Novena

Novena
to Our Lady of
Perpetual Succour

I. SONG OF THE ASSEMBLY - INVOCATION
   Mother of Perpetual Help.
   Pray for thy children - (Thrice)

II. PRAYER
P.  Most holy and Immaculate Virgin and our Mother Mary,
you are our      Perpetual Help, our
refuge and our hope.
C. We come to you today. We thank God for all the graces you
have      obtained for us. Mother of
Perpetual Help, we love you. To show      our love
we promise to serve you always and to do all in our
     power to lead others to you.
P.  Mother of Perpetual Help, powerful with God, obtain
for us these
     graces.
C.  The strength to triumph over temptation, a perfect
love for Jesus       Christ, and
a holy death so that we will live with you and your
      Son for all eternity.

P.  Mother of Perpetual Help.
C.  Pray for us.
III. PRAYER OF THE ASSEMBLY
P.  Lord Jesus Christ, at a word from Mary your
Mother, you changed      water into wine at Cana of Galilee.
Listen now to the people of God      gathered
here to honour our Mother of Perpetual Help. Grant our
     petitions and accept our sincere
thanks.
C. O Mother of Perpetual Help, we call upon your most powerful
     name. You are the safeguard of the living
and the salvation of
     the dying. Your name will always be on
our lips, especially in
     time of temptation, and at the hour
of death. Your name is      confidence
and power. Blessed Lady, help us whenever we call
     on you. We will not be satisfied
with merely pronouncing your
     name. Our daily lives will proclaim that
you are truly our Mother
     of Perpetual Help.

P.   Prayer in temporal wants.
C.  O Mother of Perpetual Help, with the greatest confidence
we
      kneel before you. We implore your
help in the problems of our
      daily life. Trials and sorrows
often depress us; reverses of
      fortune and painful privations
bring misery into our lives;       everywhere
we meet the cross. Have pity on us, compassionate       Mother.
Take care of our needs, free us from our sufferings or
      if it be the will of God that we
should suffer still longer, grant
      that we may endure all with love
and patience. These graces
      we ask, trusting not in our merits,
but in your love and power,
      O Mother of Perpetual Help.

IV. READING OF PETITIONS AND THANKSGIVING
V. LITANY OF THE ASSEMBLY
PETITIONS -

P.   Let us pray: Grant wisdom and prudence to our Holy
Father, the
      Pope, our Bishops, our priests,
and all the leaders of our nation and       community.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant that all people may live in social peace and religious
unity.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant that the Holy Spirit guide the sons and daughters
of our Novena       Family in choosing
their way of life.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant that the people of our Novena retain their health
and that the sick       regain their
health according to your holy will.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant eternal rest to all the deceased Novenites and
to the souls of all
      the faithful departed.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant guidance and aid in all the special intentions
of this Novena and
     all the needs of those present.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.  Grant that all people may see the light of your truth,
and experience the      warmth of your
love.
C.  Hear us, Lord, through Mary our Mother.
P.   Let us silently present our personal petitions
to our Mother of Perpetual       Help.
(Pause)

THANKSGIVING -
P.   Accept, O Lord, our thanks, for the new life of
grace you gave us.
C.  We thank you, Lord through Mary our Mother.
P.   Accept our thanks for all the graces received from
the sacramental life
      of the Church.
C.  We thank you, Lord through Mary our Mother.
P.   Accept our thanks for the spiritual and material
blessings given to our       Novena
Family.
C.  We thank you, Lord through Mary our Mother.
P.   Let us thank our Mother of Perpetual help for the
favours we have       received.
(Pause)

VI. HYMN TO OUR LADY
MARY FROM THY SACRED IMAGE
1. Mary from thy sacred image,
    With those eyes so sadly sweet,
    Mother of Perpetual Succour
    See us kneeling at thy feet.
    In thy arms thy Child thou bearest,
    Source of all thy joy and woe;
    What thy bliss, how deep thy sorrows,
    Mother, thou alone canst know.

2. On thy face he is not gazing,
    Nor on us is turned his glance,
    For his anxious look he fixes
    On the cross, and reed and lance.
    To thy hand his hands are clinging,
    As a child would cling in fear;
    Of that vision of the torment,
    Of his passion drawing near.

