A SHORT NOVENA TO OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Prayer for Each Day:
(Looking at her image)
O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother of Perpetual Help, during these nine days, I am going to look to you to discover your Icon, the outstanding symbols, the important lessons, the mysterious nuances that Your inspired artist wanted to depict in Your picture. I am not only going to learn about them in these pages, but also try to learn, O admirable Teacher, what You want to teach me about Your Son and about our God, father of all love.
Help me to faithfully follow Your Son, Jesus Christ. Awaken in my understanding and in my heart, the faith, hope and love with which You want me to behold you and invoke you so that I will live with unlimited confidence in Your perpetual help. AMEN (pray a Hail Mary)
THE FIRST DAY
Contemplating the Archangel Gabriel
Mother of Perpetual Help, the Archangel Gabriel of the Annunciation, appears in your icon carrying a cross and nails. He reminds us of Nazareth; it was he who descended to one of the fifty humble homes in the village. There he met you and announced the Incarnation: that the Son of God, by an act of the Holy Spirit, would make himself our Brother by becoming in your womb one with us in our human nature.
In Nazareth, you raised Jesus in an atmosphere of simplicity and work. You, Mother used to take Jesus’ hands in yours to teach Him to pray; you taught Him the Psalms and the prayers of your people.
Dearest Mother, servant of the Lord and simple housewife, teach us to love our homes and fill them with joy and understanding. Help us to build a society that is both just and fraternal, where there is bread and work for all.
Final Prayer (composed by St. John Paul II)
O Virgin of Perpetual Help, great sign of our hope, Holy Mother of the Redeemer, we invoke Your name. Help your people who desire to be renewed. Give us joy as we walk towards the future in conscious and active solidarity with the poorest of our brothers and sisters, announcing to them in a new and courageous way, the Gospel of Your Son, the beginning and the end of all human relationships that aspire to live a true, just and lasting peace. As does the Child Jesus, Whom we admire in this venerable icon, so we also want to hold your right hand. You have both the power and the goodness to help us in every need and circumstance of life. This moment is yours. Come then, and help us; be for us our refuge and our hope. (mention your petitions here) AMEN
Source: Noel Londono, C.Ss.R., Liguori Publications (Used with Permission)
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