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Novena Prayers

A reader suggested adding novenas to this website and that they be posted  9 days before a religious holy day or special holy day. I think that is a great idea. If you the reader have a novena that you want posted , please posted it in the “Prayer Request” webpage comment section and I will transfer it here.

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Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots

Unfailing Novena To The Virgin Mary Undoer of Knots

How this devotion started?

To show us the mission granted to the Virgin Mary by Her Son, a German artist, Johann Melchior Georg Schmittdner painted Mary Undoer of Knots with great grace. Since 1700, His painting has been venerated in the Church of St. Peter in Perlack, Augsburg, Germany. It was originally inspired by a meditation of Saint Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyon and martyred in 202) based on the parallel made by Saint Paul between Adam and Christ. Saint Irenaeus, in turn, made a comparison between Eve and Mary, saying:“Eve, by her disobedience, tied the knot of disgrace for the human race; whereas Mary, by her obedience, undid it”.

But what are these knots?
There are the problems and struggles we face for which we do not see any solution … knots of discord in your family, lack of understanding between parents and children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of peace and joy at home. There are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the dissolution of the family, the knots of a drug addict son or daughter, sick or separated from home or God, knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, solitude…Ah, the knots of our life! How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the heart’s joy and separate us from God.

Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots
(simply click the above link to download a pdf novena booklet.)

+++++++++++++++++++++For the Month of August++++++++++++++++++++++

National 54 Day Rosary Novena

A National 54 Day Rosary Novena launches August 15th. When an
entire nation unites to pray the Rosary it is a powerful time.

May Our Lady rescue our country!
Join hundreds of thousands of people of all ages in prayer across America

 

Mark your calendars & spread the word

A Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation.

What: Pray the rosary for 54 straight days for the Novena Intentions:
27 days in petition from August 15 through September 10, 2015. 

27 days in thanksgiving from September 11 through October 7, 2015.

Where:  Pray the rosary individually or as a family in your home or as part of your parish community.

Primary Novena Intention: For the Family & Marriage including for peace, human life and religious freedom

Visit the website for more information www.54days.org

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The Month of May
NOVENA to the HOLY GHOST
– Start Friday, May 15
(9 days before Pentecost)

Foreword
The novena to the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was
first made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to
Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the First Pentecost. It
is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to
the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the
light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

FIRST DAY
Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
From Thy clear celestial height.
Thy pure beaming radiance give!

THE HOLY GHOST
Only one thing is important — eternal salvation. Only one thing,
therefore, is to be feared — sin. Sin is the result of ignorance,
weakness, and indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of
Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind,
strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure
our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit
helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But
the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

Prayer
Almighty and eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and
the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to
send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom
and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of
Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

ACT OF CONSECRATION to the HOLY GHOST
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer
myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the
brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the
might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I
live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to
grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin
against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always
watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious
inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy
compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of
Jesus, and looking at His five wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood,
and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable
Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never
sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the
Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant
heareth.” Amen.

PRAYER for the SEVEN GIFTS of the HOLY GHOST
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to
send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and
Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in
my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only
after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten
my mind with the light of Thy divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I
may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the
Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may
overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the
Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in
the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service
of God sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a
loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him.
Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in
all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

SECOND DAY
Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou Light of all that live!

THE GIFT OF FEAR
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us
dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises,
not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial
submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of
wisdom, detaching us from the worldly pleasures that could in any way
separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts,
and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

Prayer
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may
set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all
things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure
eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the
unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

THIRD DAY
Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

THE GIFT OF PIETY
The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our
most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons
and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His
authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible
Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is
filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a
burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no
labor.

Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a
love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His
sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FOURTH DAY
Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.

THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE
By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and
supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the
will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the
most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect,
and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong
tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude uphold my soul in time of troubles and
adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give
me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be
overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

FIFTH DAY
Light immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill!

THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their
true worth–in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of
creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose
as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God
even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of
life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the
friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him
that possesseth it.”

Prayer
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will
of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may
realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation,
looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SIXTH DAY
If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning
of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by
Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to
penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be
quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive,
but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that
is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and
increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know
and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see
the eternal light of Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear
vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

SEVENTH DAY
Heal our wounds–our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away!

