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Monday, July 27, 2009

Novena prayer to St. John Vianney

This year, as we celebrate the Year For Priests, why not devote a little time to pray to St. John Vianney? Today is the first day of a novena prayer to the patron of the world's priests, whose feast day is Aug. 4. Here is today's prayer:

Saint John Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!

Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles. 0 Great Saint you know the desire of my soul; I would like to serve God better; from Him I have received so many good things. For this, obtain for me more courage and especially the depth of faith.

Many of my thoughts, words, and actions are useless for my sanctification and for my salvation, because this supernatural spirit does not stir up my life. Help me to be better in the future. 
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention special intentions).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Read OSV's piece about the novena prayer by clicking HERE. Or find the full prayer at EWTN's website HERE. 

You can also check out LOLSaint's helpful reminder to start praying the novena by clicking HERE.

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