(Said from March 4 - March 12 or Nov 25 until Dec 3)
Prayer to St. Francis Xavier
Most amiable and most loving St. 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 the to secure for me the specialfavor 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.
V. Pray for us, St. Francis Xavier.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ.
Let us Pray
O God, Who didst vouchsafe, by the preaching and miracles of St. 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 add an Our Father and Hail Mary, three times, in memory of St.
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
HISTORY: The Novena of Grace owes its origin to the Saint himself. At
Naples, in December 1633, Fr. Marcello Mastrilli, SJ, was at the point of
death when the Saint appeared to him and, bidding him renew a vow he had
made to labor in Japan, said:
PROMISE: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days,
from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”
The Fr. arose, instantly cured. So well has the Saint kept this promise
that this devotion in his honor became universally known as the Novena of
Grace. Its efficacy is not restricted to the dates mentioned. It may be
very appropriately made from Nov 25 to Dec 3, the Feast of St Francis