Mother Teresa’s Novena (Memorare)

On this the first Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, it seems like a good idea to share something that I found out during the build up to her canonization. That is that Mother Teresa has here own Novena, it has various names Flying Novena/Quick Novena/Express Novena but it is a rather simple novena to pray. It is simply the Memorare recited nine or ten time in a row, Mother Teresa added the tenth one in Thanksgiving.

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.”

The Memorare was Mother Teresa’s favorite prayer and by praying nine in a row many great things an be accomplished. Mother Teresa said the sisters use the Novena from the simplest things such as getting out of traffic when they are stuck in it, to both serious life and death things. It is a simple novena and I hope that if you have time to remember to take some time and pray a novena for whatever. Sure it’s not a Rosary prayer


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