Blessed Mary, Mother of Consolation, I ask you to pray with me now as i come before you as your child. Kindly be with me, dear Mother; guide me in your gentle way.
It was after nine days of prayer in the upper room that you, Mary, and the close friends of Jesus recieved the gift of the Holy Spirit. Behold me then, most kind Mother, as I too pray for nine days, in humble imitation of you.
Blessed Queen of heaven, you are the chosen one of our most loving Father. You are the Blessed Mother of God, our Savior, Jesus. You are most clost to His heart. Please join your prayers to mine.
Pray with me, Mary, for these intentions, these needs that are on my mine and in my heart.
Above all, dear Mother, keep me always as your devoted child. May I ever have before my eyes your beautiful example of acceptance of the will of the Father. May I ever strive to hold in my heart the teaching of your most blessed Son, my Lord Jesus Christ.
Gentle Queen of Heaven, Mary, my Mother, kindly turn your eyes toward me. You who are so filled with compassion and love for all your children on this earth, be with me now as I kneel before you.
I call to mind, Mary, the joy you gave to this world. Your acceptance of the desire of our loving Father gave all of us Jesus, our Lord and our Savior. You in turn, kind Mother, knew the joy of holding God in your arms, of guiding His first steps, of bringing Him to manhood. It is with a heart filled with gratitude, which have given me a most wonderful Savior.
Blessed Mary, Mother of Consolation, through the joy you knew with Jesus on earth, and the unending joy of being with Him in heaven, please pray with me now. Ask our Lord to assist me in this need of mine.
Grant also, Blessed Mother, that I may reflect the joy I have in my life. I am so blessed by Our Lord. His Gospel of love must always remain in my heart and on my lips.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, bless me today. Bless me and join me in prayer.
I am so lacking in patience, dear Mary. I grow so weary and unhappy at times. There are days when I even find it difficult to raise my heart and my mind in prayer.
Teach me, most holy Mother, to turn to you as an example of patience, acceptance and love.
How truly you can be called "Mother of Consolation." You knew the ultimate grief of witnessing the earthly death of your loving Son. You saw, as so few mothers do, your own flesh and blood, hurt, bleeding and despised, as He climbed Calvary. This most precious offering of Himself to all mankind, you saw mocked and ridiculed. Through all of this you continued to offer for all time the perfect example of a most patient and compassionate mother.
Holy Mother, I ask you to help me become more accepting and patient. May I ever follow your example and strive to make these virtues of patience and acceptance more real in my own life.
Pray for me, please, dear Mother. Ask our blessed Lord to make me more like you. Ask Him also for my very special intentions.
Keep me in your love, Blessed Mary, and guide me always closer to your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Mary, Mother of Consolation, again I come before you in prayer. Help me to pray to our most loving Father. Ever guide me to seek in my life His divine will. Help me to hold before my eyes the saving life of your Son.
You are the chosen, Mary, for your magnificent answer to the desire of the Father, the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the request of the angel. Your openness to the Father has given joy to the world. The Son of God, your Son and our Lord and Savior, because man through your answer.
Oh Mary, grant that I might offer myself to the Father as you did. Help me on the true path to holiness; this is the Father's desire for me. Assist me through your prayers that I too might agree to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within me. Help me to offer others around me the example your Son expects me to be.
In a special way, I ask you to pray with me for these, the main intentions of this novena.
Holy Mary, I offer my prayers for all of God's people, for the needs of all mankind. We are all pilgrims ever on our way toward our heavenly home. Watch over s and guide us; lead us to our Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Dear Lady of Consolation, Queen of Peace, be with me now as I pray. Join your prayers to mine as I bring my needs before our most loving Father and His Divine Son.
Throughout your life, dear Mother, you offered all around you a most perfect example of gentleness and peace. It is for that inner peace, that lovely calm in my own life, that I pray.
Help me to quiet myself in the midst of the activity around me. Guide me in the way of peace that I may seek the time to be still and hear the gentle voice of our Father.
