Novena To Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Day 6
NOVENA PRAYER DAY 6
ACT OF CONTRITION
My Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, my father and redeemer, behold at Thy feet a poor sinner who has so grievously afflicted Thy loving Heart. O lovable Jesus, how could i have offended thee and filled with bitterness that Heart that love me so and that has spared no effort to attain my love? How great has been my in gratitude! But, O my saviour, be consoled, be consoled, I say to thee; now i find myself repentant, such grief i feel for the afflictions i have caused thee, that i would like to die of poor sorrow and contrition. O my Jesus! who could have make me weep for sin as Thou hast wept for them in Thy mortal life! My soul is oppressed for having offended Thee. Eternal father, in satisfaction for my offences I offer Thee the affliction and sorrow the Heart of Thy Divine Son has felt for them. And Thou, O Loving Jesus! give me such a horror for sin that from now on it may make me avoid even the most trifling of faults. Depart from my heart, earthly affections; I do not want to love anything now but my most bountiful Redeemer. O my Jesus, help me, strengthen me, and pardon me.
My Mother of perpetual help, intercede for me and obtain for me the pardon of my sins.
(To be said everyday)
O Most Blessed Virgin Mary! Who to inspire us with boundless confidence has been pleased to take the sweet name of Mother of Perpetual help, I implore Thee to come to my aid always and everywhere, in my temptations, after my falls, in my difficulties, in all the miseries of life, and above all, at the hour of my death. Give me, O loving Mother, the desire, nay more, the habit always to have recourse to Thee, for i feel assured that if i am faithful in invoking Thee, Thou will be faithful in coming to my assistance. Obtain for me, then, this grace of graces, the grace to pray to Thee without ceasing, and with childlike trust, that, by means of my constant plea, I may ensure Thy Perpetual Help and final perseverance. Bless me, O tender and solicitous Mother, pray for me now and at the hour of my death. Amen
SIXTH DAY MEDITATION
Our Lady of Perpetual Help sustains Her devotees in the practice of virtues.
If it were sufficient to avoid sin in order to be agreeable in everything to the Lord, the benign office of our Mother would stop at this; for this alone She would provide Her Perpetual Help. But God is not content without being offended; He requires positive service; He wants us to be perfect: "Be perfect as your Heavenly father is perfect." and truly, He wants us to dedicate ourselves to the practice of these Christian virtues. But how many difficulties are encountered on the path that leads to the holy mountain of perfection! It seem that good, solely because it is good, is now contrary to our corrupt nature. Just soul who have consecrated yourselves to the practice of piety, have you not found it so? O! how arid and sterile is our heart, how incapable of producing any fruit worthy of Life eternal, if the Heavenly waters of grace do not fall to fertilize it! When a soul truly wishes to sanctify itself, it renounces itself, advancing each day in perfection, experiencing what the author of the "Imitation of Christ" says: "that sanctification is not a child's play, nor the work of one day;" then it feels the need of perpetual and powerful help, of continual assistance. Ah, and this perpetual help, perchance do we have it? Why do we withdraw? Why turn back in the face of difficulty? Do we not have Our Lady of Perpetual Help to protect us? Take courage, generous souls; your mother will help you. Do you not see that She presents you to the Infant Jesus? And why, except to incite us to the practice of virtue? The knowledge alone that his king is watching him gives courage to the warrior in combat. Thus, when good is made difficult for us, When we are about to weaken, let us fix our glance on the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The sight of the adorable Infant Who one day must reward us, encourage us, and we will have the courage to practise the most heroic virtues.
