A NOVENA TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
O Most Holy Virgin!
who were chosen by the adorable Trinity from all eternity
to be the Most Pure Mother of Jesus,
permit me, thy humble and devoted client,
to remind thee of the joy thou didst receive
in the instant of the most sacred Incarnation of our Divine Lord,
and during the nine months thou didst carry Him in thy chaste womb.
O tender Mother of the afflicted!
grant me, under my present necessities,
that peculiar protection thou hast promised
to those who devoutly commemorate this ineffable joy.
Relying on the infinite mercies of thy Divine Son,
trusting in that promise which He has made,
that those who ask should receive;
and penetrated with confidence in thy powerful prayers;
I most humbly entreat thee to intercede for me;
and to obtain for me the favours which I petition for in this Novena,
if it be the holy Will of God to grant them;
and if not, to ask for me whatever graces I need most.
(Here specify your requests.)
I desire by this Novena,
which I now offer in thy honour,
to prove the lively confidence I have in thine intercession.
Accept it, I beseech Thee,
in honour of that supernatural love and joy
with which thy sacred heart was replenished
during the abode of thy dear Son in Thy womb;
in veneration of which I offer thee the sentiments of my heart,
and these nine Hail Marys.
Repeat the Hail Mary... nine times,
and then say the following prayer.
O Mother of God,
accept these salutations,
in union with the respect and veneration
with which the Angel Gabriel first hailed thee full of grace.
May they become so many gems in the crown of thy glory,
which will increase in brightness to the end of the world.
I beseech Thee,
O Comfortress of the afflicted!
by the joy thou didst receive in the nine months of thy pregnancy,
to obtain for me the granting of the favours
which I have now implored through thy powerful intercession.
For this end,
I offer Thee all the good works
which have ever been performed in thy honour.
I most humbly entreat thee,
for the love of the amiable Heart of Jesus,
with which thine was ever so inflamed,
to hear my humble prayers,
and to obtain my requests.