March 24, 2020

Dear MODG Families, 

Every year my family participates in the Three Impossible Things Novena.  It is the most powerful novena I have ever said, and I know many people who have had prayers answered through appealing to the intercession of the Blessed Mother in this novena. I have shared this with some of you in past years, but this year it seemed to me that sharing it with our whole community would be appropriate and timely.

I know of four babies conceived and born in direct answer to this novena, whose parents were told that they couldn’t have, or it would be very difficult to have, children. I know of a woman who returned to the sacraments when her sister made that one of her intentions. I know of a family that had been at odds for years who were reconciled in answer to this novena. The husband of one of my friends was in an impossible situation at his work. It was resolved during my friend’s novena. It really is powerful. 

This seems like an especially good time to go to our Mother and ask for help. We have the direct concern of an end to the coronavirus, and also the economic problems it has created. We want the sacraments to be available again. Also, most of us have our personal concerns to take to our Mother as well. I invite you to take these intentions to our Mother in this Novena.  

It is long: It is said for nine months, from March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, to December 25th, Christmas Day.  Though it is long, it is a prayerful way to accompany Mary through her holy pregnancy. 

Novena for Impossible Requests

The following novena honors the nine months in which Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb. Begin on March 25, and the novena ends on Christmas! 

Novena for Impossible Requests:

Pray the following prayer devoutly every day from March 25th through December 25th for each of three intentions. 

"Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! 
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. 
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen." 

V - "Pray for us, most holy mother of God." 
R - "That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ." 

"Virgin of the Incarnation, a thousand times we greet thee, a thousand times we praise thee for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee. Because thou art so powerful a Virgin and Mother of God, grant what we ask of thee for the love of God." 

Here state intention Number 1; 
Repeat all of above and state intention Number 2; 
Repeat a third time and state intention Number 3. 


After above prayers and intentions say the Memorare. 

Remember, O most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. 
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother. 
To thee do I cry, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. 
Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 

Hail Mary, full of Grace...

Blessed and praised be the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, in Heaven, on earth, and everywhere. AMEN. 

I hope you will join with me in praying this prayer. I have been saying it for many years, and I have a tip to offer. Say it in the morning when you get up and at night when you go to bed. That way, when (as can happen) you forget one time, you will still have said it once during the day. 

Also, though I am sure you already know this, I thought I should add that Pope Francis has asked us all to pray the Our Father together at noon on March 25th.  That’s 4 am PT. ? Our intention is an end to this pandemic. Additionally, on Friday, Pope Francis will give an “urbi et orbi” apostolic blessing. He will start the liturgy at 6 pm Italian time. That’s 10 am PT.   

I know that Our Lord will hear our prayers, and, if it is His Will, grant them through the intercession of His mother!

With love and prayers,