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5th International Day of Prayer, Amsterdam 2003



Testimony of
Hans Natterer from Germany

We Pray this Powerful Marian Prayer for Peace Every Day!

At this point, I would like to thank God for the grace that, since the First International Day of Prayer in Amsterdam at Pentecost 1997, I have been able to work for Our Heavenly Mother. I traveled here back then with a pilgrim group from Algoy, Germany. What touched me above all back then at the First International Day of Prayer was that the Lady of All Nations in her image stands consciously with one foot on Germany. What great responsibility we Germans have in God’s future plan of salvation!

I ask myself, “What does this mean for me?” “What do I have to do?” The words of the prayer from Amsterdam, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth!” seem very similar to me to the Apostle Peter’s cry for help in the Gospel of Matthew, “Lord, save me!” Only today this cry for help must ascend to heaven from the whole human family. It even says in the prayer, “Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations!”

Further along we pray, “That they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war!” This request is very personal for me. When I was a child, I lived in Blaichach, near the outside station of the Dachau concentration camp. We all know what took place there. And in the 90’s I experienced up-close the effects of the war in Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina. How much we really need God’s protection and the protection of Mary so that we may be preserved from such cruelty, from degeneration, disaster and war.

Therefore, I began after the First International Day of Prayer in Amsterdam to work for our Heavenly Mother by spreading out the prayer cards. I actually heard for the first time, back then in Amsterdam, how much the Mother of All Nations desires that we spread out her prayer and image among the peoples. The first thing we did when we came back home was to hang up a picture of the Lady of All Nations in our apartment and to pray the prayer before this image every day. I decided then to give out the prayer cards, first in German. With the approval of our pastor, we guided our community at St. Martin’s in Blaichach to pray this prayer before and after the Rosary.

In August 1998, I was a guest in the little Carpathian mountain village Silyk in the Ukraine. I met a young scout there who translated the prayer of the Lady of All Nations into Ukrainian. My highest aim was to bring the prayer of the Lady of All Nations to the Ukrainian people before the visit of the Holy Father, John Paul II, so that Our Lady herself could prepare his trip. We were able to spread out more than 40,000 prayer cards in Ukrainian.
Since then, I have begun to take care of the prayer cards in all languages. I have put together this file folder, which I can take with me wherever I go, to hold the prayer cards alphabetically in some 30 different languages.

Whether at a highway rest area or on vacation, in St. Peter’s Square on a pilgrimage to Rome or walking along the beach, this folder accompanies me wherever I go. The best place for me, though, is at work where I have the chance to meet with people from all over the world. There I am able to give out countless prayer cards to people in their mother language.
In the meantime, a German speaking teacher from Slovenia has helped me to make a translation into the language of her homeland and to send it to the shrine in Amsterdam for approval.

Our last, great action was 2 months ago (April 2003). We sent hundreds of prayer cards to Fushe-Arrez in Albania, where the Action has found a great response.

I would like to encourage all you participants here today to spread out these prayer cards out of love for the Lady of All Nations and to invite people to pray this great prayer for peace every day. In this way, each one of us can cooperate very concretely in building a peaceful world and a new future.
Thank you!