Many nights thoughts and fears have consumed me. Perhaps fear is not the correct word. I do not fear, I know that the gates of Hell shall not prevail. I know that my God has already won. I know that Christ is risen, and in Him I shall never die. God always prevails and provides. However, the feeling of evil closing in around us has greatly saddened my heart.
The other night, the feeling of needing to pray hard and ask others to do the same would not let me rest. I kept remembering Mother Teresa's Flying Novena. Then I finally understood what God was telling me to do. A novena of Novenas was born.
Have you ever considered the true miracle in the fall of Jericho' s wall? The true miracle is Joshua hearing the instructions of God, and saying yes. Surely that wall was no obstacle for God, He did not require trumpets to blow for it to crumble. With a a mere word or thought, God could have vanquished the entire world for His people. Yet, He chose Joshua to lead the way. Joshua the great warrior of Isreal. Joshua the decorated war hero. Joshua the fearless defender of God's Chosen People. Joshua the leader of legions of well armed soldiers. Imagine how Joshua wrestled inside as he announced his battle plan. Set aside the armour, lay down your weapons, walk away from the armoury; we will claim this city by walking in circles, prayer, and trumpet playing. While Joshua certainly could have won this battle of his own might, he chose to say yes and attempt the impossible, because he knew that all is possible for the LORD.
I have wrestled with doubt and hesitation about this idea. Does it really make sense? Will people think me crazy? Am I just being paranoid? Did God really lay this on my heart or was it my overactive imagination? Why do I think this will even make a difference? So many questions and a very busy day has led to a very late post that I actually began writing a couple days ago!
So, here is the Novena, please pray and pass on. Please, please pray with me and return tomorrow for the novena prayers of the day. God bless!
For the intention of conversion of our enemies and defeat of evil doers.
Say the Memorare prayer nine times:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Say the USA Chaplet (This chaplet has the Nihil Obstat from the Church. You can learn more about it here.)
1. The Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jeseus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen
2. Our Father
3. Fatima Prayer:
O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy
4. Glory Be
5. Hail Mary
6. Help for the Most Vulnerable:
"Merciful LORD, please protect and save the most vulnerable; the unborn, disabled, sick, elderly, and those that know not Your Love and Mercy"
7. "Most loving Father, May Your Will be done on earth as in Heaven."
8. "Sweetest Jesus, for the sake of those that love You, by merit of Your Holy Passion, lift not Your Protective Hand from us and please bless the USA."
9. (Repeat four times) "Eternal God, United to the Perfect & Holy Passion of Jesus, we offer You our joys, sorrows, breaths, heartbeats, and tears to strengthen the faithful, renew the lukewarm, restore the fallen away, and convert the proud."
10. Repeat 7-9 four more times, for a total of five repetitions.
11. "Merciful Father, Whose tender Love has no bounds, Grant, in Your Goodness and Mercy that we always embrace Your Perfect Will in all things with a joyful heart. Please cover us with the Precious Blood of Jesus in which we trust and rely. Send the Holy Spirit to renew our souls and our land that it may bring You honor and glory and we may, once again,be a nation under God! Bring us daily closer to the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts and increase our Faith that we may always strengthen each other, Jesus' Name. Amen.
Say the St Michael Prayer:
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
I had planned 8 Fridays of giveaways and also wrestled with fulfilling that promise versus leading the novena. Then I visited Battlebeads for the prayers of the USA Chaplet and right next to it was a "Flying Novena" tenner. God had a plan! Mary at Battlebeads is not only one of my favorite shopkeepers for gifts, but a dear friend. She is a true inspiration and a saint here on earth. One of my blessed readers will win a USA chaplet in Czech Crystal and Flying Novena tenner. Please just leave a comment below. Winner will be chosen on May 1st.
Linking up with Kelly.
Linking up with Kelly.