Novena for the Assumption of Mary

Mary gathers hearts… and she sees and loves all the dear ones who, over the past couple of weeks, have clicked on the prayer for the novena for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary that I posted two years ago.  She knows you and she loves you!  And so we begin… may your every intention be granted…through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to which the whole month of August is dedicated.

Novena for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

For those of you who may wish to begin a novena today for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 2008 here is a prayer which may be used:

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. In honor of your Assumption into heaven I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.

[From:  Favorite Novenas to Mary, by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, pg. 32]

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

At Contemplative Haven today, I posted about the novena I will be doing in preparation for the Feastday of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  The links to the two novena aids can also be found in my sidebar here, just to the left, under “More Mary”.

There are many variations on the original Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  Here is a very sweet one I recently came across on the official website for the Melkites of the U.S., and gratefully used with their permission:

How consoling to know that we can find this same safety and protection beneath Our Lady’s mantle. We need not be hesitant; we can simply reach out and grasp it. It is big enough to cover all of her children and offered with an abiding love, from the most maternal of Hearts.