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.


Saint Dymphna is the patron saint of….

Mental Illness
Emotional distress
Incest Victims

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  1. Please please pray that my adult finally recognizes that he needs psychiatric help and want it to be healed. Amen

  2. Please please pray that my adult finally recognizes that he needs psychiatric help and want it to be healed. Amen

  3. Please pray for my daughter, Christine. She is suffering from anxiety and stress. She is not able to sleep either. St. Dymphna, pray for us!

  4. Please pray for me that i may be free from negative thoughts and anxiety. And i also pray for all those who are suffering with the same affliction. Let us pray and pray all the time. In Jesus name amen.

  5. Please pray,pray, and pray, for my daughters and my anxiety,depression,adhd,bipolar,ptsd,all our mental illnesses and our physical illnesses,in Jesus Powerful Name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Please pray that all my anxety goes away soon. Please pray that I won’t think about the word anxety anymore. Thank you

  7. Please pray for my son Matthew, he is 20. His manic depressive behavior is spiraling in ways that will forever change his life.

  8. Please pray for my son Matthew,Mahoney is 20. His manic depressive behavior is spiraling in ways that will forever change his life.

  9. My husband has a neurological disorder that I believe has either caused depression or some sort of mental illness. He has decided that for now he is better off living with his parents. Me and my children are devastated. We want him to come home so we can be a family unit again. Please let him be cured soon of this horrible emotional state and come home to us happy and tranquil. Me and my children have been affected emotionally by this whole ordeal. Please help all 4 of us to live together as a happy family unit willing to conquer anything that this neurodegenerative disease brings us. Please give us strength, love, patience, self-control and acceptance.

  10. Please pray for my 42 year old son Daniel. He was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and compulsive disorder when he was 18 years old. He does take his medication but he still tries to medicate himself with drugs.

  11. Pray for my son who has special needs. That he speak more and understand more. That paperwork be approved for his community classes. The budget be approved. Health and happiness

  12. Pls pray for my daughter who suffers from anxiety and depression and struggling to feel happy and free. She is 23 yrs.

  13. Please pray for my son that’s suffering from lots of anxieties , insecurities & depression on his coming board exam .. Pls pray that he will have faith , & needs to calm down so he can concentrate & focus in his studies .

  14. Please pray for me.I got let go last may from work.It was a long agonizing 5 months of waiting for the day as we were already threatened to be removed by our department head. It was a very stressful to work those 5 months.I went to severe anxiety and depression. I now take medications for anxiety and depression plus therapy. I have heart palpitations and other health issues due to stress .Pls pray for me and family for healing.

  15. Please pray for my daughter who suffers from mental illness: bipolar depression, anxiety, auditory and visual hallucinations. She cannot go to school and has difficulty being motivated to do much of anything. Medications have only helped her so much.

  16. Please pray for my 15 year old daughter suffering from bipolar disorder type 1 with auditory and visual hallucinations. She is in and out of mental facilities and the doctors keep changing her medications. She has had so many medication failures. I pray for a cure and or medication that works to curb her hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

  17. I began praying this beautiful prayer every day for my sons who suffer from abuse, anxiety, and severe depression. It gives them peace when they pray it.

    Imprimatur + John J Myers, DD, JCD. Archbishop of Newark, NJ 07/12/2013 SMA Fathers, Dedham, Massachusetts, USA


    O Jesus, You showed us Your infinite compassionate love by exhausting the very last drop of blood and water from your body. From this day forward, with full confidence, we entrust our families to your Divine Mercy. We abandon our past, our present, and our future. We place into your wounds all our wounds which are caused by lack of love, understand, and trust. Jesus, expel Satan and all evil from our families, free us from the consequence of sin and protect us from further harm. Heal our wounds. May our families learn to venerate your Divine Image that they will never perish but experience your loving mercy. Amen

  18. please pray for my husband who has a very low ego because of his unemployment. I pray that his stress and depression do not cause the rift it has caused in our marriage and that he stops drinking as a way of dealing with his stress. I also pray that I become strong so that I can give him the support he needs because right now I don’t knw what to do because
    our marriage is falling apart.

  19. Before beginning this Prayer, first read it over and absorb what you will be saying. Then gather your thoughts and choose the specific words that you will be using to ask for your special request or intention.

    For a more enriching experience, go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.


    (pray for 3 days or 3 hours straight)

    Holy Spirit, You who make me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and You who are in all instances of my life with me, I want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with You and my loved ones in Your perpetual glory. Amen

    In Jesus Christ, your Son’s name, I ask that you grant me (State your specific request or intention here!)

    While making the request, you must promise either:

    (a) To publish this prayer or
    (b) To circulate the favor
    This prayer should be said for 3 consecutive days. After the 3rd day, the request will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be.

  20. Pls help me pray for my daughter Sagrada who has anxiety , causing her health concerns. May she recover and be well. Pls
    Thank you

  21. Please pray for my son who suffer too much anxiety & depression , needs help to calm down & have faith , please pray that they go away & God please shine light on him .

