Novena for Our NationDan Lynch
“Whoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.” - Promise of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
Now is the time for the Remnant to call upon God, through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, to heal our country, to make reparation and return it to holiness!
The Novena for Our Nation is a nationwide prayer campaign consisting of six novenas of Rosaries beginning on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, and ending on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, for 54 consecutive days. There are 27 daily Rosaries in petition and 27 daily Rosaries in thanksgiving.
In the 16th century, militant Muslims were on the verge of defeating all of Christendom. Pope Pius V called Christendom to a Rosary Crusade and for an alliance to defeat the invading Muslims. The Christian and Muslim fleets met on October 7, 1571, at Lepanto, off the coast of Greece. Before moving to the attack, the 65,000 Christian sailors continually prayed the Rosary.
The first Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was in the Christian fleet’s flagship under the command of Admiral Andrea Doria. The image was sent by the Archbishop of Mexico City to King Philip II of Spain. The King directed that it be placed in the Admiral's cabin. In the midst of the battle the Admiral reportedly knelt before the image and begged Mary's help.
Through the prayers of the Rosary, the Christians won the battle and freed over 10,000 Christian galley slaves from the Muslim ships. The Muslim fleet and its threat to Christendom was defeated.
The Venetian Senate wrote to the other States which had taken part in the battle, "It was not generals nor battalions nor arms that brought us victory, but it was Our Lady of the Rosary." October 7, the date of the Battle of Lepanto, is now the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
This Feast in 2016 marks the end of the Novena for Our Nation that will hopefully bring healing to our nation and inspire in us holiness of life in order to transform it.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, officially endorses the Novena for Our Nation.
He wrote, “There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis, which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing.”
“For Roman Catholics, who have always been known for their faith-filled patriotism, the first response to this crisis is fervent prayer and, in particular, prayer through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Mary Immaculate, who is also the patroness of our nation.”
“Let us now turn to the powerful prayer of the holy Rosary, asking Mary Immaculate to intercede with Our Lord to bring healing to our nation and to inspire in her citizens the holiness of life which alone can transform our nation.”
The Novena to Our Nation will conclude on October 7 with a Rosary Rally in Union Square in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The faithful are encouraged to join or to have a Rosary Rally in their own areas such as in a parish church, at a government facility or in front of an abortion center.
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