THE GIFT OF COUNSEL
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it
to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult
circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and
Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the
course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and
Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless
treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all things, pray to the Most
High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may
always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it
away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy
commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

EIGHTH DAY
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray!

THE GIFT OF WISDOM
Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues,
Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of Wisdom it is written “all good
things come to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It
is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects
charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom
enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the
appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of
Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior:
“Take up thy cross and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden
light.”

Prayer
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly
things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them
above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me
to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts


NINTH DAY
Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore
In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
Give them comfort when they die;
Give the life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end. Amen.

THE FRUITS of the HOLY GHOST
The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us
to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in
the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our
service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue becomes
more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and
consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These Fruits in turn
render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful
incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is
to reign.

Prayer
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity,
joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance,
that I may never weary on the service of God, but by continued faithful
submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in
the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory be to the Father (seven times)
Act of Consecration
Prayer for the Seven Gifts

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PRAYER TO THE HOLY GHOST
Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the
fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray — Oh God, Who hast instructed the hearts of the faithful by
the light of the Holy Ghost, grant that by the same Spirit we may be always
truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord.
Amen. (From the Roman Missal).

Prayers and Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost available on a card:
http://olrl.org/pray/HolyGhost.shtml.

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The Month of December

Immaculate Conception Novena

PRAYER TO THE
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that,
as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.  Amen.

First, recite the Prayer to the Immaculate Conception.
Then, recite the appropriate prayer of each of the nine days.

Day One

O most Holy Virgin, who was pleasing to the Lord and became His mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession. O most Holy Mother, who by your blessed Immaculate Conception, from the first moment of your conception did crush the head of the enemy, receive our prayers as we implore you to present at the throne of God the favor we now request…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Two

O Mary, ever blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Queen of angels and of saints, we salute you with the most profound veneration and filial devotion as we contemplate your holy Immaculate Conception, We thank you for your maternal protection and for the many blessings that we have received through your wondrous mercy and most powerful intercession. In all our necessities we have recourse to you with unbounded confidence. O Mother of Mercy, we beseech you now to hear our prayer and to obtain for us of your Divine Son the favor that we so earnestly request in this novena…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Three

O Blessed Virgin Mary, glory of the Christian people, joy of the universal Church and Mother of Our Lord, speak for us to the Heart of Jesus, who is your Son and our brother. O Mary, who by your holy Immaculate Conception did enter the world free from stain, in your mercy obtain for us from Jesus the special favor which we now so earnestly seek…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.  Amen.

Day Four

O Mary, Mother of God, endowed in your glorious Immaculate Conception with the fullness of grace; unique among women in that you are both mother and virgin; Mother of Christ and Virgin of Christ, we ask you to look down with a tender heart from your throne and listen to our prayers as we earnestly ask that you obtain for us the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.  Amen.

Day Five

O Lord, who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, did prepare a fitting dwelling for your Son, we beseech you that as by the foreseen death of your Son, you did preserve her from all stain of sin, grant that through her intercession, we may be favored with the granting of the grace that we seek for at this time…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.  Amen.

Day Six

Glorious and immortal Queen of Heaven, we profess our firm belief in your Immaculate Conception preordained for you in the merits of your Divine Son. We rejoice with you in your Immaculate Conception. To the one ever-reigning God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in Person, one in nature, we offer thanks for your blessed Immaculate Conception. O Mother of the Word made Flesh, listen to our petition as we ask this special grace during this novena…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.  Amen.

Day Seven

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and my mother, from the sublime heights of your dignity turn your merciful eyes upon me while I, full of confidence in your bounty and keeping in mind your Immaculate conception and fully conscious of your power, beg of you to come to our aid and ask your Divine Son to grant the favor we earnestly seek in this novena… if it be beneficial for our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray.
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Eight

O Most gracious Virgin Mary, beloved Mother of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, intercede with him for us that we be granted the favor which we petition for so earnestly in this novena…O Mother of the Word Incarnate, we feel animated with confidence that your prayers in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. O Glorious Mother of God, in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception, hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Day Nine

O Mother of the King of the Universe, most perfect member of the human race, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast,” we turn to you as mother, advocate, and mediatrix. O Holy Mary, assist us in our present necessity. By your Immaculate Conception, O Mary conceived without sin, we humbly beseech you from the bottom of our heart to intercede for us with your Divine Son and ask that we be granted the favor for which we now plead…
(State your intention here…)
O Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your Divine Son while upon this earth; you have the same influence now in heaven. Pray for us and obtain for us from him the granting of my petition if it be the Divine Will.  Amen.

