Membership carries with it certain spiritual and temporal responsibilities with the first being daily prayer for peace in the Holy Land. Below are several prayers and intention that may be helpful to you in your daily prayer.
Praying the Memorare to Our Lady, Queen of Palestine is especially encouraged. The Blessed Virgin Mary, under this title, was officially declared patroness of the order in 1994, by order of the Apostolic See. The Memorare was given to the Order by St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, when he urged the Second Crusade.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Daily Prayer of the Order
Lord Jesus, who has willed to call me to the Ranks of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, I humbly ask You, by the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, of Saint Joseph, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and all the Saints, to help me to remain faithful to the traditions of our Order, in practicing and defending the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Religion against impiety and in exercising charity to my Neighbor and above all to the poor and sick in the Holy Land. Grant to me and my confreres the grace to support by prayer and sacrifice the maintenance of the Holy Places and the work of His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Give me the strength to be able to execute these desires with a truly Christian spirit, for The Glory of God, the peace of the world, and the good of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Amen
Prayer to Our Lady of Palestine
Patroness Of The Order
O Mary Immaculate,
gracious Queen of Heaven and of Earth,
behold us prostrate before thy exalted throne.
Full of confidence in thy goodness
and in thy boundless power,
we beseech thee to turn a pitying glance upon Palestine,
which more than any other country belongs to thee,
since thou hast graced it with thy birth,
thy virtues and thy sorrows,
and from there hast given the Redeemer to the world.
Remember that there especially
thou wert constituted our tender Mother,
the dispenser of graces.
Watch, therefore, with special protection
over thy native country,
scatter from it the shades of error,
for it was there the Sun of Eternal Justice shone.
Bring about the speedy fulfilment of the promise,
which issued from the lips of Thy Divine Son,
that there should be one fold and one Shepherd.
Obtain for us all that we may serve the Lord
in sanctity and justice during the days of our life,
so that, by the merits of Jesus
and with thy motherly aid,
we may pass at last from this earthly Jerusalem
to the splendors of the heavenly one. Amen
Praying to Mary for Peace in the Holy Land
Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, extend your hand over the Holy Land and over all who live there:
Jews, Muslims, Druze and Christians, Palestinians, Israelis, migrant workers and refugees.
Our Lady, intercede for us all and especially for the Church, the Body of your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord.
We have been sent to preach Good News to all in the land that is yours and His, the land of the patriarchs, kings, prophets, apostles and of the first community formed to walk in the way of your Son, the Mother Church of Jerusalem.
This mission needs the courage and the perseverance, the wisdom and the faith that were yours, pray for us.
On your knees He, who was your Lord and Master, learnt to speak and to pray, to act and to obey.
We ask you to teach us to speak and to pray, to act and to obey today in the land called to be holy.
In the midst of war and hatred, walls, occupation and discrimination, fear and rejection, instruct us how to be instruments of justice and peace, pardon and reconciliation.
We affirm with you that he is our peace.
Show us the way to incarnate in our life as Church both fidelity to your Son and an embracing love for all in this land, especially for those who are the poorest and the most excluded, the homeless, the refugees, the prisoners, those who are maltreated, oppressed and are victims of injustice.
Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, you are our mother, given to us by your Son on the Cross.
With you, we are called to be witnesses to the Resurrection that already heralds His Kingdom.
Modeling ourselves on you, we ask Him to anoint us as Spirit filled proclaimers of the Good News that He has vanquished death by His death on the Cross and has given life to those in the tombs.
May we, members of His Body the Church, be living signs that point to the Kingdom that is already among us. Amen.
Mother Mary, Queen of Palestine, pray for us.
Contributed by Father David Neuhaus, S.J.
Prayer to Mary Queen of Palestine, Patroness of the Order
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, asked several contemplative monastic communities of his diocese to write a prayer to Mary Queen of Palestine, patron of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, whose feast falls on October 25.
The hope expressed is that with the Virgin Mary we place ourselves before the One for whom nothing is impossible. Faced with the difficult situation of the Holy Land, we strengthen our trust in the Mother of the Prince of Peace, confident of the power of her intercession in favor of justice.
To you, Virgin Mother Mary,
Queen of the Land of Christ
we come to praise you, to thank you
and entrust to you all your children, inhabitants and pilgrims
of this Land.
Virgin, Daughter of Zion,
teach us the love you have for everyone, without distinction.
Show us your merciful heart,
give us your clarity of vision.
As in the days of Nazareth
teach us to listen attentively to the voice of God
and to his Word of life.
Teach us fidelity in our daily work
and silence capable of creating profound communion.
Like in Cana
watch over families,
so that there is no lack of joy and unity.
As on the streets of Galilee and Judea,
precede us on the path of discipleship
in the footsteps of your beloved Son
to the supreme offering at the foot of Calvary.
As in the Upper Room, intercede with the gift of the Spirit
that cries in us: “Abbà”.
The One Father for Jews, Christians and Muslims,
Help us all to walk
on the paths of forgiveness and reconciliation
so the walls that divide may fall.
Mother of the Prince of Peace,
also gift us the taste of Heaven
that supports our hope,
so that soon “justice and peace will kiss”
this Holy Land and the entire earth.
From the Western US Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Prayer Intentions for 2020
The Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for the specific intention for the month.
Prayer intention for evangelization- Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.
Universal prayer intention – Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.
Prayer intention for evangelization – Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.
Universal prayer intention – Freedom from Addiction
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
Prayer intention for evangelization- For Deacons
We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
Prayer intention for evangelization- The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
Universal prayer intention – Our Families
We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.
Universal prayer intention – The Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
Universal prayer intention – Respect for the Planet’s Resources
We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.
Prayer intention for evangelization- The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
Universal prayer intention – Artificial Intelligence
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.
Prayer intention for evangelization- For a life of prayer
We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.
From the Canada Toronto Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem