December 4, 2013
Immaculate Conception Novena
Mary, Mother of the New Evangelization
Theme: Mary, Filled with the Holy Spirit
Scripture Passage Acts 1: 13 – 14
When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
With the Holy Spirit, Mary is always present in the midst of the people. She joined the disciples in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, and thus made possible the missionary outburst which took place at Pentecost. She is the Mother of the Church which evangelizes, and without her we could never truly understand the spirit of the new evangelization. (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #284)
§ - an Our Father
§ - a Hail Mary
§ - a Glory Be
§ - the invocation “Mary, Immaculate, Help of Christians, pray for us.”
Image source: István Dorffmaister, Pentecost (1782), http://commons.wikimedia.org