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Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier

 

March 4th to 12th - reputed as infaillible 


Therese made this old novena herself several times: we have clues for 1888 (LT-43) and for 1897, where she asked to obtain the grace to spend her heaven in doing good on earth (LT-221).


This Novena is called “of Grace” because, as said in a proverb, one obtains infallibly the grace that one seeks. “One does not know—wrote a pious author in 1701—in detail how many graces have been obtained by all who have practiced it…Experience makes us recognize that there is no necessity, spiritual or temporal, that is beyond help or for which one should not expect prompt assistance after recourse to this great Saint, particularly when making this novena in his honor.”
This Novena can be made at any time of the year, but preferably from the 4th to the 12th of March (days of anniversary of the Canonization of the Apostle to the Indies) or from 25th November to 3rd December, to prepare for the feast of the Saint.

Prayer for the feast of Saint Francis Xavier


Oh God, who, through the preaching and miracles of the Blessed Francis, has desired to unite to your Church the nations of the “lodes”, be favorable upon us, and accord us the ability to imitate the examples of virtue practiced by him whose glorious merits we venerate. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. May it be so.

Prayer to be recited each day of the Novena


Oh, most kind saint, full of charity, Saint Francis Xavier, I respectfully adore with you the divine Majesty, and, because I rejoice without hesitation for the singular divine gifts that have been accorded to you in this life and the glory after death, I render to you many great acts of thanks, and I pray to you with all my heart that you will wish to accord me, through you efficacious intercession, the principal favor of leading a holy life and a saintly death.
Also, I ask that you obtain for me…(here one expresses the favor, whether spiritual or temporal, that one solicits).
If what I ask for with this supplication is not for the glory of God and for the greater good of my soul, instead obtain for me, I pray, that which would be most useful to one and to the other. May it be so. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

 

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