Opening prayer to the Immaculata
V. How fair thou art, 0 Mary!
R. How fair thou art, 0 Mary!
V. The original stain is not in thee.
R. The original stain is not in thee.
V. Thou art the boast of Jerusalem,
R. Thou art the joy of Israel.
V. Thou art the pride of our people.
R. Thou art the advocate of sinners.
V. 0 Mary!
R. 0 Mary!
V. Thou art the wisest of virgins.
R. Thou art the kindest of mothers.
V. Pray for us.
R. Intercede for us with our Lord Jesus Christ.
V. Holy Virgin, thou wert spotless from the very moment of thy conception.
R. Because thou bore his Son, pray to the Father for us.
Through the spotless conception of the Virgin, 0 God, Thou made ready a dwelling place worthy of Thy Son. In anticipation of Thy Son’s death Thou preserved her from every stain. Please purify us by her intercession, so that we might find our way to Thee. We ask this through Christ our lord.
Day 1: The Immaculata’s Relationship to the Trinity
Reading: From all eternity the Father begets the Son, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and Son. This life of the most Holy Trinity is re-echoed in numberless and various ways by the creatures that issue from God’s hands. . . . Every act of love in God comes forth from the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit. God creates, maintains in existence, gives life and growth in the natural as well as in the supernatural order. In his love God supports in existence all his innumerable limited created resemblances; and the love-reaction that is provoked in the creature can return to the Father only through the Holy Ghost and the Son.. . Among creatures, the summit of this love that goes back to God is the Immaculata, the one being totally with-out any stain of sin, all beautiful, all divine. At no time did her will ever deviate from God’s will. With all its strength, her will was always at one with his. In her there came about the marvelous union of God with creation (Kolbe’s “Sketches for a Book,” 1940).
Meditation: Cultivating a personal relationship with each member of the Holy Trinity is an obligation for every individual. May the Immaculata’s love-response to each of the Three Divine Persons serve as a model and stimulus for each of us.
Novena Prayer to the Immaculata
I greet thee, ever-blessed Virgin, Mother of God throne of grace, miracle of almighty power! I greet thee, sanctuary of the most Holy Trinity and Queen of the universe, Mother of mercy and refuge of sinners! Most loving Mother, attracted by thy beauty and sweetness and by thy tender compassion, I confidently turn to thee, and beg of thee to obtain for me of thy dear Son the favor I request in this novena (here mention you request).
Obtain for me also, Queen of Heaven, the most lively contrition for my many sins and the grace to imitate closely those virtues which thou practiced so faithfully especially humility, purity, and obedience. Above all I beg thee to be my mother and protectress, to receive me into the number of thy devoted children, and to guide me from thy high throne of glory. Do not reject my petitions, Mother of mercy! Have pity on me, and do no abandon me during life or at the moment of my death.
Daughter of the Eternal Father, Mother of the Eternal Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, temple of the adorable Trinity, pray for me. Immaculate and tender Heart of Mary, refuge of the needy and hope of sinners, filled with the most lively respect, love, and gratitude, I devote myself forever to thy service, and I offer you my heart with all that I am and all that belongs to me. Accept this offering, sweet Queen of Heaven and earth, and obtain for me of thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, the favors I ask through thy intercession in this novena. Obtain for me also a tender, generous, constant love of God, perfect submission to his adorable will, the true spirit of a Christian, and the grace of final perseverance.
Closing Prayer of Identification with the Immaculata
O Immaculate Conception, Mary, my Mother, live in me, act in me, speak in and through me. Think thy thoughts in my mind, love through my heart. Give me thy own dispositions and feelings. Teach, lead and guide me to Jesus. Correct, enlighten and expand my entire personality and life. Replace me with thyself. Incline me to constant adoration and thanksgiving; pray in and through me. Let me live in thee and keep me in this union always.
The prayers for the subsequent days can be found by clicking on the link below.