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Novena – Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Beloved Family on the Way: As you know, it is customary for our community to renew our Marian consecration at least once each year. It is particularly encouraged that we do so concluding on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in prayer for our own participation in the charism and for those who are newly joining or deepening their association with Apostoli Viae. Below you will find the official novena for this purpose. Please note that the Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel used in this novena can be found in a previously published post.  This novena and litany is also included in the prayer book given to Disciples. Please plan to join us this year in the renewal of this beautiful and powerful tradition of uniting our hearts to Mary as she leads us to the heights of union with Jesus.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL NOVENA

Common
Opening Prayer (same each day):
          O glorious Queen of Angels. Most pure and ever blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, powerful advocate of all those who wear your holy scapular, faithful protectress of all the servants of your Son Jesus Christ, I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, in the presence of your beloved Son, my Savior, choose you for my Patroness, that, through your intercession, I may receive from Him whatsoever grace may be necessary and profitable for me now, and at the hour of my death. I beg your particular intercession to reveal to me all that hinders my ascent to Him and give me the strength to do all that I can to yield all that I am to Him. I also ask for your special intercession for my fruitful and joyful participation in the charism of Apostoli Viae and for (mention petitions). Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Let us Pray (according to each day)

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (same each day)
O Almighty and Eternal God, who did ordain the holy order of Your Immaculate and Ever Blessed Mother with the glorious title of Carmel, grant propitiously that those who celebrate her solemn commemoration may, by the assistance of Your Holy Grace, turn their affections from all disordered adherence to this world, and orient them entirely to worship You Blessed Trinity. Who lives and reigns One God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Colloquy (according to each day)

Closing Prayer (same each day)
   Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

First Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
          O most glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, I an unworthy wearer of your holy scapular, confident, however, that the Church does not call you in vain the “Refuge of Sinners,” do beseech you to make me aware of the favors you have conferred upon me, by promoting the welfare of your holy charism, that, being truly contrite for past offenses, I may, by your aid and assistance, break the chains of my slavery, and live henceforward in the happy liberty of the children of God; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, world without end. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
“I am the Mother of fair love.” Says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you my dear child, serve God faithfully with all of your life, as St. Elias, St. Eliseus. St. Albert, St. Teresa, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, and an infinite number of my blessed children have done? I assure you, in the sincerity of a Mother, that you will with them enjoy a heavenly beatitude for all eternity; and, the more to encourage you thereto, my dear child, I assure you in the language of Holy Scripture, that ‘neither eye has seen, nor hear heard, nor has it yet entered the heart of man to conceive, what God has prepared for those who faithfully keep His commandments.’”

                  “Yes, most dear mother, both now and all the days of my life, will I serve God, and honor you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the Angels and celestial Spirits in heaven I will bless and praise you because you have been so admirably chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of our Divine Redeemer.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Second Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
     O Almighty and Eternal God, please impart to us, Your unworthy servants, a small portion of that heavenly grace with which You have been pleased to sanctify Your servant Mary and grant that, through her intercession and protection, we may be shielded against all temptations, and be secure from all our enemies. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reins with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
                  “I am the Mother of Divine Grace,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, partake of my greatness as St. Simon Stock did, who took so much pleasure in the inestimable privilege of being called my child, that he would not have left nor exchanged the same for all the pleasures of this life? – wherefore I assisted him by my prayers at the awful moment of his dissolution, and conducted his soul into the regions of Bliss. And I will do the like for you, my dear child if you follow his example; I do assure you that I will assist you at death; although you were on the brink of eternal ruin, yet if you will be converted to my Son, He will draw you from it, and I will defend you against your spiritual enemies.”                 

  “Yes, most pure Mother. I will always rejoice at those gifts which the Almighty God has bestowed on you and reverence you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the celestial Powers, bless and praise you because you are the true Mother of Christ Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Third Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
          Remember O most pious Virgin, it is unheard of that you have ever forsaken those who have recourse to you. Encouraged with this hope and confidence, my most dear Mother, I, a miserable sinner, cast myself at your sacred feet, humbly begging that you will adopt me as your child forever, and take upon you the care of my eternal salvation: do not, Mother of the Word Incarnate, reject my petition, but graciously hear, and grant it. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
          “I am the Mother of God,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; “O how happy are you to be called my child. Hearken then to the commandment of your Mother and write it in your heart. Will you frequently participate in confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the advice of your spiritual Father? St. Teresa and St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi did communicate almost every day, whereby they have been admirable in all virtues, and have received Manna from Heaven, the true food of the children of God. I do assure you, my dear child, with the sincerity of a loving Mother, that this is the most ready way to become perfect, and the surest means for obtaining Heaven.”

