NOVENA FOR THE SICK
THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF
OUR LADY OF LOURDES
2nd – 10th  FEBRUARY
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O my Mother, in your heart
I place all the anguish of my heart
and it is there that I gain strength and courage.

                                                  (St Bernadette’s prayer)

 

From Scripture

Matthew 8:14-17

And now a lawyer stood up and, to test him, asked, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? What is your reading of it?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’
Jesus said to him, ‘You have answered right, do this and life is yours.’ But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ .In answer Jesus said, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of bandits; they stripped him, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came on him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him onto his own mount and took him to an inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper and said, “Look after him, and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the bandits’ hands?’ .He replied, ‘The one who showed pity towards him.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go, and do the same yourself.’

 

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From the teachings of the Holy Father Francis

Encyclical Letter Fratelli tutti, 67

The parable eloquently presents the basic decision we need to make in order to rebuild our wounded world. In the face of so much pain and suffering, our only course is to imitate the Good Samaritan. Any other decision would make us either one of the robbers or one of those who walked by without showing compassion for the sufferings of the man on the roadside. The parable shows us how a community can be rebuilt by men and women who identify with the vulnerability of others, who reject the creation of a society of exclusion, and act instead as neighbours, lifting up and rehabilitating the fallen for the sake of the common good. At the same time, it warns us about the attitude of those who think only of themselves and fail to shoulder the inevitable responsibilities of life as it is.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church


Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In illness, man experiences his powerlessness, his limitations, and his finitude. Every illness can make us glimpse death. (CCC, 1500)


Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him.  (CCC, 1501)


Moved by so much suffering Christ not only allows himself to be touched by the sick, but he makes their miseries his own: “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” But he did not heal all the sick. His healings were signs of the coming of the Kingdom of God.
They announced a more radical healing: the victory over sin and death through his Passover. On the cross Christ took upon himself the whole weight of evil and took away the “sin of the world,” of which illness is only a consequence. By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive Passion. (CCC, 1505)


“Heal the sick!” The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health. (CCC, 1509)


However, the apostolic Church has its own rite for the sick, attested to by St. James: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders [presbyters] of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” Tradition has recognized in this rite one of the seven sacraments. (CCC, 1510)


NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES
from 3rd  to  11th February


1. Say the Novena prayer each day.


2. Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations: 

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!” 

“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”
“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”


3. Confession recommended.


4. Receive Holy Communion on 11th February or on a day during the octave

 

Day One
2nd February

Today’s intention:

For those who are sick or suffering in any way that they may discover the meaning of their  suffering in the cross of Christ.

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

 

Day Two
3rd February

 

Today’s intention:

For the elderly who are dying that they may entrust their future onto the hands of the merciful God.

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

Day Three
4th February

 

Today’s intention:

 

For those who, in their suffering have lost hope that they may seek
the help of Jesus who loves them.


You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

 

Day Four
5th February

 

Today’s intention:

For those who are sick but who cannot accept their situation that the merciful
God will still their hearts and fill them with confidence in eternal life.

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

Day Five
6th February

Today’s intention:

For those who are chronically or terminally ill, for their miraculous healing if that is the will of God

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

 

Day Six
7th February

Today’s intention:

For those who are spiritually sick that they may believe in the power of God’s love which can heal them.

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

Day Seven
8th February

Today’s intention:

For the families of the sick that by ministering to their loved ones,
they may discover the love of Christ and grow in faith.

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

Day Eight
9th February

Today’s intention:

For those who help the sick and the suffering with an open heart
that there may always be many people willing to do this.

 

You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

Day Nine
10th February

Today’s intention:

For those who govern that they may discover the value of the sick and the dying
and that the sick and the dying might be helped by those who govern.


You can add your own intentions

(Prayers to be repeated every day during the Novena)

Mary, You who appeared to Bernadette in the hollow of the rock,
in the cold and depths of winter,
You brought the warmth of a presence, the friendship of a smile,
the light and beauty of grace.
In the hollow of our often obscure lives, in the hollow of this world where
Evil is powerful, bring hope, restore confidence.
You who said to Bernadette
“I am the Immaculate Conception”:
come to the help of the sinners that we are.
Give us the courage of conversion, the humility of penance
and the perseverance of prayer.
We entrust to you all those we carry in our hearts and especially the sick

and those  in despair, you who are “Our Lady of Good Help”.
You guided Bernadette to the spring.
Guide us to Him who is the source of eternal life, the One who gave us the Holy Spirit,
so that we dare to say:
Our Father who art in Heaven...

 

Say a decade of the Rosary, followed by the following invocations:

“Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!”


“Saint Bernadette, pray for us!”


“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

OUR LADY OF LOURDES

God of infinite mercy, we celebrate the feast of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, the sinless Mother of God.
May her prayers help us to rise above our human weakness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Mary, you showed yourself to Bernadette in the crevice of the rock.
In the cold and grey of winter, you brought the warmth, light and beauty of your presence.
In the often obscure depths of our lives, in the depth of the world where evil is so powerful,
bring hope, return our confidence!
You are the Immaculate Conception, come to our aid, sinners that we are.
Give us the humility to have a change of heart, the courage to do penance.
Teach us to pray for all people. Guide us to the source of true life.
Make us pilgrims going forward with your Church.
Whet our appetite for the Eucharist, the bread for the journey, the bread of life.
The Spirit brought about wonders in you, o Mary:
By his power, he has placed you near the Father, in the glory of your eternal Son.
Look with kindness on our miserable bodies and hearts. Shine forth for us, like a gentle light, at the hour of our death. Together with Bernadette, we pray to you, O Mary, as your poor children.
May we enter, like her, into the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Then, we will be able, here below, begin to know the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven and sing together with you:
Magnificent ! Glory to you, Virgin Mary, blessed servant of the Lord,
Mother of God, dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!
Amen.