Novena

Novena to Our Lady of Penafrancia

FIRST DAY

Act of Contrition

My Lord, Jesus Christ true God and true man, in whom I believe, in whom I hope and whom I love above all things, I am deeply sorry for having offended Thee, because thou art infinite goodness. I promise never more to offend thee, with the help of thy divine grace, and through the powerful intercession of the blessed Mother, the Holy Virgin Mary, whom I would like to honor all the days of my life, but most particularly during this novena which I dedicate to the glory of her most holy name. Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us!

Prayer 

O most lovable Queen and Mother Mary, whose sweet name gladdens the heavens, consoles the earth and daunts hell. O peerless greatness granted to thee by Him who is omnipotent, that all might share in the benefit of that plenitude; namely: the sick their cure, the sorrowful their consolation, the sinners their forgiveness, the angels their joy and the Blessed Trinity untold glory. To you I have recourse in this novena, as an armour for my defense, as a medicine for my health, as a consolation for my grief, as an effective relief for my burdens, as a help unto the remission of my sins and as a universal remedy for all my needs. There­fore I beseech Thee time and again and fre­quently repeat these sweet words:

        Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us. 

May I deserve from thy mercy and benevolence a participation in the benign influence of thy name and may I become one of thy most faithful children, so that living always under this precious protection, may I be granted the special intention of this novena, if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and the salvation of my soul.  Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us.

(Now we greet the most sweet name of Mary with the following prayers and Hail Mary’s):

M-other most beloved, in all the occasions of my life remember me, miserable sinner.

Hall Mary …

A-queduct of the divine graces, grant me abundant tears with which to wash away my sins.

Hall Mary …

R-oyal Queen of heaven and earth be my help and defense against the assaults of my enemies.

Hall Mary …

I-llustrious and beloved daughter of Joaquin and Ana, pray thy divine Son to grant me the graces I need for my salvation.

Hall Mary …

A-dvocate and refuge of sinners, be at my bedside at the hour of my death and open for me the portals of heaven.

Hall Mary … 

(A short pause follows m which one may ask from Our Lord through the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin of Penafrancia, the special graces desired in this novena. Then the following concluding prayer is said:) 

Concluding Prayer for the First Day

O sovereign Queen and Mother, Mary, I humbly beseech Thee, to give me light, and knowledge of the noble origin of my soul whose only Creator and Father is God him­self, who made it fully capable to enjoy the essence of the Holy Trinity; make my soul restless amidst the earthly things until it possess the infinite goodness. Help me Virgin of Penafrancia, Queen and Mistress of the Bicol Region that I may not degenerate from such a noble and sublime origin, nor may I tarnish with ingratitude the honor of having a soul like unto God, but on the contrary, that with a generous spirit I may live per­forming meritorious deeds that will enable me to enjoy the possession of my God and Lord.  Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me.

SECOND DAY

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer) 

Concluding Prayer for the Second Day

Most wise Queen and Mother Mary, I humbly beseech Thee, oh Virgin of Penafrancia in such a plenitude. Have mercy on our ignorance, a consequence of original sin which allows us to commit errors and to lose the clear insight into thy perfection. Grant that enlightened by thy grace in the election of the state of life that I should lead, and of the profession that I should take, I may, without odds or difficulties, attain the ultimate end for which I ought to offer all the things of this life, the eternal beatitude, where I may bless and enjoy God for all eternity. Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us.

THIRD DAY 

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer)

Concluding prayer for the Third Day

O most fortunate Lady and blessed Creature, Mary, whose most sweet name is interpreted “God from my lineage”. Through the intercession of thy sublime name I humbly beseech thee. O Virgin of Penafrancia, to instill in me a deep gratitude towards God for the privilege granted to us mortals to become brethren of our Lord and God who created us and to make me live faithful to the Maker of such great mysteries and favors. Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me. 

FOURTH DAY 

 (Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer)

Concluding Prayer for the Fourth Day

O most benign Mother Mary, whose most sweet name meaning “Star of the sea” is the most secure refuge of our souls amidst the tempestuous sea of life until we anchor on the shores of glory;  I humbly beseech Thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia, through the intercession of thy holy name; to protect me from the many pitfalls and abysses of temptations that surround me and seek to deviate my steps from the path that leads to heaven. Through the intercession of thy holy name protect me from the precipices towards which my passions blindly grope, and as a luminous star, be my guide that I may not err in such an important voyage towards the eternity that awaits me that I may finally have the pleasure of seeing Thee in the eternal glory.  Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me.

