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``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;

even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D

Novenas

Its name deriving from the Latin word "novem," meaning "nine," a novena is
nine days' private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain
special graces. Though they are not part of our liturgy and remain a
"popular devotion" (a very few are prayed paraliturgically), they've been
prayed since the very beginning of the Church -- and before its official
beginning: Mary and the Apostles prayed from His Ascension to the
Pentecost, a period of nine days (Acts 1). Also, a nine-day period of
supplication was a pagan Roman and Eastern practice, so novenas were
easily accepted by the earliest converts in these lands.

The Christian and Jewish meaning of the number "9" entered into Christian
thinking on the matter, as "9" was associated with suffering, grief, and
imperfection, making it a fitting number for when "man's imperfection
turned in prayer to God" (Catholic Encyclopedia). St. Jerome wrote that "the
number nine in Holy Writ is indicative of suffering and grief" (Ezechiel, vii,
24).

Novenas, then, often, but not necessarily, have about them a sense of
"urgency"; they are typically made for special intentions, one's own or
another's ("I'll make a novena for you"). Novenas to certain Saints are often
made according to that Saint's patronage; for ex., because of his New
Testament letter encouraging Christians to persevere in the face of
persecution, St. Jude is the patron of desperate situations and "hopeless"
causes, so a person who finds himself or a loved one in a real tough bind
might make a novena to St. Jude (by the way, it is traditional, after making
a novena to St. Jude, to make a public expression of your gratitude. This is
the reason for those mysterious thank you notes to St. Jude that you might
see in your local newspaper's Classifieds section).

There are four main types of novenas (a novena may fit into more than one
category):

novenas of mourning, such as the novena made during the


novemdiales -- the nine day period following the death of a Pope
novenas of preparation, or "anticipation," such as the Christmas or
Easter Novenas
novenas of prayer
the indulgenced novenas

In some novenas, the same prayer is said each day for nine days, or
sometimes 9 times in one day; others may have (or add) different prayers
for each of the 9 prayer sessions. Some "novenas" aren't properly called
"novenas" because the number nine plays no role in any way, but still retain
the label. When a Novena is prayed in anticipation of a Feast, it is typically
begun such that it ends the day before the Feast (i.e., to know when to start
a Novena in anticipation of a Feast, count 10 days back from the Feast,
with the Feast itself counting as "one.")

Be aware that some uneducated persons think about Novenas in a


superstitious manner. Any Novena instructions that include words such as,
"say this prayer for 9 consecutive days and your wish will be granted to
you," or that describe the Novena as "never fail" in some sense that would
lead one to believe that we have God at our beck and call rather than our
being His humble servants -- well, while the prayers themselves might (or
might not) be OK, such instructions should be absolutely rejected.

Below is a selection of traditional Novenas. Most are written in the first


person singular, but can easily be altered so they can be prayed in groups
(change the "I's" to "we's" and "me's" to "us," etc.).

Selection of Popular Novenas

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Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena to St. Francis of Assisi
Novena to the Precious Blood Novena to St. Clare of Assisi
Novena to the Holy Face Novena to St. Anthony of Padua
Novena to the Holy Name Novena to St. Teresa of Avila
Novena to the Infant of Prague Novena to Ste. Thérèse of Lisieux
Novena to Christ the King Novena to St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Novena to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ Novena to St. Gerard
Novena to the Holy Ghost Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena to St. Philomena
Novena to the Immaculate Conception Novena to St. Dymphna
Novena to Our Lady of Good Success Novena in honor of St. George
54-Day Rosary Novena Novena to St. Anne
Novena to St. Joseph Novena to St. Martha
Novena to St. Benedict Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe
Novena in honor of St. Blaise Novena of Grace (in honor of St. Francis Xavier)
Novena to St. Nicholas Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Novena to St. Patrick All Souls Novena
Novena to St. Dominic Christmas Novena I (St. Andrew Novena)
Novena to St. Jude Christmas Novena II
Novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany

Novena to the Sacred Heart


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on the Feast of Corpus Christi
and ending on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore Thee, I love
Thee and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer Thee this poor heart of
mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Thy will. Grant,
good Jesus, that I may live in Thee and for Thee. Protect me in the midst of
danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in
my temporal needs, Thy blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy
death. Within Thy Heart I place my every care. In every need let me come to
Thee with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus help me.

Novena to the Precious Blood


Say once a day for 9 days

By the Voice of Thy Blood, O Jesus! I would press Thee, solicit Thee,
importune Thee, though Thou seemest to reject my supplications. I will not
leave Thy bleeding feet until Thou hearest me. Too many graces, too many
mercies have come from Thy Blood, for me not to hope, even to the end in
its efficacy.

Then, O Jesus! by the Precious Blood seven times shed for the welfare of
men, by each drop of that Sacred Price of our redemption, by the tears of
Thy Immaculate Mother, I conjure Thee, I supplicate Thee, hear my earnest
prayer.

(Mention your intentions here)

O Thou, who during all the days of Thy mortal life, consoled so many
sufferings, healed so many infirmities, raised so often a sinking courage;
Thou will not fail to have pity on a soul who cries to Thee from the depths
of her anguish! Oh, no, it is impossible! Another sigh from my heart, and
from the wound in Thine own, there will flow to me, upon a wave of Thy
merciful Blood, the grace so ardently desired. O Jesus, Jesus! hasten the
moment when Thou wilt change my tears into joy, my sighs into
thanksgivings.

Holy Mary, Source of the Divine Blood! I conjure Thee not to lose this
occasion of glorifying the Blood which made Thee Immaculate. Amen.

Novena to the Holy Face


Say once a day for 9 days

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Thine adorable Face, to


ask of Thee the graces of which we stand in most need, we beseech Thee
above all, to grant us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time
to what Thou requirest of us by Thy holy commandments and divine
inspirations. Amen. O Good Jesus, who hadst said, "Ask and you shall
receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you," grant
us O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be
deficient; grant us, by the pure effect of Thy charity, and for Thine eternal
glory, the graces which we need and which we look from Thine infinite
mercy. Amen.

Be merciful to us, O my God, and reject not our prayers, when amid our
afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence
Thine adorable Face. Amen.

O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Thy Son Jesus. We
present It to Thee with confidence to implore Thy pardon. The All-Merciful
Advocate opens His mouth to plead our cause; hearken to His cries, behold
His tears, O God, and through His infinite merits, hearken to Him when He
intercedes for us poor miserable sinners. Amen.

Adorable Face of Jesus, my only love, my light, and my life, grant that I may
know Thee, love Thee and serve Thee alone, that I may live with Thee, of
Thee, by Thee and for Thee. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy Beloved Son for the
honor and glory of Thy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the
salvation of the dying. O Divine Jesus, through Thy Face and Name, save
us. Our Hope is in the virtue of Thy Holy Name! Amen.

Novena to the Holy Name


Say once a day for 9 days

O Merciful Jesus, Who didst in Thy early infancy commence Thy office of
Savior by shedding Thy Precious Blood, and assuming for us that Name
which is above all names; we thank Thee for such early proofs of Thine
infinite love. We venerate Thy sacred Name, in union with the profound
respect of the Angel who first announced it to the earth, and unite our
affections to the sentiments of tender devotion which the adorable name of
Jesus has in all ages enkindled in the hearts of Thy Saints.

Animated with a firm faith in Thy unerring word, and penetrated with
confidence in Thy mercy, we now most humbly remind Thee of the promise
Thou hast made, that where two or three should assemble in Thy Name,
Thou Thyself wouldst be in the midst of them. Come, then, into the midst of
us, most amiable Jesus, for it is in Thy sacred Name we are here
assembled; come into our hearts, that we may be governed by Thy holy
spirit; mercifully grant us, through that adorable Name, which is the joy of
Heaven, the terror of Hell, the consolation of the afflicted, and the solid
ground of our unlimited confidence, all the petitions we make in this
novena.

