May is the Month of Mary. As we focus our prayer on Our Lady, you can listen to our audio series ‘Full of Grace’.
Today we pray the Hail Mary in French – a Romance language of the Indo-European family.
French is the official language of 29 countries and there are some 300 million people worldwide who can speak the language.
Of course Marian devotion is at the heart of Catholic France. Many of our dioceses, in non-pandemic times, hold annual pilgrimages to the world-famous shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The power of prayer overcomes the difficulties we face with the COVID19 pandemic. We have been sent – through Facebook messenger, WhatsApp voice notes and email – recitations of this sacred prayer that we pray through the decades of the Rosary.
The aim is that we stand in solidarity with believers the world over and entrust our joys and sorrows (and everything in-between) to Mary.
Our audio is truly global – for example our Burmese Hail Mary comes from Yangon engulfed in a frightening coup that certainly needs our prayers.