Today, Friday, June 15, 2012, begins the novena to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, in anticipation of the 31st anniversary of Her apparitions in Medjugorje.
Novena to the Queen of Peace as Prayed in Medjugorje
For Our Lady’s 31st Anniversary of Her Apparitions
Today, Friday, June 15, 2012, begins the novena to Our Lady, Queen of Peace, in anticipation of the 31st anniversary of Her apparitions in Medjugorje. Traditionally, parishioners and pilgrims of Medjugorje will climb Apparition Mountain each day as part of the novena. In past years, some of the visionaries have taken part in the novena publicly from the altar at St. James Church which is prayed after the Croatian Mass each evening. A different intention is prayed for each day. Following is the Novena to the Queen of Peace as prayed in Medjugorje:
The Intentions for Each Day:
Day 1, Friday, June 15: We pray for the Visionaries
Lord, You call all Christians to be real witnesses of your life and of Your love. Today, we thank You in a special way for the visionaries and for their mission in witnessing to the messages of the Queen of Peace. We present to You for all of their needs. We pray for each one of them personally (Mirjana, Ivanka, Vicka, Ivan, Marija, and Jakov), that You may be near them, so that they may grow unceasingly in the experience of Your strength. We pray that You guide them to a deeper and more humble prayer in further witnessing to the presence of Our Lady in Medjugorje. Amen.
Day 2, Saturday, June 16: We pray for all priests who minister at the Sanctuary
Lord, You are the only source of life, the only One who can quench our thirst for love and friendship. We thank You for Your humility in working through a simple man, a priest, giving Yourself to Your people in Holy Mass, in the Sacraments, in Benedictions…Today, we invoke in a special way Your blessing on all priest who minister at the Sanctuary of the Queen of Peace. May they further discover the power of faith through which You grant them whatever they ask of You. May they also become true carriers of peace, fruits of their deeply felt friendship with You. Amen.
Day 3, Sunday, June 17: We pray for all parishioners
Thank You, Lord, for Your love, thank You for the call to remain with the heart in Your love and to bear much fruit. Thank You for having chosen this parish in a special way, by giving it to Your Mother, the Queen of Peace, with the mission to call the world to peace and reconciliation, to conversion through the renewal of fasting and prayer…Thank You for the openness of each heart, which knew how to receive Her, and allowed Her to make each of them a visible sign for those who come there. Today we pray to You, O Lord: make this parish an even greater sign of the Kingdom of God, and help the parishioners to become joyful and holy fruits of the presence of Our Lady. Amen.
Day 4, Monday, June 18: We pray for all leaders in the Church
Thank You, O Lord, for giving us the Church as Mother and Spouse, to lead us in our earthly life on a path of light towards You. Thank You, because in the Church we are all brothers and sisters, and members of one Mystical Body. Today we pray for those who lead the Church: may they unceasingly renew within themselves their covenant with You, the One and Only True Head, so as to become faithful and joyful carriers of peace and truth in this troubled world. Amen.
Day 5, Tuesday, June 19: We pray for all pilgrims who have already come to Medjugorje
Our lives, O Lord, are in Your hands. You alone know what we need to be saved. Thank You for teaching us this here in Medjugorje for 20 years through Your Mother, who came to lead us on the way of salvation. Bless and strengthen all those who have started to walk on the way of conversion and prayer here in Medjugorje. Strengthen their faith, their hope and their charity and never let them betray their covenant with You. Amen.
Day 6, Wednesday, June 20: We pray for all pilgrims who will come to Medjugorje
We have not chosen You, O Lord, but You have chosen us. You alone know all the little ones who will receive the grace of the revelation of Your love through your Mother, here in Medjugorje. We pray for all pilgrims who will come to Medjugorje: protect their hearts from all satanic attacks and open their hearts to all inspirations coming from Your Heart and from the Heart of Mary. Amen.
Day 7, Thursday, June 21: We pray for all the Medjugorje prayer groups and centers in the whole world
Love is the sign of recognition to Your disciples, O Lord. We thank You fro every response of love given through service and gifts to others. We pray for all members of the Medjugorje Prayer Groups and Centers in the whole world. Together with Your Mother, may they more courageously and resolutely, within their families and wherever they live, always show this narrow way, the only one that leads to You. Help them to grow day by day in the fullness of Your Love. Amen.
Day 8, Friday, June 22: We pray for the realization of all fruits and messages of Medjugorje
We thank You, O Father, for having given us Your Son and His Mother, so that none of those who believe in them and listen to them may be lost. Thank You for caring for each person and, in Your mercy, for condemning no one. We pray today for all that Our Lady has prayed for here in Medjugorje, and for every grace that has been poured out here into the world. May it bring the fruit of holiness and serve You in Your plan of salvation. Amen.
Day 9, Saturday, June 23: We pray for the intentions of the Queen of Peace
We thank You, O Father, for the gift of prayer which allows us to touch Your heart; prayer in which You give Yourself entirely to us and in which You teach us to give ourselves entirely to You. We pray today for all intentions of the Queen of Peace and for all that is necessary so that the whole world, through Mary, may enter into Your glory, the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. Amen.
The Prayers of the Novena:
Prayer to the Queen of Peace
Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, Queen of Peace!
You came to us to lead us to God.
Obtain for us the grace not only to say:
“Be it done to me according to Your will”,
but to live it, as You did.
Into Your hands we put our hands,
So that You may lead us to Him
amidst these afflictions and woes.
Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Creed, 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Mary’s, 7 Glory Be’s
Veni Creator Spiritus—Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, Creator, come
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love
Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand,
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.
Far from us drive our deadly foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath Thy sacred wing.
Thou Who are called the Paraclete
From Thy bright heavenly throne,
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine own.
O guide our minds with Thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame;
And with They strength, which never decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both,
Thrice-blessed Three in One.
All glory to the Father be,
With his co-equal Son,
The same to Thee, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and
Enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray: God, who taught the hearts of the
Faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by
The gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly
Wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through
Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary