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