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June 15, 2017
Novena for the 36th Anniversary of Our Lady’s coming in Medjugorje
Dear Family of Mary!
Today we begin a very blessed novena! It is the Novena for the 36th Anniversary of Our Lady’s coming in Medjugorje. We will be praying with the St. James Parish and pilgrims from all over the world, in thanksgiving to God for sending Our Mother to Medjugorje to be with us and help us. We will also be joining with Our Lady to do intercession as she asked in her June 2, 2017 message: “Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father.” This is the time to pray for the salvation of souls, to raise our arms and our hearts to God for the sake of the world.
The Parish of St. James will climb Apparition Hill every day of the novena, starting at 4:00 pm Medjugorje time. Mary TV will stream this event, live, every day (www.marytv.tv ). We can all join in the prayer of the Rosary with the Parish as they climb the hill where Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries back in 1981.
Mary TV will have to rearrange our schedule to accommodate the Parish Novena. Here is how our daily schedule will look from Thursday, June 15 through Friday, June 23:
Parish Evening Rosary
7:00 pm Medjugorje Time – (1:00 pm EDT)
There will be no “Hour of Mercy” during the novena.
Denis and I will participate in the novena during our Daily Rosary as well. We will share 5 messages for each day that will center on a particular part of Our Lady’s School. We will use these messages as meditations before each decade of the Rosary. I will also include the messages in my reflection, so that you can use them for your own prayer.
We are really grateful to be able to participate in this novena in such a tangible way. To pray with the parish, on the hill and at the church in the evening, live over the internet, is a great blessing. Thank you to all of you who pray for and support Mary TV! You are giving a great gift to us all!
Day One – 36th Anniversary 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.
Today we will meditate on the amazing gift of Our Lady’s presence in Medjugorje for 36 years now! Who would have guessed she would be able to come to us every day for all these years. God’s mercy is very great. Our Lady calls us to understand the importance of her coming in this most recent message:
June 02, 2017 “Dear children, as in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated – for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love, which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you.”
Let us pray this Rosary in joy and gratitude that Our Lady is still with us!
The Joyful Mysteries
September 02, 2012 “Dear children, as my eyes are looking at you, my soul is seeking those souls with whom it desires to be one – the souls who have understood the importance of prayer for those of my children who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father. I am calling you because I need you. Accept the mission and do not be afraid, I will strengthen you. I will fill you with my graces. With my love I will protect you from the evil spirit. I will be with you. With my presence I will console you in difficult moments. Thank you for your open hearts. Pray for priests. Pray that the unity between my Son and them may be all the stronger, that they may be one. Thank you.”
February 25, 1995 “Dear children! Today I invite you to become missionaries of my messages, which I am giving here through this place that is dear to me. God has allowed me to stay this long with you and therefore, little children, I invite you to live with love the messages I give and to transmit them to the whole world, so that a river of love flows to people who are full of hatred and without peace. I invite you, little children, to become peace where there is no peace and light where there is darkness, so that each heart accepts the light and the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The Birth of Jesus:
June 25, 1991 “Dear children! Today on this great day which you have given to me, I desire to bless all of you and to say: these days while I am with you are days of grace. I desire to teach you and help you to walk the way of holiness. There are many people who do not desire to understand my messages and to accept with seriousness what I am saying. But you I therefore call and ask that by your lives and by your daily living you witness my presence. If you pray, God will help you to discover the true reason for my coming. Therefore, little children, pray and read the Sacred Scriptures so that through my coming you discover the message in Sacred Scripture for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The Presentation in the Temple
July 25, 1995 “Dear children! Today I invite you to prayer because only in prayer can you understand my coming here. The Holy Spirit will enlighten you to understand that you must convert. Little children, I wish to make of you a most beautiful bouquet prepared for eternity but you do not accept the way of conversion, the way of salvation that I am offering you through these apparitions. Little children, pray, convert your hearts and come closer to me. May good overcome evil. I love you and bless you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The Finding in the Temple
March 25, 2003 “Dear children! Also today I call you to pray for peace. Pray with the heart, little children, and do not lose hope because God loves His creatures. He desires to save you, one by one, through my coming here. I call you to the way of holiness. Pray, and in prayer you are open to God’s will; in this way, in everything you do, you realize God’s plan in you and through you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Let us pray:
Dear Mother Mary, we gather together to pray this novena, with deep gratitude for your presence in our midst. You have come to show us the way to heaven. The Heavenly Father has sent you to us to help us to repent and return to Him. You are coming to be the bond between us and the Heavenly Father, and to help us to love and serve His Son. You pray with us for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because you have told us that when we have the Holy Spirit, we have everything. Therefore we ask that during this Novena you will help us to bond with you and through you with our Triune God who loves us so much. We ask that every grace can be poured out upon our shepherds during these nine days, that they will be strengthened and purified for the days ahead, these most triumphant days of the Triumph of your Immaculate Heart! Thank you, dearest Mother!!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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