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Benedict XVI on Mary the Patroness of Bavaria

"She Is and Remains the Handmaid of the Lord"

MUNICH, Germany, SEPT. 11, 2006 (Zenit) - Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave in German Sunday before reciting the midday Angelus at the end of Mass celebrated at the fairgrounds in Munich.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Before concluding our Eucharistic celebration with the solemn blessing, let us recollect ourselves by praying the Angelus.

In reflecting on the readings of the Mass, we have realized how necessary it is -- both for the lives of individuals and for a serene and peaceful coexistence with others -- to see God as the center of all there is and the center of our personal lives.

The supreme example of this attitude is Mary, Mother of the Lord. Throughout her earthly life, she was the woman who listened, the virgin whose heart was open toward God and toward others. The faithful have understood this since the earliest centuries of Christianity, and therefore in all their needs and trials they have confidently turned to her, imploring her help and her intercession with God.

As a witness to this, here in our Bavarian homeland there are hundreds of churches and shrines dedicated to Mary. They are places to which countless pilgrims come flocking throughout the year, to entrust themselves to her maternal love and concern.

Here in Munich, in the heart of the city, rises the Mariensaeule, before which, exactly 390 years ago, Bavaria was solemnly entrusted to the protection of the Mother of God. And yesterday, in this same place, I too implored once more the blessing of the "Patrona Bavariae" upon this city and upon this land.

And how can we not think in a special way of the shrine of Altoetting, where I will go tomorrow on pilgrimage? There I will have the joy of solemnly inaugurating the new adoration chapel which, precisely in that place, is an eloquent sign of Mary's role: She is and remains the handmaid of the Lord who never puts herself at the center, but wishes to guide us toward God, to teach us a way of life in which God is acknowledged as the center of all there is and the center of our personal lives.

To her let us now address our prayer.

[Translation issued by the Holy See; adapted]

© Copyright 2006 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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