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NOVENA OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
“PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS”
Nihil Obstat: Rev. Msgr. Adrian I. Dwyer
Meditations written by the Rev. Francis M. Vivona, J.C.L.

CONSECRATION TO OUR BLESSED MOTHER

Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, mother of our Lord Jesus, I call upon you this day to be my special friend here on earth, today and all the days of my life. I ask you to be my special protectress and I place all my thoughts, words and deeds at your feet. I ask you to be my guide and guardian so I may please Jesus in all that I do and say.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

O, Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

FIRST DAY: THE VIRGIN’S NAME WAS MARY

Scripture Reading: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.” Luke 1:26-28

Prayer: Sometimes the messages God sends into my life are difficult to hear: sickness, death of a loved one, finding a new job, separation from family and many others.

Holy Mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept any message God sends into my life.

Pause for Personal Meditation:

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory Be … Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

SECOND DAY: THE LORD IS WITH YOU

Scripture Reading: “He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favored! The Lord is with you.’” Luke 1:28-29

Prayer: I often feel alone and need the consolation to know, as you were told, that God is always with me. I need to know this when I cannot see my way clear through my problems.

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

THIRD DAY: SHE WAS DISTURBED

Scripture Reading: “She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean.” Luke 1:29-30

Prayer: Like you, I am often disturbed at what happens in my life. I sometimes cannot accept what is happening in the world around me. I grow older, lose patience, do not see myself growing in knowledge and holiness, seemed to be involved in relationships that are a burden and, most of all, I find it difficult to change.

Holy mother of God, you had the joy to be visited by an angel, pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends in to my life to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

FOURTH DAY: DO NOT BE AFRAID

Scripture Reading: “The angel said to her, Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor.” Luke 1:30-31

Prayer: Like you, Holy Mother, who became afraid at the message you heard, I often am afraid that I will not have enough money to feed myself. I am afraid that often I cannot pay my bills, I am afraid that I will lose my job, I am afraid I will be alone and most of all I am afraid that I will not do God’s will in my life.

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life not to fear and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

FIFTH DAY: HOW CAN THIS BE?

Scripture Reading: “Mary said to the angel, “But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’” Luke 1:34-35

Prayer: I often wonder how can things go so wrong. I try to do my best to help other, in my family, in the Word, and through friends and it never seems to turn out as I plan. I need to do more planning and working with those I seek to help.

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to serve others and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

SIXTH DAY: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

Scripture Reading: “Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:36-38

Prayer: Holy mother of God, when you came to Mount Tepeyec, it seemed impossible that the Indians would ever be respected and free from oppression. Help me to be free from all my slavery to bad habits and sins, for nothing is impossible with God’s help.

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to free me from all my bad habits and sins and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

SEVENTH DAY: I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD

Scripture Reading: “’I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.” Luke 1:38

Prayer: On Mount Tepeyec you chose Juan to be your ambassador. He became your servant and did as you asked. Help me to make my life copy yours that I may be the servant of God in all things. Teach me to put in second place the material goods of this earth. Help me to put my life in the order that God wants of me!

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to free me from all attachment to material things and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

EIGHTH DAY: THE CHILD LEAPT

Scripture Reading: “She went to Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:40-42

Prayer: blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, when you appeared on Mount Tepeyec, you brought hope to the Indians. Help me to teach others the value of human life. Help me to value those I meet who are elderly, need assistance, the sick, the disabled, and most of all assist those who carry the unborn. Let my spirit always be willing to help others, most of all be my prayers.

Holy mother of God, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to assist, with the spirit of charity, all those who He puts into my path, and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!

NINTH DAY: YOU ARE MOST BLESSED

Scripture Reading: “She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” Luke 1:42

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary, you are the most blessed of all God’s creatures because you brought His word ti fulfillment. On Mount Tepeyec Juan helped bring your word to fulfillment. Help me to accept the blessed gift of God’s word in my life and make me a true example to His disciples as you were.

Holy mother of god, who had the joy to be visited by an angel pray for me, so that with your help I can imitate you and accept the grace God sends into my life to be a true disciple of Jesus and to deal with all my problems.

Pause for Personal Meditation

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Virgin Mother of Guadalupe, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from your son Jesus what I ask of you!


 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma 

JULY 2
ST. OTTO.
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria. 

JULY 3
ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."

JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.

JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.

JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.

JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.

JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.

JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.

JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.

JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.

JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.

JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.

JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.

JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.

JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.

JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.

JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.

JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.

JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.

JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.

JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.

JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.

JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.

 
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“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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