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Novena to Mary with St. Catherine of Siena

Preparatory Prayer:

O Saint Catherine of Siena, my guardian and mistress, thou who from Heaven dost assist thy clients when they recite Mary's Rosary, assist me at this hour and vouchsafe to join with me in this Novena to the Queen of the Rosary who hath set the throne of her graces in the Vale of Pompeii, so that through thine intercession, I may obtain the grace that I desire. Amen.

V. O God, come unto my assistance;
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, 
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

1. O Virgin Immaculate and Queen of the Rosary, in these days of dead faith and triumphant impiety, thou hast been pleased to set up thy throne as Queen and Mother, up on the ancient site of Pompeii, the dwelling place of pagans long since dead. And from the place where once men worshiped false gods and demons, thou, as Mother of Divine grace, dost in these our times scatter everywhere the treasures of Heavenly mercies. Ah, from that throne where thou reignest as Queen of Mercy, turn, dear Mother upon me also thine eyes of mercy, and have pity on me who has such great need of thy assistance. Show thyself to me, as to so many others, a true Mother of Mercy: "Show thyself a Mother;" while with all my heart I salute thee and call upon thee as my Sovereign and Queen of the most holy Rosary.

Hail, Holy Queen 

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

2. Humbly bending at the foot of thy throne, O great and glorious Lady, my soul venerates thee in the midst of the groans and anguish that oppress me beyond measure. In spite of the trials and tribulations wherewith I am encompassed, I raise my eyes with confidence to thee who has deigned to choose for thy earthly habitation the fields of poor and forsaken country folk. And there. facing the city and amphitheater devoted to heathen pleasures, where now reign silence and ruin, thou, as the Queen of Victories, hast lifted up thy mighty voice to summon from Italy and from every quarter of the Catholic world, thy devoted children to build thee a shrine in thine honor. Ah, be thou moved to pity for this soul of mine which lies trampled in mire. Have mercy on me, for I am filled beyond measure with misery and humiliation. Thou who art the Help of Christians, draw me from the tribulations wherein I am miserably entangles. Thou who art our life, triumph over the death which threatens my soul in these dangers to which I find myself exposed; give me peace again, tranquility, love and salvation.

Hail Holy Queen, etc.


3. Ah, the very thought that so many have been blessed only because they had recourse to thee with confidence, inspires me with fresh hope and courage to call upon thee to come to my assistance. Thou didst once promise Saint Dominic that whosoever desired the grace of God should obtain it by means of the Rosary: now I, with rosary in hand, call upon thee, my Mother, to keep thy maternal promises. Nay, thou thyself in these times dost work never-ceasing wonders to call thy children to honor thee in thy shrine of Pompeii. Be thou pleased, therefore, to wipe away our tears and assuage our sorrows! With my heart upon my lips and with lively faith, I call upon thee and invoke thee: my Mother, dearest Mother, Mother fairest, Mother gentlest, help me! Mother and Queen of the holy Rosary of Pompeii, delay not to stretch forth thy mighty hand to save me, for delay. as thou seest, will bring me down to ruin.

Hail Holy Queen, etc.

4. To whom else can I have recourse, if not to thee, who art the solace of the wretched, the comfort of the desolate, the consolation of the afflicted? I confess it to thee, my soul is exceedingly sorrowful, weighed down as it is by countless sins, it deserves the fires of Hell, it is unworthy to receive thy favors. But art not thou the hope of the hopeless, the great mediatrix between man and God, our powerful advocate at the throne of the Most High, and the refuge of sinners? Ah, do thou only say the word in my behalf to thy Divine Son, and He will hear and answer thee. Ask Him, then, O Mother, for this favor, of which I stand so much in need . . . Thou alone canst obtain it for me; thou art my only hope, my consolation, my sweetness, my whole life. Such is my hope. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen, etc.

5. O Virgin and Queen of the Holy Rosary, thou art the Daughter of our Heavenly Father,, the Mother of God the Son, and the Bride of the Holy Spirit with His sevenfold gift. Thou canst obtain all things from the ever Blessed Trinity, thou must therefore obtain for me this favor which is so necessary for me, provided that it be no obstacle to my eternal salvation . . . I ask it of thee through Immaculate Conception, thy Divine Motherhood, thy joys, thy sorrows and thy triumphs; I ask of it thee through the Heart of thy dear Jesus, and the nine months wherein thou didst carry Him in thy bosom, the hardships of His life, His bitter passion, His death on the Cross, His most Holy Name, the shedding of His Precious Blood; finally I ask it of thee through thine own most sweet heart and thy glorious name, O Mary, thou who art the Star of the Sea, our Mighty Mistress, the Sea of Sorrow, the Gate of Heaven, and the Mother of Every Grace. In thee I put my trust; from thee I hope for all things. It is thy task to save me. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen, etc.

V. Make me worthy to praise thee, O sacred Virgin;
R. Give me strength against thine enemies.
V. Pray for us, O Queen of the most Holy Rosary,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, Whose only begotten Son, by His death, and Resurrection, hath purchased for us the rewards of everlasting life; grant, we beseech thee, that we, who meditate upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may both imitate what they contain, and attain what to what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary 

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with Thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the
hour of our death. Amen.



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