2021 Presentation of Mary Novena


From his fullness we have all received,

grace in place of grace.  

- John 1: 16 -

Very dear Sisters and all the Family of Marie Rivier,

We are living a unique moment in our family history. We praise and give thanks with Mary for the 225 years of our Congregation.

A history to contemplate, to come to know and value more fully in order to move forward together in faith, trust and love. St. Paul boldly invites us: Rejoice always… give thanks in all circumstances: this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Th 5:16, 18).

During the course of this novena we are called to contemplate Mary: the faithful Virgin, the Mother of God, the blessed among all women, the living flame on our path.  She is our humanity that gives its consent to God. She is the proclamation of a humanity that is transfigured. We gaze at her and admire her. 

Holy Mary, woman of the road, we would like to be like you as we journey. We thank you because with the words, do whatever he tells you, you unveil the mysterious secret of youth and you entrust us with the power to awaken the dawn even in the heart of the night.

 Live in thanksgiving. Let the word of Christ dwell in you in all its richness… Whatever you say, whatever you do, let it always be in the name of the Lord Jesus, offering thanksgiving through him to God the Father (Col 3:15-17).

Celebrating 225 years of our Foundation is an experience of grace, beauty and joy. Our eyes and our hearts turn to the village of Thueyts. Together, we walk along the road. Marie Rivier, at the head of the procession, leads us to the place where the Lord has laid the cornerstone.  “Come and See”.

With humility and enthusiasm, all of us, her daughters of yesterday and today, as well as all her Spiritual Family, are present and follow her in order to live the joy of the encounter and of the celebration in the heart of Jesus and Mary, our Mother and Guardian.

May the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, obtain for us the grace to live intimately involved in the work of redemption of Jesus Christ. May she obtain for us the audacity to announce Jesus Christ to all those to whom we are sent.

Together to proclaim JESUS CHRIST with all our lives!

In communion with my Councillors, I wish you a fervent novena and a beautiful feast of the Presentation of Mary,

Mère Maria dos Anjos Alves, pm



November 13   My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior!  

November 14   He has looked with favor on his lowly servant

November 15   From this day, all generations will call me blessed

November 16   The almighty has done great things for me; holy is his name!

November 17    He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation  

November 18   He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.  

November 19   He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty.  

November 20  He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers.  

November 21   To Abraham and his children for ever.  

November 21
Happy feast day

225 years of Foundation

Mary embraces in her praise the totality of the divine plan from the promises made to our fathers, from the Covenant with Abraham.  She is fully committed to the future, she proclaims a hope, a movement towards the universal salvation of believers, called to share the faith of the patriarch Abraham.  (Paul Veyron)


“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

John 10:11-16


The Magnificat is a song of experience.  But it is also a song of hope, a great optimistic vision.  Mary teaches us the ways of hope, convinced that God is love.  Her Son proves her right since he comes “to save what is lost” and sits at table with publicans and sinners.  This is our God, the God that Mary sings about.             (Fr. Giovanni Maria Bigotto, fms

We contemplate Mary

Mary, woman of the new wine, give us back the zest for things, free us from easy satisfactions, from petty conversions, from patching up for convenience.  When we sense that the new wine is going to break the old wineskins, give us the foresight to replace the containers. Ignite in our hearts the courage to move forward.  We thank you because with the words Do whatever he tells you, you reveal the mysterious secret of youth and you entrust us with the power to awaken the dawn even in the heart of the night.                                                             (Tonino Bello)

Family Writings

We, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, let us enter into this movement of praise, thanksgiving, blessing, and gratitude to God, Father of tenderness and mercy. Let us ask the Virgin Mary to introduce us into this abyss of benevolence.  Let us give thanks for the Virgin Mary who has done everything for Marie Rivier and for our Congregation throughout these 225 years.                                                                             (Mother Maria dos Anjos Alves)

The Lord favors his people.  Mary is the perfect representative of this people.  The prophecies concerning the suffering servant will not be fulfilled only in the person of Christ. They will necessarily extend to his whole Body.  God remembers, he is faithful in love.  His love was, is and will be.    (Paul Veyron)

Word of God John 6:37-40

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me: that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.


Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord". The Church still sings it today and it is sung all over the world. This hymn is particularly powerful where the Body of Christ continues to suffer the Passion today. Where there is the Cross, for us Christians, there is always Hope. If there is no hope, we are not Christians. That is why I like to say: do not let anyone steal your hope. Don't let your hope be stolen, because it is a strength, a Grace, a Gift of God that carries us forward gazing at the sky. And Mary is always there, close to these communities, to our brothers, she walks with them, she suffers with them and she sings with them the Magnificat of hope.

Let us also be wholeheartedly united to this Song of patience and victory, of struggle and joy, which unites the triumphant Church and the pilgrim Church, which unites earth and heaven, which unites our history and eternity towards which we are walking. Hope is the virtue of those who, experiencing the conflict, the daily struggle between life and death, between good and evil, believe in the Resurrection of Christ, in the victory of Love.
(Pope Francis, homily, August 15, 2013)

Let us contemplate Mary

Holy Mary, woman of the journey, we would like to be like you as we move from one place to another.  Give us a zest for life.  Make us savor the exhilaration of things.  Grant that our pathways may become instruments of communication with others.  If you see us lost by the roadside, stop, O sweet Samaritan woman, and pour on our wounds the oil of consolation and the wine of hope.  And then put us back on the right path.    (Tonino Bello)


Let us take the time to contemplate the Virgin Mary, model of a woman
well rooted in her people. She was the joyful servant of the Word.
- Mother Angèle Dion -

God’s action in the world will transform the order of things at the most human, most temporal level.  The hungry and the rich, these words denounce today’s most blatant and dramatic reality.  Our joyful praise is not at all restful!  It has to lead us down difficult paths!  For Jesus, there is only one sin: closing one’s heart to the misery of others.  I was this poor person, hungry, naked, sick …   (Paul Veyron

Word of God

Matthew 25: 31-40

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ …  ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


The Magnificat is a song of the definitive messianic liberation. The Virgin enhanced it after God deployed his powerful arm so that she could conceive in her womb the Savior Messiah.  In the messianic liberation, Mary is in fact the first to be liberated.  Her savior looked upon the lowliness of his servant.  God always looks at the little ones to take care of them.  The Virgin knows herself to be a very special subject of this option. 

Mary exults, but does not exalt herself; she does not proclaim herself liberator, but liberated.  God is the liberator.  She is the servant of the Liberator par excellence, a servant in the sense of collaborator with God, an instrument of the liberation brought about by him.  Reflecting on Mary’s journey, we realize that humility is the path to follow, that pride is the powerful oppressor from which we must be freed.  Pride is truly our inner dictator.  Only the grace of the Spirit can bring about the liberation of our freedom.                                                     (O.S.M.)   

"She is both solitary and deeply connected to others. She is a mystery of innocence, and of solidarity with the sinful world for which she agonized with Jesus. She teaches us a prayer of so.
- Mother Jean-Théophane -

In everything, mysteriously, God is at work, and powerfully.  He acts, he scatters, he casts down, he fills, he dismisses.  He scatters men with proud hearts.  These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  The evil of humans originates in the depths of the heart… but God is there, at work, and everything can change and become life-giving.

We see two powerful symbolic movements: a movement from above and a movement from below.  Jesus himself will be humbled and then exalted.  Jesus himself is the Kingdom that is coming and that Mary perceives in her Magnificat.  For each person, the distinction between the mighty and the lowly is made in his or her heart; it is up to each person to choose.       (Paul Veyron) 


Luke 4 : 16-19

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Let us contemplate Mary

Mary, I look at you and I say thank you.  Thank you for having carried Jesus, for giving birth to him, for raising him, and for accepting his death for us.  Mary, I look at you and I admire you.  I admire your faith, your meditative silence, your way of doing exactly what the Lord expected of you.  Mary, I look at you and I beg you to help me understand Jesus, to hear his call, to live fully what he is asking of me at this moment.  -André Sève-

We must remain close to Mary, learn always more fully from her, how to live a life of total and uninterrupted love, for God, of God and in God. This is the life, that by our vocation, we have committed ourselves to live.
- Mother Sainte Jeanne d’Arc -


Merciful love goes from pity to the extreme tenderness of the creator for his miserable child.  It is shown by infinite compassion; it is totally free grace.  In the end, the merciful tenderness of God, will be all absorbed in agape, the very love with which the Father loves his Son.      – Paul Veyron –

Those who fear God are those whose life has meaning only because of God, those for whom, without God, it is impossible to live.  The proud are all those who want to build life without God, and who even see God as an obstacle.  This is the pride of a world that wants nothing to do with God.                      – Michel Gourgues –


Word of God Matthew 9: 11-13


Whoever trusts in the Lord will always be surrounded and protected by His mercy and will be sure not to be lost. The Gospel episode of the woman caught in adultery is extraordinary; Jesus says: “I do not condemn you either, go and sin no more”. We are struck by Jesus’ attitude: he does not speak words of contempt or words of condemnation, but only words of love and mercy. God’s face is that of a merciful Father who has infinite patience: he understands us, waits for us and does not tire of forgiving us if we know how to return to him with a contrite heart. The same attitude emerges from the Gospel episode of the merciful father: “When he was still far away, his father saw him and, filled with compassion, ran to meet him, embraced him and kissed him.”   – Saint Alphonse of Ligori –

" Abandon yourself fully to her tender solicitude."
- Mother Saint-Maurice -



Grace is returned to its author.  Mary knows very well that it is God who has produced the fruit, it is he who has given it.  To trace good back to its source, to recognize that all good comes from Him, that is Mary’s grace.  In her eyes, it is God who has done everything.    

Holy is his name!  The Name contains the whole mystery of God, and first of all, his holiness.  The Name is also the fruit of her womb announced by the angel.  You will give him the name of Jesus.  

The Lord saves.  The hidden Name, behold, in Mary he took flesh and blood.  He has become more than close, intimate to her very being.  Mary brings to a climax all that a creature can feel of respect before the infinity of God. This is to believe and to adore.  (Paul Veyron)

Word of God John 17 : 1-6

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. I have revealed you…

Let us contemplate Mary

Mary, filled with grace, in you the marvelous beauty of creation can be seen. Mary, pure crystal in which our names can be seen inscribed on a white pebble. Mary, living flame on our road in the desert, sweetness during the days of dryness, smile in the days of trial, quiet joy in the days of peace.  Teach us, O Most Pure One, the way of radical abandonment, the way to the heart of God through the Son. Teach us, Most Sweet, the silent contemplation that ponders all things in its heart.  Teach us, Most Beautiful, the impulse of love which does not count its steps when accompanying the Glory of the Beloved.   (A woman hermit)

Holy Father, we thank you for your presence in the world,

which is often silent and hidden. 

Through Mary, model of faith, teach us to become authentic witnesses

of your mysterious presence in the world.  Amen!

" May Mary always be our star, our hope, the help that our heart implores."
- Mother Sainte-Séraphine -

Mary, from that moment on and for all time, is “the Mother of the Lord”.  The Church will call her the Mother of God.  Mary makes a leap into the infinite, into the future: from now on, all generations will praise and bless her.  All the divine blessings upon the person and destiny of Mary are contained in this prophetic word.  The Magnificat gives a foretaste of the inaugural charter of the Kingdom which will be expressed in the words of Jesus: the eight “Beatitude.”    (Paul Veyron

Word of God Matthew 5:1-10

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Family writings

Mother Saint-Adrien had a singular devotion to Mary, whom she especially liked to honor under the name of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows.  She wrote this message to her: My good and tender Mother, all our confidence rests in your maternal love and in the special protection you are willing to give our Congregation, which is your work.  It is your property, my good Mother…     (Mother Saint-Adrien)

By a total and definitive gift

of our whole being to the Lord,

we have surrendered ourselves entirely to his Word

relying solely on him for our beatitude. (Constitution)

" the Holy Virgin Mary is our Mother and guardian."
- Marie Rivier -

Day 2
He has looked with favor on his lowly servant

Mary, under the gaze of God who loves her, discovers herself in the fullness of her existence.  From the first moment and for all time, she remains connected to the source: the heart of God.  Under this gaze, which touched her in the depths of her being, she is fully surrendered, fully available and deeply humble.    Mary knows and accepts herself in her radical poverty.  Completely decentered from herself, living in praise without a glance at herself but transparent to the gaze of the Other, she is humility itself, true humility, which we can name simplicity.    (Paul Veyron)

Word of God – Matthew 18: 1-5


At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Let us contemplate Mary

Prodigious, she carried out no prodigies.  She, the yes of God, said nothing.  She did not speak.  She did not make herself known.  She left no writings, no testament.  Yes, Jesus Christ! Mary, Mother of God: this is the only title of glory of the Virgin.  The only reference point of her life… The purity of which we speak in connection with the Immaculate Conception is nothing other than this transparency to the will of God… We need this transparency of the Virgin in order to believe that God is calling us to realize something of his plan.       (Pierre Talec)

"Think, speak, and act like her (Mary); let her example be an inspiration for you. "
- Mother Arsène -

Day 1
My soul proclaims the greatness of the lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

Praise bursts forth!  To praise is first of all to listen to one’s heart, to free one’s soul, to let what the Spirit is saying to our spirit spring forth from deep within us.  Mary opens wide the door to praise.  Praise and joy are one.  With the Magnificat comes new joy.  Jesus, in person, is absolute newness…      (Paul Veyron)


What joy, and at the same time what simplicity and density in the jubilation of Mary!  She is at the height of joy.  She sings of this God who is its Source.   She forgets herself in order to bring everything to God alone.  From the very depths of her soul, she lives from him and for him.  Adoration is the breath of her being. Living to an unprecedented degree the great commandment of God’s love, it is in him that she finds her essential happiness.  Mary exists essentially for God.              (René Coste, Le Magnificat)

“Everything in this house is consecrated to Mary, even the stones.”
- Marie Rivier -

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