Vatican City, 1 June 2014 (VIS) – The ceremony concluding the Marian month took place yesterday at 8 p.m. in the Vatican Gardens. The faithful prayer the rosary in procession from the church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians to the grotto of the Virgin of Lourdes. At 9 p.m., Pope Francis arrived at the grotto and, before imparting his apostolic blessing, addressed the following words to those present:
“Today, at the end of the month of May, we celebrate the feast day that commemorates her visit to St. Elizabeth. The Gospel tells us that, after the angel's annunciation, she went in haste, she went immediately to serve. This is the virgin of readiness … Our Lady of Prompt Succour. She immediately comes to our assistance when we pray, when we ask for help and protection. In many moments in life, when we need her help and her protection, let us remember that she does not make us wait: she is the Virgin of Prompt Succour and immediately comes to our aid”.