Novena for Rachel

We are writing to invite you to participate in a concerted prayer effort for our oldest daughter, Rachel.  As you may be aware, she has been estranged from our family for more that 2 years and has been off of her bi-polar medication for longer than that.  We have attempted to send out this message many times, but have struggled to write the words.  We never thought this situation would persist for this length of time.  
Our daughter Victoria will be getting married later this year on December 8th and we are very concerned with how that event will affect Rachel’s mental health and after not having hardly any contact with our immediate or even extended family over the past year, we do not know what to expect if she chooses to attend the wedding.  As much as we would love to see her and have her be part of our family again, we need to re-establish contact prior to Victoria’s Wedding.  
Our family has decided to follow the words of the Gospel to pray without ceasing and begin a nine month novena for Impossible Requests.  This novena starts today (March 25th) on the feast of the Annunciation (which this year is taking a back seat to Palm Sunday) and ends on Christmas Day to commemorate the nine months Christ was in Our Blessed Mother’s womb.  Please consider joining us every day or any day that you are able.  Rachel’s birthday is September 16 and choosing to pray on the 16th of every month would also be a beautiful way to participate.  We request your prayers for our perseverance to complete these nine months of prayer as well.  The Novena is in the attached PDF.
Please feel free to forward this page to any professional prayers (priests, religious, etc).  The more prayers the better.

Nine Month Novena in Honor of the Virgin of the Incarnation
Prayed each day from the Solemnity of the Annunciation to the Solemnity of the Nativity, March 25 – December 25. In this novena, offer to Our Lady three intentions.


(This Novena honors the nine months during which Our Lady carried Our Blessed Lord in her womb.)

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Leader – Pray for us, most holy mother of God.
Response – That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

“Virgin of the Incarnation, a thousand times we greet thee, a thousand times we praise thee for thy joy when God was incarnated in thee. Because thou art so powerful a Virgin and Mother of God, grant what we ask of thee for the love of God.”

First intention: 
“We pray that Rachel Hebert may accept her illness and get help or be healed or her affliction.”

Repeat all of above

and then pray this second intention:
“We pray that Rachel Hebert returns to the Catholic Church.”

Repeat all of above

and then pray this third intention:
“We pray that Rachel Hebert reconciles with her family.”

After the above prayers and intentions, say 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 by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother. To thee do I cry, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, Blessed art Thou among Women,
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

Blessed and praised be the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, in Heaven, on earth and everywhere.