"The Pieta" 30 day Lenten Novena
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The Pieta 30 day Lenten Novena

http://www.catholictradition.org/Passion/pieta.htm

It has long been a custom in the Church to say this prayer of petition on 30 consecutive days. It is also recommended as a Lenten devotion as well as for all Fridays of the year.

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The Pieta 30 day Lenten Novena

Ever glorious and blessed Mary, Queen of Virgins, Mother of Mercy, through that sword of sorrow which pierced thy tender heart whilst thy only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, suffered death and ignominy on the Cross; through that filial tenderness and pure love He hast for thee, while from His Cross He recommended thee to the care and protection of His beloved disciple, Saint John, take pity, I beseech thee, on my poverty and need; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries. Thou art the Mother of Mercies, the only refuge of the needy and the orphan, of the desolate and afflicted.

Cast therefore an eye of pity on this sorrowful child of Eve, and hear my prayer; for since, in just punishment of my sins, I find myself surrounded by a multitude of evils, and oppressed with much anguish of spirit, where can I fly for more secure shelter, O loving Mother of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, than under the wings of thy maternal protection? Listen, therefore, I beseech thee, with an air of pity and compassion, to my humble and earnest request.

I ask it through the infinite mercy of thy dear Son: through that love and humility with which He embraced our human nature, when through thine own obedience to the Divine Will, thou didst consent to become His Mother, and Whom after nine months, you didst bring forth from thy chaste womb, to visit this world, and bless it with His presence. I ask it, through the anguish of mind of thy beloved Son, our dear Savior, on Mount Olivet, when He besought His Eternal Father, to remove from Him, if possible, the bitter chalice of His future passion. I ask it, through the three-fold repetition of His prayers in the Garden, from whence afterwards in sorrow thou didst accompany Him to the scene of His death and sufferings.

In ask it, through the laceration of His sinless flesh, caused by the cords and whips with which He was bound and scourged, when stripped of His seamless garments, for which His executioners afterwards cast lots. I ask it, through the scoffs and ignominies by which He was insulted; the false accusations and unjust sentence by which He was condemned to death, and which He bore with enduring patience. I ask it, through His bitter tears and bloody sweat; His silence and resignation; His sadness and grief of heart.

I ask it, through the Blood which trickled from His royal and Sacred Head, when struck with the scepter of a reed, and pierced with His Crown of Thorns. I ask it, through the excruciating torments He suffered, when His hands and feet were fastened with nails to the tree of the Cross. I ask it, through His unbearable thirst, and bitter potion of vinegar and gall. I ask it, through His dereliction on the Cross, when He exclaimed: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? I ask it, through His Mercy extended to the good thief, and through His recommending His precious Soul and spirit into the hands of His Eternal Father, before He expired, saying: "It is finished." I ask it, through the Blood mixed with water, which issued from His Sacred Side when pierced with a lance from whence a flood of grace and mercy has flowed to us.

I ask it, through His immaculate life, bitter passion and ignominious death on the Cross, at which even nature itself was thrown into convulsions by the bursting of rocks, rending of the veil of the temple, the earthquake and darkness, of the sun and the moon. I ask it, through His glorious victory over death, when He arose again to life on the Third day, and through the joy which His appearance for forty days, gaveth thee, His Blessed Mother, His Apostles, and the rest of His disciples; when in thy and their presence, He miraculously ascended into Heaven.

I ask it, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, infused into the hearts of His disciples; when He descended upon them in the form of fiery tongues, and by which they were inspired with zeal for the conversion of the world, when they went to preach the Gospel. I ask it, through the glorious appearance of thy Son, at the last day, when He shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. I ask it, through the compassion He bore in this life, and the wonderful joy thou didst feel at thine Assumption into Heaven, where thou doth eternally contemplate His Divine perfection.

O glorious and ever Blessed Virgin, comfort the heart of thy suppliant, by obtaining for me . . .


Here mention or reflect on your request.

