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NOVENA OF OUR LADY
OF LOURDES

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, you are the refuge of sinners, the health of the sick, and the comfort of the afflicted. By your appearances at the Grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where your favors are given to people streaming to it from the whole world. Over the years countless sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities – whether of soul, mind, or body. Therefore I come with limitless confidence to implore your motherly intercession.

Loving Mother, obtain the grant of my requests. Let me strive to imitate your virtues on earth so that I may one day share your glory in heaven.

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, as you told Bernadette. I need to do penance for the salvation of my life and all those in this world whom God loves. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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: You came to seek out Bernadette for the love you bear your children on this earth. In telling her what pleased God you could tell us all! Help me to rejoice and tell others wha God wants of them. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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: Often I am disturbed, as was Bernadette, when I hear of how poorly your children treat one another. Help me to be the example of love and concern for others as you are. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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’” (Zephaniah 2:3).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary, who brought God’s favor to this earth, help me not to be afraid of life with all the challenges and changes it brings but to live it free from sin and please God in all things. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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 my life be in such a disarray? I must do something to change the way I live so I may conform to the will of God and be an example, as was Bernadette, to brings others to God. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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: I know, because of your appearance to Bernadette, that nothing is impossible with your help! I pray for the health of (name) who is in disparate need of your aid. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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 have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her” (Luke 1:38).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary, you asked Bernadette to dig a hole in the dirt. She obeyed your wish as a loyal handmaid. God made the earth send out healing water. The holy water of the river has cured many. I ask that you extend the healing gift to (name) for body and soul. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention.)

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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: In your greeting to Bernadette you told her you are the Immaculate Conception. Help me to be filled with the Holy Spirit so I may live free from sin and treat others with the same love of God that Bernadette had. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention).

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from 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 if the fruit of your womb’” (Luke 1:42).

Prayer: Blessed Virgin Mary you came to us to tell us we needed God’s forgiveness. Help me to become more forgiving and not to hold grudges so I may become one of God’s blessed. Blessed Virgin Mary, who appeared to Bernadette to call the world to penance, pray for me that I may please God in all things. (Here make known your intention).

Pause for Personal Meditation.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for me who have recourse to you, and obtain from Jesus what I ask of you!

(Nihil Obstat: Rev. Msgr. Adrian I. Dwyer, Meditations written by the
Rev. Francis M. Vivona, J.C.L.)

 

 
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
St. Michael the Archangel Prayers
St. Michael the Archangel Apparitions
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
 
PHOTO OF THE MONTH


Tour of the Relics of the Passion
(International Center for Holy Relics)
www.HolyRelics.org

 
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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