Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Pro-life Movement.
In preparation for her Feastday, Priests for Life invites all believers to join in a special novena for life from December 4 through 12th by saying either of the prayers below, indicating to us that you will be saying it, and getting as many others as possible to say it as well.
The image of Our Lady, given to St. Juan Diego (whose feast is Dec. 9), shows Mary as pregnant with Jesus. The Aztec Indians, among whom this image circulated, practiced human sacrifice because they believed the gods were against them. This image proclaimed the Gospel that "God is with us" (Emmanuel) and that therefore we can have the hope that gives us the courage to say "Yes" to life, just like Mary did.
In our day, the image is helping to end child sacrifice as it is brought to abortion facilities worldwide.
Novena Prayer for Life to Our Lady of Guadalupe
(Click here for Spanish -- En Español)
Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Life,
We honor you as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son,
The only Savior and hope of the world.
Renew our hope in him,
That we all may have the courage to say Yes to life,
And to defend those children in danger of abortion.
Give us your compassion
To reach out to those tempted to abort,
And to those suffering from a past abortion.
Lead us to the day when abortion
Will be a sad, past chapter in our history.
Keep us close to Jesus, the Life of the World,
Who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
We honor you as Patroness of the Unborn.
You revealed your image to St. Juan Diego
As a Mother carrying a child who is God.
You taught the Aztec people that God is not against us,
But is with us and takes on our human nature
So that he can share with us His Divine Nature.
Because of this, the Aztecs ended the practice of human sacrifice,
And replaced their despair
With hope in the God who loves us all.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, restore that hope among us today
And bring an end to the human sacrifice which is abortion.
Dispel the fear and despair that lead people to the abortion mill,
And lead them instead to your Son, the Lord of Life!
Enable us to echo your message,
That you, our Mother, are always with us
And that we have nothing to fear.
As your image, left on the tilma,
Travels around our nation and our world
Coming to Churches and even to abortion mills,
As a missionary of hope and of life,
Change the hearts of the people,
To embrace and protect every tiny life
And to help the families of these children
Welcome those new lives with joy.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!