SEASONAL NOVENAS

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FRIDAY REMAINS A DAY OF PENANCE:

In the U.S., the Bishops decided to take away the obligation to avoid/abstain from meat on Fridays outside of Lent, but they could not take away the obligation, on all Fridays of the year, to do penance, according to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law.  We are obliged to do some type of penance each Friday unless it is a Solemnity or a Holyday of Obligation.  (I cannot think of anything quite as difficult as giving up meat on Friday, but if I forget and eat meat, I will give up something else I really like to eat or drink to make up for that.)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF LENT?

Your answer should be HEAVEN.

Why did God make us and every rational being?  KLSO – God made us to:  Know  Him, Love Him,  Serve Him, & Obey Him.

What do we get if we do so? HEAVEN

What is so great about Heaven?  Since God  Is The Only Being, Who makes us perfectly happy, when we die and go to Heaven, we see God, Face to face, and we enjoy perfect peace, happiness, and joy, not for just a few moments, but for all eternity, which never ends.

How does Lent help us to get to Heaven?

Lent is the most important season of grace all year.  During Lent, we are to change to become closer to God, so that we can repeat our Baptismal Vows at Easter and be able to keep them well.  The more we keep our Baptismal Vows, the closer we are to God and to His Reward for a life lived with Him here on earth and a holy, happy death, which allows us to go straight to Heaven with no stops along the way.

We should follow a M.A.P. to the empty Tomb, from whence our Lord triumphantly rose from the dead, at Easter.

M     =     Mortification                                                                         A     =     Almsgiving                                                                          P     =     Prayer

M = One of the ways to help us to become closer to God is to detach ourselves from material things and attach ourselves ever closer to God and to the things of God.  Mortification, which means dying to the flesh, helps empty us somewhat of our material desires and helps us to be more open to the whisperings of The Holy Spirit.  We are also trying to imitate Jesus Christ’s Example when He fasted from food and water for 40 days before He began His Public Ministry on earth.  He did not need to fast, as He was perfectly detached from all earthly things, but He Is The Way we are to live and die holily, so He gave us The Example to follow when He fasted.  We can abstain from more than one thing, and it should be something, which is not absolutely necessary to eat or drink, and it can include smoking, as well.  We can begin any good habit or begin to get a handle on any bad habit, during Lent.  The more difficult it is, the more The Lord will appreciate our sacrifice and the more He will reward us by helping us to be more like Him and to be closer to Him at the end of Lent: Easter.

A = giving alms or donations to those in need.  Our Lord Jesus Christ lived on donations/alms during His Public Ministry, yet He still had the person, who controlled the purse/money give money to others, who were poor or in need.  Our Lord did this, even though He did not have a home in which to live and often slept outside on the ground.  This should show us that we all have something we can give to others in need.  If we cannot give money or material help, we can pray fervently, daily for those we meet and those we don’t even know, who need help.                                                                                                            We also should help materially and/or by prayer those, who don’t like us or who are estranged from us – our neighbors are those, who are in need and who are our enemies.  Our Lord showed us how to treat our enemies, when He said to The Father from The Cross:  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  He forgave those, who were torturing Him, murdering Him, spitting upon Him, blaspheming Him, even though they did not ask or want His Forgiveness.  If we do not show Mercy to or forgive those, who hurt us, God will not show Mercy or forgive us – as shown to us in the “Our Father”.  We can say, daily, about our unforgiven enemies: “Jesus, I forgive him; help me to forgive him,” until we do forgive that person.

P = If we do not pray, we cannot reach Heaven.  Why not?  We cannot reach Heaven on our own – we have to rely on help from God, often through His Saints, to reach Heaven.  How do we obtain this help?  Well, naturally, we want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it, and where we want to do it – that is our will – what we want and don’t want to do.  But, we can only get to Heaven by doing God’s Will.  So, how do we find out what His Will for us is, and how do we get the power to go against our wills to do God’s Will?

We learn our Faith – memorize The Ten Commandments, which are written on each person’s heart and are our elementary guide to a holy life.  When we have managed to keep for the most part, the Commandments, and go frequently to Confession – weekly – to reconcile ourselves to God when we fall, then, we try to live out the New Commandments of The New Testament/Covenant – The Beatitudes.

We can only live out well The Beatitudes if we are drinking regularly and frequently from the wellsprings of grace, which are the Seven Sacraments.  Through the Seven Sacraments, which our Lord instituted, we receive grace – the power to do God’s Will – and to live, as He did.  Through Baptism, we become Children of God.  The heavy burden of Original, Deadly sin is lifted off of our souls, so that we can see what is right and wrong, true and false much more easily.  (St. Matt.:28:19)  According to Proverbs 24:16:  For a just man shall fall seven times and shall rise again…”  Thus, as our Lord knew that the majority of us would sin several times a day, He wanted to give us a means to make up to Him for our betrayals and to become His close Friends again, so He gave us Confession or Penance (St. John: 20:21-23).   This is an incredible gift, which nothing can buy – peace with God.  The Most Holy Eucharist is our daily, spiritual food, our “daily Bread”, helps us to do God’s Will, imitate Him, and become ever closer to Him, each time, we “commune” with Him, receive Jesus-looking-like Bread and/or Jesus-looking-like-Wine.  (St. Matt.: 6:11)  Confirmation makes us soldiers in Christ – gives us the Seven Gifts of The Holy Ghost:  wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (or courage), knowledge, piety – love of God – and fear of the Lord. Holy Orders gives us spiritual fathers, called by God to consecrate their lives to leading us to Heaven – to teach us, to govern us, and to sanctify us.  (St. John:20:22)  Through Holy Matrimony, The Holy Ghost descends upon a validly baptized man and woman, who are in a state of grace/friendship with God, for whom no impediments exist, and The Holy Ghost gives this couple the grace to remain together for the rest of their lives, to live at least civilly with each other, to help each other to be good, to become a Citizen of Heaven, along with raising their children to do so, as well.  In this way, the Kingdom of Heaven is built up.  The Anointing of the Sick is administered by Catholic Priests to Catholics, who are in danger of death or who are dying.  If the Catholic is cognizant, he should make a good Confession; then the Priest will, through God’s power, forgive his sins and anoint him, so that if he were to die at that very moment, without sinning, even in thought, the Catholic would go straight to Heaven.  Sometimes, the Catholic is healed not only spiritually but physically, as well.  That is why if a Catholic is to undergo a dangerous operation, he should receive the Anointing of the Sick, first.

