St. Dymphna Novena

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Saint Dymphna was born in Ireland during the 7th century. Her feast day is traditionally celebrated on May 15; but of course, you can pray through her intercession any time!

Saint Dymphna is usually associated with accounts of miraculous cures of mental illness and she is often invoked for those inflicted with emotional and mental distress.

St. Dymphna Novena Prayers

Day 1 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Faith

O God, Source of our salvation, in the midst of a pagan people, Thou didst enlighten St. Dymphna by the light of the true faith, which she professed under the guidance of her holy confessor, Gerebran, with such constance that she suffered martyrdom. Through the intercession of these two saints, we beg Thee to strengthen the faith which Thou hast given us, so that by wisely subjecting our souls to Thy Supreme Authority, and by faithfully conforming our lives according to our faith, we may honor Thee with our whole heart and soul until the hour of our death. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 2 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Hope

Almighty and infinitely good God, Thou hast promised eternal salvation to those who obey Thy commandments and make zealous use of Thy graces. Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who fled from the danger of sin by leaving the palace of her father, and who, eager to gain eternal salvation, fled to Belgium to live in poverty, we beg Thee to grant that we also, who are striving for eternal happiness, may overcome all obstacles in the way of virtue and may attain eternal salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 3 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Charity

God of love, Thou art the most perfect Being, and Creator of all that is good and beautiful. Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who in her youth loved Thee above all creatures and for Thy sake loved her neighbor as herself, as the image and likeness of Thee, as the price of the Blood of Jesus and as co-heir of heaven, be pleased to help us by Thy powerful grace, that we may faithfully fulfill the two great commandments of charity not only in word, but in action and in truth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 4 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Piety

God, Our Creator and Supreme Master, St. Dymphna served Thee with great zeal even in her childhood, by hearing Thy word with delight, by assisting at Holy Mass with fervent reverence, and by receiving Holy Communion from the hand of St. Gerebran with tender devotion. Through her intercession we beg Thee to grant us the same virtue of piety so that, having honored Thee during this life as our Creator, we may possess Thee hereafter as our final reward. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 5 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Prudence

O God, ruler of the universe, Thou didst allow St. Dymphna to discover a helpful means of avoiding the evil intentions of her father. Through the merits of Thy holy servant, be pleased to grant that we may become, according to the words of Jesus, simple as doves and wise as serpents, so that through prudent advice and sound judgment we may recognize what we must do to achieve the great work of our salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 6 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Justice

O God, source of eternal justice, Thou didst inspire St. Dymphna to flee from her country and her father in order to render to Thee that which was Thine. Through her intercession we beg Thee to make us seek after justice so that we may perform our duties toward Thee as we ought. Though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 7 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Fortitude

O God, rewarder of those who remain firm in their good resolutions, Thou gavest St. Dymphna such a love of virtue that she had the courage to suffer privation, persecution, and even martyrdom. Through her prayers we beg Thee to grant us fortitude that we may courageously and perseveringly overcome ourselves and finally conquer the enemy of our salvation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 8 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Temperance

O God, You made St. Dymphna resplendent in the virtue of temperance so that she mastered sensual inclinations and used temporal goods prudently. With temperance she combined the beautiful virtues of modesty, docility and humility. Let us not forget that humility is called the foundation of all virtue because it banishes from the soul pride, the obstacle to grace. Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, we beg Thee to guide and direct us, so that being preserved from evil and nervous disorders, we may obey till death the commandments and counsels Thou hast given us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

Day 9 – St. Dymphna Novena

For Chastity

O God, lover of innocent souls, Thou gavest St. Dymphna the virtue of angelic purity which made her reserved in all her actions, modest in her dress, attentive in her conversation, upright in her character, so that she even shed her blood to preserve this precious virtue. Through the intercession of St. Dymphna, we beg thee to bestow upon us the virtue of chastity that we may enjoy peace of conscience in this life and pure eternal joys of heaven hereafter. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be five times

More About St. Dymphna

We don’t know very much about Saint Dymphna. A lot of the history that we do know comes from oral tradition and written stories. But what we do know is that she was born in the 7th century in Ireland to a beautiful devout Christian mother, and to a pagan father who was also an Irish Chief.

