Good evening! My name is Sister Paula. Welcome to this concluding Mass of the Novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Today is her Feastday. As we are celebrating here, we are united with so many lovers of Mary under this title, who are gathered in other shrines and churches throughout the world. God alone knows the tremendous chorus of intercession and praise arising through the Eucharist and all who are joined in prayer as we are. Father Charles Brinkman, CSsR is our celebrant.
Tonight in the Gospel we will hear Jesus, on the Cross, say to us, "Behold your Mother." And with his last breath, whispering to Mary, "Behold your children!" With deep gratitude for this wonderful gift from God, let us joyfully begin our worship.
Holy Mary, help all in distress, encourage the fainthearted, console the sorrowful, be the advocate of all the clergy and religious, strengthen family life, bring peace to our world, intercede for all God’s holy people; let all feel your aid who implore your Perpetual Help.
V: Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
R: hat we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us your Mother Mary, whose miraculous image we venerate, to be our Mother, ever ready to help us, grant we pray, that we who earnestly implore your aid may deserve to enjoy perpetually the fruit of your redemption. You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Some of Our General Intentions for This Novena
· peace and harmony for all families and nations
· an end to violence and war, and the safe return of our armed forces
· a future full of hope for our young people
· our Church and all its needs, for healing and holiness
· the guidance of the Holy Spirit upon our national elections
· vocations to the religious life and priesthood
Mother of Perpetual Help,
pray for us.