NOVENA FOR LIFE THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF ST. JOHN PAUL II

Evangelium vitae

Day 1

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: Today there exists a great multitude of weak and defenceless human beings, unborn children in particular, whose fundamental right to life is being trampled upon. If, at the end of the last century, the Church could not be silent about the injustices of those times, still less can she be silent today, when the social injustices of the past, unfortunately not yet overcome, are being compounded in many regions of the world by still more grievous forms of injustice and oppression, even if these are being presented as elements of progress in view of a new world order.” (Evangelium vitae, 5)

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 2

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: In a special way, I would like to remind you of the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to participants of the UN International Conference: “Today I speak to you from the bottom of my heart – to every person in all countries of the world (…) to mothers, fathers and children in cities, towns and villages. Each of us is (…) here thanks to the love of God who made us and our parents, who welcomed us and wanted to give us life. Life is God’s most beautiful gift. Because we look with so much pain at what is happening … in many parts of the world: life is deliberate destroyed by war, violence, abortion. Yet we were created by God to be higher things – to love and be loved (…) John Paul II’s homily at the Sanctuary of St. Józef in Kalisz, June 4, 1997.

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 3

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II:To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin” (Jn 8:34). Well, this is what is happening today also on the stage of politics and the state: primary and inalienable the right to life becomes debated or even denied by voting parliament or at the will of a part of society, even in numbers, even in numbers. It is disastrous the result of relativism’s unlimited reign: “law” ceases to be law because it is not already founded on a solid foundation of the inviolable dignity of the person, but it is subordinated the will of the stronger. In this way, democracy, defying its own principles, turns in fact a totalitarian system. The state is no longer a “common home” where everyone can live according to the basic principles of equality, but transforms into a tyrannical, usurping state the right to dispose of the lives of the weaker and defenseless, children not yet born. (…) Evangelium vitae, 20

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 4

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: With the eye of faith, we can perceive the infinite value of every human being with particular clarity creatures. By preaching the good news about Jesus, the Gospel is also good news about man – about him great dignity. It teaches human sensitivity. For every person. “We have been named children of God ”. Defending the right to life, the Church appeals to a wider, universal level applicable to all people. The right to life is not just a matter of worldview, it is not just a religious law, but it is a human right. The most basic human right! God says: “Thou shalt not kill!” (Ex 20:13). The measure of civilization – a universal, timeless measure, encompassing all cultures – is its attitude to life. A civilization that rejects the defenseless deserves to be called barbaric. The defense of the life of the unborn is a consequence of this great one Church mission. [If the Church defends the right to life of the unborn, it is because it bends down to a special love and care for every woman who is to give birth.] John Paul II’s homily at the Sanctuary of St. Józef in Kalisz, June 4, 1997.

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 5

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: Absolute respect for every innocent human life also requires the exercise of conscientious objection in relation to procured abortion and euthanasia. “Causing death” can never be considered a form of medical treatment, even when the intention is solely to comply with the patient’s request. Rather, it runs completely counter to the health- care profession, which is meant to be an impassioned and unflinching affirmation of life. Bio- medical research too, a field which promises great benefits for humanity, must always reject experimentation, research or applications which disregard the inviolable dignity of the human being, and thus cease to be at the service of people and become instead means which, under the guise of helping people, actually harm them. Evangelium vitae, 89

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 6

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: I have repeated it many times – and I am sure of it – that the greatest danger that threatens peace today is abortion. If a mother is allowed to kill her own child, what can stop you and me, lest we kill each other? The only one who has the right to take life is the one who created it. No one else has that right: no mother, no father, no doctor, no agency, no conference. (…) I am terrified by the thought of all those who kill their own conscience, to be able to have an abortion. After death, we will face God, the Giver of life. Who will take responsibility before God for millions and millions of children who have not been given a chance to live and feel loved? (…) A child is the most beautiful gift for a family and a nation. Never no let us reject this gift of God. John Paul II’s homily at the Sanctuary of St. Józef in Kalisz, June 4, 1997.

