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Novena with Newman: Day 5 — Guardian of Conscience

Cardinal NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

Day 5: Tuesday 8 October (SS Denis & Companions)

Intention: That the voice of our conscience leads us to seek what is true and good.

From his writings:
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.

Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday) for this intention, and then:

O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
Novena with Newman

    Novena with Newman: Day 4 — Man of Prayer

    Cardinal NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

    This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

    Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

    Day 4: Monday 7 October (Our Lady of the Rosary)

    Intention: That we find joy and consolation in the habit of prayer.

    From his writings:
    The Rosary seems so simple and easy, but you know God chooses the small things of the world to humble the great.

    Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Joyful Mysteries on Monday) for this intention, and then:

    O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
    Novena with Newman

      Novena with Newman: Day 3 — Priest of God’s Altar

      John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

      This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

      Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

      Day 3: Sunday 6 October

      Intention: That we are blessed with more vocations to the priesthood.

      From his writings:
      Had angels been your priests, my brethren, they could not have condoled with you, sympathised with you, have had compassion on you, felt tenderly for you, and made allowances for you, as we can; they could not have been your patterns and guides, and have led you on from your own selves into a new life, as they can who come from the midst of you.

      Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Glorious Mysteries on Sunday) for this intention, and then:

      O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

      If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
      Novena with Newman

        Novena with Newman: Day 2 — Child of Mary

        John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

        This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

        Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

        Day 2: Saturday 5 October

        Intention: That we learn to see Jesus in the members of our families.

        From his writings:
        I have my mission, I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place.

        Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Joyful Mysteries on Saturday) for this intention, and then:

        O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

        If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
        Novena with Newman

          Novena with Newman: Day 1 — Example of Humility

          John Henry NewmanAll over the world, people are preparing to celebrate the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13 October.

          This is a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of prayer, where we call upon the soon-to-be-Saint to crown our prayers with his intercession in heaven.

          Everyone can form links in that chain by joining in the Novena with Newman — nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starting on Friday 4 October and finishing on Saturday 12 October on the eve of the canonisation.

          Day 1: Friday 4 October (S Francis of Assisi)

          Intention: That we find opportunities to alleviate the sufferings of those who are homeless and marginalised.

          From his writings:
          I sought to hear the voice of God
          and climbed the topmost steeple,
          but God declared: “Go down again—
          I dwell among the people.”

          Prayer: A decade of the Rosary (any you choose, although it’s usually the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday) for this intention, and then:

          O God our heavenly Father, we offer you heartfelt thanks for the life and holiness of John Henry Newman. In him you give us an inspiring example of priest and teacher, heroic and humble in his labour for the salvation of souls and the pursuit of holiness. Through his intercession we ask you to lead us by the kindly light of the Holy Spirit, and so grant us peace and joy in the one fold of the Redeemer. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

          If you would like a leaflet to print, we’ve a PDF of the entire Novena on one side of A4 (Originally published by the Oratories of England):
          Novena with Newman

            Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman

            Cardinal Newman

            Blessed John Henry Newman (1801–1890) will be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday 13 October. It’s a big day for the Ordinariate in the UK because the Ordinariate was placed under his patronage when it was founded. The arms the Ordinariate has adopted feature his coat of arms marshalled with the cross and fleurs-de-lys of Walsingham. He is the most important and notable example of a member of the Church of England joining the Catholic Church.

            Born in 1801, he grew up in a Church of England family and went to school in Ealing until his intellect led him to Trinity College Oxford at the age of only sixteen. He was a studious, rather serious young man whose shyness held him back from forging many friendships. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1825 and was a popular preacher.

            As a Fellow of Oriel College, he was an important founder of the ‘Oxford Movement’ in the 1830’s. The rediscovery of Catholic doctrines and practices met hostility in the Church of England, and Newman’s scholarly researches led him towards the Catholic Church. In 1845, after many years of soul-searching, John Henry Newman decided to become a Catholic. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1847 and three years later founded the first (if shortlived) Catholic University in Ireland. He introduced the Congregation of the Oratory into England, being based at the Birmingham Oratory for the rest of his life.

            Newman played an important part in the First Vatican Council (1869–70). His key ideas included the development of doctrine — developed over generations, and he believed that this was at the heart of faith. Often misunderstood by his contemporaries, Newman’s ideas created suspicion among many Catholics at the time, but Pope Leo XIII recognised his orthodoxy, and in 1879 created Newman Cardinal Deacon of St George in Velabro.

            Newman Association

            The Oratories of England have a fuller biography available if you want to know more; and what Popes have said about him.

            In Eastbourne we’re joining in the celebrations, and even if you’re not in Eastbourne you can too.

            Novena of Prayer in preparation

            A Novena, nine days of prayerful preparation for the canonisation, starts on Friday 4 October and ends on Saturday 12. We’ll be posting here daily and if you follow our Twitter account you’ll get reminded to join in. However, if you need to print a paper copy there’s also a leaflet available using the material published by the Oratories of England — we’ve condensed it on to a single sheet.

            Novena with Newman

            The Canonisation Mass

            This is expected to be available to stream online from 8:30am (UK time, BST) via EWTN Europe.

            Canonisation Thanksgiving Masses

            • Sunday 13 October, 4pm: St Agnes’ Church
            • Monday 14 October, 7:30pm: Our Lady of Ransom Church, Solemn Sung Mass followed by a reception in the parish centre. This Mass will also be attended by members of the Eastbourne & Bexhill Circle of the Newman Association.