Oh! blessed Mother of our Redeemer! Who didst participate so sensibly in


the sufferings of thy dear Son when He shed His Sacred Blood and
assumed for us the Name of Jesus, obtain for us, through that adorable
Name, the favors we petition in this novena.

Beg also, that the most ardent love may imprint on our hearts that sacred
Name, that it may be always in our minds and frequently on our lips; that it
may be our defense and our refuge in the temptations and trials of life, and
our consolation and support in the hour of death. Amen.

Novena to the Infant of Prague


Say once an nour for nine hours on one single day

O Jesus, who has said ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find,
knock and it shall be opened to you, through the intercession of Mary, Thy
Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek and I ask that my prayer may be granted.

(Mention your intentions here)

O Jesus, who has said all that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will
will grant you, through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I
humbly and urgently ask Thy Father in Thy Name, that my prayer be
granted.

(Mention your intentions here)

O Jesus, who has said "Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My word
shall not pass", through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I
feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Mention your intentions here)

Novena to Christ the King


Pray once a day for 9 days, especially beginning 10 days before the Feast of
Christ the King (the last Sunday in October).

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be before praying the
following prayer:

O Lord our God, Thou alone art the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.

We pray to Thee, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from Thee, O


Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things. Protect, O Lord our
King, our families and the land of our birth.

Guard us we pray, Most Faithful One. Protect us from our enemies and
from Thy just judgment. Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against
Thee.

Jesus, Thou art a King of Mercy. We have deserved Thy just judgment.
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We trust in Thy Great Mercy.

O most awe-inspiring King, We bow before Thee and pray: may Thy reign,
Thy Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.

Novena to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ


The Novena may be prayed any time, but Jesus asked that it especially be
prayed beginning on Good Friday and ending the day before Low Sunday (what
is now also known as Divine Mercy Sunday -- the Sunday after Easter).
First Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and
to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon the trust which we place
in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You
by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

O omnipotence of Divine Mercy, salvation of sinful man, You are a sea of


mercy and compassion. You aid him who entreats You with humility.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially
upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, show us Your mercy, that we may
praise the omnipotence of Your mercy forever and ever. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Second Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your
grace in us, that we may perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who
see us may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

The fountain of God's love dwells in pure hearts, bathed in the Sea of
Mercy, radiant as stars, bright as the dawn.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones
in Your vineyard upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them
with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son, in
which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they
may be able to guide others in the way of salvation, and with one voice sing
praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Third Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your
graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of
Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg
this of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which
Your Heart burns so fiercely.

The miracles of mercy are impenetrable. Neither the sinner nor just one will
fathom them. When You cast upon us an eye of pity, You draw us all closer
to Your love.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the
inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them
Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may
they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with
all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy
for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Fourth Day:
Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive
into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans who
as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that
they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let
them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

May the light of Your love enlighten the souls in darkness; Grant that these
souls will know You and, together with us, praise Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of pagans and of
those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most
Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These
souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they,
too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Fifth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who
seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart
the souls of heretics and schismatics. Draw them by Your light into the
unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to adore
the generosity of Your mercy.

Even for those who have torn the garment of Your unity, a fount of mercy
flows from Your Heart. The omnipotence of Your mercy, O God, can lead
these souls also out of error.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of heretics and
schismatics, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your
graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their
errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion,
which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in the Most
Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Bring it about that they also may glorify
Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sixth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek
and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate
Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These
souls send all heaven into ecstasy, and they are the heavenly Father's
favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God
Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent
abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly
sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

A truly gentle and humble soul already here on earth the air of paradise
breathes, and in the fragrance of her humble heart the Creator Himself
delights.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls, and
upon the souls of little children, who are enfolded in the abode which is the
Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest
resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches
Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the
love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: bless the
whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy
for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Seventh Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of
Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol
and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the
very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities
they go forward, confident of Your mercy. These souls are united to Jesus
and carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged
severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

A soul who praises the goodness of her Lord; she is always close to the
living fountain and draws graces from Mercy Divine.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and
venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who
are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a
living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their spirit,
overflowing with joy, sings a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg
You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they
have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of
Jesus, who said to them, I Myself will defend as My own glory, during their
lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will
venerate My fathomless mercy. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Eighth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I
bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in
Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make
retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which
gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of the purifying fire, that in
that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised.

From the terrible heat of the cleansing fire rises a plaint to Your mercy, and
they receive comfort, refreshment, relief in the stream of mingled Blood
and Water.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in
Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I
beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the
bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded, manifest Your
mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no
other way than through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for
we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion.
Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Ninth Day:
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm
souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your
pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep
loathing, be once again set aflame. 0 Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise
the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your
love; and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your
power.

Fire and ice cannot be joined; Either the fire dies, or the ice melts. But by
Your mercy, O God, You can make up for all that is lacking.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls, who are
nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of
Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour
agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Novena to the Holy Ghost


Pray especially starting on the day after Ascension Thursday, ending on the
Pentecost

First Day:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water
and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins,
vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the
Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude,
the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Second Day:
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may
set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all
things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure
eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the
unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Third Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a
love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His
sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Fourth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and
adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give
me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be
overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Fifth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will
of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize
their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking
ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Sixth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may
know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to
see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear
vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Seventh Day:
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may
always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away
from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy
commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Eighth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly
things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love
them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth.
Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Ninth Day:
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy,
peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that
I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful
submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in
the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be's

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help


Say once a day for 9 days

O Mother of Perpetual Succour, behold me, a miserable sinner at thy feet. I


have recourse to thee and put my trust in thee. O Mother of Mercy, have
pity upon me, I hear thee called by all, the refuge and the hope of sinners,
be then my refuge and my hope. Succour me for the love of Jesus Christ;
stretch forth thy hand to me, a poor sinner, who recommend and dedicate
myself to thee, as thy perpetual servant. I bless and thank God, for, having
in his Mercy given me this confidence in Thee, the pledge, as I believe, of
my eternal salvation. Alas, too often in past times have I miserably fallen,
because I had not recourse to thee, I know that with thy help I shall
conquer. I know that thou will help me, if I recommend myself to thee, but I
fear lest in the occasion of falling, I should cease to call upon thee, and, so
should loose my soul. This then is the grace I seek from thee, and I beg of
thee, as far as I know how and can, to obtain it for me, namely, in the
assaults of hell, always to have recourse to thee and to say to thee; O Mary,
help me, Mother of Perpetual Succor, suffer me not to lose my God. Amen.
Novena to the Immaculate Conception
Say once a day for nine days, especially starting on November 29 and ending on
December 7, the Vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Immaculate Virgin! Mary, conceived without sin! Remember, thou wert


miraculously preserved from even the shadow of sin, because thou wert
destined to become not only the Mother of God, but also the mother, the
refuge, and the advocate of man; penetrated therefore, with the most lively
confidence in thy never-failing intercession, we most humbly implore thee
to look with favor upon the intentions of this novena, and to obtain for us
the graces and the favors we request. Thou knowest, O Mary, how often
our hearts are the sanctuaries of God, Who abhors iniquity. Obtain for us,
then, than angelic purity which was thy favorite virtue, that purity of heart
which will attach us to God alone, and that purity of intention which will
consecrate every thought, word, and action to His greater glory. Obtain also
for us a constant spirit of prayer and self-denial, that we many recover by
penance that innocence which we have lost by sin, and at length attain
safety to that blessed abode of the saints, where nothing defiled can enter.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