PRAY!—Prayer is communication with God – to adore Him, love Him, ask for forgiveness, and finally petition Him for our and/or others’ needs.  Prayer should start in the morning and should regularly be done at various times throughout the day and night and in case of need.  Prayer helps us to receive the Sacraments well, so that we gain the maximum amount of grace to do God’s Will – not ours – and get to Heaven when we die.  Some important prayers include:  The Most Holy Rosary, The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, The Way of The Cross, The Morning Offering, The Angelus, The Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, The Act of Contrition, Prayers before and after Holy Communion, Prayers before and after Confession,…  If we pray one or more of the above daily, & make more frequent use of the Sacraments, we will definitely become closer to God and following in His Way.

Follow the M.A.P. to a good Lent, a joy-filled Easter, & a closer relationship with Jesus, our Savior & King!

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LENTEN PRAYER:

Please pray this prayer every day during Lent (and continue to do so), while kneeling before a Crucifix (Raccolta #201):

Behold, O Good and Sweetest Jesu, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy Sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, true repentance for my sins and a most firm purpose of amendment; whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I consider within myself and mentally                 contemplate Thy Five Most Precious Wounds, having before mine eyes that which David, the Prophet, long ago spoke in Thine own person concerning Thee, my Jesus:  “They have pierced My Hands and My Feet; they have                 numbered all My Bones”.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS,                                  Friday before Good Friday; Novena begins the previous Wednesday; and September 15th; Novena begins September 6th:

There are Seven (Major) Sorrows, which our Most Blessed Lady endured during Her Lifetime, and they should be remembered frequently as well as on Good Friday from 3:00 p.m. on.  Those, who meditate often on Her Sorrows are rewarded generously by our Lord.  Look the Sorrows up in the Bible – it will help. The Seven Sorrows are: 1. The Presentation/Purification in the Temple (Feb. 2); 2. The Flight into  Egypt for 7 years; 3. Losing Jesus in the Temple when He wast 12 years old; 4. Meeting Jesus Suffering along The Way of The Cross; 5. Our Lord’s Most Sacred Death on The Cross; 6.  Holding our Lord’s Most Sacred, Bloodied Body after He wast taken down from The Cross; 7. Watching our Lord’s Most Sacred, Bloodied Body be buried.

Pray an “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary”, and a “Glory Be” for each one of the  Seven Sorrows. Or pray before meditating on each sorrow one or more of the following prayers:

(#375 , Raccolta): Latin: “Sancta Mater, istud agas, Crucifixi fige plagas, Cordi meo valide.” “Holy Mother, pierce me through, in my heart each wound renew, of my Saviour Crucified.”

(#376, Raccolta): “Mary, Most Sorrowful, Mother of Christians, pray for us.”

(#377, Raccolta): Latin:  “Virgo dolorosissima, ora pro nobis”.                                                             “Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.”                          Then, pray the “Hail, Mary” seven times with this short prayer.

APRIL:  MONTH OF THE HOLY GHOST:

The Holy Ghost/The Holy Spirit Is The Third Person of The Most Holy Trinity.  He Is The Love of God The Father for God The Son and The Love of God The Son for The Father.  He Is The Sanctifier; He Is The Spirit, Who fills the universe; He Is The Author of All Good.  He Is The Paraclete, Whom was sent to The Blessed Virgin Mary and the 120 Disciples in the Upper Room, on Pentecost, to give the Disciples everything they needed to go out and convert all nations:  His Seven Gifts in abundance (which we receive at Confirmation if we are in a state of grace or later when we are in a state of grace) and His Twelve Fruits in abundance.  The Holy Ghost confirmed the 120 Disciples in their faith, making of them Soldiers in Christ, so that they could go anywhere and live and spread The Good News no matter what obstacles, even to being tortured to death for The Faith.

Please pray a prayer to The Holy Ghost each day for His Seven Gifts and Twelve Fruits in abundance, so that you will be able to know, love, live and spread The Faith to others, and, hopefully merit Heaven when you die.  Look up the prayer on the internet:  “Come, Holy Ghost”, a very efficacious prayer from the Raccolta, 287, and use it throughout the year, as well.

SEE “ST. JOSEPH, PATRON, PROVIDER, PROTECTOR” Page to begin Novena for 3rd Wednesday after Easter & 3rd Sunday after Easter.

SEE “EASTER – 50 DAYS” PAGE

OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT, May 13th; Novena 5/4 – 5/13.

