Novenas

The Our Lady Queen of Universe (Queen of all Hearts)

O Mary, Queen of Universe, Advocate of the most hopeless cases; Mother most pure, most compassionate; Mother of Divine Love, full of divine light, we confide to your care the favors which we ask of you today.
Consider our misery, our tears, our interior trials and sufferings. We know that you can help us through the merits of your Divine Son, Jesus. We promise, if our prayers are heard, to spread your glory by making you known under the title of "Mary, Queen of All Hearts, Queen of the Universe."
Grant, we beseech you, hear our prayers, for every day you give us so many proofs of your love and intercession to heal both body and soul. We hope against all hope; ask Jesus to cure us, pardon us, and grant us final perseverance.
O Mary, Queen of Universe, help us; we have confidence in you.
O Mary, Queen of Universe, help us; we have confidence in you.
O Mary, Queen of Universe, help us; we have confidence in you.
Litany of Mary, Queen

(For private recital only)
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 Ghost, 
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Most honored of Virgins, pray for us.
Chosen daughter of the Father, pray for us.
Mother of Christ the King, pray for us.
Glory of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Virgin daughter of Zion, pray for us.
Virgin poor and humble, pray for us.
Virgin gentle and obedient, pray for us.
Handmaid of the Lord, pray for us.
Mother of the Lord, pray for us.
Helper of the Redeemer, pray for us.
Full of grace, pray for us.
Fountain of beauty, pray for us.
Model of virtue, pray for us.
First fruit of the Redemption, pray for us.
Perfect disciple of Christ, pray for us.
Untarnished image of the Church, pray for us.
Woman transformed, pray for us.
Woman clothed with the sun, pray for us.
Woman crowned with stars, pray for us.
Gentle Lady, pray for us.
Gracious Lady, pray for us.
Our Lady, pray for us.
Joy of Israel, pray for us.
Splendor of the Church, pray for us.
Pride of the human race, pray for us.
Advocate of grace, pray for us.
Minister of holiness, pray for us.
Champion of God's people, pray for us.
Queen of love, pray for us.
Queen of mercy, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs and Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles and Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors and Virgins, pray for us. 
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of all the earth, pray for us.
Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the universe, pray for us.
 
Lamb of God, Who take 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 take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Let us pray.
Father, Thou hast given us the Mother of Thy Son to be our Queen and Mother. With the support of her prayers may we come to share the glory of Thy children in the Kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

O, Most Holy Heart of Jesus, Fountain of Every Blessing,
I adore Thee, I love Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins,
I offer Thee this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy Will.
Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions;
give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs,
Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.
Within Thy Heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to Thee with humble trust saying,
Heart of Jesus help me.
Amen

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Prayer:
O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.
Our Lady, queen and beauty of Carmel, pray for me and obtain my requests.
Sweet Mother, I place this cause into your hands.

Saint Rita of Cascia

O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the hopeless and even of the impossible; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou ask, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee. We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making known thy favour, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant that (here mention your request).

Pray for us, O holy Saint Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.

Novena of Most Precious blood of Jesus

By the Voice of your Blood, O Jesus
I would press you, solicit you, importune you.
Though you seem to reject my supplications
I will not leave your bleeding feet until you hear me.
Too many graces, too many mercies
flow from your Blood for me not to hope in its efficacy.
Then, O Jesus,
by the Precious Blood
seven times shed for the welfare of all,
by each drop of that sacred price of our redemption,
by the tears of your immaculate mother,
I implore you,
hear my earnest prayer.
(here specify your request)
O Jesus, during all the days of your mortal life
you consoled so many sufferers,
healed so many infirmities,
raised so often a sinking courage,
you will not fail to have pity
on one who cries to you from the depths of anguish.
Oh! No, it is impossible.
Another profound sigh from my heart,
and from the wound in your own
there will flow to me upon a wave
of your merciful Blood the grace so ardently desired.
O Jesus, Jesus,
hasten the moment when you will change my tears into joy,
my sighs into thanksgiving.
Holy Mary,
source of the divine Blood,
I implore you not to lose this occasion
of glorifying the Blood which made you immaculate.
Amen.