V. Thou are all fair, O Mary.


R. Thou art all fair, O Mary.
V. And the original stain is not in thee.
R. And the original stain is not in thee.
V. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
R. Thou art the joy of Israel
V. Thou art the honor of our people.
R. Thou art the advocate of sinners.
V. O Mary.
R. O Mary.
V. Virgin, most prudent.
R. Mother, most tender.
V. Pray for us.
R. Intercede for us with Jesus our Lord.
V. In thy conception, Holy Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father Whose Son thou didst bring forth.
V. O Lady! aid my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Let us pray

Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and
mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despisest no one, look
upon me, O Lady! with an eye of pity, and entreat for me of thy beloved Son
the forgiveness of all my sins; that, as I now celebrate, with devout
affection, thy holy and immaculate conception, so, hereafter I may receive
the prize of eternal blessedness, by the grace of Him whom thou, in
virginity, didst bring forth, Jesus Christ Our Lord: Who, with the Father and
the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, in perfect Trinity, God, world without
end. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Good Success


Say once a day for nine days, especially starting on 24 January and ending on 1
February, the eve of the Feast of the Purification, or Candlemas

Hail Mary Most Holy, Beloved Daughter of God the Father Through the
intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to
this request. (mention your intentions here)

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Saint Michael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Admirable Mother of God the Son Through the
intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to
this request. (mention your intentions here)

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Saint Gabriel, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Most Faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost Through the
intercession of Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, grant thy good success to
this request. (mention your intentions here)

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Saint Raphael, pray for us.

Hail Mary Most Holy, Temple and Sacrarium of the Most Holy Trinity. St.
Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, pray for us.

Our Lady of Good Success, thou who art the all-powerful intercessor before
the Most Holy Trinity, deign to hear and answer my request - so long as it
contributes to the salvation of my soul and the glory and exaltation of Holy
Mother Church.

Hail holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To
thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most
gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile
show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O
sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

54-Day Rosary Novena


This Novena -- actually one cycle of three 9-Day Novenas followed by another
cycle of three 9-Day Novenas -- (3 Novenas)X(9 days each)=27 days; (27
days)X(2 cycles)=54 days -- is said to be especially efficacious. It has its origins
in a private relevation granted in 1884 to the family of Fortuna Agrelli, a girl who
was so seriously ill that her doctors had given up on her. She and her family
began praying the Rosary, and saw a vision of Our Lady, sitting on a throne and
holding the Christ Child, with a Rosary in her hands, and accompanied by SS
Dominic and Catherine of Siena. Fortuna addressed Our Lady: "Queen of the
Holy Rosary, be gracious to me, restore me to health! I have already prayed to
Thee in a novena, O Mary, but have not yet experienced Thy aid. I am so anxious
to be cured!"

Our Lady is said to have replied: "Child, you have invoked me by various titles
and have always obtained favors from me. Now, since you have called Me by
that title so pleasing to me, ‘Queen of the Holy Rosary’, I can no longer refuse
the favor you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make
three novenas, and you shall obtain all."
The Queen of the Holy Rosary is said to have appeared again, saying: "Whoever
desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of
the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving."

Pray the Rosary (5 decades) once a day for 27 days in the spirit of petition,
with your intentions in mind.

Then pray the Rosary (5 decades) once a day for 27 days in the spirit of
thanksgiving -- whether you believe your petitions have been granted or
not.

Start the entire cycle with the Joyful Mysteries first, the Sorrowful
Mysteries second, and ending with the Glorious Mysteries.

Novena to St. Joseph


Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on 10 March and ending on
18 March, the eve of the Feast of St. Joseph

O glorious descendant of the kings of Judah, Inheritor of the virtues of all


the patriarchs. Just and happy St. Joseph, listen to my prayer. Thou art my
glorious protector, and shall ever be, after Jesus and Mary the object of my
most profound veneration and confidence. Thou art the most hidden,
though the greatest Saint, and art particularly the patron of those who
serve God with the greatest purity and fervor. In union with all those who
have ever been most devoted to thee I now dedicate myself to thy service;
beseeching thee, for the sake of Jesus Christ, who vouchsafed to love and
obey thee as a son, to become a father to me; and to obtain for me the filial
respect, confidence and love of a child towards thee.

O powerful advocate of all Christians, whose intercession, as St. Theresa


assures us, has never been found to fail, deign to intercede for me now, and
to implore for me the particular intention of this Novena.

(Mention your intentions here)

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Present me O great Saint to the adorable Trinity, with Whom thou hadst so
glorious and so intimate a correspondence. Obtain that I may never efface
by sin the Sacred Image according to the likeness of which, I was created.
Beg for me that my divine Redeemer would enkindle in my heart and in all
hearts, the fire of His Love, and infuse therein the virtues of His adorable
infancy, His purity, simplicity, obedience, and humility.

Obtain for me likewise a lively devotion to thy virgin spouse, and protect me
so powerfully in life and death, that I may have the happiness of dying as
thou didst, in the friendship of my Creator, and under the immediate
protection of the Mother of God. Amen.

Novena to St. Benedict


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 12 March and ending on 20
March, the eve of the Feast of St. Benedict.

O glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure vessel of God's
grace! Behold me, humbly kneeling at thy feet. I implore thy loving heart to
pray for me before the throne of God. To thee I have recourse in all the
dangers which daily surround me. Shield me against my enemies, inspire
me to imitate thee in all things. May thy blessing be with me always, so that
I may shun whatever God forbids and avoid the occasions of sin.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces of which I
stand so much in need, in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. Thy
heart was always so full of love, compassion, and mercy toward those who
were afflicted or troubled in any way. Thou didst never dismiss without
consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to thee. I therefore
invoke thy powerful intercession, in the confident hope that thou wilt hear
my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I so earnestly
implore (mention your intentions here), if it be for the greater glory of God
and the welfare of my soul.

Help me, O great St. Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to be
ever submissive to His holy will, and to attain the eternal happiness of
heaven. Amen.

Novena to St. Blaise


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 25 January and ending on 2
February, the eve of the Feast of St. Blaise.

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy
divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust
Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with
a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine
love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in
whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like
him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and


intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I
humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, "Thy will be done on earth as it
is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater
glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

O God, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr
Blaise, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat;
and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of
obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy
name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Blaise, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who
for the love of our Saviour didst suffer so many tortures with patience and
resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils
of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the
special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and
preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfil my duties,
and with the aid of God's grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as
special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy
sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy
merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in
confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and
contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and
communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so
that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the
eternal punishment. Amen.
My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter
passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His
immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints,
particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this
novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and
graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

Novena to St. Nicholas


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 27 November and ending on
5 December, the eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas.

All-praised and all-honored hierarch, great wonderworker, Saint of Christ,


Father Nicholas, man of God and faithful servant, man of love, chosen
vessel, strong pillar of the Church, most-brilliant lamp, star that illumines
and enlightens the whole world. Thou art a righteous man that did flourish
like a palm tree planted in the courts of the Lord; dwelling in Myra thou hast
diffused the fragrance of myrrh, and thou pourest out the ever-flowing
myrrh of the grace of god.

By thy presence most-holy Father, the sea was sanctified when your most-
miraculous relics were carried to the city of Bari, from the East to the West
to praise the name of the Lord.

O most-superb and most-marvellous wonderworker, speedy helper, fervent


intercessor, good shepherd that saveth the rational flock from all dangers,
we glorify and magnify thee as the hope of all Christians, a fountain of
miracles, a defender of the faithful, a most wise teacher, a feeder of the
hungry, the gladness of those that mourn, clothing of the naked, healer of
the sick, pilot of those that sail the sea, liberator of prisoners, nourisher and
protector of widows and orphans, guardian of chastity, gentle tutor of
children, support of the aged, guide of fasters, rest of those that labor,
abundant riches of the poor and needy.

