Saturday, 16 September 2017

NOVENA Day 2 - Our Lady's Visitation to Elizabeth


Opening prayer: We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. 

Intention of the day: To carry and proclaim the Word of God 

Reflection: Bearing in her womb the Saviour of mankind, the Word of God incarnate, Mary went as quickly as she could to greet Elizabeth, her cousin. John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb and she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary’s soul proclaimed the greatness of the Lord. With Elizabeth, and taught by her, we say, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42). 

Prayer: Holy Mary, God-bearer, you went in haste to share the good news of salvation with your cousin, Elizabeth. May we who bear your Son in our hearts possess the same eagerness to share with others the joy that he has given us, so that being filled with the Holy Spirit, we may all rejoice in God, our Saviour. Amen. 

Intention: Let us pray for the grace to be joyful witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that in joy and faith we may be prepared to travel to the ends of the earth to proclaim the “Good News of Salvation” to all whom we meet. We pray for the mission of the Church in England & Wales and for all our Dioceses. 

Our Father ... Hail Mary … Glory be … Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us


Friday, 15 September 2017

NOVENA Day 1 - The Annunciation of the Lord



Opening prayer: We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Intention of the day: For the grace to do the will of God

Reflection: Our Lady heard the Word of God and put it into practice. She listened with a disciple’s ear and did the will of God. With Mary, and taught by her, we too pray, “Let it be done to me, according to your Word” (Lk 1:38).

Prayer: Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Word, intercede for us with your Son, that we may have the grace to seek nothing other than to do his will, and the courage to live our lives in the faith of him who became incarnate in your womb, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Intention: Let us offer with Mary every instant of our life and especially those important decisions which we need to make. Let us during our time of Pilgrimage and Novena with Our Lady of Walsingham, search out the silence so necessary to enter into deep prayer and relationship with Jesus to discern our way forward as individuals and as families. We pray for the Pope's intentions and for those of the Universal Church.

Our Father ... Hail Mary … Glory be … Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Prayers for the Novena starting tomorrow




A selection of other daily prayers for the Novena

The Litany of Our Lady of Walsingham
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary conceived without sin, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary the Virgin, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary, the Mother of God, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary taken up into heaven, pray to the Lord for us.
Mary at Bethlehem, pray for all mothers.
Mary at Nazareth, pray for all families.
Mary at Cana, pray for all married couples.
Mary who stood by the Cross, pray for all who suffer.
Mary in the Upper Room, pray for all who wait.
Mary model of womanhood, pray for all women.
Woman of Faith, keep us in mind.
Woman of Hope, keep us in mind.
Woman of Charity, keep us in mind.
Woman of Suffering, keep us in mind.
Woman of Anxiety, keep us in mind.
Woman of Humility, keep us in mind.
Woman of Poverty, keep us in mind.
Woman of Purity, keep us in mind.
Woman of Obedience, keep us in mind.
Woman who wondered, remember us to God.
Woman who listened, remember us to God.
Woman who followed Him, remember us to God.
Woman who longed for Him, remember us to God.
Woman who loves Him, remember us to God.
Mother of God, be our Mother always.
Mother of Men, be our Mother always.
Mother of the Church, be our Mother always.
Mother of the World, be our Mother always.
Mother we need, be our Mother always.
Mother who went on believing, we thank God for you.
Mother who never lost hope, we thank God for you.

All holy and ever-living God, in giving us Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and Brother, you gave us Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother also; grant us, we pray you, that we may be worthy of so great a Brother and so dear a Mother. May we come at last to you the Father of us all through Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for England

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given unto the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.

Prayer to Mary, Mother of mercy
O Mary, Mother of mercy, and handmaid of the Lord, in your humility your spirit rejoices in God. The Almighty has done great things for you, showing his mercy from age to age. To you, Lord Jesus, anointed by the Holy Spirit, we commend those for whom your Mother has a special care and love; all who are hungry and poor, oppressed and in need, unwanted children, born and unborn. Raise up your arm in strength to help them, and through the prayers of Mary, your Mother, protect those who cry out in anguish and tears. Father, in your mercy, remember your promise of old, so that justice and peace may flourish, and your Kingdom may come, on earth as it is in Heaven. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to God the Father
O God, our Father, through the Holy Spirit you prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, to be a fit dwelling place for your Son. As we recall with joy her appearing here at Walsingham, grant that through her motherly intercession we may be preserved from evil and given health of soul and body. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to Mary, Our Lady of Walsingham
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your Divine son, dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother, we desire ever to remain your devout children. Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. Make your name again glorious in this place once renowned throughout our land by your visits, favours and many miracles. Pray, O holy Mother of God for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us. Amen.

15th century Prayer to Our Lady of Walsingham
O gracious Lady, glory of Jerusalem, Cypress of Sion and Joy of Israel, Rose of Jericho and Star of Bethlehem, O gracious Lady, our asking do not repel, in mercy all women ever thou dost excel. Therefore, Blessed Lady, grant then thy great grace, to all that thee devoutly visit in this place. Amen.