O Virgin Mary, our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament, Thou Glory of the Christian people, Joy of The Universal Church, Salvation of the whole world, pray for us, and awaken in all believers a lively devotion toward The Most Holy Eucharist, that so they may be made worthy to partake of The Same daily.  Amen.

Novena to The Most Holy Trinity –                                  (the Sunday after Pentecost) A.D. 6/10 – 6/19/2011:

Pray 3 times in the early morning, at noon, and at 6:00 p.m.:

Glory Be to The Father, and to The Son, and to The Holy Spirit,                               as It Was in The Beginning, Is Now, and ever Shall be, world without end.  Amen.   (Raccolta 47 & 48)

Daily:  Almighty and Everlasting God, Who hast given unto us, Thy servants, grace by the profession of The True Faith, to acknowledge The Glory of The Eternal Trinity, and, in The Power of Thy Divine Majesty, to worship The Unity; we beseech Thee, that by our steadfastness in this same Faith, we may evermore be defended from all adversities  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.   (Raccolta:  49)

WhitMonday/Pentecost Monday Collect (Prayer):

O God, Who didst pour out upon Thine Apostles The Gift of The Holy Spirit : graciously fulfill the devout prayers of Thy People ; that upon them to whom Thou hath given faith, Thou mayest also abundantly bestow the blessing of peace.  Through Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The Unity of The Same Holy Ghost.  Amen.

WhitTuesday/Pentecost Tuesday Collect (Prayer):

Let The Power of The Holy Spirit come upon us, O Lord, we beseech Thee : that He may both mercifully cleanse our hearts, and defend us from all adversities.  Through Christ our Lord, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in The Unity of The Same Holy Ghost.  Amen.

EMBER WEDNESDAY, EMBER FRIDAY, & EMBER SATURDAY – DAYS OF FAST (ABSTINENCE) FOR VOCATIONS & CROPS FOR THE SEASON OF SUMMER:

O Almighty God, who hath committed to the hands of men the ministry of reconciliation; we humbly beseech Thee, by The Inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, to put it into the hearts of many to offer themselves for this ministry; that thereby mankind may be drawn to Thy Blessed Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

CORPUS CHRISTI – THE BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST-LOOKING-LIKE-BREAD & WINE – THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST (Solemnity date changes each year.)

Pardon Prayer (from our Lady at Fatima):

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly.  I offer Thee The Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Present in all of the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which  He is offended. And through The Infinite Merits of His Most Sacred Heart and The Immaculate Heart of Mary of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.  Amen.

See “June = Month of The Sacred Heart” for daily prayers this month.

SOLEMNITY OF THE BIRTHDAY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, June 16th through June 23rd:

O Glorious Saint John the Baptist, greatest Prophet among those born of woman (St. Luke 7, 28), although Thou wast sanctified in Thy mother’s womb and didst lead a most innocent life, nevertheless it was Thy will to retire into the wilderness, there to devote Thyself to the practice of austerity and penance; obtain for us of Thy Lord the grace to be wholly detached, at least in our hearts, from earthly goods, and to practice Christian mortification with interior recollection and with the spirit of holy prayer.  (pray one “Our Father”, one “Hail, Mary”, and one “Glory Be”.)…   Pray for us, Saint John the Baptist, that we may be made worthy of The Promises of Christ.  Let us pray.  O God, Who has made this day to be honorable in our eyes by the Nativity of Blessed John, grant unto Thy People the grace of spiritual joy, and direct the minds of all of Thy Faithful into the way of everlasting salvation.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP,                 June 17th – June 27th

Behold at Thy Feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help! a wretched sinner, who has recourse to Thee and confides in Thee.  O Mother of Mercy!  Have pity on me.  I hear Thee called by all the Refuge and the Hope of sinners:  be, then, my refuge and my hope.  Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ; stretch forth Thy Hand to a miserable fallen creature, who recommends himself to Thee, and who devotes himself to Thy Service forever.  I bless and thank Almighty God, Who in Mercy has given me this confidence in Thee, which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation.  It is true that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin, because I had not recourse to Thee.  I know that, with Thy Help, I shall conquer.  I know, too, that Thou wilt assist me if I recommend myself to Thee; but I fear that, in time of danger, I may neglect to call on Thee, and thus lose my soul.  This grace, then, I ask of Thee, and this I beg, with all of the fervor of my soul, that, in all of the attacks of hell, I may ever have recourse to Thee.  O Mary, help me.  O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God.

SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL:  June 29th; Novena begins June 20th:

O Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose Thee this day and forever to be my special Patrons and Advocates; Thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because Thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; Thee, Saint Paul, because Thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of Election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world.  Obtain for me, I pray Thee, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all of my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to The Will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of Thine Intercession and Thy Glorious Merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before The Chief and Eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with The Father and The Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His Presence and love Him forever.  Amen.  (Pray one “Our Father”, one “Hail, Mary”, and one “Glory Be”.)  V.  Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.  R.  They shall be mindful of Thy Name, O Lord.  Let us pray.  O God, Whose Right Hand raised up Blessed Peter when he walked upon the water and began to sink and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depths of the sea, when he suffered shipwreck:  graciously hear that we also may attain unto everlasting glory:  Who livest and reignest world without end.  Amen.

FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS (Friday after transferred Feast of Corpus Christi – Movable Feast):

V=Verse; R. = Response

Litany of The Sacred Heart of Jesus:

V.  Lord, have mercy on us.

R.  Christ, have mercy on us.

V.  Lord, have mercy us.

V.  Christ, hear us.                                                                                                                              R.  Christ, graciously hear us.

