Novena's & Prayers

1st Day of Novena to Infant Mary
30th August

Introduction: 

Dear Friends,
This evening, the first day of Novena to Infant Mary, we reflect on facing the FAMILY CRISIS. These nine days novena will focus on the importance of FAMILY in our daily life. We know that all our families undergo lot of problem because of work, sickness, old age, alcohol, problems of children and added tensions from neighbours, friends, and other family members. Hence, we need to pray to our Blessed Mother to help us to cope up with all these situations, so that our families become a dwelling place of joy, peace and happiness. Let us pray for this grace during this Eucharist.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL 

  1. That families will strive to make their homes places where children can hear God calling them by name. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  2. That parents may realize their responsibility to be an example of faith for their children. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  3. For each of us, for our families and our friends, that we respond fully to the call of our baptism, and accept the grace to remain open to God's call to serve. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  4. That those who feel a call to and desire for priesthood or religious life may find the courage to say yes to what God asks of them. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  5. That young men and women will listen to the Spirit in their hearts and respond to the cry from deep within. Lord Hear Our Prayers

Let Us Pray: God our Father, help us to live a happy family life, in spite of our daily problems and tensions. Be with us through the intercession of Mary our Blessed Mother. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

2nd Day of Novena to Infant Mary
31st August

Introduction:
Today we reflect on life. Family is the Cradle of Life. In family life is formed and life grows and matures. When Mary heard from the Angel that her cousin Elizabeth was in her sixth month "she went in haste". Both Mary and Elizabeth were to become mothers under amazing circumstances. Yet Mary put others before herself and went with eagerness to nurture life in Elizabeth, to lavish her loving care on her aged cousin. And Mary remained with her cousin Elizabeth for about three months during which time she was a vehicle of favours for both Elizabeth and her child John the Baptist. Her service sprang from genuine love and concern. Mary nurtured life in herself and helped others to live a happy life. Let us pray during this Holy Eucharist that we may try to make our families cradles of joyful life. 

Prayers of the Faithful: 

  1. That our families may respect life in all the forms. That parents be responsible towards children and to their concerns. Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  2. We pray for the youth of our parish that they may understand the value of life and may not spoil the God given opportunities to understand the complex nature of life. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  3. We pray for all the mothers who carry life in their womb. They may experience peace, serenity and help the baby to grow in a spiritual and healthy way. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  4. For all the children in the world, especially those who are deprived of basic necessities of life, that they may be provided through the generosity of people. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  5. The world leaders may promote healthy programs for the benefit of human growth and conservation. Lord Hear Our Prayers

Let Us Pray:
God our loving Father, we thank you for the gift of life. Without you we are nothing and we cannot live a life that is meaningful. Help us always to remember that life comes from you and you alone have the power to take it back. Guide us in our daily life to respect and foster life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN. 

3rd Day of Novena to Infant Mary
1st September

 

Introduction:
Today we reflect on healthy Family Rituals. Rituals are traditional values and values that spring from the life of Christ and his teaching. We have wonderful rituals like prayer, praying before and after our meals, praying before our journey, seeking blessings from our parents, cultivating respect to the elders through meaningful gestures and venerating Mary and cultivating her devotion in our Families. Let us ask Mary to bless us with the grace to nurture these rituals and grow with mutual respect for one another and cultivate great love towards God and Mary.

Your Response: Lord Hear Our Prayers 

  1. We pray that we may cultivate true values and rituals in our families to keep all the members together in love and joy. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  2. Let us respect the traditions of our grand parents, and learn lessons from them for our own good and for the good of our Children. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  3. We pray for all the teachers and professors to encourage their students, to make best use of their gifts for the benefit of the society. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  4. Today in a very special way we pray for parents, so that they may not act in partiality towards their children. Let them obtain that wisdom to look after their children in an equal manner. Lord Hear Our Prayers

  5. Let us pray for our local, personal and parish needs, so that we all may contribute our share towards common good. Let us pray to the Lord.

 Priest Says Let Us Pray..

God our Loving Father, as we celebrate the third day novena to Mother Mary, inspire us to cultivate our family values that strengthen us in our relationship with one another. Help us to respect our parents, grand parents, our uncles, aunts, children and our neighbours. Give us new spirit and enthusiasm to keep what is helpful and cast out all that is not helpful in fostering love, peace, joy and faithfulness. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN. 


 

4th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
2nd September

Introduction:
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of Christian Life" (LG 11),  which makes us "really share in the body of the Lord": in it "we are taken up into communion with him" (LG 7). That is where we realize Eucharist is praise. When we participate in the Eucharist, we experience prayer and praise. We know that Eucharist is the best form of prayer of praise, which carries a direct impact on us and in our relationship with God. It's a sacrifice that enables us to go beyond every imperfect way of our daily prayer and praise because we commune with God through the very life of Christ. Hence, we pray during this Eucharist that our life may become Eucharistic in every way.

Prayer of the Faithful:

1.     We pray for our Pope Benedict the 16th, for our Zonal Bishop Bosco Penha and all the Bishops of our Diocese, that they may work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God and may be enlightened by the Word of God. Your Response:

Holy Spirit Strengthen Us.

2.     Today we pray in a special way for the youth of our parish, that they may choose their future guided by the spirit of prayer, word of God and the Sacraments. Your Response:

3.     For our Children, in their weakness, solitude, and challenges, they may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and parents may give them true understanding of God's love. Your Response

4.     For all those who cannot over come their weaknesses, that they may not be discouraged and disappointed, rather trusting in the grace of God, may continue to fight back against their mistakes. Your Response:

5.     We pray for all the terminally ill of our Parish, that they may surrender to God's will and deepen their love for the word of God. Your Response.

Let Us Pray:
God our Loving Father, you sent your Son Jesus to give us life, and this life in abundance. Give us the grace and power to transform our lives through the body and blood of your Son so that we live according to your will. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

5th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
3rd September

Introduction:
We all need purification. The first part of the Eucharist is a short act of purification. We know through tradition and through Gospel narratives that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before he virtually celebrated the Eucharist. He knelt at the feet of the disciples and washed their feet. That was a prayer on the part of Jesus, a prayer of surrender in the presence of unworthy people, sinful people. That is the prayer of Jesus that had been a life for him, helping and cleansing all types of people in his life. He epitomised his life of service at the feet of his own disciples and invited all of them to imitate him so that people see them doing such service and recognized them as his disciples. Purification is necessary for every type of prayer without which true worship to God cannot be given. Hence, there is need for cleansing of our heart and mind before celebrating the core of prayer in the Eucharist.
 

Prayer of the Faithful:

  1. We pray for all those who participate regularly in the Holy Eucharist, that they may not lose its importance as the purifying and healing Sacrament. Let Us Pray to the Lord> Lord Hear Our Prayer.

  2. That Eucharist may become truly a life giving source of strength to us. Let us Pray to the Lord

  3. That those who prepare themselves to receive this Sacrament may truly nurture in their lives the Gospel values. Let us pray to the Lord.

  4. When we come to Eucharist, we may be truly purified of all our sinfulness. Let us pray to the Lord.

  5. Help us to make our life truly centered on Eucharistic Spirituality. Let us Pray to the Lord.

Let us Pray:
God our loving Father, as you provided the Israelites with the eternal food from heaven in the desert in the form of manna, so give us true devotion to the Holy Eucharist, that we may be strengthened daily to work and accomplish your will in our life. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.


6th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
4th September

Introduction:
Today we reflect on the SACRIFICIAL ELEMENT OF FAMILY LIFE. Family is the place where one needs to learn to sacrifice. Husband and wife, father and mother, grand parents, children, uncles, aunts, all must know to sacrifice each others life for the sake of building a healthy, happy, and joyful family. In the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, each one sacrificed for accomplishing God's will in their life. Mary sacrificed so much, so also Joseph to bring Jesus up in their family. Hence, today as we reflect on this theme, let us ask God to bless us with the spirit of sacrifice in our families. For this grace let us pray during this Holy Eucharist. 

Prayer of the Faithful:

Your Response: Lord, increase our Faith

1.      We pray for all those who have lost faith in God after long years of waiting to get blessings for their families. Your Response.

2.      Too many concerns in our life have made us lose faith in God. We have neglected prayer and other religious duties. Lord help us always to be conscious of our duties towards you in our families. Your Response.

3.      We pray for all the sick people in our families that they may have the courage and faith to wait for God's intervention in their life. Your Response.

4.      In this world of uncertainty and many theories we pray that our youth may be protected from false doctrines and teachings. Your Response.

5.      Let us pray for our local and parish needs, that we be true to our vocation, commitment and stay awake with the oil of faith in our hearts and live a committed life in our family. Your Response. 

Let Us Pray:
God our Father, help us to live a healthy family life, respecting our parents, loving our children, and taking care of the sick and the aged members in our families. Grant us the patience to live our commitment so that your will may be accomplished. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.


7th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
5th September

Introduction:
In the Eucharist we celebrate the joy of sharing. It is a meal that gives us the joy of being in the presence of God. We are not only joined to Christ, whom we believe is present with his whole being under the symbols of bread and wine, but we believe that we are joined with all other Christians, with every member of the human race, and with the whole of creation. Christ is in the hearts of all men and women and in the heart of all creation, sustaining everything in being. Eucharist is a meal of celebration. The Eucharist is the celebration of life. In the Eucharist all creation is transformed into the body of Christ, transformed again into his divine person, and thrust into the depths of the Father forever and ever.

Prayer of the Faithful:
Your Response:
Lord, Hear Our Prayer

  1. We pray today for all those who suffer injustice and wait patiently at the doors of our courts to get their dues. Your Response.

  2. That we may not neglect prayer in spite of not getting what we pray, that the Lord may find us all just before him. Your Response.

