Novena for the Annunciation Day 5 March 20. March 16 to March 24.

1. With wonder I revere thee, holiest Virgin Mary, for of all God’s creatures thou wast humblest on the very day of the Annunciation, when God himself exalted thee to the sublimest dignity of his own Mother. O mightiest Virgin, make me, wretched sinner that I am, know the depths of my own nothingness, and at once, with all my heart, humble myself beneath the feet of all.
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Ave Maria.
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2. When, Mary, holiest Virgin, Gabriel the archangel hailed thee in thy Annunciation, thou wast raised by God above all angel choirs; yet didst thou then confess thyself the handmaid of the Lord (Ecce ancilla Domini.) O Mary, obtain for me true humility and angelic purity, that I may so live on earth as ever to be worthy of the blessings of my God.
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Ave Maria.
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3. With thee I rejoice, O Virgin ever blest, because by the sole fiat uttered by thee so lowly, thou didst draw down from the bosom of the Eternal Father the Divine Word into thine own pure bosom. O draw, then, my heart to God; and with God draw grace into my heart, that I may ever bless thy Fiat, and with devotion cry, O mighty Fiat! O Fiat efficacious! O Fiat to be venerated above all Fiats!
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Ave Maria.
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4. Mary, mighty Virgin, thou, on thy Annunciation, wast found by Gabriel the archangel on thy watch, quick to do God’s will and correspond with the desires of the august Trinity for man’s redemption, giving thy consent in order to redeem the world. Let me, whatever happens, good or ill, turn ever to my God, and with resignation say, Fiat, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum (Be it unto me according to thy word.)
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Ave Maria.
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5. I see that thy obedience, holiest Mary, wrought so close a bond between thy God and thee, that all creation never shall know again union so fair and perfect. (Magis Deo conjungi, nisi fieret Deus, non potuit”–B. Albert Magnus.) My soul within me faints to see how sin hath severed me from God. Help me, then, gentle Mother, with true heart to do fit penance for my sins, that thy own loving Jesus may yet once more live in me and I in him.
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Ave Maria.
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6. Beholding, holiest Mary, how by reason of thy modesty thou wast troubled when Gabriel the archangel stood before thee in thy house, I also when I come before thee am troubled for my monstrous pride; wherefore do thou, in thy incomparable humility, “which brought forth God for men, reopened paradise, and let the captive souls go free from hell beneath” (Quae Deum hominibus peperit, paradisum aperuit et animas ab inferno liberavit–St. Augus., Serm. de Sanct.), draw me, I pray thee out of the deep pit wherein my sins have cast me, enabling me to save my soul.
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Ave Maria.
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7. Though my tongue is unhallowed, yet, purest Virgin, I am bold to hail thee each hour of the day: “Hail, hail, Mary, full of grace”(Ave, ave, gratia plena.) From my heart I pray thee, replenish my soul with some little of that mighty grace wherewith the Holy Spirit overshadowed thee, and filled thee to overflowing.
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Ave Maria.
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8. I believe, holiest Mary, that mighty God, Who was ever with thee, from thy conception (Dominus tecum), is, by His Incarnation in thy purest womb, made still more closely one with thee; make it thy care, I pray thee, that I may be with that same dear Lord Jesus, ever one heart and soul by means of sanctifying grace.
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Ave Maria.
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9. O holiest Mary, shed over my heart and soul all heavenly benedictions, as thou thyself wast ever blest of God among all women (benedicta tu in mulieribus); for I have this sure hope, that if, dear Mother, thou shalt bless me while I live, then when I die I shall be blessed of God in the everlasting glory of heaven.
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Ave Maria.
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Litany of the 7 Earthly and 7 Heavenly Joys of the Holy Mother of God
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Antiphon: From the beginning and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before Him. Then the Creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and He that made me rested in my tabernacle.
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V. In the multitude of the elect she shall have praise, and among the blessed she shall be Blessed.
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R. My soul doth magnify the Lord. My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. All generations shall call me Blessed.
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Mary, Mother of God, tell us of thy joy.
Mary Immaculate, teach us perfect joy.
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Through thy joyous conception of Jesus by the Holy Ghost at the Incarnation,
Teach us perfect joy. *
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Through thy joyous carrying of Jesus in the Visitation to Elizabeth, *
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Through thy joyous bringing forth into the world of Jesus, God and Man, *
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Through thy joyous Epiphany of Jesus at the adoration of the Magi, *
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Through thy joyous finding of Jesus preaching in the temple, *
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Through thy joyous beholding of Jesus after His Resurrection, *
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Through thy joyous Assumption by Jesus into Heaven, and thy Coronation as Queen of the Universe, *
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V. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive.
R. O Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
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Because in Heaven the Most Holy Trinity honors thee above all other creatures,
Pray that we may rejoice in God our Saviour. **
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Because thy virginity has placed thee above all angels and saints, **
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Because the light of thy glory illuminates the heavens, **
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Because the blessed in Heaven worship thee as truly the Mother of God, **
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Because thy Son grants thee whatever thou as our mediatrix dost ask of Him. **
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Because of the joyous honors prepared in Heaven for thy servants, **
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Because thy accidental glory goes on increasing to the end of time, **
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Pray for us, O joyous Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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St. Francis our Seraphic Father, who didst so wondrously interpret Perfect Joy, permit us to say thy prayer to our Blessed Mother: Holy Virgin Mary, there is none like unto thee among women. Thou art the daughter and handmaid of the most high King, the Heavenly Father; thou art the Mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ; thou art the spouse of the Holy Ghost. Pray for us in union with St. Michael and all the Angels of heaven and all the Saints to thy most holy, beloved Son, our Lord and Master. Amen.
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V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.
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Let us Pray
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O God who, by the message of an angel, didst will that thy Divine Word shouldst take flesh of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant unto us thy suppliants, that we, who believe her to be verily the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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