Novena in Honor of St. Maximilian Kolbe – Day 3

Entrance

The Presider enters, accompanied by the servers as the opening hymn is sung.

Presider: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.

Presider: Let us pray.

O God, who filled the Priest and Martyr Saint Maximilian Kolbe with a burning love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with zeal for souls and love of neighbor, graciously grant, through his intercession, that striving for your glory by eagerly serving others, we may be conformed, even until death, to your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All: Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

A reading is taken from the New Testament.
Scripture readings for each day of the Novena refer to the
Fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are well reflected in life of St. Maximilian
Kolbe and which blossomed into his martyrdom of charity:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal 5:22-23)

A Reading from the
Writings of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe

The reading selected will refer to one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Day Three:

The Fruit of the Spirit Is Peace

A Reading from the Gospel according to St. John (14:23-27 and 16:30-33)

Jesus said, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

From the Writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe (KW 1065)

Paradise was described even better by the man who, in this life, was plucked up to it for a short time: by St. Paul, who says: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9). It is a description even closer to the truth, because it shows the infinite difference between the ideas that we hold about heaven and its reality. However, those who, here on earth, have had the chance to enjoy a small foretaste of paradise should be able to form an idea of what it will be like. And anyone may achieve that. One need only approach Confession with sincerity and great care, with deep sorrow for sins and firm resolve to make amends. Then they will immediately experience a peace and a happiness compared to which all the fleeting but dishonest pleasures of the world are, rather, loathsome torments. Let everyone come to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with a good preparation; let them never allow their souls to remain in sin, but purify them right away. Let them perform all their duties well; raise humble and frequent prayers to the throne of God, especially through the hands of Mary Immaculate. Let them also embrace their brothers with charitable hearts, enduring suffering and difficulties for God’s sake. Let them do good to everyone, including their enemies, only for the love of God and not in order to be praised or thanked by men. Then they shall realize what it means to have a foretaste of heaven and find peace and happiness even in poverty, in suffering, in disgrace, in sickness.

Fervorino

Following the readings, a brief reflection is offered.

Hymn
Novena Prayer

One of the following prayers may be used:

1.
Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “Greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends,” through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions . . . (quietly mention special requests.) Through the Militia of the Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men, a love that was inspired by true devotion to Mary. Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we too may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellowman in imitation of your humble servant, Maximilian. Amen.

(Three Hail Marys and a Glory Be.)

2.
Merciful God, you made St. Maximilian Kolbe one of the foremost Catholic evangelists of the difficult twentieth century. Through the Militia of the Immaculata movement which he founded, he implanted the truths of the Immaculate Conception and your merciful plan for us all in countless hearts, thus moving them to full conversion in faith and hope, to perfect obedience and union with the Heart of Jesus, and to complete observance of the New Covenant. You made him fruitful through carrying the cross of suffering with dignity and hope, loving his persecutors, and giving up his life for a total stranger. Through his intercession grant us our petitions . . . (quietly mention the requests you have). Give us a like dignity and hope in our sufferings and sacrifices, and if it will glorify you, heal us of all our infirmities, both physical and spiritual. Finally, enable us to follow his example of effective Catholic evangelism with Mary for the return to you of all the masses of mankind, and of every individual person, family, society and culture of our time and of all time to come. Amen.

(Three Hail Marys and a Glory Be.)

Responsory in Honor of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God our Father in heaven,
receive our humble prayers.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
save us.
God the Holy Spirit,
fill our hearts with your love.
Holy Trinity, one God,
grant us your salvation.
Holy Mary, Mother of our Savior,
intercede for us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, great
hearted lover of God and man,
pray for us.
Faithful follower of St. Francis of Assisi,
teach us your total dedication to the Gospel life.
Man of living faith,
lead us to believe as you did.
Brave Knight of the Immaculata,
help us to be instruments of Mary.
Apostle of the Miraculous Medal,
give us confidence in Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Model of religious life,
assist us to be poor, chaste and obedient.
You encouraged the union of all Christians,
teach us to respect all true believers in God.
You practiced poverty and simplicity,
encourage us to live a modest life.
Example of angelic innocence,
elevate us to keep our hearts and minds pure.
Apostle of Christian example,
teach us to remember what Jesus said and did.
Angel of peace and reconciliation,
inspire us to be living examples of God’s peace.
You were loyal to the teachings of Christ,
teach us the same fidelity.
Apostle of the communications media,
help our journalists to be promoters of truth and goodness.
Educator of youth,
uplift our young people to find true meaning in their lives.
Defender of morals and Christian values,
protect us from the immorality in our midst.
Zealous apostle of Nagasaki in Japan,
defend us from nuclear destruction.
Great missionary of our times,
help us participate in the evangelization of the world.
You prayed for your oppressors,
teach us how to forgive and forget.
You had respect for every person,
help us to see in each other the image of God.
You saw God’s will in your sufferings,
intercede for the sick and those with terminal illness.
Victim of violence and hatred,
teach us how to love our enemies.
You volunteered to die for another,
lead many persons to offer their talents in service.
You shared a meager piece of bread with fellow prisoners,
intercede for the hungry and starving of the world.
Victim of planned extermination,
inspire our doctors and nurses to protect human life.
You died for the father of a family,
restore the Christian dimension of family life.
You assisted the dying prisoners,
stand by us also in the hour of our death.
Patron of the dying,
intercede for those who are in agony of mind and body.
You were united with Christ in suffering,
help us to understand that we do not suffer alone.
You died by a poisonous injection,
aid those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Martyr of Auschwitz,
help us endure our sufferings patiently.
St. Maximilian Kolbe,
teach us that without sacrifice there is no proof of love.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
hear our prayers.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
receive the intercession of your saints.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
to you be glory in heaven and on earth.

Concluding Prayer

Presider: Let us pray.
Almighty and Eternal God, you gave us in the person of St. Maximilian an example of true devotion to the Immaculate Mother of our Savior and of unselfish love for our neighbor. Grant we beseech you through his intercession, that we may grow in our understanding of love of the Immaculata; that we may recognize her presence, her voice, her love and her power with us and be filled with an ardent desire and will to fulfill her will in every detail, and thus become sharers and true instruments of her most perfect response to you, in the Holy Spirit through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Presider: May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Presider: Go in peace.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn

During the singing of the closing hymn, the faithful may come up to venerate the Relic.

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