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. I am humbled by the suffering of others with anxiety like myself. The fear and panic is so crippling and professional help so difficult to find.
    I pray to our Lord, and am reading Psalms. I believe he guides my path and protects me. I seek to learn the lesson from this suffering. I have been so competent and proud, and now feel so weak and vulnerable. I was overwhelmed by family problems and losing friends and family in death, I believe I needed to return my life to Christ.
    I pray to St Dymphna to intercede for my healing.
    And God bless and heal all those who suffer loss and anxiety.

  2. Please help me I had surgery they gave me a painkiller which I stopped but are still feeling effects started my anxiety meds again but not working because painkiller still in system I pray I beg please help

  3. St. Dymphna. I’ll keep it short. Please help me with my distress that’s really all I have energy for to write after saying 2nd day of prayer of novena. Please just as I usually praise you and ask int intercession just help me .Heal this distress I’m going thru. .ok and please pray for the other believers who pray to you. Ok st Dymphna say hi to my good friend Lena in heaven I ask this all in the name of Jesus our Lord .

  4. Please pray for my daughter who suffers with another bout of anxiety and depression and also for the psychologists that has just started treating her. Most of all pray for her conversion.

    Many thanks

  5. Dear my great favorite saint Dymphna and good friend of mine which I have several small testimonies from my novenas. Please, I thank you for listening to me ,intercede Nguyen while listening to my stress ,depress ,highs and lows and to for all the mentally and emotionally sick and also mental care workers. Incest victims and runaways and rape victims . I am under a lot of stress with having Bi-polar disorder and taking care of my mother who has parkinsons.. illness. . Please pray for my nephew Dominick who has Autism and so does my o th cousins son. We’ll st dymphna pray I have courage you have for me to do the things that are scarey to me
    We’ll and be well in heaven I know you are say hi to Lena my best friends mother who just was called home and just thank you so much for intercede Nguyen I thank you from my heart and know others do to. Ok Great St. Dymphna I’m saying my novena. Please intercede and thank you again. Jesus thank you for helping me have faith please listen to st. Dymphna and lay some healing on us all . I ask this in the name of our Lord a Jesus Christ ,.Amen

  6. Please pray with me to help my son see that the breakup with his girlfriend will not destroy him. He is overly distraught and is thinking of an exit. Please pray with me.

    In Christ,


  7. Dear Lord, please keep us with you always.

    St. Dymphna please pray for us. I’m a single mother, who has been in and out of jobs for that past 4 years. Living in a relationship that seems to be going nowhere. Please help me thru this stress and emotional depression.

  8. St. dymphna pray for us!

    i am asking for prayers for my younger sister who recently had a mental breakdown and is not only battling with reality but spiritually as well. I know we all have so many thing to pray for but if you could be ever so charitable and pray for my sister it would mean the world to me.

    Yours in Christ -A loving sister

  9. Great St Dymphna and Lord thank you so much for taking our friend Raphael home to heaven to be in total rest,peace and joy with God Jesus Mary and all the angels and saints and the rest of the faithful departed to be with in joy may the family and friends of Lena mourn healthfully and come closer to you Jesus and believe ,pray to st dymphna, talk to Lena and always be at peace thru your wonderful peace. Thank you so much for the intercede prayers for all of us and especiall Lena at this calling her home . thank you st Great Dymphna for your intercession and Jesus and Father too. Amen

  10. In the name of St. Dymphna and our Lord, please pray that I will overcome this severe anxiety I have been suffering with almost daily for the past 2 years. I am constantly in physical and emotional pain and can no longer enjoy life the way I used to. I feel that I am causing unecessary stress on myself and everyone around me, and am praying for a miracle to rid this disorder and help me live life as a normal and healthy 25 year old. Thank you ❤️ Philippians 4:6-7

  11. St Dymphna, I ask you to intercede for me to my loving and forgiving God. Ask him to help me with my emotional distress and depression. Ask him to help my husband with his controlling ways and help him to realize that more items and cars and big houses is not the way to happiness but instead heartache and pain. Please help my family….we are in desperate need. Thank you Jesus for everything you have gave me and im truely blessed with the small things that matter in life.

  12. Pray for my son who has special needs. That he will understand and speak more.that he will sleep better more.that his budget be approved. To cover his community classes. .health and happiness for his mother.

