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Traditional Novena in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Behold at Thy feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help !
a wretched sinner who has recourse to Thee, and confides in Thee.
O Mother of Mercy! have pity on me.
I hear Thee called by all,
the Refuge and the Hope of sinners;
be then, my refuge and my hope.
Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ;
stretch forth Thy hand to a miserable fallen creature,
who recommends himself to Thee,
and who devotes himself to Thy service forever,
I bless and thank Almighty God,
Who in His mercy has given me this confidence in Thee,
which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation.
It is true, dearest Mother,
that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin,
because I had not recourse to Thee.
I know, that with Thy help, I shall conquer.
I know, too, that Thou wilt assist me,
if I recommend myself to Thee;
but I fear, dear Mother,
that in time of danger,
I may neglect to call on Thee, and thus lose my soul.
This grace, then, I ask of Thee,
and this I beg, with all the fervor of my soul,
that, in all the attacks of hell,
I may ever have recourse to Thee.
O Mary ! Help me;
O Mother of Perpetual Help,
never suffer me to lose my God.

Some Guidelines to Follow

  1. Place an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in a prominent place in your house, and before the picture two candles, which should be burning while the prayers of the Novena are being recited.
  2. Say nine Hail Marys each day of the Novena, with one of the prayers available from the booklet below.
  3. If possible, have all the members of your family join in the Novena.
  4. Perform little acts of self-denial. Give alms to some poor person or assist in other good works.
  5. Make some promise to Our Blessed Lady, should the request be granted, for instance, to have a Mass of Thanksgiving said in her honor.
  6. Receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion during the Novena, thereby rendering yourself more worthy to obtain the favor asked.

A Novena in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help may be made at any time during the year; but it is very appropriate to make it during the nine days preceding the principal feasts celebrated by the Church in her honor, which are the following:

  • The Purification, Feb. 2. Novena begins January 24
  • The Annunciation, Mar. 25, Novena begins March 16
  • Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Sunday preceding June 24
    Novena begins Friday of the foregoing week
  • The Visitation, July 2, Novena begins June 23
  • The Assumption, August 15, Novena begins August 6
  • The Nativity, September 8, Novena begins August 30
  • The Presentation, November 21, Novena begins November 12
  • The Immaculate Conception, December 8, Novena begins November 29

Novena in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help — Contents

Imprimi Potest: John M. Frawley, C.SS.R. Provincial Superior
Nihil Obstat: John M. Fearns, S.T.D. Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman Archbishop of New York
June 20, 1948, (Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help)

Hymn (Mother Dear). Page | 5
Opening Prayer. Page | 7
Invocations. Page | 10
Prayer for Perseverance | Page 11
Act of Consecration | Page 12
Blessings. Page 14
Hymn (O Mother of Perpetual Help) | Page 15
Benediction | 18
Hymn (Mother Dearest) | Page 21
(Veneration of the Picture) (Blessing of Religious Articles)


Prayer in Spiritual Wants | Page 22
Prayer in Temporal Wants | Page 23
Prayer for Financial Aid | 24
Prayer in Sickness | Page 25
Prayer for non-Catholics | Page 26
Prayer for Sinners | Page 27
Prayer of St. Alphonsus | Page 28
Memorare | Page 29


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