Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

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Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Good Counsel is one of the many titles given to Mary. Titles like Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Fatima were given as the result of a Marian apparition. Our Lady of Good Counsel was a title given after a Marian miracle that took place in Italy during the 15th century. While this title was given to Mary after a single event, the novena prayers will focus on how Mary has been our counselor throughout history.

 

About Our Lady of Good Counsel

The miracle of Our Lady of Good Counsel took place in Italy in a town south of Rome called Genazzano. The church where the miracle took place, Santa Maria, was already a pilgrimage site where miracles were reported to have happened.

In 1467 on the Feast of St. Mark, the people of the town heard “exquisite music.” They said that a cloud came down and destroyed an unfinished wall of the church. When the cloud had disappeared, it left behind a fresco on a very thin piece of plaster of Mary holding the infant Jesus. It is thought that the fresco had been miraculously relocated from Scutari, Albania.

Several popes have visited the site and have had devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel, including Pope Urban VIII, Pope Pius IX, Pope Benedict XIV, Pope Leo XIII, and Pope Pius XII. Pope Pius XII wrote a different novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel.

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena Prayers

Day 1: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In your “yes” to the angel Gabriel to accept your role as the Mother of God, you accepted a unique role as a mediator between Heaven and Earth. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our world leaders, pray for us.

For counsel for those who are persecuted and suffer grave injustice, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 2: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. You have provided counsel and comfort to those who needed you, even during your earthly life when you visited your cousin Elizabeth while she carried John the Baptist in her womb. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our country’s leaders, pray for us.

For counsel for those who are exiled from their home countries, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 3: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. Your counsel to us extends back to your earthly life when you spoke of your Son, commanding us: “Do whatever He tells you”. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our city’s leaders, pray for us.

For counsel for those who are homeless, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 4: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. At the Cross, Jesus gave you to the disciple St. John, saying “Behold, your mother” to him and to all of us who follow after him. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our home parish, pray for us.

For counsel for those who do not pray, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 5: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In the 16th century in Mexico, you counseled Juan Diego, saying, “Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here, who am your Mother? Is there anything else you need?” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our friends, pray for us.

For counsel for those who are lonely, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 6: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In 1830, you counseled Catherine Laboure in Paris, instructing her on the design for the Miraculous Medal and saying, “All who wear this medal will receive great graces.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our extended families, pray for us.

For counsel for extended families who are estranged, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 7: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In 1858, you counseled Bernadette Soubirous in France, telling her where to dig in the ground to bring forth a spring where a great multitude of people would be healed of illnesses and infirmities for decades to come. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for our families, pray for us.

For counsel for families who are torn, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 8: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, you counseled three shepherd children, saying, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for ourselves, pray for us.

For counsel for how to love those who I find difficult to love, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Day 9: Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person roughout history. In 1933, you counseled Mariette Beco in Belgium, saying, “Believe in me and I will believe in you.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life.

(State your intentions here)

For guidance for all those who pray this novena, pray for us.

For counsel to seek your Son every day of our lives, pray for us.

For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us.

Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Patronages

Our Lady of Good Counsel is Patron of…

The intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel is called on especially in the following cases:

  • Essen, Germany
  • The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver
  • The Midwest Augustinians

Our Lady of Good Counsel’s feast day is April 26th but you can pray the Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

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