Novena To St. Clare Of Assisi # 4 (August 2 – August 11)

Day 1

As you pray for your personal intentions, please pray for all people praying this Novena around the world.

In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we praise your Holy Name and the wonders of grace
You worked in your servant, St. Clare.
Through her powerful intercession,
grant us the favors we ask in this Novena,
above all the grace to live and die
as she did in Your most holy love.

Amen.

O Seraphic St. Clare,
first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi,
who last abandoned all riches and honors
for a life of sacrifice and highest poverty,
obtain from God for us the grace we may ask
of always submitting to the Divine Will
and of living confidently in the providence of our Heavenly Father.

(Include your personal petitions here.)

Pray for us, St. Clare
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

We pray You, Lord,
grant us your servants who celebrate the Feast of St. Clare, your Virgin,
by her intercession,
to be partakers of the joys of heaven
and the coheirs with your only begotten Son,
who being God, lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

O glorious St. Clare!
God has given you the power of working miracles continually,
and the favor of answering prayer
of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune,
anxiety and distress;
we beseech you, to obtain for us from Jesus,
through Mary, His Blessed Mother,
what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully,
if it be for the greater honor of God
and for the good of our souls.

Amen.

In the name of the Father
and the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Day 2

Let us pray together for the poor, forgotten, desperate and lonely around the world and in our neighborhoods.

You will be repeating all the prayers that you said on Day 1

In the name of the Father
and the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we praise your Holy Name and the wonders of grace
You worked in your servant, St. Clare.
Through her powerful intercession,
grant us the favors we ask in this Novena,
above all the grace to live and die
as she did in Your most holy love.

O Seraphic St. Clare,
first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi,
who last abandoned all riches and honors
for a life of sacrifice and highest poverty,
obtain from God for us the grace we may ask
of always submitting to the Divine Will
and of living confidently in the providence of our Heavenly Father.

(Include your personal petitions here.) Pray for us, St. Clare
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

We pray You, Lord,
grant us your servants who celebrate the Feast of St. Clare, your Virgin,
by her intercession,
to be partakers of the joys of heaven
and the coheirs with your only begotten Son,
who being God, lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

O glorious St. Clare!
God has given you the power of working miracles continually,
and the favor of answering prayer
of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune,
anxiety and distress;
we beseech you, to obtain for us from Jesus,
through Mary, His Blessed Mother,
what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully,
if it be for the greater honor of God
and for the good of our souls.

Amen.

In the name of the Father
and the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

Day 3

Today let us pray for all those suffering from broken relationships and family struggles.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 4

As you pray for your personal intentions, please pray that God’s light shines within each of us and we radiate that light to others.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 5

Today we pray for our youth to be safe, loved and to know God.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 6

Let us pray for all those suffering with mental illness and their families.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 7

Please remember to pray for Pope Francis and all our spiritual leaders.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 8

Pray that we will trust in God’s voice and promises even when it is not convenient for us.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

Day 9

As you pray for your personal intentions, please remember those who are dying and those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Repeat the same prayers that you said on Day 1

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

Why do we pray?

We pray:

  1. to adore God, expressing to Him our love and loyalty;
  2. to thank Him for His favors;
  3. to obtain from Him the pardon of our sins and the remission of their punishment;
  4. to ask for graces and blessings for ourselves and others.

Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. (Matthew 26:41)

How should we pray?

We should pray:

  1. with attention;
  2. with a conviction of our own helplessness and our dependence upon God;
  3. with a great desire for the graces we beg of Him;
  4. with loving trust in His goodness;
  5. with perseverance.

And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)

For whom should we pray?

We should pray especially for ourselves, for our parents, relatives, friends, and enemies, for sinners, for the souls in purgatory, for the Pope, bishops, and priests of the Church, and for the officials of our country.

But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:44-45)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism