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Home Novena Service

Sign of the Cross

Opening Prayer

Let us unite with Christians of all ages in praising Mary and committing ourselves to her powerful protection.

We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God, despise not our Petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, you have given us your Mother, Mary, to be our Mother, ready at every moment to help us: grant, as we pray before her image and call on her help, that we may always be faithful to the graces that are ours through your death and resurrection. May the life they bring us be to your glory on earth and our eternal happiness in heaven .


Scripture Reading

A short passage of Scripture is read slowly and then those present pause for a time to ponder the word in their heart. The reading could be from the preceding Sunday Gospel.


Having pondered the word in your heart we respond with the words Mary herself used when she responded to the words of her cousin, Elizabeth.

           My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The almighty works marvels for me. Holy is his name!

His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy, the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.


Let us pray.

Holy Mother of God, Virgin  ever-blessed, O Mary Immaculate, pray for us, intercede for us, do not refuse to help us. We are confident, and know for certain, that you can obtain all you will from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of ages, who lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen

Prayers of Petition

We now bring all our petitions to Our Lady, privately or inviting the others to keep particular needs in their prayers.  

(Those attending the group may at this point state their petition out loud or pray silently. When praying loud just follow your heart and do not worry about the exact words. )

When praying for those who are sick or in trouble of one kind or another, the prayer of the community is very helpful.

We remember that we are asking not just though the prayers of those in our little Home Novena group but that we are uniting with the prayers of the faithful all over the world.  So, we can ask with great confidence. 

Prayers for the Novena

Lord Jesus Christ, at a word from Mary, your Mother, you changed water into wine at Cana of Galilee. Listen to your people gathered to honour our Mother of Perpetual Succour. Grant our petitions and accept our humble thanks.

O Mother of Perpetual Succour, we call upon your most powerful name. You are the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. Your name will always be on our lips, especially in time of temptation and at the hour of our death. Your name is confidence and power. Blessed Lady, help us whenever we call on you. We will not be satisfied with merely pronouncing you name. Our daily lives will proclaim that you are truly our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

Remember, O most Blessed Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Filled, therefore, with confidence in your goodness, I fly to you, Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen

You have been made for us, O Lady, a refuge, 

 A helper in need and tribulation.

Let us pray

Almighty and merciful Lord, you have given us to venerate the picture of your most blessed Mother under the special title of Perpetual Succour.

Graciously grant that, amidst the changes of our journey through life, we may be so defended by the continual protection of the same Immaculate and ever Virgin Mary that we may deserve to obtain the rewards of your eternal redemption, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen              

Concluding prayers

Before the concluding prayer the leader of the group thanks everyone for coming and joining in the prayer. He or she may invite anyone present who wants to share some experience of grace with the group to do so.

A prayer of Thanksgiving may be recited.

The Novena concludes with everyone joining in :

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end


A hymn in honour of Our Lady may be sung at this stage.

Notes on the Home Novena

Above is a suggested format for the Home Novena, you may add additional Marian hymns and prayers. A suggested Novena prayer is given, however, there are alternate Novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help that you may prefer to use.

In the prayers we use the title ‘Our Mother of Perptual Succour’, however, you may feel more comfortable using the title ‘Our Mother of Perpetual Help’, ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Succour’ or ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help’. The title has varied over the years, please use whichever of these titles that you feel most comfortable with.

(We hope to add some scriptural reflections from Novena Services at Redemptorist Churches at a future date, that you may watch and/or listen to as part of your Novena service)

A selection of Marian prayers can be found by clicking here.

Alternative Novena prayers are available by clicking here

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