St. Philomena is the patron saint of babies, infants, children, and adults who seek to live a life of purity and chastity. Say this Novena once a day for nine days. August 11th is the Feast of St. Philomena.
We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint , virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue. Amen.
Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular
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Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.
O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy. Amen.
I am a member of Elizabeth Ministry at my parish, a group that supports women in their child-bearing years. Our ministry has become increasingly aware of a growing number of women who desire to conceive but are experiencing complications. The ministry has decided to support these families through parish-wide prayer.
On May 1, our parish began a novena for those wishing to conceive. We will pray this for first nine days not only in May, but for the first nine days per month for the extended future. We are praying the following Novena to St. Gerard, the patron of motherhood. If you have a heart for this issue, please join in our heavenly petition. Or perhaps you know one who might find consolation in this prayer? If so, please consider passing this prayer along.
O glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God, and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help. You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.
Have any of you ever prayed the Mother Teresa Emergency Novena consisting of the Memorare prayer said nine times in a row for an intention? If you did so, could you tell me if you prayed it by yourself, or with one or more people and what the results of the novena were. If you prayed it with more than one person, how many people prayed it with you? (The novena was named after Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who received striking favours through this novena). I would also like to know if you prayed a variation of this novena and the results of that.
Remember O most loving Virgin Mary that never was it known in any age that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided, inspired by this confidence, therefore I fly to thee O Virgin of Virgins my Mother, to you do I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful, do not O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise my prayers but in thy mercy graciously hear and answer them. Amen.
Life is full of situations that need help immediately, not in a week’s time. If a mortgage is going to be foreclosed at lunchtime today, because you can’t pay it, a nine day novena or even an eight hour novena is not quiet the way to go! Think of this emergency novena as being like an express train. It is 10.30 a.m. and you have an appointment in the city at 11 a.m. so you catch the express train that speeds pass many stations, not the slow train that stops and picks up passengers at every station! Imagine also that you leave at petition station and arrive at miracle station! I like to see a picture of Mother Teresa on the outside of the train, with the words: The Mother Teresa Express novena on it. It helps to use your imagination when praying.
Here are some testimonies to this novena
A terrible smell
Julia noticed a very bad smell in the back room of her house. She searched for the source, but could not locate anything that could be causing this smell. It was summer and the smell got worse and worse. Julia remembered that a dog had got into the yard and went under her house a few weeks earlier. She had been too scared to check whether it was still there. It had been raining a lot and it crossed her mind that the dog might have got trapped under the house and died there. The smell did seem to be coming through the floor boards. Some relatives came to visit. Julia was really embarrassed by the awful smell, but the relatives said that they could not smell anything. Maybe they were just being polite or their noses did not work anymore!
Before Julia went to bed that night she said The Mother Teresa Emergency Novena for a solution. In the morning when she came out to the back room, much to her dismay, the smell was still there. In the back room there were some boxes with cartons of long life milk in them. The boxes were stacked up on top of one another. She looked down and saw a white gooey substance leaking from under the boxes. The box at the bottom of the pile had been damaged by the other boxes on top of it and one of the cartons of milk inside it had leaked. The leakage had obviously started on the previous day, but it had not yet leaked out from under the box, so it was hidden at that time. This was the source of the dreadful smell. Julia was very relived to know what had happened. It was an unpleasant smelly mess to clean and fix, but when that was finalised the horrible smell was gone!
Permission granted after a firm refusal!
The Mother Teresa Express Novena was prayed, plus prayers for and to the Holy Souls in Purgatory asking for their help, and also to the saints, when work leave was refused to a girl, who wished to take time off to go on a pilgrimage. She had accumulated lots of leave, but the particular time off that she had requested could not be accommodated. After the novenas were prayed, the favour was granted.
My brother telephoned to tell us that he had a problem with his computer, and to seek our advice regarding same. We were unable to help him. He was cleaning the keyboard when the screen picture turned on its side. No matter what he tried, the situation could not be remedied, e.g. trying various keyboard combinations, rebooting the computer etc. To make matters even worse, it was a five day holiday period over Easter, when it would be more difficult to find computer experts to help out. I made a Mother Teresa Emergency Novena (nine Memorares in a row), in order to get help. The next morning when my brother phoned, I inquired about the computer and was informed that it was fixed. My brother had found the correct combination of key strokes to get the screen picture to go back to the correct position.
Prayer wins again
Late last week a situation arose which was very difficult. Prayer to and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and the Mother Teresa Express Novena turned the situation around dramatically in two days.
Anna was organizing Divine Mercy Sunday devotions for her group. She had asked several choirs if they could help out, but they were all unable too. She mentioned this to her friend Cathy. Cathy promised to say the Mother Teresa Express Novena, (the Memorare prayer said nine times in a row) for a solution. She said the novena, and also prayed for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and asked for their intercession to obtain the favour. Anna found a suitable choir a couple of days later.
Read accounts of the gratitude of the Holy Souls in Purgatory for their benefactors
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