Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Novena of Grace




Devotion to St Francis Xavier is about the one thing that in the past united both sides of my family. His connection with my Chinese relatives is easy to understand, but I'm still not sure how devotion to him became so big in Dublin. The Novena of Grace starts Friday, this year I will be starting it too. The scans I have taken are of the leaflets I found in a box at my mothers that once belonged to my Irish grandparents. Somehow, I feel it is time to reconnect with this devotion.

Most amiable and most loving Saint Francis Xavier, in union with thee I reverently adore the Divine Majesty. I rejoice exceedingly on account of the marvelous gifts which God bestowed upon thee. I thank God for the special graces He gave thee during thy life on earth and for the great glory that came to thee after thy death. I implore thee to obtain for me, through thy powerful intercession, the greatest of all blessings--that of living and dying in the state of grace. I also beg of thee to secure for me the special favor I ask in this novena. (Here you may mention the grace, spiritual or temporal, that you wish to obtain.) In asking this favor, I am fully resigned to the Divine Will. I pray and desire only to obtain that which is most conducive to the greater glory of God and the greater good of my soul.

It is then customary to say:

V. Pray for us, Saint Francis Xavier. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O God, Who didst vouchsafe, by the preaching and miracles of Saint Francis Xavier, to join unto Thy Church the nations of the Indies, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who reverence his glorious merits may also imitate his example, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Then add 3 Our Father's and 3 Hail Mary's in memory of Saint Francis Xavier's devotion to the Most Holy Trinity, and Glory be to the Father 10 times in thanksgiving for the graces received during his 10 years of apostleship.


3 comments:

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Thanks for this post..

Doulos said...

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)

(Hebrews 7)

Rita said...

Doulos,

You are quite right.

We ask saints to pray to God with us and for us. They can do nothing by their own merit. But you cannot get to heaven without loving your fellow man, why should that love stop once you get to heaven? Why shouldn't the saints help us?