St. Joseph

O glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to thee do we raise our hearts and hands to implore thy powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special favor we now implore (state your petition).
O Guardian of the Word Incarnate, we have confidence that thy prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Amen.
(Then say the following seven times in honour of the seven sorrows and joys of St. Joseph.)
V. O Glorious St. Joseph! Through thy love for Jesus Christ and for the glory of His Name,
R. Hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
V. Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
R. Assist us!
Prayer to St. Joseph to Obtain a Special Favor
O blessed Saint Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, we pray and beseech thee to offer to God the Father His divine Son, bathed in blood on the Cross for sinners, and through the thrice-holy Name of Jesus, obtain for us from the Eternal Father the favour we implore. (Name your request.)
Appease the Divine anger so justly inflamed by our crimes, beg of Jesus mercy for thy children. Amid the splendors of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep; stay the Almighty arm which smites us, that by thy prayers and those of thy most holy spouse, the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.

Prayer to St. Joseph the Workman
Composed by Pope St. Pius X
O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labour, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honour to employ and develop by means of labour the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your 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 your 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 you for help. I ask for this favour: (Mention your request).

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 you.

Prayer to St. Sebastian

Introductory prayer.
O, God almighty, we believe that you are present among us. We adore you. We love you. We are sorry
for the sins we have committed. We are grateful to you for having given us Saint Sebastian as our patron and apostle of faith. We pray, make us capable of becoming witness of Christ, following the example of Saint Sebastian.
Intercession to St. Sebastian.
O Glorious St Sebastian, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do we raise our hearts and hands to
implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the God the Father all the helps and graces
necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of living a holy life, courage to face
all perils of my believe and even to sacrifice my life as the cost of my faith and this special favour we now
implore………(mention it). O, special guardian from the diseases and accidents, we feel animated with
confidence that your intercession on my behalf will be graciously heard before throne of God.

Amen.

Our Lady of Mercy

Novena Prayer

Our Lady of Mercy, Immaculate Mother of God, hear our prayer. You responded in love to the captives who cried out to you from their oppression, breaking the chains of their bondage. Be with us as we seek to be heralds of God's love and freedom. The Word of God  became flesh through your fervent and pure love. We ask you, dear Mother, break the chains of our slavery (mention in silence any need or addiction or difficulty) for free of them, we are able to imitate your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

St. Francis Xavier Novena of Grace

We have come together to worship the Lord our God and to honour the memory of His great  missionary, St. Francis Xavier. Through his powerful intercession, let us pray for ourselves, for the missionary efforts of the church, and for all the People of God. 

For missions and missionaries throughout the world, 
that through the proclamation of the Good News of salvation,  all people may come to know the one true God  and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. 

Let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

For the Church, that renewed by the Holy Spirit, she may show forth to the world the mystery of the Lord and be an instrument of redemption for all. 

Let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

For Christian unity,  that the Spirit of Christ, dwelling in all who believe,  may bring us to that fullness of unity which Jesus desires --  one Lord, one faith, one baptism. 

Let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

For the unrepentant, 
that moved by God's loving mercy revealed in Jesus, 
they may repent their sins and open their hearts 
to the divine life of grace. 

Let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

For ourselves, that we may be ever faithful to our baptismal commitment to Christ, and bring Christ's word and Christ's love to the world in which we live. 

Let us pray to the Lord:  Lord, hear our prayer. 

Together: 
Lord God, our Father, we honour the memory of the Apostle of the Indies and Japan, St. Francis Xavier. The remembrance of the favors with which You blessed him during life and of his glory after death fills us with joy; and we unite with him in offering to You our sincere tribute of thanksgiving and of grace. 

We ask you to grant us, through his powerful intercession, the inestimable blessings of living and dying in the state of grace. We also ask you to grant us the favors we seek in this novena. 

(Pause) 

But if what we ask is not for the glory of God and the good of our souls, grant us, we pray, what is more conducive to both. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 

St. Dominic

O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy Saint Dominic! / You renounced the honour and dignity of an earthly principality / to embrace a poor, laborious, and mortified life / that distinguishes a disciple of Him Who said: / "If any man will come after Me, / let him take up his cross and follow Me."