When her mother died, her father became immensely depressed, and Saint Dymphna also suffered during that time. Her father looked for a replacement wife, and he was told by his advisors to pursue his daughter as his new wife.

Driven mad by his depression, he made advances on his daughter. Saint Dymphna fled to Belgium with her confessor and took refuge in a Chapel near the present day site of Gheel. Her father’s spies, however, tracked her down and her father found begged Dymphna to return to Ireland with him.

Dymphna refused, and her father decapitated her. At the time, she was only 15 years old.

A shrine was built on the spot where she was buried in Gheel, Belgium, and many miracles have taken place there since.

Patronages

Saint Dymphna is the patron saint of….

Anxiety
Mental Illness
Emotional distress
Depression
Families
Incest Victims
Runaways
Psychologists

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  1. Please, St. Dymphna, please keep drawing her to you and be the friend she so desperately needs right now. Please help and guide my young adult children to help themselves with their anxiety and depression issues. Worry is such a waste of God’s precious time He’s given us, but as you know, it’s so very hard to overcome such fears that intrude upon our abilities to have faith. How blessed we are to have such a sweet little powerful Saint to turn to to give us hope and comfort. Thank you for the many prayers for all who turn to you for miracle healing of such crippling mental illnesses. May many more come to know you and pray for courage and healing for themselves and loved ones and all those in need who have no one to pray for them and to receive the power of faith over fear. Thank you for helping us all to keep breathing! With so much love and gratitude for you today…

  2. Please St Dymphna .I just got out of a psych unit hospitalization relapse with my bipolar disorder . I’m trying to adjust now to regular home life and actually slipping back. Please help me to stay healthy and do the things I need to do that. I ask this in the name our Lord Jesus Christ
    Amen.

  3. I had lunch with my sister on Tuesday, May 15 and she told me about one of our nephews who is now 18 and has been struggling with mental illness all his life and had gotten much worse recently. His family is suffering so much because of it too. I then went online to see who was the patron saint for mental illness and then saw that it was actually St Dymphna’s feast day! It could not have been a coincidence. I am praying to St. Dymphna regularly now. I know my prayers will be answered in the way God knows best. Thank you for providing these Novenas and making it so easy to finish one.. You are a blessing to us all….

  4. Dear St Jude Dear Mother of God. Our Lady of Conception Aparcida. Oh! St Rita of Cascia and St Jude Worker of Miracles and impossible causes, pray for me. St Edwidges, the St of the needy and St Expedite, the st of Urgent causes, ,

    Please help me with 2 staff member evil devious conspiricy ways. Please help us Lord in our work situation to make a way and get rid of these 2 obsticles. As i pray, your will must be done in Jesus mighty name. Father they are already chesrited with some disability, yet they never learn, always plotting to work people out. Lord have your ways. Warrior angels with swords please rebuke their evil devises in Jesus name. Lord I put my trust in you for these people.

    I thank you in Jesus mighty name.

    Amen

  5. Please pray for my daughter who is dealing with depression and anxiety with side effects from her meds. Extra help this week with finals as she is having difficulty with focusing. God Bless 🙏

  6. Please pray for me. I’m about to get married, and another bout of severe anxiety has come about in my life. I haven’t had symptoms this bad since high school, and its becoming quite debilitating.
    Thank you and God Bless You All!

  7. Dear St Dymphna, kindly intervene in D and N’s marriage.

    they married for 20 years and now they having endless problems. His family want them to divorce, just because he retired and got a pension package. She was there for him and also worked and contributed to their upliftment and house.
    She has breast cancer and it is so unfair that they part ways now, just thru his family’s greed for his money. Lord Jesus please cancel every plot and plan of the evil forces. Lord reunited them like the first day they met. Surround them with your ball of fire and love. What Jesus put together let no man put us under. Lord I pray for your seal edge and parapit to surround them night and day, cancelling every fiery dart arrows and curse. Jesus you make a difference in their life I plead, here N cry hear her utterance and make a miracle cos your their healer devine and way maker.

