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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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