And as I believe that my Divine Savior honors thee as His beloved Mother, to whom He refuses nothing contrary to His honor, so let me soon experience thy powerful intercession. Wherefore, O most Blessed Virgin, beside my present petition, and whatever else I may stand in need of, obtain for me also of thy dear Son, our Lord and our God, a lively faith, firm hope, perfect charity, true contrition of heart and genuine tears of compunction, sincere confession, satisfaction and deliverance from sin, love of God and my neighbor, a correct attitude to the world, patience to suffer insults, even death itself, for love of thy Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Obtain likewise for me, O Holy Mother of God, perseverance in good works, the carrying out of my good resolutions, mortification of my self-will, a holy life, and, at my last moments, a strong and sincere repentance, with such presence of mind, as will enable me to receive the last Sacrament of the Church worthily, so as to die in God's friendship and favor.

Lastly, I beseech thee, for the Souls of my parents, brethren, relatives and benefactors, both living and dead, life everlasting, from the only giver of every good and perfect gift, the Lord God Almighty: to Whom be all power, now and forever. Amen.
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For those of us starting this Novena on Ash Wednesday, it will finish on March 18, Vigil of the Feast Day of Saint Joseph.
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Thank you so much for posting this Cindy.
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I can't make it 9 days!  Maybe I'll just go big or go home with the 30-er....

Thanks much!
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Thanks for posting this!
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You are very welcome.
There are wonderful prayers and devotions for Lent here:
http://www.catholictradition.org/Passion/lent.htm
http://www.catholictradition.org/Passion/passion.htm
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For those who haven't started the novena yet, the last day to start would be March 5 ending on Holy Saturday.
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(02-27-2010, 11:28 AM)Cindy Wrote: For those who haven't started the novena yet, the last day to start would be March 5 ending on Holy Saturday.

thanks for the reminder.  ending on Holy Saturday would be good and i have a doctor's appt. on the 5th to help remind me to start the novena so maybe i'll get up the nerve to tackle this big one.  but, as College Catholic said, "I can't make it 9 days!"  :(

Cindy, do you have any tips for remembering to say a novena every day?  do you say it at a certain time each day?  i'm thinking that may be the key and i'm going to have to set an alarm clock to remind me.  Vox may have advice about this on the main site but i can't remember ever reading any advice on how to keep up with a novena. 

also, if you miss a day, can you say it twice the next day, or do you have to start over?  i've always wanted to know that.  on the ones i've done this year, i started and ended on the right dates but i had to double up at least once in each novena because i forgot one day.  :-[  so did those "count"? 

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(02-27-2010, 11:59 AM)i.p.i. Wrote:
(02-27-2010, 11:28 AM)Cindy Wrote: For those who haven't started the novena yet, the last day to start would be March 5 ending on Holy Saturday.

thanks for the reminder.  ending on Holy Saturday would be good and i have a doctor's appt. on the 5th to help remind me to start the novena so maybe i'll get up the nerve to tackle this big one.  but, as College Catholic said, "I can't make it 9 days!"   :(

Cindy, do you have any tips for remembering to say a novena every day?  do you say it at a certain time each day?  i'm thinking that may be the key and i'm going to have to set an alarm clock to remind me.  Vox may have advice about this on the main site but i can't remember ever reading any advice on how to keep up with a novena. 

also, if you miss a day, can you say it twice the next day, or do you have to start over?  i've always wanted to know that.  on the ones i've done this year, i started and ended on the right dates but i had to double up at least once in each novena because i forgot one day.   :-[   so did those "count"? 
Hi ipi,
Here is one idea:
If you are in the habit of logging in to F.E. everyday, you could have a note by your computer saying "novena."
Think of your daily routine, and when it is most convenient to say your novena.
If you print out the novena, you place it near something that will remind you to say it when most convenient in your circumstance.
If it is most convenient to say it in the morning place a reminder by your coffee pot.
If in the evening, a reminder beside your nighty etc.
You could pray the novena at the same time you pray your other daily devotions (Rosary etc.)

A novena "should" be said every day.
Now, that being said, you must not forget that Our Good Lord counts your efforts, and NO prayer is lost.
Persevere dear ipi, and many blessing He will bestow on you.
If someone else is praying this novena the same days as you, one of you could bump this thread to the top each day as a reminder to all.
(That would only work if you check in here every day.)
Probably the best suggestion would be for you to ask your Guardian Angel to remind you each day.  :)

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thanks for all the good ideas, Cindy.  i think i'll have a talk with St. Anthony, too, and see if he can help me find my lost ability to stick to routines.  i do come here every day so i can bump the thread to the top.
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