In preparation for the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on June 27, we will not just be praying the Novena but also contemplate on the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help–the meaning of the whole Icon and its parts for nine days.
The contemplation of the icon can be done either before or after praying the novena. It would be most appropriate to have an Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help or a copy of the icon in front of you. You can adorn it with candles and some flowers.
For the fifth day of the Novena we will contemplate on the Angels Gabriel and Michael.
The angel on the left of the icon is St. Michael who holds the spear and sponge of the bitter fluid; these instruments foretell the coming passion and death of Jesus.
The Greek letters OAM (O Arkanguelos Mikael) above the angel on the left means the Archangel St. Michael.
The angel on the right ride of the icon is St. Gabriel who holds the cross and the nails; these instruments foretell the coming passion and death of Jesus.
The Greek letters OAΓ (O Arkanguelos Gabriel) above the angel on the right means the Archangel St. Gabriel.
The hands of the angels who hold the instruments of passion and death are covered with veil. This is similar to the veil that priest uses when they raise the Blessed Sacrament during benediction. This implies that the instruments that the angels are holding are extremely sacred like the Blessed Sacrament during the benediction.
The instruments that the Angels hold, therefore, are instruments not of death and failure but of life and victory. The most sacred event of our salvation is the passion and the offering of Jesus’ life for our redemption.
Let us contemplate and gaze at the Angels in silence …
At the end of our contemplation, let us pray,
O Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us that we may experience Jesus’ presence and solidarity in the midst of our difficulties and trials in life. Pray for us that we may see the sacredness of his sacrifice and death on the cross for us. May we experience the glory of Jesus in our own pains and sufferings in this world through our sacrifice and giving of our lives for others.
To download a copy of the newest 2016 Jubilee version of novena in English, click this link: http://www.baclaranchurch.org/assets/revised-novena-english.pdf. To download a copy of the newest 2016 Jubilee version of the novena in Tagalog, click this link: http://www.baclaranchurch.org/assets/revised-novena-tagalog.pdf. For a guide on how to pray the novena at the shrine, click this link: https://baclaranphenomenon.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/how-to-pray-the-novena-at-the-shrine/. For a guide on how to pray the novena at home, click this link: .https://baclaranphenomenon.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/how-to-pray-the-novena-at-home/.
For more information on how to contemplate and pray with an icon, click this link: https://aleteia.org/2018/09/12/how-to-pray-with-icons-a-brief-guide/.
Here is the schedule of the Novena and Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at the Shrine: