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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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ANCIENT MARIAN DEVOTIONS: OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION

Our Lady of Consolation

“Our Blessed Mother has been invoked under the beautiful title of Our Lady of Consolation since the fourth century – and probably for even longer than that. History records that St Eusebius of Vercelli, who was a heroic defender of the doctrine of Christ’s Divinity in an age when Arianism was gaining influential followers, brought back an icon of Our Lady of Consolation from Egypt in 363 when he was returning from exile.

Turin

This icon was presented to the city of Turin. Later St Maximus, Bishop of Turin 380 – 420, established a small Shrine to house the icon in a church dedicated to St Andrew. Here it became a popular centre of Marian devotion in the city. However, the following years brought a cycle of destruction, then restoration, followed by neglect, then revival.

During these troubled times a new shrine was built, only to be destroyed again during an invasion of the Barbarians. In 1104 the icon was found buried unharmed beneath some ruins and once again the faithful of Turin could honour Our Lady of Consolation in her shrine. Many miracles were attributed to her intercession and over the succeeding centuries the church in which the icon now is displayed has been reconstructed, embellished and added to, and has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. The devotion to Our Lady of Consolation became widespread in Europe.

West Grinstead

The English Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, Sussex is officially affiliated to the Turin Shrine. Although the church itself was built comparatively recently, it stands in a rural area which is steeped in Church history.

After the Reformation, the local major landowners, the Caryll family, were secret Catholics and welcomed priests who came disguised, at the risk of their lives, to minister to them and to the faithful throughout England.

The Priest’s House, with hiding places to shelter the priest if any investigating authorities were in the area, was originally a tiny cottage. There was also a hidden chapel intended to provide temporary safety for worshippers.

Eventually the government policy towards Catholics changed and instead of the risk of the death penalty, financial sanctions were imposed. The Caryll family remained faithful to the Church and eventually followed the Stuart Royal family to France, where they had an honoured place at the Court in Exile.

Monsignor Denis

When the Caryll estate in Sussex was sold in 1754, the Priest’s House at West Grinstead was given to the Church to ensure that a Catholic presence would continue there. Strange to say, the historical situation was soon reversed, as French Catholic priests fled to England to escape the French Revolution, and some found refuge at West Grinstead.

It was difficult for French speaking priests to minister to a rural English congregation and sadly local fervour declined. Eventually, however, following the establishment of a Catholic Diocese of Southwark (which included Sussex) a priest from Brittany, Mgr Jean Marie Denis, was appointed to West Grinstead and, encouraged by the Bishop, worked hard to revitalise the parish.

A new place of pilgrimage

It was Mgr Denis’s inspiration to establish the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation at West Grinstead in 1876. He chose this title because the Shrine at Turin was an ancient one and was blessed with special privileges and Indulgences. Through affiliation, the Shrine at West Grinstead shares those privileges.

The combination of history enshrined in the Priest’s House and devotion to Our Blessed Lady under the ancient title Our Lady of Consolation excited wide interest and pilgrims began to visit and pray there and they continue to do so today.

Developments in Turin

Whilst the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead, in England was developing and attracting pilgrims, there had been developments at the Shrine in Turin. In 1880 a young priest, Father Giuseppe Allamano, was appointed Rector of the Shrine at the age of 29. Although his father had died when he was only three years old, his early years had been privileged with the example of at least two future saints: one being his uncle, later to become St John Cafasso, and the other being Don Bosco, later to become St John Bosco. The latter was his teacher and spiritual director.

Father Giuseppe had benefited from these early influences and, by the time he was installed as Rector of Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in Turin, he had a number of years’ experience of directing seminarians and newly ordained priests of the diocese. He was a dynamic Rector of the Shrine and enhanced its reputation and influence, but his achievements were not limited to that holy place.

Consolata Missionaries

Father Giuseppe was led by his intense devotion to Our Lady and his zeal for evangelisation to found the two religious missionary congregations that we know as the Consolata Fathers and Brothers (1901) and the Consolata Sisters (1910). They were soon active in Africa and now are spread across the world. Father Giuseppe, better known to us today as Blessed Joseph Allamano, died in 1926 and was beatified in 1990 by Pope St John Paul II. We may hope that he will soon be a canonised saint. The Consolata Missionaries eagerly await this and have dedicated the year 2014 to their founder. They are praying that the miracles required to support the Cause of his canonisation will soon be identified and they urge us all to ask his intercession.

The Consolata Icon

Blessed Joseph Allamano spent many hours in prayer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Turin. The holy icon was a source of inspiration for him, and his prayer led him beyond the ancient representation, to the reality of Our Lady’s loving concern for the needy, the sick, the forlorn, the lost… a loving concern as alive today as it has been through the ages.

It seems appropriate that the icon at Turin is not replicated at West Grinstead, which has its own distinct painting … Our Lady is not limited in time or space. Her title of ‘Consolata’ reassures us of her motherly love and her attentiveness to us whenever we call on her, wherever we may be.

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.

