Mary, we invoke you as the Help of Christians because you afford help to Christians even in all temporal needs. If, without being asked, you do so much, what will you do if we invoke your aid? Though you are now enthroned in heaven, you still take an interest in our misery and relieve our wants. You are still the Mother of God in heaven, as you were on earth; Jesus who is omnipotence itself, remains your Son for all eternity. Your love for us is now even more intense and more compassionate, because you know our misery better in heaven than you did in this mortal life. You obtain sweet rest for all who are laden with trouble and pain; you give comfort to the afflicted and healing to the sick.

  Help of Christians, give me an unbounded confidence in you. You can help me, for your prayer is all-powerful with God, and you will help me, for you are my Mother and you love me as your child. Let me pray to you with a pure and penitent heart, for I cannot expect help from you if I continue to offend your dear son and even crucify Him again by my sins.

  I wish to beg your help with perseverance, even though for some time I may receive no help. I know you will grant my petition at the right time. Teach me to pray with resignation to the will of God, who knows what is best for me. Obtain for me at least the grace of bearing my cross with patience.

  Mary, you bring us help especially in our spiritual needs. You are a most merciful Mother who rejects no sinner, no matter how far he may have strayed. You lovingly interest yourself in his behalf and try to reconcile him to your Son. You assist us in temptations. You are continually crushing the serpent’s head by breaking Satan’s plans to thee and the woman-she shall crush thy head”(Gen.3-15). Instead of capturing others, satan is himself made a captive by you; like a chained slave he must obey your commands.

  You confirm us in good and obtain for us the grace of making progress in the path of virtue, for you desire nothing more ardently than that we all become partakers of the fruits of redemption. won for us by your Son. In our efforts to reach holiness, you support us and obtain for us the grace of perseverance. I can ask nothing of you that will give you greater pleasure or that you will grant more willingly than the grace to do good.

  Above all, you assist us in the hour of death, which is the most important moment in our life because upon that moment eternity depends. As the exalted Queen of Heaven you take the souls of your faithful servants under your protecting mantle, accompany them to the judgment seat of your Son, and there you will become their intercessor.

  Help of Christians, I know you do all in your power to save my soul. May I also do my part and allow you to save me. If I fall into sin, obtain for me the grace of repentance. If I am tempted, give me help to fight with determination against the temptation that I may overcome it. Be with me especially in the hour of my death, when the devil will put forth every effort to win my soul.

  Mary you are the Protectress of the universal Catholic Church. Through your intercession calamities have been averted from Christendom, fierce persecutions have ceased to rage, and enemies have been humbled to the dust. Many feasts are expressions of gratitude toward you for the frequent and wonderful deliverance of Christian nations from the invasions of enemies, from schisms and wars, and from all other sufferings.

  Mother Mary, Help of Christians, show yourself the Protectress of the Catholic Church and destroy the wicked designs of her enemies, especially in these times of persecution.

Prayer

  Almighty and merciful God, Who in the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary provided never- ending assistance for the defense of the Christian people grant, we beg of You, that , strengthened by such help, we may do battle during life and be able to obtain victory over the treacherous foe in death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

( Feast of Mary, Help of Christians, May 24)

 





OPENING PRAYER
In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

LET US PRAY

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession, was left unaided, inspired with this confidence I fly unto you; O Virgin of virgins, my Mother!  To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful, O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.  Amen.

(These introductory prayers are repeated every day.)

DAILY PRAYERS
(Novena starts on the 15th day of every month)
FIRST DAY

O holy Mary, powerful help of Christians, I turn to you with faith.  In your mercy hear the prayers of this poor sinner who implores your help to avoid sin and all its occasions.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail HOly Queen.

SECOND DAY

O holy Mary, Mother of goodness and mercy, with your visible aid you have often delivered Christians from the attacks of their enemies, defend my soul, I pray, from the assaults of the devil, the world and the flesh so that I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

THIRD DAY

Mary, most powerful Queen, you alone triumphed over the many heresies which sought to tear away many of your children from the bosom of the Church, help me, I pray, to hold on firmly to my faith and to keep myself free from the snares and poison of so many perverse doctrines.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

FOURTH DAY

O Mary, my sweetest Mother, the Queen of Martyrs, do infuse into my heart the strength to persevere that, overcoming all human respect, I may be able to live my religion and show myself, on every occasion, a devout child of yours.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

FIFTH DAY

Dear Mother Mary, in the triumph of Pope Pius Vii you showed your powerful patronage, protect the whole Church and especially her supreme head on earth, the Holy Father.  Defend him always from the attacks of his many enemies, deliver him so that he may safely steer to port the boat of St. peter and triumph over the proud billows which strive to submerge it.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

SIXTH DAY

O Mary, Queen of the Apostles take under your powerful protection the bishops, priest and all the children of the Catholic Church; obtain for them the spirit of union, of perfect obedience to the Holy Father, and of fervent zeal for the salvation of men.  I beg of you especially to extend your loving patronage to missionaries, that they may be able to bring all the races of the earth to the true faith of Jesus Christ, so that there may be just one flock under one Shepherd.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

SEVENTH DAY

O Mary, gracious and merciful Mother,  by your efficacious intercession, you have saved Christians from plagues and other bodily scourges, help me and deliver me from the disease of impiety and irreligion which creeps into my soul in many ways to turn me away from the Church and the practices of religion.  I implore you; watch over the good that they may persevere, strengthen the weak and call poor sinners to repentance, that truth and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ may triumph here on earth, so that Your glory and the number of the elect may be increased in Heaven.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

EIGHT DAY

O Mary, Pillar of the Church and Help of Christians, I ask you to keep me firm in my holy faith and to preserve in me the liberty of a child of God.  With the help of grace, I promise obedience to the Holy Father, and to the bishops in communion with him, desiring only to live and to die in the bosom of the Catholic Faith, where only I can hope with certainty to attain eternal salvation.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

NINTH DAY

Most kind Mother, in every age you wished to be the help of Christians, assist me with your invincible aid in life, and especially at the hour of my death, so that after having loved and praised you on earth, I may deserve to come and sing your mercies forever in Heaven.

(Recite three times)  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
(Recite once) Hail Holy Queen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER
LET US PRAY

O Almighty and Merciful God, you have given the Blessed Virgin Mary to all Christians as their everlasting Protectress, graciously grant now, that, strengthened by Her aid and striving onward in life, I may be victorious over the wicked one in the hour of my death.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Say three times)  Mary Help of Christians.
Pray for us!

 



O
h Mary, powerful Virgin, great and illustrious rampart of the Church, wonderful Help of Christians, terrible as an army drawn up in battle array; you alone overcome every error in the world; in anxieties, in struggles, in every difficulty defend us from the enemy and at the hour of our death receive our souls into paradise. Amen

 
 

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