Novena in Honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary

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Almighty Father, we offer this Novena to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She occupies a place in the Church which is highest after Christ and yet very close to us, for You chose her to give to the world that very Life which renews all things, Jesus Christ Your Son and Our Lord.

And so we praise you Mary, virgin and mother.  After the Savior Himself, you alone are all holy, free from all stain of sin, gifted by God from the first instant of your conception with a unique holiness.

We praise and honor you.

Mary, free from all sin and led by the Holy Spirit, you embraced Godís saving will with a heart filled with love, and devoted yourself totally as a handmaid of the Lord to the fulfillment of His will in your life, and to the mystery of manís redemption.

We thank you and love you.

Mary, your privileged and grace-filled life is the Fatherís final step in preparing humanity to receive its Redeemer in his humanity.  Your fullness of grace is the Fatherís sign of His favor to the Church and also His promise to the Church of its perfection as the Bride of Christ, radiant in beauty.  Your holiness throughout your life is the foreshadowing of that all embracing holiness with which the Father will surround His people when His Son comes at the end of time.

We bless you among all women.

Mary, we turn with confidence to you who are always ready to listen with a motherís affection and powerful assistance.  Consoler of the Afflicted, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, grant us comfort in tribulation, relief in sickness, and liberating strength in our weakness.

You who are fee from sin, lead us to combat sin.  Obtain for us the victory of hope over anguish, of fellowship over alienation, of peace over anxiety, of joy and beauty over boredom and disgust, of eternal visions over temporal ones, of life over death.  Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

(Name your petitions)

Let us pray.

God Our Father, we make these petitions through Mary.  We pray most especially for the coming of Your Kingdom.  May You, together with Your Son and Holy Spirit, be known, loved and glorified and Your law of love faithfully followed.  We pray in faith through Jesus Christ, Your Son and Our Lord, in whom all fullness dwells, now and forever.

Amen.

An Act of Consecration

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of you daughters,; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore Your majesty and acknowledge Your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we place the United States of America in the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to You.  Through her we thank You for its many blessings; guide the Church, its leaders and our civic leaders.  Protect its family life, guard the innocence of our children, and lead many to serve You through religious vocations.  Have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners Ė on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and dedicate ourselves to you.  Protect us from every harm.  Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.  Amen. 

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