O burning torch, consumed by the fire of divine love, / you incessantly laboured to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of others. / Look down upon me from that throne of glory where you enjoy the reward of all your labors. / Obtain for me some sparks of that blessed fire to animate my soul / and encourage me under my crosses and trials / to be pleasing to God so that He may visit me.

O great Saint, / you regarded as nothing all the afflictions you endured / and all the toils you underwent for the promotion of God's holy cause. / Obtain, I beseech you / that the same ardent love which strengthened you, / may make sweet to me labours, humiliations, disgraces, / or what-ever other mortifications I may have to suffer for the Name of Jesus. / May I ever bear in mind that nothing can happen to me / but by the particular dispensation of a God Who is infinitely wise. / He knows what is best for my welfare. / He is infinitely powerful and consequently able to effect it. / Above all He is infinitely merciful and loving, / Who laid down His life for my redemption, / and continues daily to give new proofs of His love and bounty.

O tender father of the poor / who offered yourself for their relief when all other resources were exhausted, / obtain for me that true spirit of compassion for the suffering members of Jesus Christ, / which shone forth so conspicuously in your holy life. / May I, by the charity for those whom Jesus so dearly loves, / lay up for myself treasures in heaven, / where you now enjoy that which the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard. / The heart of man has not conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, / and who prove themselves His Disciples by the observance of His Divine precept / "love one another."

I praise and thank God for the high degree of sanctity / to which you, O Dominic, were raised,/ and for the special privileges by which He has distinguished you. / I call upon you by that gratitude / with which you will be penetrated for all eternity by your Divine Benefactor, / implore for me the grace to root out of my heart whatever is not agreeable in His sight, / especially that evil habit by which I most frequently offend Him. / Obtain likewise the favors I request in this Novena through your powerful intercession.

(Mention your intentions here)

O glorious Mother of God, / Queen of the most sacred Rosary, / you who loved Dominic with the affection of a mother, / and were most tenderly loved and honoured by him, / look upon me for his sake with an eye of pity, / deign to join with him in presenting these petitions to your most Blessed Jesus. / I sincerely desire from this moment / to love Him with all my heart, and serve Him with all my strength, / and now place myself under your powerful protection / as a sure means of obtaining / all the graces necessary to serve Him faithfully here, / that I may eternally rejoice with Him hereafter. / Amen.

Holy Spirit Novena

Holy Spirit, third Person of the Blessed Trinity, Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things, I adore You and love You with all my heart.
Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it should be Your holy Will to grant it: (mention your request).
Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience. Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope, and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state of life.
Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child
of the Church. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Give me
the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits.
Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Lawrence

Glorious Martyr, St. Lawrence, we come to you in humility as we see your greatness and your power of intercession with God. You were so strong in your faith that you readily suffered tortures from the pagans and died a cruel death becoming an outstanding witness to Christ and His Church. As we discern your strong faith we believe in your powerful patronage and pray you to obtain for us a living faith, an unwavering hope and love of God and of our neighbour. Keep us pure and chaste; make us obedient to our elders. Help us to help the poor, the down trodden, the sick and those in trials and difficulties. Touch the tepid Christians and enkindle in them the fire of faith, and give the non-Christians the grace of faith in Christ. As the pagans were moved to your faith in Christ so may your immortal faith make the unbelievers embrace the true faith that the Kingdom of God may flourish. Assist us always to overcome our trials and temptations. Grant that we may always live a true Christian life and finally be victorious in the battle of faith that being true witnesses to Christ we may die in Him to join you and other saints and live for all eternity in His Kingdom to praise God for ever and ever. Amen.

