Testimony about the Prayer
At the Third International Day of Prayer for Pentecost 1999, His Excellency Sooza Pakiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum, India made an impressive speech. This wonderful example is an excerpt taken from it.
“Today, the devotion to the Lady of All Nations is spreading in different parts of my diocese. I wonder how I myself came into this movement? What attracted me most was the prayer taught by Our Lady. It is a meaningful, short and profound prayer. It is essentially an invocation of the Holy Spirit.
“Now it has been ten years since I was ordained a bishop. During these past ten years, I initiated a number of activities and introduced a series of renewal programs in my diocese. As a result of all these, we now have a beautiful structure appreciated by all. But today what I realize is this: the greatest need of today is not structures and buildings, not methods and techniques, not machinery and blue prints. All these, without the Holy Spirit, are nothing but dead bodies without a soul. That is why in her prayer the Lady of All Nations teaches us to invoke the Holy Spirit so that the Spirit of God may come upon and live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war.
“For this reason, I wrote a pastoral letter and asked all my priests to learn this beautiful prayer by heart and to teach it to all their parishioners. I myself recite this prayer several times a day, because what we need today is not mainly new legislation, new theologies and new liturgies, but above all a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may take our hearts of stone and give us a heart of flesh. (Cf. Ezek 36:26-27)…
“May the veneration of Mary as the Lady of All Nations inspire each and every one of us and all of humanity to imitate the example of Mary’s total surrender to God who “casts the mighty from the throne and exalts the lowly …” (Lk 1:52)