|Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Annunciation (1660-1665)|
As the New Year begins, a prayer to Our Lady that the mystery that began in her on the day of the Annunciation will reach its fullness:
You who gave birth to the Word made Flesh,
be present among us:
assist, inspire and comfort the ministers of the Word.
You who are Queen of the Apostles,
intervene with your protection
that the light of the Gospel
may reach all peoples.
Mother of Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,
intercede for us
that heaven may be filled
with souls who sing the hymn of glory
to the Most Holy Trinity.
(Blessed James Alberione)