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Novena for Pentecost May 26- June 3

For the full traditonal, most beautiful novena click here:
www.catholictradition.org/Tradition/holy-spirit.htm

Another shorter one:

ENGLISH

VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue. read more

Novena to Saint Rita, May 13-21

O holy patroness of those in need, St. Rita,
whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible,
who for thy lavishness in granting favors has been called the Advocate of the Hopeless
and even of the Impossible.
St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified,
so patient and of such compassionate love for thy Crucified Jesus
that thou could obtain from Him whatever thy asked,
on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee,
expecting, if not relief, at least comfort.
Be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant.
Please be generous with us, as thou has been in so many wonderful cases,
for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of devotion to thee,
and for the consolation of those who trust in thee.
We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making known thy favor,
to bless and sing thy praises forever.
Relying on thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray read more

Our Lady, Help of Christians: novena May 15-23

NOVENA TO OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS

MOST holy and immaculate Virgin Mary, our most tender Mother and powerful Help of Christians,
we dedicate ourselves entirely to thy sweet love and holy service.
We consecrate in thee our minds with all their thoughts, our hearts with all their affections,
our bodies with all their senses and powers,
and we promise to desire always to work for the greater giory of God and for the salvation of souls.
Meanwhile thou, O incomparable Virgin, who hast always been the Help of the Christian people,
continue to show thyself such, especially in these days. Humble the enemies of our holy religion, frustrate their evil purposes.
Enlighten and strengthen bishops and priests, and keep them ever united in obedience to the Pope,
their infallible master. Preserve incautious youth from irreligion and vice.
Promote holy vocations, increase the number of God’s ministers,
that by means of them the kingdom of Jesus Christ may be preserved among us, and extended to the farthest boundaries of the earth read more

Our Lady of Fatima novena May 4-12

NOVENA PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima
to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures
of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary,
inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion,
so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it,
we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners,
the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek
(mention request)
which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God,
for thine own honor and for the good of all people.
Amen
3 Our Fathers……3 Hail Mary’s …..3 Glory Be’s read more

May dedicated to Our Lady

Our Lady of Fatima
We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13th. On this day in 1917, Our Lady made her first appearance to three shepherd children, Jacinta (age 7), Francisco (age 9) and Lucia (age 10), at Fatima in Portugal. She appeared to them once a month from May through October. The lives of the three children of Fatima were entirely transformed by the heavenly apparitions. While fulfilling the duties of their state with the greatest fidelity, those children seemed now to live only for prayer and sacrifice, which they offered in a spirit of reparation to obtain peace and the conversion of sinners. They deprived themselves of water during the periods of great heat; they gave their lunch to poor children; they wore around their waists thick cords that even drew blood; they abstained from innocent pleasures and urged one another to the practice of prayer and penance with an ardor comparable to that of the great saints. read more

Novena to Saint Monica April 25-May 3

O exemplary mother of the great St. Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son,
not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to Heaven.
Intercede for all mothers today, that they may learn to draw their children to God.
Teach them to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.

Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime,
yet you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence and profound faith, you obtained the conversions
of your beloved husband Patricius and your beloved son, Augustine. read more

Novena to Saint Joseph the workman April 22-30

(State your intentions here)

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor,
obtain the grace for me to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations;
to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins,
considering it an honor to develop by means of labor the gifts received from God;
to work with order, peace, moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties;
to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self,
having always death before my eyes and the account I must render of time lost,
of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. read more

Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel April 17-25

O Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in choosing the true and the good,
we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darkness-es
of error and evil plot our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.

O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error
so that they might not be seduced by evil masquerading as good;
strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and sin. read more

Limbo/ Holy Saturday

LIMBO, by Sister Mary Ada

The Ancient greyness shifted
Suddenly and thinned
Like mist upon the moors
Before a wind.
An old, old prophet lifted
A shining face and said:
“He will be coming soon.
The Son of God is dead;
He died this afternoon,”

A murmurous excitement stirred all souls.
They wondered if they dreamed–
Save one old man who seemed
Not even to have heard.

And Moses standing,
Hushed them all to ask
If any had a welcome song prepared.
If not, would David take the task?
An if they cared
Could not the three young children sing
The Benedicite, the Canticle of Praise
They made when God kept them from perishing
In the fiery blaze? read more

Father Rusak’s Dad RIP

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord hear my voice. Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul has relied on His word, my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him plentiful redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. read more

Our Lady of Sorrows novena March 29-April 6

MOST BLESSED and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother’s pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request, read more

Feast of the Annunciation Novena. Mar 16-24

I greet thee, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Throne of Grace, miracle of Almighty Power!
I greet thee, sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity and Queen of the Universe, Mother of Mercy and Refuge of sinners.

Most loving Mother, attracted by thy beauty and sweetness, and by thy tender compassion, I confidently turn to thee,
miserable as I am, and beg of thee to obtain from thy Dear Son the favor I request in this novena:

Mention you request here

Obtain for me also, O Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which thou practiced so faithfully, especially humility, purity and obedience. Above all, I beg thee to be my Mother and Protectress, to receive me into the number of thy devoted children, and to guide me from thy high throne of glory. read more

Lenten devotion 30 day Pieta.

www.catholictradition.org/Passion/pieta.htm

SPECIAL 30 DAY NOVENA
It has long been a custom in the Church to say this prayer of petition on 30 consecutive days. It is also recommended as a Lenten devotion as well as for all Fridays of the year.

Ever glorious and blessed Mary, Queen of Virgins, Mother of Mercy, through that sword of sorrow which pierced thy tender heart whilst thy only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, suffered death and ignominy on the Cross; through that filial tenderness and pure love He hast for thee, while from His Cross He recommended thee to the care and protection of His beloved disciple, Saint John, take pity, I beseech thee, on my poverty and need; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries. Thou art the Mother of Mercies, the only refuge of the needy and the orphan, of the desolate and afflicted. read more

March – month of Saint Joseph

Taken from:
www.catholictradition.org/Joseph/joseph-index.htm
Lots more beautiful prayers and devotions on that site.

30 Day Novena to Saint Joseph

In honor of the years he spent with Jesus and Mary.
[For Any Special Intention]

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection. read more