Novena To St. Blaise # 3

[The Novena consist of 9 days of prayers.]


Almighty and eternal God!
With lively faith
and reverently worshipping Thy Divine Majesty,
I prostrate myself before Thee
and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy.
Illumine the darkness of my intellect
with a ray of Thy heavenly light
and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy Divine love,
that I may contemplate the great virtues
and merits of the saint
in whose honor I make this Novena,
and following his example imitate,
like him, the life of Thy Divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously,
through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper,
the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee,
devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Vouchsafe graciously to hear it,
if it redounds to Thy greater glory
and to the salvation of my soul.



O God, deliver us
through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase,
from all evil of soul and body,
especially from all ills of the throat;
and grant us the grace to make a good confession
in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon,
and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name.
Through Christ our Lord.



St. Blase, gracious benefactor of mankind
and faithful servant of God,
who for the love of our Saviour didst suffer so many tortures
with patience and resignation;
I invoke thy powerful intercession.
Preserve me from all evils of soul and body.
Because of thy great merits
God endowed thee with the special grace
to help those that suffer from ills of the throat;
relieve and preserve me from them,
so that I may always be able to fulfil my duties,
and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works.
I invoke thy help as special physician of souls,
that I may confess my sins sincerely
in the holy sacrament of Penance
and obtain their forgiveness.
I recommend to thy merciful intercession
also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession.
Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely
and contritely of the sin they concealed,
of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made,
and of all the sins they committed since then,
so that they may receive pardon,
the grace of God,
and the remission of the eternal punishment.



My Lord and my God!
I offer up to Thee my petition
in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother,
Mary ever virgin,
and of all the saints,
particularly with those of the holy Helper
in whose honor I make this Novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord!
Grant me Thy grace and Thy love,
and graciously hear my prayer.


(Source: Vol. I of “The Lives or the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints” by the Rev. Alban Butler, 1864 edition published by D. & J. Sadlier, & Company)

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