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Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Litany and Intercessions to Mary, Mother of Life

Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, You showed us the preciousness of every human life, help us to protect and guard the lives of the people who are entrusted to our care:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Minister of Life, pray that we may have respect for life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Temple of the Lord’s Body, you were open to the Father’s call to be the mother of His Son. Help married couples to hear God’s call to be open to the gift of children:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of God, you made holy the vocation of motherhood, pour out your heavenly aid on all mothers:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Bride of the Father, along with St. Joseph and the child Jesus, you formed the Holy Family. Protect all families, watch over our homes and guard our nation:
Mary, pray for us.
 Mary, Mother Most Pure, you whom the angel called “full of grace,” and who accepted the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, strengthen young people in living the virtue of chastity:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Simeon’s prophecy foretold that a sword of suffering would pierce your heart. Bring comfort and hope to all mothers and fathers who suffer for their children:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Blessed among women, God the Father asked you to be the mother of His Son. Help women in crises pregnancies to embrace and nurture the precious life in their wombs:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Handmaid of the Lord, When asked to do God’s will, you said “Yes.” Help us to always say “Yes” to God’s will in our lives:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, We lift up the poor, the displaced and the vulnerable members of our society. Help them never to abandon hope but to place their trust in the Author of Life, who gave them life:
Mary, pray for us.
Mary, Morning Star, You bore in your womb Him whom the heavens cannot contain. Help us to image Christ in our lives and reveal to the world the extravagant love of the Father:
Mary, pray for us.
(State your personal petitions here.)
Mary, our Blessed Mother, place all our petitions before the altar of God as we pray:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence we fly unto you, O virgin our Mother. To you we come, before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions but in your mercy hear and answer them. Amen.

Please join us in celebrating the feast of our Blessed Mother’s Birthday. Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of our mother, Mary. We thank You for her “Yes.” We thank You for allowing us to draw ever closer to Your Son Through her powerful intercession. We are profoundly blessed by her Immaculate Heart On this very special day, we ask our Mother Mary to pray with us and for us and for your intentions.
God bless you!

Cheri and Father Jim and your friends at Mary’s Touch

For more information about our Blessed Mother, Visit www.marystouch.org
 
Prayer: Litany and intercessions by Kathleen Jones with Theresa Notare, PhD. NFP Program, USCCB, 2009.
Painting: Madonna by Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469)