Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom

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Novena for the Persecuted Church

Novena for Religious Freedom

With threats to religious liberty around the world, we have decided to dedicate this novena for religious freedom. We will pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

“The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” – St. John Paul II

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Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom

O great cloud of witnesses! O host of Angels and Saints worshiping God for all eternity! O holy ones in heaven above, Pray for us!

You who were once part of the Church on earth, you who were faithful servants of the Church Militant, you who suffered for the love of God, Pray for us!

In all ages, the Church is persecuted and hated. We pray, oh Lord, through your holy Saints, that we may be blessed with the freedom to worship and adore you at all times! We pray that you may bless your Church throughout the world and me personally with your grace to persevere with love in the face of persecution just as You did on the Cross.

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Litany of Martyrs:

Day 1:
St. Joan of Arc – Pray for us!
St. Valentine – Pray for us!
St. Carmen Monreno and St. Ampara Caronell – Pray for us!
St. Sebastian – Pray for us!
St. Peter – Pray for us!
St. Stephen – Pray for us!
St. Denis – Pray for us!

Day 2
St. Maria Goretti – Pray for us!
St. Ignatius of Antioch – Pray for us!
St. Lawrence – Pray for us!
St. Lorenzo Ruiz – Pray for us!
St. Agnes – Pray for us!
St. Anastasia – Pray for us!
St. Oliver Plunkett – Pray for us!
St. Dorothy – Pray for us!

Day 3
St. Edith Stein – Pray for us!
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Pray for us!
St. Thomas More – Pray for us!
St. Margaret Clitherow – Pray for us!
St. Julia – Pray for us!
St. Polycarp – Pray for us!
St. Peter of Verona – Pray for us!
St. Gonsalo Garcia – Pray for us!
St. Thomas Becket – Pray for us!
St. John Fisher – Pray for us!

Day 4
St. Philomena – Pray for us!
St. John the Baptist – Pray for us!
The Jesuit Martyrs of China – Pray for us!
St. Cecilia – Pray for us!
St. Jude – Pray for us!
The Vietnamese Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Boniface – Pray for us!
St. Vitalis of Gaza – Pray for us!
St. Menas – Pray for us!
St. Expeditus – Pray for us!

Day 5

St Christopher – Pray for us!
St. Charles Lwanga – Pray for us!
St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Paul Chong Hasang, St. Andrew Kim and the Korean Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Genesius – Pray for us!
St. Cyprian – Pray for us!
St. Luke – Pray for us!
Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río – Pray for us!
St. Andrew – Pray for us!
Holy Innocents – Pray for us!
St. Catherine of Alexandria – Pray for us!

Day 6

Blessed Miguel Pro – Pray for us!
St. George – Pray for us!
St. Perpetua – Pray for us!
St. Felicity – Pray for us!
St. Dymphna – Pray for us!
Blessed Jose Maria Sanchez – Pray for us!
St. Eulala – Pray for us!
Blessed Teresa of Augustine and the Martyrs of Compiègne – Pray for us!
St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde – Pray for us!
St. Thecla – Pray for us!
St. Pedro Calungsod – Pray for us!
St. Elias and St. Jeremy – Pray for us!

Day 7

St. Anthony – Pray for us!
St. Paul – Pray for us!
St. Agatha – Pray for us!
St. Simeon – Pray for us!
St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Simon – Pray for us!
Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Romero – Pray for us!
St. Faustinus and St. Jovita – Pray for us!
St. Meinrad – Pray for us!
St. Tarcisius – Pray for us!
St. Daniel – Pray for us!

Day 8

St. Lucy – Pray for us!
St. Paul Miki and Japanese Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Gabriel Lalemant and Canadian Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz – Pray for us!
St. Toribio – Pray for us!
St. Jean de Brébeuf – Pray for us!
St. Barbara – Pray for us!
St. Alban – Pray for us!
St. Tanco – Pray for us!
St. Winefride – Pray for us!

Day 9

St. Edmond Campion – Pray for us!
St. Ursula – Pray for us!
Blessed Peter Torot – Pray for us!
St. Dominic Henares – Pray for us!
St. Erasmus – Pray for us!
Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko – Pray for us!
Saints Nunilo and Alodia – Pray for us!
St. Andrew Bobola – Pray for us!
St. Miguel de la Mora – Pray for us!
St. Tatiana – Pray for us!
Pope Saint Sixtus II – Pray for us!


