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         St. Athanasius   Church                                                              St. Benedict Church

           2050 E. Walnut Lane                                                              1940 E. Chelten Avenue

           Philadelphia, PA 19138                                                           Philadelphia, PA 19138

Weekdays 8:45 am Morning Prayer                                                 Sunday 8:00 am Mass

Weekdays 9:00 am Mass

 

Please join us for our Novena to Our Blessed Mother

                                                                   Under the Title of

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Novena will be prayed at all the daily Masses, beginning June 19th, with special devotions during our Tuesday, June 25th, 6 pm Benediction.  All will be live-streamed.

                           There will be a special presentation of a Crown during the                                               10 am Mass on Sunday, June 23rd

                                              Your Intentions for the Novena are welcome.

                     There will be a basket at the Altar rail for written petitions.

                                     I love Thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear Thee,

 I promise to serve Thee willingly forever and to do what I can to make Thee loved by

    others also.  I place in Thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter

                           me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of Mercy. Amen

           Excerpt from a prayer to Our Lady by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, founder of the Redemptorist

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Novena Prayer

Dear Mother of Perpetual Help, from the cross Jesus gave you to us for our Mother. You are the kindest, the most loving of all Mothers. Look tenderly on us your children, as we now ask you to help us in all our needs, especially this one … (pause to recall your petition).

While you were on earth, dear Mother, you willingly shared in the sufferings of your Son. Strengthened by your faith and confidence in the fatherly love of God, you accepted the mysterious designs of his will.

We too, have our crosses and trials. Sometimes they almost crush us to the ground. Dearest Mother share with us your abundant faith and confidence in God. Make us aware that God never ceases to love us; that He answers all our prayers in the way that is best for us. Strengthen our hearts to carry the cross in the footsteps of your Divine Son. Help us to realize that He who shares the cross of Christ will certainly share His Resurrection.

Dearest Mother, as we worry about our own problems let us not forget the needs of others. You always loved others so much; help us to do the same. While praying for our own intentions and for the intentions of all here present at this novena we earnestly ask you, our Mother to help us comfort the sick and the dying, give hope to the poor and the unemployed, heal the broken-hearted, lighten the burden of the oppressed, teach justice to their oppressors, and bring back to God all those who have offended Him.

Dearest Mother, help us to avoid sin which separates us from our heavenly Father and from one another. Full of trust in you, we place ourselves under the mantle of your maternal protection and confidently hope for your powerful help. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Most Blessed Eucharist, we adore You. It has pleased the Father that in You all His fullness should dwell and that through You He should reconcile all things to Himself, grant us the grace to be truly grateful for all that our Father has done for us. Grant that we may be truly sorry for our sins and do penance for them. Through You, we thank the eternal Father for the gift of life. He has created all the wonderful things of this world for us. may we learn to use them well so that through them we may grow in love for Him. Above all, we thank our Father for sending You to us as the greatest expression of His love to save us and all creation by your death and resurrection. We thank you, Lord, for giving us your own Mother to be our Mother of Perpetual Help. May the countless favors we have received through her intercession inspire us to greater confidence in God’s loving mercy and her perpetual help. Grant that we may always do the holy will of God and persevere in His love. To the most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, be honor, glory, and thanksgiving forever and ever. Amen.

Leader: Together let us say the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Joseph A. Francis, SVD, ordained Catholic Bishop, Newark, NJ – 1976

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