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                  “We strive to serve our Catholic teachings through prayer, service, and love.                                        We welcome all people with love. We are called by God to live out the message of Christ                 by developing followers of Christ with love and service to all people”.

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Mother’s Day Rosary Novena

The exciting weekend is upon us, when we begin the Mother’s Day Rosary Novena. Thank you for joining us in nine days of Rosary prayer for Mothers, as we ask for the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), with a 10th Day to pray for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Begin praying on April 30.  Here is how:

We’ll follow this Novena Calendar, with everyone praying the Rosary and the fruits on the same day. Don’t be discouraged if you miss a day. Just hop right back into the schedule with a happy heart and firm resolve to carry on.

It’s lovely to find a rhythm, praying at the same time each day. Do so if you can manage it. You may use the regular daily rotation of the Mysteries of the Rosary (Monday-Joyful, Tuesday and Friday-Sorrowful, Thursday-Luminous, Saturday and Sunday-Glorious). If you prefer to pray the Mothering Mysteries, then splurge on the Joyful Mysteries for this novena. It will be fine. The tenth day, May 13, is the anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition in Fatima, and on that day, we will pray for the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, and then the Glorious Mysteries would be most appropriate.

(It is taken for granted that you know the structure of the Rosary. For instructions on how to pray the Rosary, scroll to the bottom of the home page of FreshRosary.com, and download a copy.)

April 30 – The Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE

May 1 – The Fruit of the Spirit is JOY

May 2 – The Fruit of the Spirit is PEACE

May 3 – The Fruit of the Spirit is PATIENCE

May 4 – The Fruit of the Spirit is KINDNESS

May 5 – The Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS

May 6 – The Fruit of the Spirit is FAITHFULNESS

May 7 – The Fruit of the Spirit is GENTLENESS

May 8 – The Fruit of the Spirit is SELF-CONTROL

May 9 – The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart

Create a list here of the Mothers you intend to pray for, living or deceased:

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Daily Novena Prayer

Recite this prayer as you begin your Rosary

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Blessed Mary, Ever-Virgin Spouse of the Holy Spirit and our own true Heavenly Mother, by means of this Mother’s Day Novena, we seek after the treasures of Heaven, most notably, the Fruits of the Spirit. Through your intercession, may we, and those for whom we now pray, (mention the names here) receive a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, accompanied by the spiritual gifts God most desires to give us, which are most needed by the world today. Introduce your Spouse to us in a new way, That the fully ripe fruits of His Presence – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Faithfulness, Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness and Self-Control, may be enjoined upon us, bringing to this world the full manifestation of the Glorious Kingdom of God in our time. We place our intentions in your hands, confident that all three Persons of the Holy Trinity delight to honor your humble requests for your children. We make this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Daily Intentions for the Fruits of the Spirit

“For an outpouring of the fruit of __ in our lives, and in the lives of all mothers, especially (say the names here).”

How to add the Daily Intentions: As you pray the Mysteries of the Rosary, announce each mystery and pray the Our Father. Before the set of ten Hail Mary prayers, pray the daily intentions corresponding to the Fruits of the Spirit.

For example, Day 1:

“The First Joyful Mystery — The Annunciation “Our Father, who art in Heaven…

“For an outpouring of the fruit of Love in our lives, and in the lives of all mothers, especially (add the names here)…

“Hail Mary, full of grace…(10 times)

“Glory be to the Father…

“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins…”

Move on to the remaining mysteries in the same pattern, praying again for an outpouring of the fruit of Love, after the Our Father and before the Hail Mary prayers. Finish your rosary in the usual way. This concludes Day 1.

Days 2 through 9 continue in the same fashion, using the calendar on page 1.

Day 10 – This day is like dessert, since it falls on the anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition in Fatima. Of course, people can skip dessert, but why? Our Lady wants good things for us, so as her children let us return her kindness by cooperating with her desire for peace in the world.

Heavenly Father, We praise you for your goodness, extoll you for your glory, and thank you for your never-failing love. As Jesus Christ, your only begotten Son, and our Lord, tells us in sacred scripture — you alone know the day and the hour of the coming of your Kingdom. In the same way, you alone know the moment of the coming Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Because you are a loving and just God, holy and true, we your children desire the fulfillment of your holy and perfect will on earth, as it is in Heaven. As such, we ask with fervent desire for the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. May your Holy Spirit instruct us in the roles we must undertake, the prayers we must pray, the sacrifices we must make, and the virtuous lives we must lead, as docile and obedient children who wish to honor and love their Mother. We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and with similar childlike excitement, we look forward to that glorious day when the Immaculate Heart of the Queen of Angels receives the Triumph that has long been promised. We make our prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

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