NOVENA TO MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS
Promoted By S. Giovanni Bosco
When asked some special graces Don Bosco always responded: “If you wish to obtain some graces from the Holy Virgin, pray a novena” (MB IX, 289). Such a novena, according to him, had to take place possibly “in church, with lively faith” and was an act of fervent tribute to the Most Holy Eucharist. The soul’s dispositions, in order to be efficient, according to Don Bosco were to be as follows:•Faith in God: no hope in human virtues.
•Every request to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, fount of graces, kindness and blessing. Every request to the power of Mary glorified on earth by God’s will.
•Submit to the “fiat voluntas tua” condition for the soul of the faithful in prayer.
Pray for nine consecutive days:
3 Our Father... , Hail Mary..., Glory Be… to the Holy Eucharist followed by the short prayer:
Blessed and praised every moment be the Most Holy and Divine Sacrament
3 Hail Holy Queen… followed by the short prayer:
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.
Personal Conditions required:
1. Move closer to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.
2. Offer something or proper work for the works of apostolate, preferably in favour of the youth.
3. Revive faith in Jesus Eucharist and devotion to Mary Help of Christians.
"Our Mother grants great favors to those who do their novena well," Don Bosco used to say.
To Our Lady, Help of Christians
by St. John Bosco
O Mary, powerful virgin, thou art the mighty and glorious protector of the Church; thou art the marvelous help of Christians; thou art terrible as an army in battle array; thou alone hast destroyed every heresy in the whole world. In the midst of our anguish, our struggles and our distress defend us from the power of the enemy and at the hour of our death receive our souls in paradise. Amen.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided, inspired with this confidence I fly unto thee; O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee do 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. Amen.
Mary Most Holy,
Mother of goodness and mercy,
who with your visible help oftentimes
freed the Christian people from the assaults
and barbarism of Moslems,
I ask you, my Lady,
to deliver my soul from the onslaughts of the world,
the devil and the flesh;
and grant that I may obtain,
at all times, complete victory over the enemies of my soul.