          “Yes my loving Mother, it is my great desire to purify my soul in the Blood of my Redeemer, by confessing my sins, and receiving communion often (especially on Saturdays, on all your feasts, and those of your Blessed Son), with all diligence and devotion. I do reverence you, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, Mother of Divine Grace; and together with the Cherubim, bless and praise you, because you have been so liberally endowed with all sorts of virtues in the most supreme degree of excellence.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Fourth Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; I, your unworthy child, sensible of the favors you enjoy with God, humbly present myself before you and beg that you will intercede and obtain for me true contrition and repentance, an undefiled purity of heart, and a conscience free from sin and all offence against God; direct me, I beg you, in all my actions during life, and in that awful moment when my poor soul departs from my body, conduct it into the presence of your Son, there to sing His praises forever and ever. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
     “I am the Queen of the Universe,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you my dear child, every day, both morning and evening, make a firm purpose rather to endure any loss or privation whatsoever than to offend God by mortal sin? Will you imitate the example of the blessed Saints who have gone before you? If you will, I assure you that at the awful hour of death, when forsaken by all your friends, I will conduct your soul into the Mansion of Glory.”

          “Yes most Blessed Virgin, I do now firmly purpose, by the grace of your Son, rather to die a thousand deaths than once to offend my God by mortal sin. And I do reverence you, O most glorious Virgin of Mt. Carmel; and with the Seraphim, bless and praise you, whom I love with my whole heart and soul.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Fifth Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
O most glorious Virgin Mother who by the favor of your Divine Son, has so great power in heaven and on earth. Enlighten my blindness and strengthen my resolution. The zeal you have in promoting the welfare of your sacred charism, and the part you take in seeing the grace of our Redeemer abound in us, give me a right to your interest in this my request; and, when that awful hour of death approaches, be to me, I beg you, a tender Mother, and by your prayers dispose your Son Jesus Christ favorably in my regard. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
      “I am the patroness of my children” says the glorious Virgin Mother of Mt. Carmel. “Give me your heart, my dear child, and if it be as hard as stone, I will, by my intercession, make it as soft as wax; and if it be found loathsome, I will render it more clear and beautiful than crystal; give me your heart, my child, and tell me with the sincerity of a true child, how much you love me.”

          “O my dear Mother; I love you more than words can express, more than my very soul can conceive; I reverence you, O Sacred Virgin of Mt. Carmel. I praise and magnify you, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Sixth Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
          O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; I offer unto thee, this day, all my thoughts, words and actions; I am weak and infirm, dejected and cast down at every tribulation, and terrified at the dismal prospect a review of my own interior life gives me. All is misery, a continual propensity to vice, and repugnance to virtue. O Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners; you will not reject a contrite and humble heart. Intercede for me, I beseech you, that I may so live in this sinful world, that at the hour of death I may be worthy and be admitted into the Regions of Bliss. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, with the Father and the Son, lives and reigns, One God, world without end. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
 
“I am the mirror of purity,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, daily examine your conscience, and never go to sleep in mortal sin? It is the way to live in tranquility and joy of spirit, having always your soul ready in thy hand to render it up pure to Him Who was created to His own image, and redeemed it with His own most Precious Blood. I assure you in the sincerity of a loving Mother that it is better to suffer all the punishments that could be inflicted in this life than to sleep one night in mortal sin.”

          “Yes, my most dear Mother, I will think of my sins with bitterness of soul, and examine my conscience every night before I go to rest. I reverence you, O most Pure Virgin of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the Blessed in Heaven I do praise you, because by your powerful intercession, we poor sinners can obtain of your Son Jesus all we ask for.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Seventh Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
          O most holy Mary of Mt. Carmel; pray for me, I beseech you, that, through the merits of your Son, I may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and that I may serve Him faithfully in this life, and hereafter see, love, and enjoy Him in the Kingdom of His glory, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, world without end. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
          “I am the Protectress of all those who place their confidence in me,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, do something this day in my honor? For you must know that I leave nothing, though of ever so little value, unrecompensed, which is done in my name; and I assure you in the sincerity of a mother that at the hour of death, being abandoned by all your friends, you will obtain my assistance and favor.”

