National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
Immaculate Conception Novena
November 29 - December 7
Feast Day: December 8
To honor Our Lady and prepare to receive the graces available on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Marians at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy are offering this Novena.
The Immaculate Conception was a frequent topic in the homilies and writings of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski, the Founder of the Marians — and this was some two centuries before the dogma would be proclaimed by the Church. He wrote: "I believe everything that the holy Roman Church believes … but first of all I profess that the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary, was spotless from original sin, from the moment of her conception."
Blessed Stanislaus recognized that Mary's redemption was the very masterpiece of God's merciful plan for the world. Among all human beings, she alone received the benefits of salvation in Christ from the very moment of her conception — a unique privilege derived from God having chosen her as Mother of the Savior.
Christmas / Infant of Prague Novena
December 16 - 24
Feast Day: December 25
During the nine days before Christmas, the Marians annually celebrate a Novena of Holy Masses at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.
Amid the distractions we face as Christmas draws near, this Novena helps us to take time to focus on the Incarnation’s role in God’s plan of mercy for mankind.
As a way of preparing for this festivity in the Middle Ages, people used to offer novenas of prayers for nine days, recalling the nine months our Blessed Mother lovingly carried Our Lord in her womb. During the novena of prayers, people participated in common prayer so to enter more fully into the feast.
Today, you may pray along with the Marians online daily. You also may send us your special intentions to have them placed near the altar during the Novena, or ask the Marians to remember someone in need of prayer.
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception wish you a very blessed Christmas.
Mother of God Novena
December 23 - 31
Feast Day: January 1
In the Hail Mary, we regularly address the "Mother of God." Mary gained this title by being the Theotokus — literally, "God bearer."
The title "Mother of God" does not divinize Mary, but draws attention to the dual nature of Christ — truly God and truly human. The title also reminds us of her special role in bringing Christ to the world.
Mary was petitioned as "Mother of God" at least by the 3rd Century, as is evidenced by the discovery of the Sub Tuum prayer:
We fly to your protection O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities but deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin.
What a wondrous gift we all received on that first Christmas night more than 2,000 years ago! Jesus is the Greatest Gift not only because He frees us from our sins, but because He offers us eternal life. He gives us the grace to share in His own divine life.
Every year, the Marian Fathers give thanks in Three Holy Masses on Christmas Day. We also remember and give thanks for our Marian Helpers.
You, too, can offer the blessings of these Masses to people who have touched your life. Send us their names and your special intentions, and then send each of them one of our beautiful Christmas Gold Cards. Each of these exclusive cards brings with it a remembrance in our three Christmas Day Masses.
Bl. George Matulaitis Novena
January 18 - 26
Feast Day: January 28