Hearken unto us that pray unto thee and flee to thy protection. Show thy
mediation on our behalf with the Most High, and obtain through thy God-
pleasing intercessions all that is useful for the salvation of our souls and
bodies. Keep this holy habitation, every city and town, and every Christian
country, and the people that dwell therein, from all oppression through thy
help, for we know that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much for
good; and after the most-blessed Virgin Mary, we have thee as a righteous
mediator with the All-Merciful God, and to thy fervent intercession and
protection we humbly hasten.

Do thou, as a watchful and good shepherd, keep us from all enemies and
pestilence, earthquake and hail, famine, flood and fire, the sword and
invasions, and, in all our misfortunes and affliction, do thou give us a
helping hand and open the doors of God’s compassion; for we are
unworthy to look upon the height of Heaven because of the multitude of
our sins. We are bound by the bonds of sin and have not done the will of
our Creator nor kept His commandments.

Wherefore, we bow the knees of our broken and humble heart to our Maker,
and we ask thy fatherly intercession with Him lest we perish with our sins.
Deliver us from all evil, and from every adverse thing. Direct our minds and
strengthen our hearts in the orthodox Faith, which, through thy mediation
and intercession, neither wounds, nor threats, nor plague, nor the wrath of
our Creator shall lessen. But vouchsafe that we may live a peaceful life
here and see the good things in the land of the living, glorifying the Father,
and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God glorified and worshipped in
Trinity, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Novena to St. Patrick


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 8 March and ending on 16
March, the eve of the Feast of St. Patrick.

Blessed saint Patrick, glorious Apostle of Ireland, who didst become a


friend and father to me for ages before my birth, hear my prayer and
accept, for God, the sentiments of gratitude and veneration with which my
heart is filled. Through thee I have inherited that faith which is dearer than
life. I now make thee the representative of my thanks, and the mediator of
my homage to Almighty God. Most holy Father and patron of my country,
despise not my weakness; remember that the cries of little children were
the sounds that rose, like a mysterious voice from heaven, and invited thee
to come amongst us. Listen, then, to my humble supplication; may my
prayer ascend to the throne of God, with the praises and blessings which
shall ever sanctify thy name and thy memory. May my hope be animated
by the patronage and intercession of our forefathers, who now enjoy
eternal bliss and owe their salvation, under God, to thy courage and charity.
Obtain for me grace to love God with my whole heart, to serve him with my
whole strength, and to persevere in good purposes to the end, o faithful
shepherd of the Irish flock, who wouldst have laid down a thousand lives to
save one soul, take my soul, and the souls of my countrymen, under thy
special care. Be a father to the Church of Ireland and her faithful people.
Grant that all hearts may share the blessed fruits of that Gospel thou didst
plant and water. Grant that, as our ancestors of old had learned, under thy
guidance, to unite science with virtue, we too, may learn, under thy
patronage, to consecrate all Christian duty to the glory of God. I commend
to thee my native land, which was so dear to thee while on earth. Protect it
still, and, above all, direct its chief pastors, particularly those who teach us.
Give them grace to walk in thy footsteps, to nurture the flock with the word
of life and the bread of salvation, and to lead the heirs of the Saints thou
hast formed to the possession of that glory which they, with Thee, enjoy in
the kingdom of the Blessed: through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O glorious saint Patrick.


R. And obtain for us the intention of this Novena.

Novena to St. Dominic


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 30 July and ending on 7
August, the eve of the Feast of St. Dominic.

O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy saint Dominic, who
didst renounce the honour and dignity of an earthly principality to embrace
the poor, laborious, and mortified life which should distinguish a disciple of
Him Who has said: "If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross
and follow Me."

O burning torch, who being thyself consumed with the fire of divine love,
didst incessantly labour to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of
others, look down upon me from that throne of glory where thou enjoyest
the reward of all thy labours, and obtain that some sparks of that blessed
fire may be lighted in my soul, to animate and encourage me under any
crosses or trials with which it shall please the divine goodness to visit me.

Thou, O great Saint, regardest as nothing all the afflictions thou didst
endure, and all the toils thou didst undergo for the promotion of God's holy
cause; obtain, I beseech Thee, that the same ardent love which
strengthened thee, may make sweet to me labours, humiliations, disgraces,
or whatever other mortifications I may have to suffer for the Name of
Jesus. May I ever bear in mind that nothing can happen to me but by the
particular dispensation of a God Who is infinitely wise, and therefore knows
what is best for my welfare; infinitely powerful, and consequently able to
effect it; and above all, infinitely merciful and loving, Who has laid down His
life for my redemption, and continues daily to give new proofs of His love
and bounty.

O tender Father of the poor who, when all other resources were exhausted,
didst offer thyself for their relief, obtain for me that true spirit of
compassion for the suffering members of Jesus Christ, which shone forth
so conspicuously in thy holy life. May I, by charity to those whom Jesus so
dearly loves, lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where thou now
enjoyest that which the eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor the heart
of man conceived, but which God has prepared for those who love Him,
and who prove themselves His Disciples by the observance of His Divine
precept "love one another."

I praise and thank God for the high degree of sanctity to which He had
raised thee, and the special privileges by which He has distinguished thee. I
conjure thee, by that gratitude with which thou shalt for all eternity be
penetrated for thy Divine Benefactor, implore for me the grace to root out of
my heart whatever is not agreeable in His sight, especially that evil habit by
which I most frequently offend Him. Obtain likewise the favours I request in
this Novena, through thy powerful intercession.

(Mention your intentions here)

O glorious Mother of God, Queen of the most sacred Rosary, thou who
didst love Dominic with the affection of a mother, and were most tenderly
loved and honoured by him, look upon me, for his sake, with an eye of pity,
deign to join with him in presenting these petitions to thy most Blessed
Jesus. I sincerely desire from this moment to love Him with all my heart,
and serve Him with all my strength, and now place myself under thy
powerful protection, as a sure means of obtaining all the graces necessary
to serve Him faithfully here, that I may eternally rejoice with Him hereafter.
Amen.

Novena to St. Jude


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 20 October and ending on 28
October, the eve of the Feast of St. Jude. When the Novena is finished, you
must publicly thank St. Jude for his prayers for you. This is often done by taking
out a small ad in the Classifieds section of newspapers.

To Saint Jude, Holy Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich
in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who
invoke thy special patronage in time of need. To thee I have recourse from
the depths of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great
power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent
petition, in return I promise to make thy name known and cause thee to be
invoked. Saint Jude pray for us and all who invoke thy aid. Amen.

Recite an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times. Keep your
promise to St. Jude and make his name known.

Novena to St. Francis of Assisi


Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on 25 September and ending
on 3 August, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis.

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and
riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and
abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of
all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of
heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually
wept over the passion of the Redeemer, and labored most zealously for the
salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually
over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ,
that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless
His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the
Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou
becamest a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray,
the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may
merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to
all those who now weep.

"If we be dead with Christ Jesus, we shall live also with Him," says the
Apostle; "if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him."

Pray for us, Saint Francis, that we may obtain the graces and favors we ask
for in this novena; pray for us, especially, that we may obtain the grace of
perseverance; of a holy death and a happy eternity.

Pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be five times

Novena to St. Clare of Assisi


Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on 4 August and ending on
11 August, the eve of the Feast of St. Clare.

First Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who hast
abandoned all riches and honours for a life of sacrifice and of highest
poverty, obtain from God for us the grace we ask (mention your intentions
here), that of always submitting to the Divine Will and of living confidently
in the providence of our Heavenly Father. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Second Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

O Seraphic Saint Clare who, notwithstanding living separated from the


world hast not forgotten the poor and the afflicted, but hast become a
mother to them, sacrificing for them your riches and working for them
innumerable miracles; obtain from God for us the grace we implore
(mention your intentions here), Christian charity towards our brethren in all
their spiritual and temporal needs. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Third Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, light of your country, who hast delivered Italy from
barbarous invaders; obtain from God for us the grace we implore (mention
your intentions here), that of overcoming all attacks of the world against
faith and morals thus preserving in our families true Christian peace with a
holy fear of God and a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Fourth Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

Blessed Saint Clare, whose very name means light, illumine the darkness of
our minds and hearts so that we might see what God wishes us to do and
perform it with a willing and joyful heart. Before your birth, a Heavenly
voice foretold that you would be a light illuminating the world. Be a light to
us in the sorrows and anxieties of this earthly life, and lead us into the
eternal light of our home in Heaven. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Fifth Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, whose virginal heart was great enough to love the
whole world, take our petitions into your pure hands and present them to
God. Pray for us that we may one day enter joyously before the throne of
God. Let the light of your perfect purity consume the shadows of sin and
corruption that darkens the world. Intercede by your innocence for our
youth. Safeguard the peace of our homes and the unity of our family. Plead
with your chaste love for all in peril. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Sixth Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

Generous Saint Clare, who left wealth and pleasure and all earthly goods to
become the first spiritual daughter of Saint Francis and to serve God in the
cloister, help us to commit our lives to God without limit or measure so that
He may live in us and shine forth from us to all whose lives touch ours. You
who loved souls so much as to make your life a continual sacrifice for
them, obtain for us the graces we now implore and win for us the strength
to praise God in suffering as well as in joy. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Seventh Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

Faithful Saint Clare, loyal daughter of the Church, friend and confidante of
popes, intercede for the holy Church and look graciously from Heaven on
our holy Father Pope. Enlighten us to remove from our souls all that
hinders the progress of the Church on earth. Grant that we may share your
great love for the church of God and spread His kingdom on earth by a holy
life. You, who worked miracles in the presence of the pope on earth, obtain
for us the graces we need, now that you stand in the presence of the most
high God in Heaven. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Eighth Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

Valiant Saint Clare, who fearlessly stood alone against the barbarous
Saracens, trusting in the Blessed Sacrament as your only protection,
enkindle in us a tender love for Jesus Christ; help us to live Eucharistic
lives. You who saved your city of Assisi from plunder and ruin, protect our
city and archdiocese, plead for our beloved country and the suffering
world. A voice from the Sacred Host rewarded your trust with a promise: "I
will always take care of you." Glorious Saint Clare, from your high place in
Heaven, take care of us now in our earthly needs and guide us by your light
to Heaven. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Ninth Day:
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise Thy Holy Name
and the wonders of grace Thou hast worked in Thy servant, Saint Clare.
Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this
novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in Thy most Holy
Love. Amen.

Gracious Saint Clare, who fulfilled your womanhood by a life of love in


prayer and penance, help us to fulfill our destiny that we may one day greet
you in Heaven. You who were consoled at your death by a vision of Christ
band His Mother, obtain for us the grace that we may die under the special
protection of God and enter into the life and bliss you now enjoy. Have pity
on us who struggle, on us who mourn, and win for us the favours of God so
that after this life we may come home to Him who lives and reigns forever
and ever. Amen.

V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.


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

Let us Pray. We Pray Thee, Lord, Grant us Thy servants who celebrate the
festival of blessed Clare Thy Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of
the joys of heaven and coheirs with Thine only-begotten Son, Who being
God, lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

Novena to St. Anthony of Padua


Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on 4 June and ending on 12
June, the eve of the Feast of St. Anthony. Some pray a Novena to St. Anthony
on thirteen consecutive Tuesdays, per the instructions of Pope Leo XIII, or on all
Tuesdays.

O White lily of purity, sublime example of poverty, true mirror of humility,


resplendent star of sanctity. O glorious St Anthony, who didst enjoy the
sweet privilege of receiving into thy arms the Infant Jesus, I beseech thee
to take me under they powerful protection. Thou in whom the power of
working miracles shines forth among the other gifts of God, have pity upon
me and come to my aid in this my great need.

(Mention your intentions here).

Cleanse my heart from every disorderly affection, obtain for me a true


contrition for my sins and a great love of God and of my neighbour that
serving God faithfully in this life, I may come to praise, enjoy and bless Him
eternally with thee in Paradise. Amen

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Novena to St. Teresa of Avila


Pray especially beginning on 6 October and ending on 14 October, the eve of the
Feast of St. Teresa. This Novena was written by St. Alphonsus of Liguori.

First Day:
O most amiable Lord Jesus Christ! We thank Thee for the great gift of faith
and of devotion to the Holy Sacrament, which Thou didst grant to Thy
beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits and by those of Thy faithful
spouse, to grant us the gift of a lively faith, and of a fervent devotion toward
the most Holy Sacrament of the altar; where Thou, O infinite Majesty! hast
obliged Thyself to abide with us even to the end of the world, and wherein
Thou didst so lovingly give Thy whole Self to us.
Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Second Day:
O most merciful Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of hope
which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits,
and by those of Thy holy spouse, to give us a great confidence in Thy
goodness, by reason of Thy Precious Blood, which Thou hast shed to its
last drop for our salvation.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Third Day:
O most loving Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of love
which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits,
and by those of Thy most loving spouse, to give us the great, the crowning
gift of Thy perfect love.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Fourth Day:
O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of great desire
and resolution which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, that she
might love Thee perfectly; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy
most generous spouse, to give us a true desire, and a true resolution of
pleasing Thee the utmost of our power.
Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Fifth Day:
O most kind Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of humility
which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits,
and by those of Thy most humble spouse, to grant us the grace of a true
humility, which may make us ever find our joy in humiliation, and prefer
contempt before every honour.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Sixth Day:
O most bountiful Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of devotion
towards Thy sweet mother, Mary and her holy spouse, Joseph, which Thou
didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by
those of Thy most dear spouse, to give us the grace of a special and tender
devotion towards Thy most holy mother, Mary, and towards Thy beloved
foster-father, Joseph.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Seventh Day:
O most loving Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the wonderful gift of
the wound in the heart which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we
pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy seraphic spouse, to grant us
also a like wound of love, that, henceforth, we may love Thee and give our
mind to the love of nothing but Thee.
Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Eighth Day:
O most beloved Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the eminent gift of
the desire for death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray
Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most constant spouse, to grant us
the grace of desiring death, in order to go and possess Thee eternally in the
country of the blessed.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Ninth Day:
Lastly, O dearest Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of the
precious death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, making her
sweetly to die of love; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy
most affectionate spouse, to grant us a good death; and if we do not die of
love, yet, that we may at least die burning of love for Thee, that so dying, we
may be able to go and love Thee for evermore with a more perfect love in
heaven.

Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be.

V. St. Teresa, pray for us:

R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray: Graciously hear us, O God of our salvation! that as we rejoice in
the commemoration of the blessed virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished
by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervour of a tender
devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Novena to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 24 September and ending on
2 October, the eve of the Feast of St. Thérèse (note: her Feast is celebrated on 1
October in the Novus Ordo). Many people report unexpectedly finding or being
given a literal rose or roses (or smelling the perfume of roses) after praying to
St. Thérèse, who said on her deathbed, "After my death, I will let fall a shower of
roses. I will spend my Heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty
host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved..." 1.

O little Thérèse of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the
Heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.

O little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with
confidence in thy hands.

(Mention your intentions here)

St. Thérèse, help me to always believe as thou didst, in God's great love for
me, so that I might imitate thy "Little Way" each day. Amen.

Novena to St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)


Say once a day for nine days

Dear God, Thou hast generously blessed Thy servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
with the gifts of the Spirit. Thou hast marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death
of Thy Son. Endowed with the gift of discernment, St. Pio labored endlessly
in the confessional for the salvation of souls. With reverence and intense
devotion in the celebration of Mass, he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, I confidently beseech


Thee to grant me the grace of (mention your intentions here). Amen.

Recite three Glorias.

Novena to St. Gerard


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 7 October and ending on 15
October, the eve of the Feast of St. Gerard.

