Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Bishop Requests Novena for Seminarian Philip Johnson"

As we approach the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Burbidge has requested that the entire Diocese of Raleigh participate in a novena for my healing through the intercession of Our Lady. Philip is a good friend of the council and of the parish. The novena will begin on November 29th, ending on Our Lady's Feast Day on December 8th.
Please pray for Philip!
The Novena is as follows:

Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
You chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the mother of Your Son, to be the mother and help of all Christians.

As she endured her bitter agony at the cross of her Son,
she was consoled by You with the hope of His ressurection.

Now, in heaven she consoles with a mother's love all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.

-Pray 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 thy intercession,
was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,
I fly to thy, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;
to thee 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.

-We pray-
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
we are filled with confidence that your prayers on our behalf
will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Bring our seminarian, Philip Johnson healing, peace, courage, and strength
as he shares in the suffering of your Son.
O Glorious Mother of God,
in memory of your joyous Immaculate Conception,
hear our prayers and obtain for us our petitions.

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