Today is Day 9 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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My First Book about Mary

Christine Virginia Orfeo, FSP; illustrated by Julia Mary Darrenkamp, FSP

My First Book about Mary provides a perfect introduction to the importance of the Blessed Mother in the life of a Catholic child. Young children are invited to discover the love Mary has for them through simple text and bright illustrations. Includes a section on Marian apparitions, a listing of Marian feast days, and step-by-step instructions for praying the Rosary.

Paperback, 64pp.

My Scriptural Rosary

Lauren S. Roddy; illustrated by Julia Mary Darrenkamp, FSP

This classic book teaches children how to pray the Rosary and explains the meaning behind this beloved Catholic prayer. Colorful illustrations help guide children through the prayer and help them to interact with the text. Ideal for children ages 6–8.

Paperback, 64pp.

Rosary in My Pocket

Compiled by the Daughters of St. Paul; illustrated by Mary Joseph Peterson, FSP

Everything children need to know to pray the Rosary wherever they are! Includes: the twenty mysteries with bright, colorful illustrations; a step-by-step chart on how to pray the Rosary; and the prayers of the Rosary.

Booklet, 32pp.

The Rosary

Comic Book

Gene Yang

Tells the stories of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries. Features colorful, glossy pictures. Young Catholics can read it as they would any comic book or they can pray with it! Ages 9–12.

Booklet, 56pp.

Handmaiden of the Lord, Vol 1

Songs of Mary

Sung by the Daughters of St. Paul Choir

A best-seller! Includes: Hail, Holy Queen ∙ Regina Coeli ∙ Immaculate Mary ∙ Tota Pulchra Es ∙ Mirror of Infinite Beauty ∙ Holy Is His Name ∙ O Mary Immaculate ∙ I Am Thine ∙ Soul of Mary ∙ Hail Mary: Gentle Woman ∙ Sing of Mary ∙ Ave Maria (Schubert). You can listen to clips of the songs if you click on the link above.


Handmaiden of the Lord, Vol 2

Songs of Mary

Sung by the Daughters of St. Paul Choir

Includes: Daily, Daily Sing to Mary ∙ On This Day, O Beautiful Mother ∙ Hymne à la Vierge ∙ O Mary, Our Mother ∙ Mother Dear, O Pray for Me ∙ Bring Flowers of the Rarest ∙ Holy Mary, Now We Crown You ∙ Ave Maria ∙ I Sing a Maid ∙ Voices Rise in Heartfelt Fervor ∙ Ave Regina Caelorum-Motet ∙ Salve Regina ∙ O Queen of the Holy Rosary ∙ O Be Glad, My Soul, Rejoice ∙ Hail, This Festival Day! You can listen to clips of the songs if you click on the link above.


Song to Mary

Timeless Marian Prayers

Edited by Renzo Sala

Song to Mary contains nine ancient hymns to the Virgin, in both English and Latin. These hymns deepen one's relationship to the Holy Mother. This beautiful gift book features exquisite, vividly illuminated illustrations. Included songs: Ave Maria/Hail Mary; Angelus Domini/The Angelus; Regina Coeli/Queen of Heaven; Rejoice, and more.

Hardcover, 64pp.

Mary’s Way of the Cross

Walking with the Mother of Jesus

Written by Irma Pfeifer; Translated and adapted by M. Jean Frisk, S.T.L.; hymn text by Daniela Raab

Unwavering in faith and love, Mary embodies the vocation entrusted to each one of us as disciples of Christ. Pray the Stations of the Cross alongside Mary, our Mother. Great for mothers and women interested in forming an intimate bond with Mary and Jesus.

Booklet, 48pp.

The Beauty of Mary

Peter Vaccari, Rosemary Vaccari Mysel, Andrew J. Vaccari

The Beauty of Mary highlights the unique role of Mary within the drama of salvation. From the moment of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26–38), Mary’s “yes” was one of the most dramatic and significant responses ever recorded in human history! This book traces the story of faith and love found in the maternal heart of Mary. Includes passages by John Paul II, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Cardinal John Newman, St. John of the Cross, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Augustine, Scott Hahn, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, Dante Alighieri, Joyce Rupp, Caryll Houselander, and many more!

Paperback, 224pp.

Novena in Honor of Mary, Queen of Apostles<

Tarcilla Tommasi, FSP, and Linda S. Boccia, FSP

Booklet, 32pp.

A Scriptural Rosary

Compiled by Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSP

The Rosary is a way of contemplation, which simply means to look on the face of Christ. With Mary, we remember the mysteries of Christ’s life, and with her, we “learn Christ.” Praying the Scriptural Rosary brings us into contact with the Word of God. This lovely scriptural Rosary, glowing with beautiful illustrations of stained glass, will be treasured for years to come. Includes the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.

Hardcover, 96pp.

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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