Novena to St. Therese Starts Today – Her Feast is October 1st

NINE DAY GLORY BE NOVENA TO ST. THERESE

Day 1 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O Thérèse of the Child Jesus, well beloved and full of charity, in union with you, I reverently adore the majesty of God, and since I rejoice with exceeding joy in the singular gifts of grace bestowed upon you during your life, and your gifts of glory after death, I give Him deepest thanks for them; I beseech you with all my heart’s devotion to be pleased to obtain for me (.. mention request here). But if what I ask of you so earnestly does not tend to the glory of God and the greater good of my soul, do you, I pray, obtain for me that which is more profitable to both these ends. Amen.

Glory be… x24 St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 2 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Thérèse of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, who did will that Blessed Thérèse, being watered by the heavenly dew of your guiding grace, should bloom in Carmel with the beauty of virginity and patience in suffering, grant that I your servant may go forward in the order of her sweetness and may be found worthy to become a devoted and loyal follower of Christ. Amen.

Glory be…x24 . St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 3 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Thérèse of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O Thérèse of the Child Jesus, lily of purity, ornament and glory of Carmel, I greet you, great saint, seraph of divine love. I rejoice in the favours our Lord so liberally bestowed on you. In humility and confidence I ask you to help me, for I know God has given you love and pity as well as power. Tell Him, now, I beseech you, of the favour I seek in this novena… Your request will crown my petition with success and bring joy to my heart. Remember your promise to do good here on earth. “I shall spend my heaven doing good on earth. After death I shall let fall a shower of roses.”

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 4 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O Little Flower of Jesus, who at an early age had your heart set on Carmel and in your brief earthly life did become the mirror of angelic purity, of courageous love and of whole hearted surrender to Almighty God, turn your eyes of mercy upon me who trusts in you. Obtain for me the favour I seek in this novena… and the grace to keep my heart and mind pure and clean. O dear saint, grant me to feel in every need the power of your intercession; help to comfort me in all the bitterness of this life and especially at its end, that I may be worthy to share eternal happiness with you in heaven. Amen.

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 5 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O Little Flower of Carmel, Almighty God endowed you, consumed by love for him, with wondrous spiritual strength to follow the way of perfection during the days of your short life. Sickness touched you early but you remained firm in faith and prayer was your life. O pray for me that I may benefit by your intercession and be granted the favour I ask in this novena….

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 6 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O Little Flower of Jesus, you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession, so tender and compassionate toward those who honour you and invoke you in suffering and distress, that I kneel at your feet with perfect confidence and beseech you most humbly and earnestly to take me under your protection in my present necessity and obtain for me the favour I ask in this novena … Vouchsafe to recommend my request to Mary, the merciful Queen of Heaven, that she may plead my cause with you before the throne of Jesus, her divine Son. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 7 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

Thérèse of the Child Jesus, most loving Saint, in union with you I adore the divine Majesty. My heart is filled with joy at the remembrance of the marvellous favours with which God blessed your life on earth and of the great glory that came to you after death. In union with you, I praise God, and offer him my humble tribute of thanksgiving. I implore you to obtain for me, through your powerful intercession, the greatest of all blessings – that of living and dying in the state of grace. I also beg of you to secure for me the special favour I seek in this novena….

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 8 Novena to Saint Therese

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O glorious St Thérèse, who, burning with the desire of increasing the glory of God, invariably attended to the sanctification of your soul by the constant practice of prayer and charity so that, becoming in the Church a model of holiness, you are now in Heaven the protector of all those who have recourse to you in faith, look down upon me who invokes your powerful patronage and join your petition to mine that I be granted the favour I seek in this novena….

Glory be…x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

Day 9 Novena to Saint Thérèse

O St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of Heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her powerful intercession for the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment… and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen.

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love, the soul of your servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love you and make you much loved. Amen.

