Throughout the year we hold several novenas, all with an Augustinian connection. More details on these can be obtained from St Rita's Promotions 01404 42635. The prayers for our Novena's follow they are for: St. Joseph, St Rita, Our Lady of Consolation, the Holy Child and a prayer for the deceased to St. Nicholas of Tolentine an Augustinian Friar and patron of the souls in purgatory.
Opening Prayer: God our Father, in your wisdom you chose St Joseph to be the foster-father of your own Son made man. May we enjoy his fatherly care throughout our lives, especially at the hour of our death, and may he obtain for us the special favour we request in this Novena. Grant us this, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gospel Reading: (Mt.1.18-25)
Jesus Christ was born in this way. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they cvame to live together she was found too be with child through thee Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a just man and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to send her away quietly. But as he made up his mind to do this an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you must name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins". When Joseph woke up he did as the Angel of the Lord had told him. Mary gave birth to a son and he named him Jesus.
Pause for reflection
Intercessions: Lord, we come before you with faith and trust. Through the intercrssion of St Joseph we ask you to hear our prayers and grant us your help in all our needs.
- Joseph believed God's messenger even though he did not understand the Lord's plan and so became the foster-father of God's own Son. May we too learn to believe, trust and follow the word of God in our lives.
Response: St Joseph, pray for us.
- Joseph gave the name Jesus to the child born to Mary because he was to free his people from their sins. May we overcome our weakness and enjoy the true freedom of the children of God. Response:
- Joseph took the child Jesus into his care, koving and accepting him as his son. May we accept all that god gives us in life and care for those entrusted to us with selfless and dedicated love. Response.
- Joseph, through his carpenter's work, supported Mary and her Son at Nazareth. May we come to appreciate the dignity of human labour and co-operate with God our Creator and our fellow men and women in building a better world. Response.
- Joseph lived a life of faithful service to God's call and died in the arms of Jesus and Mary. May we follow God's call in all things and one day come to share the company of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in heaven. Response.
Add private intentions.
St Joseph, powerful protector of the Church of God, we come to you in our need and confidently ask your intercession before the throne of Him whom men called your son. Mindful of the tender love you showed for Jesus and Mary we place before you our many needs. Guide us along the paths of life, however dark and hard the way, and be near us with your consoling presence when the Master calls us from this life to Him. May we share with you the company of Jesus, Mary and all the Saints forever. Amen.
Novena to St Rita 14th - 22nd May
Father in heaven, you gained St Rita a share in the passion of your Son, and through her sufferings she reached the heights of holiness. Give us courage and strength in time of trial, so that by our patient endurance we may one day share her company in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer of Petition
O powerful St Rita you are called Saint of helpless cases. I come o you with confidence in time of need. During your life on earth you found hapiness by following the will of oue heavenly Father: help me to trust God's desgns for me withour fear and without counting the cost. Come to help me and intercede on my behalf before the Lor. Join your prayrs to mine and obtain for me the graces I ask in this Novena........
I promise to use this favour, when granted, to better my life, to proclaim God's mercy, and to make you widely known and loved for the glory of God our Father. Amen.
Full of confidence we pray to our heavenly Father ib the worss Christ taught us. Our Father......
Heavenly Father, through the intercession of St Rita, help us to know the value of patience in life. Make us grow strong in the spirit of charity and forgiveness. Hear our prayers for all in need; for peace in our own lifes and in the world. May the example of St Rita insire in many hearts today a desire to dedicate their lives to God in the religious life and the priesthood. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Glorious St Rita, you who have obtained from the Lord favours which seemed impossible and who have become known as the Advocate of the Helpless.
Response: Pray for us.
Direct, we beseech You, O Lord, our actions by your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from You, and by You be happily ended, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Petition
We salute you Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, Mother of Consolation. Mindful of the power with which Jesus your Son has blessed you, we implore your protection as the source of all true consolation. After the trials and sorrows of our life's pilgrimage, you can console your children with the glory of which you are the dispenser and with the joys of paradise of which you are the gate. May our poor efforts to love you, dearest Mother, be helped by your more than maternal care. Deign then to listen to your children's prayer, and grant us the grace that we ask in this Novena...(pause) O Mother of Consolation, grant that, under your care and protection, we may reach the home of eternal rest, where we may for ever bless your Divine Son. Amen.
O Mary, Mother of Consolation: pray for your children.
HAIL MARY (three times)
Remember, O most loving virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you, O virgin of virgins, our mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Father of mercies and God of all Consolation, your faithful rejoice in the protection of the holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Consolation. Through her motherley intercession may we be freed from all evils in this life and be worthy to share the eternal joy of heaven, where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer for deceased person
Hear my prayer and through the merits of Christ, the Blessed Virgin, the Saints and all your faithful prople bring to an end this time of waiting for our beloved dead, especially for N.
In your providence you have chosen Saint Nicjolas of Tolentine as a special intercessor on behalf of the departed; hear also his fervent pray for those whom I recommend to you through his intercession.
In preparation for Christmas: Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in Bethlehem. Give us, O Lord, the grace to await with joy the celebration of the glorious day of our Saviour's birth. Clear a pathway in our hearts to make ready for your only Son, so that when he comes we may serve you in sincerity of heart. Hear our prayers during this Novena, and grant our petitions: may we not grow faint on our journey as we wait for your healing pressence. We ask this through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Chrst, and the intercession of is Blessed Mother. Amen.
ANTIPHONE. Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, longawaited Saviour of the nations. In joyful expectation of your coming, we humbly entreat you: sone, Lord Jesus, and save us in this present age.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father.
Let us Pray
O God, you see your people look forward with faith to the feast of the Lord's birth. Grant that we may feel all the happiness Our Saviour brings and celebrate his birth with glad and solemn rites. Take pity on our distress, O Lord, and grant us the grace that when Christ comes again we may go out to meet him bearing the harvest of good works achieved by your grace. We ask this through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Petition to to Our Lady
This blessing beg, O Virgin Queen,
from Jesus through His birth,
by holy poverty to wean
our hearts from things of earth.
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