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If you’re not yet Novena-ed out…

I’m writing this on 25th March 2022.
A Novena beginning today will end on 2nd April 2022.

That is the First Saturday of April, and it also happens to be the 17th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II, who undertook the consecration that Sr. Lucia said was accepted by Heaven.

There’s been a lot of enthusiasm with Novenas before the consecration, which is great, but I was reading … this (google translate if you’re not Polish) … and I think it makes a really great point in encouraging prayer after the consecration too. Over the years much focus has been on the consecration, and much dissension has been over whether or not the entrustment without the naming of Russia was sufficient and the consecration is complete. Today, I think that division has to end in most reasonable minds, whatever one’s views were before. And if that division ends, we don’t have anything to worry about that we’re not in control of. What is left for us is to take responsibility for what is actually our remit according to what Our Lady asked for. So after today, we need not to drop the ball, spiritually. A novena culminating in a first Saturday is a pretty good way to mark that resolve from the outset!

So here’s a seasonal Rose for anyone who wants to undertake it. Beginning any time after 5pm today, and ending on 2nd April, the following Novena prayed for the intention of the clear Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and peace and conversion and all that that entails – for ourselves and for all. You can make your intentions more specific as you desire, and add any other perennial roses you desire – but the Novena on its own counts as a rose.

Novena Prayers

Litany of Loreto

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us. Christ graciously hear us.

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

Holy Mary, 
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
Mother of Christ, 
Mother of the Church, 
Mother of Mercy,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother of Hope, 
Mother most pure, 
Mother most chaste, 
Mother inviolate, 
Mother undefiled, 
Mother most amiable, 
Mother 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, 
Solace of Migrants,
Comfort 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 families, 
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.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. 
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. 
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, 
that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; 
and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, 
may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. 
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer to Mary by Pope John Paul II

Immaculate Heart of Mary
help us to conquer the menace of evil
which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today,
and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths toward the future.

From famine and war, deliver us
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war,
From sins against human life from its very beginning,
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God,
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international,
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God,
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
From the loss of awareness of good and evil,
From sins against the Holy Spirit,

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,
laden with the sufferings of whole societies. Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the “sin of the world”, sin in all of its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. Amen

Sub Tuum Praesidum

We fly to Thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. O Our Lady, our Advocate, our Mediatrix, our Comforter, reconcile us with Your Son, recommend us to Your Son, give us to Your Son.

2 thoughts on “If you’re not yet Novena-ed out…

  1. Sorry I did see this ages ago but never replied at the time… I’m a bit scatty these days! But thank-you for your comment and for the info re indulgences! I hope life is well in Canada. Have a blessed Holy Week +++


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