  8. Thank you, St. Dymphna! I hope it pleased you that she embraced your name and went to Mass on your feast day, a good start and a prayer answered. Please continue to stay close and be her friend and guide her to peace of heart and happiness. You truly worked a miracle and I am so grateful that you reached out to her and she heard you! With so much love and hope today, even in this endless darkness I find myself in still, I thank you for that glimmer!

  9. Please pray for me , throughout my life I have suffered bouts of anxiety. I pray that Hod will take this from me or give me the grace to best it. Amen

  10. St. Dymphna, through God’s healing Graces, deliver Charlie from every emotional/mental malady w/ which he is laden- heal & cure C from: the painful, damaging wounds of growing up without a father;being the victim of an unfaithful spouse;the divorce he suffered;& the demise of the family unit he knew. Eliminate from C’s mind/heart every negative, detrimental,& harmful image/impression/memory of me. Bring C back into this relationship fully invested, present, & aflame w/ devout love for & in me.

    • Just 2 weeks ago i know about Sant. Dympfna! I start to pray and do novene! I have fate that she's will heard my pray says:

      Just 2 weeks ago I learn about Sant Dymphna! I all ready star prays and do novena, I am confidente i will receive the bleed I. Pray for

  11. Please pray for me. I am suffering from severe depression. It is getting worse. I really need your prayers thank you

  12. Dear St. Dymphna. One of my closest friends past away 2 days ago from cancer. He was only 47 years old . we used to pray to saint Dymphna. I have mental illness …. Mood disorder called B I Polar disorder He had mental illness. He would pray the whole St. Dymphna novena a number of times. Ad I did too. He had mental illness of Paranoia .we sometimes prayed to St. Dymphna together more then a few times.I’m crying and praying to Jesus to. Let thru the gate and that he meets St. Dymphna and with her hand and Jesus hand placed on his hand that then his mental illness is gone. . He used to speak of our Catholic faith and go to Sunday mass all the time wed go in week day and pray to the statues on to the statues. Wed go places and he adored St. Dymphna as his special Saint. I hope this gets posted. The viewing is tomorrow . I was his best friend. Well please all tat read tho just say a pray that loving good Perry, who was a friend ….a support to me in my hard times goes thru the gates and meets St. Dymphna …I believe he will. And is healed. I’m going to read a bunch of other intentions on this site and pray for other peoples needs . ok. All please say a prayer for Perry I loved him so much.Thank Saint Dymphna for interceding and thank you Jesus for healing him. I justotally believe that . I ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ .Amen.

  13. Hi all the prayer group .god bless. my name is anthony raj. I am having mental illness. I am taking pschiatric medicine. Pls pray for me.and ask st dymphna keep praying for me.thank you .god bless.

  14. St Dymphna, Please pray for my daughter’s anxiety attacks. That she will have peace in her heart. That she will not be overwhelmed with schools tests, projects & assignments. We pray that she would turn to Jesus to all her problems & concerns.

  15. Dear St. Dymphna…Please help my sister and her husband with their stressful lives. May they find some sort of rest of it all. And if May ..please Bless my nephew Dominic who is doing so good with Autism. May he grow more thru age healthfully. And my other nephew , Domonic’ brother learn about you and grow up to be holy like you. Please help all those in the world who do not have medicine for mental illness especial the poor. Everything starts in the brain.with all the insanity in the world ..please Bless those whose Brain health return to some sort of sanity so there will b world peace. Thank you St. Dymphna. Please intercede to our Divine Healer Jesus Christ .Amen

  16. Dear Saint Dymphna, just want to say for us all with your wonderful faith in Jesus you were that Holy and chose a Martydom as so many Saints Have and said no to as a choice to go into a Pagan world and you stood your ground to stick to Jesus. We all know this but in it all thank you for intervening our prayers to Jesus and with him the help and miraculous healings that have occurred and relief in times of Distress for all of us praying to you . We Love You ST.. DYMPHNA and as we top your intercession to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  17. Thank you St. Dymphna for blessing us all. I feel am emotional peace in my strife with my bipolar disorder. Please keep intervening for us all. I love you so much. Amen.