Novena Perpetual Help

L. Please stand for the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

 

  • IMMACULATE MOTHER (Sung)

Immaculate Mother,

To You do we plead

To ask God our Father

For help in our need.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria  (2x)

We pray for our country,

The land of our birth;

We pray for all nations

That peace be on earth

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria  (2x)

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

  • OPENING PRAYER

L. Brothers and sisters, as children of our Blessed Mother, we are gathered before Her miraculous picture to honour Her and to pray for all our needs. Unworthy children that we are, let us first of all ask God’s mercy and pardon.

A. Merciful Father, You sent Your Divine Son to redeem us by His death and resurrection and to give us new life. By this You make us Your children to love one another in Christ.  How many times in the past we have forgotten this sublime dignity.  We have sinned against our brothers and sisters; we have offended You.  Merciful Father, forgive us.  Repenting sincerely of our sins we ask Your mercy; may we always live as Your truly devoted children.

 

  • MARY IMMACULATE, STAR OF THE MORNING (Sung)

Mary Immaculate, star of the morning,

Chosen before the creation began,

Destined to bring, through the light of Your dawning,

Conquest of Satan and rescue to men.

 

Refrain:

Bend from Your throne at the voice of our crying.

Look to this earth where Your footsteps have trod

Stretch out Your arms to us, living and dying,

Mary Immaculate, Mother of God.

 

We sinners honour Your sinless perfection:

Fallen and weak, for God’s mercy we plead.

Grant us the shield of Your mighty protection.

Measure Your aid by the depth of our need.

 

(Repeat Refrain)

 

  • NOVENA PRAYER

L. Please kneel for our Novena Prayer. All together please.

A. Dear Mother of Perpetual Help, from the cross Jesus gave You to us for our Mother. You are the kindest the most loving of all mothers.  Look tenderly on us Your children as we now ask You to help us in all our needs, especially this one . . . . . (pause to recall your petitions).  While You were on earth, dear Mother, You willingly shared in the sufferings of Your Son.  Strengthened by Your faith and confidence in the fatherly love of God You accepted the mysterious designs of His Will.

 

We, too, have our crosses and trials.  Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground.  Dearest Mother, share with us Your abundant faith and confidence in God.  Make us aware that God never ceases to love us; that He answers all our prayers in the way that is best for us.  Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross in the footsteps of Your Divine Son.  Help us to realize that He who shares the cross of Christ will certainly share His resurrection.

 

Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems, let us not forget the needs of others.  You always loved others so much; help us to do the same.  While praying for our own intentions and for the intentions of all here present at this Novena we earnestly ask You, our Mother, to help us comfort the sick and the dying, give hope to the poor and the unemployed, heal the brokenhearted, lighten the burden of the oppressed, teach justice to their oppressors, and bring back to God all those who have offended Him.

 

Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin which separates us from our heavenly Father, and from one another.  Full of trust in You, we place ourselves under the mantle of Your maternal protection, and confidently hope for Your powerful help.  Amen.

 

 

  • PRAYER FOR THE HOME

L. Prayer for the Home. All together please.

A. Mother of Perpetual Help, we choose You as Queen of our homes. We ask You to bless all our families with Your tender motherly love.  May the Sacrament of Marriage bind husbands and wives so closely together that they will always be faithful to each other and love one another as Christ loves His Church.

 

We ask You to bless all parents.  May they love and cherish the children whom God has entrusted to them.  May they always give them the example of a truly Christian life.  Help them to bring up their children in the love and fear of God.  Bless all children that they may love, honor and obey their fathers and mothers.  To Your loving care, we especially entrust the youth of today.

 

Give us all a sense of responsibility that we may do our part in making our home a haven of peace like Your own home at Nazareth.  We take You as our model.  Help us to grow daily in genuine love of God and neighbor so that justice and peace may happily reign in the entire family of mankind.  Amen.

 

  • PETITIONS TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP

 

*   Pray for us.

 

L. Holy Mary . . . . . *

    Holy Virgin, conceived without sin . . . . .   *

   Our Mother of Perpetual Help . . . . .   *

 

**   Loving Mother help us.

 

L. We sinners call to You . . . . . **

 

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Seasonal:

(Advent)   That we may prepare like You for the coming of Christ . . . . .  

**

(Christmas)   That we may give our hearts completely to Christ, this

Christmas  . . . . .   **

(Lent)   That we may be faithful to the promises we made at Baptism

 . . . . .   **

(Easter)   That we may rejoice with You at Christ’s victory over sin and

death  . . . . .   **

 

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That we may be filled with the Holy Spirit and become courageous

witnesses of Christ’s love for men . . . . .   **

That we may be more and more like our Divine Lord, as You were . . . .

**

That we may be meek and humble of heart like Your Son, Jesus . . . . .  

**

That we may fear losing God’s friendship forever by unrepented sin . . .

