Nine (9) Day Novena I Sacred Heart of Jesus I The Block Rosary
Devotion to Mary Help of Christians I Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco

- It is powerful means to deepen Christian life like in the family and in groups of families.
- It intensifies our love for Jesus and for His Mother Mary leading to community building and concern.

  1. The chairwoman for each block schedules the families to be visited.
  2. The family to be visited prepares a decorated altar.
  3. Spiritual preparation, like confession, is recommended.
  4. Booklets should be given to those assigned to lead the prayers.
  5. The family prepares its own Rosary Intentions.
  6. An Intention Box may be prepared containing the letters for favors written by the block families.
  1. The order of procession is as follows:  the banner, the faithful, the image.
  2. The image is enthroned and the Welcome prayer is said.
  3. Songs may be sung before the recitation of the rosary.
  1. The family prays together every evening for its own intentions and those of the block and the parish.
  2. The order of prayer will be:  a Marian Song, Rosary, Litany, Hail Holy Queen, Act of Entrustment of the Home, any of the various prayers (if needed) and final song.
  3. Before transferring the image, the prayers of thanksgiving are said.
Head of the Family: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
Head of the Family: Let us welcome our Mother Mary with the song ?Hail Mary? (All sings.)
Head of the Family: We remember, dear Mother, your humble visit to your cousin Elizabeth.  You set out proceeding in haste into the hill country to a town in Judah.  You knew you were the Mother of the Saviour, a great honor.  But you forgot your dignity and in humility you went to serve your cousin.  You come with concern for our needs.
Family: We are honored to receive you into our home, O Mary.
Head of the Family: When Elizabeth heard your greeting, O Mary, the baby leapt in her womb and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Fill our hearts with the joy, love and peace of the Holy Spirit.
Family: We are honored to receive you into our home, O Mary.
Head of the Family Blessed are you, O Mary, among all women.  Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus!  Who are we that the mother of our Lord should come to us?  The moment your greeting sounded in the ears of Elizabeth her baby leapt for joy.  Fill our home with openness and faith in you.
Family: We are honored to receive you into our home, O Mary.
Blessed are you, O Mary, you trusted that the Lord fulfills His words.  Pour into our hearts great trust in our Lord that we may accept whatever message He would like to tell us through your visit.
Family: We are honored to receive you into our home, O Mary.
Head of the Family:  Let us pray the PRAYER OF WELCOME.
Family: O Mother of Christ and Help of Christians we are happy and honored  your visit to our poor home which you made worthy to be the abode of your love during your stay with us.  Give us, beloved mother/ your blessing.  Bless all those who live in this home, never allow us to commit anything that will give you sorrow.  Help us grow in imitation of your virtues.  We are yours our Queen and Mother.  Take care of us all, like your own now and forever.
Head of the Family: Let us sing IMMACULATE MOTHER

Immaculate Mother, we come at thy call,
And low at thy altar, before thee we fall.
Ave, ave, ave Maria!
Ave, ave, ave Maria!

In grief and temptation, in joy and in pain, 
We?ll seek thee, our Mother, nor seek these in vain.

We?ll pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth,
 And bless, sweetest Lady, the land of our birth.

Head of the Family: Let us now recite the ?Song of Mary?, her great prayer to God Almighty.  As we say it, let us ask for the grace of humility and faith so we may always find joy and strength in our trust and dependence on God.
Family: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour for He has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
All: From this day all generations will call me blessed:  The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
Family: He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.  He has shown the strength of his arm.  He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
All: He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.  He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
Family  He has come to the help of his servant Israel.  For He has remembered His promises of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.
All : Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and will be forever.  Amen.


Head of the Family: Before we recite the Rosary:  Let us hear some words from our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II:

  ?The Rosary is my favorite prayer.  A marvelous prayer!  Marvelous in its simplicity and its depth!  The whole Church joins in this prayer.  Against the background of the words of the ?Hail Mary? there pass before the eyes of the soul the main events of the life of Jesus Christ, that is why it is called the ?summary of the whole Gospel?.  They put us in living communion with Jesus through, we could say, the Heart of His Mother.