———–> Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin <———-

Litany of the Blessed Virgin
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us

God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us God the Holy Spirit, …
Holy Trinity, one God, …

Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mother of God, pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins, …
Mother of Christ, …
Mother of Divine Grace, …
Mother most pure, …
Mother most chaste, …
Mother inviolate, …
Mother undefiled, …
Mother most amiable, …
Mother most admirable, …
Mother of good counsel, …
Mother of our Creator, …
Mother of our Saviour, …
Virgin most prudent, …
Virgin most venerable, …
Virgin most renowned, …
Virgin most powerful, …
Virgin most merciful, …
Virgin most faithful, …
Mirror of justice, …
Seat of wisdom, …
Cause of our joy, …
Spiritual vessel, …
Vessel of honour, …
Singular vessel of devotion, …
Mystical rose, …
Tower of David, …
Tower of ivory, …
House of gold, …
Ark of the covenant, …
Gate of heaven, …
Morning star, …
Health of the sick, …
Refuge of sinners, …
Comforter of the afflicted, …
Help of Christians, …
Queen of Angels, …
Queen of Patriarchs, …
Queen of Prophets, …
Queen of Apostles, …
Queen of Martyrs, …
Queen of Confessors, …
Queen of Virgins, …
Queen of all Saints, …
Queen conceived without original sin, …
Queen assumed into heaven, …
Queen of the most holy Rosary, …
Queen of Peace, …

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord God,
that we, Thy servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body: and, by the glorious intercession of the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness.
Through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

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The Month of November

Thanksgiving Novena

O Mother of Perpetual Help
with grateful hearts we join you in thanking God
for all the wonderful things he has done for us
especially for giving us, Jesus, your Son, as our Redeemer.
O God, our Creator,
We thank you for the gift of life and all the gifts of nature:
our senses and faculties,our talents and abilities
We thank you for creating us in your image and likeness
and for giving us this earth to use and develop, to respect and cherish.
Despite our failures, you continue to show your love for us today
by increasing the life of your Spirit in us at the eucharistic table.
Finally, we thank you, loving Father, for giving us Mary
the Mother of your Son, to be our Mother of Perpetual Help.
We are grateful for all the favours we have received through her intercession.
We pray that those past favours may inspire us to greater confidence
in your loving mercy and to seek the aid of
Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Amen.

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Novena Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the
Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy
most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most
painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying
Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy
most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most
bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in
breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here)

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to God,
and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner,
who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.
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Day 1

Jesus, my Savior I have so often deserved to be cast into hell how great
would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that
I myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which
Thou hast endured me. My God, I love Thee above all things and I am heartily
sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness. I will
rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of perseverance. Have
pity on me and at the same time on those blessed souls suffering in Purgatory.
Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for
the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 2

Woe to me, unhappy being, so many years have I already spent on earth and
have earned naught but hell! I give Thee thanks, O Lord, for granting me
time even now to atone for my sins. My good God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee. Send me Thy assistance, that I may apply the time
yet remaining to me for Thy love and service; have compassion on me, and,
at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother
of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
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Day 3

My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things,
and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. Grant me the
grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same, on
the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come
to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 4

My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I am sorry with my whole heart
for having offended Thee. I promise to die rather than ever offend Thee more.
Give me holy perseverance; have pity on me, and have pity on those holy souls
that burn in the cleansing fire and love Thee with all their hearts. O Mary,
Mother of God, assist them by thy powerful prayers.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for
the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 5

Woe to me, unhappy being, if Thou, O Lord, hadst cast me into hell; for from
that dungeon of eternal pain there is no deliverance. I love Thee above all
things, O infinite God and I am sincerely sorry for having offended Thee again.
Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the
same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary, Mother of God,
come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for
the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 6

My Divine Redeemer, Thou didst die for me on the Cross, and hast so often
united Thyself with me in Holy Communion, and I have repaid Thee only with
ingratitude. Now, however, I love Thee above all things, O supreme God; and I
am more grieved at my offences against Thee than at any other evil. I will rather
die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have
compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory.
Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for
the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
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Day 7

