THE PRAYER OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS
* This prayer originated in Amsterdam in 1951. Since that time it has received many imprimaturs.
After the local bishop consulted with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2006 in regard to the prayer, the Congregation approved the text of the prayer but with the directive to change the original phrase „who once was Mary“ to „the Blessed Virgin Mary“, due to possible misunderstanding.
The prayer of the Lady of All Nations, together with her image, forms the core of the messages. The Lady of All Nations calls us to pray this short but powerful prayer at least once a day.
“You will go through a great deal yet, in this century. You, nations of this time, know that you are under the protection of the Lady of All Nations. Invoke her as Advocate; ask her to stave off all disasters. Ask her to banish degeneration from this world. From degeneration comes disaster. From degeneration comes war. Through my prayer you shall ask that this be staved off from the world. You do not know how great and how important this prayer is before God. He will hear His Mother, as she wants to be your Advocate” (May 31, 1955).
THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS SAYS THIS PRAYER ALOUD FOR THE FIRST TIME
Already in the very first message on March 25, 1945, Our Lady speaks about her PRAYER as if it was already known. “The prayer must be spread,” she desires. Yet it is only six years later, on the feast of Lourdes February 11, 1951, during a visit to Germany that the visionary hears the touching prayer from the mouth of Our Lady. This happens while the visionary is having a prophetic vision of the Second Vatican Council. This fact alone is a clear sign of the universal importance of this Trinitarian prayer.
In the message Mary first of all insists, “Let everyone come back to the Cross; only then can there be peace and tranquility” (Feb. 11, 1951).
Then Ida writes, “While I was still standing with the Lady before the Cross, she said, ‘Repeat after me.’ To me this was a little bit strange. I thought to myself, ‘But I already repeat everything she says!’ But suddenly I saw the Lady become even more beautiful than she already was. The light which had always surrounded her became much brighter and brilliant, such that I could hardly bear to look into it. She then raised and joined her hands, which she otherwise always held down. Her face became so heavenly, so sublime; you simply cannot express it in words. Her figure grew even more translucent and so beautiful that I looked at it enraptured and thought ‘What will come now?’ Then the Lady said, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father…’ But the way she said it! It goes right through you. I have not yet heard anyone in the world pray it as she did. ‘Send now Your Spirit’ with the emphasis on NOW, and ‘Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of All Nations’ especially stressing the word ALL. She also pronounces the word ‘Amen’ so beautifully and solemnly. As I repeated everything word for word, I was unaware what all this was actually suppose to be that she was reciting to me. However, when the Lady said ‘Amen’ everything was written in large letters before me,
LORD JESUS CHRIST,
SON OF THE FATHER,
SEND NOW YOUR SPIRIT OVER THE EARTH.
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVE
IN THE HEARTS OF ALL NATIONS,
THAT THEY MAY BE PRESERVED
FROM DEGENERATION, DISASTER AND WAR.
MAY THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS,
WHO ONCE WAS MARY,
BE OUR ADVOCATE.
Only then did I realize that it was a prayer. The strange thing is that when the message was finished, I never again needed to read this prayer. It was impressed upon my memory. I knew it and always prayed it. Each time, I heard the tone in which she said everything. Of course I cannot repeat it that way. No one can say it the way she did, so beautiful and impressive.”
Then the Lady continues her message, “Child, this is so simple and short that everyone can say it in one’s own language, before one’s own crucifix; and those who have no crucifix say it to themselves. This is the message which I want to give this very day, for I am now coming to say that I want to save souls” (Feb. 11, 1951).
WHO ONCE WAS MARY
On July 2, 1951, in a clear, short, and simple way, Our Lady explains the prayer, “‘Who once was Mary’ means: many people have known Mary as Mary. Now, however, in this new era which is about to begin, I wish to be the Lady of All Nations. Everyone understands this.”
“Many people”, actually the majority of people from then and from now really only “have known Mary”, the mother of Jesus “as Mary” (July 2, 1951) and have called her thus. This has to be admitted. (Do not to forget, only one-sixth of all humanity is Christian!) Now, however, “in this new era which is about to begin” God wants all people to call Mary, not only by an unassociated name, but to accept and to learn to love her as their personal mother. They should, therefore, no longer call her just Mary but rather ‘my mother’, ‘our mother’ as she already said in the first message of Amsterdam, “They will call me ‘the Lady’, ‘Mother’” (March 25, 1945). However, when I say not only “Mary” but “Mother”, then something decisive changes through it in my personal relationship with her.
Nevertheless, not everyone is satisfied with this simple explanation. Mary therefore describes in her 41st message, on the basis of Holy Scripture, how this ‘change’ from ‘Mary’ to the title ‘LADY OF ALL NATIONS’ came about. This reference to the gospel should be especially helpful for the theologians. (John 19:26 uses the word ‘Woman’. The Lady quotes it in explaining when she became ‘the Lady’. In Dutch the word ‘Vrouwe’ means both ‘Woman’ and ‘Lady’.)
“Tell the following to the theologians: at the sacrifice of the Cross came ‘the Lady’. The Son said to His Mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Thus the change came about at the sacrifice of the Cross. The Lord and Creator chose Miriam, or Mary, from among all women to become the Mother of His Divine Son. At the sacrifice of the Cross she became ‘the Lady,’ the Coredemptrix and Mediatrix. This was announced by the Son while He was returning to the Father. That is why I am bringing these new words in this time, and saying: I am the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary. Tell this to your theologians. This is what these words mean for the theologians” (April 6, 1952).
