A Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham – Day 8

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY

Opening prayer: We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Intention of the day: For vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and the consecrated life.

Reflection: “A great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with twelve stars on her head as a crown” (Rev 12:1). The stars represent the twelve tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people, and the holy apostles. Our Lady is the Queen of priests and their Mother. We pray that the Pope, the bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and consecrated men and women of the Church may set themselves close to Our Lady as her crown, and that women, men and children everywhere may offer themselves totally to God.

Prayer: Father, you raised the Mother of your Son to the glory of Heaven, grant through her intercession that the hearts and minds of all may be open to your call, so that loving you above all things we may be signs of your presence, and ardent but gentle servants of the Gospel. Amen.

Intention: We pray for the intentions of all our Dioceses in England and Wales and for our Bishops. We pray for vocations to the Priesthood and for a flourishing of seminary life. We pray for all seminarians and for those in the process of discernment. We pray in thanksgiving for our Religious Orders both active and enclosed, all forms of consecrated life and for Deacons.

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be … Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.

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