Immaculate Conception Novena

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and
by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

 

 Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus (8.12.1854): DS 2803

Immaculate Conception Novena
 

November 29 - December 7
Feast Day: December 8

To honour Our Lady and prepare to receive the graces available on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Marians at the Divine Mercy Apostalote in London are offering this Novena.

The Immaculate Conception was a frequent topic in the homilies and writings of Saint Stanislaus Papczynski, the Founder of the Marians — and this was some two centuries before the dogma would be proclaimed by the Church. He wrote: "I believe everything that the holy Roman Church believes … but first of all I profess that the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary, was spotless from original sin, from the moment of her conception."

Blessed Stanislaus recognized that Mary's redemption was the very masterpiece of God's merciful plan for the world. Among all human beings, she alone received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception — a unique privilege derived from God having chosen her as Mother of the Saviour.

 

Saints can tell us a lot about the privileges of Our Lady and how to prepare for their liturgical celebration.
For example, Saint Faustina referred to the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady twelve times in her Diary and prepared for the liturgical celebration of this Solemnity on December 8th sometimes months in advance. The Immaculate Conception was for St Faustina a model and mirror upon which she desired to pattern herself.   These passages offer great insights into St Faustina’s strong desire for purity, and they can help us, too, in our desire for purity.

From early morning, I felt the nearness of the Blessed Mother. During Holy Mass, I saw Her, so lovely and so beautiful that I have no words to express even a small part of this beauty. She was all [in] white, with a blue sash around Her waist. Her cloak was also blue, and there was a crown on Her head. Marvellous light streamed forth from Her whole figure. ‘I am Queen of heaven and earth, but especially the Mother of your [Congregation]’. She pressed me to Her heart and said, I feel constant compassion for you. I felt the force of Her Immaculate Heart which was communicated to my soul. Now I understand why I have been preparing for this feast for two months and have been looking forward to it with such yearning. From today onwards, I am going to strive for the greatest purity of soul, that the rays of God’s grace may be reflected in all their brilliance. I long to be a crystal in order to find favour in His eyes. (Diary of St. Faustina 805)

It is with great zeal that I have prepared for the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. I have made an extra effort to keep recollected in spirit and have meditated on that unique privilege of Our Lady. And thus my heart was completely drowned in Her, thanking God for having accorded this great privilege to Mary. (Diary of St. Faustina 1412)

‘I desire, My dearly beloved daughter, that you practice the three virtues that are dearest to Me – and most pleasing to God. The first is humility, humility, humility, and once again humility; the second virtue, purity; the third virtue, love of God. As My daughter, you must especially radiate with these virtues’. When the conversation ended, She pressed me to Her heart and disappeared. When I regained the use of my sense, my heart became so wonder fully attracted to these virtues; and I practice them faithfully. They are as though engraved in my heart. (Diary of St. Faustina 1415)

NOVENA TO THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

 

Day 1

 

Immaculate Virgin,

Pure crystal for my heart,

You are my strength, o sturdy anchor!

You are the weak heart’s shield and protection.

(Diary of St. Faustina 161)

 

Daily Novena prayers said for nine days,

starting on November 29th and ending on December 7th

 

Almighty Father, we offer this novena to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary. She occupies a place in the Church which is highest after Christ and yet very close to us, for you chose her to give the world that very Life which renews all things, Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord.

 

We praise you, Mary, virgin and mother. After the Saviour Himself, you alone are all holy, free from the stain of sin, gifted by God from the first instant of your conception with a unique holiness.

 

We praise and honour you.

 

Mary, free from all sin and led by the Holy Spirit, you embraced God’s saving will with a full heart, and devoted yourself totally as a handmaid of the Lord to the fulfilment of His will in your life, and to the mystery of our redemption.

 

We thank you and love you.

 

Mary, your privileged and grace-filled origin is the Father’s final step in preparing humanity to receive its Redeemer in human form. Your fullness of grace is the Father’s sign of His favour to the Church and also His promise to the Church of its perfection as Bride of Christ, radiant in beauty. Your holiness in the beginning of your life is the foreshadowing of that all-embracing holiness, with which the Father will surround His people when His Son comes at the end of time to greet us.

 

We Bless You Among All Women.

 

Mary, we turn with confidence to you, who are always ready to listen with a mother’s affection and powerful assistance. Consoler of the afflicted, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, grant us comfort in tribulation, relief in sickness, and liberating strength in our weakness. You who are free from sin, lead us to combat sin. Obtain for us the victory of hope over anguish, of joy and beauty over boredom and disgust, of eternal visions over temporal ones, of life over death.

 

May Mary’s Immaculate Conception
be our health and our protection. Amen.

 

 

Day 2

 

Mary you are pure, of purity incomparable;

At once both Virgin and Mother,

You are beautiful as the sun, without blemish,

And your soul is beyond all comparison.

(Diary of St. Faustina 161)

 

Daily Novena prayers .....

 

Day 3

 

Your beauty has delighted the eye

of the Thrice-Holy One.

He descended from heaven,

leaving His eternal throne,

And took Body and Blood of your heart

And for nine months lay hidden

in a Virgin’s Heart.

(Diary of St. Faustina 161)

Daily Novena prayers .....

 

 

Day 4

 

O Mother, Virgin, purest of all lilies,

Your heart was Jesus’ first tabernacle on earth.

Only because no humility was deeper than yours

Were you raised above the choirs of Angels and above all Saints.

(Diary of St. Faustina 161)

Daily Novena prayers ..... 

 

 

Day 5

 

O Mary, my sweet Mother,

I give you my soul,

my body and my poor heart.

Be the guardian of my life,

Especially at the hour of death,

in the final strife.

(Diary of St. Faustina 161)

Daily Novena prayers ....

 

 

Day 6

 

 Mary, Immaculate Virgin, take me under Your special protection
and guard the purity of my

soul, heart and body.

You are the model and star of my life.

(Diary of St. Faustina  874)

Daily Novena prayers ..... 

 

Day 7

 

 O sweet Mother of God,

I model my life on You;

You are for me the bright dawn;

In You I lose myself, enraptured.

O Mother, Immaculate Virgin,

In You the divine ray is reflected,

Midst storms, ‘tis You who teach me

to love the Lord,

O my shield and defence from the foe.

(Diary of St. Faustina  1232)

Daily Novena prayers .....

 

Day 8

 

 Before Holy Communion I saw the Blessed Mother

inconceivably beautiful. Smiling at me

She said to me, ‘My daughter, at God’s command

 I am to be, in a special and exclusive way your Mother;
but I desire that you, too,

in a special way, be My child.

(Diary of St. Faustina  1414)

Daily Novena prayers ..... 

 

Day 9

 

To give worthy praise to the Lord’s mercy,

We unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother,

For then our hymn will be more pleasing to You,

Because She is chosen from

Among men and angels.

(Diary of St. Faustina  1746)

Daily Novena prayers .....


 

 

 

 

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