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58. Venerable Brothers, we have dealt at length with an integral element of
Christian worship: devotion to the Mother of the Lord. This has been called for
by the nature of the subject, one which in these recent years has been the
object of study and revision and at times the cause of some perplexity. We are
consoled to think that the work done by this Apostolic See and by yourselves in
order to carry out the norms of the Council - particularly the liturgical reform
- is a stepping-stone to an ever more lively and adoring worship of God, the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and to an increase of the Christian life
of the faithful. We are filled with confidence when we note that the renewed
Roman liturgy, also taken as a whole, is a splendid illustration of the Church's
devotion to the Blessed Virgin. We are upheld by the hope that the directives
issued in order to render this devotion ever more pure and vigorous will be
applied with sincerity. We rejoice that the Lord has given us the opportunity of
putting forward some points for reflection in order to renew and confirm esteem
for the practice of the rosary. Comfort, confidence, hope and joy are the
sentiments which we wish to transform into fervent praise and thanksgiving to
the Lord as we unite our voice with that of the Blessed Virgin in accordance
with the prayer of the Roman Liturgy. [125]


Dear Brothers, while we express the hope that, thanks to your generous
commitment, there will be among the clergy and among the people entrusted to
your care a salutary increase of devotion to Mary with undoubted profit for the
Church and for society, we cordially impart our special apostolic blessing to
yourselves and to all the faithful people to whom you devote your pastoral zeal.


Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on the second day of February, the Feast of
the Presentation of the Lord, in the year 1974, the eleventh of our Pontificate.


Paulus PP. VI

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