Virgin, most holy,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Treasurer of graces,
and Refuge of sinners,
I fly top your motherly affection
with lively faith,
and I beg of you the grace
ever to do the will of God.
Virgin, most holy,
Good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesus, of Your love befriend us,
You refresh us, You defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.
You Who all things are known,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with Your Saints, though low,
Where the heavenly feast You show,
Fellow-heirs and guests to be.
Virgin Mary, most loving Mother,
please give me a heart like yours,
firm in its attachments and of unshakable loyalty,
an affectionate heart which radiates a discreet tenderness and which is open,
a pure heart which lives in the flesh without being burdened by it,
a generous heart,
quick in forgetting its hurts and always ready to forgive,
Richard Ranaghan was born in Killough, Co. Down, Ireland, in 1889. He was ordained in 1914 and ministered in the Diocese of Down and Connor until he joined the Missionary Society of St. Columban in 1917.
Look down, O Lord,
from Your sanctuary
and from the high habitation of heaven,
and behold this sacred Victim,
which our great High Priest,
Your Holy Child,
the Lord Jesus,
immolates unto You
for the sins of His brethren,
and be propitious
to the multitude of our iniquities.
Behold, the voice of the Blood of Jesus,
God our Father,
you will all men and women
to be saved and come to the knowledge of your Truth.
Send workers into your great harvest
that the Gospel may be preached to every creature
and your people,
gathered together by the Word of life
and strengthened by the power of the Sacraments,
may advance in the way of salvation and love.
In 1954 Fr. Edward MacElroy became the last Columban of that era to leave China. His departure from China marked the end of a chapter of Columban history that had begun in 1920 with the arrival of a young, energetic group of missionaries who were committed to sharing the message of Christ with people in this vast land. Fr.
Blessed Virgin who, under the title of Repose,
reminds us of the succoring pity
with which your maternal heart is open to your children,
hear our prayer!
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come.
From your bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Your Own!
O guide our minds with your blessed light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with your strength, which never decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
It is truly a joy for the Missionary Society of St. Columban to be celebrating our centenary. We give thanks to God and all those who have supported us. For the past 100 years Columban missionaries have participated in God's mission by responding to the voice of the Spirit who speaks to us constantly through the Church and in the changing circumstances of the world.