This Novena is obviously for one and all, but in particular we are praying for all good and holy priests, whom satan has under special attack in these dark, dark days. Satan wants to convince the world that there are no good priests, and that the priesthood is a lost cause. This Novena, along with any additional penances one may take on leading up to the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th, can’t but be salutary.
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Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.
Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.
From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).
When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.
The Assumption, Guido Reni