Mary, please pray for me, that I may quiet myself in order to learn more of Jesus, our Lord. Through Him we have the way to the Father. Help me to take more time each day for prayer, for deepening my relationship with Christ. Guide me in the way of opening myself to His peace.
Pray with me now, kind and gentle Mother, for my special intentions.
May your gentleness ever be my example and may the peace of Christ fill my heart always.
Holy Mother Mary, again I come before you as your child. I pray with all my heart and mind for all of God's pilgrim people.
Pray for me, dear Mother, for a greater understanding of the wonderful gift of Christ in the Eucharist. Help me to see in this most Blessed Sacrament, Christ Himself, the great and unending gift of the Father. Help me, Mary, to feel the nearness of my Lord. Through the celebration of the Eucharist, He truly touches me; He feeds me by His divine sacrifice, His death and resurrection.
So abundant is God's love through this Sacrament. May I ever see this love, this grace, and live as a child of God, a child of light.
At Mass, dear Mary, our entire salvation unfolds before my eyes. Jesus, our Savior, comes to us, as the wonderful sacrifice to the Father is renewed. What a loving Father we have, and how endless is His love and mercy for all of us!
Mary, Mother of God, keep me mindful of this great gift of the Eucharist.
Please pray with me now, dear Mother, for these special needs of mine.
Ask our blessed Lord to keep me ever united to Him, and always close in prayer to you.
Most blessed Mary, kind and loving Mother, receive me, your child into your tender care.
In your life, Mary, you always offered kindness to those around you. Pray with me now to our loving Lord, that in my life I may reflect you through kindness.
There are so many times in this life of ours, Mary, that kindness gives way to harshness. In that rush to "get things done", I become quick and short with those around me. In my own little world, I often think only of my own plans, my own accomplishments, and I forget that I am only one of God's children, only one of your children.
Dear blessed Mother, teach me your ways. Help me to take more time with those who seek my time. I want to be like you, Mary, in every way. In the rush of each day, remind me to be kind.
Pray with me now, Mary, as I place before our Lord the main intentions of this novena.
Please ask our loving Savior to help me in these particular needs of mine. Turn your eyes, so filled with kindness, on me, gracious Mother, and help me as I trust so much in you.
I desire always the kingdom of your Son. Help me to finish this day in His love and under your kind and gentle care, Mother of God.
Holy Mary, Our Lady of Consolation, I come before you today as your pilgrim. My entire life is a journey, a pilgrimage. Constantly do I seek the way of your Son, as I move toward our heavenly home.
I am inspired by you, Mary. I call myself your pilgrim as you are my special Patroness, my gentle and loving Mother, Leading me each and every day closer to your Blessed Son, my Lord and Savior.
Oh Mary, please pray for me as I continue my earthly pilgrimage. Ask our Blessed Lord to strengthen me each day that I may resist the many temptations of this life. Pray for me, Mary, that I may always remember that I was not created for this earthly home, but rather for our heavenly home with my Father.
At this time, dear Mother, please join me in prayer for the particular intentions of this novena.
Look kindly on these needs and ask our Blessed Lord to help me.
Always be with me, Mary, as I continue on this pilgrimage home. When that day comes when I shall end this pilgrimage, I pray that you will stand with me as I see, face to face, the Father of all goodness, my God and my all.
Dear Mother, I now come before you on the last day of this novena. I know you have heard me, Mary, I believe you have prayed with me each day for my very special intentions.
My heart is filled with so much gratitude as I think of you. I have in you, dear Lady, a Mother of kindness, of gentleness and of consolation. How blessed I am to be your very own child.
In the course of these prayers I have asked for many things. I know deep in my heart Mary, you have given me much more. Oh, dear Queen of Heaven, that I could face you all of my days as you did, and pray that lovely prayer of yours, “Be it done unto me according to thy word…”!
As I end this period of prayer, please continue to pray for these needs of mine, which fill me with concern.
