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Throwback Thursday: Pray the Novena of Our Lady of Providence

On Saturday, Nov. 16 the Sisters of Providence will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Providence in a special Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. As is tradition we invite you to join us and pray a novena to Mary the nine days leading up to the Feast.

We hope this article written by Sister Mary Rita Griffin and published on Nov. 2, 2015 helps get you started.

I came across a prayer we used at a meeting and wish to share part of that prayer with you: “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them: Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you are keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it – it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” (We’ve been unable to locate the original author). I think it is a fitting prayer for us today.

So, as we enter the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, may we all look forward to spending time with our family and friends. May we also take time to care about our health on all levels, especially physical and spiritual. One way to do that is to hold close to God and to the Mother of God, Mary, Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home.

I, along with all Sisters of Providence, invite you to pray with us during the Our Lady of Providence Novena. 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.

Day 1

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 each daily intention , pray the Novena Prayer:

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.

Our Lady of Providence, Queen
of the Home, pray for the lonely, the abandoned,
the dying, the grieving and for the faithful
departed.

Find the complete Novena to Our Lady of Providence here.

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Sister Mary Rita Griffin

My ministry is sharing spirituality with people especially through Our Lady of Providence related to family, prayer and spirituality. An important part of this ministry is responding to prayer requests through the internet with petitions coming not only from the United States but from countries throughout the world. Mary and Joseph knew both the sufferings and joys that surrounded the upbringing of Jesus and for this reason parents can count on the intercession of Mary as she interceded with her son at the Wedding of Cana.

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