54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 50

Day 50

Throughout the ages, Christians have turned to the aid and powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We know that Our Lord’s last will and testament took place at Calvary when He entrusted us to the Maternal protection of His mother. St. John stood in for the whole of humanity as Our Lord looked at John and said: “Woman, behold your son.” He continued on saying: “Behold your mother.” St. John Chrysostom  was the first to call Our Lady, “Mary Help of Christians” in the year 345 A.D. This devotion was propagated  later by St. John Bosco. St. Pius V besought the assistance of Our Lady under Help of Christians to defeat the Muslim armies which sought to invade Europe. On 17 May 1903, Pope Leo XIII granted a Canonical coronation of the image of Our Lady enshrined in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, Italy. We would be impoverished if we did not have the powerful assistance of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Throughout the ages, she has defended Christians against Muslim invasions and she will once again protect us from their current calafate to impose Sharia law throughout the world. But all of this help demands one thing, that we remain faithful to our Baptismal call with zeal, through a devout Sacramental life and strong devotion to our Mother in heaven.

Quotes:

“I am not aware that anyone prayed in vain. Spiritual and temporal favors, more or less extraordinary, always resulted from praying to our most merciful Mother, the mighty Help of Christians.” – St. John Bosco

“Our Lady wishes us now to honor Her especially under the title of ‘Help of Christians’. In these evil days we need Her help.” – St. John Bosco

“Some people are so foolish they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray that rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evil of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“I see Mary everywhere. I see difficulties nowhere.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

“If you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to Mary. She is our comfort, our help. Turn towards her and you will be saved.” – St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

“Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan.” – Fr. Gabriel Amorth

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!

In thanksgiving (last 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I gratefully 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 ten 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 thanksgiving; from thy bounty thou hast given me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly sought. I despaired not of what I asked of thee, and thou hast truly shown 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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