Friday, June 20, 2008

Redemptoristine Nuns Continue Novena

June 20, 2008
Day 2 Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:10-18 Psalm 103
Luke 1:37-56

Health of the Sick

Good afternoon. My name is Sister Peg Banville. Welcome to our Eucharistic liturgy for the second day of our Novena honoring Our Mother of Perpetual Help. We have chosen a different title of Our Lady for each day. Today we honor her under the title of Health of the Sick.

Surely we have all experienced healing graces received through the mediation of Mary. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago, I went before the icon in our chapel, very distraught, and begged her to help me. Interiorly I heard her say: "I held him, can’t I hold you too?”

With these reassuring words, I was able to undergo surgery and radiation therapy, carried along in her arms. I thank Mary’s intercession for the fact that I have had no recurrence of that dreaded disease.

May you all be strengthened in your confidence in the prayers of this powerful Mother to bring healing to yourself and your loved ones as each has need.

And now with Rev. Joseph Freund presiding, let us celebrate the votive Mass of Mary, Health of the Sick, asking her to intercede with our Redeemer for continued spiritual and physical healing.


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: That 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.

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