V.  God, The Father of Heaven, R.  have mercy on us.

V.  God, The Son, Redeemer of the World, R.  have mercy on us.

V.  God, The Holy Ghost, R.  have mercy on us.

V.  Holy Trinity, One God, R.  have mercy on us.

V.  Heart of Jesus, Son of The Eternal Father, R.  have mercy on us.

V.  Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of The Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, R….

V.  Heart of Jesus, United Substantially with The Word of God,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of The Most High,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, glowing Furnace of Charity,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Vessel of Justice and Love,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Full of Goodness and Love,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Abyss of all virtues,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Most Worthy of all praise,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…

V.  Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwelleth all of the Fullness of the Divinity,..

V.  Heart of Jesus, in Whom The Father is well pleased,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, of Whose Fullness we have all received,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Desire of the everlasting hills,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Patient and Rich in Mercy,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Fount of life and holiness,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Propitiation for our sins,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Saturated with revilings,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Source of all Consolation,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, our Life and Resurrection,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, our Peace and Reconciliation,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Salvation of those who hope in Thee,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Hope of those who die in Thee,…

V.  Heart of Jesus, Delight of all of the Saints,…

V.  Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, R.  spare us, O Lord.

V.  Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, R.  graciously hear us, O Lord,

V.  Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, R.  have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.

R. Make our hearts like unto Thine. / Make my heart like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and Everlasting God, look upon The Heart of Thy Well-Beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy Great Goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of The same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end.

SEE “THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS”

The Feast of The Precious Blood of Jesus is no longer celebrated in the new Church calendar, but it is still celebrated in the calendar of the Tridentine/old Latin Mass.

Litany of The Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ  (Litaniae Pretiosissimi Sanguinis Domini Nostri Iesu Christi):

V.  Kyrie, eleison.

R.  Christe, eleison

V.  Kyrie, eleison.

V.  Christe, audi nos.

R.  Christe, exaudi nos.

V.  Pater de caelis, Deus, R.  miserere nobis.

V.  Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus, R.  miserere nobis.

V.  Spiritus Sancte, Deus, R.   miserere nobis.

V.  Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, R.  miserere nobis.

V.  Sanguis Christi, Unigeniti Patris aeterni, R.  SALVA NOS.

V.  Sanguis Christi, Verbi Dei incarnati, R….

V.  Sanguis Christi, Novi et Aeterni Testamenti, R….

V.  Sanguis Christi, in agonia decurrens in terram,

V.  Sanguis Christi, in flagellatione profluens, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, in coronatione spinarum emanans, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, in Cruce effusus, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, pretium nostrae salutis, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, sine quo non fit remissio, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, in Eucharistia potus et lavacrum animarum, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, flumen misericordiae, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, victor daemonum, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, fortitudo martyrum, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, virtus confessorum, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, germinans virgines, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, robur periclitantium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, levamen laborantium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, in fletu solatium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, spes paenitentium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, solamen morientium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, pax et dulcedo cordium, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, pignus vitae aeternae, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, animas liberans de lacu Purgatorii, R…

V.  Sanguis Christi, omni gloria et honore dignissimus, R…

V.  Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R.  parce nobis, Domine.

V.  Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R.  exaudi nos, Domine.

V.  Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, R.  miserere nobis, Domine.

V.  Redemisti nos, Domine, in sanguine tuo.

R.  Et fecisti nos Deo nostro regnum.

Oremus.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui unigenitum Filium tuum mundi Redemptorem constituisti, ac eius sanguine placari voluisti: concede, quaesumus, salutis nostrae pretium ita venerari, atque a praesentis vitae malis eius virtute defendi in terris, ut fructu perpetuo laetemur in caelis. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.  Amen.

FEAST OF THE  IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY – (Saturday after Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Movable Feast):

Offering of a Family to Mary:

Most Blessed Virgin, our Immaculate Queen and Mother, Refuge and Consolation of the distressed, prostrate before Thy Throne with all of my family, I choose Thee as my Patroness, my Mother, and my Advocate with God.  I consecrate myself forever, with all that belongs to me, to Thy Service, and I pray Thee, O Mother of God, to receive us into the number of Thy Servants, taking us into Thy Protection, succoring us during life and above all at the hour of death.  Bless me, with all of my family, and permit not that anything in us should ever offend Thy Son.  Protect us in all temptations, deliver us from all dangers, provide for all of our wants, counsel us in all of our doubts, console us in all of our afflictions, assist us in our sickness, and especially in the agonies of death.  Permit not the wicked one to boast of having under his dominion any of us who has been solemnly consecrated to Thee, but grant that we may all be safely brought to Heaven, there to thank Thee, and, with Thee, to love and praise Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, world without end.  Amen.

Act of Reparation to The Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Heart of Mary, I honor Thee as The Heart Most Pleasing to our Lord and Most Intimately United to Him.  I love Thee as The Heart of The Best of mothers, and I rejoice in Thy Glorious Prerogatives.  Prostrate before Thee, O heart of Mary, I make Thee this humble act of reparation for all of the outrages, which Thou hast received from me and from all of mankind.  I humbly confess that I have been guilty of the greatest ingratitude towards Thee; but seeing that, through Thee, The Divine Mercy has so often had regard unto me, I venture even yet to hope that Thou wilt not abandon me.  In this sweet confidence I am animated by a most earnest desire to be more faithful and more devoted to Thee.  I pray Thee to accept all of the good that henceforth I am resolved to do, to present it to Thy Dear Son, Jesus, so that, through Thee, my Most Loving Saviour may pour down His Benedictions more and more on me, and on all who are dear unto me.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL:  July 16th:  Novena begins July 7th:

First Day (July 7th) O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Holy and Singular, who brought forth The Son of God, still ever remaining a Pure Virgin, assist us in our necessity!  O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that Thou art our Mother! (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Second Day (July 8th) Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in Thy Great Love for us Thou gavest us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of Thy chosen son, Saint Simon of Stock.  Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion.  May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)   Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Third Day (July 9th) O Queen of Heaven, Thou gavest us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as Thy faithful children.  May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and  imitating Thy Virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)   Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fourth Day (July 10th) When Thou gavest us, O Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, Thou calledst us to be not only servants, but also Thine Own Children.  We ask Thee to gain for us from Thy Son the grace to live as Thy Children in joy, peace and love.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fifth Day (July 11th) O Mother of Fair Love, through Thy Goodness, as Thy Children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel.  Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old,  and mindful of our call to minister to God’s People.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Sixth Day (July 12th) With loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, Thou coveredst us with Thy Scapular as a shield of defense against the evil one.  Through Thine Assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to Thy Son, Jesus Christ.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Seventh Day (July 13th) O Mary, Help of Christians, Thou assuredst us that wearing Thy Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm.  Protect us in both body and soul with Thy Continual Aid.  May all that we do be pleasing to Thy Son and to Thee.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Eighth Day (July 14th) Thou givest us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through Thy Scapular Promise we might quickly pass through the fires of Purgatory to The Kingdom of Thy Son.  Be our comfort and our hope.  Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to Thy Son and to Thee, we may speedily enjoy after death The Blessed Company of Jesus and the Saints.  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Ninth Day (July 15th) O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, Thou gavest assurance of Thy Motherly Love and Help to those faithful to Thee and to Thy Son.  Behold us, Thy Children. We glory in wearing Thy holy habit, which makes us members of Thy Family of Carmel, through which we shall have Thy powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.  Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all of those now in their last agony!  Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all of those in need of help!  Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all of those, who do not know that they are numbered among Thy Children.  Look down tenderly, O Queen of All Saints, on the Poor Souls in Purgatory!  (Pause and mention your petitions.)  Pray slowly & reverently: one “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary” and “Glory Be”.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

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NOVENA TO SAINT MARY MAGDALENE:  Proto-Apostle, Apostle to the Apostles:  7/13-7/22:

LITANY:

V.  Lord, have mercy on us.  R.  Christ, have mercy on us.

V.  Lord, have mercy on us.

V.  Christ, hear us.  R.  Christ, graciously hear us.

V.  Holy Mary, Mother of God,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Saint Mary Magdalene,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Sister of Martha and Lazarus,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint The Feet of Jesus,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who didst wash His Feet with thy tears,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who didst dry them with thy hair,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who didst cover them with kisses,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who from Jesus received pardon of Thy sins,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who before darkness wast restored to light,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Mirror of penance,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Disciple of Our Lord,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Wounded with The Love of Christ,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Most dear to The Heart of Jesus,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Constant woman,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Last at The Cross of Jesus, first at His Tomb,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Whose forehead was sanctified by The Touch of Thy Risen Master,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Apostle of Apostles, R.  pray for us.

V.  Who didst choose the “better part,”  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Who wast visited by Angels seven times a day,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Sweet advocate of sinners,  R.  pray for us.

V.  Spouse of the King of Glory,  R.  pray for us.

V. Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with Thy Divine Master,  R. That we may share Thy happiness in Heaven.

Let us pray.

May the glorious merits of Blessed Mary Magdalene, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee:  for Thine Only-Begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. Who livest and reignest with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. R. Amen.

May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalene help us, O Lord : for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life. Who livest and reignest with The Father and The Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end.  R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M., The Magnificat Press, 1944

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NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:  7/28-8/6:

Jesus’ Transfiguration, a historical event, is celebrated twice during the liturgical year, once, during Lent, and also on August 6th.  It is generally taught, that our Lord revealedst Himself in His Glorified Body (not showing all of His Glory, because humans on earth cannot live, if exposed to This – it is too overwhelming – we would die of fright), to His top three Apostles:  Sts. Peter, James, and John, to strengthen them against the scandal of His Most Sacred Passion and Death.  He didst this, so that they would not deny, betray, or leave Him, in His Hour of Need.  He was shown, speaking to Holy Moses, who had been given the Ten Commandments, the Natural Law, as our Lord is The Law-Giver, and to Holy Elias, who was the chief Prophet of the Old Covenant/ Testament, as our Lord is The Prophecy-Giver, and our Lord, as The Messiah, Is The Fulfillment of the Old Testament.  When the end of the world comes, those of us who are in Heaven, or who are going to Heaven, will be given a glorified body, such as Jesus hast, which will not be suceptible to any aging, pain, suffering, will be able to go through walls and other material things, will be able to appear and disappear, etc.  We need to ask The Lord to enlighten us, so that we may transform our lives and imitate Him.

White Double of the Second Class

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 76. 19

Illuxerunt coruscationes tuae orbi terrae: commota est, et contremuit terra. — Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutem! concupiscit, et deficit anima mea in atria Domini. V.: Gloria Patri . . . — Illuxerunt coruscationes . . .
Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. — (Ps. 83. 2, 3). How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . — Thy lightnings . . .