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 7

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: Here though we shall concentrate particular attention on another category of attacks, affecting life in its earliest and in its final stages, attacks which present new characteristics with respect to the past and which raise questions of extraordinary seriousness. It is not only that in generalized opinion these attacks tend no longer to be considered as “crimes”; paradoxically they assume the nature of “rights”, to the point that the State is called upon to give them legal recognition and to make them available through the free services of health-care personnel. Such attacks strike human life at the time of its greatest frailty, when it lacks any means of self-defence. Even more serious is the fact that, most often, those attacks are carried out in the very heart of and with the complicity of the family-the family which by its nature is called to be the “sanctuary of life”. Evangelium vitae, 11

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 8

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: Beloved brothers and sisters, be in solidarity with life. This cry is addressed to all my neighbours regardless of religious beliefs. To all people, excluding no one. I repeat once again what I said last October: the nation that kills its own children, it is a nation with no future. [Believe me, it wasn’t easy for me to say this. It was not easy for me to say this with my ow nation in mind, because I want a wonderful future for it in the future.] What is needed is a common mobilization of consciences and a common ethical effort, to put into action the great defense of life strategy. Today the world has become the arena of battle for life. Takes the struggle between the civilization of life and the civilization of death. That is why it is so important to build “culture of life ”: creating cultural works and models that will emphasize human greatness and dignity of life; setting up scientific and educational institutions that will promote a true vision of the person as human being, married and family life; creating environments incorporating everyday practice of life, the merciful love that God bestows on every human being, especially the suffering and the weak and the poor [unborn]. John Paul II’s homily at the Sanctuary of St. Józef in Kalisz, June 4, 1997.

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen

Day 9

Daily Novena Prayer (for each day of the Novena): Saint John Paul II with you: we confess our faith in God the Father almighty – source of all life; we trust in the words of the Lord Jesus, that whatever we ask for in His name, we will receive; we invoke the Holy Spirit who changes the face of the earth. Saint John Paul II, together with you, we are begging the Holy Trinity for the gift of wisdom and a righteous conscience for the South Australian Parliament. Obtain clarity of mind and heart sensitivity to the fate of unborn children. Amen.

From the teaching of St. John Paul II: To be everyone’s ‘slave’. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the founder of the congregations, followed this logic missionaries of love, which I am happy to include today among the blessed. I am personally grateful to this brave woman whom I have always felt close to. She was the epitome Good Samaritan: wherever she could, she served Christ in the poorest of the poor. Even conflicts and wars could not stop her. Sometimes she told me about her ministry and experiences with gospel values. I remember her speeches in defense of life and against abortion, during ceremonies, for example awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize (Oslo, 10 December 1979). She would say more than once: “If you ever hear that a woman does not want a child and has decided to terminate the pregnancy, try to convince her, to give this child to me. I will love them, seeing in them a sign of God’s love ”. John Paul II’s homily during the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, October 19, 2003.

Litany to St. John Paul II
Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.

Father of Heaven, God, have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy, pray for us.
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man, pray for us.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life, pray for us.
Completely devoted to Mary, pray for us.
Friend of the saints and blessed, pray for us.
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God, pray for us.
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith, pray for us.
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications, pray for us.
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family, pray for us.
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth, pray for us.
Missionary of all nations, pray for us.
Witness of faith, hope, and love, pray for us.
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ, pray for us.
Apostle of reconciliation and peace, pray for us.
Promoter of the civilization of love, pray for us.
Propagator of new evangelization, pray for us.
Master, calling us to sail into the deep, pray for us.
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life, pray for us.
Pope of Divine Mercy, pray for us.
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing, pray for us.
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven, pray for us.
Brother and Master of priests, pray for us.
Father of consecrated persons, pray for us.
Patron of Christian families, pray for us.
Strengthening spouses, pray for us.
Defender of the unborn, pray for us.
Protector of children orphans and abandoned, pray for us.
Friend and Teacher of the youth, pray for us.
Good Samaritan for the suffering, pray for us.
Support for the elderly and lonely, pray for us.
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man, pray for us.
Man of prayer immersed in God, pray for us.
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world, pray for us.
The personification of hard work, pray for us.
Love in the cross of Christ, pray for us.
Implementing your vocation properly, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Example of life and death for the Lord, pray for us.
Reprimanding sinners, pray for us.
Showing the way to the misguided, pray for us.
Forgiving wrong-doers, pray for us.
Respecting opponents and persecutors, pray for us.
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted, pray for us.
Supporting the unemployed, pray for us.
Concerned about the homeless, pray for us.
Visiting prisoners, pray for us.
Supporting the weak, pray for us.
Teaching everybody solidarity, pray for us.

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray: Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving for the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission and through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you and proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen