Novena to the Immaculate Conception

Following the suggestion by our dear Canon Silvey, I wanted to post the Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Conception.  It will be prayed, starting this evening, at St. Francis de Sales after each Mass.  Canon suggested we offer this prayer in thanksgiving to our nation’s patroness for her love and mercy in light of our recent presidential election.

Oh, Virgin Immaculate, who was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and didst become His Mother, look graciously upon the wretched who implore thy mighty patronage.  The wicked serpent, against whom the primal curse was hurled, continues none the less to wage war and to lay snares for the unhappy children of eve. Ah, do thou, our blessed Mother, our Queen and Advocate, who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of our enemy, receive the prayers that we unite single-handedly to thine and conjur thee to offer at the throne of God, that we may never fall into the snares that are laid for us, in such wise that we may all come the haven of salvation; and in the midst of so many dangers may holy Church and the fellowship of Christians everywhere sing once more the hymn of deliverance, victory and peace. AMEN

The novena Mass schedule and “special guest-star homilists” are as follows:

Wednesday, November 30 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Monsignor Mark Rivituso, JCL
Vicar General, Archdiocese Saint Louis

Thursday, December 1 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Canon Jean – Baptiste Commins
Vicar, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory

Friday, December 2 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Father Damien Dougherty, OFM
Professor Sacred Scripture, Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Saturday, December 3 –
8am Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Canon David N. Silvey
Vicar, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory

Sunday, December 4 –
10am High Mass – Novena,
Rev. Father Juan Carlos Rivera Castro, SJ
Associate Pastor, Saint Francis Xavier parish

Monday, December 5 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Father Thomas Keller
Pastor, Assumption parish

Tuesday, December 6 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Father Eric Kunz
Pastor, St. Clare of Assisi parish

Wednesday, December 7 –
6:30pm Low Mass – Novena,
Rev. Father Brian Harrison, OS
Chaplain of St. Mary of the Victories chapel

Thursday, December 8 –
Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation
Patroness of the Institute
6:30pm High Mass – Novena
Rev. Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, Saint Francis de Sales Oratory

 

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