A Most Powerful Novena to Our Lady of Good Success

composed by Reverend Father José M. Urrate, S. J.

with Ecclesiastical Approval from Archbishop Carlos Maria, of Quito, Ecuador: July 31, 1941

(Permission is granted to re-print.)


 Act of Contrition


                           I believe in Thee, my God; strengthen, O Lord, my faith!

                           I hope in Thee, my God; affirm, O Lord, my hope!

                           I love Thee, my God; ignite, O Lord, my love!

                           I repent of having offended Thee, O my God! increase, O Lord, my repentance!

                           and I promise, with the help of Thy Grace,

                           and the powerful Patronage of our Most Holy Mother, Mary of Good Success,

                           to never sin again.

                           Lord, have pity and mercy on me! Amen.


     O Most Excellent and Immaculate Queen of Heaven, Most Holy Mary of Good Success. Chosen daughter of the Eternal Father, most loving Mother of the Divine Son, beloved Spouse of the Holy Spirit, exalted throne of the Divine Majesty, Majestic Temple of the Most Holy Trinity, in whom the Three Divine Persons have poured out the Treasures of their power, wisdom, and love!


     Remember, Virgin Mary of Good Success, that God has made Thee so great so that Thou canst help poor sinners. Remember that Thou hast promised us many times to show Thyself the Merciful Mother of those who have recourse to Thee. I seek my refuge in Thee, Mother Most Merciful, and I beg Thee, for the love that the Most High God had for Thee, to obtain for me from God the Father a faith so lively, so as to never lose sight of the eternal truths of the Son; a hope so firm, so as to always hope to enjoy that heavenly bliss that He purchased for me with His Blood; and from the Holy Ghost, a charity so inflamed, so as to make me live always loving the Highest Good and Thee, Virgin Most Holy, until, through Thy intercession, I will be able to go to love and possess Him eternally in Heaven. Amen.

The Angelic Salutations


V:  As the favoured Daughter of God the Father.

      Hail Mary, etc.


V:  As the chosen Mother of God the Son.

      Hail Mary, etc.


V:  As the singular Spouse of the Holy Ghost. 

      Hail Mary, etc.

     Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, etc.


      Consider how the holy travellers, already convinced that their precious find belonged to them, bundled up the beautiful Statue in a basket and, with this most loveable and powerful companion, easily and happily continued on their trip to Rome. They were received there by the Holy Father Paul V, a very chaste and pious man, who treated them kindly. Upon hearing about the finding of the statue of the Virgin and seeing the statue’s precious and radiant supernatural aspect, He prostrated himself before Her, hanging His precious crucifix made of gold and enamel around the statue’s neck, bestowing graces and indulgences to all who venerate Her, and charging the religious brothers who had found Her in such a prodigious way, to honour Her with devotion and zeal, and to propagate this cult everywhere. In all of this, and even in the name of Our Lady of Good Success, which the Pope gave the Statue without knowing that the two religious had given Her the same name, the Brothers saw the signs of this being a supernatural find. Spreading this prodigious gift as an inexhaustible source of graces and portents, which the city of Valencia experienced when the religious Minims brought the Statue there, they afterwards brought it to the sumptuous church in Madrid, capital of Spain, where the venerated Statue continued to be most portentous, spreading her cult and her worth throughout Europe and even into the furthest regions of our America.


     Dare, my soul, in the presence of Mary, who comes to meet you in the most critical moments of life and shows you her smiling and captivating face so as to console you. Look at the Father of the faithful, kneeling in her presence and offering her his best jewels and charging you to be devoted to her and to trust in the worthiness of Mary. Be joyful in the state in which God has placed you, joined with Mary, who serves you as companion and protectress. Praise her, bless her, and also give her the pectoral cross of your love, by placing at her feet your dominant passion; offering her to work with determination and constancy in denying yourself so as to obtain the singular favours that so many pious persons have gotten from this Holy Statue of Good Success.



      Oh Sovereign God, Who hast provided in Thy Supreme Wisdom to give us as companion for our pilgrimage the Most Holy Virgin of Good Success to serve as our guide, guardian, and protectress in conflicts; and that we go to Her full of confidence in the journey towards the Abode of our Eternal Father, where we will receive all that we ask. Give us a heart that burns with love for the Most Holy Virgin of Good Success so as to offer to this Divine Mother, as a gift of our gratitude, a firm and constant love and the overcoming of our passions, through the great benefits that we have received from Her compassionate hands, to always have Her favourable towards us in life, and afterwards to have Her as our sweet protection in death, so as to merit eternal salvation. Amen.



    O Virgin blessed among all women! We lack voices to thank Thee for the countless benefits that we receive from Thy hand. The day that Thou were born into the world can be called a day of grace, of health, and of consolation. Thou art the honour of humanity, the joy of Paradise, the beloved gift of God, and the health of our people. O Most Holy Virgin of Good Success, what merits can we claim that make Thee to be known as our Mother? May God be infinitely blessed who wanted it so! May Thou be equally blessed, Virgin Mary since, despite our ingratitude, Thou show Thyself so propitiously in our favour! Therefore, most clement Mother, have Thy image be our consolation on earth, being our refuge, our help and protection, both in our public and private needs. Keep from us wars, plagues, illness, hunger, lightning, earthquakes and all scourges that we merit due to our faults. Pray for Holy Church and for Her visible Head. Hear the supplications of those who invocate Thee, remember that Thou art our Advocate, our Mother; because as such we put in Thee our confidence. We resort to Thee, and hope that Thou will obtain from Thy Son the pardon of our faults and perseverance in a life of grace until death. Amen.


     Now, raising your heart to the Heart of God, ask for what you want to obtain through the intercession of Most Holy Mary of Good Success.


Virgin Mother Mary, Who by Thy superiority has always captivated the whole earth.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Singular, without equal, Thou gave pleasure to the Word of the Father, Who does great things to have Thee honoured.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Thou art the most worthy temple of the Most Holy Trinity in Whom Thou art enraptured.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


In Thee is found the same purity the Angels enjoy; Thou art a mercy for the sorrowing.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


The Christian world cries out to Thee as Queen; the King of kings keeps Thee at His Right Hand.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


O Mother of Grace! O our Hope! Port for the shipwrecked and Star of the Sea.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Gate of Heaven, Health of the sick, Light in the darkness.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Through Thee we will attain to see God in that Heavenly Court of the Saints, where He lives and reigns.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Guide our steps and tenderly assist us, O sweet Mary! in the final hour.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.


Permit praise from an affectionate tongue which is unable to express Thy rare magnificence.


Response:  Protect us, O Pious! because Thou art our Mother.



Holy Mary, save the wretched, help the weak, strengthen the afflicted, plead for the people, intercede for the clergy, petition for the faithful. Our Lady, oblige all those who celebrate Thy most holy memory with Thy favour and protection.


V:  Plead for us, O Virgin of Good Success!


R: That we may be made worthy to obtain the promises of Christ.




     We beg Thee, Our Lord and God, to grant us health of soul and body through the intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary; by whose merits and by those of Her sovereign Son Jesus, we hope to be freed from present evils, and obtain eternal blessings. Amen.