Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of Novenas

Madonna of the Book (Madonna del Libro) - by BOTTICELLI, Sandro - from Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan


The Novena had its Origin in the Nine (9) Months,
Our Lord was in His Blessed Mother's Womb,
from the Incarnation to the Nativity


Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of Novenas

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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Devout Clients of Mary are all Attention and Fervor, in-Celebrating the Novenas, or Nine (9) Days Preceding her Festivals; and the Blessed Virgin is all Love, in 'Dispensing' Innumerable and most-Special Graces to them. Saint Gertrude one day saw, under Mary's Mantle, a Band-of Souls, whom the Great Lady was 'Considering' with the most-Tender Affection; and she was 'Given' to Understand that they were Persons who, during the Preceding Days, had 'Prepared' themselves with various Devotions for the Feast-of-the-Assumption. The following Devotions are some of those which can be 'Used' during the Novenas:

We may 'Make' Mental Prayer in the Morning and Evening, and 'Visit'-to the Blessed Sacrament, 'Adding' Nine (9) "Our Fathers", "Hail Marys", and "Glory be to the Fathers".

We may 'Pay' Mary Three (3) Visits ('Visiting' her Statue or Picture), and 'Thank' Our Lord for the Graces He 'Granted' her; and each-time 'Ask' the Blessed Virgin for some Special Grace. In One of these Visits, the Prayer, which will be found-in this Volume, after the Discourse-on the Feast, whichever it may be, can be 'Said'.

We may 'Make' many Acts-of Love 'Towards' Mary (at-least Fifty (50) or a Hundred (100)), and also 'Towards' Jesus; for we can do Nothing which 'Pleases' her more, than-to Love her Son, as she said to Saint-Bridget: "If thou Wishest to Bind thyself to me, Love my Son".

We may 'Read' every day of the Novena, for a Quarter-of-an-Hour, some Book which 'Treats' of her Glories.

We may 'Perform' some External Mortification, such-as 'Wearing' a Hair-Cloth, 'Taking' a Discipline, or the like; we can also Fast, or at the Table 'Restrain' from Fruit, or some Favorite Dish, at least in-part, or 'Chew' some Bitter Herbs. On the Vigil-of the Feast we may Fast on Bread and Water; but none of these things should be done without the Permission-of our Confessor. Interior Mortifications, however, are the Best-of-All to 'Practice' during these Novenas, such-as to 'Avoid' Looking-at or Listening-to things out-of Curiosity; to Remain-in Retirement; Observe Silence; be Obedient; not 'Give' Impatient Answers; 'Bear' Contradictions, and such things; which can All be 'Practiced' with less Danger-of Vanity, with Greater Merit, and do not need the Confessor's Permission. The most-Useful Exercise, is to 'Propose', from the beginning-of the Novena, to 'Correct' some Fault into-which we 'Fall' the most Frequently. For this Purpose it will be Well, in the Visits 'Spoken' of above, to 'Ask' Pardon for Past Faults, to 'Renew' our Resolution not to Commit Them any more, and to 'Implore' Mary's Help. The Devotion most Dear and Pleasing to Mary, is to 'Endeavor'-to 'Imitate' her Virtues; therefore it would be well always to 'Propose' to ourselves, the 'Imitation' of some Virtue, which 'Corresponds' with the Festival; as-for-example

On the Feast of her Immaculate Conception, Purity-of-Intention;

On her Nativity, Renovation-of-Spirit, to 'Throw'-off Tepidity;

On her Presentation, 'Detachment' from something to-which we are most Attached;

On her Annunciation, Humility in 'Supporting' Contempt;

On her Visitation, Charity towards our Neighbor, in 'Giving' Alms, or at least by Praying for Sinners;

On her Purification, Obedience to Superiors; and in Fin,

On the Feast of her Assumption, let us 'Endeavor' to-Detach ourselves from the World, do all to 'Prepare' ourselves for Death, and 'Order' each Day of our Lives, as if it was to be our Last.

