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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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Sorrowful 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.


As we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries, we are invited to learn from Mary how to walk with Jesus on the way to Calvary. We are asked to reflect: why did Jesus continue in His agony, even when His most intimate friends abandoned Him? How did He suffer without giving in to the temptation to give up? The answer: Jesus was able to continue because of the strength of His love. He longed to communicate this love to His disciples, and therefore His sufferings were even greater when they denied that they knew Him. Mary's example teaches us how to make our hearts and our families
places where Jesus' love is recognized, received, and shared.


The First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

"Abba, Father, all things are possible to You; remove this chalice from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will." (Mark 14:36)

Blessed Mother, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus shows us the meaning of true love. He teaches us that love is not a feeling, but a choice to do what is best for the beloved, especially when it is painful. Fill us with gratitude to Jesus for His love for us.

The Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. (Mark15:15)

Blessed Mother, what was it like for You to see Your Son, wounded and racked with pain? His  flesh, torn open, was Your flesh. Grant parents of children who are suffering or who do not follow Jesus a spirit of perseverance in prayer.

The Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns

They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head ... And kneeling before Him they mocked Him. (Matthew 27:28-29)

Blessed Mother, the soldiers who crowned Jesus with thorns did not know that He was indeed a king. But You knew His true identity: that He is the God-Man. Pray that our family might invite Jesus to be king and center of our lives, and have the courage to acknowledge Him before others.

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha. (John 19:17)

Blessed Mother, the journey to Calvary was long and difficult, both for You and for Jesus. Like You, may we accompany each other as a family, not only in moments of joy, but also in moments of trial. Please walk with us as we learn to be Jesus' disciples.

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

When Jesus saw His Mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His Mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" (John 19:26-27)

Blessed Mother, the Crucifixion has been compared to a wedding, because on the Cross Jesus offers Himself totally and unreservedly for His bride, the Church. You stand beneath the Cross as a representative of the Church. Obtain for spouses the wisdom to understand the sacrifice involved in faithful love and to embrace it with joy.

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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