God, Father of Mercy, satisfy this their ardent desire! Send them Thy holy Angel
to announce to them that Thou, their Father, are now reconciled with them
through the suffering and death of Jesus, and that the moment of their deliverance
has arrived.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the
Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 8

Oh my God! I also am one of these ungrateful beings, having received so much grace,
and yet despised Thy love and deserved to be cast by Thee into hell. But Thy infinite
goodness has spared me until now. Therefore, I now love Thee above all things, and
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I will rather die than ever offend
Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me and, at the
same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to
their aid with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the
Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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Day 9

My God! How was it possible that I, for so many years, have borne tranquilly the
separation from Thee and Thy holy grace! O infinite Goodness, how long-suffering
hast Thou shown Thyself to me! Henceforth, I shall love Thee above all things. I am
deeply sorry for having offended Thee; I promise rather to die than to again offend
Thee.
Grant me the grace of holy perseverance, and do not permit that I should ever again
fall into sin. Have compassion on the holy souls in Purgatory. I pray Thee, moderate
their sufferings; shorten the time of their misery; call them soon unto Thee in
heaven, that they may behold Thee face to face, and forever love Thee. Mary, Mother
of Mercy, come to their aid with thy powerful intercession, and pray for us also who
are still in danger of eternal damnation.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the
Holy Souls in Purgatory.
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Novena Prayer to All Saints

My heavenly brothers and sisters, from those most renowned to those of greatest
obscurity, I come before you now in all humility and commend myself, and all
who are dear to me, to your intercession.
Pray for us always, that we may awake each day with a burning desire for the
Lord whose Face you behold, that we will maintain an intimate personal
relationship with Jesus, our Savior and Head, and that we will not hesitate
to proclaim God’s greatness to others, and love them as the Lord loves us.
As you offer your continual praise before the throne of God, I raise my
heart to you now to implore your powerful intercession for these special
needs: (………).
I am confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard
by our loving and merciful Lord.
By his grace, may we someday join you in the glory of the Father’s house.
Amen…
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The Month of August

 August, the month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
J.M.J.

WHY DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART IS SO CRUCIAL FOR OUR DAYS

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is at the very core of the Fatima
message. The Blessed Mother presented it as the solution to the problems of
the world and to save souls from going to Hell.

Jesus Wants Devotion to the Immaculate Heart

At the third apparition, in July 1917, after the terrible vision of Hell,
Our Lady presented devotion to her Immaculate Heart, together with the
Communion of Reparation of the First Five Saturdays and the consecration of
Russia, as the means to avoid the perdition of souls, the chastisement of a
new world war and the expansion of communism.

At an earlier apparition in June, Our Lady had told Lucia, “Jesus . . .
wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. To those
who accept it, I promise salvation and those souls will be loved by God as
flowers I have placed to embellish His Throne.

Devotion of Reparation

As recommended by the Blessed Mother, this devotion is intended to make
reparation for the ongoing offenses suffered by the Immaculate Heart. At
the June 1917 apparition, Our Lady opened her hands, which gave off an
intense light: “In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart
surrounded with thorns that appeared to be piercing it. We understood it
was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, insulted by the sins of humanity, which
wanted reparation.”

What is the meaning of this devotion? Why should we venerate the Immaculate
Heart of Mary? Given our limited space, we will detail a few aspects, rich
in meaning, of this admirable devotion.

A Symbol of Our Lady’s Love

From time immemorial the heart has symbolized love, the most noble of all
sentiments. In relation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, it represents the Savior’s redeeming love to the point of
delivering Himself for us and the co-redeeming love of Mary Most Holy that
is united intimately with her Divine Son’s sacrifice.

Thus, the object of devotion to the Sacred Hearts is His merciful love.
This is why Pope Pius XII affirmed the devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus–it is fundamental. Based on his argument, theologians say the same
about the Immaculate Heart of Mary: it is well understood and it is the
essence of all devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Devotion to the Persons of Jesus and Mary

In addition to their specific functions, the parts of the human body serve
to symbolize an aspect of a person’s most salient characteristics. Thus, a
perspicacious person is said to have “eagle eyes” and a very courageous man
has “a lion’s heart.” The same happens with devotion to the Sacred Heart of
Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary: it emphasizes a body part to
symbolize a salient aspect of the whole adorable Person of Jesus Christ and
the venerable Person of His Most Holy Mother, which is their merciful love.
Devotion to these Hearts addresses therefore to the Persons of Jesus and of
Mary.