Prayer can change anything on earth. I plead with you then, to remember my intentions to your Divine Son.
Gracious Mother of God, as I end this prayer, I ask you to guide me always closer to your Blessed Son, Jesus my Lord. I truly desire to live in His light, to be an example to those around me of his love. Pray with me please to carry in my mind and in my heart, His cross of Salvation and His Gospel of love. Oh Mary, Mother of Consolation, pray for me, now and at the hour of my death.
The Venerable Image of the miraculous Virgin of Solitude of Porta Vaga in Cavite Puerto, was miraculously saved after the beautiful church where She was venerated for more than 300 years was burned by the Japanese in 1945. She is now enthroned at the Church of San Roque where she is venerated with filial love by Her dear children in the city of Cavite.
The Illustrious and Most Reverend Lord, Don Basilio Sancho de Santa Justa y Rufina, by the grace of God, and the Holy See, Apostolic Archbishop of the Philippine Islands, the Council of His Majesty, etc., grants eighty days indulgence to the faithful everytime they pray or assist in this Novena.
Likewise, the Most Reverend and illustrious Lord Fr. Juan Antonio de Orbigo y Gallego, grants another forty days for those who do the same.
And also the illustrious Most Reverend Bishop Jeremias J. Harty, Archbishop of Manila, on the 21st day of October 1909, grants 100 days of indulgence to all who make use of the prayers contained herein and the other 100 who make this novena.
DON CANDIDO URETA MANZANARES, Priest, Doctor of Sacred Theology, Commander of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, Canon of the Holy Cathedral Church, and Secretary of Government House and the Archbishop, etc., certify that, at the request of Fr. Juan Dilag in application for license to print the manuscript entitled in Tagalog: “Pagsisiyam sa mapagpalang Ina, na ang pamagat Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.” S.E.I. has served decree on this date the following:
"We attach herewith to act as license to print in the Tagalog language manuscript entitled ‘Pagsisiyam sa mapagpalang Ina, na ang pamagat Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.’, in response to that as reported by the Censor that our Order has examined such, not contain anything against the dogma and morality, but rather deemed highly desirable for the pious reading of the faithful. Recorded for the Secretariat in testimony of this decree and filed the original subject. - Archbishop Gregory. "
And for the record I give this to the Secretary signed in my office.
Manila, August 3 of 1861.
DR. CANDIDO URETA
By the sign of the Holy Cross, from our enemies, deliver us, Oh Lord, our God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
ACT OF CONTRITION
Virgin most sorrowful! I am aware of Your incomparable grief as well as of the deep pain that wounded Your loving heart during those three days of Your solitude, while Your Son, Jesus, lay dead and burried in the sepulchre, in order that I may be overwhelmed with sorrow for the many times that, through my serious offenses, I have expelled my Lord out of my soul.
I am heartily sorry for all and each one of my sins, and I would even prefer death rather than commit any of them. But from now on, dearest Mother, I am resolved to ammend my life and avoid sin, hoping that Your Divine Son, who suffered a most ignonimous death for my sake, will grant me mercy, forgiveness of sins and a return to a life of grace. I also ask of you, my Mother, that I may receive these favors through the merits of Your painful solitude. Amen.
Most aggrieved Mary, Mother of Thy most tormented Son! I am aware of the great suffering that pierced Your tender heart when, after depositing His lacerated body inside the sepulchre, those kind and pious men placed a heavy stone on its entrance and thus covered His mortal remains from Your view. Woe to me, dearest Lady, for they were my grievious offenses which caused so much torture and fatigue to Your pure heart. I beg of You, therefore, to intercede for me in order that I may obtain through the merits of Your painful Solitude, the grace of true repentance for my sins and the honor of being buried with Your Divine Son, together with all my disorderly passions and inclinations, for His greater glory and for the favor which I hope to obtain in this Novena. Amen.
