May 24 is the date designated by Benedict XVI, who served as Pope from 2005 to 2013, to pray together with the Church of China.
Cultural Exchange with China is hoping local Catholic communities will get involved by including the prayer below in services on 22 or 29 May 2016.
Prayer for China to Our Lady of Sheshan
by Pope Benedict XVI (abridged)
Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title ‘Help of Christians’, the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China, who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love. May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus. In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high, offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever.