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    Novena for Rachel & Austin

    October 31, 2018

    Each day, offer a Rosary in addition to the prayer of the day.

     

    Day 1

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we pray for an increase of faith. Grant that Rachel and Austin always remain faithful to you and to your call for their lives. Your Blessed Mother always gave a resounding “fiat,” even though her path was often painful and unclear. Let us imitate her perseverance in faith.

     

    Mary Immaculate, pray for us!

     

     

    Day 2

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we pray for an increase in hope. Grant Rachel and Austin the grace to keep the hope of glory always in sight. When the weight of darkness and sin clouds their view, remind them that this world is not their home. Your daughter Saint Monica never lost hope in God’s plan for her son, and prayed for his conversion despite every indication that it was hopeless. Let us have the same relentless hope in God’s providence.

     

    Saint Monica, pray for us!

     

    Day 3

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we pray for an increase in charity. We ask that Rachel and Austin grow in self-giving love each day of their marriage. May they meditate often on your Passion so as to be reminded of the true meaning of charity. Saints Louis and Zelie Martin answered the call to marriage, and from that self-sacrificing love they raised great saints. Let us look to their marriage as an example of holy and fruitful charity.

     

    Ss. Louis and Zelie, pray for us!

     

    Day 4

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we ask for deep and abiding joy. May Rachel and Austin’s marriage be rooted in You, the source of all joy. Our father in faith, Saint John Paul II, taught us that joy is not dependent on circumstances. Though he suffered great tragedy in his life, he found profound joy by living in the freedom of Christ. Let us be inspired to live like he did.

     

    Pope Saint John Paul II, pray for us!

     

    Day 5

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we ask you for the grace to live sacrificial lives. Please give Rachel and Austin the grace to die to themselves so that they can fully love each other and their children. Saint Joseph sacrificed his name, his comfort, and his pride by becoming the foster father of Jesus. Please let his example inspire us to sacrifice everything for love of you.

     

    Saint Joseph, pray for us!

     

    Day 6

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we ask for an increase in humility. Please help Rachel and Austin to serve each other with humility and gentleness and protect them from the temptation to give in to pride. Saint Gerard Majella remained silent in the face of disparaging rumors, and he willingly worked menial jobs—let us imitate his humble way of life and his desire to glorify God alone.

     

    Saint Gerard, pray for us!

     

    Day 7

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we ask for childlike hearts. Please grant Rachel and Austin the grace to live lives of simplicity, innocence, and complete dependence on you, their Father. May they have a childlike wonder when they behold each other and the world around them. Saint Therese accepted her littleness and embraced her dependency; may we follow her lead and abandon ourselves entirely into your arms like a child.

     

    Saint Therese, pray for us!

     

    Day 8

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we pray for protection against evil. We ask that you and your holy angels defend Rachel and Austin from spiritual attack and temptation. We trust that the grace of Holy Matrimony will fortify them as they fight the good fight, and we pray that they might turn often to Saint Dymphna’s intercession when facing anxiety and fear.


    Saint Dymphna, pray for us!  

     

    Day 9

    Lord Jesus, we thank you for the gift of Holy Matrimony. We lift up your servants, Rachel and Austin, and ask you to strengthen them as they prepare to enter into the sacred call of marriage. Please purify their love, that it might truly reflect the self-giving love of the Trinity. We pray that throughout the great adventure of married life, they may always rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer.

     

    Today we ask for an increased zeal for souls. With every vocation comes a call to share the Gospel with others. We pray that Rachel and Austin would be a witness to all those they encounter. Please help them to not grow complacent in comfort but to answer the call to put out into the deep. Saint Francis Xavier travelled the world to reach lost souls and dedicated his entire life to sharing the faith. Please let us have a share of his zeal and passion for evangelization.

     

    Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us! 

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