Novena for Life Honoring the Feast of the Visitation

from the USCCB

May 22 ~ May 30th, 2022

DAY ONE

Reading (Lk 1:35-37):

And the angel said to [Mary] in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”

 

Versicle:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

—My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Prayer:

O God,

nothing is impossible for You. Send Your Holy Spirit upon us, that the power of the Most High might overshadow us. Grant us the grace of evangelization and conversion, so that all may know the sanctity of human life. Grant this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who reigns eternally with You but was born of a woman. Amen.

 

DAY TWO

Reading (Lk 1:38-40):

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

 

Versicle:

For the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant,

—from this day all generations will call me blessed.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,

Your mother was obedient to the Divine will

amid trembling and awe.

Through her intercession, we pray You,

look kindly on all expectant mothers.

May any trials they now endure yield in the joy of new life.

For You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

DAY THREE

Reading (Lk 1:41-42):

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

Versicle:

The Almighty has done great things for me,

—and holy is His Name.

Prayer:

Draw near, we beseech you, O Lord, to those contemplating abortion. As John leaped for joy in the womb of his mother when You came near, may struggling women, and the children they bear, experience Your presence. Fill them with Your Holy Spirit, that they, too, may cry for joy at Your coming. You who live and reign for ever. Amen.

 

DAY FOUR

Reading (Lk 1:43-44):

[Elizabeth said to Mary,] “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

Versicle:

He has mercy on those who fear Him,

—in every generation.

Prayer:

Your mercy, O Lord, extends to the thousandth generation.

Through the intercession of Your mother,

may those who have had an abortion know Your compassion

and experience Your mercy and love.

For You live and reign forever. Amen.

 

DAY FIVE

Reading (Lk 1:45, 56):

[Elizabeth said to Mary,] “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” …Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Versicle:

He has shown the strength of His arm,

—He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

Prayer:

Father,

You know us even before we are formed in our mother’s womb.

May Your plans for all the unborn be fulfilled,

and may we have the grace to be obedient to Your word.

We ask this through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

DAY SIX

Reading (Lk 1:57-58):

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

Versicle:

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

—and has lifted up the lowly.

Prayer:

O God,

all life is Your gift of love.

In the joy that comes with the birth of a child,

may we recognize Your great mercy,

and so come to know the love You have for all people.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

DAY SEVEN

Reading (Lk 1:59-60):

When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”

Versicle:

He has filled the hungry with good things,

—and the rich he has sent away empty.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,

we pray You send Your Holy Spirit upon all parents.

May the birth of their child rouse their hearts.

Approaching the sacrament of baptism,

may they recommit to faith in You,

who live and reign for ever. Amen.

 

DAY EIGHT

Reading (Lk 1:62-64):

So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.

Versicle: He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy,

—the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.

Prayer: Father,

grant that all men may find in You the source and model of their fatherhood.

May they aspire to know Your will for their children,

and live in righteousness and truth.

Grant them the grace to be men of virtue,

and the reward of children faithful to You.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

DAY NINE

Reading (Lk 1:66):

All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

Versicle:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

—for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

Prayer:

Lord,

so often we cannot recognize Your work in the lives of others.

Grant that, like John’s relatives, we may see You working in all,

and, freed from envy, we may give You glory.

For You live and reign for ever. Amen.

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Prayers to the Mother Of God for Ukraine

 

            "Sub Tuum" ~ Beneath Thy Protection

We fly to Your patronage, O Virgin Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our needs, but deliver us from all dangers, since you alone are pure and blessed.

O most glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ our God, accept our prayers and present them to Your Son and our God, that for the sake of You, He enlighten and save our souls.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF ZARVANIZA

 

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Zarvaniza,
I thank you for the gift of my visit to the Kyivan Rus’
from where the light of the Gospel spread through this whole region.

Here before your miraculous icon,
kept in this church of Saint Nicholas,
I entrust to you, Mother of God and Mother of the Church,
my apostolic journey to Ukraine.

Holy Mother of God,
spread your maternal mantle over all Christians
and over all people of good will
who live in this great nation.

Lead them to your Son, Jesus,
who is for everyone the way, the truth and the life.

                          ~Pope John Paul II,  2001 Pilgrimage to Ukraine

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PRAYER TO MARY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

WRITTEN BY POPE FRANCIS

 

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection.

 

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.

We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

(mention your particular concerns and prayers now)

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

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PRAYER FOR THE

INTERCESSION OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.


Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.


Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.

Amen.

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The Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. 
From this day all generations will call me blessed: 
the Almighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation. 
He has shown the strength of his arm, 
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has lifted up the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy, 
the promise he made to our fathers, 
to Abraham and his children forever.

                                          (Lk 1: 46-55)

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