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PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL 

Glorious Archangel, St Raphael, great Prince of the Heavenly Court, illustrious by the gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities, and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favour is for my greater good. I ask especially for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost.

(Please click here for the instructions for a novena to SS Gabriel and Raphael) 

 

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O BLESSED ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, WE BESEECH THEE, DO THOU INTERCEDE

O BLESSED ARCHANGEL GABRIEL, WE BESEECH THEE, DO THOU INTERCEDE

PRAYER TO ARCHANGEL GABRIEL 

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the Throne of Divine Mercy in our present necessities, that, as thou didst announce to Mary the Mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same and sing the praise of God for ever in the land of the living. Amen.

NOVENA TO SS GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL 

[300 days each day. Plenary once during the Novena.] A Novena to either of these Archangels may be made at any time of the year with any form of prayer sanctioned by competent ecclesiastical authority.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST JOHN BOSCO

 

(This novena may be said on any nine consecutive days.)

 

V. O God, come to my aid.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

 

FIRST DAY:

LOVE FOR CHRIST IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

St John Bosco, who loved Christ in the Blessed Sacrament so deeply and spread that love to so many, help me to understand this mystery of God’s love for us that I too may find, in frequent attendance at Mass and Holy Communion and visits to the Blessed Sacrament comfort and strength throughout my life and at the hour of my death. Amen.

 

GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be; world without end.

 

LET US PRAY:

GOD OUR FATHER, IT WAS YOUR WILL THAT THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE VIRGIN MARY, ST JOHN BOSCO SHOULD RAISE UP NEW FAMILIES IN THE CHURCH WHO WOULD WORK FOR THE SALVATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE; GRANT, WE PRAY YOU, THAT WE TOO, BURNING WITH THE SAME FIRE OF LOVE, MAY SEEK SOULS AND SERVE YOU ALONE. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.

 

SECOND DAY:

DEVOTION TO OUR LADY

 

St John Bosco, who had so enduring a love for Our Lady Help of Christians, ever your Mother and your Guide, help me to share this deep and lasting love for Mary. May I experience her powerful help and protection throughout my life and have her at my side at the hour of my death. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

THIRD DAY:

LOYALTY TO CHURCH AND POPE

 

St John Bosco, you had a deep love for the Church and an unswerving loyalty to the Pope. Help me to be a faithful member of the Catholic Church, proud of my faith and ever loyal and obedient to the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ, and to the Bishops and priests who share his authority. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

FOURTH DAY:

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

St John Bosco, you had a generous and practical love for the young, for so many of whom you were Father and Guide, working for them with heroic sacrifice. Young people are especially dear to our Saviour. Help us, too, to work for them with a holy and generous love and to see in each one of them the person of the young Christ growing up in Nazareth. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

FIFTH DAY:

FOR SALESIAN PRIESTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

 

St John Bosco, you founded the Salesian Society and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians to continue your work for youth. I pray that all these priests, brothers and sisters may be filled with your spirit, your zeal, your love and joy, and so inspire other young people to follow them. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

SIXTH DAY:

FOR SALESIAN COOPERATORS

 

St John Bosco, in order to deepen Faith and Charity in the world, and spread your work for youth, you started a third family, the Salesian Cooperators. May they be strong, fervent, apostolic Christians, supporting your work, and spreading a love of Christ in their homes and among young people wherever they live. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

SEVENTH DAY:

FOR MISSIONARIES

 

St John Bosco, whose zeal for the salvation of men could not be kept within narrow frontiers, you sent your Salesian sons and daughters to the end of the earth. From Heaven intercede for all missionaries that their work be blessed. Obtain for me a zeal like yours that in working with generosity and enthusiasm for the salvation of others, I may save my own soul. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

EIGHTH DAY:

FOR PURITY

 

St John Bosco, by God’s grace you preserved within yourself an overwhelming love for purity and preached it by word and example. You led St Dominic Savio to holiness while he was still a schoolboy. Obtain for me the grace to be pure of heart and so through my own way of life let others see the joy of life in friendship with Christ. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

NINTH DAY:

FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THOSE IN NEED

 

St John Bosco, you had a heart full of compassion when you saw people suffering or in need. Obtain for me, for my family and loved ones, the blessings of Our Lady Help of Christians and all the graces we need. Pray especially that our families may be united in peace and harmony in this life and be gathered together with you in the joy of praising God for ever in Heaven. Amen.

GLORY BE…, LET US PRAY…

 

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THURSDAY-NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

 

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY – FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 7th

 

(This novena is made on nine consecutive Thursdays, and, if possible, a candle is lit in front of a statue of Our Lady.)

 

“Miraculous Virgin of the Rosary, I am proud of your protection and help. As a sign of my affection for you, I offer this light in your honour every Thursday.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

“Come to help me in my needs, O Virgin of the Rosary. Take care of my family in its needs and afflictions.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

“I beg you to have mercy on me, through the immense happiness you had in conceiving in your virginal womb Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. I ask you to grant me the following grace (mention your request), if it be for the greater glory of God.”

 

Say the ‘Hail Mary’.

 

Amen.

