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A nine days' private or public devotion
in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces.

Some Popular Novenas for Your Needsto Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Jude, St. Blaise, the Sacred Heart, St. Dymphna, St. Monica, St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Novena to
Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Recite for 9 days...
                                    See at Your feet, 
                                    O Mother of Perpetual Help, 
                                    a poor sinner who has recourse to You 
                                    and confides in You.
                                    O Mother of Mercy, 
                                    have pity on me! 
                                    I hear You called the refuge 
                                    and the hope of sinners; 
                                    be my refuge and my hope.
                                    Help me, for the love of Jesus Christ; 
                                    stretch forth Your hand to a poor fallen creature 
                                    who recommends himself (herself) to You, 
                                    and who devotes himself (herself) to Your service forever. 
                                    I bless and thank Almighty God, 
                                    who in His mercy had given me this confidence in You, 
                                    which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation.
                                    Mary, tender Mother, help me. 
                                    Mother of Perpetual Help, 
                                    never allow me to lose my God. 
                                    Recite the following prayers 3 times each...
                                    Our Father...
                                    Hail Mary...
                                    Glory Be...

Novena to St. Jude
Patron of Deperate Causes
(Long Version)

Begin by reciting the prayer:
                                    St. Jude, glorious apostle, 
                                    faithful servant and friend of Jesus,
                                    the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many.
                                    But the Church honors and invokes you universally 
                                    as the patron of hopeless cases, 
                                    and of things despaired of. 
                                    Pray for me who am so distressed. 
                                    Make use, I implore you, 
                                    of that particular privilege accorded you 
                                    to bring visible 
                                    and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. 
                                    Come to my assistance in this great need 
                                    that I may receive the consolation 
                                    and succor of Heaven in all my necessities,
                                    tribulations and sufferings, particularly....
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    and that I may bless God with you 
                                    and all the elect throughout eternity. 
                                    St. Jude, apostle, martyr, 
                                    and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
                                    of Mary, and of Joseph, 
                                    intercede for us! 
                                    Recite the appropriate prayer for each of the 9 days.
                                    DAY ONE
                                    O blessed apostle St. Jude, 
                                    who labored zealously among the Gentiles in many lands, 
                                    and performed numerous miracles in needy 
                                    and despairing cases, 
                                    we invoke you to take special interest in us and our needs. 
                                    We feel that you understand us in a particular way. 
                                    Hear our prayers and our petitions 
                                    and plead for us in all our necessities especially...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    May we be patient in learning God’s holy will 
                                    and courageous in carrying it out. 
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY TWO
                                    O blessed apostle Jude, 
                                    who has been instrumental in gathering us here together this day, 
                                    grant that we may always serve Jesus Christ 
                                    as he deserves to be served, 
                                    giving of our best efforts in living 
                                    as he wishes us to live. 
                                    May we dispose our hearts and minds 
                                    that God will always be inclined 
                                    to listen to our prayers and petitions, 
                                    especially those petitions which we entrust to your care 
                                    and for which we as you to plead for us...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    Grant that we may be enlightened as to what is best for us, 
                                    in the present and future, 
                                    not forgetting the blessings we have received in the past.
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY THREE
                                    O holy St. Jude, 
                                    apostle of Jesus Christ,
                                    you who have so faithfully 
                                    and devotedly helped to spread his Gospel of Light, 
                                    we who are gathered together today in your honor, 
                                    ask and petition you to remember us and our needs. 
                                    Especially do we pray for...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    May it also please our Lord 
                                    to lend an ear to your supplications in our behalf. 
                                    Grant that we may ever pray with fervor and devotion, 
                                    resigning ourselves humbly to the divine will, 
                                    seeing God’s purpose in all our trials 
                                    and knowing that he will leave 
                                    no sincere prayer unanswered in some way. 
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY FOUR
                                    Saint blessed Jude, 
                                    you were called to be one of Christ’s chosen apostles 
                                    and labored to bring men to a knowledge and love of God; 
                                    listen with compassion to those gathered together to honor you and ask; 
                                    your intercession. 
