Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mother Teresa's Express Novena




Mother Teresa was known for many things, not the least of which was her intense devotion to Mary. Rarely was she seen without a rosary woven around her fingers, Miraculous Medals at the ready to pass out to friends and strangers, and a prayer on her lips in praise or petition. Many times this prayer was the Memorare, one of Mother Teresa’s favorite invocations to the Blessed Virgin. A popular story about Mother Teresa is how, when faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, she immediately turned to Mary for help by praying an “express novena” of nine Memorares. And then a tenth in thanksgiving for favors received, such was her faith and trust.

Did it work? Well, those who worked with Mother Teresa were constantly in awe of how she seemed to always get what she wanted one way or another. Whether it was by appearing in person at the residence of a rich benefactor, influencing a powerful leader with carefully chosen words, or storming heaven with her prayers, Mother Teresa didn’t take no for an answer.

When I first heard about the express novena (also known as the “emergency novena”), I was intrigued enough to search the Web for stories about it. What I found was remarkable, and I urge you, dear readers, to do the same. There are countless testimonies out there that speak of the power of this devotion. And I am happy to say that I now count myself as a member of that camp. About a year ago I faced a personal crisis that led me to Mother Teresa’s emergency novena. I prayed it in my car on a cold February morning with as much fervor as I could muster given my depressed state of mind. Long story short, my crisis passed and my cloud lifted. While skeptics could claim it would have with or without the novena, I have no doubt our Mother in Heaven was looking out for me. Twice more this year I have had to turn to the novena for help. And twice more Mary has come to my aid. If anyone asks me if Mother Teresa’s express novena works, I will unequivocally say yes.

The Memorare is a beautiful prayer usually accredited to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, but its origins are actually unknown. The first manuscript of the Memorare appeared in 1489 as part of a longer prayer. It was popularized in the 17th century by a French cleric, Fr. Claude Bernard (perhaps the similarity in names is why it’s associated with St. Bernard), who taught it as part of his ministry to hospitals and prisons.

Regardless of who wrote it or where it came from, the Memorare is a treasure of our Catholic faith and should be taught to every child as early as possible. With child-like confidence let us return to it in our time of need.


The Memorare Express Novena

State your intention and recite the Memorare nine times.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.




23 comments:

  1. Thank you. Biessed mother. In advance. For asnwering my. Prayer. That I have asked. You for. Thank. For saving our souls. For healing. Us. In every area. Of our lives. For showing. Us. Gods. Truth. Will. Thank. For. Living us. Ahd for granting. My request.

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  2. I know. You will. Bring my daughter. Out of this situation. Thank you. In adavance. For. Prayers answered. Ahd for healing. My son and family of every. Sickness. For. Gods. Will that will enter. Our lives. Thank you. Blessed. Mother

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  3. oh Gracious mother,you have been with me and you always hear my cry.with that same faith I come to thee,please hear my call and help me get a job. I will therefore not be a slave to fear and anxiety for my heavenly Father is for me and He greatly cares for me.I am His above all else and in faith I am thankful for a job beyond my wildest imagination. Thank you

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  4. Thank you O Mother for giving me chance to continue my study. Thank you Blessed Mother.

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  5. Thank you for answering my prayer. Just as I finished the final prayer, the postal carrier came and delivered an answer, and in the letter, I had the answer to my prayer.

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    1. God Bless you Blessed Mother Teresa for your intercession, and Praise be to God.

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  6. Within almost an hour, my prayer was answered! Thank you so much Mother Teresa, Mama Mary and to Our Dear Lord God for helping me in my worries tonight and hoping for the fast recovery of my patient and the safety of everyone in our workplace.

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  7. VERY POWERFUL PRAYER

    Powerful prayer works immediately , to be said nine consecutive times !

    O great passion
    I feel wounds
    O Blood shed in abundance
    O meekness
    O cruel death
    Have mercy on me and answer my request
    Amen .
    Please make the sign of the Cross each time you say it & publish it immediately!

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    1. Said this and the Mother Theresa Novena tonight. Looking for and expecting a miracle answer to this immediately!! Praise God, I also did extra for Thanksgiving KNOWING by faith God has heard and delivering my prayer to be manifest within the next 24 hours. Praise you God Almighty, Jesus -John 14:14, Holy Spirit,Mother Mary, and the saints, angels and entities of God Himself. The sword of the Lord is our victory. He has slain the enemy and the manifestation of this breakthrough is within hours. Cause a deep contrite spirit to come upon my fiend for fulfillment and total reconciliation, sweeter, more loving, grand affection,sensitive to me, showing desire and care,devoted, and forgiveness where there has been wrong ..a set loving agape love filled with wonderful beauty healing reconciliation bringing great changes and that will one day Glorify the Father as I hope to be used as a vessel to lead my friend along to the saving power of Jesus Christ.. also Troy and his love to return to me, remove all bitterness hate anger, and break his heart for love and lead me in leading him also to the victor he needs in Jesus Christ.

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  8. Thank You Father Son and Holy Spirit for everything you have Blessed me with.

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  9. i know my prayer will be answered

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  10. Oh blessed mother. I know you hear me and I know my prayers will bemail answered! Thank you most Blessed Mother

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  11. Oh blessed mother. I know you hear me and I know my prayers will be answered! Thank you most Blessed Mother

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  12. Make the Sign of the Cross
    State your petition/s
    Sincerely pray the Memorare Express Novena
    State petition/s again
    Repeat 9 consecutive times, making the Sign of the Cross between each recitation
    Publish immediately

    Memorare Express Novena

    Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

    O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear me and answer me.

    (petition/s)

    Amen

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  13. Even though you have not answer my prayer yet thank you mother teresa for everything.

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  14. Blessed Mother, thank you for hearing my prayers. As a mother, you know my heart, thank you for granting this petition

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  15. Powerful prayer works immediately , to be said nine consecutive times !

    O great passion
    I feel wounds
    O Blood shed in abundance
    O meekness
    O cruel death
    Have mercy on me and answer my request
    Amen .
    Please make the sign of the Cross each time you say it & publish it immediately!

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  16. Memorare Express Novena

    Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

    O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear me and answer me.

    (petition/s)

    Amen

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  17. The Express Memorare Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection implored your help and sought your intercession was left unaided by this conidence. I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins my mother To you I come before you I stand sinful and sorrowful, O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petition but in your mercy hear and answer me

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  18. Thank you oh Most Gracious Virgin Mary, Thank You for hearing my request, thank you for giving me a sign.. I feel my miracle is soon to be answered, thank you.

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  19. Thank you Mother Mary most blessed holy mother for helping me obtain the immigration permanent resident visa for Canada. Thank you blessed Virgin Mary.

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  20. Thank you Mother Mary and Mother Teresa cause I know my prayers will be answered soon, Nothing is impossible for him who believes and I believe.

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  21. I prayed the Express Novena I know I will get speedy recovery. Thank you Virgin Mary .

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