54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 8

Day 8

There is so much going on in the world today, that some people live in fear. We have political tyrants such as Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, who longs for the day he can cause suffering to the United States with a ballistic missal. There are radical Muslim terrorists hiding in our midst awaiting the right moment to rise up and create chaos. The Catholic faith, and to be fair, all main stream religions are withering away at an alarming rate. We have family members and friends who have abandoned Christ and His Church. High ranking Church leaders are fighting among themselves as foretold by Our Lady at Akita, Japan, and some are watering down or outright denying the moral and doctrinal truths of Jesus. Among all of this, we have our personal struggles and sins that leave us bewildered. Like St. Paul we say: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rm. 7:15). Life is complicated and sometimes we feel so alone. Even when we do God’s work, we ask ourselves if we are doing the best we can. But like the image above, we are in the hands of Our Lady. When we feel the most alone, God and Our Lady are watching over us. They reach out with special graces and gifts to console and strengthen us in our sorrows.

Quotes:

God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us.” – Venerable Fulton Sheen

“The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings..” – St. Francis de Sales

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – St. Augustine

“If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.” – 2 Tim. 2:11-13

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.

In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!

Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

The Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Scourging at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crowning with Thorns – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with  a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Carrying of the Cross – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Say: The Hail Holy Queen.

In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this Spiritual Communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow in thanksgiving for (specify request) which thou in thy love hast obtained for me. Hail, Mary, etc.

Intentions:

For the spiritual and temporal needs of Holy Ghost Parish, and the personal intentions of all praying this novena. (Add your own personal intentions.)

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