As many of you know, I am trying to carry on the tradition of the Saturday devotion to the Blessed Mother. Today I am posting a Novena in preparation for the Solemnity of the Assumption.
As Catholics, we believe Our Lady, after her death, was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven. This is not to be confused with Christ’s Ascension. Christ Ascended into Heaven by his own power; Our Lady was Assumed – was “lifted up” – into Heaven by the grace of God and not by her own power. The Assumption is completely reasonable. Would Christ, Who received His flesh and blood in the Immaculate Womb of Our Lady, allow her body to decay after death?
A Novena to the Blessed Mother
O Most Holy Virgin, who wast chosen by the adorable Trinity from all eternity to be the most pure Mother of Jesus, permit me, thy humble and devoted client, to remind thee of the joy thou didst receive in the instant of the most sacred Incarnation of our Divine Lord, and during the nine months thou didst carry Him in thy chaste womb. I wish most sincerely that I could renew, or even increase that joy, by the fervor of my prayers. O tender Mother of the afflicted, grant me, under my present necessities, that peculiar protection thou hast promised to those who devoutly commemorate this ineffable joy. Relying on the infinite mercies of thy Divine Son; trusting in that promise which He has made, that those who ask should receive; and penetrated with confidence in thy powerful prayers; I most humbly entreat thee to intercede for me, and to obtain for me the favors which I petition for in this Novena, if it be the holy will of God to grant them; and if not, 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 thy honor, to prove the lively confidence I have in thy intercession. Accept it, I beseech thee, in honor of that supernatural love and joy with which thy sacred heart was replenished during the abode of thy dear Son in thy womb; in veneration of which, I offer thee the sentiments of my heart, and these nine Hail Marys.
Repeat the Hail Marys nine times, and say the following.
O Mother of God! accept these salutations, in union with the respect and veneration with which the Angel Gabriel first hailed thee full of grace. I wish most sincerely that they may become so many gems in the crown of thy accidental glory, which will increase in brightness to the end of the world. I beseech thee, O comfortress of the afflicted! by the joy thou didst receive in the nine months of thy pregnancy, to obtain for me the grant of the favors which I have now implored through thy powerful intercession. For this end, I offer thee all of the good works which have ever been performed in thy honor. I most humbly entreat thee, for the love of the amiable Heart of Jesus, with which thine was ever so enflamed, to hear my humble prayers, and to obtain my requests. Amen.
(Taken from my Grandmother’s Bride’s Manual Rev. J M. Lelen, Ph. D. 1942)
Thank you for praying this novena with me. On August 15th, please attend the Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at 10 A.M. For more information on the Shrine, please visit http://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/
If you are unable to attend mass at the Shrine, please attend the Mass at the Basilica of Holy Hill at 11 A.M. For more information about the Basilica, please visit https://holyhill.com Where ever you are ATTEND HOLY MASS. HONOR YOUR MOTHER!