In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
St Mary Magdalene, though you had committed many sins, you answered Christ’s merciful invitation to you and became his devoted and beloved disciple.
Thank you for showing me the incredible mercy of Jesus and the grandeur of His love.
Please pray for me for my intention in this novena (mention request here…) and that I may share in your joy in Heaven one day. Amen.
From a homily on the Gospels by Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome
(Hom. 25,1-2.4-5: PL 76, 1189-1193)
She longed for Christ, though she thought he had been taken away
When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: “The disciples went back home,” and it adds: “but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb.”
We should reflect on Mary’s attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tells us: “Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.”
At first, she sought but did not find, but when she persevered it happened that she found what she was looking for. When our desires are not satisfied, they grow stronger, and becoming stronger they take hold of their object. Holy desires likewise grow with anticipation, and if they do not grow they are not really desires. Anyone who succeeds in attaining the truth has burned with such a great love. As David says: “My soul has thirsted for the living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God?” And so also in the Song of Songs, the Church says: “I was wounded by love;” and again: “My soul is melted with love.”
“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?” She is asked why she is sorrowing so that her desire might be strengthened; for when she mentions whom she is seeking, her love is kindled all the more ardently.
“Jesus says to her: Mary.” Jesus is not recognized when he calls her “woman”; so he calls her by name, as though he were saying: Recognise me as I recognize you; for I do not know you as I know others; I know you as yourself. And so Mary, once addressed by name, recognizes who is speaking. She immediately calls him “Rabboni,” that is to say, “teacher,” because the one whom she sought outwardly was the one who inwardly taught her to keep on searching.
Mary Magdalene, woman of the resurrection.
Pray for us as we too go and tell what we know,
that Jesus is alive and at work through us.
Guide us all through your story
teach us to always live in the light of the resurrection. (Add your intentions).
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…
LITANY OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us.
St. Mary Magdalen,
Pray for us.
Sister of Martha and Lazarus, Pray for us! (Repeat Response for invocations all below)
Thou who didst enter the Pharisee’s house to anoint the feet of Jesus,
Who didst wash His feet with thy tears,
Who didst dry them with thy hair,
Who didst cover them with kisses,
Who wast vindicated by Jesus before the proud Pharisee,
Who from Jesus received the pardon of thy sins,
Who before darkness wast restored to light,
Mirror of penance,
Disciple of Our Lord,
Wounded with the love of Christ,
Most dear to the Heart of Jesus,
Last at the Cross of Jesus, first at His tomb,
Thou who wast the first to see Jesus risen,
Whose forehead was sanctified by the touch of thy risen Master,
Apostle of apostles,
Who didst choose the better part,
Who lived for many years in solitude being miraculously fed,
Who wast visited by Angels seven times a day,
Sweet advocate of sinners,
Spouse of the King of Glory,
V. Saint Mary Magdalene, earnestly intercede for us with thy Divine Master,
R. That we may share thy happiness in Heaven.
Let Us Pray.
May the glorious merits of blessed Mary Magdalen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, make our offerings acceptable to Thee, for Thine only-begotten Son vouchsafed graciously to accept the humble service she rendered. We ask this through Him Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, God forever and ever. R. Amen.
May the prayers of blessed Mary Magdalen help us, O Lord, for it was in answer to them that Thou didst call her brother Lazarus, four days after death, back from the grave to life, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, Unity in Trinity, world without end. R. Amen.
Through the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Great job praying Day 9! May the good Lord hear our humble petitions. Amen.
Compiled from various sources by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today?