We invite our brothers and sisters to use the following prayer in celebration of the Bicentennial. It can be recited in its entirety, or as two distinct prayers, concluding always with the Marianist doxology.
O Lord, gathered together in your name,
we give thanks for these two hundred years of Marianist religious life
of which we are heirs and joyful witnesses.
You, who inspired in Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, together with Venerable Adele de Trenquelléon, the foundation of our institutes,
grant us the grace to live the spirit which animated their lives, the strength of their faith and their apostolic courage.
Help us, who follow their footsteps,
to know, love and serve passionately, in alliance with Mary,
the mission confided to her in the history of salvation,
that of forming in faith a multitude of brothers and sisters of your Son.
Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, our Mother,
we entrust to your maternal care the fruits of this Jubilee Year.
Help us renew our life and our mission.
Awaken in us a passion for the Kingdom of God,
for which your son gave his life.
Fill us with your merciful love,
attentive to all the needs of the men and women
with whom we share this time in history.
Like you, we sense our poverty and weakness,
but we trust in the power of the Spirit to strengthen us.
Make our communities a home for love, for justice and for peace.
So, in your name, we will continue hearing witness to the presence of Christ
and we will show, as our founders desired,
that even today the Gospel can be lived
with the full rigor of its letter and its spirit.
May the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
Be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary!
you are constantly at work in Your Church,
and through individuals and communities
You manifest Your Spirit for the good of Your people.
In a special way You bestowed Your Spirit
on Your servant Blessed William Joseph Chaminade,
so that he might live fully according to the Gospel
and with love devote himself to Your saving work.
You have inspired communities of men and women
to follow his example by consecrating themselves to You to serve
the Church under the leadership of Mary.
We now pray to You to give us visible sign of Your grace
and holiness in his life by granting us the special favors
we ask through his intercession, especially...
May the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.