Blessed Joseph Allamano, pray for us. “

– This article was published in the “Little Way Association” magazine (hard copy) Issue no. 94. For subscriptions and donations, please visit the Little Way Association’s website http://www.littlewayassociation.com (external link)

 

 
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PRAYER TO ST JOHN BOSCO

Let us pray. O God, you found in your confessor, Saint John, a father and a teacher of the young, and willed that he should establish with the help of the Virgin Mary new religious orders. May we be inspired by the same love to seek souls and to devote ourselves to your service alone. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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“WATCH OVER YOUR PEOPLE” – INTERCESSIONS THROUGH ST JOHN BOSCO

Let us pray through the intercession of Saint John Bosco:

R. Watch over your people and guide them!

For the young and those who form and educate them:
– be their light, O Lord. (R.)

For troubled youth and those physically, morally, or spiritually endangered by their environment:
– be their life, O Lord. (R.)

For children and young people who have been abused or abandoned:
– be their help, O Lord. (R.)

For all Christian teachers and all who administer programmes of Christian formation:
– be their foundation, O Lord.

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

May the Lord our God bless us in all the work that our hands undertake. (cf. Dt 14:19)

 
 

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“HOW UNFORTUNATE ARE THOSE WHO EXPECT PRAISE FROM THE WORLD, WHICH INVARIABLY PAYS WITH INGRATITUDE”

WISDOM BY ST JOHN BOSCO

• Glance often at the Crucifix. The lessons it teaches you must guide your step in life.

• Instead of grumbling over inconveniences, bear them for the sake of Jesus and Mary.

• Every Christian is bound to edify his neighbour. No sermon is as efficacious as good example.

• How unfortunate are those who expect praise from the world, which invariably pays with ingratitude.

• Every day we must take a step forward on our way to heaven.

• The Sacred Heart is like a boundless sea. No matter how much you draw from it, it is ever full. Only ask – only pray!

• Short prayers whispered in one’s heart are very powerful in overcoming temptation.

• You cannot love God and forget about your neighbour. The two are intimately linked.

• Make it a daily prayer: Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

• Always consider how you stand in God’s sight. Don’t worry about the opinion men have of you, be it good or bad.

• Form the habit of visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during the day. Let your visit last only for a moment if you have little time, but make it daily.

• Remember, O Christian, that you are a person destined to become a citizen of an eternal country.

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: PILGRIMAGE OF THE RELICS OF DON BOSCO

The relics of St John Bosco have been travelling around the United Kingdom. On Sunday 13th January 2013 the Pilgrim Experience will take place at St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, Southwark, London SE1 7HY, from 3.30 to 5.30pm, with Mass at 6pm.

On Monday 14th January 2013, also at St George’s Cathedral, the Pilgrim Experience takes place from 8am until 12 noon, with Mass at 12.30pm. The Pilgrim Experience continues from 2pm until 4pm, with the closing Liturgy taking place at 4pm. All are welcome.

 
 

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ST JOHN BOSCO: THE PRIEST WHO FED THOUSANDS OF ORPHANS

LET’S ABANDON OUR OWN WILL AND OPEN OURSELVES TO THE FLAMES OF CHARITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS…HE WILL WORK MIRACLES IN US AND THROUGH US:

Most fervently devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was St John Bosco, founder of the Salesians and the apostolate to young people, the great and providential man of modern times. His parents were pious farmers and lived in a small village called Castelnuovo. It was immediately apparent that he had a good and virtuous character. While still young, his father died and his mother said to him through her tears, “Now you can really say, our Father who art in heaven.” And he, full of love, gave himself into the hands of the heavenly Father, who meant him to be a great benefactor of mankind. His mother brought him up as a Christian, saying to him time and again, “I love you very much, but I would rather see you dead than a sinner.” Therefore he was always horrified by sin. Once, he broke a jar containing oil, and he himself brought the cane to his mother, so that she would punish and correct him.

He began to learn to be a tailor but he remained a little apostle who gathered others of his age around him and preached to them, telling them to fall in love with God; even a young Jew called Jonah converted and was baptised after he had listened to St John. The Sacred Heart called John to be a priest, and even though he had almost nothing, he studied hard and became an exemplary one. He had a disposition prone to fighting and disagreements within him, but he was able to overcome these things and became incredibly humble. The fire of love produced in him a flame of generous, apostolic and hard working zeal. Putting into practice the imitation and glorification of the Heart of Jesus, he worked in hospitals and prisons in times of epidemic!

Overcoming every obstacle and difficulty, he instituted in Turin the oratory of St Francis De Sales, where thousands of young people especially orphans, were fed, educated and taught the faith, all in the name of loving divine providence. He had the magnificent Church of the Sacred Heart built in Rome and the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians in Turin.

He used to say in holy wit, “Let’s pick three numbers to play the lottery, and these numbers are faith, hope and charity.” And with these three numbers, he saw his houses multiply all over Europe, cross to America and expand everywhere in an incredible way. These are lasting trophies dedicated to the Heart of Jesus that St John Bosco so loved and imitated.

PRAYER (to be repeated frequently during the day): “O beneficent Heart so loving, with Your love and Your favour, may I always love my neighbour.”
– Mons. Nicola Tafuri

 
 

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