“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
– Our Lady to Lucia
Let us come together to pray the Immaculate Heart of Mary Novena.
The veneration of the Heart of Mary is often paired with the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As Our Lady told Lucia at Fatima, Mary’s Immaculate Heart is our path to God. Devotion to Our Lady ultimately always points us back to Christ.
Through this Novena, we reflect more deeply on the interior life of Mary the mother of Jesus. She had joys and sorrows, virtues and hidden perfections, and above all, a virginal love for God the Father and a maternal love for her son Jesus Christ. On the Cross, Jesus gives his mother to the Church and all of mankind. We see her motherly and compassionate love for each of us.
The depiction of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is often presented with roses wrapped around it and seven wounds or a sword pierced through her heart, representing her Seven Sorrows. We can unite our suffering to hers during this novena, as she had to watch her son die on a cross and knew from the moment of his conception that she would have to surrender him to the world for our sake.
We are presented with a beautiful opportunity to pray that Jesus may give us the grace to be more like His mother, and thus come closer to Him through His Immaculate Mother. Immaculate Virgin, by the holy will of your Son my Lord Jesus Christ, you are my Mother in Heaven. Your Immaculate Heart if full of love, mercy and compassion for sinners like me. Amen.
“Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.”
– St. Mother Teresa
Prayer to Our Lady, the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of America
O Immaculate Mother, Queen of our Country, open our hearts, our homes, and our Land to the coming of Jesus, your Divine Son. With Him, reign over us, O heavenly Lady, so pure and so bright with the radiance of God’s light shining in and about you. Be our Leader against the powers of evil set upon wresting the world of souls, redeemed at such a great cost by the sufferings of your Son and of yourself, in union with Him, from that same Savior, Who loves us with infinite charity. We gather about you, O chaste and holy Mother, Virgin Immaculate, Patroness of our beloved Land, determined to fight under your banner of holy purity against the wickedness that would make all the world an abyss of evil, without God and without your loving maternal care. We consecrate our hearts, our homes, our Land to your Most Pure Heart, O great Queen, that the kingdom of your Son, our Redeemer, and our God, may be firmly established in us.
We ask no special sign of you, sweet Mother, for we believe in your great love for us, and we place in you our entire confidence. We promise to honor you by faith, love, and the purity of our lives according to your desire. Reign over us, then, O Virgin Immaculate, with your Son Jesus Christ. May His Divine Heart and your most chaste Heart be ever enthroned and glorified among us. Use us, your children of America, as your instruments in bringing peace among men and nations. Work your miracles of grace in us, so that we may be a glory to the Blessed Trinity, Who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. May your valiant Spouse, St. Joseph, with the holy Angels and Saints, assist you and us in “renewing the face of the earth.” Then when our work is over, come, Holy Immaculate Mother, and as our Victorious Queen, lead us to the eternal kingdom, where your Son reigns forever as King.