          “Yes my dear Mother, both today and all the days of my life, I will pray to you and reverence you, O most Holy virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and with the Celestial Court bless you, because you have ever been exempt and free from all sin, and always rapt in heavenly contemplation.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Eighth Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
       O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; faithful Protectress of all those who wear your holy Scapular, behold your poor servant, humbly prostrate at your feet, deploring my misery and imploring your prayers, and beseeching you to protect me through the stormy ocean of this tempestuous world; hear my prayers then, O refuge of sinners, and after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet Virgin Mary.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
          “I am the Help of Christians,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, obey all the Precepts of the Holy Catholic Church, and call upon me in your necessities? If you will do so, I will assist you, my dear child, and assure you, with a heart truly maternal, that I will plead for you in time of danger, and will avert from you all the anger and indignation of my Divine Son.”

          “Yes, my dear Mother, I will always obey the Commandments of God, and of His Church; and although I were as disloyal as Judas, yet, if you be pleased to intercede for me, and assist me by your prayers, I shall never despair. And I reverence you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Together with all the Angels and Saints, I bless and praise you, because you have been found worthy to be the most faithful and humble handmaid of the Most Beloved Trinity.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Ninth Day

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray
          O Blessed Finder of Grace, Mother of Life, Mother of Salvation; may we through you have access to your Son; and that He, who was given us through you, may receive us through you; may your integrity and innocence excuse before Him the stain of our corruption: may your abundant charity cover the multitude of our sins, and your glorious fruitfulness supply our want of merits. Our Mother, our Mediatrix, our Advocate; reconcile us to your Son, by the grace with which you are honored, obtain that He, Who through you put on our weakness, may, through you, make us partakers in His bliss and glory. Amen.

Litany of our Lady of Mount Carmel

Let us Pray (common)

Colloquy
          “I am the Queen of Virgins,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Will you, my beloved child, live as an Angel clad in the flesh, as many of my devoted children did, who chose to lose their lives rather than lose the purity of body and soul? I will love you, as I have loved them, and pray for you, as I have prayed for them; and, I assure you, with a heart truly maternal, that when you depart this life, you shall enjoy that glory which ‘neither eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man to conceive.’”

          “Yes, my most dear Mother; I desire to be pure all my life, as well in body as in soul. I beseech you, O All-Merciful Virgin, to assist me by your prayers, that through the merits of your Divine Son Jesus I may obtain the grace so to live as to be always prepared to die. I do here prostrate before you, O most Sacred Virgin Mother. I bless and praise your name, because you have given the example of purity and sanctity to so many pious souls that have already followed and hereafter will follow you in so glorious a vocation.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

Closing Prayer
          Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayers to be Recited at the Conclusion of the Novena on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

Prayer at the Mass and Office

          O God, who has deigned to honor the Order of Carmel with the glorious title of Your Virgin Mother, grant the grace of her protection to all who celebrate this Solemn Commemoration, so that, through her, we may attain eternal happiness. Amen.

          O Glorious Virgin Mary; Queen of Carmel and Apostoli Viae, Mother of God and of poor sinners; special Protectress of all those who wear your holy Scapular, I supplicate you, by the glory that has been accorded you by the Incarnate Word in choosing you for His Mother, to obtain for me the pardon of my sins, amendment of my life, salvation of my soul, consolation in my pains, and in particular the grace I ask in this Novena, provided it be conformable to the will of your Divine Son. Amen.

Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

          O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel and Apostoli Viae, I come today to consecrate myself to you; for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through your hands. Since you regard with an eye of special kindness those who wear your scapular, I implore you to strengthen my weakness with your payer, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with your wisdom, to increase my Faith, Hope, and Charity that I may render, day by day, my debt of humble homage to you.

May your Scapular keep your eyes of mercy turned towards me and bring me your special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to your Divine Son. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold you and clothe myself will all your virtues. From henceforth I will strive to live in the sweet companionship of the Holy Spirit, to offer all to Jesus, and make my life the mirror of your humility, charity, patience, meekness, and prayerfulness.  Amen

Novena to St. John of the Cross

Beginning Prayer to be said each day:

O glorious St. John of the Cross, through a pure desire of being like Jesus crucified, you longed for nothing so eagerly as to suffer, to be despised, and to be made little of by all; and your thirst after sufferings was so burning that your noble heart rejoiced in the midst of the cruelest torments and afflictions.