  Our heart can enclose in these decades of the Rosary all the facts that make up the life of the individual, the family, the nation, the Church and mankind?s personal matters, and those to us and in particular, those of the persons closest to us, our dear ones.  In this way the simple prayer of the Rosary beats out the rhythm of human life.

  I wish therefore to exhort you to rediscover and value ever more, the Holy Rosary as a personal and family prayer addressed to her who is the mother of the individual Christian and Mother of the Church, Help of Christians.  In support of this exhortation of mine, I heartily impart the Apostolic Blessing.?

  (L? Osservatore Romano ? 9/30/81)

Leader : Lord, Open my lips (as we sign our lips)
All  And my mouth shall declare your praise.
Leader : O God, come to my assistance.
All : Lord, make haste to help me.
Leader : Glory be?
All : As it was?
Leader : I believe in God..
All :  The Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
And born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended to the dead
On the third day, he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Catholic Church
The communion of saints
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body
And life everlasting.
Leader : Our Father?.
All : Give us this day?
Leader : For an increase of faith, hope and charity: Hail Mary?.(three times)
All :  Holy Mary?
Leader : Glory Be?.
All : As it was in  the beginning?
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins
Save us from the fires of hell
Lead all souls into heaven
Especially those most in need of your mercy.


1.  In the First Mystery let us contemplate the Annunciation.

 The angel Gabriel said to her, ?Do not fear Mary, you have found favor with God.  You shall bear a Son and you will call him Jesus.  The Holy Spirit will come upon you! ?  Mary said:  ?I am the servant of the Lord.  Let this be done to me as you say.?  (Luke 1:30-31, 38). 

Mary?s humility  and obedience brought about the Incarnation of Jesus.  We need these virtues to be truly Christian.  We offer this decade for (mention intention).

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

2.  In the Second Mystery let us contemplate the Visitation.

Elizabeth cried out:  ?The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby stirred in my womb for joy!?  Mary said:  ?My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit finds joy in God my Savior!?  (Luke 1:44, 47)

Mary causes joy in our hearts because she is filled with God?s joy.  May she teach us the secret of true joy.  We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

3.  In the Third Mystery let us contemplate the Nativity

The angel said to the shepherds:  ?You have nothing to fear!  I come to proclaim good news for you:  this day in David?s city a Savior has been born to you!?  Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart (Luke 2:10-11, 19).

May we imitate the wisdom of Mary which comes from habitual meditation on the daily events of life.  We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

4.  In the Fourth Mystery let us contemplate the Presentation in the Temple

The just and pious Simeon took the child in this arms and blessed God in these words:  ?My eyes have witnessed your saving deed:  a revealing light to the Gentiles, the glory of your people Israel.?  He said to Mary:  ?This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel.  You yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts maybe laid bare.?  (Luke 2:28-35)

Mary?s acceptance of her cross at this early stage of Christ?s life is remarkable; let us take her as our model.  We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

5.  In the Fifth Mystery let us contemplate the Finding of the Child Jesus.

On the third day his parents came upon Jesus in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  All who heard were amazed at his intelligence and his answers.  When his parents saw him they were astonished, and his mother said:  ?Son, why have you done this to us?  You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow.?

