Novena To St. John Of God (February 28 – March 8)

[The Novena consist of 9 days of prayers.]

Saint John of God,
heavenly Patron of the Sick,
I come to you in prayer to seek your help in my present sickness.
Through the love which Jesus had for you
in choosing you for the sublime vocation of serving the sick,
and through the tender affection
with which the Blessed Virgin Mary placed upon your head
a crown of thorns as a symbol of the sufferings
you would undergo in the service of the sick
to attain to your crown of glory,
I beg you to intercede for me to Jesus and Mary
that They may grant me a cure,
if this should be according to the Will of God.

How patiently you bore the sufferings of your own disease!
Teach me to carry with cheerful resignation
the cross that God has given me.
Let me never complain or lose courage.
Help me to understand that suffering
is a very important means of sanctifying my soul,
of atoning for my many sins,
and of reaping a plentiful harvest of merit for Heaven.
I trust in your great love for the sick
and in the power of your intercession to help them.
Help me, good St. John,
and beg the God whose name you bear to touch me
as He touched the sick while on earth,
that through His almighty power
health may return to my body.
And as you derived strength
in your own sufferings from the crucifix,
so may I be able to say what you did to Jesus Crucified:
“Lord, Thy thorns are my roses and Thy sufferings my paradise.”

Good Saint John,
lover of those who suffer
and special Patron of the Sick,
I confidently place before you my earnest petition.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

I beg you to recommend my request to Mary,
the Mother of Sorrows and Health of the Sick,
that both Mary and you may present it to Jesus,
the Divine Physician.

Saint John of God,
patron of the Sick and beloved of Jesus and Mary,
pray to Them for me
and obtain my request. (Three times.)

In honor of Saint John of God:

Say 1 Our Father…

Say 1 Hail Mary…

Say 1 Glory Be…

Saint John of God,
Patron of the Sick,
pray for us.

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