DAILY CATHOLIC for February 4, 1998
PRAYERS & DEVOTIONS
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vol, 9
no. 24

NOVENA IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes culminating on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11

Taken from Treasury of Novenas by Fr. Lawrence Lovasik, S.V.D.

      Mary, Mother of God, we firmly believe in the doctrine of Holy Mother Church concerning your Immaculate Conception: namely, that you were, in the first instant of your conception, by the singular grace and privilege of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

      Alone of all the children of Adam, you were gifted with the fullness of sanctifying grace that made you the object of a very special love on the part of God. How wonderful were the workings of Divine power to make you a fitting dwelling for the Redeemer of the world! With no tendency to evil, but with a deep yearning for the highest virtue, you glorified God more than all His other creatures. At the very instant of your conception your mind was filled with the light of God, and you will was entirely conformed to the Divine Will. You were always intimately united with God.

      We thank God with you for these wonderful blessings. Help us to imitate your holiness to some degree. Your holiness was not the result of the privilege of your Immaculate Conception and sanctifying grace alone, but followed from your gift of yourself to God and your constant cooperation with His graces. Help us to be generous with God by turning to good account the graces that He ever bestows on us, and by rising promptly when we fall, with renewed confidence in His Mercy.

      Ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comfort of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings. Deign to cast upon us a look of mercy.

      By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, from which you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of our requests. Through gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues that we may some day share your mercy.

      Through your loving compassion shown to thousands of pilgrims who come to your shrine at Lourdes, and through your special love for your devoted client Bernadette, we ask for this grace if it be the Will of God:

(Here Mention your requests)

PRAYER TO ST. BERNADETTE       Saint Bernadette, little shepherdess of Lourdes, favored with eighteen apparitions of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with the privilege of lovingly conversing with her, now that you are eternally enjoying the entrancing beauty of the Immaculate Mother of God, do not forsake us, your devoted clients, who are still in this valley of tears.

      Intercede for us that we, too, may walk the simple paths of faith. Help us to imitate your example, at our heavenly Queen’s request, by saying the Rosary daily and by doing penance for sinners.

      Teach us to imitate your wonderful devotedness to God and our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, so that, like you, we may be blessed with the grace of lasting faithfulness and enjoy the happiness in heaven of the eternal vision of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer

      God of infinite mercy, we celebrate the feast of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, the sinless Mother of God. May her prayers help us to rise above our human weakness. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

February 4, 1998       volume 9, no. 25
PRAYERS & DEVOTION



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