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  1. Dear St. Polycarp

    You are known for the love towards children therefore I pray for my daughter motselisi clara liphoto to be humble respectable to everyone and love of god and prayer which conquers all, I pray that she should pass her examination with distinction and her presentation this week should be remarkable and she should have job as soon she finishes her school and have god’s fearing spouse. Please bless our family.

  2. I pray for my husband’s mental health ….. I pray that it improves or at the very least does not deteriorate any more than it has.
    I pray in Thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given me, especially my husband.

  3. Dear Ones,
    I feel we should continue praying this novena for persecuted Christians until the threat of Isis has passed, and then repeatedly on a regular basis.
    The power of our prayers is overwhelming, and our brothers and sisters in fiato need to know they are not alone.

    • I agree. We need to pray more for our brothers & sisters who currently in great danger or persecution. I admire their courage and great love for our fellow men. I just join so I get notice when then next novena starts so I can join with everyone praying for them.

  4. Please pray for a miracle breakthrough on August 15th, 2014. I believe in the power of prays it works. Pray and agree with me. Jesus said blessed is he who consider the poor he will deliver me in time of trouble. I feed the hungry and clothed the naked.

  5. We have been praying the last two novenas for a successfull and speedy processing of our visas which normally takes two and a half months to process. However on the 7th day of the novenas I received an email stating that my visas were ready. It only took us 3 and a half weeks. We are indeed grateful. God has asneered our prayers. WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE.
    Thank you John Paul and Annie

  6. I struggle with relationships with men. Something pretty horrible happened to me when I was young in my first relationship and I have never been able to get over it – which was seven years ago. It has poisoned all of my relationships since. I prayed this novena to change my heart about all of it. On the third day, I got a call from a long lost good college friend overseas and we have reconnected and talked every day since. This guy was brought back into my life during this novena to help me through the process – I just know it. God bless!

  7. (1)My prayers is that the good Lord will grant me His abundant mercy .(2)I need promotion at my ministry and divine connection to travel around the world to spread the gospel of the Lord like the apostles did .(3) I need a divine restoration in my family (4)Divine Connections (5)Hunger for the Holiness of life as in Leviticus 11:45 (6) Prosperity (7)Love of God and love of man (8)Faith and (9) Unity as in psalm 133 all this I ask through our Lord Jesus Christ Amen .

  8. During the Novena for the Persecuted Church and Religious Freedom, I also prayed that my family and business be provided for, and I received an unexpected check that was a huge blessing. Praise the Lord!

  9. I pray for abundant blessing upon my family and myself.
    I pray for Mary’s protection of my children and husband ( Holy Spirit come into my home) and that my husband finds another job, that we may be able to love comfortably and make ends meet.
    In Jesus’s name,

  10. Dear God,
    1. My prayer is that my friend gets fully cured from breast cancer . she is undergoing treatment. Th e cancer is re- occurred. Today is her report.
    2. My prayer is that my friend who suffers from tonsils very often is completely cured of tonsils.That his children have good health always.
    3. My prayer is that my son gets through his IPCE exams this time. He has given his exam in June 2014

  11. Dear God,
    1. My prayer is that my friend who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer is fully cured of this diseases.Today is her reports. Please pray that there is no cancer remaining in the breast forever
    2. My prayer is that my friend who suffers from tonsils very often is completely cured of tonsils.Grant good health to both his children.
    3. My prayer is that my son gets through his IPCE exams this time. His results are in this month.

  12. Dear God,
    1. My prayer is that my friend who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer is fully cured of this diseases.
    2. My prayer is that my friend who suffers from tonsils very often is completely cured of tonsils.
    3. My prayer is that my son gets through his IPCE exams this time

  13. 1. My prayer is that my friend who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer gets freed from this illness for ever.
    2. My prayer is that my friend who gets tonsils very often is freed from his tonsil problems for ever.
    3. My prayer is that my sons exam result will is due this months is favorable.

  14. Lord help me working with Delilah.Please restore our friendship and sorry if I did something to her.touch her heart.please help me with my job applications.please grant me a new part time job,i can’t resist the negative environment in my present cause me strees.Amen

  15. I’m praying that my boyfriend will find his way back home…we’re going through a really hard time in our relationship but I know God has a great plan for us…I pray that he sees the love we have for each other and never loses sight of that and no matter what life throws at us we can overcome together .

