Fish Eaters: The Whys and Hows of Traditional Catholicism

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Novena to St. Mary of Egypt

Sign of the Cross

<Make the sign of the Cross> By the sign of the Holy Cross deliver us from our enemies, O Lord our God. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Act of Contrition

<Beat breast three times> Sweetest Jesus, sole center of my love, I fall at Thy Sacred Feet, repenting of my enormous faults, which a thousand times I detest and abhor with all my soul for being offenses against Thy Divine Majesty. I come to Thee with a firm resolution to never more commit them, and to confess them, and to fulfill the penance that was imposed on me for them, and I hope that, in Thine infinite mercy, Thou wilt forgive me for Thy most precious Passion and death. Amen.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Admirable Mother and advocate of Saint Mary of Egypt, I beg thee to heed my prayers so that through thy intercession God may grant me a ray of light in my understanding, to hold lightly what is temporal, and to put all my care, in what remains of my life, to pursuing eternity with God. For this I hope through thy pious intercession. Amen.

First Day

Oh, most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, who, favored by God, had the knowledge of the transitory nature of the world so that, disillusioned and fervent, thou didst undertake rigorous penance for thy sins: reach me, my mother, from the Infinite Mercy of such help, so that I may imitate thee, doing true penance for my sins so that after this mortal life I can accompany thee in Glory. Amen.

Second Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, who knew that death is the door to eternity, whether happy or unhappy, and who devoted thyself to such deep penitence: pray for me, my mother, so that this knowledge is engraved on my heart and so that, conquering my passions, I prepare myself for a Christian death. Amen.

Third Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, illumined, thou didst come to know the rigor of the Judgment with which the Divine Judge judges souls. Animated by this knowledge, you mortified your body until death. I beg thee, my mother, for thy prayers so that I, too, might acquire a righteous fear of Judgment, and adjust my life to be in accordance with God's Holy Law. Amen.

Fourth Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, with horror thou didst think of the final sentence that the Supreme Judge pronounces in His most upright court, a thought you met with tears and sighs: I beg thee, my mother, to share with me this holy fear so that I won't disappoint Jesus, Judge of the living and the dead. Amen.

Fifth Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary Egyptian, tormented by the continuous memories that thou hadst of the terribleness of the punishments suffered by the unfortunate condemned, especially that of sense, thou wert so sorry that thou couldst not articulate a word, but only weep: I beg thee, my mother, help me to not forget what I deserve for my serious faults, so that I know how to subjugate my flesh. Amen.

Sixth Day

Oh most penitent advocate of mine, Saint Mary of Egypt, who was absorbed in the imponderable punishment that the unfortunate condemned suffer, of having no hope of enjoying the Supreme Good that is God: grant me, my mother, that I may imitate you with serious penance. Amen.

Seventh Day

Oh most penitent advocate. Saint Mary of Egypt, who, in the bitterness of thy mortification, the Lord consoled with the sweet memory of the beauty of the heavenly Jerusalem, the blessed habitation of the Saints: Reach for me, my mother, pray that I find the hidden treasure of our greatest happiness. Amen.

Eighth Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, enthralled by the unalterable goods enjoyed in that Triumphant City, and inflamed with fervent desire, thou didst incessantly cry out to the Divine Mercy: lady, my mother, pray that I have always in sight this knowledge. Amen.

Ninth Day

Oh most penitent advocate, Saint Mary of Egypt, whom God did grant prodigious ecstasies with the apprehension of the eternity that Glory must last, thou didst not allow your abused body the slightest rest upon knowing its endless duration: I implore thy favor, my mother, on this last day of thy Novena, with the most intimate affections of my heart, so that through thine intercession, I may achieve the joy of accompanying thee eternally in the Kingdom of Glory. Amen.

Pray three times the Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Gloria

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to St. Mary of Egypt

Prodigious Anchorite Saint Mary of Egypt, I offer thee these prayers in memory of the Passion and death of Jesus, our Redeemer, who was the target of thine affections in the bitter penance that thou didst in the desert, and I earnestly beg thee to help me offer tears of true contrition for my faults so that my soul may be cleansed of them, to achieve a happy death, and to enter into thy company to praise Him in Glory forever. Amen.

Prayer to God

Help me to be as troubled by my sins as St. Mary of Egypt was of hers. Help me to imitate the Great Penitent.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin

Oh Most Pure Queen of Heaven who favored thine Egyptian Servant so that she would leave behind the laxity and dissolution of the life she followed and convert to God, I ask thee, Mother and Consolation of sinners, to assist me in the very same, on which my eternal salvation depends. Help me to convert to God with all my heart. With thy help and protection, I hope to imitate this blessed Penitent so I might fall at thy most holy feet in glory. Amen.

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