Urgent Prayer Request: Join in the Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson

Seminarian Philip Johnson

Seminarian Philip Johnson

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.

We pray:

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.

You can find more information on the Web site of the Diocese of Raleigh or on Philip’s blog.


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2 responses to “Urgent Prayer Request: Join in the Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson

  1. Kim

    Hi Charity! Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! 🙂 I’d like to keep in touch too! Thank you for telling us about this Novena! I just started today, but like you said, “Prayers are prayers!” God bless you!

  2. Max Harrington

    Thanks for posting this! I will spread it to his brother seminarians here and elsewhere. May God bless you and keep you and Our Lady protect you.

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