Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Novena to Saint Thérèse ~ Day Nine

(January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897)
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.


O St. Thérèse, seraphic virgin, beloved spouse of our Crucified Lord, you who on earth did burn with a love so intense toward your God and my God, and now glow with a bright and purer flame in paradise, obtain for me, I beseech you, a spark of that same holy fire which shall help me to put things of the world in their proper place and live my life always conscious of the presence of God. As I conclude my novena I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek at this time...

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


  1. I wanted to thank you for posting the novena. St. Therese is my husband's patron saint for this year. It's been sort of an introduction to saints for him. (Could you think of a better one to start with?) He's a good catholic man, but he wasn't raised with a reliance on saints like I was. He had a patron saint chosen for him at my request and he's really run with it. He's been doing the novena on the traditional schedule. On Sept. 30, we received word of a major favor for my husband thanks to St. Therese. It was so sweet to see my husband's shy little smile when I told him what had happened and he replied "that's what I asked St. Therese for." Thank you for helping us on this journey and spreading devotion.

  2. Ellen ~ That is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! St. Therese is an amazing saint!


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