He said to them:  ?Why did you search for me?  Did you not know that I had to be in my Father?s house??  Mary kept all these things in memory.  Jesus progressed steadily in wisdom and age and grace before God and man.  (Luke 2:46-52)

If Mary guided the growth in wisdom, age and grace of her Son, all the more she can guide ours. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen

1. The First Mystery presents to our mind the Agony of Jesus.

Jesus began to be filled with fear and distress.  He said to his disciples:  ?My heart is filled with sorrow to the point of death.  Remain here and stay awake?.  He fell to the ground:  ?Father, you have the power to do all things.  Take this cup away from me.  But let it be as you would have it, not as I.?  (Mark 14:34-38)

Let us learn from the heart-to-heart prayer of Jesus to his Father, especially when we are down with problems and tensions.  We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

2. The Second Mystery presents to our mind the Scourging of Jesus.

Pilate said to them:  ?What am I to do with Jesus, the so called Messiah??  ?Crucify him!?  they all cried.  He said:  ?Why, what crime has he committed??  But they shouted the louder, ?Crucify him!?  Pilate finally realized that he was making no impression and that a riot was breaking out instead.  All that, he released Barabbas to them.  Jesus, however, he first had scourged.  (Mt 27:22-24, 26).  We cannot be indifferent like Pilate in relation to Jesus.  To be against Him, as the crowd was, is the worst we can do.  Let us be willing to proclaim our faith in Jesus. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

3. The Third Mystery presents to our mind the Crowning with Thorns.

Pilate?s soldiers took Jesus inside the praetorium and collected the whole cohort around him.  They stripped off his clothes and wrapped him in a scarlet cloak.  Weaving a crown out of thorns they fixed it on his head, and stuck a reed in his right hand.  Then they began to mock him by dropping to their knees before him, saying ?All hail, King of the Jews!?  they also spat on him.  (Mt. 2:27-30).

Mary from afar saw this and prayed for the forgiveness of the great sins of blasphemy of men.  Let us imitate her, willing to sacrifice. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

4. The Fourth Mystery presents to our mind the carrying of the Cross.

As they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who was coming from the fields.  They put a crossbeam on Simon?s shoulder for him to carry along behind Jesus.  A great crowd followed him.  He turned to them:  ?Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep for yourselves and for your children.?  (Luke 23:26-28).

His mother witnessed these things praying for the conversion of sinners and for the sharing in the Cross of her son by the devout Christians.  Let us join Mary as we offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

5. The Fifth Mystery presents to our mind the Crucifixion of our Lord.

Two others who were criminals were led along with Jesus to be crucified.  When they came to the Skull Place, they crucified him there.  Jesus said:  ?Father, forgive them;  they do not know what they are doing.?  One of the criminals hanging in crucifixion blasphemed:  ?Aren?t you the Messiah?  Then save yourself and us.?  But the other one rebuked him:  ?Have you no fear of God seeing you are under the same sentence?  We deserve it, after all.  We are paying the price for what we?ve done, but this man has done nothing wrong.?  (Luke 23:32-34, 39-41)

Mary standing as a strong woman of faith during this most painful of all griefs imitates her forgiving son.  Let us imitate Him too. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen

1. In the First Mystery let us contemplate the Resurrection of Jesus.

When Jesus had seated himself to eat, he took bread, pronounced the blessing, then broke the bread and began to distribute it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him; whereupon he vanished from their sight.  They said to one another, ?Were not our hearts burning inside us as he talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?  (Luke 24:30-32)

Mary celebrated Easter everytime she participated in the Eucharist with the Apostles.  Let us be like her whenever we participate at the Sunday Eucharist. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

2. In the Second Mystery let us contemplate the Ascension of Jesus.

The eleven disciples made their way to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had summoned them.  At the sight of him, those who had entertained doubts fell down in homage.  Jesus came forward and addressed them:  ?Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth, go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.  Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you.  And know that I am with you always until the end of the world.?  (Mat 28:16-20)

Mary gave motherly guidance to the Apostles so they can execute her Son?s mandate.   Let us ask her guidance for parents and evangelizers that they be successful missionaries in their own families and fields of work. We offer this decade for?

3. In the third Mystery let us contemplate the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

When the day of Pentecost come it found them gathered in one place.  Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was  heard all through the house where they were seated.  Tongues as of fire appeared. Which parted and came to rest on each of them.  All were filled with the Holy Spirit.  They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.  (Acts 2:1-4)

Mary conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit and became Mother of the Church on Pentecost Day because of the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost Day was also the day she became the Help of Christians.  She challenges us to trust fully the action of the Holy spirit in our Christian life. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

4. In the Fourth Mystery let us contemplate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

?I have set the Lord ever before me, with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.  My heart has been glad and my tongue has rejoiced, my body will live on in hope, for you will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.  You have shown me the paths of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence.?  (Acts 2:25-28).

