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NOVENA TO
OUR LADY OF PROMPT SECCOR


Opening Prayer to Our Lady

Oh, Immaculate Heart!
Help us to conquer the menace of evil,
which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today,
and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us.

From nuclear war, from incalculable self
destruction, from every kind of war,
deliver us.

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning,
deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God,
deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international,
deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God,
deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us,
deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ,
this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,
laden with the sufferings of whole societies.

Let there be revealed, once more,
in the history of the world your infinite power of merciful Love.
May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope.

(Taken from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English 24 May 1982.)

FIRST DAY


When we wish to obtain some special favour
through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady,
the first disposition to bring to prayer
is the humble recognition of our unworthiness,
for it is the prayer of the contrite and humble heart
that rises to the very throne of God.

PRAYER

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
you are after Jesus our only hope.
O Most Holy Virgin,
whose merits have raised you high above angel choirs
to the very throne of the Eternal
and whose foot crushed the head of the infernal serpent,
you are strong against the enemies of our salvation.
O Mother of God,
you are our Mediatrix most kind and loving.
Hasten, then, to our help,
and as you did once save your beloved City from ravaging flames
and our Country from an alien foe,
do now have pity on our misery,
and obtain for us the graces we beg of you.
Deliver us from the wiles of Satan,
assist us in the many trials
which beset our path in this valley of tears,
and be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now
and especially at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

SECOND DAY


Filial resignation to God's Holy Will
is the second disposition required
for the obtaining of special graces.
This disposition is especially necessary
when we ask for temporal favours,
for we cannot be certain whether
they are conducive to our salvation or not.

PRAYER

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
O Virgin most pure and Mother of the Word Incarnate,
you are the dispenser of all graces
and the refuge of poor sinners.
With lively faith and unbounded confidence
we have recourse to your maternal love
and we beg you to obtain from your Divine Son
the favors we now implore

(Mention your intention here...).

With filial trust we place our hearts
under your motherly care beseeching you
to obtain for us the all
important grace
of perfect conformity to God's Will, and, O Mary,
show yourself to be Our Lady Of Prompt Succor,
especially at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

THIRD DAY


A profound respect for the exalted dignity and sublime prerogatives of Mary is an excellent means to draw down upon us Heaven's choicest blessings.

PRAYER
Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
O Mary Immaculate,
you are the model of all virtues,
the path by which we go to Jesus,
the mysterious channel through which Divine favours are imparted to us.
You have such power over the Heart of Jesus,
hasten to our assistance and obtain our earnest request

(Mention your intention here...).

In you, O Mary, we put our trust,
let it not be said that our hopes have been frustrated.
O Mother most chaste,
be our strength against temptation,
our help in danger,
our consolation in sorrow,
but especially be Our Lady of Prompt Succor at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

FOURTH DAY


A filial eagerness in striving to fathom the treasures of holiness
contained in the heart of Mary,
the most loving and lovable of mothers,
is another means of obtaining Our Lady's special protection.

PRAYER

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
living temple of the Holy Spirit
and Queen of Heaven and earth,
behold us prostrate at your feet
to offer you the filial homage of our hearts,
to thank you for the innumerable favours you have obtained for us,
and to implore, through your all
powerful intercession,
the graces we need, especially

(Mention your intention here...).

O Mary, be truly to us "Mary,"
that is, our shield against the darts of temptation,
our solace in the midst of trials and afflictions,
our firm hope, sweet consolation,
and prompt seccur
at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

FIFTH DAY


One of the surest means to acquire a special right
to the protection of Mary
is to keep ourselves in the state of grace
and endeavor to please her by imitating her virtues.

PRAYER

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
Virgin most powerful and Mirror of Justice,
who offered yourself totally to God
for the perfect accomplishment of His Holy Will,
make us generous in sacrifice.
We have recourse to you to obtain the graces we need, especially

(Mention your intention here...).

O Mary, Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
heavenly protectress of souls devoted to your Divine Son,
deign to bless us each day of our mortal pilgrimage,
cast upon us your eyes of mercy,
and after our exile, show unto us Jesus,
your Son and our Brother.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

SIXTH DAY

A tender love for Mary
is another efficacious means of obtaining her favors.
Since love can be requited only by love,
what should not be our sentiments of filial affection
for so generous and loving a Mother?

PRAYER

O Mary, Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
bright Star of the Sea shining upon life's stormy ocean,
we implore your speedy help especially to obtain

(Mention your intention here...).

Shining Star of our tempest
tossed souls,
lovingly guide us among temptation's heaving billows
and treacherous shoals,
and lead us safely into eternity's peaceful harbor.
O sweetest of mothers,
we seek your prompt succor now
and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

SEVENTH DAY


Mary's love for us is tender and generous.
Our love for her should be characterized by deep gratitude,
filial confidence, and ardent zeal.
We should endeavor, by good example and the spirit of sacrifice,
to propagate devotion to her under her sweet title of prompt succor.

PRAYER

O Mary, Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
whose protection is so powerful
and whose help is so prompt and efficacious,
we come to lay at your feet all our cares and sorrows,
to place into your hands all our hopes,
to entrust to you all our interest both spiritual and temporal.
Deign, O Most Holy Virgin,
to assist us and obtain the graces we now ask, especially

(Mention your intention here...).

O Mother of prompt succor,
close not your ears to our earnest supplications;
rather hasten to our help now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

EIGHTH DAY


Confidence is an excellent and necessary means
for obtaining Mary's protection.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor will bestow favors upon us
in proportion to our filial trust in her all
powerful intercession.

PRAYER
Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
sanctuary of every virtue,
who was chosen among all women to be the Mother of our Redeemer,
be our advocate and protectress.
To you do we raise our hearts and hands
imploring your powerful intercession to obtain the favours we ask, especially

(Mention your intention here...).

Assist us by your mediation,
O Mary, that your Divine Son may shower His blessings upon us now
and at the moment of our death.

Amen.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

NINTH DAY


Mary became our Mother on Calvary's crest.
We are the children of her tears and sorrows.
On this last day of our novena,
let us take the resolution ever to foster a true and tender devotion
to our Immaculate Mother of Prompt Succor,
to cast all our cares and anxieties into her maternal heart.
Our confidence will not remain unrewarded.

PRAYER

Our Lady of Prompt Succor,
Queen of the Universe and Sovereign full of kindness,
you are the advocate of sinners,
a haven of safety to the shipwrecked,
the health of the sick and infirm,
the consolation of the afflicted,
the refuge and salvation of all on earth.
O Mary, grant us, we beseech you,
the help of your prayers to obtain the graces we implore,
and in particular

(Mention your intention here...).

Let your maternal heart be touched by our misery;
hasten to our assistance and be to us,
now and at the hour of our death,
Our Lady of Prompt Succor.

Amen.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.



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