Powerful Catholic Novena to St. Martha the Sister of Mary and Lazarus #3

(This Novena is prayed on nine consecutive days and involves lighting a candle. Pray 9 days prior to the Feast of Saint Martha that is celebrated on July 29 th.)

(Light a candle)

O admirable Saint Martha,
I have recourse to thee
and I depend entirely on thy intercession in my trials.
In thanksgiving,
I promise to spread this devotion everywhere.
I humbly beg thee to console me in all my difficulties.
By the immense joy that filled thy soul
when thou didst receive the Redeemer of the world
at thy home in Bethany,
be pleased to intercede for me and my family,
in order that we may keep God in our hearts and therefore,
deserve to obtain the remedy to our necessities,
especially the present situation that overwhelms me.

[Mention your intention(s) here…]

I implore thee, O Auxiliatrice in all needs;
help us to overcome our difficulties,
thou who so victoriously fought the devil.

Amen.

Say 3 Our Father…

Say 3 Hail Mary…

Say 3 Glory Be…

Saint Martha,
pray for us.

Saint Martha,
pray for us.

Saint Martha,
pray for us.

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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