Novenas to the Blessed Virgin Mary

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While Catholics don’t worship Mary, we do hold her in great reverence. Through her fiat – her “yes” to God, Christ performed His salvific work. 

Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother and saints throughout history have spoken of her great power as an intercessor for all of her children. 

Grow closer to Jesus through Mary with one of these novenas to the Blessed Mother.

Mary Help of Christians Novena

We can always count on the Blessed Mother to come to us in our need. She loves and protects the Church founded by her Son. 

Pope Pius V added this title of Our Lady to the Litany of Loreto after the Battle of Lepanto, in which the victory of the Christian Army over Islamic aggressors came through the intercession of Mary and the praying of the rosary. This victory also brought about the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: May 15

Mary, Mother of God Novena

The title of Mary as the Mother of God plays a significant role in the Church’s Christological dogma. The Council of Ephesus proclaimed this title as dogma in 431 as a response to a widespread hersey that challenged Jesus’ dual nature; in doing so, it affirms Christ’ identity as both God and man. 

In becoming the Mother of God, Mary also became the mother of the Church and of each one of us. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: December 23

Mary Undoer of Knots Novena

The devotion to Mary Undoer of Knots goes back as early as the second century when Saint Irenaeus wrote that, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”

Just as Mary undid the knot of our first parents, she will continue to help us fix the problems that keep us from Christ. We can trust Mary with every “knot” in our life both big and small.

Suggested Novena Start Date: September 19

Immaculate Conception Novena

On December 8, the Church celebrates the special grace bestowed on Mary who was preserved from the stain of Original Sin from the moment of her conception. God preemptively granted this grace from Christ’s passion and death in order for her to give her free and total ‘yes’ to become the Mother of God. 

As Catholics, we can look to Mary in our journey toward heaven as the most perfect example of holiness and the life we should strive to live. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: November 29

Novena to Mary Star of the Sea

The ancient Marian title of Stella Maris or Star of the Sea reminds us of Mary’s role as a light guiding us toward her Son. She will assure our safe passage on our voyage home. 

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote: “If the winds of temptation arise, if you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation…If you are tossed upon the waves…Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look to the star, call upon Mary.”

Suggested Novena Start Date: September 18

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima

In 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. During her seven visits, she spoke on the power of the Rosary to bring peace to the world. The world still needs her timeless message and her powerful prayers.

Suggested Novena Start Date: May 4

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Immaculate Heart of Mary, often depicted as a heart aflame and encircled with white roses, symbolizes her purity of body and soul, as well as her profound love of Christ and his Church. We can approach the Immaculate Heart and ask Mary for help to imitate her virtues and to deepen our interior life. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: June 8

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

The Marian title of “Our Lady of Good Counsel” comes from a miraculous image currently housed in a 13th century Augustinian church outside of Rome. 

Tradition holds that a beautiful painting of the Virgin and Child appeared on the wall of the parish church in Genazzano. Many believe it was miraculously transported from Scutari, Albania before it was invaded by the Ottomans.

Devotion to this title spread quickly, and the title was eventually added to the Litany of Loreto. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: April 17

Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena

The title of and devotion to Our Lady of Good Remedy began with Saint John of Matha who gave his life to freeing Christian slaves from their Muslim captors. Saint John and his brothers turned to Mary to help them buy many Christians out of slavery and considered her the remedy to all their needs–both material and spiritual.  

Anyone can turn to Mary in their need and she will always offer her help. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: September 30

Our Lady of Good Success Novena

Mary appeared to a cloistered Conceptionist nun, Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres in Ecuador for 40 years. During these visits the Blessed Mother showed Mother Mariana the corruption and evil that would spread throughout the 20th Century, particularly in the Church. She encouraged the faithful to pray and do penance to combat these evils. 

Our Lady of Good Success also asked that a statue be made in her honor to show her power to obtain mercy for sinners and to show her care and concern for all. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: N/A

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In December 1591, Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Guadalupe, Mexico. She asked Juan Diego to go to bring a message to the Archbishop that she wanted a chapel built in her honor on Tepeyac Hill. 

