Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Grace

Novena 2017 | Saturday, July 8th - Sunday, July 16

This year's theme:

The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Temple of the Holy Spirit

Marian Musical Prelude at 6:45 

Rosary and Benediction at 7:15 

Holy Mass at 8:00

 

Saturday, July 8th:  Fr. Tim Elliott

Sunday, July 9th:  Fr. Conor Sullivan

Monday, July 10th: Fr. Andrew Burkemper

Tuesday, July 11th: Fr. Charles Samson

Wednesday, July 12th: Fr. Thomas Vordtriede

Thursday, July 13th:  Fr. David Skillman

Friday, July 14th: Fr. John Schneier

Saturday, July 15th:  Fr. Michael Lampe

Sunday, July 16: Bishop Mark Rivituso

 

 

Date: 
July 23, 2015
July 23, 2016
July 23, 2017
July 23, 2018
July 23, 2019
OCD commemoration: 
Memorial
Classification: 
Virgin

The Blessed Virgin Mary was eternally predestined, in the context of the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. As decreed by divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving Mother of the divine Redeemer, his associate, uniquely generous, and the Lord’s humble servant. She conceived, bore, and nourished Christ; presented him to the Father in the Temple; and was united with him in his suffering as he died on the cross. In a completely unparalleled way she co-operated, by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity, with our Saviour’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is Mother to us all in the order of grace’ (Lumen Gentium, the Constitution on the Church, 61).

Second Reading - From the homily of St. Cyril of Alexandria preached at the Council of Ephesus

 

"Hail Mary, Mother of God, august treasury of the whole world, unquenchable torch, crown of virginity, scepter of orthodoxy, temple indestructible, and place of the uncontainable, mother and virgin.  Through you is named blessed in the holy gospel He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hail Mary!  You contained the uncontainable in your holy virginal womb.  Through you the Trinity is glorified; through you is the cross named precious, and adored throughout the whole world; through you heaven exults; through you angels and archangels rejoice; through you demons are put to flight; through you the devil, the tempter, fell from heaven; through you the fallen creature is taken up to heaven; through you the whole created world, gripped in the madness of idolatry, come to a recognition of the truth; through you comes about holy baptism for believers; through you the oil of gladness; through you churches have been founded through the whole world; through you nations are led to repentance.

What need is there to speak at length?  Through you the only Son of God shone His light for those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death; through you prophets foretold what was to come; through you apostles preach salvation to the nations; through you the dead are raised to life; through you kings reign, through the Holy Trinity.

What man can sing adequately the praise of Mary?  She is both virgin and mother!  The wonder astounds me.  Shall the Builder be forbidden to inhabit the temple He has built? Shall He be despised who chose His handmaid for His mother?

See then, all things rejoice.  May it be ours to fear and bow before the unity of the Trinity, to worship and tremble in awe before the indivisible Trinity, as we sing praises of the ever-virgin Mary, that is the holy Church, and of her Son and immaculate spouse; for to Him is glory for ever and ever.  Amen."

Carmelite Prayer: 
Lord God, we have been refreshed at the fountain of salvation. Through the power of this Sacrament and the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary may a closer union with Christ our Mediator fit us to collaborate ever more faithfully in the mystery of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord.