Novena of Grace 2014
March 4, 2014 - March 12, 2014
A Novena is a period of public or private prayer lasting nine days either consecutively or once weekly for nine weeks, to mark an important occasion, obtain a particular grace or pray for a special intention. The prayers are often directed to the intercession of a Saint or a particular virtue of Christ. The model for all Novenas is the celebration of the nine days traditionally observed between Ascension and Pentecost when Mary and the apostles waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The Novena of Grace is a special time of prayer in which people all over the world call to God through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier. It usually begins on March 4th and closes on March 12th when we celebrate the canonization of St Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. The Novena of Grace was prompted by the cure of Fr. Marcellus Mastrilli, S.J., in 1634. At the point of death from a brain injury he was cured instantaneously through the intercession of St Francis Xavier and afterwards died a martyr in Japan. Fr. Mastrilli said the Saint had assured him that “all who ask his intercession with God for nine days, in honor of his canonization, would infallibly experience the effects of his great power in heaven and would receive whatever they asked that would contribute to their salvation.” Because of the innumerable graces and extraordinary favors received through his intercession, this devotion came to be known as the Novena of Grace.
Click below for each day's reflection by Fr. Francis Xavier Moan, S.J.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Novena of Grace
Prayer to Saint Francis Xavier
Most lovable and loving St. Francis Xavier, in union with you I adore the Divine Majesty. The remembrance of the favors with which God blessed you during your life and your glory after death fills me with joy; and I unite myself with you in offering to Him my humble tribute of thanksgiving and praise. I ask you to secure for me through your powerful intercession, the inestimable blessing of living and dying in the state of grace. I also pray that I obtain the favors I ask in this Novena. (Mention your petitions.) But if what I ask is not for the glory of God, or for the good of my soul, please obtain for me what is more conducive for both. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
Verse: Pray for us, Saint Francis Xavier.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, by the preaching and miracles of Saint Francis Xavier, You were pleased to bring into your Church the nations of the Indies. Grant that we who reverence his glorious merits may also imitate his example. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.