                                    In this troubled world of ours we have many trials, 
                                    difficulties, and temptations. 
                                    Plead for us in the heavenly court, 
                                    asking that our petitions may be answered, 
                                    especially the particular one we have in mind at this moment...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    May it please God to answer our prayers 
                                    in the way that he knows best, 
                                    giving us grace to see his purpose in all things.
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY FIVE
                                    O holy St. Jude, 
                                    apostle and companion of Christ Jesus, 
                                    you have shown us by example 
                                    how to lead a life of zeal and devotion. 
                                    We humbly entreat you today to hear our prayers and petitions. 
                                    Especially do we ask you to obtain for us the following favor...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    Grant that in praying for present and future favors 
                                    we may not forget the innumerable ones granted in the past 
                                    but often return to give thanks. 
                                    Humbly we resign ourselves to God’s holy will, 
                                    knowing that he alone knows what is best for us 
                                    especially in our present needs and necessities.
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY SIX
                                    St. Jude, 
                                    apostle of Christ and helper in despairing cases, 
                                    hear the prayers and petitions 
                                    of those who are gathered together in your honor. 
                                    In all our needs and desires 
                                    may we only seek what is pleasing to God 
                                    and what is best for our salvation. 
                                    These, our petitions...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    we submit to you, 
                                    asking you to obtain them for us, 
                                    if they are for the good of out souls. 
                                    We are resigned to God’s holy will in all things, 
                                    knowing that he will leave no sincere prayer unanswered 
                                    in some way though it may be in a way unexpected by us. 
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY SEVEN
                                    O holy apostle Saint Jude, 
                                    in whose honor we are gathered today, 
                                    may we never forget that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 
                                    chose you to be one of twelve apostles. 
                                    Because of this and of the martyrdom you suffered for the Faith, 
                                    we know you are a close friend of Almighty God. 
                                    Therefore we do not hesitate to petition you 
                                    in our necessities, especially...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    We humbly submit ourselves to the will of God, 
                                    knowing full well that no sincere prayer is ever left unanswered. 
                                    May we see God’s good and gracious purpose working in all our trials.
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY EIGHT
                                    O holy Saint Jude, 
                                    apostle of Christ, 
                                    pray that we may ever imitate the Divine Master 
                                    and live according to His will. 
                                    May we cooperate with the grace of God 
                                    and ever remain pleasing in His sight. 
                                    Especially do we ask you to plead for us 
                                    and obtain whatsoever is necessary for our salvation. 
                                    Forget not our special petitions...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    May we always be thankful to God 
                                    for the blessings we have received in the past. 
                                    Whatsoever we ask for the present or future, 
                                    we submit to the divine will, 
                                    realizing that God knows best what is good for us. 
                                    We know He will respond to our prayers 
                                    and petitions in one way or another. 
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!
                                    DAY NINE
                                    O holy Saint Jude, 
                                    apostle and martyr, 
                                    grant that we may so dispose our lives 
                                    that we may always be pleasing to God. 
                                    In working out our salvation in this life 
                                    we have many needs and necessities.
                                    Today we turn to you, 
                                    asking you to intercede for us 
                                    and obtain for us the favors we ask of God. 
                                    Especially do we petition for...
                                    (Make your request here.)
                                    May we not so much seek temporal good 
                                    but rather what will avail our souls, 
                                    knowing that it will profit us nothing 
                                    if we gain the whole world yet suffer the loss of our soul.
                                    Therefore, may we incline ourselves toward the divine will, 
                                    seeing God’s good and gracious purpose in all our trials.
                                    St. Jude, pray for us!
                                    My Jesus, mercy!


Novena to St. Dymphna
(For the mentally afflicted.)

O God, we humbly beseech You
                                    through Your servant, St. Dymphna,
                                    who sealed with her blood
                                    the love she bore You,
                                    to grant relief to those
                                    who suffer from mental afflictions
                                    and nervous disorders, especially...
                                    (Mention the person's name here.)
                                    St. Dymphna,
                                    helper of the mentally afflicted,
                                    pray for us. 
                                    Glory be to the Father...