Grant, I beseech you, O dear Saint, by the glory which your many sufferings have gained for you, to intercede for me and obtain from God for me a love of suffering, together with strength and grace to bear with firmness of mind all the trials and adversities which are the sure means to the happy attainment of all that awaits me in heaven.

Dear Saint, from your most happy place in glory, hear, I beseech you, my prayers, so that after your example, full of love for the cross I may deserve to be your companion in glory. Amen.

First Day: Unwavering Faith

My glorious father, Saint John of the Cross; overflowing with love for Mary and for the cross of her divine Son by which you merited to become the protector of afflicted souls, obtain for me from Jesus and Mary, I beseech you, an unwavering faith and a love of the cross so deep and so valiant that no possible misfortune will ever be able to separate me from the love of my God. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Second Day: Spirit of Penitence

Glorious St. John of the Cross, you preserved to death in unspotted
brilliancy the radiant whiteness of your baptismal innocence, while
nevertheless practicing the most cruel and persevering penance. In honor
and imitation of this crucifying love, I entreat you that I may share your
mortified and penitential life so that, even in this world, I may receive
the grace to atone for my many sins, purify my soul, and acquire merit, that
I may also enjoy heaven’s glory with you.

Obtain for me also the special
grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the
glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Third Day: Holy Enlightenment

O my beloved father St. John of the Cross, your continual prayer merited for
you the name of Ecstatic Doctor, favored with special graces in the guidance
and direction of souls.

I humbly beg you to enlighten my soul and to give me a relish for holy meditation that, detached from earthly things, I may love God alone and desire heaven only.

Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Fourth Day: Holy Patience

Great St. John of the Cross, model of patience and generosity, for the glory of God and for the propagation of the holy reform of Carmel, you endured grievous trials and undertook heavy labors, finding, as did St. Paul, joy in opprobrium. Obtain from our Lord for me the grace of unalterable patience in adversity that I may thereby glorify God, have cleansed my souls of every stain, advance in the practice of solid virtue, and obtain at last the crown promised to those who suffer for the love of God. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Fifth Day: Protection from Temptation

Dear St. John of the Cross, you exercised dominion over the powers of hell, often obliging them to relinquish the souls, as well as the bodies of their victims. Have compassion on me; ask God to preserve me from the temptations and deceits of these wicked spirits, not only throughout my life, but above all at the hour of my death, that persevering to the end in the grace and love of God, I may possess Him with you forever. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Sixth Day: Purity of Soul and Body

Great St. John of the Cross, favored by our Lord and the glorious Virgin, His mother, in reward for your angelic life and with the precious gift of chastity, you converted many souls held captive by the most shameful passions. Obtain for me some share in so priceless a gift that, pure and chaste in soul and body, I may reach heaven where nothing stained may enter and where choirs of virgins follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Seventh Day: Humility

Blessed father St. John of the Cross, in you was joined the most profound humility to the most sublime knowledge of the ways of God. Obtain for me real humility of heart, making me love humiliation and contempt that, despairing worldly vanity, I may learn from you to esteem only God and heavenly things. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Eighth Day: Comfort in Affliction

St. John of the Cross, my glorious protector, in your lifetime you were the father of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted and the assured refuge of the suffering; you worked miracles of charity for all, miracles which you repeat even now by means of your holy images and relics. Deign also to be my consoler and my father; comfort me in my sorrows and aid me to see in every cross a pledge of divine mercy that, through the cross, I may gain heaven. Obtain for me, too, the special grace I ask through your intercession during the novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Ninth Day: Holy Abandonment

O my loving father St. John of the Cross, to imitate more perfectly our Lord, you generously renounced every consolation, even the spiritual; prayed to suffer and to be despised for God’s sake; and finally died suffering, happy to be condemned by men. Obtain for me the grace of abandonment to the Will of God that, placing all my joy and my hope in the passion of my Savior, I may at last rest eternally with you in His glory. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Novena

Dear Friends on the Way – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s feast day is coming up on November 8th. It is a great opportunity to seek her intercession and draw wisdom and grace from her words and life.

