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 happy religious, in the fervour of her prayer and enlightened by that most vivid light in which she saw herself enveloped, fixed her eyes in the centre of that radiance, finding a most beautiful Lady of extraordinary freshness and sweetness of countenance before her. What cheerful and loving outflow from the brilliant glows of light! The Lady held a Child in Her left arm who also shone like the morning star, full of grace and sympathy, of sweetness and candid affection in His countenance. The precious Vision wielded a bejewelled sceptre of gleaming gold in Her right hand, and wore a crown of dazzling brilliance. Her attire also resembled that of Our Lady of Good Success, whose prodigious find we have considered on previous days. This pious Conceptionist, who had obtained the favour of this vision, therefore entrusted herself to Her.


     The good religious remained absorbed and confused to see herself thus visited by her Heavenly Mother. Her soul became inflamed in limitless gratitude and her heart was flooded with holy affections. While speaking from a vivid Faith and courageous love and confidence, she asked: “Who are you and what do you want?” And, O! prodigy of goodness! With a soft and sweet voice the Vision answered her: “I am Mary of Good Success, whom you have invocated with such tender affection. Your prayer has been very pleasant, your faith has brought Me, your love has invited Me to visit you.”


     Ponder, O my soul, the singular privilege of this fortunate religious, who merited by her faith, her attention, and fervour in prayer, to attract Mary Most Holy to her presence, and to contemplate Her so fair, so pure, and so beautiful, resting herself in that brilliance, enjoying Her love, and listening to Her most friendly voice. Ah, happy creature! How endeared you would become of your Heavenly Mother! How vehement would be your inclination to supplicate and thank Her! How you would love Her from now on! How continuous, attentive, and most devout your prayers would be!...


     Let us also be inspired with the goodness of Mary, so as to invoke Her with a penetrating faith under Her advocation of Good Success, so as to always pray with attention and confidence, considering that only with a living faith and taking the care to embolden our hearts with vigilant attention and prayerful love, will we merit to be heard and favoured by the Most Holy Virgin, if not with privileged visions, then at least with other gifts of grace and the triumph over our passions and over the enemies of religion.



     O most kind God and loving Father of Thy chosen souls! Who deigned to reward the faith and loving, prayerful affections of this religious with visits from Most Holy Mary, and to fill her with the fervour and prayerfulness which lead to holiness; hear also our pleas that the presence of this Statue of Good Success enlighten our faith more and more, that it encourage us in the confidence of being kindly heard by Her, and give to us more and more faith in her powerful sponsorship, as well as confidence in achieving that for which we ask, and more fervour in our prayers; so that, supported in the good graces of our powerful Patroness, we may be  freed from the dangers that threaten us, to serve Thee with more effort and to obtain the bliss of being in Thy company and that of Mary Most Holy in Heaven. 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.