Join us in a Novena to Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home
Did you know that the word “novena” is derived from the Latin word “novem” which means nine? Hardly a surprise if you took Latin or have ever prayed a Novena, which is a devotion that consists of nine days of prayers. For those who may not be as familiar with this practice, each day is used to ask or petition for special graces or favors. When you pray a novena before a feast day it is a time to ask that particular saint to be your prayer companion and intercede on your behalf.
On Saturday, Nov. 19 we will celebrate The Feast of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, with a Eucharistic Liturgy at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. This year there will also be a special blessing for families. All are welcome to attend.
Whether or not you plan on being at this service, we invite you to pray a Novena to Our Lady of Providence beginning Thursday, Nov. 10. In her blog post from last year, Sister Mary Rita Griffin, coordinator for the National Shrine of Our lady of Providence encouraged those who participated to, “use these prayers in your home during these times, say them to yourself or say them together. By praying the Novena, we believe you will find yourself more at peace with yourself, your work life, your family life, among your friends and most especially, your God life.”
To get started here is the first prayer.
Our Lady of Providence,
Mother of the Church, pray for our Holy Father,
Pope Francis, our bishops and all other clergy, religious,
the laity and for vocations to the priesthood or religious life.
After the prayer for each day of the novena, pray:
Remember, O most faithful Lady of Providence,
that you have been given to us by your Son to be our mother.
We entrust to you our labors; bless them.
We commend to you our needs; supply them.
Show for us the same concern you manifested at Cana,
for we trust that whatever you ask of your Son will be done.
Pray for us on our pilgrimage that we may share
the faith and hope that marked your life.
Full of confidence in your power before God,
we place ourselves, our loved ones and all our petitions
in your providential care. Amen.
Click here to find the full set of novena prayers for the Novena to Our Lady of Providence.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence is located in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. All are welcome to visit. To learn more about the Our Lady of Providence National Shrine, contact Sister Mary Rita Griffin at 812-535-2927 or mgriffin