Novena To St. John Cantius (December 14 – December 23)

[Every day, for 9 days, say the “Opening Prayer”, followed by 3 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary, and 3 Glory Be, followed by the Petition of the Day, ending with the Litany to St. John Cantius that is found at the bottom of this webpage.]

Opening Prayer.

Almighty God, One and Only,
in the Most Holy Trinity,
from the depths of our hearts
we desire above all to give thanks
for countless graces
and for all that we have received
from Your generous hand.

Father most kind,
we stand before You
with childlike faith and trust.
Along with the gift of ourselves
we bring to You our joy,
which flows from the small victories
along the road of our daily struggles
with the world around us.

God, the Holy Spirit,
enlighten our thoughts and our hearts.
Show us the path marked out for our life
and do not allow us to ever stray
from that path by choosing wrongly
from among those choices offered to us
everyday by life.

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
we offer You our difficulties,
sufferings, and all adversities,
which constitute the pain of life.
We join them with Your Cross
as an expression of our gratitude
for Your Passion and Death,
and as proof of our solidarity
with the Most Sorrowful Blessed Mother,
who for us and in our name
stood beneath the Cross on Golgotha.

We do this in our own name
and with thought of those
for whom today we wish to pray.

Lord God, through the intercession
of St. John from Kenty,
grant us our requests.
Reject not our petitions.

St. John Cantius,
be our confidant at the side of God.
Fervently, we ask you to take us under your care.
Obtain for us from the Throne of grace
those indispensable gifts,
without which we would be unable to fulfill those tasks,
which God has given to us in His age-old plan.

We ask of you today,
to obtain for us from God,
that special favor,
which we so fervently desire …
[Mention your intention here…] and above all, the remission of our sins,
a continuation in His grace,
and a happy death.

Amen.

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

St. John Cantius,
pray for us.

Day 1. Petition for the grace of fervent faith.

Lord Jesus Christ, You said:
“If you will have faith the size of a mustard seed,”
you will be able to conquer all the obstacles of life.
Humbly we beseech Thee,
bestow upon us the grace of fervent faith
and grant, that by imitating St. John from Kenty,
we would place in You our hope
for the life of this world,
and that we would be rewarded in eternity
for fidelity to Your teaching.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 2. Petition for the spirit of prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, “enduring in prayer,”
You gave Your disciples an example
of how they were to worship the Father,
and You bestowed upon St. John from Kenty
the singular gift of contemplation.
Grant, that we would unceasingly praise You,
and by imitating the humble life of our Patron,
could through his powerful intercession
gain help in all our spiritual needs
and remain faithful in the face
of the adversities of life.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 3. Petition for love among people.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You taught us through your Apostle:
“Love each other mutually with brotherly love.”
We humbly ask You,
through the intercession of St. John from Kenty,
untiring advocate of the Gospel of love,
that we more perfectly love our brothers as you loved us.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 4. Petition for the spirit of penance.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You told us: “Do penance,
for the Kingdom of heaven has drawn near.”
Grant that we would through the intercession
of St. John from Kenty,
who distinguished himself
by a singular devotion to the Lord’s Passion,
perform acts of penance
and recognize them as the path to exoneration,
which brings us closer to a joyful eternity.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 5. Petition for the fulfillment of God’s will.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You told us: let the will of the Heavenly Father
“be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Grant, that by following the example of St. John from Kenty,
we would cherish the humble and meek fulfillment of Your will
and in that manner proclaim the glory of Your name.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 6. Petition for the spirit of mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ,
in giving the example of the Good Samaritan,
You told us: “Go and do the same.”
Likewise, St. John from Kenty, by his conduct,
proclaimed the Gospel of mercy to prisoners,
beggars, and all in need.
Grant, that by his example,
we may fulfill the fundamental law of the Last Judgement:
“Whatever you did for the least of my brethren
you did unto Me.”
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 7. Petition for the gift of Christian witness.