VII. READING FROM SACRED SCRIPTURE AND HOMILY


VIII. BLESSING OF THE SICK

P.   Let us pray:
C.  O Lord, look upon your servants, labouring under bodily
      weakness. Cherish and revive the souls which you have
      created, so that purified by our sufferings, we may soon find ourselves
healed by you mercy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

P.  May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you that He may defend
you, within you that He may sustain you, before you
that He may lead you, behind
     you that He may protect you, above
you that He may bless you: + In
     the name of the Father, and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C.  Amen.

IX. THE FAITH OF THE ASSEMBLY

P.   The Faith of the Assembly.
C.  O Mother of Perpetual Help, you are both rich and
generous.
      You distribute all the gifts that
God grants to us. You are the
      hope of sinners. Come, then, dear
Mother, for we turn to you.
      In your hands is salvation, and
we are in your hands. We are
      your children. Take care of us,
dear Mother. For if you do, there
      is nothing to fear. From Christ
you obtain forgiveness of our
      sins. With Christ you are more
powerful than all hell combined.       With
you at our side we look forward to meeting our Judge, your       Son
and our Brother. Our only fear is that in time of temptation
      we may fail to call on you and
become lost children. Obtain for
      us, then, the pardon of our
sins, love for Jesus, final
      perseverance and the
grace always to call upon you, O Mother
      of Perpetual Help.

X. THE GREAT HAIL MARY
P.   Let us now unite with the Christians
of all ages in praising Mary and in       committing
ourselves to her powerful protection
C.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed
art thou       among women and blessed
is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
           Holy
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at
      the hour of our death. Amen.

P.   Let us pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us your
Mother Mary,
      whose wondrous image we venerate,
as a Mother ready at every
      moment to help us; grant,
that we who call on her help may always
      enjoy the fruit of your redemption.
This we ask through you who live
      and reign for ever and ever.
C.  Amen.

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 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. Amen.

IMMACULATE MARY
1. Immaculate Mary, Your praises we sing,
    You reign now in splendour
    with Jesus our King.

Ref:   Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
       Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

2. In heaven the blessed
    Your glory proclaim.
    On earth we your children
    Invoke your sweet name.

3. We pray for the Church,
    Our true Mother on earth,
    And beg you to watch o'er
    The land of our birth.

THE ANGELUS
V/  The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/  And she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary...
V/  Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/  Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary...
V/  And the Word was made flesh,
R/  And dwelt amongst us.
Hail Mary...
V/  Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R/  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour forth; we beseech Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of
Christ, Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may
be His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection
through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory be… (3)

REGINA COELI
V/  Queen of Heaven, rejoice:
R/  Alleluia!
V/  For He whom you did merit to bear:
R/  Alleluia!
V/  Has risen as He promised:
R/  Alleluia!
V/  Pray for us to God:
R/  Alleluia!
V/  Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary,
R/  Alleluia!
V/ For the Lord is risen indeed,
R/ Alleluia!

Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection
of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has given joy to the world.
Grant, we beseech you, that through the intercession of Mary,
His Virgin Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory be…(3)

HYMNS
1. AMAZING GRACE

1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Was blind, but now I see.

2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved
    How precious did that grace appear!
    The hour I first believed,

3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come.
    'Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will take me home

4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His word my hope secures.
    He will my shield and portion be,
    As long as life endures.

2. MOTHER DEAREST, MOTHER FAIREST

1. Mother dearest, Mother fairest,
    Help of all who call on you,
    Virgin purest, brightest, rarest,
    Help us, help we cry to you.

Ch:  Mary, help us, help we pray;
      Mary, help us, help we pray,
     Help us in all care and sorrow,
     Mary, help us, help we pray.

2. Mary, help in pain and sorrow,
    Soothe those racked on bed of pain.
    May the golden light of morrow
    Bring them health and joy again.

3. Help our Priests, our Sisters holy,
    Help our Pope, long may he reign.
    Pray that we, who sing their praises,
    May in heav'n all meet again.

4. Mary, help the absent loved ones,
    How we miss their presence here!
    May the hand of your protection,
    Guard and guide them far and near.