. .   **

That we may seek Christ’s mercy and forgiveness constantly in the

Sacrament of Penance . . . . .   **

That we may be aware of God speaking to us in the events of daily life

. . . . .   **

That we may pray daily with love and trust, especially in moments of 

temptation . . . . .   **

 

That we may realize the value of worshipping God together in the

Eucharist . . . . .   **

That we may grow in the love of Christ and neighbor by frequent

Communion. . . . .   **

That we may reverence our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit . . . . .  

**

That we may strive to be true Christians by our loving concern for

others . . . . .   **

That we may proclaim the dignity of work by doing our own work 

conscientiously . . . . .   **

That we may forgive from our heart those who have wronged us  . . . .

**

That we may see the evil of seeking our own interest at the expense of

others . . . . .   **

That we may work for the just distribution of this world’s goods . . . . .  

**

That we may share our talents with others for the good of the

community . . . . .   **

That we may accept our responsibility in the community in a spirit of

genuine service . . . . .   **

To pray that the Holy Spirit may guide and strengthen Pope (N.), the

Bishops and the clergy . . . . .   **

That we may be blessed with an increase of priestly and religious

vocations . . . . .   **

That we may bring the knowledge and love of Christ to those who do

not know Him . . . . .   **

That we may be aware of our dependence on God in the midst of

human achievements . . . . .   **

That we may be ready at death to enter the home of our heavenly

Father . . . . .   **

That we may die at peace with Christ and our fellowmen . . . . .   **

That we may be comforted at the death of our dear ones by our hope

in the risen Lord . . . . .   **

To pray that our departed brothers and sisters quickly share in Your

Son’s resurrection . . . . .   **

 

Let us pray in silence for our own intentions . . . . .   (pause).

 A. Holy Mary, help us in our needs, pray for all the people of God; may all experience Your perpetual help.

 L. Lord, You gave us Mary to be our Mother ever ready to help us; grant us the grace to have recourse to Her in all our needs.

 A. Amen.

 

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  • CONSECRATION (To be recited every 1st Wednesday of the month only)

A. Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, You are also our Mother of Perpetual Help. With hearts full of love for You, we consecrate ourselves to Your Immaculate Heart so that we may be Your devoted children.  Obtain for us true sorrow for our sins and fidelity to the promises of our Baptism.

 

We consecrate our minds and hearts to You that we may always do the Will of our heavenly Father.  We consecrate our lives to You that we may love God better and live not for ourselves but for Christ, Your Son, and that we may see Him and serve Him in others.

 

By this humble act of consecration, dear Mother of Perpetual Help, we pledge to model our lives on You, the perfect Christian, so that consecrated to You in life and in death, we may belong to Your Divine Son for all eternity.  Amen.

 

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L. Please stand.

 

  • MOTHER OF CHRIST (Sung)

 

Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ

What shall I ask of Thee?

I do not sigh for the wealth of earth

For the joys that fade and flee.

 

But, Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ

This do I long to see.

The bliss untold which Your arms enfold

The treasure upon Your knee.

 

Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ

I toll on a stormy sea.

Oh, lift Your Child as a beacon light

To the port where I fain would be

 

And Mother of Christ, Mother of Christ

This do I ask of Thee.

When the voyage is o’er, O stand on the shore

And show Him at last to me.

 

  • THANKSGIVING PRAYER

L. Please kneel for our Thanksgiving Prayer. All together please.

A. Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Most Blessed Eucharist, we adore You. It has pleased the Father that in You all His fullness should dwell and that through You He should reconcile all things to Himself.  Grant us the grace to be truly grateful for all that our Father has done for us.  Grant that we may be truly sorry for our sins and do penance for them.

 

Through You, we thank the Eternal Father for the gift of life.  He has created all the wonderful things of this world for us.  May we learn to use them well so that through them we may grow in love for Him.

 

Above all, we thank our Father for sending You to us as the greatest expression of His love to save us and all creation by Your death and resurrection.

 

We thank You, Lord, for giving us Your own Mother to be our Mother of Perpetual help.  May the countless favours we have received through Her intercession, and especially through the Novena inspire us to greater confidence in God’s loving mercy and Her perpetual help.  Grant that we may always do the holy Will of God and persevere in His love.

 

To the Most Holy Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be honour, glory and thanksgiving forever and ever.  Amen.

 

  • PRAYER FOR THE SICK

L. Prayer for the Sick. All together please.

A. Lord Jesus Christ, You bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows in order to show us clearly the value of human weakness and patience; graciously hear our prayers for the sick. Grant that those who are weighed down with pain and other afflictions of illness may realize that they are among the chosen ones whom You call blessed.  Help them to understand that they are united with You in Your sufferings for the salvation of the world. 

 

L. Please stand.

 

  • HAIL MARY (Sung)

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with You; blessed are You among women, and blessed is the fruit of Your womb Jesus.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

 

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.