DAY 1

Intention: For the gift of “God’s sight:” we often hear the expression, “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” We can become so engrossed in the concerns and anxieties of life that we lose the “the big picture.” This big picture includes the reality that God is always at work among us. God sees everything. St. Paul often refers to God’s sight; to St. Timothy he writes, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone… This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” [I Tim 2:1, 3]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “In the light of eternity the soul sees things as they really are.” [L 333]

Meditation: What dark ways of thinking or pre-occupations do I need to renounce in order to welcome the light of eternity in my life?  Who in particular should I pray and give thanks for?  How and where can I expand my spiritual vision to see as God sees?

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 2

Intention: For the resolve to do everything for God’s glory, with thanksgiving and charity.  It is always a temptation to allow frustration, failure or rejection to become the driving forces of our lives.  Yet we are predestined in Christ for another way of life, a life of glory filled with every spiritual blessing.  To become the praise of God’s glory, St. Paul offers three concrete principles for living: + Do everything for the glory of God. [I Cor 10:31] + Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. [Col 3:17] + Let all that you do be done in love. [I Cor 16:14] Time was when the faithful had the practice of praying before beginning any activity or undertaking a task. It’s never too late to start practicing this again.

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “Oh! how empty is all that has not been done for God and with God!” [L 333]

Meditation: Just for today, say a little prayer before you begin your work, your classes, your fitness workout, your time on social media, or any activity. Resolve to make that time and effort something you do for God and with God. What was the result? Did you notice a difference?

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 3

Intention: For a heart overflowing with love, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love,” St. Paul writes, “I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” [I Cor 13:1] For Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, God is present in a wholly loving way in the souls of those who cry out to Him and believe in Him by faith.  This is because baptism transforms the soul into His temple, His beloved dwelling place. Through this presence in our hearts, He is always ready to communicate the immensity of His love whenever we welcome Him.  To welcome God’s overflowing presence, she recommends that we seek to recollect ourselves and to constantly call to mind the immensity of His love – it is always more than we can imagine or hope for.  St. Paul writes, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” [Rom 5:5]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “Mark everything with the seal of love! It alone endures.” [L 333]

Meditation: In silent prayer, reflect upon St. Elizabeth’s words, “mark everything with the seal of love.” Ask the Holy Spirit to inspire your reflection.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 4

Intention: For the resolve to seek to be rooted deeper in God. To be rooted deeper in God requires a special kind of fidelity in which we remain in communion with love, flow into love and allow ourselves to be rooted in love.  In the face of the exceeding love of God, Saint Elizabeth proposed that each of our acts, movements, thoughts, aspirations must be rooted more deeply in love (HF 43).  She does not have in mind a passing feeling, a nice wish or a vague intention.  As she herself witnessed even during her long difficult illness, this divine gift is welcomed in the concrete circumstances of the present moment no matter how challenging. Not limited to what is convenient but instead ready for any sacrifice, God’s love in us always opens up a way to thank Christ who for our sake was crucified by love. St. Paul writes to the Ephesians that he is praying for them, that the Lord “may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” [Eph 3:16-17] And to the Colossians, he urges, “continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” [Col 2:6-7]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “How serious life is: each minute is given us in order to “root” us deeper in God, as Saint Paul says, so the resemblance to our divine Model may be more striking, the union more intimate.” [L 333]

Meditation: What prevents you from sinking my roots deeper in God? Pray for the grace to let go.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 5

Intention: To share in the self-giving love of Christ “Be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind,” St. Paul wrote to the Philippians. [Phil 2:2] The union of believers in the Church was Paul’s one, great goal. How to achieve it? “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself…” [Phil 2:5-7] For the Carmelite, union with God is the one, great goal, and the means to achieve it are similar: the self-emptying, self-giving love of Christ. Saint Elizabeth said that to achieve this self-emptying, we must study Christ and concentrate on His devotion to accomplishing the will of the Father.  With Christ, we must learn to say “Here we are, O Father, we come to do your will.”