Children of Mary, would you like to be truly virtuous, but always find in your interior that reserve of self-love that poisons your good works? Invoke Our Lady of Perpetual Help and in a little while your spirit, like Hers, will seek nothing but the good pleasure and glory of God. Are you the target of continuous contradictions? Do you lack patience? Invoke Our Lady of Perpetual Help frequently and you will be meek and humble of heart. Is it your desire to live detached from all disordered affections for creatures but that miserable heart always take delight in the vanities of this world? Invoke Our Lady of Perpetual Help and you will grasp the vanity of everything created. The white lily of chastity has enamoured you -- do you want to preserve it immaculate or acquire it again, if through misfortune you lost? Invoke Our Lady of Perpetual Help and soon you will be singing within yourself to Him Who grazes among the lilies. "As the lilies among thorns, so is my beloved among the daughters." Faith, hope and charity, queen of virtues, wish to place their Thorne in your heart? Who will grant you that favour but the the Virgin Who bears on her forehead the star of faith and the cross that is all our hope, and in Her arms, the love of the Divine Jesus? The wound of an insult received does not want to heal in your heart? Invoke Our Lady of Perpetual Help and you will succeed in doing good to those who offended you. Finally, are you in the flower of your age? Does the choice of a way of life concern you? Pray to Her like other souls whom She has helped, enlightening them about the vanities of the world and enkindling in them the love of their God, to the point of their abandoning everything and consecrating themselves to the lord, by means of the sacred vows of religion. And finally if you have chosen your vocation and wish to work out your sanctification in the world, make yourself a devotee of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and you will attain it.
O with what speed those who consecrate themselves to the veneration of Our Lady advance on the part of perfection! That precious devotion seems to give them wings to fly to the heights of sanctity; let the priests who have inculcated it in their penitent speak about it. O! only in Heaven will it be known how many souls have reached perfection through that so easy means. Dedicate yourselves, then, pious souls, from now on, to the service of that gracious Mother and one day you will be Her crown in glory.
Meditate and ask for what you wish to obtain from Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
AT THE END OF EACH PARAGRAPH SAY
" Come hasten to assist me
O Mother sweet and kind!"
Thou art Perpetual Help benign;
Come, therefore, I implore Thee:
Come hasten to assist me.
O Mother sweet and kind!
Hear, O Virgin pure,
Our fervent prayers of love
That fly to Thee above
On Thine exalted Throne.
Stained by guilt and sin
I bow my head and cry;
And at Thy feet I sigh
for clemency and love.
Free the careless soul
From it tepid ways,
And set the soul ablaze
with fervour in devotion
Wretched in this vale
Of pain and tribulation,
For heavenly consolation
I humbly beg of Thee.
If my virtue wanes
When tempests howl and roar,
My energies restore
Beloved Morning Star.
To Thy faithful child
And toward virtue guide
His weak unsteady step.
Free my fickle heart
from all its lassitude,
And grant it fortitude
To lead a sinless life.
In the final clash
With death in all its fright,
How great my soul's delight
If then i can exclaim:
In purgatory's fire,
Dear Mother, please be sweet;
Great Lady, I entreat,
Alleviate my pains.
Grant me, Mother dear,
As fond farewell to Thee,
To sing eternally
With love and praise to Thee:
Come hasten to assist me
O Mother sweet and kind!
O Mother of Perpetual Help, I want to be a faithful imitator of Thy virtues; help me in such a noble undertaking.
Recite the Holy Rosary in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to obtain the
gift of never weakening in the practise of virtue.
O my Mother of Perpetual Help! How is it possible that, with Thy being so holy, I must be so wicked? Today I do not come to ask temporal good of Thee, but things more pleasing to Thy Heart. Thou art most humble; attain for me, then, humility and love for contempt. Thou, Who was most patient in the afflictions of life, obtain for me patience in adversities. Thou, Who lived always withdrawn from everything created, obtain for me detachment from all creatures. Thou, who was always pure and spotless, attain for me a perfect purity of heart. Thou, Who was filled with love for God, attain for me gift of holy of holy and pure love. Thou, Who was all charity for Thy neighbour, grant that I may have a holy and efficacious love for my brothers. Thou, Who was always united to the will of God, obtain the same grace for me, above all in my choice of a state of life, and a complete conformity with all the disposition of Divine Providence. In a word; O Most holy of creatures, make me a saint! These are the graces I beg of Thee. Do not let me weaken in the practice of virtue, O Mary my Mother, my love, my life, my refuge, my consolation, my Perpetual Help. Amen.