These words could be said of both Jesus and Mary.  They were exempted from the corruption of the body.  May we strive to respect our body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit and practice the beautiful virtue of purity. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be

5. In the last Mystery let us contemplate the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

?A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.?  (Rev. 12:1)

As mother of the Church she becomes one with us as the woman who achieve the final crown of victory for all Christians.  With her let us strive with perseverance and fortitude in order to share in her celestial victory. We offer this decade for?

Our Father, Hail Mary (10), Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father in Heaven. Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world  Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit  Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God  Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary 
Holy Mother of God
Holy Virgin of virgins
Mother of Christ
Mother of the Church
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother most Pure
Mother most Chaste
Mother Inviolate
Mother Undefiled
Mother most Amiable
Mother most Admirable
Mother of good Counsel
Mother of our Creator
Mother of our Savior
Virgin most Prudent
Virgin most Venerable
Virgin most  Renowned
Virgin most Powerful
Virgin most Merciful
Virgin most Faithful
Mirror of Justice
Seat of Wisdom 
Cause of our Joy
Spiritual Vessel
Vessel of Honor
Spiritual Vessel of Devotion
Mystical rose
Tower of David
Tower of Ivory
House of Gold
Ark of the Covenant
Gate of Heaven
Morning Star
Health of the Sick 
Refuge of Sinners
Comforter of the Afflicted
Help of Christians
Queen of Angels
Queen of Patriarch
Queen of Prophets
Queen of Apostles
Queen of  Martyrs
Queen of Confessors
Queen of Virgins
Queen of all Saints
Queen conceived without original sin
Queen assumed into Heaven
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Queen of Peace.
Pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,  Have mercy on us.
All: Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope, to you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:  to you do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn then most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us, the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.  O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.
Head of the Family: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Head of the Family: Let us pray...
All : O God, whose only begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech you, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ , our Lord.  amen.
Head of the Family: May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
All : Amen.

(For the Home Entrustment, each member of the family will hold a lighted candle.)

Virgin Mary, Help of Christians
We entrust our home to you. 
We choose you as our Mother, 
the Protectress of our home.
Yours are the efforts of our parents
to love each other as Christ loves mankind.
Yours is the growth in wisdom, 
age and grace of our children.
Yours is our education coming from 
our obedience to God's Word 
under the  guidance of the Church.
Yours is our acts full trust in God.
Yours is our life of joys and sorrows
that lead us to walk along your virtues.
Yours is our involvement in our parish 
and our society, in the spirit of service.
Yours is the protection of our home.
Let our family life reflects yours at Nazareth.
Let our true love for you shine out
our deep love for your Son Jesus,
'til we meet you in the joys of Heaven.
Head of the Family: Let us sing:  O Help of Christians
(End with the sign of the cross)


Head of the Family: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Family : Amen.
Head of the Family: Beloved Mother, Mary Help of Christians, after staying with us for some precious hours during which you have been asking God to shower down on us choicest graces, we thank you.  Allow us to repeat our love for you with this departure prayer service.
Family: Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Head of the Family: O Mary, the Church has always interpreted the Old Testament prophecies in the light of the Gospel.  In Judith, she sees Mary as the help of the Christian people:  you are our Help of Christians.
Family: Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Head of the Family: Let us ask God to fill us with faith whenever we envoked this beautiful title of Mary:  O Lord, you have given us Mary as our Mother and help.  Through her intercession, grant that we may love you and live fully the life you have given us your children.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All : Amen.
Head of the Family: Like Judith, the Virgin Mary gives us Jesus as Savior who helps us conquer our enemies, especially the devil.

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