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “Here is the secret: forget self, give up self, ignore self, look at the Master, look only at Him, accept as coming directly from His love both joy and suffering; this places the soul on such serene heights!” [L 333]

Meditation: Use St. Elizabeth’s quote to make a spiritual checklist for yourself. Resolve to practice one point on the checklist for one day, or one week, or one month. Review your progress with your confessor or spiritual director.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 6

Intention: For an increase in faith in the presence of God dwelling within St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was a true daughter of her Holy Mother, St. Teresa of Avila. One of St. Teresa’s most famous dictums concerning prayer that has guided Carmelites through all generations is this: “Keeping Christ present is what we of ourselves can do.” This method of prayer, taught and recommended by the Discalced Carmelite friar of Paris, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, [The Practice of the Presence of God; ICS Publications, 1994, 2015] was well known to St. Elizabeth. Perhaps she knew of St. Teresa’s method of keeping Christ present before she entered the Carmel of Dijon; certainly, she learned this method as she studied the works of St. Teresa, especially The Book of Her Life, Chapter 12, where the Saint explains the beginning stage of prayer. For St. Elizabeth, this practice of the presence of God is the springboard in prayer by which she dives deep into the abyss of mercy, the indwelling presence of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Elizabeth experienced the abiding presence of God; by faith she knew the truth of St. Paul’s promise to the Romans: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” [Rom 5:5]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “I leave you my faith in the presence of God, of the God who is all Love dwelling in our souls.” [L 333]

Meditation: Just for today, practice being aware of the presence of God within you. Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to be mindful of God’s presence.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 7

Intention: For the grace of a greater intimacy with Christ Intimacy with Christ: it sounds like a wonderful thing, but we may think, “such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.” [Ps 139:6] On the contrary, intimacy with Jesus is a frequent theme in the homilies of Pope Francis, who always emphasizes how close the Lord is to us and how he never leaves us:

The Lord is a friend forever. Even if you disappoint him and walk away from him, Jesus continues to want the best for you and to remain close to you; he believes in you even more than you believe in yourself…  The Lord… is always with you and he is happy to be with you. As he did with his first disciples, he looks you in the eye and he calls you to follow him, to “put out into the deep” and to “cast your nets wide” trusting in his words and using your talents in life, in union with him, without fear. Jesus is waiting patiently for you. He awaits your response. He is waiting for you to say “yes”. [Homily, Jubilee for Boys and Girls, 24 April 2016]

Practicing the presence of God, St. Elizabeth grew in this friendship and intimacy with the Lord to the point that his presence became her sustenance in darkness and suffering. Like St. Paul, she desires that we might grow in this love, too, so that we may “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” and that we “may be filled with all the fullness of God.” [Eph 3:19]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “It is this intimacy with Him “within” that has been the beautiful sun illuminating my life, making it already an anticipated Heaven; it is what sustains me today in my suffering.” [L 333]

Meditation: Consider the points of suffering in your life. Jesus loves you infinitely! Are you permitting his love to sustain you in your suffering? Where are you trying to bear your burdens alone? Let him love you and uphold you.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 8

Intention: For the grace of confidence in God’s power Here’s a Carmelite quiz: who wrote it? “The Almighty has done great things in the soul of His divine Mother’s child, and the greatest thing is to have shown her her littleness, her powerlessness.” St. Paul said that he was “content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” [II Cor 12:10] St. Elizabeth was a great disciple of her beloved St. Paul, singing and praising the power of God each day in the Liturgy of the Hours. Even in her suffering, she trusted in his power, just as her “little sister” in Lisieux had done ten years before. The answer to our quiz? Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. [Story of a Soul, Ms C 04r]

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “I do not fear my weakness; that’s what gives me confidence. For the Strong One is within me and His power is almighty.” [L 333]

Meditation: Make a list of those aspects of your character or behavior that you consider to be your principal weaknesses. As you pray, next to each weakness write down an aspect of God’s character that demonstrates his power in comparison to your weakness. For example, if you often feel fearful, make a note that God gives courage. If your heart is broken, make a note that God grants healing. In prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to show you one point of God’s strength where he can overcome one of your weaknesses. Resolve to focus on his power at that point in your life. Share your progress with your confessor or spiritual director.

