The East Indian Community

Original Inhabitants of Bombay, Salsette & Thana.

The perpetual novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help




Novena prayers


1.Come holy ghost( kneel)


Come, holy ghost, creator blest

And in our souls take up thy rest,

Come with thy grace and heavenly aid,

To fill the hearts which thou hast made.


Send forth thy spirit and they shall be created


And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray


O god, who didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending them the light of the holy spirit, grant us by the same spirit, to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort, through christ our lord, amen.


2. An act of contrition


(here, o god is my sacrifice, a broken spirit, a heart that is humbled and contrite, thou, o god, will never disdain: ps. 50.19)


My god, i belive in thee   i hope in thee,  i love thee above all things  with all my soul,  with all my heart  and with all my strength;  i love thee because thou are infinitely good  and worthy of being loved;  and because i love thee,  i repent with all my heart of having offended thee;  have mercy on me a sinner.  amen


3. For the intentions of the holy father


(to gain the indulgences attached to this novena in this church).


The our father


Our father, in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.  Give us to-day our daily bread forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil. Amen.


The hail mary


Hail mary, full of grace, the lord is with thee blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, jesus.  Holy mary mother of god, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.



The glory be to the father


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.



4. Invocations to our lady.


We fly to thy patronage, o holy mother of god,  despise not our petitons in our necessities but ever deliver us from  all dangers o glorious and blessed virgin


Pr : o mother of perpetual succour, thou whose very name  inspires confidence.

Pe : help me, o loving mother.


Pr : that i may love and serve god with all my heart

Help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may never neglect prayer

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : in temptations against the holy virtue of purity

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may quickly rise again should i have the misfortune to fall into sin

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may labour zealously to get rid of my sinful habits

Pe :: help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may courgeously resist the seductions of the world, evil companions, bad books and flims

Pe : help me, o loving mother.


Pr : that i may often and devoutly receive the sacraments and fulfil my christian duties and the duties of my state

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may be patient and resigned in  all trials and troubles of life

Pe : help me, o loving mother.


Pr : in sickness and pain, in poverty   and distress

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : that i may ever love and serve thee and invoke thy assistance

Pe : help me, o loving mother.


Pr : that i may be able to lead others to love, serve and pray to thee

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : when death is near and i am about to pass into eternity

Pe : help me, o loving mother


Pr : to my last hour, to my last breath do thou watch over me.

Pe : help me,  o loving mother.


Pr : pray for us o mother of perpetual succour

Pe : that we may be made worthy of the promises of christ.


Let us pray


O almighty and merciful god  who in order  to assist the human race hast  willed the blessed virgin mary to become the mother  of thy only-begotten son grant we beseech thee that by her intercession we may avoid  the contagion of sin and serve thee  with a pure  heart  through  the same christ our lord amen


5 summary of petitions and thanksgivings



6 novena prayers


O mother of perpetual succour  behold me a miserable sinner at thy feet.  i have recourse to thee and put my trust in thee o mother of mercy, have pity upon me i hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners;  be then my refuge and my hope.  succour me for the love of jesus christ  stretch forth thy hand to me,  a poor sinner , who recommend and dedicate myself to thee  as thy perpetul servant. i bless and thank god for having in his mercy given me this confidence in thee,  the pledge as i belive of my eternal salvation.  alas too often in past times have i miserably fallen because i had not recourse to thee.  i know that with thy help  i shall conquer.  i know that thou wilt help me  if i recommend myself to thee,  but i fear lest in the occasion of falling  i should cease to call upon thee  and so should lose my soul.  this then is the grace i seek from thee, and i beg of thee, as far as i know  how and can,  to obtain it for me namely in the assaults of hell always to have to recourse to thee and to say to thee  o mary help me mother of perpetuaal succour,  suffer me not to lose my god.  amen.



Pr : mother of perpetual succour

Pe : pray for thy children


        hail mary…………


(repeat three times)


Holy mary,  succour the miserable, help the faint hearted cheer those that weep, pray for the people  be the advocate of the clergy, intercede for all devout women let all feel thine aid, who implore thy perpetual succour.


Pr : thou has been made for us o lady, a refuge.

Pe : a helper in need and tribulation.


Let us pray


  o lord jesus christ,  who has given us thy mother mary,  whose wondrous image we  venerate,  to be our mother ever ready to  succour us, grant we beseech thee, that we, who earnestly implore her materal aid, may deserve to enjoy perpetually the fruit of thy redemption.  who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.


7.hymn – mother dear oh pray for me


Mother dear, oh, pray for me

Whilst far from heaven and thee,

I wander in a fragilr bark

O`er life’ tempestuous sea.

O virgin mother, from thy throne,

So bright in bliss above,

Protect thy child,  and cheer my path,

With thy sweet smile of love.

Chorus :

Mother dear, oh pray for me

And never cease thy care;

Till in heaven eternally,

Thy love and blisss i share.


8. Annoucement and sermonette


Silent prayer


9. 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 with this confidence,  i fly to thee o virgin of virgins, my mother.  to thee i come before thee i stand, sinful and sorrowful.  o mother of the world incarnate despise not my petitions,  but in thy mercy hear and answer me amen.


10. Exposition and prayer,

Before the blessed sacrament


Merciful lord whose mercies are without number

And whose goodness is without end

You abide with your people in wondrous manner

And are with us all days

Even to the end of time.

By your kinly presence

Direct our minds,

With your guiding love

Watch over our paths,

With your powerful help

Deliver us from

Every tribulation

From all danger and sin

That we may on  earth always live

With you and in you

And in your eternal dwelling

Enjoy your presence for ever



11.blessing of the sick


V. Our help is in the name of the lord,

R.  Who made heaven and earth

V.  Lord, hear my prayer

R.  And let my cry come unto thee


V. The lord be with you,

R. And with you also.


Let us pray


Grant, we beseech thee, o lord god that these thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the glorious intercession of blessed mary, ever virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal gladness through christ our lord. Amen.


(extending his right hand towards the sick)


May the lord jesus christ be amongst  you, to defend you;  within you; to preserve you; before you, to guide you; after you to guard you; above you to bless you; who with the father and the holy spirit lives and reigns for ever and ever amen.


Through the intercession of our mother of perpetual succour may the blessing of almighty god, + father, son, and holy spirit, desend upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.


12. Mary from thy sacred image


Mary, from thy sacred image,

With those eyes so sadly sweet,

Mother of perpetual succour!

See us kneeling at thy feet.

In thy arms thy child thou bearest

Source of all thy joy and woe;

What thy bliss, how deep thy sorrows,

Mother, thou alone canst know.



Mother dearest,

Mother fairest


Mother dearest, mother fairest

Help of all who call on thee.

Virgin purest, brightest, rarest,

Help us, help we cry to thee.


Mary help us, help we pray

Mary help us, help we pray

Help us in all care and sorrow,

Mary help us, help we pray.


Mary, help in pain and sorrow.

Soothe those rack’d on bed of pain

May the golden light of morrow

Bring them health and joy again


Mary help us, help we pray

Mary help us, help we pray

Help us in all care and sorrow,

Mary help us, help we pray.


Help our priests, our sisters lowly,

Help our pope, long may he reign,

Pray that we who sing their praises

May in heave’n all meet again.


Mary help us, help we pray

Mary help us, help we pray

Help us in all care and sorrow,

Mary help us, help we pray.


Mary, help the absent loved ones;

How we miss their presence here,

May the hand of thy protection,

Guard and guide them far and near


Mary help us, help we pray

Mary help us, help we pray

Help us in all care and sorrow,

Mary help us, help we pray.


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