54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 20

Day 20

“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Lk 1:28). The archangel Gabriel proclaimed Our Lady “full of grace.”  The New Oxford American Dictionary defines full as: “containing or holding as much as possible.” The Blessed Virgin Mary contained as much grace as any human being could hold. She was full of grace because she was open to the movement of God. She was predisposed to grace due to her being conceived from the first moment of her conception without any stain of sin. Our Lady had more room, to hold more grace. We who are born in original sin need to be purified of sin, wether personal or original, and it’s effects in our lives. The Baltimore Catechism defines grace as: “a supernatural gift of God bestowed on us, through the merits of Jesus Christ, for our salvation.” I have always though of grace as a touch of God. Any time one is touched by God, his life is effected, changed. A true touch of grace moves the soul to become more conformed to God’s will. A life lived according to God’s Commands, and conformed to His holy will. We have so many opportunities to receive grace. Every moment is a moment of grace is we are open. And every grace missed is a grace that we can never recover. Through the Sacraments, prayer, and sacrifice we open our souls to God’s touch in our daily lives.

Quotes:

The path of virtue is painful to nature when left to itself; but nature, assisted by grace, finds it easy and agreeable. – Ven. Louis de Granada

The greatest security we can have in this world that we are in the grace of God, does not consist in the feelings that we have of love to Him, but rather in an irrevocable abandonment of our whole being into His hands, and in a firm resolution never to consent to any sin great or small. –Saint Francis of Sales

Prayer ought to be short and pure, unless it be prolonged by the inspiration of Divine grace. – Saint Benedict

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases. – St. Rose of Lima

“I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was open wide for every soul.  In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice.” (Diary of St. Faustina – 1572)

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 …

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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