Saturday, February 2, 2008

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes begins today, February 2nd, and ends February 10th. The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is on February 11th.

A novena is a nine-day period of prayer to implore special favors, obtain special graces, or to make special petitions. The word Novena is derived from the Latin word "novem", meaning nine. As the definition suggests, the novena has always had more of a sense of urgency and neediness.

During the time frame of this Novena (Feb 2-Feb10), the Pope had granted a Plenary Indulgence to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's appearance in Lourdes. You can read the details here.

I added the novena prayer to my top right sidebar for convenience. Please join me in praying this novena!
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,

you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.

I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests.

Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Novena Source: EWTN
We will actually be saying the long version of this novena which you can find here.