Novena to our Lady of the Assumption

The Little Sisters of the Assumption - Family in mission. August 6th, 2013 - August 15th, 2013

DAY 1 - August 6th

“Charity is not the sentiment which makes us give a piece of bread or a few cents to the needy…but charity urges us to give God to souls, to inspire them with faith, love; to make known to them all the treasures to be found in virtue” – Charity was a perfect example of the Blessed Virgin. (Feast of the Holy Rosary – October 5, 1884)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 2 - August 7th

“The Blessed Virgin’s faith was so pure, enlightened, that she saw nothing but God. Mary was beautiful with the beauty which is the result of perfect order and of open-heartedness...” (Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin – 
November 21, 1884)
 
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 3 - August 8th 

"Our Lord says to you: “Rise up – go and seek out the poor, the sick, the abandoned – go to them with haste, to nurse them, to draw them out of the darkness of ignorance and evil – with a will perfectly united to mine, going from devotedness to devotedness – from one act of love to another." 
(Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin - July 2, 1887)
 
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 4 - August 9th 

“When she considers what God has done in her she exalts His divine goodness and mercy, and it seems to me that she asks herself; Why have I received this preference? She sees herself in the divine plan, in the eternal thought of God." 
(Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8, 1892)
 
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
 
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 5 - August 10th

“Now the Blessed Virgin whose heart is so united to that of her Divine Son, participates also in His life of mercy and love – it beats in unison with that of Our Lord.” (Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary August 22 , 1894)
Her Assumption gives us the certainty that a new world is being prepared. She sustains our hope and gives us the audacity to collaborate with our brothers and sisters for the transformation of humanity. (LSA Rule of Life Article 12 - Paragraph 3)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 6 - August 11th

“Another thing you must not forget is that you must NOT have the pretention of doing things by yourselves. In this the Blessed Virgin is our model.”. (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - August 22, 1889)
The Blessed Virgin gave our Savior to the world. She gives him every day. Prayer in common is so efficacious, so powerful. (Feast of the Holy Rosary - October 3, 1889)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen. 
 

DAY 7 - August 12th

“My dove is unique ... None can be compared to her for she was perfectly pure and immaculate from the very first moment of her life. She belonged to God alone”
“It is well, my children, that during these days of our novena we should consider the great things God did in the Blessed Virgin, and after having paid her homage with filial love, let us hope that she will take care of us and give us a small share in her privilege." (Conference on the Life of the Blessed Virgin - Nov 29, 1894)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 8 - August 13th

“But my dear children, when, to a certain extent, you have conceived Our Lord, when you have His light in your minds, His love in your hearts, when you are capable of doing His work like the Blessed Virgin, you will leave Nazareth and go to the hill country. You will go the poor, the sick and when you approach these souls they will feel that you bear God within you. In your own way you will communicate Jesus Christ.” (Feast of The Visitation - December 19, 1895)
 
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

DAY 9 - August 14th

“Comparable to a tree which brings forth fruit of an excellent quality, she never ceased for a single instant, to do good, going from one good act to another because every beating of her heart, her thoughts, sentiments, intentions — all that she said and did was inspired and animated with the most pure love of God.” (Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8, 1896)
Following your reflection on the reading, take a few moments to bring your prayer intentions before Mary, the Mother of God, then end with the Memorare Prayer:
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 
Amen.
 

August 15th 

Feast of the Assumption

Pact with Our Lady of the Assumption
We come to You Mary, with deep gratitude and complete trust.
We thank you for all the graces received this year. 
Once more we confide our apostolic life to you. 
Teach us to serve Christ and to participate in His mission of salvation.
We promise you fidelity to the People of God who are the Church,
and to the demands of our vocation.
Our Lady of the Assumption, lead the Congregation of the Little Sisters Family in Mission according to the plan of God. 
AMEN.
 
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Origin of the Pact: On March 26, 1903, the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Assumption was 25 years old. The Superior General, Mother Mary of the Blessed Sacrament was called to court to account for the sisters’ works and services among the poor of Paris. The Little Sisters were in defiance with the law which had forbidden such services.

When she was questioned by the prosecutor about the works of the Congregation, she said: “I have never believed that in France there was a law forbidding the liberty of charity. Therefore, I paid no attention to that law.” There was silence in the courtroom following her statement.

Whereas numerous religious congregations had been persecuted or exiled from France for non-conformance to the law, Mother Mary of the Blessed Sacrament was fined one hundred (100) francs and fifty (50) francs for her companions.
The working poor who accompanied her to the courthouse carried her home on their shoulders to a celebration of friends, sisters and working poor families.
In remembrance of this event, Little Sisters of the Assumption all over the world gather on the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Assumption, August 15th, to give thanks for the gift of our mission and to ask Mary’s guidance for our mission today.
Copyright 2013 Little Sisters of the Assumption Family in Mission, Inc.
 
Prepared by
Sr. Annette Allain, LSA
Sr. Jean McCormack, LSA
Maryalice Spencer
Maria Lugo
07/08/2013
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