Thursday, December 4, 2014

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

One of my favorite days in the liturgical year is coming up.  One that I didn't grow up with, but learned when I began ministry with Catholics from Latin America, particularly Mexico - the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Beginning with the traditional Las Mananitas at 5:00 a.m. or so in the morning, we gather at church, place flowers before the image of Our Lady, light candles, pray the rosary, sing songs, and remember the great evangelization of the Americas in the 1500's and beyond.  Then we usually have Mass followed by a breakfast with traditional foods.  

It is a day worth getting ready for.  I am reprinting this Novena which can also be found on the EWTN website.  May she who prays for us help us to draw ever closer to her son, Jesus, who is forever the light of the world.  Mary, star of the New Evangelization, pray for us!

Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

First Day

Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, fruitful Mother of holiness, teach me your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my humble prayer offered with heartfelt confidence to beg this favor......

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Second Day

O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always: May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Third Day 

O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Fourth Day

Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Fifth Day 

O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Sixth Day 

Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Seventh Day 

O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in a Christian manner; that children obey and follow the directions of their parents; that all members of the family pray and worship together.
This we ask of you, O Mother.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Eighth Day 

With my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

Ninth Day 

O God, You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. 

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