemic that has taken the lives of more than 100 people in the country.The cardinal also called for the beginning of novena prayers this past Sunday, asking “the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary of Guadalupe, to free the city and the country of this threat that looms over its inhabitants, as she has miraculously done in the past, especially during the plagues suffered in this same city in 1554, 1695, 1736 and 1850.”The prayer in its entirety reads:Holy Mary of Guadalupe:You love us with special tenderness,You watch over us with maternal intercessionAnd you always grant us your efficacious help.
We implore your protection and aid To quickly overcome this epidemicThat has affected our nation.Shelter us under your mantle,Deliver us from this illness.Intercede for all leadersAnd those who must make decisions,That they may have the wisdom to establish measures and prioritiesFor prevention and the assistance of the entire nationAnd especially for those who are most vulnerable.Grant us prudence and serenityIn order to act responsiblyAnd thus avoid being infected or infecting others.Come to the aid of health care workersWatch over the recovery of the infirmAnd give comfort to those who are in mourning.Mother of the True God for whom we live,You who have rescued us from other plagues,Commend us to the mercy of the One who healed us by his woundsAnd freed us from death by his Resurrection.Teach us to unite our suffering to hisIn order to find its redemptive meaningAnd to come out of this adversityStrengthened in faith, hope and love. Amen.The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has issued a statement calling on all Mexicans to diligently observe the guidelines for preventing the spread of the illness.Health care officials have said “the situation is under control, and therefore we invite all to assist in prevention and to strictly follow the recommendations that are periodically announced to the public,” they said.The bishops also noted they would be attentive to any new information and trust that officials are doing everything possible to eradicate the outbreak.
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