Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe officially became the "Empress of the Americas" by a decision of Pope Pius XII in 1945.
With her feast approaching (December 12), it is the perfect opportunity to remember that she reigns over our nation from Heaven, that she guides us and protects us with her motherly kindness and care. She is always eager to intercede for those who seek her intercession: throughout this Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will ask the intercession of Mary, the Merciful Mother of Jesus, for a New Culture of Life and the conversion of the Americas. We will also pray for the intentions of His Holiness Pope Francis, as well as your personal intentions.
The intentions of the Holy Father for December 2018 are as follow:
Evangelization – In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Content of the Novena:
Every day, you'll receive:
- A short paragraph narrating the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- The opening prayer
- The Novena prayer
- A meditation
- The closing prayers
Memorare of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief. Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow. O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more. O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen
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