COLLECT1.–O God, who in The Glorious Transfiguration of Thine Only-Begotten Son didst confirm The Mysteries of The Faith by the witness of the fathers, and in The Voice, which came down from the shining cloud, didst wondrously foreshow the perfect adoption of sons: vouchsafe in Thy Loving Kindness, to make us coheirs with this King of Glory, and to grant that we may be made partakers of that same glory.  Through The Same our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The Unity of The Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

EPISTLE ¤ II Peter 1. 16-19
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Peter the Apostle.

[The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the majesty of Our Lord at the Transfiguration.]

Dearly beloved, we have not followed cunningly-devised fables, when we made known to you The Power and Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His Majesty.  For He received from God The Father honor and glory; this Voice coming down to Him from The Excellent Glory, ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.’  And The Voice, we heard, brought from Heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount.  And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.

GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 44. 3, 2

Speciosus forma prae filiis hominum: diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis. V.: Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Alleluia, alleluia.  V.: Candor est lucis aeternae, speculum sine macula, et imago bonitatis illius.  Alleluia.

Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips.  V.: My heart hath uttered a good word.  I speak my works to The King.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Wisd. 7. 26). He Is The Brightest of Eternal Light, The Unspotted Mirror, and The Image of His Goodness.  Alleluia.

GOSPEL ¤ Matthew 17. 1-9
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor; manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.]

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John, his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias, talking with Him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus:  ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’  And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them.  And lo, a Voice out of the cloud, saying:  ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.’  And the disciples hearing, fell upon their faces and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them:  ‘Arise, and fear not.’  And they, lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus.  And, as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying:  ‘Tell the vision to no man, till The Son of Man be risen from the dead.’

OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 111. 3

Gloria, et divitiae in Domo ejus: et Justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.  Alleluia.
Glory and wealth are in His House: and His Justice remaineth for ever and ever. Alleluia.

SECRET.–Hallow, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the offerings we offer Thee on The Glorious Transfiguration of Thine Only-Begotten Son, and by The Brightness of His Glory, cleanse us from the stains of our sins.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis.
Tell the vision, you have seen, to no man, till The Son of Man be risen from the dead.

POSTCOMMUNION.–Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we may apprehend with purified minds, The Most Holy Mystery of The Transfiguration of Thy Son, which we keep with solemn worship.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The Unity of The Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

(Taken from: http://missale.heliohost.org/aug06.html)

NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE GLORIOUS ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, BODY & SOUL INTO HEAVEN:  8/6-8/15:



NOVENA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (traditional calendar):  8/13-8/22:

AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY:

“O Heart of Mary, I offer, I consecrate to Thee my heart; Thou shalt ever be the object of my veneration, love, and confidence; I will pay Thee my devotions every day; I will celebrate Thy Feasts with joy; I will proclaim Thy greatness and Thy goodness without ceasing; I will neglect no means of obtaining Thee the honor and the homage, which are due unto Thee; I will bring all of the thoughts and affections of my heart into conformity with Thine; and I will make it my duty to imitate Thy Virtues, especially Thy Purity and Thy Humility.  Vouchsafe, O Mary, to open to me Thy Heart, and to receive me therein, in union with all of Thy dear and faithful children.  Obtain for me [my family & intentions] the grace I need to imitate Thee, as Thou hast imitated Jesus Christ; succor me in all dangers, console me in all afflictions, and teach me how to make a holy use of all of the goods and ills of life.  Amen.  May The Divine Heart of Jesus, The Immaculate Heart of Mary [& The Compassionate Heart of Joseph] be always, and in all places, acknowledged, praised, blessed, loved, and faithfully honored and glorified.  Amen.”

NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY (new calendar):  8/13/-8/22:


NOVENA TO THE HOLY CHILD MARY / MARIA BAMBINA’S BIRTHDAY:  September 8th:  8/30-9/8

Those, who wish to become pregnant or are expecting, should pray to Maria Bambina.

NOVENA TO MARIA BAMBINA

O Holy Child Mary of the Royal House of David, Queen of the Angels, Mother of Grace and Love, I greet Thee with all of my heart.  Obtain for me the grace to love The Lord faithfully during all of the days of my life.  Obtain for me, too, a great devotion to Thee, who art the First Creature of God’s Love.      Hail, Mary, Full of grace; The Lord Is with Thee.  Blessed art Thou among women, and Blessed Is The Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus.  /  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

O Heavenly Child Mary, who like a Pure Dove was born Immaculate and              Beautiful, True Prodigy of The Wisdom of God, my soul rejoices in Thee.  Oh!  Do help me to preserve the angelic Virtue of Purity at the cost of any                     sacrifice.     Hail, Mary, Full of grace…

Hail, Lovely and Holy Child, Spiritual Garden of Delight, where, on the day of The Incarnation, The Tree of Life was planted, assist me to avoid the                   poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.  Help me to engraft into my soul The Thoughts, Feelings, and Virtues of Thy Divine Son.     Hail, Mary, Full of grace…

Hail, Admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, Closed Garden, open only to Thy Heavenly Spouse.  O Lily of Paradise, make me love the humble and hidden life; let Thy Heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open to The Loving Calls of His Graces and Inspiration.     Hail, Mary, Full of grace…

O Holy Child Mary, Mystical Dawn, Gate of Heaven, Thou art my Trust and my Hope.  O Powerful Advocate, from Thy Cradle, stretch out Thy Hand, support me on the path of life.  Make me serve God with ardor and constancy until death and so reach an eternity with Thee.     Hail, Mary, Full of grace…

O Blessed Child Mary, destined to be The Mother of God and our Loving Mother, by the heavenly graces, which Thou lavish upon us, mercifully listen to my supplications.  In the needs, which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all of my trust in Thee (mention your petition(s)).  O Holy Child, by the privileges granted to Thee alone and by the merits, which Thou hast acquired, show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous Benefits, which Thou dispense, are inexhaustible, because Thy Power with The Heart of God is unlimited.  Deign, through the immense profusion of graces with which The Most High hath enriched Thee from the first moment of Thine Immaculate Conception, grant me, O                   Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the Goodness of Thine Immaculate Heart.  Amen.