 
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NOVENA PRAYER TO MOTHER CABRINI, PATRONESS OF MIGRANTS

NOVENA TO ST FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

O Mother Cabrini,
Woman after God’s own heart,
Universal Patroness of Migrants,
for whom this world, too small a world, held lands for boundless work,
helping migrants find true integration into new cultures,
‘doing all things in God who strengthens us’
be for me now, with these your myriads of migrants,
my voice, my guardian, my advocate, my mother.

Bring the Good News of the Gospel to all humanity;
proclaim the love and mercy of God;
breathe life, truth and hope, justice, peace and communion,
wheresoever these values are wanting.

Inspire me with your love of the Heart of Jesus;
then, at my end, guide this my migrant soul
and bring me safe to God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

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NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH

ST JOSEPH’S FEAST DAY: MARCH 19

[Please join in the nine day Novena to St Joseph, the powerful Patron of Mill Hill Missionaries, asking his protection and guidance for all our needs.]

• DAILY NOVENA PRAYER:

Almighty God, you have chosen Saint Joseph to be the mainstay of Jesus and Mary, the wise and faithful servant in whom they could trust. We pray, that he may truly be the guardian of your Church; that he may inspire with confidence those who are devoted to him; that he may give security to those who work in the vineyard of your Son; and finally, that he may be a source of strength to us, who wish, like him, to dedicate ourselves to Christ’s service, now and in times to come. Amen.

Please read and reflect on the themes of the day and read/recite/pray the above Novena prayer.

• FIRST DAY:

Joseph – The Man of Morals

‘Joseph was a man who always did what was right.’ Matthew 1.19

What a predicament Joseph was in when he discovered Mary was pregnant. What was he to do? Being a man of God and an honourable man, he trusted in God’s guidance to show him the way.

We often feel uncertain what to do. We fret and worry, and blame God for allowing things to happen to us. When we are troubled and worried, may we learn to trust in God. Pray, that like St Joseph, we will put our problems before the Lord and trust Him to show us the right path to take.

• SECOND DAY:

Joseph – The Man who Listened

‘If you listen to me, you will know what is right and fair.’ Proverbs 2.9
Joseph was a man who listened. Constant noise prevents us from listening and hearing our friends, family and God. Joseph knew how to be silent to allow God’s Word to come through to him. No spoken word is recorded of him.

In our world today, we are surrounded by noise and distraction. Our spiritual ‘senses’ become numbed by the intrusive noises of television, vehicles, mobile phones and modern technology. Is it any wonder we do not hear God speaking to us? We ask St Joseph to help us to know how to be silent and to carve out some ‘quiet time’ in our day to listen to God.

• THIRD DAY:

Joseph – The Man of Trust

‘An angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph.’ Matthew 1.20

God spoke to Joseph in his dreams and he trusted in the plans God laid before him to take Mary as his wife.

Like St Joseph, who questioned but trusted God’s judgement of what was right for him and his family, we too should trust that God, our Father, loves us so much, he knows what is right for us as individuals. St Joseph questioned God’s plan. We also may question God’s intention for us. However may we, like him, have the strength to place our trust in the Lord.

• FOURTH DAY:

Joseph – The Man of Protection

‘Joseph got up and took the child and his mother and left that night for Egypt.’ Matthew 2.14

Joseph fled with Mary, his wife, and the new born baby conceived by the Holy Spirit to the land of Egypt, to protect his family from King Herod, who was about to search for the child and kill him.

St Joseph, a husband and father, shared the demands of providing food, clothing, a stable home and support for Mary and his foster-son, Jesus. As Guardian of the Holy Family, he recognised the danger they were in and took action to keep Mary and Jesus safe from harm. We ask St Joseph to protect our families and to strengthen us in love.

• FIFTH DAY:

Joseph – The Patron of the Church

‘Joseph went…to David’s town of Bethlehem – because he was a descendant of David.’ Luke 2.4

Joseph, being a descendant of the royal House of David, understood the need to register his family by census in the town of Bethlehem. God appointed Joseph as head of the Holy Family. Through Mary, the Church received Christ our Saviour, thereby the Church owes her gratitude and veneration to Joseph who was chosen to enable Christ to enter into the world.

Joseph was the head of the Holy Family, who was father, protector, guide and support and the starting point of the Church. Today it is believed the Church is the family of God on earth. Bless the Pope, Bishops, Priests, the religious and the laity of the Catholic Church that they ever grow in God’s love and faithfulness in his service. We ask St Joseph to protect the Church from the evils of our day and from the persecution of her enemies.

• SIXTH DAY:

Joseph – The Man of Faith

‘Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.’ Luke 2.41

Joseph observed the religious feasts and practices of the Jewish faith especially attending the Synagogue on the Sabbath. He taught Jesus to say his prayers at meals and at certain hours of the day, he also introduced the Scriptures and Psalms to his foster son.

As with Joseph, our faith is a gift which should be treasured and accepted with grace. Joseph lived and shared his faith and was devoted to deepening his relationship with God. We ask Joseph to help us to strengthen our faith by spending time in prayer each day and to take part in the Church’s liturgy. Let us be confident to share our faith with all we meet and give them a warm welcome in our hearts and communities.