O St Thérèse, seraphic virgin, beloved spouse of our crucified Lord, you who on earth did burn with a love so intense toward your God and my God, and now glow with a bright and purer flame in paradise, obtain for me, I beseech you, a spark of that same holy fire which shall help me to put things of the world in their proper place and live my life always conscious of the presence of God. As I conclude my novena I also beg of you to secure for me the special favour I seek at this time …

Glory be … x24.  St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

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(St. Therese, center doing the laundry, her blood sister Celine,named Sr. Genevieve on the right)

Or a shorter Novena prayer you can say for 9 days:

O Glorious St. Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and inspire the human family, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. You are so powerful in obtaining every need of body and spirit from the Heart of God. Holy Mother Church proclaims you ‘Prodigy of Miracles… the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.’ Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petitions (mention here) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth…of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith, to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of my life, and to love God with full confidence. St. Therese, my Carmelite Sister, I will fulfill your plea ‘to be made known everywhere’ and I will continue to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen

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LITANY OF ST. THERESE

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy, Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father in Heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

 Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Teresa of Jesus, pray for us.

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face, pray for us.

Saint Thérèse, Gift of God to Carmel,

Saint Thérèse, Gift of God to the Church, .

Saint Thérèse, Doctor of the Universal Church,

Saint Thérèse, Patroness of the Missions,

Saint Thérèse, Secondary Patroness of France,

Saint Thérèse, beloved child of the heavenly Father,

Saint Thérèse, passionately in love with Jesus,

Saint Thérèse, who so wanted to resemble the Child Jesus,

Saint Thérèse, who so wanted to resemble the suffering of Jesus,

Saint Thérèse, on fire with love through the Holy Spirit,

Saint Thérèse, who gave us the ‘little way of spiritual childhood’,

Saint Thérèse, who only sought the truth,

Saint Thérèse, who ‘chose all’ that God wanted,

Saint Thérèse, who understood and practiced humility of heart,

Saint Thérèse, who forgot herself to make others happy,

Saint Thérèse, who fought with the weapons of prayer and sacrifice,

Saint Thérèse, who wanted to love like Jesus Himself,

Saint Thérèse, who understood and lived charity,

Saint Thérèse, who praised the works of the Creator,

Saint Thérèse, who praised the mercies of the Lord,

Saint Thérèse, poor, chaste, and obedient,

Saint Thérèse, faithful in the littlest things,

Saint Thérèse, whose weakness is folly,

Saint Thérèse, free and joyful,

Saint Thérèse, patient and courageous,

Saint Thérèse, simple in joy and suffering.

Saint Thérèse, tried in your faith,

Saint Thérèse, who hoped against all hope,

Saint Thérèse, who refused God nothing,

Saint Thérèse, rapidly consumed by Love,

Saint Thérèse, martyr of Love,

Saint Thérèse, nourished by the Word of God,

Saint Thérèse, burning with desire for the Eucharist,

Saint Thérèse, love in the heart of the Church,

Saint Thérèse, word of God for the world,

Saint Thérèse, teacher of the spiritual life,

Saint Thérèse, apostle of Mercy,

Saint Thérèse, offered to Merciful Love,

Saint Thérèse, who came before God with empty hands,

Saint Thérèse, happy in your weakness,

Saint Thérèse, trusting in spite of everything,

Saint Thérèse, who found in abandonment to the Father an ocean of peace,

Saint Thérèse, consumed with zeal for the salvation of souls,

Saint Thérèse, sister and friend of priests,

Saint Thérèse, support of your brother missionaries,

Saint Thérèse, mother of a multitude,

Saint Thérèse, everyone’s sister,

Saint Thérèse, seated at the table of sinners,

Saint Thérèse, who made a condemned criminal your first child,

Saint Thérèse, close to prisoners, sister of the wounded in life,

Saint Thérèse, friend of unbelievers,

Saint Thérèse, close to those who are tempted and who doubt,

Saint Thérèse, close to those who despair,

Saint Thérèse, presence of pardon and peace,

Saint Thérèse, witness of God, our Merciful Father,

Saint Thérèse, witness of Christ, Servant and Saviour,

Saint Thérèse, witness of the Spirit of Love and Holiness,

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,  Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,  Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, Saint Thérèse, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

God our Father, You have promised your Kingdom to those who are willing to become like little children. Help us to follow the way of Saint Thérèse with confidence so that by her prayers we may come to know your eternal glory. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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