Bishop's Blog / A Special Novena for May

By Bishop Strickland
Wednesday, May 04, 2022

 
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NOVENA – To Be Prayed May 5th – May 13th

FIRST DAY – May 5th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. 

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LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her.  As your servant, St. Louis de Montfort, said, “She is not the Sun, which by the brightness of its rays blinds us because of our weakness, but she is fair and gentle as the moon, which receives the light of the Sun, and tempers it to make it more suitable to our capacity.”  May we walk hand-in-hand with her into Your arms. 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, who comes again and again to her children to turn their hearts to her Son.  Pray for us!  Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady Mystical Rose, pray for us! 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Pray the Rosary


SECOND DAY – May 6th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. 

                        Oh God, my Savior, Your mercy surrounds me.

                        Your loving kindness envelops me.

                        I cannot step out of Your presence.

                        It encompasses me.

                        I find my hope in You.

                        I exalt You, Oh Lord.

                        Your compassion is proclaimed by Your holy angels,

                        And spoken of even by those who wish to set a snare for me,

                        And hide Your face from me.

                        But they cannot hide You from me,

                        For my soul yearns for You,

And flees to Your arms,

And dwells in Your embrace. 

You alone are my resting place.

Help me, Oh God, to show Your goodness and love to the world,

To see no path but Yours,

To sing the love song that you have put in my heart,

And to honor You throughout my life.

I rejoice in You.  I exalt You.

I give myself to You.

I bow in humility and awe before You,

Oh Lord, my God.

The Lord is mighty.  He reigns forever.

His words will be on every lip,

And His love in every heart.

Praise His name. 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her. As your servant, St. Bernard of Clairvaux said, “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary.  Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart.  And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps.  With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall

                        reach the goal.” 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us!  We beseech thee, come to our aid at this time when the darkness of error has entered your Son’s Holy Church.  Lead us by the hand into holiness that we might rest in His everlasting peace. 

                       

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

PRAY THE ROSARY

 

THIRD DAY – May 7th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  Again and again, You have sent Your Mother to warn us and to guide us.  As your servant, St. Maximilian Kolbe said, “The conflict with hell cannot be maintained by men, even the most clever.  The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan.”

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us!  Help us to honor the sanctity of life and to put not our hands on what God has created.

                        Oh God, giver of life,

                        From the moment of conception,

                        Protect this life,

                        And help us to recognize and guard its sanctity.

                        From conception, Oh God, we acknowledge that this life belongs to You,

                        And that to tamper with this life

                        Is to tamper with Your holy plan.

                        We step back, Oh God, in awe of Your majesty,

                        And recognize that this life is not ours.

                        We acknowledge Your Divine Plan for this life,

                        And we remove our hands from Your creation. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY

FOURTH DAY – May 8th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her.  As your servant, St John Vianney said, “Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived:  loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do. 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us!  Our Lady of Fatima, Mystical Rose, pray for us!  Pray for us to honor each and every life as sacred.

                        Loving God, Our Creator,

                        Help us to be the voice of those who cannot speak,

                        The ears of those who cannot hear,

                        And the eyes of those who cannot see.

                        Help us to recognize the wholeness rather than the brokenness

                        Of those with special needs.

                        We acknowledge the dignity and sanctity of each life.

                        Please take away our indifference and give us new hearts.

                        Teach us, Oh God, who are made in Your image

                        To act and to love in Your image. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY


FIFTH DAY – May 9th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee! 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her.  As your servant, St. Francis de Sales, said, “Let us run to Mary, and as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us!  Help us to sing the love song you have taught us, and to align our hearts with your heart and the heart of your Son.  Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady Mystical Rose, pray for us!

LEADER:          Wherever life is counted as naught, wherever man attempts to tamper with the laws of God, help us to place a spiritual barrier around that place with this prayer that you have taught us:

ALL:                 I humbly implore you, St. Michael the archangel,

And all the angels of God,

                        To erect a spiritual barrier around this place

                        So that this place may become a place

Where life is protected, not destroyed;

                        Loved, not hated; supported, not impeded.

                        Oh loving angels, we pray that you will uphold this barrier

                        And not allow any man to remove it.

                        We ask that you will protect this place and each life therein

                        From Satan and all the evil spirits by the power of God. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY


SIXTH DAY – May 10th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee! 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her.  As your servant, St. Jerome, said:  “Even while living in the world, the heart of Mary was so filled with motherly tenderness and compassion for men that no one ever suffered so much for their own pains as Mary suffered for the pains of her children.” 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us that we might repent and turn back to your Son.  Our Lady Mystical Rose, pray for us!

LEADER:          You said to St. Juan Diego, “I am truly your merciful mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me.  Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and suffering.”

                        You said to St. Catherine Leboure at Rue du Bac:  “The whole world will be turned upside-down by misfortunes of all kinds.  But come to the foot of this altar – There graces will be poured out on all those, small or great, who ask for them with confidence and fervour.”

