Monday, September 22, 2008

Novena to Saint Thérèse


The feast day of St. Thérèse is coming up! Her feast is celebrated on the 1st of October (and on the 3rd of October on the Traditional Calendar). The novena for her intercession can be said anytime, but especially on the 9 days prior and ending on the eve of the Feast (Sept 30th or Oct 2nd).

"Many people {including myself!} 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...'" Quoted from Fisheaters


Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were -- to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life” Beg her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment...and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Thérèse of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

DAY ONE

O Thérèse of the Child Jesus, well beloved and full of charity, in union with you, I reverently adore the majesty of God, and since I rejoice with exceeding joy in the singular gifts of grace bestowed upon you during your life, and your gifts of glory after death, I give Him deepest thanks for them; I beseech you with all my heart’s devotion to be pleased to obtain for me (...mention request here). But if what I ask of you so earnestly does not tend to the glory of God and the greater good of my soul, do you, I pray, obtain for me that which is more profitable to both these ends. Amen.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for putting this series of posts up -- I'm not one to think of novenas, but this one is especially apt. My sister will be undergoing radical surgery for breast cancer on the feast of St. Therese...so you know what my intention is!

    Your prayers for my sister will be greatly appreciated, as well.

    Thanks, Jessica.

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  2. Oh Eileen! I will definitely be praying for your sister. God Bless!

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