Interior afflictions were tormenting a woman of Finales, to the extent that she was suffering grave harm in her peace and in her health. Having heard, in 1873, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and of the numerous graces She lavished, she took several little images, and made, with the consent of her father, a vow to go to Rome for a visit to the sanctuary of Our Lady, if she recovered tranquillity in her soul. The Blessed Virgin heard her. Hardly had she formulated her vow when she felt herself free of her interior sufferings, and, together with peace, her strength returned, sleep, appetite, and in a word, health of soul and body.
May Our Lady Of Perpetual Help be loved, praised, invoked and eternally blessed! May she be my hope, my love, my Mother, My refuge and my life. Amen.
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CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
Mother of perpetual help, today I freely and consciously dedicate my body, my soul and my spirit to Your Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May two hearts of love protect my life and my soul from the attacks of the devil and the fire of hell.
My Queen and my Mother, before Your throne of mercy, I come for help and intercession. I beg for mercy and healing touch upon me and those that are sick, especially those that are terminally ill. Mother of mercy present all those that are sick before your Son; our lord Jesus Christ, who is the greatest physician; for miraculous cure and wholeness. Uproot every infirmity in our lives and grant us divine healing.
Mother of perpetual help, intercede for me now and always, be my constant and sure aid in times of need, trouble or affliction. Help me to always serve, love and obey your Son; my lord Jesus Christ. lead me by the hand in this life that I live, that I may not stray from the path of life, but live according to the will of God, in order to have a blessed life here on Earth and to rejoice also in the afterlife.
I commit to You today my life. I pray that You sustain and increase all sources of my joy and happiness and remove every form of discomfort and pain which is not of God in my life. Give me the grace to serve and please God that He may bless, favour and guard me in all that I do.
I pray for the grace to always be your devotee and to always call on you in my daily life. I consecrate my family to you, asking you to always intercede on our behalf in every moment and at all time and I ask you to preserve our soul and lead us to your son; our Lord Jesus Christ.
I give you my whole life and my entire being asking you to take strict possession of me from now hence forth as your property. I also consecrate today, all members of my family wherever they are, asking you to take over their entire lives.
Mother of perpetual help, I give you my heart and my soul. Preserve them in love and for the love of Your Son my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Make my heart fear God and desist from displeasing and hurting God as long as I live. Give me the grace to love Him truly with all my heart, my mind and my strength and my neighbour as myself. Mother, preserve me in my earthly journey so that I can attain salvation at the end of my life, there to rejoice forever with you and the heavenly host.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP FOR A SPIRITUAL NEED
Oh mother of perpetual help, with a great confidence, i come before you today, in order to invoke your unfailing aid. You have seen the wounds which my lord and master has taken upon Himself to receive for my soul. You have seen the precious blood of your adorable son flowing for my salvation, you oh Mother know how much your Son; our lord Jesus Christ desire so much to save me. Behold, i cast myself at your feet, and ask you to obtain for me the grace I stand so much in need of. O mary my queen and mother, o most loving of all mothers, obtain from me from Jesus, the source of all good things, these grace here (mention your intention). My mother of perpetual help, you desire my salvation far more than i myself: our lord has
given you to me for my mother; you yourself has chosen to be called mother of perpetual help. I trust not in my merit, but in your powerful intercession; i trust in your goodness and mercy; I trust in your powerful motherly love. Mother of perpetual help, for the love of your son Jesus, our Redeemer, for the love of my soul, grant me what I humbly ask of you.
CONSECRATION OF FAMILY TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Most Holy Virgin Mother of Perpetual Help with great respect and love I thank you. Most humble and precious mother, I kneel before you to consecrate to you in a special manner my home and everybody and everything in it. I take you most loving, as the mother of my family. Queen of heaven, make us worthy to become your favours children. Hold us under your protection. Protect us from sin and sinful occasions, and teach us to love Jesus your most holy child. I thank you most holy mother for your maternal protection, and numerous graces we have received through your powerful intercession. Grant that all who live may always invoke your good name for your name o mother is help in life and salvation in death. O Mother of Perpetual Help, bless and my household, pour your blessings on us, bless all those who think about you. So that we may contribute to you are family, may imitate you in love, humility, chastity and resignation to the will of God, so that if we serve you worthily in this world, we may praise you and thank you forever in the world to come. amen