Sacred Heart Church, Manville NJ

Novena In Honor of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
First Novena Prayer
(Recite Together)

Behold at Your feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help! a wretched sinner who has recourse to You and confides in You. O Mother of Mercy! have pity on me. I hear You 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 Your hand to a miserable fallen creature, who recommends himself to You, and who devotes himself to your service forever. I bless and thank Almighty God, Who in His mercy has given me this confidence in You, 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 You. I know, that with Your help, I shall conquer. I know, too, that You will assist me, if I recommend myself to You; but I fear, dear Mother, that in time of danger, I may neglect to call on You, and thus lose my soul. This grace, then, I ask of You, and this I beg, with all the fervor of my soul, that, in all the attacks of hell, I may ever have recourse to You. O Mary! Help me; O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God.

3 Hail Marys
Oration & Response for all Novena Prayers

Priest: Pray for us, O Mothers of Perpetual Help.
People: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Priest: Let us pray

O Lord Jesus Christ who did give us Your Mother May, whose renowned image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us, grant, we beseech You, that we who constantly implore her maternal aid may merit to enjoy perpetually the
fruits of Your redemption. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to Your protection, implored Your help, or sought Your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence I fly unto You, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To You I come; before You I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions; but in Your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.

Invocations to Our Lady
Priest: O Mother of Perpetual Help, You whose very name inspires confidence.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may be victorious in the trying time of temptation.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may quickly rise again should I have the misfortune to fall into sin.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may break asunder any bonds of Satan in which I may become entangled.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: Against the seductions of the world, evil companions, and bad books.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may soon return to my former fervor should I ever become lukewarm.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: In my preparation for the Sacraments and the performance
of my Christian duties.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: In all the trials and troubles of life.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: Against my own inconstancy that I may persevere to the end.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may ever love You and serve You and invoke Your assistance.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: That I may be able to induce others to love, serve and pray to You.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.
Priest: O Mother to my last hour, to my last breath do You ever watch over me.
People: Help me, O loving Mother.

Prayer for Perseverance

(Priest and People)

O Holy Virgin Mary, who, to inspire us with boundless confidence, has been pleased to take the sweet name of Perpetual Help. I implore you to come to my aid always and everywhere, in my temptations, after my falls, in my difficulties, in all the miseries of life and above all at the hour of my death. Give me, O loving Mother, the desire, nay more, the habit always to have recourse to You. For I feel assured that if I invoke You with fidelity, You will be faithful to come to my assistance. Obtain for me then this grace of graces, the grace to pray to You without ceasing and with childlike prayer that I may ensure Your perpetual help and final perseverance. O Mother of Perpetual Help pray for me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Act of Consecration

(Priest and People)

Desiring to consecrate myself entirely to the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from Whom, after God, I expect all help and assistance in life and death, I unite myself to the members of this pious archconfraternity, which has been erected in honor of our Lady of Perpetual Help.

As my special patron, I choose the glorious St. Alphonsus, that he may obtain for me a true and lasting devotion to the ever blessed Virgin, Who is honored by so sweet a name.

I promise moreover, to renew my consecration to the Mother of God and to St. Alphonsus at least once each month, frequently to receive the Holy Sacraments.

O Mother of Perpetual Help, receive me as Your servant, and grant that I may ever experience Your constant motherly protection. I promise to have recourse to You in all my spiritual and temporal necessities.

My holy patron, St. Alphonsus obtain for me the grace of an ardent love for Jesus Christ, and the grace in invoking the Mother of Perpetual Help.

Blessing of the Sick

Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
People: Who has made Heaven and earth.
Priest: O Lord hear my prayer.
People: And let my cry come unto You.
Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Let us pray.

Look down O Lord upon Your servants failing from bodily weakness and refresh their souls which You have created, that being bettered by Your chastisements they may presently feel themselves saved by Your pity. Amen. Grant O Lord we beseech You that these Your servants may enjoy continual health of body and soul and through the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin be freed from their present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you; within you to preserve you; before you to lead you; behind you to guide you; above you to bless you; Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. The blessing of Almighty God the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit descend upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

Blessing of All Present
The priest blesses the entire congregation with the Miraculous Picture, saying:

Through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help may the blessing of Almighty God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, descend upon you and remain with you always. Amen

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favoured by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the Mother of the redeemed as well. I come to you today as your loving child. Watch over me and take care of me. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take me in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help me. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and God's mercy is from age to age on those who love God. Intercede for me, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.