NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF HOPE
I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge,
and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth;
in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come to me all that desire
me and be filled with my fruits (Sirach
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Grace, Hope of the world.
Hear us, your children, who cry to you
Let Us Pray
O God, who by the marvelous protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary
has strengthened us firmly in hope, grant we beseech You, that by
persevering in prayer at her admonition, we may obtain the favors
we devoutly implore. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Our Lady of Hope
O Mary, my Mother, I kneel before you with heavy heart. The burden
of my sins oppresses me. The knowledge of my weakness discourages
me. I am beset by fears and temptations of every sort. Yet I am
so attached to the things of this world that instead of longing
for Heaven I am filled with dread at the thought of death.
O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful
with your Divine Son. He can refuse no request of your Immaculate
Heart. Show yourself a true Mother to me by being my advocate before
His throne. O Refuge of Sinners and Hope of the Hopeless, to whom
shall I turn if not you?
Obtain for me, then, O Mother of Hope, the grace of true sorrow
for my sins, the gift of perfect resignation to God's Holy Will,
and the courage to take up my cross and follow Jesus. Beg of His
Sacred Heart the special favor that I ask in this novena.
(Make your request.)
But above all I pray, O dearest Mother, that through your most
powerful intercession my heart may be filled with Holy Hope, so
that in life's darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my
Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may merit
to be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of Heaven.
Mary, our Hope, have pity on us.
Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us.
Devotion to Our Lady of Hope is one of the oldest Marian devotions.
The first shrine bearing that title was erected at Mezieres in the
On January 17, 1871, Our Lady of Hope appeared in the French village
of Pontmain. There she reveales herself as the "Madonna of
the Crucifix" and gave the world her message of "Hope
through Prayer and the Cross." The basilica built at Pontmain
by the Oblates fo Mary Immaculate is one of the great French pilgrimage
places, noted for its miracles of grace.
The Oblate Fathers introduced the devotion to America in 1952.
Novena devotions are maintained at the Shrine of Our Lady of Hope,
Oblate Fathers' Novitiate and Infirmary, Tewksbury, Massachusetts.