Novena Dedicated to Teens and Children

Submitted by Rishstar — Mon, 10/18/2010 - 9:51 PM — Last Updated: Mon, 10/18/2010 - 10:28 PM

Novena for Teens & Children


[ Leader ] or [ Leader ]

[Gathering]


Most gracious and forgiving Father,

hear our prayers.


We are all children.

At one time in our lives we were the children of our earthly parents.

We survived many trials:

frowned with sadness,

jumped with joy,

cried out in anger,

laughed with silliness,

stung with an injustice,

had sorrow pierce our hearts.


We may not recall the expression on our guardians faces

as we experienced the many things

our growing presented to us.

And we may never know how their lives were touched

by ours during those teenage years.

However,

always,

there was someone who stood beside us

to guide,

to observe,

to help,

to share the tribulations.


We are all children.

Even as adults, we are still children.

Your children.

Daily we learn.

Moment by moment as we grow in years

we realize our lives are totally in your hands.

While we know the lessons of living cannot be avoided,

we pray that the children of our parish

do not have to experience those lessons harshly.

May they learn those lessons easily and quickly

by only tasting a small amount.

Dear God, our Father,

we pray to you today for the teenagers of our parish.

We are concerned for their well-being as individuals

in this troubled world.

They are the future of the children who are younger and those yet to come.

They will be the caretakers of those older and infirmed.

The soldiers who will right the wrongs of injustice.

The leaders on earth that others will follow.

The parents of new life who will one day grow to become the future.


Mostly we pray for their souls.

We want them to become fine examples

of the Christian virtues which

You and Jesus and the Holy Spirit

have shown us throughout the ages.

We ask all the angels and saints to join us in these prayers for our teens and children.
[On days 1, 4, 7]

St. Agatha, Pray for our teens and children.

St. Albert the Great,

Ss. Andrew Kim & Companions,

St. Athanasius,

St. Bernardino of Siena,

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,

St. Evroul,

St. Francis of Assisi,

St. Giles,

St. Ignatius of Loyola,

St. Jerome,

St. Joan Antida Thouret,

St. John Bosco,

St. John Eudes,

St. John Vianney,

St. Jude,

St. LaSalle (John-Baptist),

St. Magdalen of Canossa,

St. Maria Goretti,

St. Mary (Mother of Jesus),

St. Mary Joseph Rossello,

St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist,

St. Michael Caricoits,

St. Paul the Apostle,

St. Peter Claver,

St. Philomena,

St. Teresa of the Andes,

St. Mother Theodore Guerin,

St. Thomas Aquinas,

St. Timothy, disciple of St. Paul,

St. Vincent (Francis) Pallotti,

We ask all the angels and saints to join us in these prayers for our teens and children.
[On days 2, 5, 8]

St. Agnes, Pray for our teens and children.

St. Alphonsus de Liguori,

St. Angela Merici,

St. Augustine of Hippo,

St. Catherine Laboure,

St. Elizabeth of Portugal,

St. Faith,

St. Francis de Sales,

St. Aloysius Gonzaga,

St. Ita of Ireland,

St. Jerome Emiliani,

St. John the Apostle,

St. John of Capistrano,

St. John of God,

St. Joseph (foster father of Jesus),

St. Julie Billiart,

St. Luke the Evangelist,

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque,

St. Mark the Evangelist,

St. Mary Ann of Quito,

St. Mary di Rosa,

St. Mathias the Apostle,

St. Monica,

St. Paula Frassinetti,

St. Philip the Apostle,

St. Robert Bellarmine,

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux),

St. Thomas More,

St. Vincent de Paul,

St. Vincentia Lopez y Vicuna,

We ask all the angels and saints to join us in these prayers for our teens and children. 
[On days 3, 6, 9]

St. Agnes of Assisi, Pray for our teens and children.