NOVENA PRAYER: O God of bountiful mercy, you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of your secret presence in the hearts of those who love you, and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may see what you see and love in the way that you love and thus merit to be transformed into temples of your life-giving Spirit to the praise of your glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

DAY 9

Intention: For the grace to give everything to the Master: It was the end of October when St. Elizabeth wrote the letter that has served as the prayerful foundation for our novena meditations. She was certain that she would die soon, and this letter to a dear friend served as her “spiritual testament.” At the head of the letter, she wrote this inscription: “Deus charitas est (God is love),” [I Jn 4:16] and she continued: “the hour is drawing near when I am going to pass from this world to my Father…” Totally surrendered to God, in an attitude of complete abandonment and self-giving to the Lord, she was prepared to meet her Spouse, the Bridegroom of her soul. Emptied of self, she was overflowing with divine love. She describes this as she writes: “Never was the heart of the Master so overflowing with love as at the supreme moment when he was going to leave his own! It seems to me as if something similar is happening in His little bride at the evening of her life, and I feel as if a wave were rising from my heart to yours! Dear Antoinette, in the light of eternity, the soul sees things as they really are.” And so, our novena comes full circle. Like St. Paul at his farewell to the elders of Ephesus, [cf. Ac 20:17-37] St. Elizabeth knows that what is essential counts. And, the example of self-giving and abandonment to Christ that she offers to us is the same example that we are called to offer to others. This is our vocation: to become great saints like Elizabeth of the Trinity. And to ensure that we are on the path to sainthood, she wants to help us in her own Totus Tuus way. Why not say yes? Say yes to holiness, yes to Elizabeth, say yes to Christ!

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity: “When I am up above, will you let me help you, scold you even, if I see you are not giving everything to the Master? because I love you! … May He keep you wholly His, wholly faithful; in Him I will always be WHOLLY YOURS.” [L 333]

Meditation: In silent prayer, turn to Saint Elizabeth in your need. She is up above, ready to help you because she loves you. Ask her to show you how to give everything to the Master, Jesus Christ, in trust and love. Entrust yourself entirely to him as she did – he will keep you entirely his own!

NOVENA PRAYER: O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to become utterly forgetful of myself so that I may establish myself in you, as changeless and calm as though my soul were already in eternity. Let nothing disturb my peace nor draw me forth f from you, O my unchanging God, but at every moment may I penetrate more deeply into the depths of your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it your heaven, your cherished dwelling-place and the place of your repose. Let me never leave you there alone, but keep me there, wholly attentive, wholly alert in my faith, wholly adoring and fully given up to your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified for love, I long to be the bride of your heart. I long to cover you with glory, to love you even unto death! Yet I sense my powerlessness and beg you to clothe me with yourself. Identify my soul with all the movements of your soul, submerge me, overwhelm me, substitute yourself for me, so that my life may become a reflection of your life. Come into me as Adorer, as Redeemer, and as Saviour.

O Eternal Word, utterance of my God, I want to spend my life listening to you, to become totally teachable so that I might learn all from you. Through all darkness, all emptiness, all powerlessness, I want to keep my eyes fixed on you and to remain under your great light. O my Beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may never be able to leave your radiance.

O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, overshadow me so that the Word may be, as it were incarnate again in my soul. May I be for him a new humanity in which he can renew all his mystery. And you, O Father, bend down towards your poor little creature. Cover her with your shadow, see in her only your beloved son in who you are well pleased.

O my ‘Three’, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to you as your prey. Immerse yourself in me so that I may be immersed in you until I go to contemplate in your light the abyss of your splendour! [The Trinitarian Prayer of Elizabeth of the Trinity]

Glory Be… Our Father… Hail Mary

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s excerpts from Letter 333 to Madame Antoinette de Bobet are published in: I HAVE FOUND GOD, COMPLETE WORKS II— LETTERS FROM CARMEL a translation ofJ’ai trouvé Dieu, Oeuvres Complètes, Tome I/ B (Les Éditions du Cerf, 1980) Copyright © by Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, Inc. 1995, 2014 ICS Publications 2131 Lincoln Road NE Washington, DC 20002-1199

St. John of the Cross Novena

Dear Friends,

Today, as part of Apostoli Viae tradition, we begin a novena to St. John of the Cross which ends on his feast day on December 14th. I pray that you will join with me in this novena for these intentions and your own:

  • That we all may be empowered by God to live the contemplative way, effectively light that way for others, and lead those God has placed in our care.
  • That Debbie Aguiar will be healed, comforted and blessed through the trial she is facing.
  • That God would provide for the financial needs of Apostoli Viae and the Avila Foundation and that we could solve our capacity challenges.
  • That God would bring consecrated/religious members to AV who can give their lives to this mission.

If you would like to add intentions for me to add to my daily prayers, please do so in the comment box.

