Novena To Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Day 9
NOVENA PRAYER DAY 9
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.
PREPARATORY PRAYER(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
NINTH DAY MEDITATIONOur Lady of Perpetual Help assists Her devotees in Purgatory.
Will the exercise of Mary's mercy be limited, by chance, to the threshold of eternity or before the tribunal of Jesus Christ? O no! Remember that Her help is perpetual. With maternal solicitude, She continues working on our behalf until She sees us at Her side in glory. This compassionate Mother helps Her devotees not only in all the necessities of life and at death, but also in Purgatory. since the imprisoned souls need greater help, because they are more tormented and cannot be relieved by their own efforts, this Queen of mercy busies Herself with greater efficacy in helping them.
Above all, just hearing Her most holy name pronounced alleviates those unhappy prisoners. They are consoled on thinking that the help of their Mother is perpetual and that it extends, therefore, even to that horrifying prison. One day, Jesus told Her, as St. Bridget heard it: "Thou art My Mother, the Mother of mercy, the consolations of those who find themselves in Purgatory;" and the Blessed Virgin said to the aforementioned saint, that just as the words of consolation she addresses to a poor, sick, afflicted and abandoned one, on his bed of sorrow, delights him, so also were those souls consoled with just hearing her name. For Her dear children, this name is a great relief in that prison, for which they invoke it often. And the loving Mother, on hearing them invoke it, provides them Her maternal help, directs Her pleas to God with which many souls are helped and refreshed, as with heavenly dew, in their great sufferings.
Moreover, as sovereign Queen, She exercises in that prison Her dominion and the fullness of Her powers, not only to relieve, but also to free from their pains those holy prisoners. And in regard to relieving them, St. Bernadine of Siena, applying to the matter we are dealing with, those words of Ecclesiasticus, "I have walked in the waves of the seas, "says: "this is, visiting and helping in the necessities and pains of My devotees, who are My children. The pains of purgatory may be called waves, " adds the aforementioned saint, " that never pass; and they may be called waves of the sea, because they are very bitter pains."
Afflicted by those pains, the devotees of Mary are often visited and aided by Her. Mary Herself revealed to St. Bridget that She was the Mother of all the souls that are found in Purgatory, because all the pains they deserve for the offences they committed in life, in a certain manner, are mitigated, hour by hour, by Her pleas. the compassionate Mother does not disdain descending at times to that holy prison to visit and console Her afflicted children. How important is it, then, to dedicate oneself to the veneration of that kindest Queen, since Her devotees are not forgotten in the purifying flames of Purgatory!
But Mary not only consoles, aids and visits Her children in that prison of expiation, but also at times, She takes them away from there to carry them to Heaven. On the day of Her glorious assumption, one pious tradition holds, Purgatory was left vacant, because Mary had asked and obtained from Jesus Christ the privilege of taking with Her to glory all the souls that were then grieving in that place where fire purifies all stains. And it is a matter of faith that with Her plea and petitions She has the singular privilege of freeing as it pleases Her, the souls in Purgatory, and especially those of Her most devoted children. Be a sincere devotee of this tender Mother, therefore, so you, too, may feel the sweet effects of Her maternal help when you are in Purgatory. Even more: ask Her to grant you, before death, the grace of making an act of such perfect love that you may fly to Heaven without even passing through those purifying flames
Meditate and ask for what you wish to obtain from Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
JOYSAT THE END OF EACH PARAGRAPH SAY
Thou art Perpetual Help benign;
Hear, O Virgin pure,
Stained by guilt and sin
Free the careless soul
Wretched in this vale
If my virtue wanes
To Thy faithful child
Free my fickle heart
In the final clash
In purgatory's fire,
Grant me, Mother dear,
Come hasten to assist me
O Mother of Perpetual Help! Have mercy on the souls in Purgatory and especially those who were most devoted to Thee. Amen
Hear Mass and receive Communion in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for souls.
O Mother of Perpetual Help! O Thou Who does never abandon Thy children and help them perpetually in life, in death, and even in Purgatory itself, behold here at Thy feet a poor sinner who, filled with confidence, has recourse to Thee and gives himself to Thee. Many and great are the sins I have committed; I hope, O my Mother, that they have been forgiven; but i do not know if I have done for them the penance due, and it is likely that I may have to continue expiating them in Purgatory. Ah, if such would be my lot, do not cease to visit me in that terrible prison; console me then and alleviate my pains. Finally, be my perpetual help until you see me in Heaven, praising Thee and singing of Thy mercies for all eternity. Amen.
Austria 1876: A God-fearing woman had a son of very bad character and with very bad habits. To maternal advice he was apt to reply: "I know what I must do." One day the mother, filled with confidence, made a pilgrimage to Catzelsdodrf, some four league distant, by a laborious road, to a sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. As soon as she arrived before the altar of the Virgin she knelt down and prayed a long time, begging with abundant tears for the conversion of her son. Meanwhile, her son, who remained at home, began to feel a sudden change of heart, together with a great confidence in Her Who is the Refuge of sinners.
The good mother returned to her home, related what she had seen and heard, and spoke of her emotion in the presence of the holy image. The prodigal son, on hearing this, could not resist grace and made a resolution to make that same pilgrimage as soon as possible. He did it alone and without his mother's knowing of it. Our Lady finished what she had begun, granting to that unfortunate one, as a reward for that act of virtue, the grace of a sincere contrition and of a good confession. Reconciled with his God, he received communion and returned home. It was his luck that he had not been deaf to the voice of God, for a little later he was a victim in a sad accident and died suddenly. His poor mother was ignorant of this conversion. How great, then, was her bitter and inconsolable sorrow, believing her son had died in the sins of his past. She could do nothing but weep day and night.
But She Who had saved the sinner, did not leave the pious mother without consolation. One night she saw her son in her dreams. He was in Purgatory and from the midst of the flames he extended his arms, crying" "My mother, my mother, I am not condemned, but I suffer horribly in this place. Go, I beg you, on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Catzelsdorf!"
As soon as she awoke, the poor woman, without concerning herself with her duties, went to the Church mentioned.
Prostrate at the feet of the Virgin, after having received Holy Communion, she prayed fervently for her dead son. And then she learned from his confessor: what she has being ignorant of: that a few days before, her son, too, had come to pray before the protective image and had not returned to his house without having reconciled himself with God and prepared himself for death.
On hearing such happy news, her grief was transformed into pure joy. Praising and blessing the merciful Mother, she went to relate everywhere the wonders worked by Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
May the virgin tof 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(Optional)
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. Amen
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP FOR A SPIRITUAL NEED(Optional)
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(Optional)
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. amenAmen
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