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. Dearest Princess,

    Please guide my husband out of hus deep misery. Please bring him to the feet of Jesus. I beg you dear saint to please help him. Only God can heal him. Please help us. Amen.

  2. Dear Saint Dymphna, thank you so much for already helping my son and daughter. My despair was so deep when my son became worse again after just getting out of the hospital. Thank you for helping his sister as well. They both seem better and I thank you so so much for your intercession. Please continue to intercede in asking Jesus and God to to heal and keep safe my mentally ill children. I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen

  3. Thank you for taking my prayer to heart, Saint Dymphna. Please pray for me to overcome my fear during my all my medical exams and practicals, especially during the viva voce. Please pray for me to also overcome insecurities in my current relationship, Saint Dymphna. Pray for me that with God’s mercy and blessings, Raihan and I may spend the rest of our lives with each other. Please take care of my parents and bless them with long lives and happiness. All this I ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  4. Please St. Dymphna help my son who is confused and struggling right now with anxiety and depression. Please let in the light and let his mind heal and forgive. Let him be happy with his career path and look to the future with excitement. Please let our family
    be patient with him and only loving. Guide and strengthen him so this can be turned around.

  5. Dear st. Dymphna.thank you for your intersecion.im getting much better everyday. Thank you for helping me bringing all my prayers and hope to our mother mary and our lord jesus christ. Im praying for all those who is struggling right now. May they see the true path. Help them to overcome mental sickness. In jesus name. Smen

  6. Saint Dympna please heal my brother J he is getting worse and has started harming himself please intercede for him with our Lord and cure him of his affliction. Amen.

  7. I pray this novena in the hope that St. Dymphna’s intercession with Our Lord will lead to relief from depression for my son Anthony, end his need for medication and therapy and replace his uneasy and sleepless nights with peace of mind as he seeks to establish himself in life and in his career. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

  8. I pray that God will remove the mental illness in Eli mind and heart.pray for him.Jesus name I also pray for Ronald James who has an addiction of drugs and alcohol I also give it up to God.Jesus name

  9. St Dymphna I humbly beseech you to please help my son J to overcome his anxiety & depression. He has been sinking deeper & deeper into depression & this week attempted suicide. He has turned against his father & I & will not even see us. We have always had a very close relationship until this illness overwhelmed him. Please help him heal & become the happy loving son he once was. Please help us be patient with him & give us the strength to deal with thus crisis in our family.
    Also please help H & O overcome their anorexia. Amen

  10. St. Dymphna…I pray that you help my Mom overcome the depression and anxiety she has suffered for many years. Her medication no longer seems to help and she is reluctant to try any new medications. I pray that you intercede and cure her so that she can realize and enjoy all the blessings she has in her life. I pray that she finds joy again in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May you help her to realize how important she is to us and how valuable her life is. I pray that we have patience during her recovery so that we can better understand and help her heal mentally and spiritually. Amen.

  11. I ask for intercession for the healing of my son’s Justin’s anxiety, racing thought’s and paranoia. Please intercede that Jesus will heal him and
    That his heart will be full of joy for The Lord.

  12. I experience anxiety about a few things , and I feel it constantly as a strain and burden in my life. Since being introduced to St. Dymphna and praying her novena, breathing has been easier for more, where before I was “anxiously” breathing. It makes all the difference. I install all of my trust in this girl and in The Lord.

  13. This is my first novena, and I hope to see a miraculous intervention of St. Dymphna. My sister is experiencing anxiety, and it appears to have had a quick onset. I hope that she will recover quickly.

  14. Please intercede for my son,
    Vince, who is autistic for good health and be able to overcome his behavioral and speech disabilities.

  15. I ask for intercession with the anxiety and frustration that my oldest son feels. He is under tremendous emotional distress. Please intercede that he will see hope, joy,light and happiness for his future. Amen

  16. St Dymphna,

    I ask for your intercession for my family and all of mental and emotional illnesses. I ask especially that I be cured of my depression and anxiety, that my husband be relieved of his depression, that my eldest son C be healed of his anger and depression, my son B be cured of the anxiety and OCD and other ills that accompany his suspected autism, my son R be cured of ADHD and anger, and that I have the grace and stamina to train the will of my daughter V out of stubbornness and into fortitude.

    I ask for particular intercession in healing my memories from my childhood and the loss of my son B, and for the other injuries I have sustained that leave me afraid and hopeless.

    St. Dymphna, pray for me!

  17. I am finishing the Novena tonight. I want to give thanks for the peace and grace I have felt and for the strength and courage I see in my son. We will continue to work hard and honor God. Please Lord, touch those who are suffering and let them see Light as St Dymphna did. Let us all give Glory to You as we strive to take one day at a time. God please bless our Doctors and caregivers.

  18. Please pray for my son Joseph. He has been frustrated,confused with his life and depressed. He left the home for a short while. Now he’s back, thank you for interceding. He wants help to become a better person.

  19. Please pray and give guidance and direction to my oldest son. He has been depressed, fearful insecure with his life . Not getting the job in his career field. He took his anger out on me and his father and left the home. Keep him safe and I pray that he will become joyful again.

  20. Please pray for my son Joseph. He suffers from bipolar his life has been a mess. I have tried to do everything I can. I get such anxiety with all of this. It has effected all of the family. Please help him and us.