  13. Dear Lord,
    Please restore the broken relationship with the man you gave me and give me peace and strength to wait on you.
    Soften his heart that he may know you and in turn love me as he did before.
    Keep me from anxiety, stress and loneliness in this time of testing.


  14. Please St. Dymphna please intercede for my mom and Dominic ,Lena ,and I who have Bi-polar Disorder.also my aunt annie who has alzhiemers. Lena has alzhiemers And my mother suffers from Parkinson s . Dominic has autism. Please help us all cope ,help doctors find a cure and with our devotions to you may a miracle come true.

    I love you st dymphna. You are so brave and loving and great.

  15. Please keep children my 22 year her new job venture and move (It’s her first out of college Career employment) , my 17 Senior who has health issue but needs to make college choices, my 14 year old twins who are freshmans and both have anxiety one also has sensory processing disorder. For my husband who needs to make major employment decsisions, myself whose a wife and mom worries like everyone with anxiety, my mother who lives with us who has major depression and anxiety since my dad passed almost 3 years ago. My brother who hasn’t been around in almost 4 years that he may come around for my moms sake and see his children at the very least.My husband family who all have some sort of issues they are working out as well. Please keep us all United and not to lose sight of our faith.Amen

  16. Please St Dymphna pray for my husband and my mental well being. Please free my husband of any fear and anxiety he has in me. Please help my daughter and son to not have any anxiety. Please st dymphna send out my prayers to God the almighty father.

  17. Dear Lord, please give me peace of mind and cure my depression so that I may serve you and support my family. Also please help brother and make him whole again. In Jesus’s name I pray amen.

  18. Please pray for me that i may be free from negative thoughts and anxiety.Please pray that i can calm down and stop worrying so much.
    God, please help me.

  19. Please pray for my family that suffers from mental illness, fear, depression, and anxiety. Pray for faith, strength and our illnesses. I have been very sick from GERD and it makes me nervous. Everynight I pray to St Damphnia, St Jude for their assistance in my illnesses and the illnesses of my loved ones. I need to be strong to continue to assist my family members. In God’s name, jesus and Mary please pray for us. Amen

  20. Please pray for my husband’s mental and emotional state to return to be one where our family unit is most important. Help him to see how much he is needed in our home and return to us. Please take all the fear away that my husband has in me. Help him to realize that I love him and accept me for all of my faults and forgive me of all of my mistakes and limitations. Please help my husband and doctors to understand what it is exactly that has caused this mental flip that my husband is experiencing. Help them to see the lies he has created in his own head. Help the doctors to restore in him peace and love for our family unit. Help him to realize the urgency of returning home to us. Help his family to realize the importance of keeping our family unit together.

  21. Please pray that I will be able to find peace of mind and overcome my current diagnosis which includes clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder. May I be able to once again smile and enjoy every day knowing that God is with me and I have nothing to fear.

    • Cynthia,

      Your request stood out to me in particular as I am suffering with the exact same disorders. I love what you said and it is true that God is with us at all times, even when we don’t feel Him we know we are safe in his hands… that alone should allow us to live a life with no fear :) praying for you and we WILL overcome this and come out stronger than ever before. God bless you!

      💛 Nicole

  22. Please pray, dear Saint, that my wife will recognize that she has anger issues and seek help, and that I can overcome my depression and anxiety. Theses conditions have resulted in a very troubled marriage which I hope to save.

  23. Please pray for my family that we would be healed from the anxiety and darkness that battles us daily.
    Give us healing, peace, and hope over this situation Dear Lord.

  24. I pray to St. Dymphna my mind be set free of the massive amount of irrelevant & petty worries in my mind over situations that are out of my control & may not even really exist.

  25. Please pray that me brother Terry will be supernaturally healed of his mental illness and that he will leave his wife who torments him.

  26. Please pray that I will know peace of mind and that all will be well in my present situation. I can only give my problem to God and I know that with the support of others He will help me. Amen.

    Please pray also for my friend Helen who has severe anxiety and depression. Amen.

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

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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

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

  39. 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 .

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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

  47. 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 .

  48. 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

  49. 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.

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

  51. 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.


  52. 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

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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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 ..

  57. 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.

  58. 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!!

  59. 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.


  61. 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

  62. 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.

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

  64. 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.

  65. 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!

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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!

  72. 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