THE POWERFUL NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES: DAY 4 – (FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR FAITH AS A RESULT OF THEIR ILLNESS)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

ACT OF CONTRITION

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all, because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

INTRODUCTORY PRAYER

Ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, we call upon you as Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, and Comfort of the Afflicted. You know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a sanctuary whence you dispense your favours, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests (mention them here). Through gratitude for favours, I will endeavour to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.

 

MEDITATION: THE STORY OF LOURDES

(Part 4 – The Apparitions. Contd.)

The Sixth Apparition – Sunday, February 21, 1858:

The Beautiful Lady told Bernadette on this occasion to “pray for sinners,” which she never failed to do. Several hundred people were present on that day, including Dr. Dozous, a prominent physician in Lourdes. He told the crowd that he could find nothing abnormal about Bernadette’s physical condition, even when her mental state was trancelike: “Her pulse was regular, her respiration easy, and nothing indicated nervous excitement.”

A meeting was called by the citizens of the town, and sharp differences of opinion were expressed regarding the apparitions. They expressed concern for the dangers that could accompany gatherings of such large crowds. They persuaded the Procurer Imperial, M. Dutour, to officially forbid Bernadette to return to the Grotto. Bernadette responded that she could not give her word to refrain from going to the Grotto because she had promised the Beautiful Lady she would do so. Dutour dismissed her, and discussed this matter with two local officials: M. Jacomet, the Chief of Police; and M. Estrade, who was to become Bernadette’s and Dutour’s friend and who was also to perform an invaluable service by listening in at future conversations and scrupulously recording them word for word.

Estrade recorded a conversation between the Chief of Police and Bernadette. During that meeting, M. Jacomet deliberately tried to confuse Bernadette to change her account of the apparitions. When that attempt failed, the Chief of Police released Bernadette to the custody of her father with an admonition that he take her home and guarantee that there would be no further disturbances. But the interior call which was urging her on was stronger than any earthly admonition.

On Monday, February 22, 1858, Bernadette returned to the Grotto after school. Two policemen saw her and followed her, and so did the usual crowd. The policemen stood at respectful attention as she knelt down in her accustomed place. But as she arose, they sprang forward and asked her if she still insisted that she had seen a Beautiful Lady. “No, this time I saw nothing at all,” she answered. She was allowed to go home, but she was taunted and threatened. People said mockingly that the Beautiful Lady was afraid of the police and had found some safer place to go.

The Seventh Apparition – Tuesday, February 23, 1858:

Approximately two hundred people were present at this apparition. When Bernadette’s appearance was once more transformed, the men present removed their hats and fell to their knees. Bernadette appeared to be gravely serious and listening, and then joyful, and she would occasionally bow low. At the conclusion of the vision, which lasted an hour, Bernadette moved on her knees toward the rose bush and kissed the ground. When asked what the Lady had said, Bernadette replied that the Lady had entrusted her with three secrets, which she never revealed.

DAY FOUR PRAYER

O Immaculate Queen of Heaven, we your wayward, erring children, join our unworthy prayers of praise and thanksgiving to those of the angels and saints and your own-the One, Holy, and Undivided Trinity may be glorified in heaven and on earth. Our Lady of Lourdes, as you looked down with love and mercy upon Bernadette as she prayed her rosary in the grotto, look down now, we beseech you, with love and mercy upon us. From the abundance of graces granted you by your Divine Son, sweet Mother of God, give to each of us all that your motherly heart sees we need and at this moment look with special favor on the grace we seek in this novena (make your request). O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

LITANY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES

Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
 
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
 
God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us.
 
Holy Mary; Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God; Pray for us.
Mother of Christ; Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Help of Christians; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Source of love; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of the poor; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of the handicapped; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of orphans; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of all children; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of all nations; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of the Church; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Friend of the lonely; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Shelter of the homeless; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Guide of travellers; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Strength of the weak; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Refuge of sinners; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Comforter of the suffering; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Help of the dying; Pray for us.
Queen of heaven; Pray for us.
Queen of peace; Pray for us.
 
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
 
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
 
Let us pray: Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

Be blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest your shining with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: ‘I am the Immaculate Conception. ‘ A thousand times we congratulate you upon your Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings deign to cast upon us a look of mercy.

By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favours, and already many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain for us, O loving Mother, the granting of our request (state your request) Through gratitude for your favours, we will endeavour to imitate your virtues, that we may one day share your glory.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your divine son while upon earth. You have the same influence now in Heaven. Pray for us; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be the Divine Will. Amen.
O star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, immaculate in your dignity, show unto us the mercy of thy Son. Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.
 