  3. That all people may learn to be just towards their neighbours, especially poor and unfortunate. Your Response

  4. We pray for all the widows and widowers in our parish that they may find security, peace and happiness in the company of their family members. Your Response.

  5. Now we pray for all the local and the needs of our families, that we may continue to foster spirit of prayer and thus continue to trust in the providence of God. Your Response.

Let Us Pray:
God our Loving Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in the meal of Christ your son. Help us to grasp its true meaning and thus grant us the grace to be ever faithful to this unique sacrifice, so that we truly become his disciples. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN. 

 

8th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
6th September

Introduction:
Today we reflect on the need for spending time with our loved ones. Jesus was always with his disciples, guiding them, encouraging them and also teaching them. At the end of his life on earth, he set a remarkable example of washing the feet of the disciples. This is the culmination of what he taught during his public ministry. Let us pray during this Holy Eucharist that God may give us the grace to keep our spirit open to his word, and that we may also deepen our knowledge and experience of his Word. For this grace let us pray during the celebration of this mystery.

Prayer of the Faithful:

1.    We pray for our Pope Benedict the 16th, for our Zonal Bishop Bosco Penha and all the Bishops of our Diocese, that they may work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God and may be enlightened by the Word of God. Your Response:

Holy Spirit Strengthen Us.

2.     Today we pray in a special way for the youth of our parish, that they may choose their future guided by the spirit of prayer, word of God and the Sacraments. Your Response:

3.     For our Children, in their weakness, solitude, and challenges, they may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and parents may give them true understanding of God's love. Your Response

4.     For all those who cannot over come their weaknesses, that they may not be discouraged and disappointed, rather trusting in the grace of God, may continue to fight back against their mistakes. Your Response:

5.                        We pray for all the terminally ill of our Parish, that they may surrender to God's will and deepen their love for the word of God. Your Response.

Let Us Pray:
God our Father, help us to spend time with our family members. We may be responsible towards our children and life partner. The time we spend with them is the time we will gain for ourselves earning their love, understanding and affection towards one another. Make us true instruments of love, peace, joy and happiness. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.


9th Day of Novena to Infant Mary
7th September

Introduction:
Anger has become the curse of our families. Due to anger so many have left their families and are living in constant tensions and problems. Anger has destroyed relationships, destroyed the loving atmosphere in our families. Besides, anger has created havoc in our society, destroying innocent lives, destroying peace and has led many to live in total fear and anguish. We pray during this Holy Eucharist for the unique grace to over come this sinful tendency of Anger, so that we may all live like Mary living in hope in the Lord.  

Prayer of the Faithful:
God Our Father, help us to overcome anger and tension in our families, so that we may give good example to our children. Let us pray to the Lord.

Your Response: Lord make us meek and humble of heart.

We pray for all those who are involved in terrorism. Enlighten them to understand the worth of peace and harmony. Your Response:

Lord make us meek and humble of heart.

We pray for all the leaders of the nations, that they may work for peace and joy in their countries. Your Response:

Lord make us meek and humble of heart.

Lord grant our parents, teachers and leaders the patience they need to do their work and also the happiness of fulfillment. Your Response: Lord make us meek and humble of heart.

Let us now pray for our personal intentions. Your Response:

Lord make us meek and humble of heart.

 

NATIVITY OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
8TH SEPTEMBER

Introduction:
Good Morning dear brothers and sisters,
Today we celebrate the Birthday of our Blessed Mother Mary. We have prepared well for this great Solemnity, with much devotion. We raised our hearts and minds to her invoking her help and protection. Today let us pray during this Holy Eucharist in a special way for all girl Children. That the Lord may protect them and help them grow in a peaceful and loving way. We pray also for our Dear Bishop Agnelo Gracias, who is with us that the Lord may give him good health of mind and body to serve his people in this Archdiocese. We also pray for ourselves that we all become like Mary, humble, simple and obedient to God and his Church.

Prayer of the Faithful

Your Response: Lord hear our prayer

1)     We pray for our pope, bishops and priests. That they may recognise Mary as their Mother, and experience Jesus at the breaking of the bread and live a life of self sacrifice and love. Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord Hear Our Prayer

2)     We pray for all the sick, aged, lonely and the rejected ones, that they may find real acceptance, joy and consolation in Jesus Christ. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayer

3)     We pray for all of us who are gathered here, that we may become cheerful and generous givers and depend on the generosity of God like Mary Our Mother. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayer

4)     We pray for all the parishioners, animators, and families, that we all may imbibe the values and teaching of Jesus in their lives and learn humility and simplicity of Mary in their life. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayer

5)     We pray for all our youth, that they may be able to take bold step and walk the path of righteousness and love. Let us Pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayer

6)     We pray for little children especially those who feel abused by their parents, uncles, and grand parents, that they may be protected from all harm. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord Hear Our Prayer

7)     Let us pray for our own personal and local needs. Lord Hear Our Prayer

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