Good Shepherd Novena

Dear Friends of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,

Good Shepherd Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Sunday three weeks after Easter Sunday (April 25th this year). The name derives from the gospel readings on this day, taken from the 10th chapter of John. In this reading, Christ is described as the Good Shepherd who, by dying on the Cross, lays down his life for his sheep.

In honor of this day set aside for acknowledging the role the Good Shepherd plays in all of our lives, I would like to ask you to join in praying a Novena to the Good Shepherd starting tomorrow, April 16th.  Please see below for the Novena for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’s intentions at St. Monica, but of course, you can replace or add any of your own intentions. Thank you for your continued prayers for this program’s growth at St. Monica School and throughout the Church.

For anyone new to Novenas, the word “novena” comes from the Latin meaning “nine each.” It is a prayer or Holy Mass that is offered for nine consecutive days. Scripturally, novenas take their origin from the nine days of prayer before Pentecost. After the Ascension, the apostles and disciples, in obedience to the Lord, gathered in the upper room and devoted themselves to constant prayer, together with Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Acts 1:4-5). This was the first and mother of all Novenas!

Good Shepherd Novena (to be prayed the 9 days before Good Shepherd Sunday, April 16 – April 24, 2021)

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Hymn

Christ be with me, Christ within me. Christ behind me, Christ before me. Christ beside me, Christ to win me. Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ in quiet, Christ in danger. Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.

Antiphon: When the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the glorious crown.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures, he gives me repose; Beside restful waters, he leads me; He refreshes my soul. He guides me on the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil, for you are at my side; With your rod and your staff that give me courage. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; You anoint my head with oil; My cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me All the days of my life, I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.

Antiphon: When the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the glorious crown.

Psalm Prayer

Let us Pray, Good Shepherd of the flock. You tend and feed and protect your chosen people and only ask us to put our trust in your loving care. As the host, you entertain us at your welcome table and anoint us with your Holy Spirit. Make us ever thankful for all your blessings, O Savior of the world, living and reigning with the Father and Holy Spirit, now and forever.