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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

DECEMBER 1
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker. 

DECEMBER 2
ST. BIBIANA
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times. 

DECEMBER 3
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.

DECEMBER 4
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE

St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family

DECEMBER 5
ST. SABAS

St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.

DECEMBER 6
ST. NICHOLAS

St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.

DECEMBER 7
ST. AMBROSE

St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.

DECEMBER 8
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.

DECEMBER 9
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO

St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.

DECEMBER 10
ST. JOHN ROBERTS

St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.

DECEMBER 11
ST. DAMASUS I

ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.

DECEMBER 12
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.

DECEMBER 13
ST. LUCY

St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.

DECEMBER 14
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.

DECEMBER 15
ST. NINO

St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.

DECEMBER 16
ST. ADELAIDE

St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.

DECEMBER 17
ST. OLYMPIAS

St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.

DECEMBER 18
ST. FLANNAN

St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.

DECEMBER 19
BLESSED URBAN V

Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.

DECEMBER 20
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS

St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.

DECEMBER 21
ST. PETER CANISIUS

ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.

DECEMBER 22
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS

The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.

DECEMBER 23
ST. JOHN OF KANTY

St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.

DECEMBER 23
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE

St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.

DECEMBER 24
ST. CHARBEL

St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.

DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS

The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.

DECEMBER 26
ST. STEPHEN

St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.

DECEMBER 27
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE

St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.

DECEMBER 28
THE HOLY INNOCENTS

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.

DECEMBER 29
ST. THOMAS BECKET

St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.

DECEMBER 30
CST. ANYSIA

St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.

DECEMBER 31
ST. SYLVESTER

St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.

 
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SAINT MICHAEL
St. Michael the Archangel Story
History of St. Michael the Archangel Prayer
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The Chaplet of St. Michael Archangel
Novena to St Micheal the Archangel
Litany of St. Michael the Archangel


SAINT GABRIEL

St. Gabriel Prayer

SAINT RAPHAEL

St. Raphael Prayer
 
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Tour of the Relics of the Passion
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REFLECTIONS

“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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