Novena Starts May 17th thru May 25th
Feast Day of St. Mariana de Jesus is May 26th.
"The soul that obtains the perfection of humility easily attains Divine Love, without adding any other exercise of penance or virtue. Furthermore, never will you find a heart that is filled with humility ever fail nor be emptied of anything when it is also occupied with Divine Love.”
Act of Contrition
Prayer: My Sweet Jesus, as You rested among the lilies in your celestial garden, You turned Your eyes from Eternity to the most fragrant Lily of Quito. From the moment of her creation, you provided her with all of the sweet blessings that you bestow upon souls which are to be placed before Your throne; I now prostrate myself before Your Divine Majesty imploring Your divine mercy through the merits of Your faithful servant and affectionate spouse St. Mariana de Jesus. Grant me, Lord, by the imitation of St. Mariana’s heroic virtues, a soul that will emit the fragrance of virtue as hers did, for the glorification of Your most Holy Name. Amen.
My God of Infinite Holiness, One in Being and three in Person, I thank you for the innumerable graces with which you have bestowed upon your most affectionate servant, St. Mariana de Jesus, demonstrated through her example and holy life. O Lord, by the singular benefits that you grant to those who invoke her, with a lively faith in any tribulation, especially in times of plagues and earthquakes, continue to give to all devotees who appeal to you through St Mariana’s intercession the necessary graces. Do not deny the request I ask of You in this novena, if it will assist me to gain eternal salvation. Amen.
Prayer: Most Blessed Mariana de Jesus, you were chosen by God as a victim soul of expiation for the sins of your city. You embraced with heroic generosity many austere penances such as fasting, hair shirts, and disciplines until your tender and delicate body was a perfect image of the Crucified Christ for the sake of obtaining mercy and pardon for your nation. Obtain for me from Our Lord the grace which corresponds to my Christian vocation in which Divine Providence has placed me. Intercede for me so that I am able to mortify my body and control my disordered appetites that keep me from fulfilling His Divine Will. Finally, assist me to gain eternal happiness. Amen.
Now make your request to the Holy Trinity for the special grace which you wish to receive through the merits of Saint Mariana de Jesus.
Say three Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory be’s.
In Milan, a girl is prodigiously healed of meningitis and infantile paralysis:
My second daughter was seized suddenly with an attack of virulent meningitis, complicated with paralysis. Both doctors who attended to her declared this to be one of the most serious cases. Immediately, they decided to make an incision into the skull in order to diminish the cerebral pressure and evaluate the seriousness of the disease. As the liquid rapidly gushed forth, the doctors declared my daughter to be a completely lost case. In the middle of this terrible bitterness, I resorted to Saint Mariana de Jesus. I made a promise to her that I would publish the miracle if she would heal her. After an hour, I realized that her eyes were animated. Her little legs which before were completely contracted towards the chest and the head completely arched back, were now able to be moved and were flexible. The doctors were astonished when seeing this twisted body so close to death seemingly come back to life; nevertheless they told us that we should not delude ourselves because at times, this reaction was a precursor of death. In addition, the doctors told us that if even if she were to live, she could be a quadriplegic or blind, or severely brain damaged, or even perhaps all of these three things together.
Doctor Brusa assured us that out of twenty thousand cases that he has had, this is the second one that had been healed. He stated that he would publish this case in a medical magazine so that medical students could study it. In this district, out of the fifteen children who were ill, the only one cured was my daughter. For greater certainty, I send the certificates of the doctors. I have fulfilled my promise. I thank and pay homage to my Holy Compatriot, by describing this miracle so that with this testimony, the confidence in her intercession is increased among the faithful.
V. Pray for us, St. Mariana de Jesus.
R. So that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray: Oh God, who desired to have bloom in this age, Saint Mariana in virginal chastity and perpetual penance as a lily among thorns; I pray that through her merits and intercession I may deter my inclination to sin and vice and continue to follow on the road to perfection through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.