Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dear Vincentians:

The U.S. Bishops have asked American Catholics to participate in a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Haiti beginning on the anniversary of the earthquake, January 12th, and ending on January 20th.

Please see the following link for more information:

Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Guadalupe is strictly the name of a picture, but was extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around. The picture really constitutes Guadalupe representing the Immaculate Conception, being the lone figure of the woman with the sun, moon, and star accompaniments of the great apocalyptic sign, and in addition a supporting angel under the crescent.


On Saturday, December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Juan Diego on his way down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City. The Blessed Virgin told Juan Diego to go to Bishop Zumárraga to ask him to build a church for her where she appeared. The bishop asked Juan to ask the Lady for a sign.

On December 12 on his way to the convent to get a priest for his uncle who was dying, the Blessed Virgin who called herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe appeared again. Juan Diego told the Virgin about his uncle whom she instantly cured. Juan Diego told the Blessed Virgin that the bishop asked for a sign. She told him to go up to the rocks and gather roses. He found the roses where the Blessed Virgin said and he gathered them on to his long cactus-fiber cloak called tilma.

The Holy Mother rearranged the roses. She told him not to touch them and to go back to the bishop. Upon arriving Juan showed Zumárraga the roses. As he unfolded his cloak the roses fell out. The bishop and his attendants knelt before him. On his tilma the life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as he had described her, was glowing!

A great mural decoration in the renovated basilica commemorates the scene. The image was venerated, guarded in the bishop's chapel. The Our Lady of Guadalupe is the national patron of the Americas and the feast day is December 12.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frederic,

Joseph D. Flannigan

National President
National Council of the United States Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

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