Later to prove the legitimacy of her request, she arranged roses in Juan Diego’s tilma and again sent him to the Archbishop. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to reveal the out-of-season flowers, they found an image of the “Virgin of Guadalupe” on the tilma. Today, this image remains on display in Mexico City and is one of the most visited Marian pilgrimage sites. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: December 3

Our Lady of Hope Novena

The title of “Our Lady of Hope” comes after her visit to Pontmain, France during the Franco-Prussian War.  The apparition was first seen in the sky by two boys but grew larger and more clear over time. 

Mary told the witnesses to pray and assured them that God would answer them. That same evening, the advancing Prussian army changed course and did not take the nearest city. As always, Our Lady remains a constant reminder of hope, even in the midst of great trials. 

Suggested Novena Start Date: N/A

Our Lady of Knock Novena

In 1879, Our Lady appeared on a gable wall of a church in Knock, Ireland alongside Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist; none of the visitors said anything but remained on the wall for two hours. Fifteen villagers gave official testimony of the event.

A Basilica was built on the site of the apparition and has not only become a popular pilgrimage site, but also the spot of many miracles. 

Suggested Start Date: August 8

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena

In 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Bernadette in a grotto in Lourdes, France. She introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception and instructed Bernadette to a miraculous, healing spring. This spring remains a site of pilgrimage and grace, and people often turn to Our Lady of Lourdes for healing–both from physical and spiritual  infirmities.

Suggested Start Date: February 2

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena

In 1251, Saint Simon Stock, a Carmelite priest, saw a vision of Our Lady on Mount Carmel. In one arm she held the Christ Child and in the other arm, the brown scapular. She promised to bring to heaven all who wear this piece of cloth and faithfully follow Jesus. The Brown Scapular remains one of the most widespread devotions in the Catholic Church. 

Suggested Start Date: July 7

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena

The Byzantine icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was displayed in Rome for more than 300 years before the church was destroyed by the French army. The Augustinians who took care of the church thankfully hid the image, saving it from destruction. 

Over forty years later the image was uncovered, and Pope Pius IX called for it to be made available for public veneration once again. Devotion to this title, also called Our Lady of Prompt Succor, has spread to many cultures and is invoked around the world. 

Suggested Start Date: June 18

Our Lady of Peace Novena

The original statue of Our Lady of Peace depicts Mary holding an olive branch and the Christ Child and was first given as a wedding gift. The family passed the statue down through the years and it eventually enshrined in the convent of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

As the Mother of the Prince of Peace, trust Mary to bring peace to your home, your life, and the world. 

Suggested Start Date: June 30

Our Lady of Pompeii Novena

While visiting property in Pompeii, Blessed Bartolo Longo heard a supernatural voice tell him to spread devotion to the Rosary and that Our Lady promised this was the way to find salvation. This former Satanic priest became, as Pope John Paul II called him, the “Apostle of the Rosary,” remaining in Pompeii until his mission was complete.

The intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii has brought about many miracles. 

Suggested Start Date: September 28

Our Lady of Sorrows Novena

Mary is often called “Our Lady of Sorrows” because of her intimate sharing in the sufferings of her Son. 

Her heart, pierced with a sword, not only knows the pain of her children but also fearlessly and lovingly stands by them in their difficulties. Our Lady of Sorrows offers an image of a compassionate mother and desires to listen to your prayers. 

Suggested Start Date: September 6

Our Lady of Velankanni Novena

Our Lady of Vailankanni, also known as Our Lady of Good Health, appeared twice in India and is said to have rescued Portuguese sailors from a deadly storm. 

A Basilica to Our Lady of Vailankanni stands on the site of one of the apparitions and is often called the “Lourdes of the East” as many healings have been credited to her intercession. 

Suggested Start Date: August 30

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