St. Andrew Corsini,

St. Anthony of Padua,

St. Bernadette Soubirous,

St. Clare of Assisi,

St. Euphrasia Pelletier,

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini,

St. Francis Xavier,

St. Alberto Hurtado,

St. James the Great,

St. Joan of Arc,

St. John the Baptist,

St. John of the Cross,

St. John Joseph Lataste,

St. Joseph Casfasso,

St. Katharine Drexel,

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat,

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska,

St. Martin de Porres,

St. Mary Bertilla Roscardin,

St. Mary Michaela Desmaisieres,

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe,

St. Nicholas,

St. Peter the Apostle,

St. Philip Evans,

St. Stanislaus Kostka,

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta,

St. Thomas the Apostle,

St. Thomas of Villanova,

St. Vincent Mary Strambi,

The archangels:

St. Michael

Defend our children and teens in all their battles.



St. Gabriel

Persistently deliver God's words to their ears.



St. Raphael

Be a traveling companion and healer.




Dear God,

please give extra abilities

to their own Guardian Angel

because the devil and evil's minions assail

our teens in so many areas of their daily lives.

May our teens have:

Educators, coaches, pack leaders, and teachers

who teach them about truth, honesty, fairness;

as well as ideals which will help them to be adults of good character.


May our teens have:

Public figures and political leaders,

who are respectful of all people and all living things;

that are examples of what stewardship truly means.


May our teens have:

Religious persons who

imitate our Lord, Jesus Christ, in all aspects;

who present them with an understanding of self-sacrifice.

As parents and guardians of children and teens, we beg you Dear God, help us:


To act Honestly and Respectfully in all aspects of our daily lives.


To be Fair with our decisions and not be Judgmental.


To strive for a Positive attitude and always be Charitable.


To live Faith Filled lives at home and openly.


To display Modesty and Prudence.


To behave Calmly and be Mindful of others feelings, opinions, and thoughts.


T o provide them with a safe, clean world.


T o provide them with sanctuaries of peace. Places where

they can go to have reprieve during times of upset.


And when appropriate, to Praise them in public and criticize in private.

 

Dear God, have a strong guiding hand on us.

As parents and guardians of children and teens,

help us to teach them the virtues You prize most highly.


Remind us of how you always listen when we speak to you.


Remind us of Your endless patience.


Remind us how you always forgive and take us back into your arms.


Remind us to be involved with their lives as you have been with us.


Remind us you love us regardless of our abilities or disabilities.


Remind us that each child is unique, that Your path for them may not be ours.


Remind us the words "I am sorry" must be spoken from a sincere heart.



Make us aware when we

speak out with hostility,

act in an unthinking manner,

behave crassly,

are not charitable in all things,

or present ourselves immodestly.


Give us the correct words when they ask us

questions for which we do not know the answers.



We the parishioners at Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal also pray


Please endow them with the strength

to resist the temptations of this world.


That they have the courage to disagree and to right a wrong,


Shield them from the constant barrage

by the media,

communication methods,

and the shallow minded.


May they easily see t he wrongs of our world

as having flashing neon frames and

are quickly disgusted and turn away.


May they know the difference between

truth and fact versus the

thousands of shades of gray of human opinion.

We ask this in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and

the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen


Our Father ... who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


Hail Mary ... full of grace. The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen


Glory Be ... to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen




[Adapted from the prayer used by the mothers in Lu, Italy. Their prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (weekly adoration), yielded 323 vocations (152 priests & 171 nuns) from a tiny village. They began in 1881; the number of vocations was counted in 1946.]


O God, grant that one of my sons may become a priest! I myself want to live as a good Christian and want to guide my children always to do what is right, so that I may receive the grace, O God, to be allowed to give you a holy priest! Amen




A Rosary may be added at this point. Suggestion: use the specific one for the day of the week. As an example:


The Joyful Mysteries on Monday & Saturday.

The Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday & Friday.

The Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday & Sunday.

The Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.


If a full five decades is too long, perhaps the beginning prayers and a decade which is applicable for the novena. As an example:


From the Joyful Mysteries: finding the child Jesus in the temple.

From the Sorrowful Mysteries: the agony in the garden.

From the Glorious Mysteries: the descent of the Holy Spirit.

From the Luminous Mysteries: the institution of the Holy Eucharist.


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