USCCB 9 Days for Life begins today

9-days-headerNine Days Of Prayer, Penance And Pilgrimage
DAY ONE January 18, 2014

Intercession

For the mother who awakens each morning with the memory of abortion fresh in her mind: that the Lord may still the terror in her heart and lead her gently to the well-spring of his love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May she, and all who’ve been involved in an abortion decision, find healing and hope through Project Rachel Ministry.

Prayer

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading from Mark recounts Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. When the Pharisees question Jesus about this, he responds, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” In a society where millions of people have fallen prey to the false promises of the culture of death, let us witness to the mercy of Jesus and invite all who’ve been harmed to experience his abundant love and healing.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

  • Take time to write a handwritten note to someone who is lonely or needing encouragement.

  • Pray for your deceased relatives and those who have no one to pray for them.

  • “Spiritually adopt” a baby by saying this prayer every day: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name], the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” (Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

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Novena for the Consecration of the United States to the Blessed Virgin Mary starts today – runs until start of Holy Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ –

This request was forwarded to a third order Carmelite friend of mine who received it from the Sisters of Life. They are requesting that we as a community of devout Catholics pray a nine-day novena starting on March 25th (Feast of the Annunciation) finishing on April 2nd – the beginning of Holy Week to consecrate our nation to the Blessed Mother.

The prayer is below – please join us as we intercede through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Name of Jesus our Lord and Savior, to God our heavenly Father for this nation to be healed and converted to turn back to God and His ways and His laws. Feel free to share this with all of your praying friends and family.

Prayerfully,

In the Hearts of Jesus & Mary,

Angela Rzzo, Coordinatro, Magnificat
Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapter

Act of Consecration of the United States
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her, we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom, which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, you bore the sufferings of your Son in the depths of your heart, be our advocate. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.

Amen.

Submitted by Doria2

Novena to Saint Michael the Archangel starts September 20th ending September 28th, vigil of the Feast of Saint Michael.


Novena to St. Michael

Glorious Saint Michael,

guardian and defender

of the Church of Jesus Christ,

come to the assistance of His followers,

against whom the powers of hell are unchained.

Guard with special care our Holy Father,

the Pope, and our bishops, priests,

all our religious and lay people,

and especially the children.

Saint Michael,

watch over us during life,

defend us against the assaults of the demon,

and assist us especially at the hour of death.

Help us achieve the happiness

of beholding God face to face

for all eternity. Amen.

Saint Michael,

intercede for me with God

in all my necessities, especially….

“the intention is stated here”

Obtain for me a favorable outcome

in the matter I recommend to thee.

Mighty prince of the heavenly host,

and victor over rebellious spirits,

remember me for I am weak and sinful

and so prone to pride and ambition.

Be for me, I pray,

my powerful aid in temptation and difficulty,

and above all do not forsake me

in my last struggle with the powers of evil.

Amen.

Submitted by Doria2

Novena: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven,

I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth,

Thou hast at last been taken to the throne

prepared for Thee in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with Thee in the glory of Thy Assumption

above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity.

Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven.

Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate

through which I shall pass to Thy Son,

and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul

in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth,

over which I tread as a pilgrim,

I look to Thee for help.

I ask for this favor:

(State your intention here…)

When my hour of death has come,

lead me safely to the presence of Jesus

to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with Thee.

Amen.

Start praying the novena for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 6th, ending August 14th, the vigil of the Feast Day.

Submitted by Doria2

Needs, Novenas, Miracles, and Mary: “Hey, Maw, the number, the number!”

After the long and painful death of her husband, Mrs. Mac decided to refurbish her apartment with a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture. The cost in those days came to about twelve hundred dollars — a sum Mrs. Mac didn’t have. But her friend, Rosita, who was a Catholic, suggested that she make a novena, nine days of prayer in honor of the Blessed Mother of Jesus. Even though she was a Protestant, Mrs. Mac agreed.

Read more at Matt C. Abbott’s column

Novena for Father Corapi begins March 25th

Novena for the Fr. Corapi Ordeal – March 25 to April 2

(Feast of the Annunciation to the Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s passing)

HT:  Veneremur Cernui

Efficacious Novena To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

(This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked his prayers)

I. My Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, I knock, I seek and ask that my prayer be granted. (here, mention 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.’
Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, in Your Name I ask the Father that my prayer be granted.