Beginning Prayer to be said each day:

O glorious St. John of the Cross, through a pure desire of being like Jesus crucified, you longed for nothing so eagerly as to suffer, to be despised, and to be made little of by all; and your thirst after sufferings was so burning that your noble heart rejoiced in the midst of the cruelest torments and afflictions. Grant, I beseech you, O dear Saint, by the glory which your many sufferings have gained for you, to intercede for me and obtain from God for me a love of suffering, together with strength and grace to bear with firmness of mind all the trials and adversities which are the sure means to the happy attainment of all that awaits me in heaven. Dear Saint, from your most happy place in glory, hear, I beseech you, my prayers, so that after your example, full of love for the cross I may deserve to be your companion in glory. Amen.

First Day: Unwavering Faith

Prayer: My glorious father St. John of the Cross; overflowing with love for Mary and for the cross of her divine Son by which you merited to become the protector of afflicted souls, obtain for me from Jesus and Mary, I beseech you, an unwavering faith and a love of the cross so deep and so valiant that no possible misfortune will ever be able to separate me from the love of my God. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make your request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Second Day: Spirit of Penitence

Prayer: Glorious St. John of the Cross, you preserved to death in unspotted brilliancy the radiant whiteness of your baptismal innocence, while nevertheless practicing the most cruel and persevering penance. In honor and imitation of this crucifying love, I entreat you that I may share your mortified and penitential life so that, even in this world, I may receive the grace to atone for my many sins, purify my soul, and acquire merit, that I may also enjoy heaven’s glory with you. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make your request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Third Day: Holy Enlightenment

Prayer: O my beloved father St. John of the Cross, your continual prayer merited for you the name of Ecstatic Doctor, favored with special graces in the guidance and direction of souls. I humbly beg you to enlighten my soul and to give me a relish for holy meditation and mental prayer that, detached from earthly things, I may love God alone and desire heaven only. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Fourth Day: Holy Patience

Prayer: Great St. John of the Cross, model of patience and generosity, for the glory of God and for the propagation of the holy reform of Carmel, you endured grievous trials and undertook heavy labors, finding, as did St. Paul, joy in opprobrium. Obtain from our Lord for me the grace of unalterable patience in adversity that I may thereby glorify God, have cleansed my souls of every stain, advance in the practice of solid virtue, and obtain at last the crown promised to those who suffer for the love of God. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Fifth Day: Protection from Temptation

Prayer: Dear St. John of the Cross, you exercised dominion over the powers of hell, often obliging them to relinquish the souls, as well as the bodies of their victims. Have compassion on me; ask God to preserve me from the temptations and deceits of these wicked spirits, not only throughout my life, but above all at the hour of my death, that persevering to the end in the grace and love of God, I may possess Him with you forever. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Sixth Day: Purity of Soul and Body

Prayer: Great St. John of the Cross, favored by our Lord and the glorious Virgin, His mother, in reward for your angelic life and with the precious gift of chastity, you converted many souls held captive by the most shameful passions. Obtain for me some share in so priceless a gift that, pure and chaste in soul and body, I may reach heaven where nothing stained may enter and where choirs of virgins follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

 Seventh Day: Humility

Prayer: Blessed father St. John of the Cross, in you was joined the most profound humility to the most sublime knowledge of the ways of God. Obtain for me real humility of heart, making me love humiliation and contempt that, despairing worldly vanity, I may learn from you to esteem only God and heavenly things. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Eighth Day: Comfort in Affliction

Prayer: St. John of the Cross, my glorious protector, in your lifetime you were the father of the poor, the consoler of the afflicted and the assured refuge of the suffering; you worked miracles of charity for all, miracles which you repeat even now by means of your holy images and relics. Deign also to be my consoler and my father; comfort me in my sorrows and aid me to see in every cross a pledge of divine mercy that, through the cross, I may gain heaven. Obtain for me, too, the special grace I ask through your intercession during the novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys.

Ninth Day: Holy Abandonment

Prayer: O my loving father St. John of the Cross, to imitate more perfectly our Lord, you generously renounced every consolation, even the spiritual; prayed to suffer and to be despised for God’s sake; and finally died suffering, happy to be condemned by men. Obtain for me the grace of abandonment to the Will of God that, placing all my joy and my hope in the passion of my Savior, I may at last rest eternally with you in His glory. Obtain for me also the special grace I ask through your intercession during this novena, if it be for the glory of God and for my salvation (make request).

Three Our Fathers and three Hail Marys