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Novena to
Our Lady Of Sorrows

(Recite the following prayers for 9 days...)

Holy Mother of God,
hear the prayers of the Church for all mothers,
especially those wearied by life
and overcome by the suffering they bear for their children.

Recite the following prayer...

Hail Mary...

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
intercede for them from your place in heaven,
that the mercy of your divine Son
might lighten their burden and give them strength.

Recite the following prayers...

Hail Mary...

Glory to the Father...

(Recite the appropriate prayer of the day...)


Our Lady of Sorrows,
Labor day usually brings to mind images of factory workers,
farmers or heavy equipment operators.
Yet we also use labor to describe the first work
which brought each one of us to birth:
those first hours of maternal sacrifice
which brought us into the world.
It's too easy to forget that
and all the other sacrifices
which the vocation of motherhood entails.
Pray for the mothers in labor today,
those who give birth,
those who work two jobs to support a child,
those who go without so their child's needs are met,
those whose patient endurance is a sign of God's love upon the cross.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
Pray for Mothers who will Give Birth Today.
'At first I was scared,' Sarah told me. 'I was scared,
excited and filled with the most incredible expectation.
It was like those words we hear at Mass:
we wait in joyful hope.
I thought of all those women who feel the first kick,
the stirrings of life deep within them.
I prayed for them,
that they would love their child,
cherish their little baby
and know that in being a mother
they are involved in something so much bigger than themselves.
They have been chosen by God
to be custodians of the mystery of life.
At first I was scared,
and then I just cried ... with joy.'


Our Lady of Sorrows,
'At first I was petrified", Jon told me,
"petrified that I would faint
or get in the way
or not know what to do to help Sarah.
But then I prayed to Mary.
I know, praying to Mary
is something you would think a mother would be doing.
But somehow,
I think Mary understood Saint Joseph
more than anyone else.
She probably saw the fear in his eyes
and sensed the restlessness of his heart.
She probably spent a lot of time praying for him as well.
And when I prayed to Mary for my child about to be born,
I knew she understood and heard me
and prayed for me to her Son.
At first I was petrified,
and then I put everything into God's hands."


Our Lady of Sorrows,
the eyes of a child are an infinite well
of life, hope and goodness.
If you doubt the value of life,
look into the eyes of a child.
If you are worn by life's worries,
look into the eyes of a child.
If you want to see tomorrow,
look into the eyes of a child.
And what you will see is the divine spark
which brought beauty out of chaos,
the infinite beauty,
which is the presence of the Creator in his creation.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
I know of a family which prays each night.
Since the kids were little
they are gathered from their games
and their grumbling to the couch in the living room.
There they pray for those whom they love
and those they have a hard time loving.
They pray for the unborn and for little babies.
They pray for the sick and the dying.
They pray for the Church and for their priest.
Many a night it was the knowledge of those prayers
that gave me hope and peace and a good night's sleep.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
I know of another family which used to pray
for unborn children every Friday night.
They chose Friday because that's when Christ,
innocent and without sin,
was sent to the cross.
There's no prayer more powerful
than that said over little folded hands
asking God to take care of all the babies who you've made.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
Sunday is a time to take stock.
We look all around us at Church and see them:
all the people whose kids never seem to scream
and who look like they haven't a problem in the world!
But what if we really knew them?
We would see the 'secret sufferings' that mirror our own.
That's the meaning of Sunday, after all.
It is the gathering of those who have looked
at the their own brokenness through the lens of the cross, and live!
Sunday is the perfect day to pray
for all God's broken children
and especially those who are tempted to break the lives of others.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
Each time I pray,
I am called to join my prayer
with Christ's perfect prayer upon the cross.
It is easy from the vantage of the cross
to see the world clearly,
tTo see how easy it is to join the suffering of the innocent
to the suffering of him who is without sin.
We should work for an end
to all the forms of violence which threaten life.
That is a wonderful good.
But it is even more important
to stand with the Virgin Mother
and to beg her Son to come to our aid.


Our Lady of Sorrows,
we end as we began nine days ago:
with Mary, weeping silently beside the cross.
weeping for the innocent child so violently taken,
weeping for the nation which has let him die,
weeping for her Child and for our,
we place them both in her arms.

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