The miraculous icon of Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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tHE PERPETUAL NOVENA TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP

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hymn: IMMACULATE MOTHER

Immaculate Mother; We join you and call; On God our dear Father; The Lord of us all

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria; Ave, Ave, Ave Maria 

In God’s Holy Spirit Your Children are we; Inspire us, our Model; Good Christians to be.

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria; Ave, Ave, Ave Maria

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, + AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.

Leader: My Brothers and Sisters, we are gathered together before the picture of our Mother of Perpetual Help, to praise and thank God our Father for the blessings he has given us through her intercession. Let us ask her to pray for us.

Leader: Please kneel for the Novena Prayer

Mother of Perpetual Help look on us your children. We are proud to be your children and happy to call you our mother. We are not all we ought to be so we come to you our mother. You are always ready to accept us as we are, to encourage us to do better, in spite of temptations and weaknesses.

As we look at your picture, we remember your life on earth. You had many crosses and trials but you knew how to face them. You had faith and trust in God. You relied on his loving, fatherly goodness. Help us to be like you. We too have our trials and troubles. We are often worried and confused. Give us courage. Strengthen our faith.

Help us to make one more effort when we are inclined to despair. As you stood at the foot of the cross, you found it hard to see how God could allow his Son to suffer such agony. Yet you never lost faith. Help us to learn from your example to face our trials with confidence and trust in God.

Sometimes loving mother, we are so worried about our own problems, we forget about God and the needs of others. We want to be like you. You forgot about yourself and your own problems when you saw others in need. Help us to remember that the troubles and sorrows of others are sometimes greater than our own.

So, Mother Mary, while we pray with you for our own special intention we include those of all your children in need: the sick and the dying, the lonely and the broken hearted, the poor and the oppressed, in a word all who need your perpetual help. Amen.

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LITANY OF PETITIONS

Leader: Our Mother of Perpetual Help, your children call on you.

Response: MOTHER EVER HELP US.

That you may ever be our inspiration…

That we may have courage to face up to all our difficulties…

That we may see meaning in the joys and sorrows of life…

 That our trust in God may help others too…

PERSONAL:

When faced with difficult decisions…

When asked to make a sacrifice for the sake of others…

When put to shame in front of others…

When hurt and tempted to take revenge…

FAMILY:

In times of sickness in the home…

In worries about our financial difficulties…

In misunderstanding with those we love…

In helping young people to become self-reliant and responsible…

That many may respond to God’s call to the priesthood and the religious life…

In choosing our entertainment and recreation…

EDUCATION:

That parents may learn to adapt to their growing children…

That students may show appreciation to those who sacrifice for their education…

That we may not resort to drugs or drink as an escape from life…

SOCIETY:

That we may always be honest in the struggle to earn our livelihood…

That we may not be driven by greed for power and wealth…

That we may always take pride in doing our work well…

That workers may be justly rewarded for their labor…

That we may never take unfair advantage of others by usury or fraud…

That we may never interfere with justice by bribery or perjury…

That we may never lose sight of the beauty of our country and the goodness of our people…

That we may do everything in our power to bring about justice, peace and progress in our land.

Come and join in making Her known throughout the world so that Her Son, Jesus will be made known

(special prayers for current issues – COVID-19 PANDEMIC)

That all those who have been infected by the dreadful virus Covid-19 will be restored to health…

That all the medical practitioners and other front-liners who are now fighting against the deadly virus will be protected and stay healthy in both mind and body…

That our government leaders will do their best to serve the country and its people through their wise decisions and concrete plans that respond to the need of those who are especially vulnerable such as the poor, the homeless, children and elderly…

That all of us may hold on to hope and trust in God who shall deliver, protect and heal us from this health and economic crisis…

That we may show true charity to our neighbors by following the guidelines set by our government and church leaders in order to stop the spread of the virus…

That we may express our concern to those who are most in need by sharing our resources of food and medical supplies…

That may all of us will grow in faith, hope and charity as we face this global crisis today…

FINAL:

That we may never be so proud as to think we can do without God or religion…

When seriously ill and we realize that death is near…

When our loved ones are called home to their heavenly Father…

When we pray that our dear departed may share in the full joy of Christ’s resurrection…

And now in silence let us pray for our special intentions…

(pause)

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Leader: All together, please.

Holy Mary, you always help those in need, you cheer those who weep, you encourage those who have lost hope and help them lead good Christian lives. Join with us now as we ask our Father for guidance.

Leader:  Let us pray.

Lord God, it is your will that we come together today to honor Mary as a Mother ever ready to help us. May we who implore her motherly help benefit by the great gift of salvation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Petitions and Thanksgivings letter will be read)

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Leader:  All please stand.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

Leader:  Let us now ask our Mother of Perpetual Help for the favors that we and others received through her intercession.

O Mother of Perpetual Help, with grateful hearts we join you in thanking God for all the wonderful things He has done for us, especially for having given us Jesus your Son as our Redeemer.

O God our Creator, we thank you for the gift of life and all the gifts of nature: our senses and faculties, our talents and abilities. We thank you for creating us in your image and likeness and for giving us this earth to use and develop, to respect and cherish. Despite our failures you continue to show your love for us today by increasing the life of your spirit in us.

Finally, we thank you loving Father for giving us Mary the Mother of your Son to be our Mother of Perpetual Help. We are grateful for all the favors we have received through her intercession. We pray that those past favors may inspire us to greater confidence in your loving mercy and to seek the aid of our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Amen.

The Eucharist will now follow. Let us sing our Entrance Hymn.

HYMN: HAIL MARY

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.

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Make Her known, throughout the world.”

Pope Pius IX


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