Besides 'Going' to Communion, on the Day-of the Feast, it would be Well to 'Ask' Leave-from our Confessor, to 'Go' more-Frequently during the Novena. Father-Segneri used to say, that we can not Honor Mary better, than with Jesus. She herself 'Revealed' to a Holy Soul (as Father-Crasset 'Relates'), that we could 'Offer' her Nothing, which was more-Pleasing to-her, than the Holy Communion; for in that Holy Sacrament, it is, that Jesus 'Gathers' the Fruit of His Passion in our Souls. Hence it Appears-that the Blessed Virgin 'Desires' nothing so-much of her Clients, as Communion; saying, "Come, Eat My Bread, and Drink the Wine which I have Mingled for you" - Proverbs 9:5.

Finally, on the Day-of-the-Feast, after Communion, we must 'Offer' ourselves to the Service-of this Divine Mother, and 'Ask' her the Grace, to 'Practice' the Virtue, or whatever other Grace we had 'Proposed' to ourselves, during the Novena. It is Well every Year to 'Choose', amongst the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, One for which we have the Greatest and most-Tender Devotion; and for this One, to make a very Special Preparation, by 'Dedicating' ourselves Anew, and in a more Particular Manner, to her Service, 'Choosing' her for our Sovereign Lady, Advocate, and Mother. Then we must 'Ask' her Pardon for all our Negligence in her Service during the Past Year, and 'Promise' greater-Fidelity for the Next; and Conclude-by 'Begging' her to 'Accept' us for her Servants, and to 'Obtain' us a Holy Death.


- End of Dialog by Saint Alphonsus -


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Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

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Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

According to Tradition, in the 13th century Our Lady appeared to Saint Simon Stock, Superior General of the Order, and gave him the Brown Scapular, saying that whoever wore it would be Preserved from Eternal Damnation and on the 1st Saturday after their Death, would be taken by her, to Heaven.

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Novena to the Three Hail Marys

In Honor-of the Power, Wisdom, and Loving Mercy of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Novena to Our Lady of Hope

The Oblate Fathers introduced the Devotion to America in 1952. Novena Devotions are maintained at the Shrine of Our Lady of Hope, Oblate Fathers' Novitiate and Infirmary, Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

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Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

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Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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The Name of my own Choosing is "Mother of Perpetual Help".

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Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

In Her Appearances at Fatima, the Mother-of-God Solemnly Promised us Final Victory over the Forces-of-Evil in our own-Time. "In the End, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph," She told us, "the Holy Father will Consecrate Russia to me. Russia will be Converted and a Period-of-Peace shall be given-to Mankind."

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A Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Capital City of the Aztec Empire falls under the Spanish forces. Less than 20 years later, 9 Million of the Inhabitants of the Land, who Professed for Centuries, a Polytheistic and Human Sacrificing Religion, are Converted-to Christianity. What happened in those Times, that Produced such an Incredible and Historically unprecedented Conversion?

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A Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham

Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham is always centered-on the Mystery of the Annunciation. It was at the Annunciation, that Our Lady 'Accepted' God's Invitation to be the Mother-of-God, the Theotokos. She gave herself over to God's Will and Conceived-by the Holy Spirit. By this same Holy Spirit, Mary always Leads us to Jesus, and her Prayers help us say "Yes" to God's Will in our Lives, even as she did at the Annunciation.

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Christmas Novena

This Novena should be started on 16 December and concluded on 24 December, a Period of Nine days.

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Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Two Hearts Novena

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Annunciation Novena

The Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a Town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a Virgin Betrothed-to a Man named Joseph, of the House-of-David. The Virgin's Name was Mary. Upon arriving, the Angel said to her: "Rejoice, O Highly Favored Daughter! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women."

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Immaculate Conception Novena

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did Prepare a Worthy Dwelling Place for Your Son, We Beseech You that, as by the Foreseen Death of this, Your Son, You did Preserve Her from all Stain, so too You would Permit us, Purified through Her Intercession, to Come-unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who Lives and Reigns with You, in the Unity-of the Holy Spirit, God, World without End. Amen.

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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Novena

"Listen, my Faithful Children; Open-up your Petals, like Roses planted-near Running Waters; Send-up the Sweet Odor of Incense, Break-forth in Blossoms like the Lily. Send-up the Sweet Odor of your Hymn of Praise; Bless the Lord for all He has done." (Sirach 39:13-14)

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Novena to Our Lady of Siluva

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