  16. My son was very seriously ill and in ICU for 8 days. On the sixth day of the novena things begin to change very rapidly all in one day! His sever pain lessened and tube one by one were being removed. He sat up and even was given a light liquid diet. He still needs prayers for a COMPLETE recovery.. But this was a big change in this condition, and a sign he will get better with more prayers. It showed me God did not forget us, and heard these novena prayers. It gave me hope, which at times through my son’s illness, shook my faith I must admit. We must keep praying for him for a complete recovery, and he be remembered in the next novena. Thank you everyone for your prayers.

  17. I have an answered prayer from St.Anne and St. Joaquin. Praise God! my daughter-in-law had a changed of heart to be close to me and my husband as a family. She is more sociable to us and shows caring. I am so happy grandmother. Thanks for your prayers. God Bless us and you and your husband. Please continue praying for everybody and pray for world peace.

  18. Thank you for your prayers.Please continue to pray that my spouse and the father of our four children will be set free and released from deportation center so he can be reunited with us and we can be together again as family.Please pray that I have the means to stop the foreclosure on our only home..Amen. This I ask in Jesus name Amen.

  19. holy angels and saint, i thank God for giving us chance and freedom to exercise our catholic faith. May God forgive me for my repeated sins. Guide me when I work with Delilah,please touch her mind and heart and may we regain our friendship. please help me with my job applications.may i find a God fearing manager and co workers. i hope I could immediately leave my present job with a good exit. it caused me too much stress. help me with my relationship with vr that we will live together under the sacrament of marriage.Bless our families and help us financially. In Jesus,Mary and Joseph name. Amen

  20. My dad has been on a business trip since the middle of July. During this novena, I have prayed for him and his safety on his trip. On the 6th day of the novena, he called to let us know he would be coming home early. I did not realize it at first, but then it hit me. His being able to come home early was all an answered prayer for me. Thank you very much Lord Jesus.

  21. Lord please stop the atrocities against catholic families in Iraq, and all others being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Please hear our prayers and have mercy. Amen.

  22. Please pray and agree with me for a miracle breakthrough. I believe in the power of prayers .Please keep me in prayers for the next 7 days.Imade a few errors on a statement and I need God for a miracle breakthrough.

  23. Please pray for my daughter who has developed a motor tic. Pray that we find the cause and can treat her and that it goes away. In Jesus’s name Amen.

  24. Father I say a very big THANK YOU for the opportunity to per take in this novena.
    Thank you for all those who prayed with me all over the world and grant all their good request.
    Thank you for my family, finances, building project, Afrigong magazine, etc. and let my request be answered.
    I give YOU thank Oh Lord for the blessing of not having that cross.
    I pray for your peace and confort of Iraqi Christians who are currently being murdered for their faith.

  25. Please pray and agree with me for a miracle breakthrough pray also for victory on August 15th, 2014. I made a few errors with dates on a statement. Nothing is impossible with God. I am truly in need of Gods intercession and miraculous powers.

  26. Pray for continued healing and complete recovery of my mother Lona, that she will be cured of all her ailments and will be back to normal again. Also Robert, Jacqui, Anna Thelma, Colin & Monica, that Dieter has complete recovery from his heart surgery and bless the hands of the medics taking care of him that they treat him in the right way and he is well taken care of. Protect Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and the islands from being hit by any earthquakes. Heal and cure pet cat Frisky of his ailments and take care of him. Improve living conditions of pet dog Brownie and take care of all her needs. Find good, safe and loving homes for pet dogs Popeye, Snowball and other dog and take good care of stray, brown dog of Mc Inroy Street. Take good care of the welfare of all my siblings, nieces, nephews. These and other intentions, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  27. Please join me to pray.My Jesus Christ, I thank you for all your favors in the past, in the present and in the future. I come before you this morning with all my burdens. I’m sorry for my sins. Please JESUS, come to my job applications and services, and favor me. Thank you my Lord Jesus Christ with my whole heart. With you o God, all things are possible. Thank you my God. Amen.

  28. I have been praying the past 3 novenas for financial blessings and a reliable vehicle. Not only did God bless me with a awesome new car, it’s TOTALLY paid off. God is abundantly good to me and I am forever grateful for all he has done.

    Thanks for praying with me

  29. That the Church will ultimately not be persecuted through a black mass that is scheduled in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Sept 21 at the Convention Center.

    • I pray for the same.
      I ask for the intervention of St. Michael the Archangel, that through God’s power this blasphemous act will not take place.