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, through the intercession of Mary, Your
holy Mother I feel confident that my prayers will be answered.
(mention your request)

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be to the Father…

O Sacred , O Merciful, O Eucharistic 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 poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen…

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

Thanks to the CourageousPriest.Com website

There’s Nine Days Until Lent Begins. Here’s A Novena To Help You Get Ready.


FATHER, all-powerful and ever-living God,

During the Holy Season of Lent

You call us to a closer union with Yourself.

Help me to prepare to celebrate

The Paschal Mystery

With mind and heart renewed.

Give me a spirit of loving reverence

For You, our Father,

And of willing service to my neighbor.

As I recall the great events

That gave us new life in Christ,

Bring the image of Your Son

To perfection within my soul.

This great season of grace is Your gift

To Your family to renew us in spirit.

Give me strength to purify my heart,

To control my desires,

And so to serve You in freedom,

Teach me how to live

In this passing world with my heart set

On the world that will never end.

I ask for the grace

To master my sinfulness

And conquer my pride.

I want to show to those in need

Your goodness to me by being kind to all.

Through my observance of Lent,

Help me to correct my faults

And raise my mind to You,

And thus grow in holiness

That I may deserve

The reward of everlasting life.

In Your mercy grant me this special favor
[name a special intention]

The days of the life-giving Death

And glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Your Son, are approaching.

This is the hour

When He triumphed over Satan’s pride,

The time when we celebrate

The great event of our Redemption.

The Suffering and Death of Your Son

Brought life to the whole world,

Moving our hearts to praise Your glory.

The power of the Cross reveals

Your judgment on this world

And the kingship of Christ crucified.

Father, through His love for us

And through His Sufferings, Death and Resurrection,

May I gain eternal life with You in heaven.


Thanks to Msgr. Charles Pope

Novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany


Novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany:

28 December:

O holy Magi! You were living in continual expectation of the rising of the Star of Jacob, which would announce the birth of the true Sun of justice;

obtain for us an increase of faith and charity, and the grace to live in continual hope of beholding one day the light of heavenly glory and eternal joy.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

29 December:

O holy Magi! who at the first appearance of the wondrous star left your native country to go and seek the newborn King of the Jews;

obtain for us the grace of corresponding with alacrity to every divine inspiration.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

30 December:

O holy Magi! who regarded neither the severity of the season, nor the inconveniences of the journey that you might find the newborn Messiah;

obtain for us the grace not to allow ourselves to be discouraged by any of the difficulties which may meet us on the way of salvation.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

31 December:

O holy Magi, who, when deserted by the star in the city of Jerusalem, sought humbly, and without human respect,

from the rulers of the Church, the place where you might discover the object of your journey;

obtain for us grace to have recourse, in faith and humility, in all our doubts and perplexities to the counsel of our superiors, who hold the place of God on earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

1 January:

O holy Magi, who were gladdened by the reappearance of the star which led you to Bethlehem;

obtain for us from God the grace, that, remaining always faithful to Him in afflictions, we may be consoled in time by His grace, and in eternity by His glory.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

2 January:

O holy Magi, who, entering full of faith into the stable of Bethlehem, prostrated yourselves on the earth,

to adore the newborn King of the Jews, though he was surrounded only by signs of poverty and weakness;

obtain from the Lord for us a lively faith in the real presence of Jesus in the blessed Sacrament, the true spirit of poverty, and a Christ-like charity for the poor and suffering.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

3 January:

O holy Magi, who offered to Jesus Christ gold, incense, and myrrh, thereby recognizing Him to be at once King, God, and Man;

obtain from the Lord for us the grace never to present ourselves before Him with empty hands;

but that we may continually offer to Him the gold of charity, the incense of prayer, and the myrrh of penance and mortification.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

4 January:

O holy Magi, who, when warned by an angel not to return to Herd, traveled back to your country be another road;

obtain for us from the Lord, the grace that, after having found Him in true repentance, we may avoid all danger of losing Him again.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

5 January:

O holy Magi, who were first among the Gentiles called to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and who persevered in the faith till your deaths,

obtain for us of the Lord the grace of living always in conformity to our baptismal vows, ever leading to a life of faith;

that like you we may attain to the beatific vision of that God Who now is the object of our faith.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

Submitted by Doria2

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary August 13-21


O Most Blessed Mother,

heart of love,
heart of mercy,
ever listening,
caring, consoling,
hear our prayer.
As thy children,
we implore thine intercession
with Jesus thy Son.
Receive with understanding and compassion
the petitions we place before thee today,
especially…

(State your request here…)

We are comforted in knowing thy heart
is ever open to those who ask for thy prayer.
We trust to thy 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.

