Worldwide novena to the Immaculate Conception
Preparatory Novena for the feast of the Immaculate Conception
Lourdes invites you!
On the same day, in every continent, a vast prayer chain will be organised, an initiative of the Family Our Lady of Lourdes and Padre Pio prayer groups (last year's prayer chain spread over five continents: parishes, seminaries, congregations, monasteries, lay people and families).
Why not join them! St. Padre Pio said,
“Love the Virgin and make her loved. Always pray the Rosary!”
From the 30th of November, we are invited to prepare for this great and beautiful celebration by going to confession and offering a novena.
Gino Testa, member of the Family Our Lady of Lourdes invites you to live this novena through this community of prayer. Subscribe for free by clicking on "Join" (top right blue button) and receive each day of the novena a beautiful meditation from Father Cabes via email.
How to pray the novena
Every day; pray all or part of the rosary, offer an act of love, and say the suggested prayers. You'll be guided through subscribing to the novena with:
• a verse
• a meditation
• the prayers of the novena
Offer your rose to Mary
On the 8th of December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, on the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Pope will lay a bouquet of flowers at the foot of a statue of Mary, to pay her homage. On that same day, in Lourdes, at the very place where the Virgin said, “I am the Immaculate Conception”, the Sanctuary will join with the Holy Father's actions: thousands of flowers, ordered online by pilgrims visiting the website, will be placed in the Grotto, at the feet of Our Lady, to pay her homage and thus prolong the joy that Bernadette experienced when she said: she had a yellow rose on each foot, the color of her rosary chain. It is the rosary that makes the world blossom.
For the feast of the Immaculate Conception, present a rose to Our Lady of Lourdes: we will place it in the Grotto for you on the 8th of December.
You can join by participating in the Lourdes Rosary and other celebrations on the 8th of December by clicking on this link: https://www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/
What does “Immaculate Conception” mean?
According to the Catholic faith, Mary never knew evil, having been conceived without being stained by original sin. It is this absolute immunity that is called the Immaculate Conception. This dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854, “The Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception … preserved intact from every stain of original sin.” The Church thus teaches its members that they should contemplate in Mary the perfect success of humanity as it is desired by God. The feast day is celebrated on the 8th of December.
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For those who wish to continue to live daily in the grace of Lourdes, we offer membership to the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer to Mary
Holy Virgin Mary, who in Lourdes named herself the Immaculate Conception, you are the most beautiful, the purest being to radiate the love of the Lord. Through you, He come into our world. In you we welcome Him, we poor sinners, You teach us to open our hearts to Him. We contemplate with Bernadette these yellow roses at your feet, the colour of your rosary chain. We offer our roses too … May we join our prayers with yours, Mother of the Church, our Mother. May the prayers of your children, the prayers of your loving heart make this world, tainted by sin, blossom once more. May we come to taste the happiness of paradise in you, the dawn of the new world, Mary, the chosen one, God's accomplishment, we bless you. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, our Mother. AMEN.
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