St. Anthony Novena Prayer

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, you love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state request here). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the eaars of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
Seeking a Lost Article
Dear St. Anthony, you are the patron of the poor and the helper of all who seek lost articles. Help me to find the object I have lost so that I will be able to make better use of the time that I will gain for God's greater honour and glory. Grant your gracious aid to all people who seek what they have lost---especially those who seek to regain God's grace. Amen.
Prayer for Healing
Dear St. Anthony, you loved God so much when you lived upon the earth. You were known, even then, as a great Wonder-worker, so great did His power live in you. Now that you are in heaven, you share in God's glory and in His power in a more perfect way. Look on me with kindness as I come to you in my need. I pray for healing for myself and for those whom I love. Amen.
Litany of St. Anthony
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy. Christ have mercy.
Lord 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, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
St. Anthony, glory of the Friars Minor, pray for us.
St. Anthony, ark of the testament, pray for us.
St. Anthony, sanctuary of heavenly wisdom, pray for us.
St. Anthony, destroyer of worldly vanity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, conqueror of impurity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, example of humility, pray for us.
St. Anthony, lover of the Cross, pray for us.
St. Anthony, martyr of desire, pray for us.
St. Anthony, generator of charity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, zealous for justice, pray for us.
St. Anthony, terror of infidels, pray for us.
St. Anthony, model of perfection, pray for us.
St. Anthony, consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of lost things, pray for us.
St. Anthony, defender of innocence, pray for us.
St. Anthony, liberator of prisoners, pray for us.
St. Anthony, guide of pilgrims, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of health, pray for us.
St. Anthony, performer of miracles, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of speech to the mute, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of hearing to the deaf, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of sight to the blind, pray for us.
St. Anthony, disperser of devils, pray for us.
St. Anthony, reviver of the dead, pray for us.
St. Anthony, tamer of tyrants, pray for us.

From the snares of the devil, St. Anthony deliver us.
From thunder, lightning and storms, St. Anthony deliver us.
From all evil of body and soul, St. Anthony deliver us.
Through your intercession, St. Anthony protect us.
Throughout the course of life, St. Anthony protect us.
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.
V. St. Anthony, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: O my God, may the pious commemoration of St. Anthony, Your Confessor and Doctor, give joy to Your Church, that she may ever be strengthened with Your spiritual assistance and merit to attain everlasting joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Cross Novena

Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for ...( mention here)

We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

Mother of Perpetual Help Novena Prayer

Novena prayer (to be said by all)
Mother of Perpetual Help,
you comforted Jesus your Son
as he faced his passion.
We are now your children,
called to follow Jesus
in his suffering, death and rising to new life.
Comfort us too and help us
so to discover the power of his Spirit
that we may build up his kingdom among us.
When he comes again in glory,
may we celebrate with joy
the fullness of life with all God’s family
for ever and ever. Amen.
Litany of our Mother of Perpetual Help
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, 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, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Pray for us.
Mary, model of faith, Pray for us.
Mary, example of hope, Pray for us.
Mary, pattern of love, Pray for us.
Hope of the poor, Pray for us.
Strength of the gentle, Pray for us.
Comfort of those who mourn, Pray for us.
Longing of those who
hunger and thirst for justice, Pray for us.
Consolation of the merciful, Pray for us.
Radiance of the pure in heart, Pray for us.
Encouragement of the
peacemakers, Pray for us
Support of the persecuted, Pray for us.
Mother of the Church, Pray for us,
Mother of our parish, Pray for us.
Mother of our family, Pray for us.
Mother of our children, Pray for us.
Mother of parents, Pray for us.
Mother of priests and deacons, Pray for us.
Mother of religious men
and women, Pray for us.
Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Leader: Let us pray.
All: Loving Lord Jesus,
you have given us to venerate
the icon of your most Blessed Mother
under the special title of Perpetual Help;
graciously grant
that amidst all the changes
of our journey through life,
we may be so defended by the continual protection
of the same Immaculate ever-Virgin Mary
that we may deserve to obtain
the rewards of your eternal redemption,
who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
world without end. Amen.
Blessing of the sick
Leader: Let us pray.
Father, we bring before you all who are sick, in mind or body, especially those for whom we now pray . . . Bless all who are heavily burdened so that purified by their sufferings they may find themselves healed by your mercy, through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.
Leader: We thank you for the healing ministry of Jesus still present in the Church. We pray for all those here present who are in need of healing in mind or body.
All: May they know the power of his healing touch.
Leader: We bring before you all the sick who have asked our prayers, and we pray for all who labour and are heavily burdened.
All: May they find their rest in Jesus your Son.
Leader: We pray especially for those whose sickness will lead them into the mystery of death.
All: May they find peace in him who lives for ever with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Leader (extending the right hand over the congregation):
May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
that he may defend you;
within you that he may sustain you;
before you that he may lead you;
behind you that he may protect you;
above you that he may bless you.
In the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Reverence the Icon
(The Magnificat may be sung while the icon is incensed.)
Prayer of Blessing (All stand)
The Son of God was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary to redeem the human race. May you be enriched with his blessings. Amen.
Through Mary, the source of all life has come to you. May her loving care always embrace you. Amen.
You have come as a family to honour Mary on earth. May the Spirit of joy be with you on the way to your eternal home. Amen.
And may Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Lady of Velankanni