Prayer for the Annunciation
Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have revealed the beauty of your power by exalting the lowly virgin of Nazareth and making her the mother of our Saviour. May the prayers of this woman bring Jesus to the waiting world and fill the void of incompletion with the presence of her child who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to St Joseph Blessed
St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family and great protector of the Universal Church, come to our aid and intercede on our behalf as we pray. St. Joseph, by your example of fatherly love and of faithful chastity, obtain for us the graces of faith, repentance, love and reconciliation in the Church, our marriages, families, and in all the nations of the world. Blessed St. Joseph, obtain for us the grace we need to lead a holy life modelled on your holy family in Nazareth. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit, Cardinal Mercier
Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you; enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me; tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that you ask of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me, only show me what is your will. An Act of

Entrustment to Mary, Saint Pope John Paul II
Mother of the Redeemer, with great joy we call you blessed. God the Father chose you before the creation of the world. You believed in His love and obeyed His word. God the Son desired you for His mother when He came to save the human race. You received Him with a ready obedience and an undivided heart. God the Holy Spirit loved you as His mystical spouse and He filled you with singular gifts. You allowed yourself to be led by His hidden and powerful action. To you we entrust the Church, which invokes you as Mother. On earth you preceded her in the pilgrimage of faith. Comfort her in her difficulties and trials. Make her always the sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race. To you, Mother of the human family, and of the nations, we confidently entrust the whole of humanity with its hopes and fears. Let it not lack the light of true wisdom. Guide it to seek freedom and justice for all. Direct its steps in the ways of peace. Enable all to meet Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Sustain us, O Virgin Mary, on our pilgrimage of faith and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation. O Clement, O loving, O sweet Mother of God and our Mother, Mary!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham



Monsignor Newton has called on the Ordinariate to keep this national Novena of prayer. The first day of the Novena is on Friday 15th September (Our Lady of Sorrows/The Seven Delours of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

This Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham is the beginning of a National Novena of Prayer for our country which will help us prepare spiritually for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020 on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It may be prayed at any time, but especially in preparation for and celebration of the Feast of Our Lady Of Walsingham on the 24th September, before a pilgrimage to Walsingham, and to prepare for the Feast of the Annunciation. Our Lady of Walsingham – pray for us!

WHAT A BLESSING IT IS TO PREPARE FOR OUR LADY’S FEAST BY PRAYING A NOVENA The Novena presented for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham involves some set Novena prayers with a different intention each day for the needs of our Country and Church. The Novena starts on September 15th and finishes on September 23rd . The Novena may also be said at any time of the year for special intentions. Walsingham for centuries has been the cradle of Marian Devotion in England. Praying to the Mother of God is an integral part of the Catholic Faith. It is one of the first ways we learn to pray as children. We turn to Mary, the Mother of Jesus for we are all her sons and daughters. Jesus’s last action on earth, in his dying breath, was to entrust/consecrate all people, of all time, into his Mother’s Maternal care. We pray to Mary to ask for her Maternal Intercession and her loving, motherly and protective gaze upon us. It is as natural as breathing that we turn to our Heavenly Mother in times of need, crisis, tears and temptation. Jesus always hears his Mother’s pleas on our behalf. In this Novena we turn to Our Lady of Walsingham, as untier of knots for all our personal, communal and national problems and needs. In England, Our Lady of Walsingham is our National Patroness and Queen to whom, down the centuries, our peoples have turned in times of war, trial and tribulation. Many are the sufferings, entanglements and knots which we face as individuals and families, in our parishes, schools, communities, in our Church and as a Nation and World. So many are the problems and knots which need to be untied. It is to Our Lady of Walsingham and through the praying of her Novena that we ask for her powerful intercession. Our Lady when she appeared in Walsingham in 1061 asked that a replica of the Holy House of the Annunciation, the very first of her JOYS, be built in Walsingham as an everlasting memorial to the great moment when the Angel Gabriel brought the glad tidings that she was to be the Mother of God’s Son. Our Lady also promised “that all who would seek me there in that little house” would be consoled and help given. So let us ask and place great trust in her powerful intercession with God. Our Blessed Lady of Walsingham knows before we even ask, our needs, our hopes and our desires. Our Lady is waiting to grant you many graces and blessings during this time of Novena and preparation for her Feast. Let us remember the famous Prophecy of Pope Leo 13th when he signed the rescript for the Restoration of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in 1897: "When England goes back to Walsingham, Our Lady will come back to England"

THEREFORE, LET US PRAY THIS NOVENA FOR HER FEAST INVOKING HER INTERCESSION AS NEVER BEFORE, AND LET HER KNOW THAT WE HAVE TRUST IN HER POWERFUL INTERCESSION WITH HER DIVINE SON JESUS, OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR. OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM, PRAY FOR US.

The specific prayers for each day will be published on this blog.

DAY NINE (Eve of Pentecost)