1.

Immaculate, Most Holy, Full of Grace

The absence of any sin in a creature implies a most abundant help of grace,
which would not be possible without the extraordinary help from God. This
is why the Angel Gabriel greeted Mary as being “full of grace.”

2.

Likewise, the absence of all sin implies a high degree of perfection and
sanctity. Therefore, the Immaculate Heart of Mary symbolizes the hallowed
purity and sanctity of Mary Most Holy and her complete fidelity to God.

Dolorous Heart

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is also a dolorous heart, pierced with sorrow.
Soon after the joys of the Savior’s birth, at the Presentation in the
Temple, the old Simeon, turning to the Mother of God, prophesied, “Behold,
this child is set for the ruin, and for the resurrection of many in Israel,
and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall
pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.”

3.

Maximo Peinador, a Spanish theologian, comments:
What were the feelings of Mary’s heart upon hearing the words of Simeon?
They are easily guessed: her admiration and joy before the manifestation of
her Son suddenly turns into bitter sorrow. The words, not only about the
future of her Son but her own, were clear and definitive. But the entire
and definitive fulfillment of Simeon’s announcement would be realized on
Calvary . . . . There, as nowhere else, Christ crucified would be a sign of
contradiction . . . . At the foot of the cross, His Mother would feel the
announced sword in all the fibers of her motherly heart.

4.

A Wise Heart

Mary Most Holy is the Mother of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ, and for
this reason she is venerated as the Seat of Wisdom. Her Immaculate Heart
also is, therefore, a Wise Heart, and Catholic liturgy has applied to her,
since the 8th century, texts from the Sapiential books of Scripture.

5.

This sapiential aspect is emphasized in the two references that Saint Luke
makes to the Heart of Mary. “Heart” here is a symbol of Our Lady’s interior
life and of her continuous contemplation of God’s marvels, particularly as
manifested in her Divine Son.

The first reference is to the scene of the shepherds visiting the newborn
Savior. Saint Luke comments, “But Mary kept all these words, pondering them
in her heart” (Luke 2:19). The second reference is about the loss and
finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. Saint Luke repeats the same
comment, with a slight difference, maintaining the same sense, “And his
mother kept all these words in her heart” (Luke 2:51).

A Maternal Heart, Full of Tenderness

It would be impossible in a short article to cover all aspects of the
Immaculate Heart. But one cannot fail to recall that it is a motherly Heart
filled with the tenderness that the best of all mothers had for the best of
all sons. This tenderness is reflected in the love, full of mercy, that she
has for us; which is why we invoke her as Mater Misericordiae.

A Devotion Suited to Our Days

We find ourselves today in a time when sentiment is dying and relationships
between persons are increasingly dominated by brutality, cynicism,
self-interest and sensuality.

Just think of abortion! Is this not the most cruel and brutal suppression
of the most noble of all affections, which is motherly love? Isn’t this
love often shortchanged by the attachment for a professional career or a
transitory promiscuous relationship?

Isn’t something similar happening to fatherly love? Isn’t this tragic
egoism that destroys family relationships, and thus the family itself,
spreading to all other types of human relationships? Thus one understands
the Blessed Mother’s 1917 prophetic wisdom in Fatima when men would witness
the death of sentiment.

Hence the remedy for the immense crisis we find ourselves in is devotion to
that venerable and most holy Heart capable of restoring true feelings of
love, affection and mercy, and the purity of which our times are so
needful. The Immaculate Heart is the source, overflowing with motherly
love, of the one who is “full of grace.”

6.