• SEVENTH DAY:

Joseph – The Family Man

‘And Joseph named him Jesus” Matthew 1.25

Joseph, an ordinary man, faced many family problems such as Mary’s pregnancy, the threat to the life of Jesus, exile to a foreign land and how to make ends meet. As husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus, Joseph showed the deepest love and respect for his family and cherished all the experiences that come with family life. He died peacefully in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

As head of the family, Joseph watched out for Jesus and Mary at all times. May he help all couples to live out the love which they promised to each other. As Patron of families help us with our financial problems so that we do not allow money or material things to spoil the bond that unites a family. May all families be a source of peace, unity and happiness for children as well as for parents.

• EIGHTH DAY:

Joseph – The Worker

‘Isn’t he the carpenter’s son?’ Matthew 13.55

Joseph loved his work, was dedicated to his chosen trade, took pride in his workmanship and taught Jesus the skills of his craft. He probably knew the hardship of unemployment when there was little or no work for himself and Jesus.

St Joseph, help us to see our work as a service for others, a means of bringing order and beauty out of chaos and making our world a better place. Help us to see work as more than a means of making money. Help us appreciate the dignity of work and grant us meaningful employment. We pray for the unemployed, underemployed and those who are working under stress.

• NINTH DAY:

Joseph – The Faithful Servant

‘Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant? He is the one that his master has placed in charge of the other servants to give them food at the proper time.’ Matthew 24.45

Joseph’s life was one of loving service, he served his family, he served his community and he served his God. He was faithful to his duties, sacrificed unselfishly; his life was one of generous giving and devoted to the Will of God. Joseph faithfully carried out his duties using the graces and gifts bestowed on him by God to serve the Lord unconditionally.

Joseph, you had the privilege of being God’s faithful servant, as a token of your own gratitude, obtain for us the grace to be a faithful servant of God. By your own example, inspire us to be, as you were, faithful, unselfish and devoted in your duties, without praise or reward. Help us to trust in the Providence of God and to follow in the obedience of Jesus who came not to do His will but the will of His Father.

 

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NOVENA TO THE INFANT JESUS

BEGIN OF THIS NOVENA: DECEMBER 16th

FIRST DAY

O dear Infant Jesus, here I am at your feet. I turn to you, my everything. Hasten to help me! Deign to cast your merciful eyes on me and come to my aid, you, to Whom nothing is impossible.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake of your divine Infancy mercifully grant my petition (mention request) if it be according to thy divine Will and for the good of my immortal soul. Please regard not my unworthiness but rather my faith in you in your infinite mercy.

SECOND DAY

O Jesus, glorious Image of the Father in heaven, your countenance radiates divine glory. I worship you and confess: truly, you are the Son of the Living God! Accept my humble gift of myself to you, that nothing may ever separate me from you, my God and my highest good.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above)

THIRD DAY

O holy Infant Jesus! Beholding the loving smile on your divine countenance, I am moved by lively hope. Yes, everything I hope for through your goodness. Enlighten me and all who are dear to me with your smile of goodness, and I will praise your glory and infinite mercy for ever.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

FOURTH DAY

O dearest Infant Jesus! Your head is adorned by a crown, and I embrace you as my divine Lord. Never again will I be subject to the Prince of this world, my passions, nor sin. Reign, O Jesus, over this poor heart and make it entirely yours!

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above)

FIFTH DAY

I adore you Who are enrobed with a purple cloak. It is your robe of royalty. But it reminds me also of blood, the blood you shed for me! Give me the strength, O divine Child, to be always worthy of your sacrifice, and not to shirk away from the sufferings you send me, but instead to endure them with you and for you.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

SIXTH DAY

O adorable Infant Jesus! My heart is full of joy beholding you with the whole world in your hands. Among all those creatures whose help and refuge you are, myself is counted as well! You regard and support me at all times as your own. Guard me, O Jesus, and be my helper in all tribulations.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

SEVENTH DAY

Your chest, O Jesus, is emblazoned with a cross. It is the sign of redemption. Also I, O my divine Redeemer, have my cross, which all too often seems heavy, although it is, in fact, light. Help me, Lord, to carry it for my eternal good, you, Who knows my weakness. Jesus, help me!

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

EIGHTH DAY

Beside the cross on your chest, O dearest divine Infant, I also see a little golden heart. It is the Image of your divine Heart, full of infinite love. For you are the true Friend, who gives Himself selflessly, indeed, Who surrenders His life for those He loves. Fill me always, O Jesus, with the flames of your love and teach me to become worthy of your love.

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

NINTH DAY

How many mercies has your all-powerful right hand, O you little King, poured out on those who honour you and call on you! Therefore please also bless me, O beloved Infant Jesus: bless my soul, my body, my earthly affairs. Bless also that which I need and that which I desire; come to my aid and hearken to my pleading! Mercifully incline your ear to my entreaties, and I will daily praise your holy Name for ever!

Hail Mary…, Glory be…

• For the sake… (see above).

 
 

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