Prayer of the Day
Feast of The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary MajorAugust 5th, 2017
Holy Virgin Mary, you are reigning in glory, with Jesus, your Son. Remember us in our sadness. Look kindly on all who are suffering or fighting against any difficulty. Have pity on those who are separated from someone they love. Have pity on the loneliness of our hearts. Have pity on the weakness of our faith and love. Have pity on those who are weeping, on those who are praying, on those who are fearful. Holy Mother, please obtain for all of us hope and peace with justice. Amen.
The Basilica was built by Pope Sixtus III after the Council of Ephesus (431). It is the first Church in the West named in honour of the Mother of God.