Novena in Honor of
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
As offered each Saturday morning in St. Catherine's Church; Middletown, N.J.
Mother dear, O, pray for me
Whilst far from Heaven and Thee,
I wander in a fragile bark
O'er life's tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother , from thy throne.
So bright in bliss above,
Protect Thy child, and cheer my path,
With Thy Sweet smile of love.
Mother dear, Remember me
And never cease Thy care;
Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. R: Amen
We offer this Novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help for the moral and spiritual conversion of our nation, for peace in the world and for our own personal intentions
(State your Intentions)
First Novena Prayer( 1st. and 5th. Saturday)
Behold at thy feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help,| a wretched sinner who has recourse to thee and confides in thee.| O Mother of mercy, have pity on me. I hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners:| be then, my refuge and my hope.| Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ;| stretch forth thy hand to a miserable fallen creature who recommends himself to thee, and who devotes himself to thy service for ever.| I bless and thank Almighty God, who in His mercy has given me this confidence in thee,| which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation.| It is true that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin,| because I had not recourse to thee.| I know that, with thy help, I shall conquer.| I know too, that thou wilt assist me, if I recommend myself to thee;| but I fear dear Mother | that in time of danger, I may neglect to call on thee,| and thus lose my soul.| This grace, then, I ask of thee, and this I beg, with all the fervor of my soul,| that in all the attacks of hell I may ever have recourse to thee.| O Mary, help me.| O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God.3 Ave’s
P: Hail Mary , full of grace , the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, JESUS. R: Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Second Novena Prayer(2nd. and 4th. Saturday)
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name,| which is the safeguard of the living | and the salvation of the dying.| O purest Mary, O sweetest Mary,| let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips.| Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me, whenever I call on thee;| for, in all my temptations,| in all my needs,| I shall never cease to call on thee,| ever repeating thy sacred name,| Mary, Mary.| O what consolation,| what sweetness,| what confidence,| what emotion fills my soul when I utter thy sacred name,| or even only think of thee.| I thank the Lord for having given thee, for my good,| so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.| But I will not be content with merely uttering thy name.| Let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee,| Mother of Perpetual Help.3 Ave’s
Third Novena Prayer ( 3rd. Saturday)
O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the gifts which God grants to us miserable sinners;| and for this end He has made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful,| in order that thou mayest help us in our misery.| Thou are the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners who have recourse to thee:| come to my aid, for I recommend myself to thee.| In thy hands I place my eternal salvation,| and to thee I entrust my soul.| Count me amongst thy most devoted servants;| take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me.| For, if thou wilt protect me, I fear nothing;| not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them;| nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together;| nor even from Jesus, my judge, because by one prayer from thee He will be appeased.| But one thing I fear: that in the hour of temptation| I may through negligence fail to have recourse to thee | and thus perish miserably.| Obtain for me, therefore, the pardon of my sins,| love for Jesus,| final perseverance,| and the grace ever to have recourse to thee,| O Mother of Perpetual Help. 3 Ave’s
P: Pray for us O Holy Mother of God
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of eternal life
P: O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast given us thine own Mother Mary, whose glorious image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us, grant we beseech thee, that we who earnestly implore her maternal aid, may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of thy redemption who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
Remember, O Most compassionate Virgin Mary, | That never was it known,| That anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thine help | Or sought thine intercession,| was left unaided | Inspired by this confidence, | I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother | To thee do I come | before thee do I kneel, | sinful and sorrowful, | O Mother of the Word Incarnate | Despise not my petitions, | but in thy clemency hear and answer me. Amen
Invocations to Our Lady:
O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou whose very name inspires confidence. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may be victorious in the trying time of temptation. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may quickly rise again should I have the misfortune to fall into sin. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may break asunder any bonds of Satan in which I may have become entangled. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
Against the seductions of the world, the flesh, and the devil. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may return to my former fervor should I ever become lukewarm. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
Against my own inconstancy, that I may persevere to the end. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may ever love thee and serve thee and invoke thine assistance. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
That I may invite others to pray to thee and to venerate thy sacred image. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
At the hour of my death. R. Help me, O loving Mother.
Prayer for Perseverance
O Holy Virgin Mary,| who to inspire us with boundless confidence | has been pleased to take the sweet name of Perpetual Help.| I implore thee to come to my aid always and everywhere | in my temptations,| after my falls,| in my difficulties, | and all the miseries of life,| and above all at the hour of my death.| Give me O loving Mother the desire,| nay, more the habit always to have recourse to thee,| for I feel assured that if I invoke thee with fidelity,| thou wilt be faithful to come to my assistance.| Obtain for me then this grace of graces,| the grace to pray to thee without ceasing and with childlike prayer,| that I may insure thy perpetual help, and final perseverance,| O Mother of Perpetual Help pray for me now,| and at the hour of my death.| Amen.
Act of Consecration Prayer(First Saturday of each month)
Desiring to consecrate myself entirely to the service of the ever Blessed Virgin Mary,| from whom after God I expect all help and assistance in life and in death,| I unite myself to the members of this pious arch-confraternity| which has been erected in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.| As my special patron,| I choose the glorious St. Alphonsus,| that he may obtain for me a true and lasting devotion to the ever Blessed Virgin | who is honored by so sweet a name.| I promise moreover to renew my consecration to the Mother of God and to St. Alphonsus | at least once each month,| and to frequently receive the Holy Sacraments.| O Mother of Perpetual Help, receive me as thy servant |and grant that I may ever experience thy constant motherly protection.| I promise to have recourse to thee in all my spiritual and temporal necessities.| My holy patron, St. Alphonsus,| obtain for me an ardent love for Jesus Christ | and the grace of ever invoking the Mother of Perpetual Help.| Amen."
P. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made both Heaven and earth.
P. 0 Lord hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto You.
P. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit..
Let us pray.
Look down, O Lord, upon Thy servants failing from bodily weakness, and refresh the souls which Thou hast created that being bettered by Thy chastisements they may presently feel themselves saved by Thy pity through Christ our Lord. R: Amen. Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee that these Thy servants may enjoy continual health of body and soul, and through the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin | be freed from their present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. R: Amen.
The Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you; within you to preserve you; before you to lead you, behind you to guide you; above you to bless you, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever and ever. R. Amen.
Through the Intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help may the blessing of Almighty God, the Father,and the Son, and the Holy Spirit descend upon you and remain with you forever. R. Amen.
O Mother of Perpetual Help
To thee we come imploring help.
||Behold us here, from far and near,
To ask of thee our help to be.||
Perpetual help we beg of thee;
Our souls from sin and sorrow free;
||Direct our wandering feet aright,
And be thyself our own true light.||
And when this is o'er for me,
This last request I ask of thee:
||Obtain for me in heaven this grace,
To see my God there face to face.||
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