St. Maria Goretti, Pray For Us!

Her story marks heroic virtue in great suffering and adversity. As an 11 year old, she practiced heroic love and forgiveness when forgiving her neighbor and attacker. Please, join me and thousands of others in praying the St. Maria Goretti Novena starting TOMORROW, Tuesday June 27th!

St. Maria Goretti, the Little Saint of Great Mercy and the patroness of purity, the patron saint of the youth, teenage girls, rape victims, and forgiveness.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena!

sacred heart- c&cPlease, join me and thousands of others in praying the Sacred Heart Of Jesus Novena. The novena begins TOMORROW -Wednesday June 14th!

A favorite daily devotion of St. Padre Pio, the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was started and made popular by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She was inspired by visions of Jesus to spread this devotion.

Similar to many Catholics, my family and I have a special devotion to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents a powerful and unique devotion that many ethnic Catholics in the past and present have embraced.

Please, join us in prayer!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.

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Pentecost/Holy Spirit Novena

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Please, Join Me and thousands of people in praying the Pentecost/ Holy Spirit Novena starting TODAY, Friday May 25th.

To celebrate Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, we are going to pray the Holy Spirit Novena! It is a powerful and moving novena that is meant to help us open ourselves up to the third person of the Holy Trinity.

Even though we pray this novena as a preparation for the feast of Pentecost, you can also pray a novena to the Holy Spirit any time that you want.

So, let us pray with great confidence and trust in our God who is all Good and Loving.

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Here are the novena prayers for the Novena to the Holy Spirit that we will be praying together for Pentecost!

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Our Lady of Fatima Novena: Celebrating Years!

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May 13th Marks the 100th Anniversary of the First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary. Please, join myself and hundreds of thousands of others praying the Our Lady of Fatima Novena 9 days leading up to the Feast Day!

On May 13th, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three children whom Our Lady appeared to in Fatima, canonization will occur too.

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The novena starts tomorrow- May 4th!

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Our Lady of Fatima, pray for Us!

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Novena

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Please, join me in praying the nine Day Novena to St. Jospeh, Husband of Mary. The novena already started through PrayMoreNovenas.com. Mea Culpable for missing the novena start date. However, St. Joseph’s Feast Day occurs on March 19th and the novena invokes a powerful intercessor.

http://www.praymorenovenas.com/podcast/day-1-st-joseph-husband-mary-novena-2017

March 19th marks my brother and sister-in-law’s sixth wedding anniversary. Yes, my brother and his wife were married in the Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. What an amazing wedding date! And a wonderful reminder to all of us to pray for the intercession of St. Jospeh, husband of Mary. He is the model of human fatherhood: a provider, a leader, and a protector. A devout, virtuous, and humble man God chose to watch over the Holy Mother and our instrument of salvation, the child Jesus.

May we ask for his intercession in our relationships, marriages, families, and children. May we all receive the grace to be a Holy Family. And may we all have the grace and blessing of dying in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, pray for us.

St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer, pray for us.

AMEN.

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Happy Feast Day of St. Andrew!

The St. Andrew Christmas Novena or the Christmas Anticipation Novena begins TODAY, November 30th and goes until Christmas Eve, December 24th. The novena prayer is prayed 15 x’s per day. This novena is a medieval novena with a legacy. Stories and legends surround this novena. Tradition states that woman through the ages petitioned Our Lord the Christ Child for assistance in finding a husband. But the novena can be prayed for many reasons.

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Immaculate Conception Novena

Please, join me and 300,000 others praying the Immaculate Conception Novena. The novena begins TODAY [Tuesday]. This novena begins 9 days before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

A few years ago, I remember working in San Antonio, Texas. There are a string of colonial Spanish missions called the “Mission Trail.” The one Mission is still an active parish and has remainders of the original. The name of that Mission titled Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepción de Acuña or Mission Concepcion. This novena reminder transported me back to that sweltering day many summers ago visiting one of the oldest missions in North America. A mission named for Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception.

NOVENA PRAYERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the singular grace and honor of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross, He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.

I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me these requests…

(Mention your intentions)

My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine. So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.

As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen Jesus!

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

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Christ the King Novena

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Today is Election Day in the USA. As a Catholic Christian, my allegiance is to Christ the King not the passing governments of this world. On this day of faithful citizenship, I turn towards the upcoming Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe or the short version- the Feast of Christ the King, the end to the liturgical year.

Please, join me in praying this Novena to Christ the King beginning this week.

Background on this Feast (PrayMoreNovenas.Com)

This feast day was instituted by Pope Pius XI on December 11th in 1925 within the encyclical letter Quas Primas. The Holy Father was responding to the fact that the world was becoming increasingly nationalistic and secular. Governments were claiming more and more allegiance from their citizens and attempting to replace God.

“While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights.” – Quas Primas, 25

Pope Pius XI, therefore, created this feast to help the faithful to remember that allegiance to Christ is above any allegiance to government of a nation.

“The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.” – Quas Primas, 33

It is particularly important to recognize the words of the encyclical in today’s climate of government intrusion on the Church.

“When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state; and that in fulfilling the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding to eternal bliss those who belong to the kingdom of Christ, she cannot be subject to any external power.” – Quas Primas, 31

 

The 54 Day Rosary Novena . . . Whew!

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54 Days Ago very well-intended and inspired, I began the 54 Day Rosary Novena. This particular rosary novena is known for being immensely powerful and grueling. I “knew” what I was getting myself into or not. I heard of this novena from my parents who prayed it once together during a desperate family situation 27 years ago when I was an infant.

The historical origins date back to 1884 Naples after an apparition of Our Lady of Pompeii to Commander Agrelli’s daughter Fortuna who suffered from untreatable, agonizing stomach ailments. She and her family commenced three rosary novenas. On March 3rd. 1884, Fortuna greeted Our Lady of Pompeii accompanied by St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Dominic with “Queen of the Holy Rosary.” Mary upon recognizing her title requested 3 more rosary novenas in Thanksgiving of a cure. Upon the 6th set of rosary novenas, Fortuna experienced her miraculous cure. Upon learning of this miracle, Pope Leo XIII urged Christians to pray the rosary fervently.

Considered “a laborious novena, but a novena of love,” this rosary Novena consists of praying the rosary with a specific introductory prayer, particular introduction to each mystery, closing to each mystery, a spiritual communion offered, and specific concluding prayers. The first 27 days (3 rosary novenas) are prayed in petition. The last 27 days (3 rosary novenas) are prayed in thanksgiving for the answering your prayer intention(s) whether or not it has been “answered.” Since the novena originated before the Luminous mysteries, traditionally only the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries are prayed.

My 54 Day experience ranged from great highs to impressive lows. Some days I felt immense consolation. Other days I experienced spiritual isolation. Part way through the first 27 days, I felt lost. After five days of 4 hours of sleep, I felt spiritually drained and attacked. I almost quit. I continued a few more days. When one of my intentions seemed to go up in flames, I almost quit. I continued a few more days. When I lost sleep again, I almost quit. One night when I was sleep deprived, I messed up the mysteries. In tears, I ranted to my mother. I felt like I failed. Again I resumed. Another night when I was even more sleep deprived, I fell asleep during the 1st Joyful mystery. This time I entrusted my human limitations to Mother Mary and continued to pray. By the final 2 weeks, I prayed, and I felt a sense of resolve and peace. Today I completed my imperfect yet sincere 54 Day Rosary Novena. *SIGH OF RELIEF*

Some people write that if you mess up the 54 Day Rosary Novena at any point, you must restart. Congratulations to all those who pray correctly all 54 Days. But God and Mother Mary understand intention. And effort. Um, perfection isn’t the point of pray. Love is. Purpose is. Intention is. Trust is. If that means 54 days of perfection or imperfection, God and Mary know. I learned much about myself, my faith, and my relationship with Mary and her Son. But, to be honest, I don’t see another 54 Day Rosary Novena on my horizon. But God is probably laughing. If I pray another novena like this, it’ll be for a very special, prayerful occasion.

 

Please, Pray the Election Novena

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Please join me in the special Pray More Novenas’ Election Novena.

Many faithful people look at politics and the election process and they think to themselves, “What’s the point?! It’s a lost cause.”

That’s why we need to pray!

The Election Novena starts TODAY October 30th. Please, join me and thousands of others in praying for good and godly leaders. For the respect for life from conception to natural death. For the respect and welfare of the poor and vulnerable. For the upholding of inalienable rights. And for peace in our country and the world.

Day 1: St. Jude, Patron of impossible causes, pray for us.

Day 2: St. Frances Cabrini, you who tirelessly built the Kingdom of God in America, pray for us.

Day 3: St. Thomas More, martyred for your uncompromising faith, pray for us.

Day 4: St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, martyred for your child-like, yet fearless faith in Christ the King, pray for us.

Day 5: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who fled to Canada in order to freely practice your faith,pray for us.

Day 6: St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, selfless servant of the lepers of Hawaii, pray for us.

Day 7: St. John Neumann, Founder of the diocesan Catholic school system in America, pray for us.

Day 8: St. Rita, Patroness of hopeless causes, pray for us.

Day 9: Mother Mary, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

Amen.