June 4, 2014

4th. Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem 2014

The 4th. Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem at the Carmel Mission is Pentecost weekend, June 6th. - 8th.. Fr. Nicholas A. Milich will be offering Mass for the Pilgrimage on Friday at Mission San Juan Bautista at 8am. A small breakfast will follow. Fr. Milich will also be offering Mass for the conclusion of the Pilgrimage at Mission Carmel at 3pm on Sunday. All are invited to attend both Masses.

 Intentions of the Pilgrimage :
● To make Our Lady of Bethlehem known and loved.
● In reparation for the offenses committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
● For the conversion of our own hearts, our families, our state, our country, and the world.

                                                  Prayer to Our Lady of Bethlehem
Dear Lady of Bethlehem, Virgin most pure, Mother of our Savior, may the memory of the cold night Thy Divine son was born cause Thy powerful intercession to overcome the world’s coldness towards the Babe of Bethlehem. Let the flames of love from Thy Immaculate Heart conquer the hearts of all thy children.
Do Thou who suffered such great loneliness when Thy Son was taken from Thee, look with pity upon the void in the hearts of those who know and love Him not. Lead them to Him and His Angels and Saints. Do Thou who journeyed wearily to Bethlehem, look down with mercy upon mankind trudging along the way of evil, lost and confused. Guide us to Thy Son and the heavenly home He has prepared for us.
Look down with compassion upon us, as we commend to Thy maternal care the needs of Holy Mother Church, our beloved country, our state and our families. We place all our petitions at Thy blessed feet. Through Thy powerful intercession may God grant us and the whole world the sacred joy of Bethlehem.
Do Thou also regard with favor our beloved Father Junipero Serra, who brought Thy image to this land and whose remains rest in peace in Thy sanctuary. May he who in life held Thee in such great honor and first made Thy Son known on these shores, be found worthy to be raised to the altars of sainthood.
Our Lady of Bethlehem, pray for us, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

For the history of Our Lady of Bethlehem’s statue please visit www.traditioninaction.org/History/B_020_Belen_1.html