Submitted by Doria2

Novena in Preparation for the Feast of CORPUS CHRISTI

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Novena in Preparation for the Feast of CORPUS CHRISTI

I thank Thee, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon this earth for our salvation, and for instituting the august Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.

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

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

I thank Thee, my Jesus, for giving Thyself to me in this Most Blessed Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Thy love that Thou hast no greater gift to give me.

I thank Thee not only for becoming my food but also for offering Thyself as a continual sacrifice to Thy Eternal Father for my salvation.

I thank Thee, Divine Priest, for offering Thyself 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 Thee for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual propitiatory Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which Thou satisfiest Divine justice for us poor sinners.

I thank Thee, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me the fullness of Heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in Thee that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul and let me always be worthy of Thee.

I thank Thee for offering Thyself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He hath bestowed upon me. In union with Thine offering of Thyself to Thy Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favor:

(Mention your petition here)

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

O Lord, Thou hast 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 who are worthy of Thee. Thou hast given them bread from Heaven. Having all sweetness within.

Let us pray.

God our Father, for Thy glory and our salvation Thou appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the souls He gained for Thee by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Most Blessed Sacrament, for He liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, forever. Amen.

O Jesus, since Thou hast left us a remembrance of Thy Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Thy Redemption through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Submitted by Doria2

Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

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With provident pastoral sensitivity and in order to impress deeply on the souls of the faithful these precepts and teachings of the Christian faith, the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, moved by the consideration of the Father of Mercy, has willed that the Second Sunday of Easter be dedicated to recalling with special devotion these gifts of grace and gave this Sunday the name, “Divine Mercy Sunday” (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Decree Misericors et miserator, 5 May 2000).

The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter narrates the wonderful things Christ the Lord accomplished on the day of the Resurrection during his first public appearance: “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’. When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad to see the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you’. And then he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'” (Jn 20,19-23).
                

Plenary Indulgence
To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence, as will be explained below, so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbour, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.
                   
Pardon of others who sin against us
Thus the faithful will more closely conform to the spirit of the Gospel, receiving in their hearts the renewal that the Second Vatican Council explained and introduced: “Mindful of the words of the Lord: ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’ (Jn 13,35), Christians can yearn for nothing more ardently than to serve the men of this age with an ever growing generosity and success…. It is the Father’s will that we should recognize Christ our brother in the persons of all men and love them with an effective love, in word and in deed (Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et spes, n. 93).
                      
Three conditions for the plenary indulgence
And so the Supreme Pontiff, motivated by an ardent desire to foster in Christians this devotion to Divine Mercy as much as possible in the hope of offering great spiritual fruit to the faithful, in the Audience granted on 13 June 2002, to those Responsible for the Apostolic Penitentiary, granted the following Indulgences:

A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”);
                            

A partial indulgence for those who cannot go to church or the seriously ill, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation.In addition, sailors working on the vast expanse of the sea; the countless brothers and sisters, whom the disasters of war, political events, local violence and other such causes have been driven out of their homeland; the sick and those who nurse them, and all who for a just cause cannot leave their homes or who carry out an activity for the community which cannot be postponed, may obtain a plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, if totally detesting any sin, as has been said before, and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, will recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you).

If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.

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Click to read the Diary of St. Faustina

Click here for The Divine Mercy Novena

A prayer request from Father Morrow at St. Eugene’s in Yonkers, NewYork

A prayer request from Father Morrow over at St. Eugene’s in Yonkers, NY.

              

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.
           
This feast was established by Pope St. Pius V to commemorate the victory of the Christian fleet in the Battle of Lepanto on this date in 1571.
               
The victory, which averted what would have been a disaster for Christian civilization at the time, was achieved through the intercession of Our Lady under the title “Help of Christians.”
          
St. John Bosco, who spread devotion to Our Lady under this title, used to say: “Pray to Mary Help of Christians and you will see what miracles are.”
               