Notes
1. The Sacred Heart of Jesus can be the object of adoration. Indeed, Pope
Pius XII taught: . . . His Heart, the noblest part of human nature, is
hypostatically united to the Person of the divine Word. Consequently, there
must be paid to it that worship of adoration with which the Church honors
the Person of the Incarnate Son of God Himself. We are dealing here with an
article of faith, for it has been solemnly defined in the general Council
of Ephesus and the second Council of Constantinople. Haurietis Aquas, His
Holiness Pope Pius XII. Encyclical on Devotion to the Sacred Heart, May 15,
1956, 21.
2. Luke 1:28.
3. Luke 2:34, 35.
4. Maximo Peinador, C.M.F., Teologia Biblica Cordimariana (Madrid : Co.
Cul. S.A., 1959), 125.
5. The books of the Scripture that teach wisdom, known as Sapiential books,
are Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom and Ecclesiasticus (or Sirach).
6. Luke 1:28.

The above is from “America Needs Fatima” :
http://www.americaneedsfatima.org/

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O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially …(special intention).

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
Amen.

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Corpus Christi Novena

I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, 
for coming upon the earth for our sake, 
and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist 
in order to remain with us until the end of the world.

I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species 
Your infinite majesty and beauty, 
which Your Angels delight to behold, 
so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy. 

I thank You, most loving Jesus, 
for having made Yourself my food, 
and for uniting me to Yourself with so much love 
in this wonderful Sacrament that I may live in You. 

I thank You, my Jesus, 
for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, 
and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love 
that You have no greater gift to give me.

I thank You not only for becoming my food 
but also for offering Yourself as a continual sacrifice 
to Your Eternal Father for my salvation. 

I thank You, Divine Priest, 
for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our altars 
in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, 
and for making amends for our poor and miserable adorations. 

I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice 
the actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, 
in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.

I thank You, dear Jesus, 
for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me 
the fullness of heavenly favours. 
Awaken in me such confidence in You 
that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul. 

I thank You for offering Yourself 
in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, 
spiritual and temporal, 
which He has bestowed upon me. 
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father 
in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 
I ask for this special favor: 

(Mention your intentions here...)

If it be Your holy Will, 
grant my request. 
Through You I also hope to receive 
the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, 
a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven.

Amen. 

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, 
in which Christ is received, 
the memory of His Passion is renewed, 
the mind is filled with grace, 
and a pledge of future glory is given to us. 
You have given them bread from Heaven. 
Having all sweetness within. 
Let us pray. God our Father, 
for Your glory and our salvation 
You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. 
May the people He gained for You by His Blood 
come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection 
by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, 
for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, forever.

Amen.

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion 
beneath the veils of this Sacrament, 
grant us, we pray, 
so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood 
that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, 
for You live and reign forever.

Amen.

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To be said between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost

(For 2014 Ascension Thursday falls on May 29th)

This is the oldest novena, dating back to the very birth of the church and its importance cannot be underestimated. When Christ first appeared to the apostles forty days after the crucifixion, he sent them to Jerusalem to await the Holy Spirit and instructed them to pray for nine days. This novena, written in the Middle Ages, is said for nine days prior to Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter, and is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light, strength, love, and wisdom needed by all. In art, the Holy Spirit is always depicted as a white dove.

Each of the nine days was given a different prayer with a different subject to contemplate. After each daily prayer, the Our Father and Hail Mary are to be recited once each and the Glory Be is to be recited seven times.

The following two prayers are said every day with your novena:

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body, to you, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of your purity, the unerring keenness of your justice, and the might of your love. You are the strength and light of my soul. In you I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve you by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against you. Mercifully guard my every thought, and grant that I may always watch for your light and listen to your voice and follow your gracious inspirations. I cling to you and give myself to you and ask you, by your compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced feet of Jesus and looking at his five wounds, and trusting in his precious blood and adoring his opened side and stricken heart, I implore you, adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, to keep me in your grace so that I may never sin against you. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to you always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

O Lord Jesus Christ, who before ascending into heaven promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your apostles and disciples, to gran the same Holy Spirit to me that he may perfect in my soul the work of your grace and your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom, that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal: the Spirit of Understanding, to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel, that I may ever choose the surest way of choosing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with you and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge, that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the saints; the Spirit of Piety, that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear, that I amy be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit. Amen.

FIRST DAY: The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!

From thy clear celestial height,

Thy pure beaming radiance give!

Almighty and eternal God, who have vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Spirit, and have given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold, Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

SECOND DAY: The Gift of Fear

Come, thou Father of the poor!

Come, with treasures which endure!

Come, thou light of all that live!