ARE YOU NOT ALWAYS MARY?
Nearly every one who hears or says this prayer for the first time stops for a moment in surprise and wonders, as did the visionary and her spiritual director, “But you have always been Mary, the same Mary now as you were then, and not anyone else!”
Of course, we can always address Mary as “Mary”, like we repeat many times in the Hail Mary when we pray the Rosary. The LADY OF ALL NATIONS, however, wants to express in this wording that even her vocation wonderfully evolved. So we are always dealing with the same person, Mary. Now though, in Amsterdam, she “who once was Mary” has the desire, at the height of her coredeeming vocation, to be called ‘THE LADY, MOTHER OF ALL NATIONS’. For Mary too became in the course of her life something that she had not yet previously been.
Through her FIAT she—the Immaculate Conception, the completely unknown and simple girl from Nazareth—became the Mother of the Divine Son. Through her suffering, united with the Redeemer, the Mother of Jesus also became the Lady, the Mother of All Nations and she wishes now in our time to be recognized and to be loved as such by all mankind.
Everything depended on correspondence and faithful cooperation, even in Mary’s case! At this point it may be helpful to show with specific examples how someone, by collaborating with God’s grace and through suffering, matures into that what God has called him:
“May the father and patron of the Church, who once was Joseph, be our intercessor!”
It may be applied to a holy pope:
“May Pope Pius X, who once was Giuseppe Sarto, intercede for us in heaven!”
When the visionary herself understood better, she also made comparisons like the following to help others understand. Just as the little, playful girl Beatrix already had the vocation to one day become the Queen of the Netherlands, so too, Mary, who once lived as a hidden, simple little girl in the unknown town of Nazareth, became the Mother, the Lady of All Nations.
THE POWER OF THE PRAYER
“You will go through a great deal yet, in this century” (May 31, 1955), Mary says. She promises, though, that if we pray her prayer, “degeneration, disaster and war may be staved off” (Oct. 11, 1953) and spiritual confusion may be conquered. She has been sent directly in our time as the Lady of All Nations so that “through this prayer, she may deliver the world from a great world catastrophe” (May 10, 1953). What great power this prayer has!
Our Lady clearly describes the spiritual condition of our time, “Satan is still the prince of this world. He holds on to everything he can. … The Lady had to bring her prayer now over this satanic world. For the Holy Spirit is still to come over the peoples” (April 4, 1954). As the Lady of All Nations she is now sent “in order to expel Satan. … You, however, shall pray my prayer which I gave to the world” (May 31, 1955). This prayer is therefore a decisive weapon in the fight against Satan. Since you concretely pray that the Holy Spirit come now at this moment, Satan consequently must vanish here and now. We are not praying “vanish Satan!” like an exorcism or Pope Leo XIII’s prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: “…through the divine power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits…” Much more, the prayer of Amsterdam incites us to pray with all our heart, “Come Holy Spirit!” For our mother knows that where the Holy Spirit, who is Love, can be found, there is no place for demons, and she who “…stands as Advocate now in this anxious time” (cf. Dec. 31, 1951), “…will be allowed to bring peace to the world” (Oct. 11, 1953).
Like a missionary who wants to save all souls, Our Lady tells us already in her first apparition about her heart’s desire, “The prayer must be spread” (March 31, 1945).
For she knows the divine plan of redemption for humanity, “This prayer has been given for the redemption of the world. This prayer has been given for the conversion of the world” (Dec. 31, 1951), and therefore she asks us, “Then spread my prayer, the prayer of the Lord” (May 31, 1957).
She wants to give strength and power to all those who contribute to the spreading of the prayer, and she assures, “I shall help them” (Nov. 15, 1951). Ida is the first one charged with this task, “Do your work, and see to the outspreading” (Dec. 31, 1951). “Work for this alone, and give spiritual and bodily help by saying the prayer of the Lady of All Nations” (Feb. 17, 1952).
Once again, Our Lady uses an image of snowflakes to teach the visionary that this prayer should be prayed everywhere. “I see the globe rotating under her feet, and snowflakes are falling thickly everywhere. Then the Lady says, ‘Did you see this? The Lady of All Nations will be brought throughout the world in the same way, from town to town, from country to country. This simple prayer will create one community’” (Feb. 17, 1952). “I want this to be [prayed] in many languages” (March 4, 1951) and the prayer brought also “to those countries where faith has declined” (April 15, 1951), because “The Lady of All Nations is not destined for one country, for one place, but is destined for the world, the peoples” (Oct. 11, 1951). “They all have a right to it” (April 29, 1951). Thus the explicit desire of the Mother of All Nations is understandable, that this prayer “will have to be prayed in all churches” (Dec. 8, 1952). “This prayer shall be spread in churches and by modern means” (Dec. 31, 1951). Yes, the Christians “shall pray my prayer against degeneration, disaster and war, and bring it among all nations” (Oct. 11, 1953). Not least of all, the Lady of All Nations expects that those who spread the prayer do it rapidly, very seriously, and with great zeal, because after all they work “for this cause, which the Son wants to be realized” (April 29, 1951).
Source: Fr. Paul Maria Sigl: “Die Frau aller Völker ‘Miterlöserin Mittlerin Fürsprecherin'” (March 25, 1998)
More information about the Prayer given by the Lady of all Nations can be found on the website of the Family of Mary.