To all those who prayed for me during my retreat, I offer my deepest gratitude. This past week was fruitful in ways I could never have anticipated! I’ll try and share a bit more about the many graces I received in the coming days, but for now I ask that you would please continue to accompany me with your prayers. I’ll be praying this Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in these last days before my Consecration on her feast. Please pray with me for my intentions (for the grace to live my vocation with humility and zeal, for the sanctification of priests, and for an increase in vocations) and feel free to add your own in the comment box. I will post the Litany on the last day of the novena.
Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Friday, June 8 – Saturday, June 16, 2012)
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, ever Virgin! O Heart most pure, most noble, most perfect image of the adorable Heart of Jesus! We humbly entreat you to intercede for us and to obtain for us the favors we petition for in this novena, if it be the holy will of God to grant them, and if not, to ask for us whatever graces we most need.
(Pause for private intentions said in silence.)
We desire by this novena, which we offer in your honor, that you will always be, after the Heart of Jesus, the object of our love and devotion. Through your Immaculate Heart we offer to your divine Son all our thoughts, words and actions of this day and all our days.
We pray for Benedict, our pope, for N., our bishop, for all priests, and for the conversion of all sinners. We beg your powerful intercession for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially for our diocese.
Through your maternal Heart, we ask God’s blessings upon our families, upon all who have been good to us for the Lord’s sake, for all the living and the dead who are dear to us, and for all for whom we have been asked to pray.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Refuge of Sinners, pray for us.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
May Mary’s Immaculate Heart be forever praised!
(On the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, add the Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.)