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend you, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of your Divine Majesty in heaven, where you llive and reign in the unity of the Blessed Trinity, God without end. Amen.

THIRD DAY: The Gift of Piety

Thou, of all consolers best,

Visiting the troubled breast

Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart; enkindle therein such a love for God that I may find satisfaction only in his service, and for his sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen

FOURTH DAY: The Gift of Fortitude

Thou in toil are comfort sweet,

Pleasant coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weaknesses, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from you, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

FIFTH DAY: The Gift of Knowledge

Light immortal! Light divine!

Visit thou these hearts of thine,

And our inmost being fill.

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for your glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to you, and your eternal rewards. Amen.

SIXTH DAY: The Gift of Understanding

If thou take thy grace away,

Nothing pure in man will stay,

All his good is turned to ill.

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation, and may merit at last to see the eternal light in your light, and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of you and the Father and the Son. Amen.

SEVENTH DAY: The Gift of Counsel

Heal our wounds – our strength renew;

On our dryness pour thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away!

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do your holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good, turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of your commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

EIGHTH DAY: The Gift of Wisdom

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray!

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power, and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them forever. Amen.

NINTH DAY: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Thou, on those who evermore

Thee confess and thee adore,

In thy sevenfold gifts, descend;

Give them comfort when they die;

Give them life with thee on high;

Give them joy which never ends. Amen.

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with your heavenly fruits, your charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to your inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with you in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

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Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…… (here name your request)
Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…….(here name your request) Our Father…Hail Mary….Glory Be To the Father….Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…..(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.
— St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/heart/sh_novena.htm#ixzz30O7LdXwD

Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions, Jesus appeared to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. he asked to be honored in the symbol of His Heart of flesh; he asked for acts of reparation, for frequent Communion, Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the keeping of the Holy Hour.

When the Catholic Church approved the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she did not base her action only on the visions of Saint Margaret Mary. The Church approved the devotion on its own merits. There is only one Person in Jesus, and that Person was at the same time God and Man. His Heart, too, is Divine — it is the Heart of God.

There are two things that must always be found together in the devotion to the Sacred Heart: Christ’s Heart of flesh and Christ’s love for us. True devotion to the Sacred Heart means devotion to the Divine Heart of Christ insofar as His Heart represents and recalls His love for us.

In honoring the Heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the Person of Jesus in the fullness of His love. This love of Christ for us was the moving force of all he did and suffered for us — in Nazareth, on the Cross, in giving Himself in the Blessed Sacrament, in His teaching and healing, in His praying and working. When we speak of the Sacred Heart, we mean Jesus showing us His Heart, Jesus all love for us and all lovable.

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God’s infinite love. The Human Nature which the Son of God took upon Himself was filled with love and kindness that has never found an equal. He is the perfect model of love of God and neighbor.

Every day of His life was filled with repeated proofs of “Christ’s love that surpasses all knowledge” (Eph 3:19). Jesus handed down for all time the fundamental feature of His character: “Take My yoke upon your shoulders and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of Heart” (Mt 11:29). He invited all, refusing none, surprising friends and rivals by His unconditional generosity.

The meaning of love in the life of Jesus was especially evident in His sufferings. Out of love for His Father He willed to undergo the death of the Cross. “The world must know that I love the Father and do just as the Father has commanded Me” (Jn 14:31).

The love that Jesus bore toward us also urged Him to undergo the death of the Cross. At the Last Supper, He said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13)

The Heart of Jesus never ceases to love us in heaven. He sanctifies us through the Sacraments. These are inexhaustible fountains of grace and holiness which have their source in the boundless ocean of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/heart/meditation.htm#ixzz30O81nCHD

Novena Prayer

Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: Mention your request).

To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.

Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.

Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You. Amen.

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/heart/meditation.htm#ixzz30O8Ah07m

Offering

My God, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Your favors, in reparation for my sins, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the needs of our holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

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Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here)

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable sinner, who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

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Divine Mercy Novena

I fly to Your Mercy, Compassionate God, Who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your Mercy because You are the God of Mercy, and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do Heaven or Earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your Mercy has been disappointed.

(State your intentions)

__ Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart, You are my haven.
You are my peace.
You are my salvation.
You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts.
Amen

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Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church under the watchful stewardship of Father Assaad ElBasha