2PRAYERS SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA Lily of theMohawksFlower of theAlgonquins
3Novena 1680 - 1695 Our Father who art in heaven … (1) Hail Mary, full of grace …(1)Glory be to the Father …(3)17 April 1680This first novena was prayed by all those seeking a cure or favor from Kateri Tekakwitha after her death on 17 April There were so many cures that the Jesuit Priests no longer wrote them all.
4Present Novena Nine days in succession Kateri, favored child, Flower of the Algonquins and Lily of the Mohawks,We come to seek your intercession in our present need: (mention it here).We admire the virtures which adorned your soul: love of God and neighbor, humility, obedience, patience, purity and the spirit of sacrifice. Help us to imitate your example in our life. Through the goodness and mercy of God, Who has blessed you with so many graces which led you to the true faith and to a high degree of holiness, pray to God for us and help us. Obtain for us a very fervent devotion to the Holy Eucharist so thatwe may love Holy Mass as you did and receive Holy Communion as often as we can.Teach us also to be devoted to our crucified Savior as you were, that we may cheerfully bear our daily crosses for love of Him Who suffered so much for love of us.Most of all we beg you to pray that we may avoid sin, lead a holy life and save our souls. Amen.In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed upon Kateri:one Our Father, Hail Mary and three Glory Be's.Kateri, Flower of the Algonquins and Lily of the Mohawks, pray for us.
5Collect of the MassLord God, You called the virgin Saint Kateri Tekakwitha,to shine among the American Indian people as an exampleof innocence of life.Through her intercession, may all peoples of every tribe,tongue and nation, having been gathered into Your Church,proclaim your greatness in one song of praise.We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,one God, forever and ever. Amen
6A Child’s Prayer Kateri, loving child of God and Lily of the Mohawks, I thank God for the many graces He gave you.Help me to be more like you in my lovefor God and for people. Give me a great love for the Holy Eucharistand the Mother of Jesus. Make me readyto make sacrifices for Jesus that I may save my souland be happy with you in heaven. Kateri, I love you. Always be my friend. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
7Mohawk BlessingThis blessing is written in the ancient language of the Mohawk people, which is the language thatKateri Tekakwithaspoke during her life, and which is very mucha living language in our own times,spoken in upstate New York and Eastern Canada.
8Saint Kateri, you are revered as the mystic of the American wilderness.Though orphaned at the age of four,and left with a scarred face anddamaged eyesight from illness,you were esteemed among the Mohawk tribe.When you asked to be baptized a Christian,you subjected yourself to abuse by your peopleand were forced to run away.You endured many trials but still floweredin prayer and holiness, dedicating yourselftotally to Christ. I ask you to bemy spiritual guide along my journeythrough life.Through your intercession, I praythat I may always be loyal to my faithin all things. Amen.
9Prayer from the National Shrine in Fonda (Caughnawaga) NY Loving creator God, we acknowledge your power and presencein the Four Directions of your vast and beautiful universe.We celebrate Kateri Tekakwitha, "Lily of the Mohawks",as one of your Son's most faithful followers.Help us to turn our backson all evil and walk in her footsteps,sharing our love and Christianconcern with others. Let us reverence,as she did, your mystical presencein the poor and suffering.Through Kateri's powerful intercession,we confidently ask you to grant usthis special favor we ask for in her name.(Mention your intentions.)Share your healing and peace especially with my family,friends and the sick, whom we commend to your loving care.We ask this through your crucified and risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,the eternal World, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever. Amen.
10I SAID A PRAYER FOR YOU TODAY I said a prayer for you today at the birthplace ofKateri Tekakwitha in Auriesville, New York.I said a prayer for you todayand I know God must have heard.I felt the answer in my heartalthough He spoke no word.I didn't ask for wealth or fame.I knew you wouldn't mind.I asked Him to send treasures ofa far more lasting kind.I asked that He'd be near you at the startof each new day; to grant you healthand blessings and friends to share your way.I asked for happiness for youin all things great and small,but it was for His loving careI prayed for most of all.