  22. Please pray for my daughter. She is suffering from abdominal pain and lost function of her legs due to anxiety and emotional distress. She has lost faith in our Lord. I will be praying for you also. Thank you

  23. Pray for my daughters one who both have too much anxiety, help them to be strong. Not go to drugs or acholic . Know what happen was not her fault.

  24. Through the intercession of Saint Dymphna, I believe that I have already received the grace of God for My requests. Amen.

  25. Please pray with me for my husband, who lost his job last week. He is very depressed and anxious about our future, as am I. Please help him have faith and hope.

    • Dear Mimi,

      I am keeping you and your husband in my prayers. We also have struggled in the past with unemployment issues so I really know what you are going through.

      Your faith will help you cope with this difficult situation. Try to stay strong and positive.

      May God bless both of you.


  26. Please pray that my anxiety goes away very soon as I can’t stay focused at work even in my own home. Please pray that I can calm down and stop worrying so much and take everything day by day.
    Please God help me get better better and better really soon

  27. For my son to seek help and continue act us and have peace, for my husband to have peace and for help,thank you

  28. i pray for my son’s mental health. I don’t know how to help him please god I pray that you shine your light on him. Amen

  29. Please pray for me to help me achieve mental stability in this time of crisis. I am usually very strong, but I have been bowed by honorous burdens that feel beyond my capacity. I am willing to carry the yoke of the burdens, but with the mental illness they seem insurmountable. Please help me through this difficult time, so I may be of service to those I have pledged to help. In Jesus’ name, Amen

  30. I pray for the relief of all my anxieties depressions and all my mental disorders, I’m tiered I’ve been avoiding medications and trying to “deal” with it myself. I need more help from above.
    I pray for my sanity back.
    To lord our father ..

  31. I pray for relief from my own fears, anxieties, and insecurities. I also offer up the beautiful heart of my beloved, that light and love finds him and lifts him out of his dark place.

  32. I pray for relief of depression and anxiety. I am tired and worn out from constant worrying about everyone and everything. Praying for relief and guidance I also pray for good mental health for my daughter. Continued success in her counseling career!!

  33. I’m praying this novena for my social anxiety disorder I get nervous very quickly when I am the center of attention and a lot of times it’s hard for me to make friends. A lot of times I wanna cry because I can’t do nothing about it. I just get so much anxiety I can’t control it… it just comes.
    St. Dymphna my Patron please pray for me.


  35. I pray for my mental health n depression that I suffer and i also want to pray for my family & especially for my hubby roshan

  36. I pray this Novena for the anxiety and depression that I suffer along with others, that we recieved relief to live a happy life without these mental illnesses, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

  37. I desperately need prayers for my OCD, anxiety, social anxiety, negative intrusive thoughts, worrying, and perfectionism. Thank you!!

  38. Protect her from the snares of the devil as she us battling the disease of Altzheimers. Let her live with only peace and joy of her childhood and forget all anxieties and worries. She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, adored mother, beloved mother-in-law, beloved grandmother and honorable child of God.

  39. Prayers for my son’s girlfriend friend my nephew and myself and for all those who suffer from anxiety, depression and any mental illness.
    Good Bless us all!

  40. I pray that I may be strong in my beliefs to overcome dark thoughts from depression and anxiety so my family may see my example and be strong themselves. I ask for help in leading a full, inspired life as God intended me to. Nancy

  41. Hello,

    I come to ask for prayer for my depression and mental health issues to God, through Jesus Christ and Saint Dymphna and Saint Jude. I struggle every day and request and appreciate any prayers offered.

    Thank you and God Bless

  42. I pray to you Saint Dymphna, not to take my pain away, but to ask God to give me wider shoulders. I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for years and only now is it starting to become to much. I ask for guidance from you so that I might better find peace in who I am and with the Eternal Father. I would also like to ask the intercession for all those who also seek your help.

  43. Asking St Dymphna to help me figure out what to do. My landlord is selling the house so I have to find somewhere else to live. Yesterday I. The car he lets me use I blew out a tire and he’s taking it to get a new tire and to have alignment. I pray that there is nothing else found that needs fixed. And lastly for guidance as to whether I stay here in NC or not. I’m really depressed & anxious over all this.

  44. I pray to St. Dymphna to please help me with this overwhelming anxiety and depression that I am experiencing. It is so scary to feel so alone and helpless. At times I feel like I cannot hold on much longer, but I continue to pray. Please help all of us, St. Dymphna, to be as strong and courageous as you were. May God be with all of us as we struggle with the emotional pain that seems near impossible to bear.

  45. I ask that St. Dymphna will watch over me during this difficult time with my mental illness. I pray that I will find stability and peace in my heart and soul once again. Please pray for me St. Dymphna!

  46. saint dymphna, i pray that i’ll pass my board exam this year and pursue my masters degree and career in the field of psychology. also, i pray for everyone who asks for your love and guidance. thank you! amen