Novena To St. Damien de Veuster (May 2 – May 10)

[The Novena is to be prayed on 9 consecutive days.]

DAY 1

Dear St Damien,
you were sent away to school
in a region where you didn’t speak the language
and people tried to bully you because of it.
We pray for those who are bullied
whether at school or at work
or in whatever situation.
May they emulate you in not accepting it.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 2

Dear St Damien,
you loved your parents but you loved God more.
You knew God was calling you to the priesthood
and you answered that call
although you knew your parents had other hopes of you.
May we put God first
and never refuse his call
because of any other attachment.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 3

Dear St Damien,
you gave up family, country and language
to go and evangelize,
knowing that you would never see your home or family again.
Accord us something of your courage
and clear-sightedness.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 4

Dear St Damien,
in Hawaii you worked tirelessly,
giving everything to make Christ known.
We pray that we can value our faith
as much as you did.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 5

Dear St Damien,
when you went to Molokai
you were prepared to give up your life to serve others.
Help us to understand this Christian love
and begin to desire it for ourselves.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 6

Dear St Damien,
when you first arrived in the leper colony
you were revolted by the patients,
but you didn’t let them see this
and continued to work for them.
We pray to have this spirit
so we can put others first,
thinking of their needs and feelings
rather than our own.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 7

Dear St Damien,
you didn’t deal well with bureaucracy
and often offended people by your brusqueness.
You had to learn to ask forgiveness.
May we never think God cannot use us
because of our character,
and may we too have the humility
to ask pardon of those we have offended.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 8

Dear St Damien,
you suffered greatly on Molokai
because you were cut off from the sacraments,
especially the sacrament of reconciliation.
May we understand the importance of this sacrament
and have recourse to it often.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

DAY 9

Dear St Damien,
you suffered terrible loneliness
and turned to the Blessed Sacrament for comfort.
We pray for all who are lonely.
Help us to give time to anyone we know who is lonely,
and to give time to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
We pray especially for

[Mention your need(s) here…].

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…