Imprimatur:  In Curia Archiep. Mediolani, 31 August 1931, Can. Cavezzali, Pro Vic. Gen.

SALUTATION

Hail, Infant Mary, Full of Grace; The Lord Is with Thee.  Blessed art Thou forever, and Blessed are Thy Holy Parents, Saints Joachim and Anne, of whom Thou wert miraculously born.  O Mother of God, intercede for us.  Amen.

ANTHEM

We fly to Thy Patronage, O Holy and Amiable Child Mary, despise not our prayers in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

V.  Pray for us, O Holy Child Mary,     R.  That we may be made worthy of The Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Almighty and Merciful God, Who through The Cooperation of The Holy Ghost, didst prepare The Body and Soul of The Immaculate Infant Mary, that She might be The Worthy Mother of Thy Son, and didst preserve Her from all stain, grant that we, who venerate with all of our hearts Her Most Holy Childhood, may be freed, through Her Merits and Intercession, from all uncleanness of mind and body and be able to imitate Her perfect Humility, Obedience, and Charity.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY CHILD MARY

O Blessed Child Mary, destined to be The Mother of God and our Loving Mother, by the heavenly graces, which Thou lavish upon us, mercifully listen to my supplications.  In the needs, which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all of my trust in Thee (mention your petition(s)).  O Holy Child, by the privileges granted to Thee alone and by the merits, which Thou hast acquired, show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous Benefits, which Thou dispense, are inexhaustible, because Thy Power with The Heart of God is unlimited.  Deign, through the immense profusion of graces with which The Most High hath enriched Thee from the first moment of Thine Immaculate Conception, grant me, O                   Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the Goodness of Thine Immaculate Heart.  Amen.

Imprimatur:  In Curia Archiep. Mediolani, 31 August 1931, Can. Cavezzali, Pro Vic. Gen.

FAMILY PRAYER TO MARIA BAMBINA

O Maria [Bambina], given to us by God, in the sweetness of the face of a child, look upon this family, as Thy Very Own, and in Thy Motherliness, grant perennial youth to our hearts.  May there arise in us a renewed commitment in our vocation to follow Jesus, and may our charity be more joyful this day.  Teach us that love can stand with steadfastness at the foot of The Cross.  Amen.

A BEAUTIFUL LITANY CAN BE FOUND ON “THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, OUR MOTHER” WEB PAGE.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO MARIABAMBINA.ORG FROM WHENCE THESE PRAYERS CAME – TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR SITE – THE PICTURES OF THE HOLY CHILD MARY ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Novena in honor of The Most Holy Name of The Blessed Virgin Mary:  September 12th; Novena begins on September 3rd:

Any of the above prayers to The Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of Her Most Blessed Nativity could be used for the Feast of Her Most Holy Name, as well.

On the 4th day after The Most Holy Child Mary’s Most Blessed Nativity, She was taken to the Temple and was given Her Most Holy Name:  MARY.

“Hence Richard of St. Laurence “encourages sinners to have recourse to this great Name, ‘because it alone will suffice to cure them of all their evils;’ and ‘there is no disorder, however malignant, that does not immediately yield to the power of The Name of Mary.’  The Blessed Raymond Jordano says, ‘that however hardened and diffident a heart may be, The Name of This Most Blessed Virgin has such efficacy, that if it is only pronounced that heart will be wonderfully softened.’  Moreover, it is well known, and is daily experienced by the clients of Mary, that Her powerful name gives the particular strength necessary to overcome temptations against purity.

In fine, ‘Thy Name, O Mother of God, is filled with divine graces and blessings,’ as St. Methodius says. So much so, that St. Bonaventure declares, ‘that Thy Name, O Mary, cannot be pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly.’   . . . grant, O Lady, that we may often remember to name Thee with love and confidence; for this practice either shows the possession of divine grace, or else is a pledge that we shall soon recover it.’ Our Blessed Lady also told St. Bridget, “that in the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion  Consoling indeed are the promises of help made by Jesus Christ to those who have devotion to the name of Mary; for one day in the hearing of St. Bridget, He promised His MostHoly Mother that He would grant three special graces to those who invoke that Holy Name with confidence: first, that He would grant them perfect sorrow for their sins; secondly, that their crimes should be atoned for; and, thirdly, that He would give them strength to attain perfection, and at length the glory of paradise. And then our Divine Savior

added: ‘For Thy words, O My Mother, are so sweet and agreeable to Me, that I cannot deny what Thou askest.’

Let us conclude with the tender prayer of St. Bonaventure:  ‘I ask Thee, O Mary, for The Glory of Thy Name, to come and meet my soul when it is departing from this world, and to take it in Thine Arms.'”

