Thursday, September 22, 2011

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 we will be praying this particular Nine Day Novena to St. Therese in anticipation of her feast, ending on the eve of the Feast (Sept 30th or Oct 2nd).  We will then start another Novena to St. Therese which begins on her feast day!   I plan to schedule the prayers to post each day, just like last year.

"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.



*Another beautiful novena to St. Therese is the Rose Novena, which was the very first Novena I prayed to her, and you can see it on the right side of my blog header.  I also have a printable prayer card here


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3 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I wanted to ask you if we may link from our blogs to your site about the Novena to St. Therese? I have done the novena every year on a intimate personal level, also receiving, and not always, a rose from the beautiful Saint Therese.
    Possibly a linky or a link to your site for the next 9 days and the experience we have had with the novena in our lives. Just a suggestion. =) blessings to you.

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  2. Thank you, Jessica, for providing the Novena texts so easily and simply for us to use. You are so generous to do so! I will join with you.

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  3. Jackie ~ Yes, please feel free to link to the Novena if you'd like. I will have to think about adding a linky... I always love reading about others experiences with novenas!

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