Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh is rallying prayer warriors for seminarian Philip Johnson, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor which has continued to progress despite chemotherapy treatments. The novena to the Immaculate Conception began yesterday, November 29, but don’t worry if you join in late. Prayers are prayers, and in this case, they are urgently needed!
Novena for Philip Johnson
November 29 – December 8
Father all-powerful and ever-living God, you chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the mother of your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.
As she endured her bitter agony at the cross of her Son, she was consoled by you with the hope of His resurrection.
Now, in heaven she consoles with a mother’s love all who turn to her with faith, until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.
Pray the Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God. Bring our seminarian, Philip Johnson, healing, peace, courage and strength as he shares in the suffering of your Son. O Glorious Mother of God, in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception, hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.