Novena to St. Charles Borromeo

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    Novena to St. Charles Borromeo

           October 26 – November 3

Glorious St. Charles, by the joy which you found from tender infancy in the practices of piety, obtain for me, I pray, a constant and tender affection for all religious exercises.

Glory be

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O glorious St. Charles, model for ecclesiastics, by your generous detachment from all worldly concerns and by your zeal for the glory of God, and the relief of the poor, obtain for me, I pray, the grace to apply myself, like you, faithfully to all the duties which belong to the holy state to which it has pleased God to call me.

Glory be

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O glorious St. Charles, whose care it was to observe in the most minute details and most perfectly the discipline of holy Church, obtain for me, I pray, the grace ever to love tenderly and observe exactly our holy Rule and Customs.

Glory be

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O glorious St. Charles, who always prepared for death by the sanctity of your life, and accepted it with holy joy when it overtook you in the midst of your most glorious career: obtain for me, I pray, the grace always to accept, with Christian resignation, all that is painful to the senses which it shall please the Lord to send me; and that my life may be a continual preparation for death; so that when I arrive at my great passage, instead of feeling the terror of the sinner, I may enjoy the peace of the just, a prelude to eternal blessedness with the elect in heaven.

Glory be

Glory be, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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NOVENA TO ST. JUDE – NINTH DAY

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      Novena in preparation for the
        Feast of Ss. Simon and Jude

                         Ninth Day

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…

           (Mention your request)

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. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. My Jesus, mercy.

ST. JUDE NOVENA – SIXTH DAY

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               Novena in preparation for the
                Feast of Ss. Simon and Jude

                    October 19 – October 27

                                   Sixth Day

 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…            

                   (Mention your request)

We submit to you, asking you to obtain them for us, if they are for the good of our 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. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. My Jesus, mercy.

 

 

A PRAYER FOR SOULS SUFFERING IN PURGATORY

St. Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk, from Purgatory. Giovanni Battista Crespi, 1617

St. Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk, from Purgatory. Giovanni Battista Crespi, 1617

A PRAYER FOR THE SOULS SUFFERING                                    IN PURGATORY

O God of all consolation, sole Author of the salvation of souls! have mercy on those who suffer in purgatory. Look with compassion on the greatness of their torments: they are more keenly devoured by their ardent desire of being united to Thee, than by the purging flames wherein they are plunged. With them, I adore Thy avenging justice, and confess the equity of Thy judgments. But since Thou art pleased favorably to hear the prayers which the members of Thy holy Church offer to Thee in behalf of their brethren, graciously hear the supplications which I now address to Thee for those suffering souls. Remember, O Lord! Thou art their father, and they are Thy children. Forget the faults which, through the frailty of human nature, they have committed against Thee during the course of their mortal pilgrimage. Adorable Jesus! Victim of propitiation both for the living and the dead, vouchsafe, in thy quality of Redeemer, to apply the merits of Thy passion and death to the relief of those souls whom Thou punishest as their sovereign Judge. Remember Thy faithful followers and Thy spouses. Let some drops of that precious blood which Thou hast shed for their salvation flow on those devouring flames; and let the infinite price of that sacred blood afford a full satisfaction for their offences. Deliver them, O most merciful God! from that place of darkness and torture, and call them to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Grant them the possession of the sovereign good after which they so ardently sigh, and for which thou hast created them. Receive them into thy paternal bosom, where they will praise and love Thee to all eternity. Amen.

It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.                  2 Machabees 12: 46

Source: Visits to Jesus in the Tabernacle by Father Lasance

Image: St. Gregory Delivers the Soul of a Monk

Gregory’s Dialogues tell of a monk from whom the last rites were withheld by his abbot because he was found to have hidden, three gold coins in his cell. By his prayers Gregory secured the release of the monk’s soul from purgatory. Angels carry the monk’s soul to heaven.

The visionary and dramatic violence of the leading painter in the group known as the Seicento Lombardo places the episode connected with the mass into the background. Instead, all eyes are on the turbulent vision that links Purgatory in a spiral leading upward to the light of highest Heaven.

ST. JUDE NOVENA – FIFTH DAY

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               Novena to Jude

         October 19 – October 27

                       Fifth Day 

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.

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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. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. My Jesus, mercy.

ST. JUDE NOVENA – FOURTH DAY

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                Novena to Jude

         October 19 – October 27

                     Fourth Day 

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…

       (Mention your request)

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. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. My Jesus, mercy.

 

ST. JUDE NOVENA – THIRD DAY

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Novena to St. Jude in preparation for the
          Feast of Ss. Simon and Jude

             October 19 – October 27

                          Third Day

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…

               (Mention your request)

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. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us. My Jesus, mercy.