Devotions during the Month of Our Sorrowful Mother


Novena for the Nativity of Our Lady

   The following Novena is prayed from August 31 through September 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Novena was approved well before Vatican II: Nihil Obstat: Iacobus P. King, I.C.D. Censor Deputatus. Imprimatur: Bryan Iosephus McEntegart, D.D., LL.D. Episcopus Bruklyniensis

Day One: August 31

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Heavenly Child, lovable Mary, the Eternal Father delights in thy birth, for He beholds in thy coming into this world one of His creatures who is so perfect that she will become the worthy Mother of His divine Son. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the heavenly Father, the pardon of my sins, and an abiding sorrow for them.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thine arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Two: September 1

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, admirable Mary, the Son of God delights in thy birth, for He beholds the one chosen to be His Mother, and oh! such a beloved Mother. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining from thy divine Son the grace to be born again spiritually to a holy life, perfectly conformed to thine, so that I may merit to obtain eternal glory.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thou arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Three: September 2

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, lovable Mary, the Eternal Word takes delight in thy birth, for He sees the source of His Immaculate Blood. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the Word made Flesh, the grace to find in this Divine Blood the eternal happiness of my soul.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Four: September 3

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    O Chosen One among the daughters of Adam, admirable Mary, the Redeemer, promised to mankind from the beginning of the world, takes delight in thy birth, for He sees the one who is destined to become the co-redemptrix of souls by uniting her tears to the Blood shed on the Cross to save mankind.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Five: September 4

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Resplendent Lily of Paradise, lovable Mary, the Holy Ghost takes delight in thy birth for He sees in thee the soul never stained by sin, which would forever be His worthy Temple. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from the Sanctifier and thy divine Spouse His divine love and final perseverance.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Six: September 5

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Most Beautiful Branch of the tree of David, most admirable Mary, whose birth was such a consolation to St. Joachim and St. Anne who were delighted to be the parents of so holy a child, may thy birth be the consolation of my soul, by obtaining for me from God, victory over the world and detachment from all the things of this earth.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Seven: September 6

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Resplendent Morning Star, lovable Mary, thy birth was the cause of great joy to the angels, for they beheld in thee the Mother of the Redeemer of the world, Who by His Death would repair the loss sustained by the fall of rebellions angels in paradise. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, by obtaining for me from God, victory over the infernal enemy, deliverance from all his snares, and the grace to be associated in glory with the angels in Heaven.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Eight: September 7

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Brilliant Aurora of Heaven, lovable Mary, thy birth brought great consolation to the souls of the saints detained in limbo, for it announced the approach of the Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ, Who would enlighten their darkness and then conduct them to paradise. May thy birth give joy to my soul also, and obtain for me from God, patience in all adversities, a perfect and constant conformity to His most holy will.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Day Nine: September 8

    V. O God, come to my assistance
    R. O Lord, make haste to help me
    Gloria Patri...

    Mediatrix between God and mankind, admirable Mary, by thy birth thou perfected the joy of all the children of Adam, who, through thee, have received the Author of Grace, for He hath made thee the treasurer of all the graces which are imparted to us. May thy birth be a special cause of joy to my soul by obtaining for me from God, eternal salvation and all the graces necessary to obtain it.

    Hail Mary...
    Antiphon: Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, Who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, rewarded us with life everlasting.

    V. Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    R. That she may intercede for us with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Let us pray
    Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of Thy heavenly grace, that as our salvation was begun in the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin, so from this solemn festival of her Nativity may we obtain an increase of peace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Novena for the Most Holy Name of Mary

   The following Novena is prayed from September 4 through September 12, the feast of the the Most Holy Name of Mary. This Novena was approved well before Vatican II: Nihil Obstat et Imprimatur: In Curia Archiep. Mediolani. Canon Cavezzali, Pro Vicar General on August 31, 1931 during the pontificate of His Holiness Pius XI. The following is said each day:

    O Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels, Mother of grace and love, I greet thee with all my heart. Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion to thee, who art the first creature of God's love.
    Hail Mary

    O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of God, my soul rejoices in thee. Oh! Do help me to preserve the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.

    Hail Mary

    Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where, on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted, assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world. Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings, and virtues of thy divine Son.

    Hail Mary

    Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden, open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise, make me love the humble and hidden life; let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.

    Hail Mary

    Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of Heaven, thou art my trust and hope. O powerful advocate, from thy cradle stretch out thy hand, support me on the path of life. Make me serve God with ardor and constancy until death and so reach an eternity with thee.

    Hail Mary

    Let us pray
    Blessed Child Mary, destined to be the Mother of God and our loving Mother, by the heavenly graces thou hast lavished upon us, mercifully listen to my supplications. In the needs which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all my trust in thee.

    O holy Child, by the privileges granted to thee alone and by the merits which thou hast acquired, show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous benefits which thou dispense are inexhaustible, because thy power with the Heart of God is unlimited.

    Deign through the immense profusion of graces with which the Most High has enriched thee from the first moment of thy Immaculate Conception, grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the goodness of thy Immaculate Heart.




DEVOTIONS DURING THE MONTH DEDICATED TO OUR SORROWFUL MOTHRE