Feast of Mary’s birth

Bible does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. It reflects the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.

Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.”(1)


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Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

Cebu has their version of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when a town named Guadalupe was plagued with cholera and miraculously healed because of their strong devotion to Mary. Here’s the prayer sent out from the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu

O Virgin of Guadalupe de Cebu, our Mother, look upon us now and turn to us your merciful eyes.

Without ceasing we sought refuge in you and without ceasing you have showed yourself truly as our Mother.

Years ago the bishop of Cebu sought refuge in you during the cholera pestilence and when your image was brought out in procession,

the pestilence ceased.

Now, once more, together with our bishops and priests,

we seek your protection from all dangers and evil we are facing today,

especially the forces that seek you undermine the integrity and dignity

of marriage and family.

O Mary, cover us and protect us.

O beloved patroness, keep far away from us all evil.

Once more, show yourself a Mother to us,

O gentle, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary of Guadalupe of Cebu

Queen and Principal Patroness of Cebu.

Amen.

 

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be… (3x)

Our Lady of Guadalupe… pray for us

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe,

According to your message to a native Juan Diego

I venerate you as “the Virgin Mother of the true God

for whom we live,

the Creator of all the world, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

In spirit I kneel before your most holy image

which you miraculously imprinted upon the cloak

of the Indian Juan Diego,

and with the faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims

who visit your shrine, I beg you for this favor:

(mention your request)

To be a generous, self-sacrificing, faithful devotee all the days of my life.

Remember, O Immaculate Virgin,

the words you spoke to your devout client,

“I am a merciful Mother to you and to all your people

who love me and trust in me and invoke my help.

I listen to their lamentations and solace

all their sorrows and their sufferings.”

I beg you to be a merciful Mother to me,

because I sincerely love you and trust in you

and I invoke your help.

I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe,

to grant my request, if this should be the Will of God,

in order that I may

bear witness to your love, your compassion. Your help and protection.

Do not forsake me in my needs. Amen

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

 

Happy Feast day to Our Lady of Guadalupe!

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe – 9 day Novena

 

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9 Day Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
(adopted from Catholic liturgies and prayers)
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
According to your message in Mexico
I venerate you as “the Virgin Mother
Of the true God for whom we live,
The Creator of all the world,
Maker of heaven and earth.”
In spirit I kneel before your most holy Image
Which you miraculously imprinted
Upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego,
And with the faith
Of the countless numbers of pilgrims
Who visit your shrine,
I beg you for this favor:
To be a generous, self-sacrificing,
Faithful Marian Catechist all the days of my life.
Remember, O Immaculate Virgin,
The words you spoke to your devout client,
“I am a merciful Mother to you
And to all your people
Who love me and trust in me And invoke my help.
I listen to their lamentations and solace
All their sorrows and their sufferings.”
I beg you to be a merciful Mother to me,
Because I sincerely love you and trust in you
And invoke your help.
I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
To grant my request,
If this should be the Will of God,
In order that I may
“Bear witness to your love, your compassion,
Your help and protection.”
Do not forsake me in my needs. Amen.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
DAY ONE
Dearest Lady of Guadalupe,
fruitful Mother of holiness,
teach me your ways of gentleness and strength.
Hear my humble prayer offered with heartfelt confidence
to beg this favor…
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY TWO
O Mary, conceived without sin,
I come to your throne of grace
to share the fervent devotion
of your faithful Mexican children
who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe.
Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always:
May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY THREE
O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced
by seven swords of grief,
help me to walk valiantly
amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway.
Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you.
This I ask you, my dear Mother.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY FOUR
Dearest Mother of Guadalupe,
I beg you for a fortified will
to imitate your divine Son’s charity,
to always seek the good of others in need.
Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY FIVE
O most holy Mother,
I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins,
abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on,
and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY SIX
Mary, Mother of vocations,
multiply priestly vocations
and fill the earth with religious houses
which will be light and warmth for the world,
safety in stormy nights.
Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious.
This we ask of you, O Mother.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY SEVEN
O Lady of Guadalupe,
we beg you that parents live a holy life
and educate their children in a Christian manner;
that children obey and follow the directions of their parents;
that all members of the family pray and worship together.
This we ask of you, O Mother.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY EIGHT
With my heart full of the most sincere veneration,
I prostrate myself before you, O Mother,
to ask you to obtain for me the grace
to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
DAY NINE
O God, You have been pleased
to bestow upon us unceasing favors
by having placed us under the special protection
of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Grant us, your humble servants,
who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth,
the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven.
State your request here…
pray –
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Pray for us,
Amen.
feast day – December 12