FIFTH DAY 

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer)

Concluding Prayer for the Fifth Day

O most patient and dolorous Mary, I humbly beseech thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia. that as it was amidst such bitterness and on the recommendation of Jesus that you willingly adopted us, though sinners, as your sons in the person of John, may thy sweet name be so impressed in my heart, as a keepsake of your woes on the summit of Calvary, that I may from time to time think of the high price paid for my redemption and that; I may appreciate it deeply, seeing to it that the fruits are not spoiled by my vices. Grant finally, that the memory of thy sorrows and those of thy Holy Son, may give me strength and fortitude to carry will­ingly the cross of this life that I may after­wards attain felicity and beatitude in the other. Amen.

SIXTH DAY 

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer)

Concluding Prayer for the Sixth Day

O most perfect Queen and Mother, Mary, I humbly beseech Thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia, to make me a faithful imitator of our merciful Lord, who makes, the sun rise for the good and the wicked, who makes the rain fall for the just and unjust, who does good even to those who do Him evil, that we may likewise tolerate the wrongs of our fellowmen; that we may bear patiently their offenses wishing them the salvation of their souls, that the Lord may also have compassion on me, forgiving my sins, and leading me on the way to eternity where I may bless and enjoy Him forever. Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me.

SEVENTH DAY

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer)

Concluding Prayer for the Seventh Day

O most gracious Queen and Lady, I hum­bly beseech Thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia, to stretch them out mercifully to give me all the graces that I need to fulfill the obligation of the state of life that I have chosen, that I may live pleasing to the eyes of God. Pray, most merciful Patroness of Bicolandia, for all thy children, but in a special manner, for me, the most unworthy of them all. Help me, oh lovable Mother, to atone for all my sins and to have the courage to confess them all at the foot of the ministers of thy holy Son. Make me prefer to lose life rather than the friendship of God, and that after death I may bless and enjoy Him with thee for all eternity.  Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me.

EIGHTH DAY

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer) 

Concluding Prayer for the Eighth Day

O sovereign Queen and Lady, Mary, I humbly beseech Thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia through the intercession of such a powerful name, to grant me all the temporal graces I need to lead a peaceful life, and to spend my day in charitable deeds. Deeply obliged to God for those blessings, may I not use them foolishly in loathsome vanities and mundane pleasures, but rather do good to my neighbors and give honor to that Lord who has destined me for the riches of hea­ven which I hope to attain through the help of your. sublime name. Amen.

NINTH DAY

(Same prayers as those of the first day except the following concluding prayer) 

Concluding Prayer for the Ninth Day

O most lovable Queen and Mother, Mary whose most sweet name gladdens the heart and consoles the soul in all tribulations; I humbly beseech thee, O Virgin of Penafrancia, to instill in those of us who venerate thy sacred name which means “hope” this most important theological virtue with which we may strengthen our spirit amidst the in­numerable perils in which we live. As strang­ers in this vale of tears and deprived still of the clear vision of our God and Creator and confiding in the power of our Lord for whom nothing is impossible in this life, we hope to refrain the impulses of our passions and tread peacefully the path that leads to eternal life, that thus through piety and devotion, we may all attain, after conquering our enemies, the beatitude for which we were created and wherein we shall live eter­nally grateful to thee for thine all powerful intercession.  Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for me.

ACT OF LOVE TO OUR PURE AND IMMACULATE MOTHER MARY

After having recited five “Hail Mary’s” recite the following prayer:

O sovereign Queen of the Angels, most Ho­ly Virgin of Penafrancia, Mary Most Holy, I ……………… the greatest of sinners, prostrate at thy feet, humbly offer these five Hail Mary’s in reverence and in honor of the five letters that make up thy most sweet name, Maria. I beseech Thee, O lova­ble Mother, to imprint it deeply m my heart that from now on, I may invoke it more fre­quently and more devotedly than in the past and that I may deserve the choice graces of our Lord. Amen.

With my soul thus enriched with the trea­sure of thy love and solicitude, help me to have a peaceful and holy death preceded by a sincere repentance and a worthy reception of the last sacraments. Finally, grant me thy valuable assistance for which I will be deeply grateful and with which I hope to bless Thee in heaven for all eternity Amen.

Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us,
Virgin of Penafrancia, pray for us.