Novena to St. Francis of Assisi|
a day for nine days, especially beginning on 25 September and ending
on 3 October, 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 self-denial 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.
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
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 five times, an Our Father, a Hail Mary,
and a Glory Be, in honor of Stigmata of Christ manifested in Francis.