(State your petition, then say three Hail Mary’s and continue with the following:)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
CONDOLENCE TO OUR LADY IN THE SILENCE OF HER SOLITUDE
O Mother most disconsolate, grant me permission to stay in Your presence, since knowing that I am the cause of Your grief, through my grievious sins, I am filled with compunction and dare not show myself before You. Yet, knowing that You are the Mother of sinners, I beseech You to be a special Mother to me whom You now see weeping, contrite and begging pardon for my sins. And since You withstood by the Church and Her faith during those three days of Your Solitude, may She now triumph over Her enemies; the souls in Purgatory be released soon from their temporal punishment; and may I be numbered among Your faithful servants to keep company during Your solitude, in order that I may deserve Your valuable assistance at the hour of my death, and Your glorious company forever and ever in Heaven. Amen.
Then follows the prayer and hymn to Our Lady of Solitude.
Most tormented Mother, I am aware of the most grievious pain that pierced Your heart to pieces when, directing Your steps homeward, from where you were, you reached the place where the Cross still stood. It was the same cross on which Your Son, Jesus, consumated His great work of redemption, and from Your heart, You adored this new tree of life, envisioning the vast number of souls who would reach and possess the eternal bliss of Heaven through it. On the other hand, I realize how through my ingratitude, my impatience and my negligence in the fulfillment of my duties, I have added weight and scorn to this cross which rested on the shoulders of Your Son, and which merited all Your compassion. I beseech You now, my dearest Lady and Mother, for the pain that tortured Your heart at this stage, to
obtain for me the necessary courage to carry on my work, to mortify myself in my desire for worldly pleasures, and to obtain the eternal glory in Heaven; and if it be for the greater glory of God and my own welfare, to grant me the favors which I hope to deserve through this Novena. Amen.
O most afflicted Mother, I can feel the incomparable grief that shook Your innermost being when You descended from Mount Calvary while remembering that You ascended it some few hours ago on that same day, following the footsteps of Your most patient Son. If I could only shed tears of regret for the many times when, in company with false friends and listening to their insidious invitations, I have strayed away from my God and from the true path of life eternal. May I beg of you, my dearest Mother and Queen, the necessary light to understand the depth to which my bad examples have brought me, and, availing myself of the lessons taught to us in His passion, as well as in Your Solitude, may I tread on the path of the Commandments and of all virtues. And, if it be for the greater honor of God and for the good of my soul, grant that I may obtain the favors that I plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O my most aggrieved Mother, who could ever comprehend the fathomless sorrow that pained your precious heart when, returning home in the afternoon and while passing through the passion road from Calvary, you could not but remember vividly the horrible scenes that took place that same morning, particularly what occured in the house of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor in Judea, until the sentence of death was executed on top of the mount. Those were memories that threatened to wreck Your mind and Your heart. May I be granted the grace to keep and perpetuate the same Passion and death of your Son, Jesus, in my memory in order that I may not make any step in the future that might not be in consonance with His love for me and with my gratitude for Him. Finally, if it be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul, please intercede for me that i may receive the favors that i plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O most tormented Mother, you suffered the increasing pangs of Solitude in Your precious heart when, the night having fallen, You entered anew the gates of Jerusalem and beheld with awe the dark mantle of grief and solitude that befell that populous city, after its people had committed the horrible sacrilege
against the exalted Person of the Messiah, crucifying Him to death, He who was their Redeemer and Benefactor. In the silence that gripped Your heart, You must have echoed anew the same sentiments of Your Son and expressed Yourself thus: “Poor Jerusalem! How you have wasted away so much joy and grace! What has my Son done to you to have deserved so much calumny and sacrifice?” I beseech You, my dearest Mother, to help me attain, through mercy, the necessary light to know the great malice to which I have fallen, in order that feeling sorry for my sins, I may avoid the punishment that is due to me. Finally, if it be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul, may I deserve to receive the favors that I plead for in this Novena. Amen.