11Blessed Kateri, Star of Native People and Bright Light for all Blessed Kateri, Star of Native People and Bright Light for all! We thank God for your heroic courage, constant perseverance and deep love of the Cross. Pray for us that our love for Christ may deepen. And may we imitate you in following God's Will even when difficulties arise. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
12O Great Spirit O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!I am small and weak. I need your strenth and wisdom. Let Me Walk In Beauty, and make my eyes everbehold the red and purple sunset. Make My Hands respect the things you have madeand my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make Me Wise so that I may understand the thingsyou have taught my people. Let Me Learn the lessons you have hiddenin every leaf and rock. I Seek Strength, not to be greater than my brother,but to fight my greatest enemy -- myself. Make Me Always Ready to come to youwith clean hands and straight eyes. So When Life Fades, as the fading sunset,my spirit may come to you without shame.Princess Pale Moon, Ambassador of Friendship
13So may it be, Great Spirit Great Spirit, our Creator, hear us while we offer the united voiceand devotion of your people in thanksgiving. For the sun that warms our earth-house filling it with all good things. For sleep that rides with the moon and stars; the rivers that flowfrom the mountains of living water. For healing herbs, fruits, nuts,grains, fish and meats. For the Spirit of the hunt when the great chiefssmoke the pipe of peace. Keep us, the children of nature, tall, erect, strong, brave and young.Teach us the patience of the turtle. Give us the vision of the eagle.Give our prophets wisdom. Teach us to love our Mother Earth with her dawn, evening light, dark clouds,mists, trees, flowers, and the rains that come from the Thunderbird. Make us humble before the great mystery and worthy of our ancient faith.When the fires die out, and the winds no longer blow,lead us down the beautiful trail to the camp of our fathersin the Happy Hunting Grounds ... So may it be, Great Spirit, So may it be
14Litany of Kateri Tekakwitha Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the World have mercy on us. God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
15Kateri, lily of purity, pray for us Kateri, lily of purity, pray for us. Kateri, consoler of the heart of Jesus, pray for us. Kateri, bright light for all Indians, pray for us. Kateri, courage of the afflicted, pray for us. Kateri, lover of the cross of Jesus, pray for us. Kateri, flower of fortitude for the persecuted, pray for us. Kateri, unshakeable in temptations, pray for us. Kateri, full of patience in suffering, pray for us. Kateri, keeper of your virginity in persecutions, pray for us. Kateri, leader of many Indians to the true faiththrough your love for Mary, pray for us.
16Kateri, who loved Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us Kateri, who loved Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us. Kateri, lover of penance, pray for us. Kateri, who traveled many miles to learn the faith, pray for us. Kateri, steadfast in all prayer, pray for us. Kateri, who loved to pray the rosary for all people, pray for us. Kateri, example to your people in all virtues, pray for us. Kateri, humble servant to the sick, pray for us. Kateri, who by your love of humility, gave joy to the angels, pray for us. Kateri, your holy death gave strength to all Indians to love Jesus and Mary, pray for us. Kateri, whose scarred face in life became beautifulafter death, pray for us.
17Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, 0 Lord Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, 0 Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, 0 Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.LET US PRAY0 Jesus, who gave Kateri to the Indians as an example of purity,teach all of us to love purity, and to console your immaculate Mother Marythrough the lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, and your Holy Cross, Amen.
18The Kateri Chapelet Eight Brown beads To represent the Earth Eight Red beadsTo represent HumanityEight White beadsTo represent HeavenTwenty-four beads to represent the 24 yearsof Kateri Tekakwitha’s life
19At the time of her death, her last prayer was Wednesday of Holy Week17 April 16893h00pmAt the time of her death, her last prayer was“Jesus, I love you”
20MY PRAYER Dear Cousin Kateri Tekakwitha, Flower of the Algonquins and Lily of the Mohawks,The Great Spirit, our Creator, chose you among all the Native Americansto be His messenger of love and service to His people.You were subjected to all sorts of ridicule - being called "the Christian","the Algonquin" – by your people, the Mohawks.Yet you persevered in your undying love of Jesus and Mary above all else. Lead us to this perfection of love and sacrifice as you did in an environmentmuch like today's world of self-centeredness, greed and the idolatry of the material.You lived Jesus' message of "Love God with your whole heart and your whole soul,and love your neighbor as yourself". Please be our guide towards a saintly life of loveand dedication to others.When we are about to give up our spirit, please help us to cross overinto that happy hunting ground to share our Creator's rewardthat you now cherish with Jesus, Mary and our Great Spirit.Cousin Tekakwitha, please watch over, protect and guide usas we attempt to walk in your moccassins.(Composed by Norm Léveillée, 2000)