Novena To
St. Blaise

                                    by reciting this prayer...
                                    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. 
                                    Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
                                    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. 
                                    Invocation of St. Blaise
                                    St. BLAISE, 
                                    gracious benefactor of mankind 
                                    and faithful servant of God, 
                                    who for the love of our Saviour 
                                    did 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 fulfill 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. 
                                    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. 

A Novena
to the Sacred Heart

O Sacred and adorable Heart of Jesus!
                                    Furnace of Eternal charity!
                                    Ocean of infinite mercy!
                                    Consolation of the afflicted!
                                    Refuge of sinners!
                                    and Hope of the whole world!
                                    I most fervently adore Thee,
                                    and unite my heart,
                                    my affections,
                                    and supplications,
                                    to the perpetual homage Thou Thyself renderest 
                                    to the Divinity on our Altars.
                                    Most amiable Heart,
                                    which hast loved us with an eternal love,
                                    supply Thyself for my insensibility,
                                    and receive my desire at least of loving Thee 
                                    with all the ardour and sincerity Thou so justly meritest.
                                    But remember, O adorable Heart!
                                    that Thou hast not disclosed Thyself to us 
                                    only as an object of our adorations;
                                    Thou desirest much more to engage our love,
                                    and to become the ground 
                                    and motive of our loving confidence.
                                    For this end,
                                    Thou wert pierced through with a lance on the Cross;
                                    and for the same purpose Thou remainest 
                                    a daily Victim of Thine own love on our Altars.
                                    O infinitely compassionate Heart of Jesus!
                                    which was overwhelmed with sorrow in the Garden of Olives,
                                    at the view of our spiritual and corporal miseries,
                                    I recur of Thee now with all the confidence Thou desirest 
                                    I should have in the extent of Thy power 
                                    and the riches of Thy mercy.
                                    Convinced that those things 
                                    which are impossible to human beings 
                                    are infinitely easy to Thee,
                                    and relying with an humble steadfast faith 
                                    on the sacred words of Truth itself,
                                    that whatever we ask the Father 
                                    in the Name of Jesus should be granted, 
                                    I now most humbly implore in that adorable Name,
                                    in virtue of that promise,
                                    and through the abundant mercies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
                                    the particular favour I petition for in this Novena. 
                                    - (Specify it.)
                                    O blessed saint Gertrude!
                                    and all you glorious servants of Christ;
                                    who while on earth were particularly devoted 
                                    to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
                                    join your prayers with mine,
                                    and implore from the Divine Object of all your devotion 
                                    the obtaining of the petition which I now make,
                                    and specially offer up through your intercession.
                                    Beg likewise, from this adorable Heart,
                                    which has dominion over all hearts,
                                    and could in a moment change the most obdurate,
                                    to have compassion on those who are 
                                    in the dreadful state of mortal sin,
                                    and to open to us the treasure of its mercy 
                                    at the hour of our death.

Novena To Saint Monica

Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine,
You perserveringly pursued your wayward son
Not with wild threats
But with prayerful cries to heaven.

Intercede for all mothers in our day 
So that they may learn
To draw their children to God.
Teach them how to remain
Close to their children,
Even the prodigal sons and daughters
Who have sadly gone astray.
Dear St. Monica,
                                    troubled wife and mother, 
Many sorrows pierced your heart
During your lifetime.
Yet you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence and profound faith,
You prayed daily for the conversion
Of your beloved husband, Patricius
And your beloved son, Augustine.
Grant me
                                    that same fortitude, 
Patience and trust in the Lord.
Intercede for me, dear St. Monica,
That God may favorably hear my plea
(mention your petition here) 
And grant me the grace 
To accept his will in all things,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God forever and ever. Amen.

Novena to
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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 St. Maximilian Kolbe 
                                    whose life illustrated such love, we 
                                    beseech you to grant us our petitions... 
                                    (State your intention 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 fellowman 
                                    in imitation of your humble servant, Maximilian. 
                                    Recite the following prayers...
                                    3 Hail Mary...
                                    1 Glory Be...