Oh Most Holy Virgin! You were chosen by the Most Adorable Trinity from all eternity to be the most pure Mother of Jesus. Permit me, your humble and devoted servant, to remind you of the joy received in the instant of the Most Sacred Incarnation of our Divine Lord and during the nine months you carried Him in your chaste womb. I wish most sincerely that I could renew, or even increase that joy, by the fervor of my Prayers.

Oh! Tender Mother of the afflicted! Grant me under my present necessities that special protection You have promised to those who devoutly commemorate this ineffable joy. Relying on the infinite mercies of your Divine Son, trusting in the promise which He has made that those who ask should receive, and penetrated with confidence in your powerful prayers, I most humbly entreat you intercede for me. I beg you to obtain for me the favours which I petition for in this novena, if it be the Holy Will of God to grant them; to ask for me whatever graces I most stand in need of.

(Here specify your requests)

I desire by this novena, which I now offer in your honour, to prove the lively confidence I have in your intercession. Accept it, I beseech you, in honour of that supernatural love and joy, with which your Immaculate Heart was replenished during the abode of your divine Son in your womb; in veneration of which, I offer you the sentiments of my heart.

(Repeat the Hail Mary nine times)
and then say the following prayer:-

Oh! Mother of God! accept these salutations in union with the respect and veneration with which the Angel Gabriel first hailed you, "Full of Grace" I wish most sincerely that they may become so many gems in the crown of your incidental glory, which will increase in brightness to the end of the world.

I beseech you, Oh! comfortress of the afflicted, by the joy you received, when the word was made flesh, to obtain for me the favours and graces, which I have now implored through your powerful intercession. For this end I offer you all the good works which have even been performed in your honour. I most humbly entreat you for the love of the amiable Heart of Jesus, with which yours was ever so inflamed, to hear my humble prayers and to obtain my requests.
- Amen.

This Novena prayer will be helpful to those helpless people when everything fails, and who wants speedy and visible answers to their agony.

Our lady of Pompei Novena

O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
Sweet chain which unites us to God,
Bond of love which unites us to the angels,
Tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell,
Safe port in our universal shipwreck,
We will never abandon you.
You will be our comfort in the hour of death:
Yours our final kiss as life ebbs away.
And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name,
O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei,
O dearest Mother,
O Refuge of Sinners,
O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted.
May you be everywhere blessed,
Today and always,
On earth and in heaven.

[Purpose of this Novena: That the choices we make in life, they reflect
the Gospel of life. For our families. For peace in our country and in the world

Infant Mary Novena

1st Day of Infant Mary

Introduction: 

We reflect on facing the FAMILY CRISIS. These nine days novena will focus on the importance of FAMILY in our daily life. We know that all our families undergo lot of problem because of work, sickness, old age, alcohol, problems of children and added tensions from neighbours, friends, and other family members. Hence, we need to pray to our Blessed Mother to help us to cope up with all these situations, so that our families become a dwelling place of joy, peace and happiness. Let us pray for this grace during this Eucharist.
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL 
? That families will strive to make their homes places where children can hear God calling them by name. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? That parents may realize their responsibility to be an example of faith for their children. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? For each of us, for our families and our friends, that we respond fully to the call of our baptism, and accept the grace to remain open to God's call to serve. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? That those who feel a call to and desire for priesthood or religious life may find the courage to say yes to what God asks of them. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? That young men and women will listen to the Spirit in their hearts and respond to the cry from deep within. Lord Hear Our Prayers
Let Us Pray: God our Father, help us to live a happy family life, in spite of our daily problems and tensions. Be with us through the intercession of Mary our Blessed Mother. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

