Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Novena

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Our Lady appears to Ste. Catherine Laboure'

The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, commonly called the Miraculous Medal, was revealed to humble daughter of St. Vincent de Paul, Saint Catherine Laboure', by Our Lady herself in 1830.  During her postulate days, Saint Catherine received extraordinary favors, such as visions of the heart of St. Vincent de Paul and daily manifestations of Our Lord in the Sacrament of His Love, but it was toward the close of that memorable year, 1830, that she was blessed with the three apparitions of Mary Immaculate, to which we owe the Miraculous Medal.

The apparitions concerning the Medal were all very much alike;  their nature, therefore, may be learned from a summary of Saint Catherine's account of the heavenly visitation which she received on November 27th.  The front of the Medal represents Mary standing on the earth, her foot crushing the head of a serpent, and her hands outstretched to all who ask her assistance.  The prayer encircling her contains one of her most precious titles:  "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."  The rays of light from her hands symbolize the graces which she is only too anxious to bestow upon those who confide in her.

When Saint Catherine related the vision to her confessor, he asked her whether she had seen any writing on the back of Medal.  She answered that she had seen none at all.  "Ah!" said the good priest, "ask the Blessed Virgin what to put there."  The Sister obeyed, and having prayed a long time, one day during meditation, she seemed to hear a voice saying: "The 'M' and the two hearts express enough."

The Medal was made according to Our Lady's design.  It became freely circulated and in a shore time was worn by millions.  In its wake followed wonders innumerable.  Health was restored, sickness banished;  bad habits broken, special graces given;  dangers averted, blessing bestowed - until the little Medal of the Immaculate Conception became known by the name it bears today, The Miraculous Medal.

Mary's wish, expressed in the vision, is that all her children wear her Medal.  To fulfill this wish, Pope Pius X established The Association of the Miraculous Medal.  To promote this Association and to encourage all to become members Pius X (by brief of June 3, 1905) extended to it all the following Indulgences.

To share in this rich treasury of Indulgences two very important conditions that must be fulfilled are that a person be invested in the MEDAL by a Priest having the faculties to do so and wear the Medal on the breast suspended from the neck.  The members of the Association incur no obligations.  It is recommended, however, that they repeat from time to time the ejaculation found on the obverse of the Medal:  "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers

Opening Prayer

Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

People: Amen

Priest: Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.

People: And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Priest: Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the  same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin.

People: Pray for us who have recourse to thee.  (3 times)

Priest and People:  O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast vouchsafed to glorify by numberless miracles the Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate from the first moment of her Conception, grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth, may eternally enjoy Thy presence in heaven.  Who, with the Father and Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, God, for ever and ever.   Amen.

Priest and People:  O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the accomplishments of Thy greatest works, hast chosen the weak things of the world, that no flesh may glory in Thy sight;  and Who for a better and more diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of Thy Mother, hast wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Laboure', grant, we beseech Thee, that filled with like humility, we may glorify this mystery by word and work.  Amen.

The Memorare

Priest and People: Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy assistance, or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided.  Inspired by  this confidence, we fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother;  to thee we come;  before thee we  kneel, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in Thy clemency hear and answer them.  Amen

Novena Prayer

Priest and People: O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy all powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we  pray.

(Here privately mention your Petitions.)

Thou knowest, O Mary, how often our souls are the sanctuaries of Thy Son who hates iniquity.  Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory.  Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial so that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where Thou art the Queen of Angels and of men.  Amen.

An Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Priest and People: O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to thee under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.  May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of thy affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties towards thee.  Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by thy loving protection and preserved in the grace of Thy Son.  O Most powerful Virgin, Mother of Our Savior, keep us close to Thee every moment of our lives.  Obtain for us, thy children, the grace of a happy death;  so that, in union with thee, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever.   Amen.

Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin.

People: Pray for us who have recourse to thee.  (3 times)

Blessing of a Miraculous Medal

This Blessing MUST be performed by a Roman Catholic Priest

Blessing and Investiture With Sacred Medal of Mary Immaculate

(Commonly Known as the "Miraculous Medal")

The Priest who is to bless the sacred medal of the Immaculate Conception, vested in surplice and white stole, prays:

Priest:    Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Response:   Who made heaven and earth.

Priest:        The Lord be with you.

Response:    And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty and merciful God!  In virtue of the many apparitions on earth of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, it has pleased thee to work miracles again and again for the salvation of souls.  Be thou gracious and pour out Thy blessing X upon this medal, so that all who piously reverence it and devoutly wear it may experience the patronage of Mary Immaculate and obtain mercy from thee.  Through Christ our Lord.  AMEN

Then he sprinkles the medal with Holy water and presents it to the person saying:

Receive the holy medal, wear it with faith, and handle it with becoming devotion, so that the most Holy and Immaculate Queen of Heaven may protect and defend thee.  And as she is ever ready to renew her wondrous acts of kindness, may she obtain for thee in Her mercy whatsoever thou dost humbly ask of God, so that both in life and in death thou canst rest securely in her motherly embrace.  Amen.

He continues:

Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father (inaudibly until)

Priest: And lead us not into temptation.

Response: But deliver us from evil.

Priest: O Queen conceived without original sin.

Response: Pray for us.

Priest: O Lord, hear my prayer

Response: And let my cry unto thee.

Priest: The Lord be with you.

Response: And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast willed that thy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin should be made illustrious through countless miracles, do thou  grant that we who constantly invoke her patronage may come to possess everlasting  joys.  Who livest and reignest throughout endless ages.  AMEN