Novena To Blessed Karl of Austria (October 12 – October 21)

Repeat the following Novena prayers every day for 9 consecutive days.

TO BE PRAYED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH DAY

Heavenly Father, through Blessed Emperor Karl
You have given Your Church and the people of God
an example of how we can live a discerning and spiritual life
in a convincing and courageous way.

His public actions as emperor and king,
and his personal acts as a family man,
were firmly based in the teachings of the Catholic Faith.
His love for his Eucharistic Lord grew in times of trial,
and helped him to unite himself to Christ’s sacrifice
through his own life’s sacrifice for his peoples.
Emperor Karl honored the Mother of God,
and loved to pray the rosary throughout his life.

Strengthen us by his intercession when discouragement,
faintheartedness, loneliness, bitterness and depression trouble us.
Let us follow the example of Your faithful servant,
and unselfishly serve our brothers and sisters according to Your will.

Hear my petitions and grant my request
[Mention your intention here…].

Grant that Blessed Karl of Austria be deemed worthy of canonization,
for the glory of Your Name,
the praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and for blessings upon the Church.

Amen.

TO BE PRAYED AT THE END OF EACH DAY

God our Father,
through the gift of Blessed Emperor Karl
You have given us an example to follow.

In extremely difficult times
he performed his burdensome tasks without ever losing his faith.

He always followed Your Son, the true King.

He led a humble life,
sincerely loving the poor
and giving himself heart and soul to the search for peace.
Even when his life was in danger he trusted in You,
putting his life in Your hands.

Almighty and Merciful God,
by the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl,
we pray that You may give us his unconditional faith
to support us in our most difficult situations,
and the courage to always follow the example of Your only Son.

Open our hearts to the poor,
and strengthen our commitment for peace
within our families and among all peoples.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

DAY 1

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
according to the marvelous example of Your servant, Emperor Karl,
I will visit You in the tabernacle frequently,
and receive You with joy
and longing in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[Mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 2

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
according to the marvelous example of Your servant, Emperor Karl,
I too wish to consecrate myself to Your Most Sacred Heart.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 3

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
I thank You for the sacrifice Emperor Karl made of his life.
Help me to follow his selfless example
and not refuse You any sacrifice You may require of me.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 4

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
Emperor Karl humbly walked the way of the cross with You.
Help me to follow his example
and in love for You to carry my daily crosses.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 5

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
You teach us in the “Our Father,”
to forgive the sins of others,
so that our sins may be forgiven.
Help me to imitate the example of Emperor Karl
so that I might forgive all injustices done against me.
Hear my petition and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 6

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
I thank You that Blessed Emperor Karl loved his family
and entrusted them to Your Will and Divine Plan,
which he loved so very much.
Hear my petition
[mention your petition here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 7

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
I thank You for Emperor Karl’s fidelity to his vocation.
Help me, that I too may faithfully fulfill my responsibilities.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 8

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
I thank You for the “Fiat” of Emperor Karl
in all his life’s situations.
Help me to recognize Your Will
in my life and to follow it.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…

Say the Closing Prayer (above)

DAY 9

Say the Opening Prayer (above)

My Lord and God,
I thank You for the maternal care of Mary
in the life of Emperor Karl.
Help me, that I may faithfully
and devoutly follow his example
and pray the rosary daily.
Hear my petitions and grant my request
[mention your intention here…] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.

Amen.

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary… and

Say 1 Glory Be…