Day One - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – The 7 Sorrows of Our Lady
Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth.
St. Anthony of Padua
EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS NINE DAY NOVENA PRAYER
Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us
willed to be crucified
and to shed Your Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us and grant the petition(s) we ask for
(Mention your petitions now. Ask Jesus to bestow abundant graces upon Cardinal Burke).
We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread,
lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations,
so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your Commandments
we may come at last to the glory of Heaven. AMEN.
HONORING THE SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
As we begin, let us be truly sorry for our sins.
Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows by Saint Bridget
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love, which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. AMEN.
Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us and hear my intentions which I now present to you. (Mention your intentions now and especially ask Our Lady to bestow many graces upon Cardinal Burke.)