Blessing+

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Lady of Lourdes, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

N.B: FOR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS NOVENA, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY ALONGSIDE (AT LEAST 5 DECADES), HOWEVER, IT IS NOT COMPULSORY. IF YOU WANT THE BEST, THEN GO FOR IT…

 

Shalom!
Compiled by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição, Paulo Ramos, Maranhão, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us
Amen

Eghe
Eghe
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us. Amen.

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
3 months ago

Our lady of Lourdes. Pray for us

Grace Orpin
Grace Orpin
3 months ago

Our Lady Queen of Lourdes, pray for us

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
3 months ago

Amen

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, pray for your children.

Nwosu Christiana
Nwosu Christiana
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, health of the sick, pray for Roseline Amah, Ngozi Ogbonna and desperately ill with terminal diseases, Amen!

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, intercede for us, amen.

Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
Lilian Uzoamaka Anyanwu
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes refuge of sinners comfort of the afflicted help of Christians pray for us

Margaret
Margaret
3 months ago

Amen

Leticia Otomewo
Leticia Otomewo
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes… Please Pray for Me, My Husband, My Children, My Mother, My Siblings & their Spouses, My Nieces & Nephews and My God daughters and their families, Amen!

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
3 months ago

O our Lady of lourdes, Lady of impossible request pray for us. Amen

Ebubechukwu
Ebubechukwu
3 months ago

Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Bernadette
Pray for us

Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette intercede for I and my children and grant us healing mercies on every infirmity physical, spiritual and emotional through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us Amen

Itohan Umole
Itohan Umole
3 months ago

Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, triumphant in your Coronation, Pray for us! Amen!

Felicity
Felicity
3 months ago

Amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
3 months ago

Our lady of Lourdes…Health ot the sick
Pray for us.
Amen.

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Strength of the weak; Pray for us.

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka Rose-Rita
3 months ago

Pray for us oh Lady of Lourdes; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be His Divine Will. Amen.

Markus dauda
Markus dauda
3 months ago

Our lady of Lourdes pray for us

Stella Ogbakpah
Stella Ogbakpah
3 months ago

Our lady of Lourdes, pray for us Amen.

Priscilla Ugbir
Priscilla Ugbir
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians, Pray for us

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
3 months ago

Our Lady, queen and mother, grant that we who are devoted to you as our mother come to testify to your unbounded miracles at the end of this novena

Adaeze
Adaeze
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of orphans; Pray for us. Amen

Juliet Chinenye
Juliet Chinenye
3 months ago

Amen

Cathy-MarieJ
Cathy-MarieJ
3 months ago

O star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, immaculate in your dignity, show unto us the mercy of thy Son. Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

Grace
Grace
3 months ago

Amen

Amakabelle
Amakabelle
3 months ago

Amen .

Our lady of Lourdes

Margaret orevaoghene
Margaret orevaoghene
3 months ago

Mother Mary help Frank Dimlong with is private intentions n may be drafted to a much more better place and may those owing Margaret pay her

Kuyoro Paul
Kuyoro Paul
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Help of Christians; Pray for us.

Mkpuma Tochukwu
Mkpuma Tochukwu
3 months ago

Obtain favour for me o Mother Mary. Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Refuge of sinners; Pray for us

JoJo
JoJo
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for Us Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for me and my entire family Amen

Sa'adatu Anne Akough
Sa'adatu Anne Akough
3 months ago

Thank you Jesus for everything you have done for me and my family and we give you praise for answering my prayers

Bridget ighodalo
Bridget ighodalo
3 months ago

O Lord hear our prayers Amen

Comfort
Comfort
3 months ago

Oh! what an amazing story of Lourdes and meditation

Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.

Cecilia Anazodo
Cecilia Anazodo
3 months ago

Amen

Mojisola
Mojisola
3 months ago

Amen

Ogochukwu
Ogochukwu
3 months ago

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings deign to cast upon us a look of mercy.

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
3 months ago

Through the intercession of Mary our Lady of Lourdes, may God grant us all our petitions in Jesus Precious name I pray amen

Abuo Felicia Effah
Abuo Felicia Effah
3 months ago

Our Lady help of the weak…..please pray for us

Angela Usoh
Angela Usoh
3 months ago

Amen

Grace Wanan Ityosaa
Grace Wanan Ityosaa
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.

Emilia
Emilia
3 months ago

Our Lady of Lourdes, immaculate conception we for we sinners. Amen

RAPHAEL
RAPHAEL
3 months ago

MAY ST BERNADETTE PRAY FOR US ALWAYS.

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