教宗發表聖母月牧函及兩篇禱詞,鼓勵眾人在家誦念《玫瑰經》

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許多國家的信友將在居家隔離防疫中迎來今年的五月聖母月。為此,教宗方濟各於4月25日向全體信眾發表一封牧函,鼓勵眾人依循傳統在家誦念《玫瑰經》,「在精神層面重視家庭」。另外,教宗隨信附上兩篇向聖母懇求的禱詞,一篇早已於3月11日公諸於世,另一篇隨著這封牧函問世。

在牧函中,教宗邀請信友按照各自情況,選擇與家人一起,或是獨自誦念《玫瑰經》,善用這兩種可能性。但無論如何,誦念《玫瑰經》的秘訣在於「簡樸」;相關的禱詞與默想唾手可得,網絡上也有許多適合的資源。

接著,教宗表明:「與聖母同心默觀基督的面容,將使我們變得更加團結,在精神上互為家人,並有助於我們度過當前的難關。」教宗將為眾信友,特別是痛苦煎熬的人祈禱,並懇請眾人為他祈禱。

隨信附上的兩篇禱詞可以在《玫瑰經》結束時誦念。當天公布的新禱詞題名為《天主之母,聖母瑪利亞,在妳的保護下,我們尋求庇護之所》。在這篇禱詞中,我們祈求聖母「安慰所有迷惘徬徨的人,以及為摯愛的離世痛哭流涕的人;支持所有無法就近照顧病患,心急如焚的人」。我們懇請聖母替我們轉求慈悲的天父,願這場磨難早日結束;希望聖母如同在加納婚宴上那樣,請她的親子耶穌施以援手,撫慰病人和罹難者家屬,重振他們的信心。

我們也祈求聖母「保護在前線捨己救人的醫生、護士、醫護人員和志工」,陪伴夜以繼日照料病患的照護人員,以及努力援助並支持眾人的司鐸。願聖母瑪利亞能啟發科學家「找出抗擊病毒的適當方法;助佑國家負責人員睿智、辛勤又慷慨地行事,解決民生需求,秉持高瞻遠矚和團結互助的精神規劃社會與經濟對策」。我們也懇求至聖聖母瑪利亞「觸動良心」,以期軍事的龐大費用能轉為投注在預防災難的研究上。

藉由這篇禱詞,我們不僅祈願能「增進對唯一人類大家庭的歸屬感」,也盼望能激勵「信德堅定,不懈服務,恆常祈禱」。聖母瑪利亞是憂苦之慰,願她擁抱所有心神不寧的兒女,懇求「天主伸出大能的手,解救世人擺脫這恐怖的傳染病,讓生活得以寧靜地回歸正軌」。

另一篇已於3月11日公布的禱詞,內容如下:

聖母瑪利亞,

妳總是在我們的生命旅途中閃耀發亮,

一如救贖和希望的記號。

我們將自己託付於妳、病人之痊,

妳持守著堅定的信德在十字架下參與耶穌的苦難。

妳、羅馬人民的救援,明瞭我眾之所需,

我們確信妳將如同在加里肋亞加納所作的一樣,

在這考驗的時刻過後,讓喜樂與歡慶得以復返。

天主聖愛之母,

請幫助我們眾人順服天父的旨意並承行耶穌所教導的,

祂承擔了我們的苦難,

藉著十字架引領我們到達復活的喜樂,亞孟。

天主之母,聖母瑪利亞,在妳的保護下,我們尋求庇護之所。

噢!榮福童貞瑪利亞,

請勿輕視我們在考驗中的懇求,並使我們免於一切兇險。

英文禱詞

第一篇禱詞:

O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.

Amen.

We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

第二篇禱詞:

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.  Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.  Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them.  Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew.  Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others.  Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need.  Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.  Amen.

來源:梵蒂岡新聞網

十月-玫瑰聖母月

16世紀時,土耳其在地中海擁有龐大的海軍艦隊,企圖橫掃歐洲,消滅基督文化。而當時教宗庇護五世,為了保全文化、維護聖教,就號召聯軍禦敵。但是聯軍艦隊力量薄弱,與敵人軍隊勢力懸殊。

因此教宗只有呼求天上的母親助佑,希望能因此改變情勢,所以下令教會恭唸玫瑰經,以求取勝利。10月7日,清晨兩方艦隊抵達勒邦太海峽,聯軍將士都在熱心念玫瑰經,達三小時之久。戰爭開始了,原來有利於土耳其艦隊的風,忽然轉向,變為有利於聯軍。土耳其戰敗,因此這次戰爭的勝利,教宗深信是由於誦讀玫瑰經的關係。

威尼斯議院事後文告各路聯軍說:「給我們勝利的,不是將士,也不是武器,而是玫瑰聖母。」因此教宗庇護五世於1571年制定了「勝利之母節」。及後,教會於1960年修訂為「聖母玫瑰瞻禮」,特以玫瑰經恭敬聖母。以後聖教會把這敬禮推廣,於是十月成了玫瑰聖母月。

因為玫瑰有「花后」之稱,馨香無比,艷麗絕倫。教會有玫瑰經,就取意它在上主臺台前的芬芳和美麗。天主教相信諸聖相通功,也就是透過向聖母禱告的方式,傳達意思讓天主明白。聖母經包含教會內主要的教理和動人的默想,教會珍重它,天上的聖母瑪利亞更喜歡它,聖母確實利用玫瑰經賜給了教會很大的和平,戰勝了教會內外的敵人。似乎在今世紀上,天主更願意用這個向聖母瑪利亞的敬禮來賜給人類真正的和平。

聖母是救主的母親,擁有高崇的德行,透過讚揚他的方式,不僅瞭解如何跟隨基督,同樣的也向救主傳達我們的祈禱。而聖母多次顯現都帶給人們玫瑰經,希望人們透過念玫瑰經的方式來讚揚他,因此漸漸的玫瑰就成為一個對聖母的尊稱了。

在這個月中,讓我們多念玫瑰經及默想玫瑰經的意義。