First Day:
Saint Gerard, ever full of faith obtain for me that , believing firmly all that
the Church of God proposes to my belief, I may strive to secure through a
holy life the joys of eternal happiness.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Let us Pray. O Almighty and everlasting God, who didst draw to thyself
Saint Gerard, even from his tenderest years, making him conformable to
the Image of Thy Crucified Son, grant we beseech Thee, that imitating his
example, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Second Day:
Saint Gerard, most generous saint, who from thy tenderest years didst care
so little for the goods of earth, grant that I may place all my confidence in
Jesus Christ alone, my true Treasure, who alone can make me happy in
time and in eternity.
Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Third Day:
Saint Gerard, bright seraph of love, who despising all earthly love, didst
consecrate thy life to the service of God and thy neighbor, promoting God’s
glory in thy lowly state, and ever ready to assist the distressed and console
the sorrowful, obtain for me, I beseech thee, that loving God the only God
and my neighbor for His sake, I may be hereafter united to Him for ever in
glory.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Fourth Day:
Saint Gerard, spotless lily of purity, by the angelic virtue and thy wonderful
innocence of life thou didst receive from the Infant Jesus and His
Immaculate Mother, sweet pledges of tenderest love, grant, I beseech thee,
that I may ever strive in my life-long fight, and thus win the crown that
awaits the brave and the true.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Fifth Day:
Saint Gerard, model of holy obedience, who through thy life didst heroically
submit the judgment to those who represent Jesus Christ to thee, thus
sanctifying thy lowliest actions, obtain for me from God cheerful admission
to His Holy Will and the virtue of perfect obedience, that I may be made
comfortable to Jesus, my Model, who was obedient even to death.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Sixth Day:
Saint Gerard, most perfect imitator of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, do thou
whose greatest glory was to be humble and lowly, obtain that I too,
knowing my littleness in God’s sight, may be found worthy to enter the
kingdom that is promised to the humble and lowly of heart.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Seventh Day:
Saint Gerard, unconquered hero, most patient in suffering, do thou who
didst glory in infirmity, and under slander and most cruel ignominy didst
rejoice to suffer with Christ, obtain for me patience and resignation in my
sorrows, that I may bravely bear the cross that is to gain for me the crown
of everlasting glory.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Eighth Day:
Saint Gerard, true lover of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, do
thou who didst kneel long hours before the Tabernacle, and there didst
taste the joys of the Paradise. Obtain for me, I beseech thee, the spirit of
prayer and an undying love for the Most Holy Sacrament, that thus
receiving frequently the Body and Blood of Jesus, I may daily grow in His
holy love and merit the priceless grace of loving Him even to the end.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Ninth Day:
Saint Gerard, most favorite child of heaven, to whom Mary gave the Infant
Jesus in the day of thy childhood, to whom she sweetly came before thou
didst close thine eyes In death, obtain for me I beseech thee, so to seek and
love my Blessed Mother during life, that she may be my joy and
consolation in this valley of tears, until with thee, before the throne of God, I
may praise her goodness for all eternity. Amen.

Say nine Hail Marys

V. Pray for us, O Saint Gerard.


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

Novena to St. Rita of Cascia


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 13 May and ending on 21
May, the eve of the Feast of St. Rita.

O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a
star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of
God's grace, in patience and fortitude thou art a model of all the states in
life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior
Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of
thorns, which with tender devotion thou didst daily contemplate. Through
the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and thine own graces and virtues, I ask
thee to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of
God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy
protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins
and the grace to persevere daily, as thou didst in walking with courage,
generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. (Mention your intentions here)

Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us.


Saint Rita, advocate of the helpless, pray for us.

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be three times.

Novena to St. Philomena


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 31 August and ending on 8
September, the eve of the Feast of St. Philomena.

O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many
miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me. Thou
knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full
of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity , O great Saint! Graciously
hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I
now humbly lay before thee.

(Mention your intentions here)

I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the
sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the
Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee,
and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His Saints.
Amen.

Novena to St. Dymphna


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 6 May and ending on 14
May, the eve of the Feast of St. Dymphna.

Day 1: For Faith


O God, Source of our salvation, in the midst of a pagan people, Thou didst
enlighten St. Dymphna by the light of the true faith, which she professed
under the guidance of her holy confessor, Gerebran, with such constance
that she suffered martyrdom. Through the intercession of these two saints,
we beg Thee to strengthen the faith which Thou hast given us, so that by
wisely subjecting our souls to Thy Supreme Authority, and by faithfully
conforming our lives according to our faith, we may honor Thee with our
whole heart and soul until the hour of our death. Through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 2: For Hope


Almighty and infinitely good God, Thou hast promised eternal salvation to
those who obey Thy commandments and make zealous use of Thy graces.
Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who fled from the danger of sin
by leaving the palace of her father, and who, eager to gain eternal salvation,
fled to Belgium to live in poverty, we beg Thee to grant that we also, who
are striving for eternal happiness, may overcome all obstacles in the way of
virtue and may attain eternal salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 3: For Charity


God of love, Thou art the most perfect Being, and Creator of all that is good
and beautiful. Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who in her youth
loved Thee above all creatures and for Thy sake loved her neighbor as
herself, as the image and likeness of Thee, as the price of the Blood of
Jesus and as co-heir of heaven, be pleased to help us by Thy powerful
grace, that we may faithfully fulfill the two great commandments of charity
not only in word, but in action and in truth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 4: For Piety


God, Our Creator and Supreme Master, St. Dymphna served Thee with great
zeal even in her childhood, by hearing Thy word with delight, by assisting at
Holy Mass with fervent reverence, and by receiving Holy Communion from
the hand of St. Gerebran with tender devotion. Through her intercession we
beg Thee to grant us the same virtue of piety so that, having honored Thee
during this life as our Creator, we may possess Thee hereafter as our final
reward. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 5: For Prudence


O God, ruler of the universe, Thou didst allow St. Dymphna to discover a
helpful means of avoiding the evil intentions of her father. Through the
merits of Thy holy servant, be pleased to grant that we may become,
according to the words of Jesus, simple as doves and wise as serpents, so
that through prudent advice and sound judgment we may recognize what
we must do to achieve the great work of our salvation. Through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 6: For Justice


O God, source of eternal justice, Thou didst inspire St. Dymphna to flee
from her country and her father in order to render to Thee that which was
Thine. Through her intercession we beg Thee to make us seek after justice
so that we may perform our duties toward Thee as we ought. Though
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 7: For Fortitude


O God, rewarder of those who remain firm in their good resolutions, Thou
gavest St. Dymphna such a love of virtue that she had the courage to suffer
privation, persecution, and even martyrdom. Through her prayers we beg
Thee to grant us fortitude that we may courageously and perseveringly
overcome ourselves and finally conquer the enemy of our salvation.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 8: For Temperance


O God, You made St. Dymphna resplendent in the virtue of temperance so
that she mastered sensual inclinations and used temporal goods prudently.
With temperance she combined the beautiful virtues of modesty, docility
and humility. Let us not forget that humility is called the foundation of all
virtue because it banishes from the soul pride, the obstacle to grace.
Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, we beg Thee to guide and direct
us, so that being preserved from evil and nervous disorders, we may obey
till death the commandments and counsels Thou hast given us. Through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 9: For Chastity


O God, lover of innocent souls, Thou gavest St. Dymphna the virtue of
angelic purity which made her reserved in all her actions, modest in her
dress, attentive in her conversation, upright in her character, so that she
even shed her blood to preserve this precious virtue. Through the
intercession of St. Dymphna, we beg thee to bestow upon us the virtue of
chastity that we may enjoy peace of conscience in this life and pure eternal
joys of heaven hereafter. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Novena to St. George


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 14 April and ending on 22
April, the eve of the Feast of St. George.

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy
divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust
Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with
a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine
love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in
whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like
him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and


intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I
humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, "Thy will be done on earth as it
is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater
glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

O God, who didst grant to Saint George strength and constancy in the
various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to
preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so
that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Through
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George; favored by God
with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst
fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither
pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I
fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy
intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear
bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross
which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate
me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith,
assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to
them that persevere unto the end.

My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter
passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His
immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints,
particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this
novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and
graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

Novena to St. Anne


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 17 July and ending on 25
July, the eve of the Feast of St. Anne.

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and
with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles,
I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special
protection the present affair which I commend to thee.

{Mention your intentions here)

Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay
it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain
for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee
and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity.
Amen.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope,
pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope,
pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope,
pray to her for us and obtain our request.

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Novena to St. Martha


This Novena is prayed on nine consecutive Tuesdays and involves lighting a
candle. Pray also especially beginning 9 Tuesdays before 29 July, the Feast of
St. Martha.

(Light a candle) O admirable Saint Martha, I have recourse to thee and I


depend entirely on thy intercession in my trials. In thanksgiving, I promise
to spread this devotion everywhere. I humbly beg thee to console me in all
my difficulties. By the immense joy that filled thy soul when thou didst
receive the Redeemer of the world at thy home in Bethany, be pleased to
intercede for me and my family, in order that we may keep God in our
hearts and therefore, deserve to obtain the remedy to our necessities,
especially the present situation that overwhelms me.

(Mention your intentions here)

I implore thee, O Auxiliatrice in all needs; help us to overcome our


difficulties, thou who so victoriously fought the devil. Amen.

Recite three times one Our Father, one Hail Mary, one Glory Be, and the
invocation "Saint Martha, pray for us."

Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe


Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 5 August and ending on 13
August, the eve of the Feast of St. Maximilian.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said, "greater love than this no man has that a
man lay down his life for his friends," through the intercession of Saint
Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech Thee to
grant us our petitions.
(Mention your intentions here)

Through the Militia Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he


spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his
life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of
unselfish love for all men -- a love that was inspired by true devotion to
Mary.

Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we too may give ourselves entirely without
reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better
love and serve our fellow man in imitation of Thy humble servant, Saint
Maximilian. Amen.

Recite three Hail Marys and a Glory Be.

Novena of Grace (in honor of St. Francis Xavier)


In A.D. 1633, the Jesuit priest, Father Mastrilli, was at the point of death as a
result of an accident when St. Francis Xavier appeared to him and asked him to
devote his life to missionizing the Indies. Father Mastrilli made a vow before his
superior that he would do so if God spared his life. St. Francis appeared to him
again to ask him to renew the vow, and foretold that Fr. Mastrilli would be
martyred. After this second apparition, the priest was completely healed. News
of the miracle spread, and this novena began to be prayed. Father Mastrilli kept
his vow and was martyred on 17 October, 1637. This novena can be prayed any
time, but is often prayed, even publicly along with preparatory prayers , a
sermon, Benediction, and hymns, starting on 4 March and ending on 12 March,
the date that St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola were canonized in
1622.

V: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
O Jesus, answer our petitions as we kneel before Thee.

R: O Heart of Jesus, hear and grant our prayers.

V: Pray for us, Saint Francis Xavier,

R: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V: Let us pray: Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful. Enkindle in
them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy spirit and they shall be created,

R: and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,

R: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen.

All: O most lovable and loving Saint Francis Xavier in union with thee I
adore the Divine Majesty. The remembrance of the favors with which God
blessed thee during life and of thy glory after death fills me with joy; and I
unite with thee in offering to Him my humble tribute of thanksgiving and of
praise. I implore thee to secure for me through thy powerful intercession
the inestimable blessing of living and dying in the state of grace. I also
beseech thee to obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena. (Mention your
intentions here, or simply pause to allow people to form their intentions silently
if this is being prayed publicly) But if what I ask is not for the glory of God
and for the good of my soul do thou obtain for me what is more conducive
to both. Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

V: Pray for us, Saint Francis Xavier,

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

Hymn to Saint Francis Xavier (may be recited if prayed privately):

Oh, Father Saint Francis, we kneel at thy feet,


While blessings and favors we beg and entreat,
That thou from thy bright throne in heaven above
Wouldst look on thy clients with pity and love.
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!

Oh, Father Saint Francis, thy words were once strong


Against Satan's wiles and an infidel throng.
Not less is thy might where in heaven thou art;
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part.
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!

St. Francis Xavier's Prayer for Unbelievers:

All: Eternal God, Creator of all things remember that the souls of
unbelievers have been created by Thee and formed to Thy own image and
likeness. Behold, O Lord, how to Thy dishonor hell is being filled with these
very souls. Remember that Jesus Christ, Thy Son for their salvation
suffered a most cruel death. Do not permit, O Lord, I beseech Thee that Thy
divine Son be any longer despised by unbelievers, but rather, being
appeased by the prayers of Thy saints and the Church the most holy
spouse of Thy Son deign to be mindful of Thy mercy and forgetting their
idolatry and their unbelief bring them to know Him Whom Thou didst send
Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord Who is our health, life, and resurrection
through Whom we have been redeemed and saved to Whom be all glory
forever. Amen.

V: Pray for us, Saint Francis Xavier,

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

V: O God, Who did deign, by the preaching and miracles of Saint Francis
Xavier, to join unto Thy Church the nations of the Indies, grant, we beseech
Thee, that we who reverence his glorious merits, may also imitate his
example, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

When prayed publicly, there follows: a Sermon; Hymn Before Benediction;


Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament; and a Closing Hymn.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory


This Novena, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, has different prayers for each of
the 9 days, followed by the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in
Purgatory which is at the bottom of the section.
First Day:
Jesus, my Saviour I have so often deserved to be cast into hell how great
would be my suffering if I were now cast away and obliged to think that I
myself had caused my damnation. I thank Thee for the patience with which
Thou hast endured me. My God, I love Thee above all things and I am
heartily sorry for having offended Thee because Thou art infinite goodness.
I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of
perseverance. Have pity on me and at the same time on those blessed
souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance
with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Second Day:
Woe to me, unhappy being, so many years have I already spent on earth
and have earned naught but hell! I give Thee thanks, O Lord, for granting
me time even now to atone for my sins. My good God, I am heartily sorry
for having offended Thee. Send me Thy assistance, that I may apply the
time yet remaining to me for Thy love and service; have compassion on me,
and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary,
Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Third Day:
My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things,
and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. Grant me the
grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same, on
the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come
to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Fourth Day:
My God! because Thou art infinite goodness, I am sorry with my whole
heart for having offended Thee. I promise to die rather than ever offend
Thee more. Give me holy perseverance; have pity on me, and have pity on
those holy souls that burn in the cleansing fire and love Thee with all their
hearts. O Mary, Mother of God, assist them by thy powerful prayers.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Fifth Day:
Woe to me, unhappy being, if Thou, O Lord, hadst cast me into hell; for from
that dungeon of eternal pain there is no deliverance. I love Thee above all
things, O infinite God and I am sincerely sorry for having offended Thee
again. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. Have compassion on me,
and, at the same time, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. O Mary,
Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below
Sixth Day:
My Divine Redeemer, Thou didst die for me on the Cross, and hast so often
united Thyself with me in Holy Communion, and I have repaid Thee only
with ingratitude. Now, however, I love Thee above all things, O supreme
God; and I am more grieved at my offences against Thee than at any other
evil. I will rather die than offend Thee again. Grant me the grace of holy
perseverance. Have compassion on me, and, at the same time, on the holy
souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with
thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Seventh Day:
God, Father of Mercy, satisfy this their ardent desire! Send them Thy holy
Angel to announce to them that Thou, their Father, are now reconciled with
them through the suffering and death of Jesus, and that the moment of
their deliverance has arrived.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Eighth Day:
Oh my God! I also am one of these ungrateful beings, having received so
much grace, and yet despised Thy love and deserved to be cast by Thee
into hell. But Thy infinite goodness has spared me until now. Therefore, I
now love Thee above all things, and I am heartily sorry for having offended
Thee. I will rather die than ever offend Thee. Grant me the grace of holy
perseverance. Have compassion on me and, at the same time, on the holy
souls suffering in Purgatory. Mary, Mother of God, come to their aid with
thy powerful intercession.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Ninth Day:
My God! How was it possible that I, for so many years, have borne
tranquilly the separation from Thee and Thy holy grace! O infinite
Goodness, how long-suffering hast Thou shown Thyself to me! Henceforth,
I shall love Thee above all things. I am deeply sorry for having offended
Thee; I promise rather to die than to again offend Thee. Grant me the grace
of holy perseverance, and do not permit that I should ever again fall into
sin. Have compassion on the holy souls in Purgatory. I pray Thee,
moderate their sufferings; shorten the time of their misery; call them soon
unto Thee in heaven, that they may behold Thee face to face, and forever
love Thee. Mary, Mother of Mercy, come to their aid with thy powerful
intercession, and pray for us also who are still in danger of eternal
damnation.

Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and the Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory below

Prayer to Our Suffering Saviour for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in
the Garden of Gethsemani, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have
mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy
most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy
most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying
Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy
most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy
most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in
breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions


here)

Blessed Souls, I have prayed for thee; I entreat thee, who are so dear to
God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for me a miserable
sinner, who is in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. Amen.

All Souls Novena


Say once a day for nine days, starting on 24 October until the eve of All Souls
Day.

O God, the Creater and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of
Thy servants and handmaids departed, the remission of all their sins; that
through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always
desired. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy
Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Christmas Novena I (St. Andrew Novena)


Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Day (30 November), ending on Christmas
Eve

Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at which the Son of God was
born of a most pure Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the
piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, to hear my prayers
and grant my desires. (Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus Christ
and His most Blessed Mother.

Christmas Novena II
Say this Novena beginning on 16 December and ending on 24 December. This
Novena, though it starts one day earlier than the O Antiphons, correlates with
the O Antiphons in the titles used to address Jesus between 17 and 24
December. It would, therefore, make a good Novena to pray when your family
prays the O Antiphons.

16 December:
O Shepherd that rulest Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep, come
to guide and comfort us.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

17 December:
O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest
from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come
to teach us the way of prudence!

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

18 December:
O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who didst appear unto Moses in
the burning bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai, come to redeem us with
an outstretched arm!

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

19 December:
O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at Whom the
kings shall shut their mouths, Whom the Gentiles shall seek, come to
deliver us, do not tarry.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

20 December:
O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no
man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the
prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow
of death.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

21 December:
O Dayspring, Brightness of the everlasting light, Son of justice, come to
give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

22 December:
O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest
of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of
the earth!

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

23 December:
O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and
salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

24 December:
O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face,
and we shall be saved.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

Novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany


This Novena is especially prayed beginning on 28 December (the Feast of the
Holy Innocents) and ending on 5 January (the Vigil of the Epiphany).

28 December:
O holy Magi! You were living in continual expectation of the rising of the
Star of Jacob, which would announce the birth of the true Sun of justice;
obtain for us an increase of faith and charity, and the grace to live in
continual hope of beholding one day the light of heavenly glory and eternal
joy. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in
the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

29 December:
O holy Magi! who at the first appearance of the wondrous star left your
native country to go and seek the newborn King of the Jews; obtain for us
the grace of corresponding with alacrity to every divine inspiration. Glory
be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

30 December:
O holy Magi! who regarded neither the severity of the season, nor the
inconveniences of the journey that you might find the newborn Messiah;
obtain for us the grace not to allow ourselves to be discouraged by any of
the difficulties which may meet us on the way of salvation. Glory be to the
Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is
now, and ever shall be, world without end.

31 December:
O holy Magi, who, when deserted by the star in the city of Jerusalem,
sought humbly, and without human respect, from the rulers of the Church,
the place where you might discover the object of your journey; obtain for us
grace to have recourse, in faith and humility, in all our doubts and
perplexities to the counsel of our superiors, who hold the place of God on
earth. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was
in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

1 January:
O holy Magi, who were gladdened by the reappearance of the star which
led you to Bethlehem; obtain for us from God the grace, that, remaining
always faithful to Him in afflictions, we may be consoled in time by His
grace, and in eternity by His glory. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and
to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.

2 January:
O holy Magi, who, entering full of faith into the stable of Bethlehem,
prostrated yourselves on the earth, to adore the newborn King of the Jews,
though he was surrounded only by signs of poverty and weakness; obtain
from the Lord for us a lively faith in the real presence of Jesus in the
blessed Sacrament, the true spirit of poverty, and a Christ-like charity for
the poor and suffering. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the
Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end.

3 January:
O holy Magi, who offered to Jesus Christ gold, incense, and myrrh, thereby
recognizing Him to be at once King, God, and Man; obtain from the Lord for
us the grace never to present ourselves before Him with empty hands; but
that we may continually offer to Him the gold of charity, the incense of
prayer, and the myrrh of penance and mortification. Glory be to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.

4 January:
O holy Magi, who, when warned by an angel not to return to Herd, traveled
back to your country be another road; obtain for us from the Lord, the grace
that, after having found Him in true repentance, we may avoid all danger of
losing Him again. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy
Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without
end.

5 January:
O holy Magi, who were first among the Gentiles called to the knowledge of
Jesus Christ, and who persevered in the faith till your deaths, obtain for us
of the Lord the grace of living always in conformity to our baptismal vows,
ever leading to a life of faith; that like you we may attain to the beatific
vision of that God Who now is the object of our faith. Glory be to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end..

Footnote:
1 I thought I'd share my little story of receiving a rose from Ste. Thérèse of
Lisieux. I sent an e-mail to my niece, who lives with her husband (no
children, no boarders), ending it with, "My wish for you today is that you
find a rose unepectedly." After I pressed the send button, I prayed to Ste.
Thérèse to ask God to allow her to send a rose to my niece. Note that my
niece, though baptized Catholic as a baby, is not a confirmed, believing
Catholic (yet!), and was unfamiliar with the story of Ste. Thérèse, and I had
not told her about Ste. Thérèse or that I would be praying to her. The next
morning, I got a phone call; it was my niece, who said to me, rather
astonished, "Remember how you wrote in your last note to me that you're
hoping I'd find a rose? Well, I got up this morning and found a pressed,
yellow rose in the middle of my living room floor! I have no idea how it got
there!" I was smiling as I listened, then laughed out loud and told her about
Ste. Thérèse and my prayer... I pray further graces are headed my niece's
way!

Please know, though, that we don't ever demand signs from Heaven asking
God to prove Himself to us and we don't "tempt God" or demand that he
show Himself through such things. We can, though, ask for signs to help us
understand His Divine Will. In any case, we can't allow any disappointment
after, say, not receiving a rose in such a miraculous way defeat our faith. If
we happen to experience such a thing, great! If not, that, too, is fine
because it is His will. Note, too, that the roses from Ste. Thérèse don't
generally materialize out of nothing; they can come, and usually do come,
in seemingly ordinary ways -- but unexpectedly, "out of the blue." Also, in
praying to Ste. Thérèse, one generally doesn't ask for roses as I did (that
was a spontaneous gesture on my part) -- i.e., one doesn't pray just to ask
for roses; but people do often report finding roses or smelling the perfume
of roses after praying for her intercession in a general way, such as after
praying a Novena to her or simply asking her to pray for them. These roses
are seen as signs that Ste. Thérèse heard their prayers indeed.

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