The Novena to Our Lady
of Perpetual Help

in our Church
every Wednesday after 11.00am Mass

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HYMN

1. Holy Virgin, by God’s decree, you were called eternally;
that he could give his Son to our race. Mary, we praise you, hail, full of grace.
R. Ave, ave, ave, Maria.

2.   By your faith and loving accord, as the handmaid of the Lord,
you undertook God’s plan to embrace. Mary we thank you, hail, full of grace. (R.)

3. Joy to God you gave and expressed, of all women none more blessed,
when in mankind your Son took his place. Mary, we love you, hail, full of grace. (R.)

4. Refuge for your children so weak, sure protection all can seek.
Problems of life you help us to face. Mary, we trust you, hail, full of grace. (R.)

5. To our needy world of today love and beauty you portray,
showing the path to Christ we must trace. Mary, our mother, hail, full of grace. (R.)

OPENING PRAYER

Celebrant. Sisters and brothers, we have come before the picture of our Mother of Perpetual Help, that she will pray with us to God, in praise, in petition, and in thanksgiving.
All. Dear Mother of Perpetual Help, throughout your life you were open to God’s Holy Spirit: faithful in prayer, willing in obedience and generous in love. Pray for us, that we may be open to God’s word and filled with the Holy Spirit. Youwere faithful in prayer; pray that we too may follow Christ your son with the same spirit of prayer, with a willing heart, and in love for him, who first loved us.

PSALM

Psalm (
115) God has done so much for us - what can we do in return?
All: I trusted, even when I said: “I am sorely afflicted”,
and when I said in my alarm: “There is no one I can trust”.
How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people.
O precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful.
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I; you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make; I will call on the Lord’s name.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.

THANKSGIVING

Celebrant: Let us pause for a moment and call to mind what God has done for us. And let us now give thanks for the goodness of creation, and for all the graces we have received.
Celebrant: For the beauty of all that you have made. R. Lord, we thank you.
For your loving mercy. (R.)
For our salvation. (R.)
For the consolation of the Holy Spirit. (R.)
For the promise of your glory. (R.)
For our family and friends. (R.)
For faith. (R.)
For Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help. (R.)

NOVENA PRAYER

Celebrant:
Let us now turn to Our Lady asking her to pray for us.
All: Dear Mother,
The Lord looked on you in your humility, and chose you to be the mother of his son; and now all ages call you blessed. God has worked marvels for you. You witnessed the death of your son on the cross, and your continuing faith brought you to witness his victory over death, filling your heart with joy and praise. By the example of your life, you showed that God’s mercy is on those who fear him. You sang of the justice of the one who casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly; you told of the promise made to Abraham, Sarah, and all their descendants for ever. You are now with the saints, singing the praises of God, and praying for us, who need your prayers. Pray with us to the Lord, and as our prayers arise before him like incense, he will hear us and answer us, according to his promise.

PETITIONS AND GENERAL INTENTIONS

When we feel burdened by sickness or old age, R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.
That we may forgive those who hurt us, (R.)
That we might have peace of mind, (R.)
That families might increase in love and respect for each other and for God, (R.)
That single people may be blessed by God, (R.)
That those preparing for marriage may always grow in love, (R.)
That the hurt caused by broken relationships might be healed, (R.)
That those who mourn be comforted, (R.)
That those who seek work will find it, (R.)
That the homeless will find shelter, (R.)
That the hungry will be fed, (R.)
That unjust discrimination will cease, (R.)
That those called to Religious life and priesthood may be faithful to their call, (R.)
That all who have lost their faith will find it again, (R.)
That all Christians may be united in faith and love, (R.)
Celebrant: Let us pray.
All: Almighty God, our creator, see us your children gathered in prayer, with Mary the mother of your Son. As we ask, let us receive; as we search, may we find; and as we knock, may the door be opened. And may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

MAGNIFICAT

My Soul proclaims you, mighty God, My spirit sings your praise!
Youlook on me, you lift me up, and gladness fills my days.
All nations now will share my joy, Your gifts you have outpoured;
Your little one you have made great; I magnify my God!
For those who love your holy name, Your mercy will not die.
Your strong right arm puts down the proud, And lifts the lowly high.
You fill the hungry with good things, The rich you send away.
The promise made to Abraham is filled to endless day.
Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat, Praise God;
Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God, Magnificat, Praise God!

Celebrant:
God our Father, help us to be faithful witnesses to your mercy and love. May we bring to others the gifts we receive from you. Give us grateful hearts that we may thank you, stronger faith that we may trust you, and a vision of your glory that we may praise you.
And may Almighty God bless you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


HYMN

As I kneel before you, As I bow my head in prayer,
take this day, make it yours and fill me with your love.
R. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu.

All I have I give you, every dream and wish are yours.
Mother of Christ, Mother of mine, present them to my Lord. (R.)

As I kneel before you, and I see your smiling face,
every thought, every word is lost in your embrace. (R.)