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In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the birth of Venerable Patrick Peyton, Holy Cross Family Ministries invites you to pray this novena.

We invite you and your family to join us in praying the Novena of Prayer for Families, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of Venerable Patrick Peyton. This novena will run through January 9, 2021.

The team at Holy Cross Family Ministries, of which CatholicMom.com became a part in 2017, has put together a free downloadable novena booklet with everything you need to participate. 

Download the Novena of Prayer for Families

In this booklet, you can read about Venerable Patrick Peyton's life and his tireless work to promote family prayer, especially the Rosary.

The novena prayers for today are shared below.

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Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Pray the Daily Opening Prayer, read today's opening meditation, and then proceed to the reflections and prayers for each mystery. Read one mystery and reflection at each Our Father and spend a few quiet moments reflecting on it.

Daily Opening Prayer

O Jesus, as Mary stood at the foot of the Cross, You entrusted Her to us as our Mother.
The Holy Spirit inspired Mary’s faithful servant, Father Patrick Peyton, to proclaim throughout the world the power and promise of family prayer. He believed and testified that “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.”
Through Mary and Father Peyton’s intercession, we ask this favor for our family: ____________________.
Lord Jesus, we beseech You to help our praying of the Rosary unite our family in love and joy. Amen. 

Choose someone in your family to read the meditation.
Choose one of the mysteries (for example, the Annunciation), and have someone read the Scripture verse and prayer for the mystery. Pray a decade of the Rosary while meditating on the mystery through Mary's eyes.
If your family wants to pray all five decades for that day, continue on to the next decade.


In the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, we meet Mary, who was free from sin and plunged into the heart of God since the first moments of Her existence. Mary's unique relationship with God meant that She was already deeply familiar with the God of Israel at the time of the Annunciation. She knew Him as Father who loved His children so extravagantly that He received them with joy each time they turned away from their sins. This same God now wanted to become a little child in order to save His people! Consequently, Mary could respond with a joyful “yes” to God’s request. Her heart could say “yes” without fear, because it had placed its confidence in the One who is unfailingly trustworthy.

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The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to Me according to Your word.” And the angel departed from Her. (Luke 1:38)

Blessed Mother, teach our family to place our trust in the extravagant love of God the Father, and to respond to His love by saying "yes" to Him in our daily lives.

The Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation

"Blessed is She who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to Her from the Lord." (Luke 1:45)

Blessed Mother, give our family the grace to make everything we do in service to each other and to our neighbors in need an act of praise and thanksgiving to God.

The Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity

And [the shepherds] went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. (Luke 2:16)

Blessed Mother, God became man in poverty and hiddenness. He even made Himself a little Child, totally dependent on His parents. Teach our family to seek joy in little things, to be grateful for what God has given us, and to find Him in everything that we do.

The Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

"Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce Your own soul also) ..." (Luke 2:34-35)

Blessed Mother, the joy of gazing upon Your Son was mixed from the beginning with the knowledge that many hearts would reject Him. Awaken our family to receive the love He wishes to give us.

The Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

"How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father's house?" (Luke 2:49)

Blessed Mother, Jesus reveals to us the identity of the Father. Inspire our family, and especially all fathers, to seek Jesus with urgency and zeal as You and Saint Joseph sought Him, so that we might become witnesses of the Father's love to each other.

When you are finished with the decade(s), pray the Hail, Holy Queen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to Thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.


End today's novena with the Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Patrick Peyton.

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Patrick Peyton

Dear Jesus, Father Peyton devoted his priestly life to strengthening the families of the world by calling them to pray together every day, especially the Rosary. His message is as important for us now as it was during his life on earth. We beg You, therefore, to hasten the day of his beatification so that Your faithful people everywhere will remember his message that The Family That Prays Together Stays Together, will imitate him in his devotion to Your Mother and ours, and will be inspired by his holy life to draw ever closer to You with childlike confidence and love. Amen.




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