O/L of HOPE
Our Lady of Hope
|Our Lady of Hope is one of the most well known apparitions of Mary to take place. She appeared to four children in Pont-Main, France in 1871 but devotion to Our Lady of Hope has been celebrated since 930A.D. in the Our Lady of Hope Shrine in Mezieres.
The Our Lady of Hope Novena
This novena was introduced to America in 1952 by the Oblate Fathers.
- † I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come to me all that desire me and be filled with my fruits (Sirach 24:24-26).
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Grace, Hope of the world.
Hear us, your children, who cry to you.
O God, who by the marvelous protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary has strengthened us firmly in hope, grant we beseech You, that by persevering in prayer at her admonition, we may obtain the favors we devoutly implore. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
- † Prayer to Our Lady of Hope
O Mary, my Mother, I kneel before you with heavy heart. The burden of my sins oppresses me. The knowledge of my weakness discourages me. I am beset by fears and temptations of every sort. Yet I am so attached to the things of this world that instead of longing for Heaven I am filled with dread at the thought of death.
O Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful with your Divine Son. He can refuse no request of your Immaculate Heart. Show yourself a true Mother to me by being my advocate before His throne. O Refuge of Sinners and Hope of the Hopeless, to whom shall I turn if not you?
Obtain for me, then, O Mother of Hope, the grace of true sorrow for my sins, the gift of perfect resignation to God's Holy Will, and the courage to take up my cross and follow Jesus. Beg of His Sacred Heart the special favor that I ask in this novena.
- † (Make your request.)
- † But above all I pray, O dearest Mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with Holy Hope, so that in life's darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may merit to be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of Heaven. Amen.
- † Mary, our Hope, have pity on us.
Hope of the Hopeless, pray for us.
After reciting the Our Lady of Hope prayer, say 3 Hail Mary’s. This novena should be recited for nine days.
Our Lady of Hope in America
American Catholics are just as devoted to Our Lady of Hope as the people from Mont-Pain, France. They recite the novena while wearing Our Lady of Hope jewelry, symbolizing their devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Some of the most popular Our Lady of Hope jewelry is:
- Our Lady of Hope medallion
Our Lady of Hope