2nd Day of Infant Mary

Introduction:
Today we reflect on life. Family is the Cradle of Life. In family life is formed and life grows and matures. When Mary heard from the Angel that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month "she went in haste". Both Mary and Elizabeth were to become mothers under amazing circumstances. Yet Mary put others before herself and went with eagerness to nurture life in Elizabeth, to lavish her loving care on her aged cousin. And Mary remained with her cousin Elizabeth for about three months during which time she was a vehicle of favours for both Elizabeth and her child John the Baptist. Her service sprang from genuine love and concern. Mary nurtured life in herself and helped others to live a happy life. Let us pray during this Holy Eucharist that we may try to make our families cradles of joyful life. 
Prayers of the Faithful: 
? That our families may respect life in all the forms. That parents be responsible towards children and to their concerns. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? We pray for the youth of our parish that they may understand the value of life and may not spoil the God given opportunities to understand the complex nature of life. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? We pray for all the mothers who carry life in their womb. They may experience peace, serenity and help the baby to grow in a spiritual and healthy way. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? For all the children in the world, especially those who are deprived of basic necessities of life, that they may be provided through the generosity of people. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? The world leaders may promote healthy programs for the benefit of human growth and conservation. Lord Hear Our Prayers
Let Us Pray:
God our loving Father, we thank you for the gift of life. Without you we are nothing and we cannot live a life that is meaningful. Help us always to remember that life comes from you and you alone have the power to take it back. Guide us in our daily life to respect and foster life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN. 

 

3rd Day of Infant Mary
Introduction:
Today we reflect on healthy Family Rituals. Rituals are traditional values and values that spring from the life of Christ and his teaching. We have wonderful rituals like prayer, praying before and after our meals, praying before our journey, seeking blessings from our parents, cultivating respect to the elders through meaningful gestures and venerating Mary and cultivating her devotion in our Families. Let us ask Mary to bless us with the grace to nurture these rituals and grow with mutual respect for one another and cultivate great love towards God and Mary.
Your Response: Lord Hear Our Prayers 
? We pray that we may cultivate true values and rituals in our families to keep all the members together in love and joy. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? Let us respect the traditions of our grandparents, and learn lessons from them for our own good and for the good of our Children. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? We pray for all the teachers and professors to encourage their students, to make best use of their gifts for the benefit of the society. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? Today in a very special way we pray for parents, so that they may not act in partiality towards their children. Let them obtain that wisdom to look after their children in an equal manner. Lord Hear Our Prayers
? Let us pray for our local, personal and parish needs, so that we all may contribute our share towards common good. Let us pray to the Lord.
 Priest Says Let Us Pray..
God our Loving Father, as we celebrate the third day Mother Mary, inspire us to cultivate our family values that strengthen us in our relationship with one another. Help us to respect our parents, grandparents, our uncles, aunts, children and our neighbours. Give us new spirit and enthusiasm to keep what is helpful and cast out all that is not helpful in fostering love, peace, joy and faithfulness. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN. 

4th Day of Infant Mary

Introduction:
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian Life" (LG 11),  which makes us "really share in the body of the Lord": in it "we are taken up into communion with him" (LG 7). That is where we realize Eucharist is praise. When we participate in the Eucharist, we experience prayer and praise. We know that Eucharist is the best form of prayer of praise, which carries a direct impact on us and in our relationship with God. It's a sacrifice that enables us to go beyond every imperfect way of our daily prayer and praise because we commune with God through the very life of Christ. Hence, we pray during this Eucharist that our life may become Eucharistic in every way.
Prayer of the Faithful:
1.     We pray for our Pope Benedict the 16th, for our Zonal Bishop Bosco Penha and all the Bishops of our Diocese, that they may work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God and may be enlightened by the Word of God. Your Response:
Holy Spirit Strengthen Us.
2.     Today we pray in a special way for the youth of our parish, that they may choose their future guided by the spirit of prayer, word of God and the Sacraments. Your Response:
3.     For our Children, in their weakness, solitude, and challenges, they may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and parents may give them true understanding of God's love. Your Response
4.     For all those who cannot overcome their weaknesses, that they may not be discouraged and disappointed, rather trusting in the grace of God, may continue to fight back against their mistakes. Your Response:
5.     We pray for all the terminally ill of our Parish, that they may surrender to God's will and deepen their love for the word of God. Your Response.
Let Us Pray:
God our Loving Father, you sent your Son Jesus to give us life, and this life in abundance. Give us the grace and power to transform our lives through the body and blood of your Son so that we live according to your will. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

