" The Blessed Mother has appeared to me and told me to become a missionary. "
Bl Francis Xavier Seelos C.Ss.R
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Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena...

Although the devotion to our icon dates back over many hundreds of years, the Perpetual Novena Devotions were the brainchild of an American Redemptorist in the middle of last century.

In recent times the custom of preparing for the feast on the 27th June with nine days of prayer has become a feature of the life of many Redemptorist churches.

Literally thousands of people will be attending the Novena in different places. Did you know that in Singapore the underground station and the district it serves is actually called "Novena", says something about the success of the devotions there?

Around Britain the novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is being held in Perth, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. (To name but a few!)

 

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To get the prayers you need for the novena, you'll have to read on...

 

NOVENA PRAYER

 

O Mother of Perpetual Help, with great confidence we come before your holy icon to be inspired by the example of your life.

We think of you at that moment, when, full of faith and trust, you accepted God's call to be the mother of his Son.

Help us your children, to accept with joy our calling in life.

 

When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need, you immediately went to serve her and offer your help.

Make us, like you, to be concerned for others.

 

We think of you, Mother, at the foot of the cross.

Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony.

But your joy was great when he rose from the dead, victorious over the power of evil.

 

Mother of Sorrows, help us through our trials and disappointments.

Help us not to lose heart.

May we share with you and your Son the joy of having courageously faced up to all the challenges of life.

AMEN

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

O God, our Creator, we thank you for the gift of life and all the gifts of nature;

our senses, our faculties, our talents and our 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 within us at the Eucharistic table.

 

Finally Father, we thank you for giving us Mary, the Mother of your Son, to be our Mother of Perpetual Help, and for all the wonderful things you have done for us, especially for giving us your Son, Jesus, to be our Redeemer.

 

We are grateful for all the favours we have received through Mary's intercession. We pray that those past favours may inspire us to greater confidence in your loving mercy and in seeking the aid of our Mother of Perpetual Help.

 

AMEN