Today is Day 2 of our Marian Novena of Giveaways.
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Let's bring our vocations to God and ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother as we celebrate her birth.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin;
give me strength against thine enemies,
and against the enemy of the whole human race.
Give me strength humbly to pray to thee.
Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers,
through the merits of thy most sacred nativity,
which for the entire Christian world was
a birth of joy, the hope and solace of its life.
When thou wast born, O most holy Virgin,
then was the world made light.
Happy is thy stock, holy thy root,
and blessed thy fruit, for thou alone as a virgin,
filled with the Holy Spirit,
didst merit to conceive thy God,
as a virgin to bear Thy God,
as a virgin to bring Him forth,
and after His birth to remain a virgin.
Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner,
and give me aid, O Lady, so that just as thy nativity,
glorious from the seed of Abraham,
sprung from the tribe of Juda,
illustrious from the stock of David,
didst announce joy to the entire world,
so may it fill me with true joy and cleanse me from every sin.
(mention your intentions)
Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent, that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity may put a cloak over all my sins.
O holy Mother of God, flowering as the lily,
pray to thy sweet Son for me, a wretched sinner. Amen.
This novena was written by St. Anselm and is usually prayed for the nine days before the Nativity of Mary. [Source: Fish Eaters Forum]
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We are six sisters and two sisters-in-law, and among us we have 47 children. Coming from this big, loving family, spreading joy is natural for us and is reflected in the jewelry we create. This creative melding of our faith, family and fashion is On This Day Designs.
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Australian Jasper Miraculous Medal Bracelet
The beautiful blue green hues of the Australian Jasper beads have been woven with bronze accent beads to create this unique design. The colors of the beads enhance the bronze tones of the medal and clasp. Both the Miraculous medal and the bronze twisted toggle clasp our re-casts from vintage originals. This bracelet was featured in the spring 2011 issue of Faith & Family magazine!
Our Lady of Guadalupe Earrings
These pewter Our Lady of Guadalupe earrings make a wonderful faith statement!
Our Lady of Czestochowa Earrings
These earrings are made with pewter charms of Our Lady of Czestochowa also known as The Black Madonna the Queen and Protector of Poland.
Our Lady of Fatima Earrings
These pewter charms of Our Lady of Fatima are a beautiful way to wear and share your faith!
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Remember to join us tomorrow and for the rest of our Marian Novena of Giveaways!
Editor's Note: Thank you for your support of our special Novena and for your participation in all of the contests! We had a terrific response and appreciate your visits to the donors' websites. I would like to give a huge vote of thanks to Sarah Reinhard for organizing this colossal effort. Winners will be notified via email this week. Thanks to all who participated! LMH
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.