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radioNovena to the
Blessed Romero


A novena is nine days of intercessory prayer for one or more special intentions. It derives from the nine days that the Apostle waited and prayed before the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. This Novena to Oscar Romero, prepared by the Archdiocese of San Salvador, may begin at any time of the year, but for the purposes of this centennial observance, it is suggested that people begin praying of August 6, so we finish on the vigil of the Assumption, August 14th. Please include in your intentions the people of El Salvador, who were so loved by Archbishop Romero, but who still suffer so much injustice and violence.

Novena en Español.

ACT OF LOVE TO GOD
I believe faithfully and truly in the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons and one true God, in whom I firmly trust to obtain the perfection of the pain of having offended His Most Holy Majesty, through the merits of My Lord Jesus Christ, those of His Blessed Mother and those of my glorious advocate Blessed Oscar Romero; I entreat the Lord to always preserve in me this living faith, to grant me the forgiveness of my sins, provide for my needs, and for what I ask in this Novena, if it is for His honor and for the good of my soul. If not, may I live obediently in His holy will, as that which suits me best. Amen.

PREPARATORY PRAYER FOR EACH DAY
Glorious Blessed Oscar Romero, we turn to you, confident of your intercession. We are drawn to you with a special devotion and we know that our supplications will be more pleasing to God our Lord, if you, who are so beloved of Him, present them to Him. Your charity, an admirable reflection of God’s own, compels you to succor all misery, to console all sorrow and to gratify all desires and needs, if it is to be of benefit to our souls. Look, then, upon our miseries and sorrows, our labors and needs, our good desires, and help us to assure ourselves more and more of our eternal salvation with the practice of good works and the imitation of your virtues. And, in particular, we ask you to obtain for us from God the special grace that, by this devout Novena, we confidently hope to attain. Amen.

FINAL PRAYER FOR EACH DAY
God the Father of all men and women, who has given us in your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero, a faithful and zealous Pastor, demonstrating a fervent love of your Church and in her in a special way, the poor and the needy, grant that we may know how to live according to the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

FIRST DAY
Sunday August 6, 2017
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the generosity with which your Bishop Oscar Romero responded to God’s call, recognizing the will of God with living faith always and in everything, I entreat you, in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, to grant me to be always faithful to your commands with a readiness and generosity similar to his, so that the faith received at Baptism will continuously grow and mature in my soul. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

SECOND DAY
Monday August 7, 2017
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.

O Lord, who always hears the pleas of your saints; today we address you through the Glorious Martyr Oscar Romero to ask you with faith and confidence for all the needs of Our Mother Church, that she may ever hold fast in the fulfillment of your will. Also, Lord, we pray for the sick who invoke in faith the name of your Glorious Martyr Oscar Romero.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

THIRD DAY
Tuesday August 8, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the unyielding hope that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero persevered in throughout his life, trusting fully in your paternal providence, I humbly implore you, in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, to grant me never to lose heart before the adversities of life, but rather, animated by the hope of Heaven, to live always confident of your merciful love. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

FOURTH DAY
Wednesday August 9, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the burning charity that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero felt toward the poorest of the poor, I beseech you grant me the particular grace of this Novena, and that my heart may be inflamed, more and more every day, by the divine love that burns in you, and in which you long to see all men and women consumed and purified. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

FIFTH DAY
Thursday August 10, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that inextinguishable zeal that consumed the soul of your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero in favor of the spiritual and temporal good of his beloved flock, to the point of sacrificing his life for them, I humbly pray that in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, you grant that I be more concerned for my spiritual welfare and the salvation of others. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

SIXTH DAY
Friday August 11, 2017
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.

By the love of work that characterized your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero in all his tasks, however ordinary and tedious they might be, I humbly beg you, Lord, that besides the particular grace of this Novena, that you grant me a great spirit of faith, to see in the use of the present moment the most effective means of seeking the glory of God, the salvation of souls and my own sanctification. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

SEVENTH DAY
Saturday August 12, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the admirable faithfulness and strength with which your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero bore, first vicariously through the others and then in his own body, the horrible contempt of his own kind, in addition to the suffering of isolation and impotence to overcome the evil around him, I beg you humbly that in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, you may grant me to accept with my eyes fixed on you, my God, the sorrows and troubles of life. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

EIGHTH DAY
Sunday August 13, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that pious devotion that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero always professed to the Blessed Virgin, I ardently beseech you that besides the particular grace of this Novena, you may grant me to conduct myself, always and in everything, as your loving son, in order to merit one day the joy one day of being presented by Her in your Celestial Court, to enjoy your company forever in Heaven. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.
Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

DAY NINE
Monday August 14, 2017

Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that fervent love that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero professed for the Holy Eucharist, as the nourishment of his soul in his Masses and Communions, and as the solace of his spirit in his fervent adorations before the Sacred Tabernacle, I beg you, in addition to the special grace of this Novena, grant me that may I grow more and more devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and to prepare my heart every day to better receive it as to gain the maximum profit. Amen.

Speak your petition(s) ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

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