Novena To Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (June 25 – July 4)

DAY 1

Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Pier Giorgio responds:
“The faith given to me in Baptism
surely suggests to me that of yourself you will do nothing;
but if you have God as the center of all your actions,
then you will reach your goal.”

DAILY PRAYERS…

We pray:

Blessed Pier Giorgio, teach me true poverty of spirit.
Help me understand that God cares for me;
and that He asks me, in return, to care for others,
especially those in need.
Guide me to make choices in my life
which will show a preference for service of God and neighbor,
rather than accumulating financial wealth
and social advantage for myself.
Give me a special love for the poor and the sick.

Blessed Pier Giorgio,
I ask for your intercession in obtaining from God,
Who is the Lover of the poor,
all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare.
I confidently turn to you for help in my present need:

(Make your request here…).

Daily Closing Prayers:

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

God our 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,
pray for us.
All the angels and saints,
pray for us.
Blessed Pier Giorgio,
pray for us.
Loving son and brother,
pray for us.
Support of family life,
pray for us.
Friend of the friendless,
pray for us.
Most Christian of companions,
pray for us.
Leader of youth,
pray for us.
Helper of those in need,
pray for us.
Teacher of charity,
pray for us.
Patron of the poor,
pray for us.
Comfort of the sick,
pray for us.
Athlete for God’s kingdom,
pray for us.
Conqueror of life’s mountains,
pray for us.
Defender of truth and virtue,
pray for us.
Opponent of every injustice,
pray for us.
Patriotic citizen of the nation,
pray for us.
Loyal son of the Church,
pray for us.
Devoted child of the Madonna,
pray for us.
Ardent adorer of the Eucharist,
pray for us.
Fervent student of the Scriptures,
pray for us.
Dedicated follower of St. Dominic,
pray for us.
Apostle of prayer and fasting,
pray for us.
Guide to a deep love for Jesus,
pray for us.
Diligent in work and study,
pray for us.
Joyful in all of life’s circumstances,
pray for us.
Strong in safeguarding chastity,
pray for us.
Silent in pain and suffering,
pray for us.
Faithful to the promises of Baptism,
pray for us.
Model of humility,
pray for us.
Example of detachment,
pray for us.
Mirror of obedience,
pray for us.
Man of the Beatitudes,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Pray for us, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Father, You gave to the young Pier Giorgio Frassati
the joy of meeting Christ and of living his faith
in service of the poor and the sick.
Through his intercession, may we, too,
walk the path of the Beatitudes
and follow the example of his generosity,
spreading the spirit of the Gospel in society.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

DAY 2

Jesus says: “Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “Our life, in order to be Christian,
has to be a continual renunciation, a continual sacrifice.
But this is not difficult,
if one thinks what these few years passed in suffering are,
compared with eternal happiness where joy will have no measure or end,
and where we shall have unimaginable peace.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 3

Jesus says: “Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “With violence you sow hatred,
and you harvest its bad fruits.
With charity, you sow peace among men
– not the peace that the world gives,
but the true peace that only faith in Jesus Christ
can give us in common brotherhood.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 4

Jesus says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “What wealth it is to be in good health, as we are!
But we have the duty of putting our health
at the service of those who do not have it.
To act otherwise would be to betray that gift of God.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 5

Jesus says: “Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “St. Paul says that “the charity of Christ urges us.”
Without this flame, which should burn out our personality little by little
and blaze only for other people’s griefs,
we would not be Christian,
let alone Catholic.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 6

Jesus says: “Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “I beg you to pray for me a little,
so that God may give me an iron will
that does not bend
and does not fail in His projects.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 7

Jesus says: “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “I offer you my best wishes – or,
rather, only one wish,
but the only wish that a true friend can express for a dear friend:
may the peace of the Lord be with you always!
For, if you possess peace every day, you will be truly rich.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 8

Jesus says: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “To live without faith,
without a patrimony to defend,
without a steady struggle for truth
– that is not living, but existing.”

Go to “DAY 1” and start where it says “DAILY PRAYERS.”

DAY 9

Jesus says: “Blessed are you when they revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

Pier Giorgio responds: “We who by the grace of God are Catholics
must steer ourselves for the battle we shall certainly have to fight
to fulfill our program and to give our country,
in the not too distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society.
But to achieve this we need constant prayer
to obtain from God that grace without which all our powers are useless.”