Novena To St. Sebastian

[Say the following prayers daily, followed by the different daily prayers found below.]

Prayer to Saint Sebastian:

Glorious Saint Sebastian,
you who had great courage,
help us to be witnesses of Jesus
before this unbelieving world
as you have brought others to Christ.
Help us to have the love of neighbor
that you had
and to give our lives for our brothers,
even in difficulties and dangers.
Help us to have faith in the pains of life
as you endured cruel martyrdom.
Protect all soldiers, military and police
against every danger in their work.
Protect all nations against wars,
hunger and pestilence.
Intercede for the grace that I need…

[Mention your intention here…]

Amen.

First day: [Psalm 17:6-9]

Answer me; turn your ear to me, hear what I say.
Show the evidence of your faithful love,
Saviour of those who hope in your strength against attack.
Guard me as the pupil of an eye,
shelter me in the shadow of your wings
from the presence of the wicked who would maltreat me;
deadly enemies are closing in on me.

Last prayers every day:

Say the Our Father…

Say the Hail Mary…

Say the Glory Be…

Second day: [Psalm 18:2-7]

Yahweh is my rock and my fortress,
my deliverer is my God.
I take refuge in him, my rock,
my shield, my saving strength,
my stronghold, my place of refuge.
I call to Yahweh who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my foes.
With death’s breakers closing in on me,
Belial’s torrents ready to swallow me,
Sheol’s snares every side of me,
death’s traps lying ahead of me,
I called to Yahweh in my anguish,
I cried for help to my God;
from His Temple He heard my voice,
my cry came to His ears.
Then the earth quaked and rocked,
the mountains’ foundations shuddered,
they quaked at His blazing anger.

Third day: [Psalm 40:2-10]

He pulled me up from the seething chasm,
from the mud of the mire.
He set my feet on rock,
and made my footsteps firm.
He put a fresh song in my mouth,
praise of our God.
Many will be awestruck at the sight,
and will put their trust in Yahweh.
How blessed are those who put their trust in Yahweh,
who have not sided with rebels
and those who have gone astray in falsehood.
How much you have done, Yahweh,
my God your wonders,
your plans for us,
You have no equal.
I will proclaim and speak of them;
they are beyond number.
You wanted no sacrifice or cereal offering,
but You gave me an open ear,
You did not ask for burnt offering
or sacrifice for sin;
then I said, “Here I am, I am coming.”
In the scroll of the book it is written of me,
my delight is to do Your will;
Your law, my God, is deep in my heart.
I proclaimed the saving justice of Yahweh
in the great assembly.
See, I will not hold my tongue,
as You well know.
I have not kept Your saving justice
locked in the depths of my heart,
but have spoken of your constancy and saving help.
I have made no secret of Your faithful
and steadfast love, in the great assembly.

Fourth day: [Psalm 25:2-13]

I offer, Yahweh, to you, my God.
But in my trust in you do not put me to shame,
let not my enemies gloat over me.
Calling to You,
none shall ever be put to shame,
but shame is theirs who groundlessly break faith.
Direct me in Your ways, Yahweh,
and teach me Your paths.
Encourage me to walk in Your truth
and teach me since You are the God who saves me.
For my hope is in You all day long
such is Your generosity, Yahweh.
Goodness and faithful love have been Yours for ever, Yahweh,
do not forget them.
Hold not my youthful sins against me,
but remember me as Your faithful love dictates.
Integrity and generosity are marks of Yahweh
for He brings sinners back to the path.
Judiciously He guides the humble,
instructing the poor in his way.
Kindness unfailing and constancy mark all Yahweh’s paths,
for those who keep His covenant and his decrees.
Let my sin, great though it is,
be forgiven, Yahweh,
for the sake of Your name.
12 men who respect Yahweh, what of them?
He teaches them the way they must choose.
Neighbours to happiness will they live,
and their children inherit the land.

Fifth day: [Psalm 25:14-22]

Only those who fear Yahweh have His secret and His covenant,
for their understanding.
Permanently my eyes are on Yahweh,
for He will free my feet from the snare.
Quick, turn to me, pity me,
alone and wretched as I am!
Relieve the distress of my heart,
bring me out of my constraint.
Spare a glance for my misery and pain,
take all my sins away.
Take note how countless are my enemies,
how violent their hatred for me.
Unless you guard me and rescue me
I shall be put to shame,
for You are my refuge.
Virtue and integrity be my protection,
for my hope, Yahweh, is in you.
Ransom Israel, O God, from all its troubles.

Sixth day: [Psalm 40:12-18]

For troubles surround me,
until they are beyond number;
my sins have overtaken me;
I cannot see my way.
They outnumber the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.
Be pleased, Yahweh,
to rescue me, Yahweh,
come quickly and help me!
Shame and dismay to all who seek to take my life.
Back with them,
let them be humiliated who delight in my misfortunes.
Let them be aghast with shame,
those who say to me, ‘Aha, aha!’
But joy and happiness in You to all who seek You!
Let them ceaselessly cry,
‘Great is Yahweh’
who love Your saving power.
Poor and needy as I am,
the Lord has me in mind.
You, my helper, my Saviour,
my God, do not delay.

Seventh day: [Psalm 119:33-40]

Teach me, Yahweh, the way of Your will,
and I will observe it.
Give me understanding
and I will observe Your Law,
and keep it wholeheartedly.
Guide me in the way of Your commandments,
for my delight is there.
Bend my heart to Your instructions,
not to selfish gain.
Avert my eyes from pointless images,
by Your word give me life.
Keep Your promise to Your ser4vant
so that all may hold You in awe.
Avert the taunts that I dread,
for Your judgements are generous.
See how I yearn for Your precepts;
in Your saving justice give me life.

Eighth day: [Psalm 130:2-8]

Lord, hear my cry.
Listen attentively to the sound of my pleading!
If You kept a record of our sins, Lord,
who could stand their ground?
But with You is forgiveness,
that You may be revered.
I rely, my whole being relies,
Yahweh, on Your promise.
My whole being hopes in the Lord,
more than watchmen for daybreak;
more than watchmen for daybreak
let Israel hope in Yahweh.
For with Yahweh is faithful love,
with Him generous ransom;
and He will ransom Israel from all its sins.

Ninth day: [Psalm 22:15-22]

My mouth is dry as earthenware,
my tongue sticks to my jaw.
You lay me down in the dust of death.
A pack of dogs surrounds me,
a gang of villains closing in on me
as if to hack off my hands and my feet.
I can count every one of my bones,
while they look on and gloat;
they divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.
Yahweh, do not hold aloof!
My strength, come quickly to my help,
rescue my soul from the sword,
the one life I have from the grasp of the dog!
Save me from the lion’s mouth,
my poor life from the wild bulls’ horns!
I shall proclaim Your name to my brothers,
praise You in full assembly.