O Virgin of dolours, how much you must have felt the Solitude that engulfed Your heart when You returned to the Cenacle after the burial of Your Son, remembering that only the night before, You had a talk with Him, and realized that He was no longer there, but in the damp darkness of hte sepulchre. With what loving devotion you must have kissed repeatedly the floor on which He had walked on! What could I do, O most benign Mother, in order to keep You company and console you? It was in this same Cenacle where Your Son, Jesus, gave His parting greetings the day before, knowing that on the following day, Holy Friday, He was to give you, instead, to all of us as our own Mother. And since I am one of these, Your children, and the most miserable, I beg of You not to exclude me from Your Maternal solicitude: keep me as Your Son, even if I am unworthy of the honor, and may I live and move as You would want me to. Finally, may I receive the favors which I ask of You through this Novena, if they be for the greater honor of God and the good of my soul. Amen.
O most unhappy Mother, who preferred to suffer alone in the midst of Your Solitude, inspite of the proffered sympathy and kindness of Your adopted Son John and of the other pious women, in order to give vent to the sorrowful lamentations of Your heart, in the silence of Your dwelling. May I be privileged to keep you company in Your Solitude, and please do not send me away from You. Share with me even one drop of Your bitter tears, in order that I may understand fully the gravity and malice of my innumerable sins, as well as to suffer with heroic fortitude and patience all contradictions and humiliations which the Lord may design to send me, in atonement for my sins. Lastly, may I obtain the favors I ask of You in this Novena, if they be for the greater honor of God and the good of
my soul. Amen.
O most tortured Mother and Queen, now you are alone in Your dark room where everything around you seems to conspire to add greater weight to Your painful solitude. The night is long, and now that the Sun of Justice, Your Jesus, had breathed His last in the twilight of Calvary, you feel as if the light of joy would never brighten gain Your days on earth. Oh, how different is this night from that other one when You conceived in Your womb the Son of God! Or that from that other night when You gave Him birth in the manger of Bethlehem! If only my past ingratitude would not add pain in Your heart, i would volunteer to keep You company in Your Solitude! I promise, therefore, to weep over my past sins and never to offend Your Son again, in order that i may deserve to receive His pardon and the grace to die first before I commit another sin. These favors I ask of You through this Novena, and I hope to obtain them, together with the other petitions of mine, if they be in accordance with the will of God and for the good of my soul. Amen.
O most sorely tired Mother, how long and painful must have been the three agonizing days during which you waited for the resurrection of Your dead Son. And with what anxiety You must have yearned for the opening of that memorable morn when You would see Him again, this time, immortal and triumphant. With this burning trust in Your heart, You exercised the virtue of Faith believing in the promise of your beloved Son; Your hope made You await His glorious Resurrection; Your charity made You love Him all the more; Patience gave You strength to suffer Your Solitude; Resignation made You embrace Your sufferings, and finally, Your kindness to Your fellowmen led You to suffer all trials for them.
Your edifying example, sweet Mother, gives me courage to pray for Holy Mother Church, for the christian nations and their leaders, for this City of Cavite, and for the entire Philippines, as well as for all of us here present and for those who are absent. May we all obtain for us the fruits of Your Solitude, through Your powerful intercession, including the favors which I ask of You through this Novena. Amen.
HYMN TO OUR LADY IN HER SOLITUDE
At the foot of the Cross
Stood His Mother,
eyes are streaming
for Her dearly beloved Son.
Pray for us, oh Virgin,
to Your dearly beloved Son.
Your heart clouded
with bitter pain;
You comforted Him in His suffering.
With infinite sorrow
In Your heart and soul.
Pray for us, oh Virgin,
to Your dearly beloved Son.
V. Pray for us, O Virgin most Sorrowful.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY.
O God, at Whose passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow pierced the most sweet soul of the glorious virgin and mother Mary; grant in Thy mercy that we, who call to mind with veneration her soul pierced with sorrow, through the glorious merits and prayers of all the saints faithfully standing by Thy cross, may obtain the blessed result of Thy Passion. Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.