54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 3

During this special Jubilee of Our Lady’s 100th Anniversary of appearing in Fatima, we are led to examine her call to pray for the conversion of sinners. During her third apportion of 13 July 1917, Our Lady stated: “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often to Jesus, especially whenever you do penance: “O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation of the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” There is a great necessity of praying for sinners today. So many souls have abandoned the practice of the Fatih and even completely abandoned God. They People have been ensnared by a secular society, focused on self indulgence. It has become a society and world focused on instant gratification. And, there is no thought to eternal life. People live as if there were no God.

You and I can make a difference in the world today. We can lead souls back to a loving relationship with God and the Sacraments, but it takes work. We can no just sit around hoping that our churches are filled again. ”What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?” Lk 15:4

Eileen George often told me: “Father, it’s not through prayer alone, but prayer and suffering.” Now one does not have to run out and seek sufferings. We all have sufferings in our lives. For one it may be the challenge of providing for his family, and for another it may be the struggle of a difficult temptation. But, we all have some suffering, some sacrifice to offer God on behalf of sinners.

Quotes:

“We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer.” – Fr. John Hardon, SJ

“If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering.” – Diary of St. Faustina, 1804

“Do as the storekeeper does with his merchandise; make a profit on every article.  Suffer not the loss of the tiniest fragment of the true cross.  It may only be a sting of a fly or the point of a pin that annoys you, an eccentricity of a neighbor, some unintentional slight, the insignificant loss of a penny, some restlessness of soul, a light pain in your limbs. Make a profit on every article as the grocer does, and you will soon be wealthy in God.” – St. Louis Marie de Montfort

“Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.” – St. John Paul II

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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

 : Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, full-blown white roses, tinged with the red of the passion, to remind thee of thy glories, fruits of the sufferings of thy Son and thee, 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.

For each of the following Mysteries, say: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

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

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of faith and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

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

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of hope and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Assumption of Mary – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with Christ and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

The Coronation of the Blessed Mother – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these full-blown roses with a petition for the virtue of union with thee 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.)

54 Day Rosary Novena – Day 2

“The Infant Saint John with the Lamb” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1660-1665

He will be called John.” Lk 1:60 On the second day of our Rosary Novena, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. John was the precursor of Our Lord. He prepared the way. And proclaimed “make straight the path.” We are reminded today that we must “prepare,” and “make straight the path” for the Lord in our own life. It begins with a frequent reception of Confession. Through this beautiful Sacrament, the God our loving Father pours out His mercy upon our souls. All of our sins are not only forgiven by God, but they are forgotten as if they were never. The Sacrament also gives us a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He comes down upon us with many spiritual gifts and graces. We are given what we need to “be holy as my Father in heaven is holy.” Our constant life struggle is becoming the person God has called us to be. Indeed, it is a struggle as St. Paul himself said: “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 In the end, Paul became a great saint. He corresponded with the grace of God, and the Lord helped him become all that he could be.

“When we have had the great misfortune to sin, the adorable Blood of Jesus will ask for our forgiveness.” – St. John Vianney

“How many souls we may convert by our prayers! There are some among them for whom one Pater and Ave would be enough to turn the scale.” – St. John Vianney.

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.)

54 Day Rosary Novena Begins

Day 1

We begin our 54 Day Rosary Novena on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How fitting that we turn to Our Lady, because she always leads us to her Son. The Feast of the Sacred Heart is a reminder that Jesus gave Himself, holding nothing back.  
 
“And He showed me that it was His great desire of being loved by men and of withdrawing them from the path of ruin that made Him form the design of manifesting His Heart to men, with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation which it contains, in order that those who desire to render Him and procure Him all the honor and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which His heart is the source.” – from Revelations of Our Lord to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque
 
“In the Eucharist, this divine Heart governs us and loves us by living and abiding with us, so that we may live and abide in Him, because in this Sacrament… He offers and gives Himself to us as victim, companion, viaticum, and the pledge of future glory,” – Pope Benedict XV
 
“Devotion to the Sacred Heart should bring us to a life of intimate union with Jesus who, we know, is truly present and living in the Eucharist. The two devotions — to the Sacred Heart and to the Eucharist — are closely connected. They call upon one another and, we may even say, they require one another. The Sacred Heart explains the mystery of the love of Jesus by which He becomes bread in order to nourish us with His substance, while in the Eucharist we have the real presence of this same Heart, living in our midst. It is wonderful to contemplate Jesus as the symbol of His infinite love, but it is even more wonderful to find Him always near us in the Sacrament of the altar. The Sacred Heart which we honor is not a dead person’s heart which no longer palpitates, so that we have only the memory of him, but it is the Heart of a living Person, of One who lives eternally. He lives not only in heaven where His sacred humanity dwells in glory, but He lives also on earth wherever the Eucharist is reserved. In speaking of the Eucharist, Our Lord says to us, ‘Behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world’ (Mt 28, 20). In Holy Communion, then, this Heart beats within us, it touches our heart; through the love of this Heart, we are fed with His Flesh and with His Blood, so that we may abide in Him and He in us,” – “Divine Intimacy,” by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
 
The Joyful 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, snow white buds to remind thee of thy joys, each bud 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 Annunciation – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

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

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of charity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

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

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of detachment from the world and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

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

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of purity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.

Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.

Concluding Prayer: I bind these snow-white buds with a petition for the virtue of obedience to the will of God 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 …

 

54 Day Rosary Novena

All are invited to join us in praying for the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish, and for the personal intentions of all who join in this novena.

The novena will begin on June 23rd and end on August 15th.

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We would like to know how many are joining us in this novena. Please fill out the register in the parish center, or contact Fatima in the office. If you provide and email address, we will send out inspirational mail blasts during the novena.