  21. Please pray for my son Robert. He had an anxiety attack at a workshop he wants to be a special ed teacher. He has had ADD and Dexlexia since he was a child. Has had depression and anxiety for many years. Started on meds for anxiety about 4 year ago has been off meds for about 3 month was doing very well. But am afraid for him to start taking meds because he over medicate 3 times. He is 32 years old. Please saint Dynphna help him find his way. He is a very good person will help anyone that needs help even strangers.

    • My son was just offered a job yesterday. Please Lord and St Dymphia I am praying that he makes the right choice. Praying that he doesn’t have anxiety and depression.

  22. I pray to you the Father Son and to the Holy Spirit to help me and my family with the anxiety we have felt for such a long time. My family business has been suffering with loss of our client base therefore it has been hard to mange bills. the creditors are calling every day with threats. My family have used up all of our savings just to pay bills and keep things somewhat afloat. The fear, panic ,depression and anxiety has been on us for a number of years. Please intercede and give us peace. I know God did not give us a spirit of fear. Let your intercession remove any fear, doubts, pain, loss or any depression of any kind in the Name of Jesus. Give of hope and uplift our hearts to look forward to a restoration of any small or anything short of a miracle in our lives. I sometimes feel I can’t go on. Amen.

  23. Please pray for my 19 year old daughter. She is developmentally disabled as well as suffers with schizoaffective disorder. Please allow us to keep moving on this positive path so she may enjoy life and be happy…. please remember her in prayer

  24. Just finished this Novena early last week. Praise be to God, thank you for prayers answered! My friend’s wife who is pretty depressed and his daughter who has some problems too are now re-untied for the present and word is that both are very happy! Thank you for your intersession St. Dymphna!

  25. Please pray for my son Victor, who suffers from depression and anxiety. May he turn his life over to Jesus where he will find true happiness and joy.

    May he surround himself with good and positive, prayerful people. Keep him safe and away from all who want to hurt him.

    In Jesus name I pray. Amen

  26. Saint Dymphna-I implore you to give immediate relief to my mother from the anxiety and pressure she feels all the time.
    I just learned about you and am so grateful for the blessing of having you to pray to for your intercession .
    In our Lord’s holy name,
    Amen.

  27. St. Dymphna, I pray that you aid me as I struggle with anxiety, depression, and OCD. Please help the medication to begin doing its job, so I can find happiness once again. I also pray for my parents, my family, and my friends. Please give them the compassion and the strength that they need to support me through this. I pray for anyone who is also afflicted by any kind of mental illness and their family and friends. May they all find peace…through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

  28. I come to you st st. Dymphna. On behalf of. My daugther who struggling with heavy depression please guide her back to Heath an keep all evil demons away she needs you’re strengh faith please help her get strong an to start fresh new life an her children please help her amen

  29. St Dymphna, I come to you tonight with some worries. I have been denied transportation that helps me to get around more freely with some anxiety but, still better. I really need help to try to work out this issue but, to then let it go. Please help me St Dymphna. I beg of you. I always will and have honored you as the great patron Saint of human beings who suffer from anxiety, OCD and related issues. Please keep me in your care. Love always, Brigit R

  30. Holy St. Dymphna, Martyr of God,

    I thank you most humbly and sincerely for the immediate easing of symptoms and increased efficacy of medication I received when I began this Novena. Your faithful prayers and intercession before the throne of Almighty God are wonderful indeed! Thank you for your help and care. I commend to your watch all those who struggle with mental illness, their families, and caregivers. With the prayers of Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, in the Holy Name of Jesus Our Savior, to the Glory of God,

    Amen.

  31. My Patron ST DYMPHNA, I humbly ask you to intersect into my problems. I can not worship GOD with strenght because of my health.

  32. Please pray for my daughter who is bipolar and out of control,she is on drugs and please pray for me for the wisdom I need to help her.I am not doing a very good job,she makes me so angry and frustrated and that in turn makes her worse. In Jesus name Thank you

  33. St. Dymphna I humbly come to you so you may intercede and help me with my life long struggle with depression and anxiety. Please pray for me that I may be whole in the Holy Spirit with no depression or anxiety and I will be able to become a healthy person once again. Thank you.

  34. Saint Dymphna, please help me with my anxiety, help me get off the pills, help me become more energetic with no anxiety. I’m a single mother I teach Autistic children. I need to become whole again this I ask in Jesus name. Amen.

  35. St. Dymphna, through your intercession to Jesus our Lord and Savior, pray for my family and give them mental clarity and keep them free from all anxiety and psychological illnesses. We pray and ask in the name of Jesus. Amen. Thank you for past favors.

  36. St. Dymphna I come to you humbly to ask that you please help me overcome this fear inside me due to anxiety/panick attacks. Please take away whatevers causing these anxiety/panick attacks so that I may be able to move on and have a content, successful life and not have to isolate myself from the world due to fear. Please help me….Amen

  37. Please pray for my son as he struggles through daily living. Help him to see clearly.

    Help him to find and feel Jesus Christ in his life once again as he did as a young adult and to find mental and spiritual peace.

    Please help his anxieties to calm. Help him see through to finding his happiness.

    Help him find his passion and purpose in life!

  38. Saint Dymphna
    I ask you to pray to God for my daughter’s mental health. She is only 13 and was recently diagnosed with OCD. She also suffers from depression and anxiety and they both seem to be getting worse. I worry so much about her and don’t know how to help. I pray for healing and comfort for her as well as myself. I ask that you lift up all the prayers here and all to heal.
    In Jesus name I pray. Amen

  39. Most holy st. Dymphna help me in my time of extreme anxiety and depression. Help me to be calm and at peace in my life that God has so lovingly given to me. Peace for everyone. Amen