Monday, April 19, 2010

Saint Gianna Novena

Please join me (and many others) in this beautiful novena to Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, to begin Tuesday April 20th and finish on her Feast Day of Wednesday, April 28th:

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

God, our Father, You have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.

We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to Your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.

Glory be …

Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, You called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellow men and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw You.

We thank You for having revealed Yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom You deign to share Your Cross.

Glory be…

God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as Your Bride, You poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of Your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with You in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love You.

We thank You for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg You to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their homes into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.

Glory be…

O God, Creator and lover of mankind, You were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting You alone, and aware of Your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life. Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. and the joy to find an inspiration in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.

Hail Mary…

17 comments:

Sew said...

If you email it to me every day I can promise that I will do it with you! If not I can't promise I will be able to fully do a novena on my own! hahahaha

Why did you txt me back!!!!!! ERGH!!!!!! You make me so mad sometimes!

More Than Anything said...

I've never done a novena before. I guess it's good to start with St. Gianna.

Thanks for sharing. I will do my best :)

lowly said...

Thanks for posting it. It is a beautiful one!

JellyBelly said...

I'm in!! I'm need of her graces ASAP!

Mrs. Farmer said...

I've got my copy and have been trying to do it for a about a week. I forgot this weekend. Maybe I can start fresh this week. Thanks for posting this. Maybe with the power of all of us praying the novena at the same time. It might get us further then just a few of us praying it alone.

barbie said...

I'm in, can you post a reminder on the 20th that it's time to start?

inallthingsgood said...

thanks for posting! I will pray with you!

Leila said...

I'm definitely in!!!

some how, some way, some day said...

I'm in! It is a beautiful novena.

Joy Beyond the Cross said...

I'm in. I actually started it Saturday night. It was part of my penance from my confession on Saturday. I am not kidding. I hadn't even mentioned St. Gianna at all and for my penance he said to pray a novena asking for her intercession, along with asking for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for her assistance. The final part was to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet for a week and to meditate on the my need to trust the Lord. He seemed to be on a roll with dolling out the penances, but yet, I love the Saints so much, so I figure the more the merrier. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this novena. St. Gianna, pray for us!

Ann - Building a Nest said...

Thank you for posting and I will be joining in for your intentions and those of all of IF girls.

Mrs. Mike said...

I'm joining you in this novena. I wish I lived just a little closer to her shrine in order to make the trip up there on her feast day next week.

Second Chances said...

Sounds great! I'm a prayin'!

barbie said...

joy beyond the cross, your priest likes some major penances!

Jeremiah 29:11 said...

Thanks for posting... I will be joining you in prayer! St. Gianna - pray for us.

fumblingtowardgrace said...

Thanks for posting this! I love St. Gianna, and am so excited to pray this with you.

I found your blog via more like mary, more like me. I am new to the IF blogs, but have been so inspired by what I've found. Thanks again!

WheelbarrowRider said...

Been praying for you and thinking about you lots. How are you doing?