5th Day of Infant Mary

Introduction:
We all need purification. The first part of the Eucharist is a short act of purification. We know through tradition and through Gospel narratives that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before he virtually celebrated the Eucharist. He knelt at the feet of the disciples and washed their feet. That was a prayer on the part of Jesus, a prayer of surrender in the presence of unworthy people, sinful people. That is the prayer of Jesus that had been a life for him, helping and cleansing all types of people in his life. He epitomised his life of service at the feet of his own disciples and invited all of them to imitate him so that people see them doing such service and recognized them as his disciples. Purification is necessary for every type of prayer without which true worship to God cannot be given. Hence, there is need for cleansing of our heart and mind before celebrating the core of prayer in the Eucharist. 
Prayer of the Faithful:
? We pray for all those who participate regularly in the Holy Eucharist, that they may not lose its importance as the purifying and healing Sacrament. Let Us Pray to the Lord> Lord Hear Our Prayer.
? That Eucharist may become truly a life giving source of strength to us. Let us Pray to the Lord
? That those who prepare themselves to receive this Sacrament may truly nurture in their lives the Gospel values. Let us pray to the Lord.
? When we come to Eucharist, we may be truly purified of all our sinfulness. Let us pray to the Lord.
? Help us to make our life truly centered on Eucharistic Spirituality. Let us Pray to the Lord.
Let us Pray:
God our loving Father, as you provided the Israelites with the eternal food from heaven in the desert in the form of manna, so give us true devotion to the Holy Eucharist, that we may be strengthened daily to work and accomplish your will in our life. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

6th Day of Infant Mary
Introduction:
Today we reflect on the SACRIFICIAL ELEMENT OF FAMILY LIFE. Family is the place where one needs to learn to sacrifice. Husband and wife, father and mother, grand parents, children, uncles, aunts, all must know to sacrifice each other’s life for the sake of building a healthy, happy, and joyful family. In the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, each one sacrificed for accomplishing God's will in their life. Mary sacrificed so much, so also Joseph to bring Jesus up in their family. Hence, today as we reflect on this theme, let us ask God to bless us with the spirit of sacrifice in our families. For this grace let us pray during this Holy Eucharist. 
Prayer of the Faithful:
Your Response: Lord, increase our Faith
1.      We pray for all those who have lost faith in God after long years of waiting to get blessings for their families. Your Response.
2.      Too many concerns in our life have made us lose faith in God. We have neglected prayer and other religious duties. Lord help us always to be conscious of our duties towards you in our families. Your Response.
3.      We pray for all the sick people in our families that they may have the courage and faith to wait for God's intervention in their life. Your Response.
4.      In this world of uncertainty and many theories we pray that our youth may be protected from false doctrines and teachings. Your Response.
5.      Let us pray for our local and parish needs, that we be true to our vocation, commitment and stay awake with the oil of faith in our hearts and live a committed life in our family. Your Response. 
Let Us Pray:
God our Father, help us to live a healthy family life, respecting our parents, loving our children, and taking care of the sick and the aged members in our families. Grant us the patience to live our commitment so that your will may be accomplished. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
7th Day of Infant Mary

Introduction:
In the Eucharist we celebrate the joy of sharing. It is a meal that gives us the joy of being in the presence of God. We are not only joined to Christ, whom we believe is present with his whole being under the symbols of bread and wine, but we believe that we are joined with all other Christians, with every member of the