2022 Presentation of Mary Novena
Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.
My Father will love them, and we will come to them
and make our home with them.
Jn 14: 23
You are beautiful, O Mary in the mystery of the Temple!
Credit: “Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple”, Titian, c.1534 -38, Gallerie dell’ Accademia, Venice.
We are living in a time of grace, a unique moment in the history of our Congregation. Our Holy Foundress, Marie Rivier was canonized by Pope Francis on May 15, 2022.
This memorable day, is always present in our hearts and in our vision of the future, as we look towards the God of the Universe who invites us to advance on the paths of the will of the Father. The love of God has been poured into our hearts Rm 5:5, with much Tenderness and Mercy.
This novena in preparation for the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple draws us to the heart of our spirituality. The spirit of the Presentation of Mary is a wholly interior spirit, rooted in the spirit of Jesus Christ C3. You are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells in your midst 1Co 3: 16. We are the Temple of the living God. You have seduced me, Lord, and I let myself be seduced; you have overpowered me: you were the stronger Jr 20: 7.
As we pray and live this novena, we are called to contemplate and proclaim: You are beautiful O Mary …. in the mystery of the Temple ! Of all women, you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of you womb Lk 1: 42. Temple most pure of the divinity, Mary is for us a locus of prayer. Filled with grace by the Father, one with Jesus in heart and mind, she turns us towards God and draws upon us the Spirit who helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words C76.
Mary, the Virgin who listened to the Will of God, lives among us. We welcome her into our lives with faith and great love. She teaches us to discover the new pathways that the Father has chosen for us.
Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, so that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman.
Mary, Virgin and Mother, you who, moved by the Holy Spirit, welcomed the Word of life in the depths of your humble faith as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One, help us to say our own “yes” to the urgent call, as pressing as ever, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus.
Star of the new evangelization, help us to bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor, so that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the very fringes of our world. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
In communion with my Councilors, I wish you a fervent novena and a very beautiful feast of the Presentation of Mary,
Mother Maria dos Anjos Alves, pm
DAY 9 21 November
Consecrated life is beautiful because it reveals the divine in the human being, it reveals that the human being is capable of God, because of the Spirit that has been poured into our hearts who purifies us, strengthens us, and heals us.
DAY 8 20 November
the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14 –
DAY 6 18 November
For many Christians, this journey of fraternity also has a Mother, whose name is Mary. Having received this universal motherhood at the foot of the cross, she cares not only for Jesus but also for “the rest of her children”.
Novena Mary, Mother of Christians
DAY 5 17 November
Mary is an ideal image, the personification of the Church. She is the first among the humble and the poor, the faithful who await the Redemption. (Saint John Paul II)
Novena Mary,Image of the Church
DAY 4 16 November
It is by coming to know Our Lord that many became Saints and Martyrs. Only this knowledge of Our Lord can make us happy. Once Christ Jesus has entered someone’s heart and resides there, he burns and consumes whatever is impure and not in keeping with his great holiness. (St. Marie Rivier)
Novena Jesus Christ, New Temple
DAY 3 15 November
Consecrated life, as a reflection of the light of Christ, is a sign that recalls the entrance of Mary into the Temple: the Virgin, the consecrated person par excellence, carried in her arms Light itself, the Word made flesh. (Antonella Palermo)
DAY 2 14 November
Mary herself will become Temple, place of the Presence of God. Mary is called the holy temple of God, more beautiful than the temple of Solomon, the temple or sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. She is the tabernacle of the Most High. She is Temple because she is Mother. (Vatican News)