Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the beginning of our new Diocesan Pastoral Plan
Begin with Daily Prayer. Then, the day's reflection. Then, for the listed intention, pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Mary, Our Lady and Mother, with your appearance at Guadalupe you were as the bright dawn announcing the rising sun, Jesus Christ in a new way to North America. As we renew our efforts for the new evangelization in our diocese we ask you, as our Patroness, to intercede for us to the Father. Teach us to follow Jesus and generously receive the Holy Spirit that we might be faithful members of the Body of Christ, the Church. Help us make our parishes and our homes to be centers of apostolic love and merciful outreach in search of that Truth that sets us free. Blessed Virgin be with us so that our humble efforts be blessed by divine grace and we may become effective instruments for the glory of the Holy Trinity, Whom we implore in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
1st day Reflection: The Annunciation - Luke 1:26-38
"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, 'Rejoice, so highly favored! The Lord is with you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favor. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob forever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you' the angel answered 'and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.' 'I am the handmaid of the Lord: said Mary 'let what you have said be done to me.' And the angel left her."
"May every Catholic in our Diocese acknowledge that, in their baptism, they too have received the Holy Spirit and have been made children of God. As his children and equipped with the Spirit, may we imitate Mary in bringing Jesus to the world through our intentional discipleship." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
2nd day Reflection: The Visitation - Luke 1:39-45
"Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, 'Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.''
"That every Catholic in our diocese recognize that Jesus Christ has made himself our brother, like us in all things but sin, that we might live as Children of God who are so filled with the Good News that we are eager to bring it to others as Mary brought Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
3rd day Reflection: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - Luke 2:22-40
"And when the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord - observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord - and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel's comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said 'Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel', As the child's father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected - and a sword will pierce your own soul too - so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare'. There was a prophetess also, Anna the daughter of Phenuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem. When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God's favor was with him."
''That every Catholic in our Diocese may be firmly grounded in their love of and complete dedication to God, just as the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. May this love overflow in our effort to build up the body of Christ." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
4th day Reflection: The Child Jesus is found in the Temple - Luke 2:41-52
"Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day's journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, 'My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.' 'Why were you looking for me?' he replied 'Did you not know that I must so be busy with my Father's affairs?' But they did not understand what he meant. He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men."
"That every Catholic in our Diocese, like Mary and Joseph, might eagerly search for Jesus in the midst of a chaotic world. May they always seek to grow into their baptismal vocation to holiness by imitating Jesus, always dedicated to the will of the Father." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
5th day Reflection: The Wedding Feast of Cana - John 2:1-12
"Three days later there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine'. Jesus said, Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.' His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you'. There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews; each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water', and they filled them to the brim. 'Draw some out now' he told them 'and take it to the steward.' They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from - only the servants who had drawn the water knew - the steward called the bridegroom and said, 'People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now'. This was the first of the signs given by Jesus; it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and the brothers, but they stayed there only a few days."
"That every Catholic in our Diocese recognize Jesus in our midst and offer our best in charity and hospitality, both personally and as a parish, to our Divine Guest. By faithfully doing "whatever [Jesus] tells us, our water may be transformed into the finest wine." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
6th day Reflection: The Public Life of Jesus - Luke 11:27-28
"Now as he was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, 'Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!' But he replied, 'Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!'"
"That every Catholic in our Diocese attentively listen to the Lord and promptly respond with a generous heart, as did Mary in the most perfect way, and so heed our role as disciples to evangelize the world by speaking the word of God and keeping it ourselves." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
7th day Reflection: Mary Steadfast Next to the Cross - John 19:25-27
"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother' and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, Woman, behold your son'. Then to the disciple he said, 'Behold, your mother'. And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home."
"That every Catholic in our Diocese will take the Blessed Mother Mary into their heart, that she may help them stand steadfast at the cross, as they seek to do the Will of God, daily take up our own crosses and faithfully follow Jesus." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
8th day Reflection: Jesus is taken down from the Cross - John 19:25.38-40
"Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. After this, Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus - though a secret one because he was afraid of the Jews - asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission, so they came and took it away. Nicodemus came as well- the same one who had first come to Jesus at night-time - and he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, following the Jewish burial custom."
'That every Catholic in our Diocese may have a deep, tender and personal love for Jesus, especially as he comes to us in the Eucharist. May we be eager to give of our resources to care for his Body, the Church, and to minister to those in need." Our Father. Hail Mary, Glory be.
9th day Reflection: Mary Present In the life of the Church - Acts 1:12-14
"So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers."
'That every Catholic in our Diocese,from their love of God, will grow in love of their neighbor in the midst of the Church. With that same Church, may they seek to serve each other and the world." Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
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