Novenas have been said for over a millenium in the Church as a way to express a sincere hope to Heaven, particularly before a great feast
In preparation for the great feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, we provide for our faithful the following Novena.
What is a Novena?
Either as a personal or public observance, novenas have been said since the third century of the Church. While the number 8 in Church tradition is normally associated with Heaven, celebration, and joy, 9 has been representative of suffering. This seems to reflect the force and conviction with which we usually say a novena, since they are typically said in hope of a favor or prayer answered. As well, it is reflective of the 9 days that Our Lady and the Apostles waited in the Cenacle before the Holy Ghost came upon them.
We are reminded that a time of waiting and prayer was explicitly commanded by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself: "...He commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father..." (Acts 1:4)
WIth this confidence in Divine Providence and the intercession of Our Blessed Mother on the occasion of this great feast, we humbly recite the following prayer:
Novena in Honor of the Assumption
Start August 7, Complete on August 15
Eternal Father, you graciously looked upon the humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and made her to be the Mother of the Word Incarnate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant we beseech you that we who honor her Assumption into the Kingdom of Heaven, may by her Motherly intercession also come to share in the inheritance of those whom you have redeemed by the precious Blood of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Most holy Immaculate Virgin and my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, the hope, and the refuge of sinners, I have recourse today, I who am the most miserable of all. I render thee my most humble homage, 0 great Queen, and I thank thee for all the graces thou hast conferred on me until now. I love thee, 0 most amiable Lady; and for the love which I bear thee, I promise to serve thee always, and to do all in my power to make others love thee also. Dearest Mother bring before the throne of your beloved Son the prayers and intentions I ask during this novena
(Here we mention our prayers. Pray for the intentions of our Holy Father the Pope, and for all the clergy. Pray also for the sick and dying, and for the suffering souls in purgatory)
I place in thee all my hopes; I confide my salvation to thy care. Accept me for thy servant, and receive me under thy mantle, 0 Mother of Mercy. And as thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or rather obtain for me the strength to triumph over them until death. Of thee I ask a perfect love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a good death. 0 my Mother, by the love which thou bearest to God, I beseech thee to help me at all times, especially at the last moment of my life. Leave me not, I beseech thee, until I am safe in heaven, blessing thee, and singing thy mercies for all eternity. Amen.
Say 9 Hail Marys