Novena to Our Lady of Hope

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At Pontmain, France on the cold winter morning of January 17, 1871, the Virgin Mary appeared to four children above a barn of the farm of the Barbadette family. They described a beautiful lady in a dark blue dress covered with stars. She wore a black veil with a golden crown on her head.

It was war time and the invading Prussians were near. The village people, strong in their faith, had been praying for a miracle to save them from the enemy. A written message appeared on a large white banner which unrolled beneath the feet of Our Lady.

Pray, my children.  God will answer before long.  My Son lets Himself  be moved.

A message was given to the people that God had heard their prayers and that He would answer their needs shortly. This single apparition lasted three hours. Within eleven days, Prussia had mysteriously withdrawn its troops. An Armistice was signed and the war was over. It was hardly a victory for France, but Pontmain and France had been spared.

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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"I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.
In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue.  
Come to me all that desire me and be filled with my fruits"
(Sirach 24:24-26).

 

Begin Novena

(Say for nine consecutive days)

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Grace, Hope of the world.
Hear us, your children, who cry to you

 

Let Us Pray

O God, Who by the marvelous protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary has strengthened us firmly in hope, grant we beseech You, that by persevering in prayer at her admonition, we may obtain the favors we devoutly implore.  Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

 

Prayer to Our Lady of Hope

O Mary, my Mother, I kneel before you with heavy heart. The burden of my sins oppresses me.  The knowledge of my weakness discourages me.  I am beset by fears and temptations of every sort.  Yet I am so attached to the things of this world that instead of longing for Heaven I am filled with dread at the thought of death.      O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress.  You are all-powerful with your Divine Son.  He can refuse no request of your Immaculate Heart.  Show yourself a true Mother to me by being my advocate before His throne.   

O Refuge of Sinners and Hope of the Hopeless, to whom shall I turn if not you?

Obtain for me, then, O Mother of Hope, the grace of true sorrow for my sins, the gift of perfect resignation to God's Holy Will, and the courage to take up my cross and follow Jesus.  Beg of His Sacred Heart the special favor that I ask in this novena.

(Make your request.)

But above all I pray, O dearest Mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with Holy Hope, so that in life's darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may merit to be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of Heaven. Amen.

Mary, our Hope, have pity on us.
Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us.

Say three (3)  Hail Marys

 

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