DAY 8: (September 15) MARY, OUR LADY OF SORROWS

33 DAYS PREPARATORY PRAYER FOR THE RE-CONSECRATION OF NIGERIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

DAY 8
(September 15)
MARY, OUR LADY OF SORROWS
V. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
V. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful.
R. And enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray: Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Chris our Lord. Amen.

HYMN TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
1. O come to the throne of grace,
O come to the heart most pure!
To Mary, our hope of life,
In whom salvation is sure.

O Lady of Fatima, hail!
Immaculate Mother of grace;
O, pray for us, help us today,
Thou hope of the human race!

2. Immaculate Heart! we kneel
To consecrate all to thee:
The present, its pain and joy—–
The future, all it may be.

O Lady of Fatima, hail!
Immaculate Mother of grace;
O, pray for us, help us today,
Thou hope of the human race!

OPENING PRAYER.
O God, who willed that, when your Son was lifted high on the Cross, his Mother should stand close by and share his suffering, grant that your Church, participating with the Virgin Mary in the Passion of Christ, may merit a share in his Resurrection, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

ROSARY

SCRIPTURE READING: John 19:25b-27
Standing by the Cross of Jesus were his Mother, and his Mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his Mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your Mother!” And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.
The Gospel of the Lord.

REFLECTION:
At the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Simeon prophesied that Mary will share in the great suffering of Christ (cf. Luke 2:35) and she did to the extent of being at the foot of the cross with Jesus. Imagine how much her agony and pains would be at seeing her son undergo such agony and pain. Such love was very supportive and strengthening to Jesus. So when he looked down from the cross and saw his caring and sorrowful Mother, he wished that the Church should share in that great care and love. Then he handed her over to us in these words, “Son, behold your mother” (John 19:27). With that, she is ever ready to help us as she did for the wedding couple at Cana. It is that willingness to help us that led her to Fatima. She is right there and ever ready to also help you whenever you are in trouble. Give her a chance.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:
a. For our families.
b. For the Church.
c. For Nigeria.

PRE-CONSECRATION PRAYER OF NIGERIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Lord God, we thank you for the gift of our country Nigeria. You made it a fertile ground for the work of missionaries, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. Your Word is now firmly established in our land such that we have not only become missionaries to ourselves but also to other nations.

As your Son Jesus Christ reposed in the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so have we reposed Nigeria in her arms by making her our Patron Saint. As a nation, we are going through turbulent moments, with hunger, pain, killing, kidnapping and many other atrocities being committed against each other. We believe that never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection, implored her help or sought her intercession was left unaided. And so we come before her again, sinful and sorrowful, and desiring to re-consecrate Nigeria to her Immaculate Heart. May she intercede on our behalf to stabilize our ship of state.

We present ourselves as a nation, renouncing our past faults and offences. We resolve to imitate the exemplary life of our Mother Mary. Help us to renew and rectify the vows of our Baptism; rejecting Satan and all his works and empty promises. Obtain for us the grace for a perfect consecration of our nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We seek her continual intercession and maternal protection.

May this this re-consecration bring forth peace, unity and tranquility to the nation and foster communion and service so as to radiate the joy of the Gospel for the common good of our country.

We make our prayer through your son, our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us.

CONCLUDING PRAYER
We humbly ask, O Lord, that, honouring how the Blessed Virgin Mary suffered for her Son, we may complete in ourselves for the Church’s sake what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

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