Lord Jesus Christ,
through Your Apostle You reminded us,
that in the world we are Your letter
“written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.”
We ask, that through the intercession of St. John from Kenty,
You give us the grace of Christian witness,
so that as “a living tablet”
we would open to the world our hearts
filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God
and in that manner bear witness
to Your presence in the human family.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 8. Petition for priestly vocations.

Lord Jesus Christ, You told us:
“Beseech therefore the Lord of the harvest
to send forth laborers into His harvest.”
Grant we ask, through the intercession of St. John from Kenty,
who performed his priestly duties with such great fervor,
that the Holy Mother Church
would never lack worthy laborers in Your Vineyard.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Day 9. Petition for loyalty to the Cross.

Lord Jesus Christ, You told us:
“He who does not carry his cross and follow Me,
cannot be my disciple.”
We implore Thee,
that through the intercession of St. John from Kenty,
who distinguished himself by a special love
of the mystery of the Holy Cross,
as well as by a devotion to the Most Sorrowful Mother,
we would follow the example of Your servant
by pondering the mystery of Your Passion and Death,
and in that manner learn of love
and attain the glory of the resurrection.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

Litany to St. John Cantius.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison.

Christ, hear us—Christ,
graciously hear us.

God, the Father of 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.

St. John Cantius,
pray for us.

Faithful servant of Jesus Christ,
pray for us.

Fervent disciple and advocate of the Gospel of Christ,
pray for us.

Venerator of the Lord’s Passion,
pray for us.

Exemplary shepherd of Jesus Christ’s flock,
pray for us.

Venerator of the Most Holy Mother of God,
pray for us.

Venerator of St. Anne,
pray for us.

Zealous imitator of the saints,
pray for us.

Lover of souls redeemed with Christ’s Blood,
pray for us.

Pride and patron of the priesthood,
pray for us.

Father of the poor,
pray for us.

Exemplar of Christian kindness,
pray for us.

Teacher and model of evangelical mercy,
pray for us.

Defender of those suffering injustice,
pray for us.

Refuge of the afflicted,
pray for us.

Protector of prisoners,
pray for us.

Patron and guardian of pilgrims,
pray for us.

Great worker of miracles,
pray for us.

Healer of the sick,
pray for us.

Restorer of sight to the blind,
pray for us.

Refuge for those drowning,
pray for us.

Consolation and deliverance of the dying,
pray for us.

Advocate of God’s justice,
pray for us.

Intercessor for sinners before God,
pray for us.

Patron of his Polish homeland,
pray for us.

Patron of the city of Kraków,
pray for us.

Pride of the Krakovian Academy,
pray for us.

Luminous model of the academic profession,
pray for us.

Patron of teachers,
pray for us.

Guardian of those engaged in academic work,
pray for us.

Teacher of truth,
pray for us.

Refuge in all our needs,
pray for us.

Joyful with the chosen ones in heaven,
pray for us.

Have mercy on us,
spare us, O Lord.

Have mercy on us,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

That the ever merciful God
would deign to impart upon us the gift of Christian wisdom,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to renew in us
the spirit of devoted love toward our brothers,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to fill our souls
with the grace of sanctification,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to preserve us
from spiritual perils,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to extend His hand to help us
in adversities and temporal hardships,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to strengthen and increase
the spirit of brotherly love and unity in the Holy Church,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to preserve our Homeland
in peace and bless her,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to strengthen our families
in mutual fidelity and love,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to surround our children
and youth with special care,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to strengthen college students
in a faithfulness to the Gospel and a Christian outlook,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That He would deign to give them
the spirit of wisdom and fidelity to the truth,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

That the Almighty God
would deign to endow all the faithful
with the grace of perseverance,
and those that have strayed from Him
with the grace of conversion and penance,
St. John Cantius,
intercede for us.

Lamb of God,
You Who take away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God,
You Who take away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

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

Pray for us, O Saint John Cantius,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Grant, we beseech Thee, O God, our merciful Father,
through the intercession of St. John Cantius, priest,
to answer our prayers
and deign to endow with Thy grace and blessing
all who turn to Thee in confidence.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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