NOVENA FOR THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: DAY 7 (For Nigeria in distress)

MORNING PRAYERS

V. O God, come to my aid+
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hymn

Hail bright Star of the sea,
God’s own Virgin Mother,
The Queen of all the virgins,
Christ’s perfect example
“Chaire, Kecharitomene!”
Which came from the angel’s lips,
To describe her sinless life,
From her very conception.

‘But how can this come about,
Since I know no man,’
‘God’s Spirit will descend on you,
and overshadow you,’
‘I am the lowly handmaid,
of God the Most High,
Let what you have said to me
Be done to me.’

From this solemn fiat of Mary
God the Son was made man,
To ransom man from sin,
And from the gates of hell.
May we, your faithful children,
respond to God’s will,
by imitating your faith,
And your holy examples.

To God be all the glory,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Who reigns forever Lord of all,
For ages unending.
Grant, we beseech Thee,
Through the prayers of Mary,
We may inherit Your Kingdom,
and reign forevermore.

Scriptural Meditation
(Read the following passage and meditate gently on it)
Gen. 3:15

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.

Prayer
Oh, Blessed Virgin Mary! Chosen and destined by the majestic Trinity to be the Mother of the only begotten Son of the Father, announced by the prophets, expected from the Patriarchs, and desired by all people; Tabernacle and living Temple of the Holy Spirit, Sun without spot, because you were conceived without original sin, Lady of heaven and earth, Queen of angels; we humbly come before you, and rejoice in the solemn annual celebration of your joyful birth; and from the depths of our hearts, we beseech you to be graciously born spiritually in our souls, so that we may be captivated by your love and sweetness, may we always remain united to your so sweet and loving heart.

Today, we beseech your maternal intercession on behalf of our dear country, Nigeria (also mention other countries passing through distress). Intercede for all our political leaders and citizens; for the dismantling of widespread corruption which has crippled all levels of the Nigerian society – especially the government and including the Church. If it be the will of God, may the corrupt leaders be deposed for the greater good of the citizens. We also ask for thy maternal intercession for the unrest and increasingly amount of persecutions of Christians in the Islamicized northern states; for the incessant killings, particularly in southern Kaduna, and other regions. O beloved Mother, may your kindness win the conversion of the deadly Islamic group – Boko Haram, and other terrorists causing mayhem in the country. Above all, may Nigeria be spared from chaos, anarchy and doom. Amen.

Our Father…10 Hail Marys…(State your private intentions)…Glory be…

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Let us pray.
Grant that we, your servants, Lord
may enjoy unfailing health of mind and body,
and through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her glory
free us from our sorrows in this world
and give us eternal happiness in the next.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing+
May the Lord bless + us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

(If possible, kindly accompany this novena with the Holy Rosary at any hour of the day, either 5 or 10 or 15 or 20 decades…)

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NIGHT PRAYERS

V. O God, come to my aid
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Examination of conscience
(This is an excellent opportunity to examine one’s way of life throughout the course of the day for about 2 minutes)

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart, Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

Hymn

O glorious Lady, throned in light,
Sublime above the stary height,
Thine arms thy great Creator pressed,
A suckling at thy sacred breast.

O Mary, Mother of all grace,
Mother of Mercy to our race,
Protect us now from Satan’s power,
And own us at life’s closing hour.

All glory be Thee, O Lord,
The Virgin’s Son, by all adored,
And equal praise forever greet,
The Father and the Paraclete. Amen.

Scriptural Meditation
Read the following passage and meditate gently on it:
Luke 11:27-28

Our Father…3 Hail Marys… Glory be… (For the intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis; and for peace in Nigeria, especially the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna)

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

May the Divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Blessing+
The Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

Final Anthem to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O what light and glory
Deck thee, all resplendent,
Thou of royal David
Glorious descendant;
Mary ever-virgin,
Who in heaven art dwelling,
All the choirs of angels
Evermore excelling!

Mother, yet the honour
Of a virgin bearing,
For the Lord of angels
Dwelling pure preparing;
Him within thy bosom
Chastely thou enshrines;
Thus our God incarnate
Takes His flesh divine.

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Shalom!

Compiled and written by,
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, Vila Sabrina, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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Adaeze
16 days ago

“Grant, we beseech Thee,
Through the prayers of Mary,
We may inherit Your Kingdom,
and reign forevermore”…Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
16 days ago

May God grant us a quiet night and a peaceful end, amen

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