(from St. Alphonsus de Liguori’s Glories of Mary, found at: http://olrl.org/pray/power.shtml

NOVENA TO HONOR OUR LORD’S FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS:  September 14th:  Novena begins September 5th:

The Feast of the Exaltation/Triumph of The Cross honors our Lord’s Most Sacred Death and Passion on The Cross and shows that what seemed to be the biggest failure ever turned out to be the greatest success ever – God opened Heaven when His Son died on The Cross to pay for the sins of disobedience and pride of Adam.  Since God brought good out of the biggest evil, which has ever taken place – God’s Most Sacred Body being murdered by His Own creatures – He can bring good out of any evil.  Our Lord also shows us that we can only reach Heaven:  “…If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”  (St. Luke 9:23).  St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, the Hebrews, and the Colossians:

“For the word of The Cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is The Power of God.”  (1 Corinthians:  1:18)  “Looking on Jesus, The Author and Finisher of faith, Who, having joy set before Him, endured The Cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on The Right Hand of The Throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2)  “And through Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, making peace through The Blood of His Cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in Heaven.”  (Colossians 1:20)   Suffering has to have meaning and value, otherwise God Himself would not have suffered so much to gain our salvation and would not have demanded that we imitate Him.  ONLY when we offer up our suffering with Jesus’ Passion does our suffering mean anything – when we do this, we gain strength and grace to become more and more like Jesus and closer and closer to Him, and, thus, to Heaven.  See more on the page:  “The Cross“.

Here are some prayers, which can be prayed for this novena:

Pray the Apostles’ Creed and then:  “We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise/bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.” /  “Adoramus Te, Christe, et benedicimus Tibi, quia per Sanctam Crucem Tuam, redemisti mundum.”  (Raccolta #191)

Lord, I give Thee thanks for that Thou didst die upon The Cross for my sins. (St. Paul of The Cross, Raccolta #192)

The Cross is my sure salvation.  The Cross it is that I worship evermore.  The Cross of our Lord is with me.  The Cross is my refuge.  /  Crux mihi certa salus.  Curx est quam semper adoro.  Crux Domini mecum.  Crux mihi Refugium. (St. Thomas Aquinas, Raccolta #186)

Hail, O Cross, our only Hope.   /   O Crux, ave, Spes unica. (Raccolta #187)

By The Sign of The Holy Cross, deliver us from our enemies, O our God.   /   Per Signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster. (Roman Missal, Raccolta #188)

Of course, the greatest way to honor our Lord’s Triumph of The Cross is to make the Stations or Way of The Cross in a church or where it has been canonically erected.  As long as you meditate on each station for a few seconds or a minute or so, and you move from station to station (unless you are unable to do so), you can gain a partial or plenary indulgence for doing so.  You also gain strength and grace to endure gracefully the sufferings in your life and to offer them up to Jesus with His Passion and Death for your sins and the sins of the whole world.

Another wonderful prayer/set of prayers for this novena would be The Chaplet of Divine Mercy – see the page “DIVINE MERCY NOW!”  Also, on THE CROSS page, you could use the “Introit“, the “Collect“, the “Gradual“, etc., as novenas prayers.

NOVENA TO HONOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS, September 15th:  Novena begins September 6th:

There are Seven (Major) Sorrows, which our Most Blessed Lady endured during Her Lifetime, and they should be remembered frequently as well as on Good Friday from 3:00 p.m. on.  Those, who meditate often on Her Sorrows are rewarded generously by our Lord.  Look the Sorrows up in the Bible – it will help. The Seven Sorrows are: 1. The Presentation/Purification in the Temple (Feb. 2); 2. The Flight into  Egypt for 7 years; 3. Losing Jesus in the Temple when He wast 12 years old; 4. Meeting Jesus Suffering along The Way of The Cross; 5. Our Lord’s Most Sacred Death on The Cross; 6.  Holding our Lord’s Most Sacred, Bloodied Body after He wast taken down from The Cross; 7. Watching our Lord’s Most Sacred, Bloodied Body be buried.

Pray an “Our Father”, “Hail, Mary”, and a “Glory Be” for each one of the  Seven Sorrows.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

“O Most Holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief Thou experiencedst when Thou witnessedst The Martyrdom, The Crucifixion, and The Death of Thy Divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion and awaken in my heart a tender compassion for those suffering, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that, being disengaged from all undue affections for the passing joys of this earth, I may long for the Eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforth all of my thoughts and all of my actions may be directed toward this one most desirable object.

Honor, Glory, and Love to our Divine Lord Jesus, and to The Holy and Immaculate Mother of God.  Amen.”

taken from:  http://www.marypages.com/PrayerstoMary.htm

NOVENA TO HONOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF RANSOM/MERCY:  September 24th; Novena begins September 15th:

THE MEMORARE:

Memorare, O Piisima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquem ad Tua currentem praesidia, Tua implorantem Auxilia, Tua petentem suffragia esse derelictum.  Ego tali animatus confidentia ad Te, Virgo Virginum, Mater, curro; ad Te venio; coram Te gemens peccator assisto.  Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere, sed audi propitia et exaudi.  Amen.

Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone, who fled to Thy Protection, implored Thy Help, or sought Thine Intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to Thee do I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful;  O Mother of The Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in Thy Mercy hear and answer me.  (Raccolta #339)

SALVE, REGINA / HAIL, HOLY QUEEN

Salve, Regina, Mater Misericordiae, Vita, Dulcedo, et Spes nostra, salve.  Ad Te clamamus exsules filii Hevae; ad Te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrymarum valle.  Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos Tuos Misericordes Oculos ad nos converte.  Et Jesum, Benedictum Fructum Ventris Tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende, O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis Virgo Maria!

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope.  To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:  to Thee do we sigh, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.  Ah, then, our Advocate, turn Thine Eyes of Mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us The Blessed Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus, O Merciful, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary! (ex. Brevarium Romano & Raccolta #332)

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