I have a great favor to ask and it is not for myself but for someone who is need of Our Lady’s help at this time.  If at all possible would you join me in a Novena to Our Lady under this powerful title for nine days beginning tomorrow? 
               
Simply say the “Hail Mary” three times or even once each day above and beyond your usual daily prayers, and add the invocation “Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.” 
           
Thanks and God bless.
                  
Submitted by Doria2

Novena to St. Anne – Jesus’ Grandmother

Novena to St. Anne

Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 17 July and ending on 25 July, the eve of the Feast of St. Anne.

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee.

{Mention your intentions here)

Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Submitted by Doria2

The First Novena

The First Novena – by Father Tom Euteneuer

Have you ever wondered when the first Novena was prayed?

Look no farther than chapters 1 and 2 of the Acts of the Apostles to see that the disciples were gathered together in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost, with Mary, waiting and praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the promised Gift of the Lord.

They had been there since Ascension Thursday praying the Church’s very first novena!

Despite the modern anomaly of moving Ascension to a Sunday, the Church repeats that original novena every year in preparation for the coming of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Sanctifier.

From HLI’s monthly newsletter.

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It’s Time To Pray the Pentecost Novena


Novena to God the Holy Spirit
:
 
Pray especially starting on the day after Ascension Thursday, ending on the Pentecost (June 3rd through June 11th)

First Day:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our 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.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Second Day:
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.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Third Day:
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.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Fourth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble 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.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Fifth Day:
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.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Sixth Day:
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 Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Seventh Day:
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.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Eighth Day:
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 for ever.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Ninth Day:
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 in 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.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Submitted by Doria2

Pentecost was a major Jewish Feast Day long before it became a Christian one

The first Novena

Divine Mercy Sunday at Our Lady of Peace in Darien, Illinois – plus Novena

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Our Lady of  Peace in Darien, IL will host Divine Mercy Sunday Liturgy and Devotions beginning at noon,
with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Roger Kaffer, followed by an entire afternoon of various activities, including a Holy Hour, Confessions, a Parish Social, a Divine Mercy Book and Religious Items Sale, a screening of the film “A Time For Mercy” … and more.

Sunday March 30th, from Noon until late afternoon.

Sunday, March 30, 2008:
Feast of the Divine Mercy

The Message of Divine Mercy is that God is merciful. He is love poured out for us, and He wants no one to escape that merciful love. The message is that God wants us to turn to Him with Trust and repentance while it is still a time of mercy, before He comes as the just Judge. This turning with trust to Him who is Mercy itself is the only source of peace for mankind. Turning to and imploring God’s mercy is the answer to the troubled world, there is no escaping that answer.
-Diary of St. Maria Faustina, In My Soul.
©1987 Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Our Lady of Peace is proud to host
Auxilliary Bishop Roger L. Kafffer
as Main Celebrant and Homilist

Divine Mercy Sunday Program:

Church:
12pm Divine Mercy Liturgy

1:30pm Confession

3pm Holy Hour,
Rev. Walter Dziordz, MIC
-Procession of the Divine Mercy Image
-Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
-Novena Prayers
-Chaplet of Divine Mercy
-Benediction
-Blessing of Religious Articles
-Veneration of St. Maria Faustina’s Relic
 

School Gym:

1-4pm Divine Mercy Gift Shop
-Diary
-Rosaries
-Medals
-Candles

1-4pm Reception

1:30pm “Time for Mercy” Video (will be repeated at 2:30 and 3:30, throughout the afternoon)
Narrated by Joseph Campanella, this film explores the signs of God’s mercy in our time.

Novena before Divine Mercy Sunday

A novena is nine days of prayer (nove’ meaning nine). It ‘s based on the 9 days of prayer that the Apostles prayed between Jesus’ Ascension and the sending of the the Spirit in the form of flames, at Pentecost.

The chaplet is a powerful prayer with oustanding promises. For those who need prayer – this prayer is only exceeded by The Mass and The Holy Rosary – in that order.

Everybody goes through times when they need prayer. You may have friends who have sick friends or family members in the hospital – endless waits in doctors’ waiting rooms – in hospital emergency rooms – in hospital patient’s rooms when one wishes they can find words and/or meditate on their loved ones and pray for them – well, this will surely help.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Click here for The Divine Mercy Novena

Submitted by Doria2