St. Dymphna Novena

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. I prayed a novena to St. Dymphna to provide relief for one of my friends who was institutionalized briefly a few years ago after being diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. I prayed it for 9 weeks. She has not been institutionalized since and has learned how to better manage her symptoms. I thank St. Dymphna for her intercession in aiding my friend and pray that she continue to steady her in life.

  2. I pray to you St. Dymphna for my young Daughter that her anger behavior will get better so she can have a normal life and be able to get back to school.
    St. Dymphna pray for us
    Amen

  3. I pray that saint dymphna heal me from my right eye disorder and depressions in my family.. Amen
    Saint dymphna- pray for us

  4. Prayers for my husband who suffers depression, alcohol and is very emotionally closed off. Please help him and help our marriage.

  5. I pray and ask St Dymphna for my family to be free of all depression, anxiety. Nervousness, negitivness and all mental disorder. Bipolar and BPD. For healing of family and relationships because of sickness and suffering.
    And everyone suffering any of these disorder.

    St Dymphna pray for us

    Jesus have mercy for us

    Immaculate heart of Mary Pray for us

  6. Please pray for my daughter who is battling addiction, depression, anxiety, over eating and low self esteem. Please pray for a healing of mind, body and spirit for my Nenny in Jesus name I pray.

  7. Dear St. Dymphna,
    Please hear my prayers for my daughter Brittany. She has a mood disorder and refuses to take her medication. She is acting so mean and hurtful to those who love her…
    Thank you.

  8. Dear St. Dymphna,
    Please hear my prayers for my daughter Brittany. She has a mood disorder and refuses to take her medication. She is acting so mean and hurtful to those who love her…
    Thank you.

  9. St. Dymphna please intercede with Mother Mary, our dearest mother and Jesus, our God and Saviour to heal my son Rajeev who is suffering from severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks. He also wants to quit the job as he is not satisfied with jenuiness of two persons working therein. St. Dymphna please pray for him.

  10. For our son who,is very ill and has run away to come back and get treatment. We have not heard from him in months and are very worried and sad. He is such a good man who is unable to cope with schizophrenia, and Imam afraid he is vulnerable to bad people,thank you

  11. My daughter suffers from BPD,Anxiety and Depression.She tries so hard every day to lead a happy life but she can’t over come her depression.May God please help her with these prayers to St.Dympha

  12. Please pray for my son ethan who is struggling greatly with depression and anxiety. Please help him get rid of his thoughts of suicide and help him find peace.

    • My daughter suffers from BPD,Anxiety and Depression.She tries so hard every day to lead a happy life but she can’t over come her depression.May God please help her with these prayers to St.Dympha

  13. Gracious friend,wonderful saint .please pray to Mary, to Jesus, to Joseph all the angels and other saints for Jesus to lay. His healing spirit on my mother. She has 2 broken pelvis bones ,a collapsed lung. And is in terrible pain after surgery to the point she she’d a tear.
    I would forever be grateful on a speedy healing of pain and a resting successful recovery. St. Dymphna I live you. .I ask this thru our Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

  14. St Dymphna, through Mary our Mother, I pray for my 16 year old Daughter. Who suffers from Depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety. I thank you for the gift of her openness about what she is going through and wanting to get help. I ask your help in healing her mind and soul. To cast out any evil that is causing these problems. I pray that we find the answers we need, so she can live a normal life. Come Holy Spirit, Through Mary your spouse and St Dymphna, heal my Daughter and all who are asking for you help.

    • Gracious friend,wonderful saint .please pray to Mary, to Jesus, to Joseph all the angels and other saints for Jesus to lay. His healing spirit on my mother. She has 2 broken pelvis bones ,a collapsed lung. And is in terrible pain after surgery to the point she she’d a tear.
      I would forever be grateful on a speedy healing of pain and a resting successful recovery. St. Dymphna I live you. .I ask this thru our Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

  15. St. Dymphna, I pray for a quiet mind and calm heart, to be released from the stress and anxiety I’m experiencing. May our issues be resolved in a way that is beneficial to everyone involved. I surrender myself to Jesus; may he take care of everything. With sincere thanks.

  16. St. Dymphna: My greatest intention that I ask for you to intercede to God for me is for the cure of mental illness for my daughter. She is 17 years old and has suffered from mental illness since I believe to be about 3. I pray she receive a complete cure from this horrible disease. It is crucial at this point in her life, as she is about to turn 18 and go off to college after graduation. I’m afraid of what could happen on her own. At the least, I pray that she will see a psychiatrist, and that she will take the medicine that is prescribed to her
    But, my greatest intention is that she be healed completely, and be allowed to feel what other young women feel, without the pain of anxiety destroying her and the weight of depression pulling her down, for once in her life. I pray her compassion for others be strengthened and that she allow us family members to love her, and not push us away. And I pray she remain true to her promise of virginity until marriage. St. Dymphna, thru the mercy of God, please help EM! !

  17. Saint Dymphna,
    Today is the ninth day of the novena. Please pray for the recovery of my daughter’s depression and teach the importance of a chase and pure life to my children. Thank you!

  18. Saint Dymphna, Please continue to pray to Jesus for the healing from depression of our son David. Thank you. And, thank you to my brother’s and sister’s in Christ who have been praying this Novena with me…. God bless all of you.

  19. St Dymphna,
    Please pray for the healing of my daughter’s depression. Please pray that Alex C will come to a peaceful solution with us. Thank you!

  20. Saint Dymphna, Please Pray for my panic attacks, anxiety and depression. I know that I am a sinner but I repent of my sins and I regret my sins that hurt My Loving Savior. I thank God for giving me a loving and understanding family that truly cares about me and how this makes me feel…Thank you so much

  21. Saint Dymphna,
    Please pray for my daughter’s recovery from depression and pray that Alex is sorry for what he has done to my daughter and accept our peaceful solution. Thank you!

  22. St Dymphna,
    We will go to the bank tomorrow to find a solution to save my daughter from Alex’s financial exploitation. Please pray that justice be done! Thank you!

  23. Pray for peace of mind .have Less anxiety dealing with paperwork concerning my son budget. Be happy and healthy. Have joy from life.

  24. Saint Dymphna,
    Please for the healing of my daughter’s depression. Please also pray that Alex C , who has been exploiting her financially, physically and verbally will accept our peaceful solution. I forgive Alex but justice should be done. Thank you!

  25. Saint Dymphna,
    Please pray for my daughter and implore Lord Jesus to heal her of depression and restore her self confidence. Moreover, please pray that Alex C feels sorry for what he has done ot us and will agree to our peaceful solutions.

  26. Saint Dymphna,
    Please pray for my daughter who suffers from depression and has been abused physically by Alex C (he hit her and spat on her) and exploited financially as well. Pray that my daughter will have the strength and courage as we take things into our hands to save her. Dear Lord Jesus, may justice be done!

  27. St Dymphna,
    Please intercede for my daughter Maliesse Lui who suffers from depression. May the Lord Jesus heal her and grant her strength and wisdom in her daily life. Thank you!

  28. Dearest St dymphna.please pray for my brother n my sister for devine n permanent healing from mental illness.am hoping God that some day my brother will go back to his business.

  29. Dear St. Dymphna, please intercede and pray for my husband, who has started a new job, but is full of anxiety about it. I’m afraid he may have a breakdown if he doesn’t get some relief. He needs a cure for his vision and computer skills, and soon, in order to keep up with the demands of this job. Please help him, either in this job or through another, in Jesus’ name I pray.

  30. Please pray for me, and my family. I have just been suffering a long time with illness, and need prayer. How Good you all are to pray for me, been getting attacked, and need the cure. thanks a bunch, i am desperate for the cure, also i am having a terrified, and have been getting stabbed and attacked in my apt, all of the time. please pray for me, thanks SOOOOOO MUCH, blessing of our Lords presence to you, who i love HIM SOOOOOO MUCH Christina and Christ