                        You said to the children of LaSalette:  “If my people do not obey, I will be compelled to loose my Son’s arm.  It is so heavy I can no longer restrain it.  How long have I suffered for you?”

ALL:                 Oh Mary, Mother of Hope!  Intercede for us, your children!

                        Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

                        Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

                        Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

                        Now and at the hour of our death. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY

SEVENTH DAY – May 11th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee.  I beg pardon for those who do

                        not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee!

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your mother.  May we honor her as You

                        honor her.  As your daughter, St. Therese of Lisieux, said, “The most beautiful

                        masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”  “It is true that Our

                        Lady is Queen of Heaven and earth, but at the same time she is more Mother

                        than Queen.” 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us that we might repent

                        and turn back to your Son.  Our Lady Mystical Rose, pray for us!

LEADER:          You said to St. Bernadette, “Pray for sinners.  Penance!  Penance!  Penance!”

                        You said to the children at Fatima, “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say

                        many times, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O Jesus, it is for love of

                        You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed

                        against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”

                        You said to Sister Mary Ephrem, “My beloved daughter, what I am about to tell

                        you concerns in a particular way my children in America.  Unless they do

                        penance by mortification and self-denial and thus reform their lives, God will

                        visit them with punishments hitherto unknown to them.”

ALL:                 Oh Mary, Mother of Hope.  Intercede for us your children.

                        Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

                        Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

                        Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

                        Now and at the hour of our death. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY


EIGHTH DAY – May 12th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee!  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not Love Thee. 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of Your Mother.  May we honor her as You honor her.  As your daughter, St. Faustina, said:  “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.  Through her, as through a pure crystal, your mercy was passed on to us.  Through her, man became pleasing to God.  Through her, streams of grace flowed down upon us.”

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us that we might repent and turn back to your Son, and that we might stand firm against error and protect the Deposit of Faith.  Our Lady Mystical Rose, pray for us!

LEADER:          As the angels told us in this circle, “In the coming months, this battle will shake the very foundations of the Church, and the world will tremble, and many will fall.  But oh look here beyond you, what now do you see?  A lovely lady who you have mistaken for the housekeeper.  But oh you have not seen her heart, for it is Immaculate, and it beats with the strength of a warrior.  And she will keep house by casting out all who soil the house, and His Church will be cleansed.” 

                       

ALL:                 Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

                        Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

                        Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

                        Now and at the hour of our death. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY


NINTH DAY – May 13th

ALL:                 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

                        My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee.  I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love Thee. 

LEADER:          Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of your Mother.  May we honor her as you honor her. 

                        As the angels told us, “At Fatima, much was made clear, but perhaps it was the stating of the obvious that caused so many to miss it.  Because it is not expected for the fallen to show their hands and, therefore, as men looked under tables and around corners for the deceivers, they walked in the front door, and no one protested. 

                        “They have been given this time because it was set in place by the Father for the testing of His Church, that the wolves might be separated from the shepherds, and that the faith of the sheep might be challenged.  For untested faith could not stand in the face of the coming storm. 

                        “But one hundred years after Fatima, the Lord called for an accounting, and indeed the shepherds had not stood firm against the wolves, and the wolves sat in all the places where doctrine is safeguarded.  And each day they chiseled against the blocks set in stone by the Father with tiny but deadly hammers. 

                        “Be aware that now is the time that the fallen move in and prepare to claim their victory, but oh the fallen cannot count, and their days are nearing an end.  The Blessed Mother holds a calendar, and she counts with authority the number of days, and the fallen are given notice.

                        “In the coming months, the battle will shake the very foundations of the Church, and the world will tremble, and many will fall.  But oh look here beyond you.  What now do you see?  A lovely lady who you have mistaken for the housekeeper.  But oh you have not seen her heart, for it is Immaculate, and it beats with the strength of a warrior, and she will keep house by casting out all who soil the house, and His Church will be cleansed.

                        “The demons walk to and fro around this circle tonight.  They had hoped to gain admittance, but it was a fool’s game, for they can walk not past the circle of the Queen.  But still they smile for they think you are timid warriors who will fold these words away. And they will sing calming songs to the sheep, and the sheep will be lulled to sleep.

                        “But we three angels who stand here tonight call out to you with the authority of heaven and proclaim, ‘Now is the time for courage!  His Church is being attacked!  The angels have been told to give no quarter.  And to you I say give no silence.  For the Blessed Mother has come again to her children, and she holds a calendar, and it is time.’

                        “Proclaim the words that you have been given.  Perhaps you have also lost the ability to count.  But soon you will be able to count with clarity.  For the last days of the deceivers will be written across the sky.  And there will be none in that day who cannot count.” 

ALL:                 Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God.  Pray for us!

                        Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

                        Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

                        Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

                        Now and at the hour of our death. 

                        In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY


Bishop Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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