INTRODUCTION NOVENA OF MARIA BAMBINA 2020

This year we wish to live the novena of the feast of the Nativity of Mary entering into your houses to bring to you directly her smiling face and her blessing hand.

  • Each morning we wish to start the day with a glimpse into the history that explains the meaning of the feast and narrate briefly how the image of Maria Bambina arrived in Milan in our Shrine, Via Santa Sofia.
  • In the evening, we invite you to be in communion with us, those who desire, to pray the Rosary and celebrate the Eucharist during the Novena to Maria Bambina and
  • also through our website, the novena to Maria Bambina, inserted in the recitation of the Vespers to facilitate who desires to pray (all days except 7th September, it is in Italian along with the text in English. On 7th it is in English)

Can the spirituality of Maria Bambina still be of help in this changing world that makes us feel evermore small and fragile?

We shall have some light if we let ourselves be questioned by the history of the devotion to Maria Bambina and maybe we shall also discover how much Mary can speak to our lives as believers today.

Glimpses into a History

Holy Mass and Rosary

Vespers

Glimpses into a History

INTRODUCTION

The reflections are chosen from the text Feast of the Nativity of Mary from the East and the West of Georges Gharib, who starting from the origin of the feast, explains its deep meaning and concludes affirming, “the nativity of Mary is a constant invitation to joy”.

From the text The History of the image  Sr Albarica Mascoti we can understand briefly how the effigy of Maria Bambina came to us sisters “by a providential plan”, confirming that Maria Bambina has accompanied right from the beginning of our Institute’s journey.

 

Holy Mass and Rosary

 ROSARY AND EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION 

They will be published in our website: Canale Youtube Maria Bambina

 

In the Eucharistic celebration reflections will be offered on the theme: Mary, Seat of wisdom, pray for us; may the one who treasured meditating in her heart the words and life events of Jesus intercede for us the gift of wisdom.

In the centenary year of the birth of St. John Paul II we meditate on Redemptoris Mater, encyclical letter on Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the pilgrim Church. 

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The TEXT of the Rosary: PDF

 

Vespers of NOVENA MARIA BAMBINA

 

NOVENA OF MARIA BAMBINA 2020: “Mary, ‘littleness’ in the hands of God”
 
Fifth day: 3 September

O God come to my assistance
O Lord make haste to help me.

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.

 

Hymn: O CIELO, CHE T’APRI

O cielo, che t’apri sul mondo,
purissima ancella del Padre:
la luce del Verbo divino
discenda su noi dal tuo seno.

Qual vento possente e soave
t’avvolge lo Spirito Santo:
divieni la madre di Dio
tu, vergine intatta e fedele.

La madre sei tu della Chiesa,
ch’è nata dal sangue di Cristo,
sei l’alba di un giorno radioso,
il fiore di tutto il creato.

Per sempre sia gloria a te, Padre,
al Figlio che tu ci hai donato,
sia gloria allo Spirito Santo,
ch’è fonte eterna di vita.
Amen.

 

Refrain.  Come let us celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary;
let us worship her Son, Christ our Lord.

Rejoice with me, all you who love the Lord:
in my lowliness I found favour with the Most High.
From my womb I brought forth him who is both God and man.

I was possessed by God from the beginning of his works,
before every creature, from the beginning of eternity I was created:
and even before the earth was formed and seas were not yet existing was I conceived.

Who is this that comes radiant as the sun beautiful as Jerusalem?
In her have been blessed the daughters of Zion. The queens have praised her,
and like in spring, the roses and lilies in bloom surround her..

She is exalted above the cedar of Lebanon and the cypress on the heights of mount Zion
and like choice myrrh she spreads a sweet perfume.

God has loved the daughter of Zion adorned with jewels.
The maidens seeing her, proclaim her blessed saying: like diffused ointment is your name.

You are blessed, O holy Virgin Mary, and to you every praise is due,
because from you is born the Sun of justice Christ our God.

Refrain.  Come let us celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary;
let us worship her Son, Christ our Lord.

 

Ant.   With immense joy let us celebrate the Nativity of Mary!
          May she plead for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today is the birthday of the glorious Virgin Mary
sprung from the seed of Abraham,

from the tribe of Judah,
from David’s noble line.

Through her has appeared to the faithful, the salvation of the world.
Her glorious life illumines the history of the people of God.

Her admirable life
gives light to the whole Church.

The Lord has regarded her humility
and to her it was announced by the angel that
she would conceive the Saviour of the world.

With joyful devotion let us celebrate
the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

With all our hearts let us praise Christ
on this sacred solemnity of the great Mother of God.

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.

Ant.   With immense joy let us celebrate the Nativity of Mary!
          May she plead for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Ant.   Behold the Handmaid of the Lord
         Be it done unto me according to your word, Alleluia.

Psalm 126

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labour,
If the Lord does not watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat:
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man.
who has Med his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

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.

Ant.    Behold the Handmaid of the Lord
          Be it done unto me according to your word, Alleluia.

 

SHORT READING

Littleness of Mary: LOVE OF GOD THAT DRAWS NEAR

READER 1: There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, «They have no wine.» And Jesus said to her, «Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.» His mother said to the servants, «Do whatever he tells you..» (Jn 2: 1-5).

READER 2: THANK YOU MARY,
mother and disciple of your son Jesus,
you are the only person
who realizes the lack of wine that is sign of love;
you understood that your Son’s time was not far off
and invite the servants to make themselves available to Jesus.

ALL:  WOMEN OF THE EARTH:
precious daughter in the eyes of God,
pray with us,
so that we always choose to serve others with love.

Short Response

R. Hail May full of grace, the Lord is with you.
V. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you.

R. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
V. The Lord is with you.

R. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
V. Hall Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you.

 

Ant. Magnificat. Today is the birthday of the glorious Virgin Mary,
                            sprung from the seed of Abraham,
                            from the tribe of Judah, from David’s noble line.

Magnificat 

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.

He looks on his servant in her nothingness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

the Almighty works marvels for me.
holy his name!
his mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
for Abraham and his sons for ever.

Glory be to be 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.

Ant. Magnificat. Today is the birthday of the glorious Virgin Mary,
                            sprung from the seed of Abraham,
                            from the tribe of Judah, from David’s noble line.

 

Intercessions

Let us pray to Lord Jesus Christ, who willed to be born of the Virgin Mary and say:
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Son of the Living God, through your passion you have granted to the world salvation and by your merits, you have preserved your mother from every sin:
− grant that our lives be blameless before the heavenly Father, so that we too may come to the glory of heaven.

O Redeemer of men, who chose the womb of the Virgin Mary to be your dwelling:
− take possession of us with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be a place of encounter between human beings and God.

You who enlighten the minds and hearts and have granted to Mary, your mother, the grace to understand and meditate your words and works:
− grant us that we may always be ready to listen to your Word, and live our life according to it.

O king of all who rule, you have glorified your mother, making her sit beside you in the splendour of eternal life:
− grant to all who die in your name the grace to taste the dawn of resurrection.

O Father, who searches for who adore in spirit and truth, children who are always listening to your Word, so we pray:

Our Father

Concluding prayer

O Merciful Lord, listen to the prayer of your servants; so that all who are gathered to celebrate the feast of the Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin,
may through her intercession be set free from the dangers of the present time and be admitted into the future glory. Through Christ our Lord.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from evil and lead us to everlasting life.