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 me for my anxiety and depression that I have. My anxiety has surpassed what is has ever before and becoming very consuming. Diagnosed with breast cancer and had masectomy (no treatment needed), now I await anxiously to prepare for reconstructive surgery in August. Am told I need to lose 15-20 lbs, which has lead to enourmous stress;that enormous stress has now led to other health issues. I know my faith is strong and I can do all things with God by my side but would appreciate extra prayers….Amen

  2. Please pray for me my family and my business. I am under a lot of stress amd anxeity due to the lack of finances to pay our bills. I’m trying to hold on to our family business using my personal funds to keep everthing afloat. I have run out of resourses to pay bills. Been in business a very long time and I don’t know how to go on. The pressure from creditors people who have left us we have no support from the community or my family. Bless us with a niracle supernatual healing and prosperity. I can’t sleep due to the worry and shame. Amen

  3. Please pray for my who is battling depression and other demons of hate and misery. Please help him find his faith and be one with Christ again. Heal his mind body & soul of ALL his illness and grant him a happy, healthy life with family and Christ.
    I know Lord it is not if you grant my request it is when. So let your will be done when it is your time.

  4. Please pray for my wife who is battling depression. Pray that she grows and wants to get the help that she needs. May God’s will be done – not mine. God has us all in the palm of His hand.

  5. Please pray for my son who is currently suffering from severe depression and isolation. May God heal him through the powerful intercession of St Dymphna so that he can resume a normal and productive life at work and with family and friends.
    Thank you

  6. Please pray for me. I have been out of work for 15 months. I am divorced, and share joint custody of my daughter with her dad. I have anxiety, and worrying makes the tightness in my chest worst. I have no income coming in, and need to get in a job real soon.

  7. Please heal my daughter’s medical problems all due to anxiety. Heal also my anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression. I pray that my daughter doesn’t inherit my mental illnesses. St. Dymphna please pray for us

  8. Please pray for me, I am depressed and feeling neglected by my husband. I think he already found a new lover..as I saw he was chatting with some women…I read some of his messages to the girl saying that he don’t love me anymore. Please help me to be strong, please pray for me. And please pray for me to have a right decision in life…am married and not happy. He cheated on me, pray for me to be more patient and humble…I am so depressed that sometimes I just think of divorcing him to end this suffering. I tried to be a good wife but it seems I am not good enough. Please help me pray. Thank you!

  9. Please pray for me. I have depression & anxiety. The meds. I was on were not helping. I have a new Dr. and renewed faith. I am not asking for much. Please help me while I pray. A lot has happened the past few years, my mom, 2 cousins passing. Me leaving my job after many years,
    And a lot of grief and stress causing me to break…..I am in counseling,
    They tell me it takes time. Thank you.

  10. Saint Dymphna pray for me. I am suffering from stress, depression and anxiety as well as isolation from much of my family. For years I took care of my father who has dementia with little help from them until it became too much for me and I had a breakdown. Now he is in a nursing home and they are all mad at me. I can say I did my best, but evidently it wasn’t good enough for them. Now I am depressed and isolated. May God change their hearts and heal mine.

    • Just wanted to tell you I’m praying for you…you are not alone …I’m in a similar situation…May god help us both

  11. Dear saint Dymphna, please pray for my mental illness. I want to be completely healed once and forever by a miracle. Please heal my relations with mother, family, friends, people, myself. Restore my Spirit and strengthen my heart, confidence, knowledge.

  12. I am suffering extreme anxiety and depression over a friend who lied to me and has caused a Catholic man who I was hoping to have a relationship with not to happen. He is now seeing a very pushy divorce women who is leading him and I m told he is moody and not happy. I was told by his sister that I made him happy but now she says he is a hurtful person and I shouldn’t bother with him.
    Please help me. Please lead him back to me. Something very malice has taken my relationship with this family south.
    Please intercede for me
    A year ago his sister said his late wife and divine intervention brought us together now she says he is awful and moody. Why the change of behavior and words. She now says he hurts people and before told myself and family he would treat me like a queen.

  13. Please pray for my children. They have had stressful adult lives and one suffers depression and anxieties too. I hope by doing so,they will find peace,healing and contentment .. thank you so much for your help.

  14. Please pray for my son who is suffering from mental anxiety and depression. ..please help him get some relief and realize that he is his safe place..amen

  15. For healing for depression, anxiety, isolation and lack of confidence,emotional distress, hope, faith and love for my son who is an unbeliever and is in jail because of self medicating and other problems (Tom)
    For healing of depression, anxiety, isolation and paranoia, lack of confidence, leading him back to the sacraments.(joe) for his mother and her siblings emotional healing with brother, sister, mother, father wounds. Emotional and spiritual healing for my daughter, (Casey)granddaughter (sAmmy)their father and mother and siblings. Amen

  16. I have been praying to St Michael but I notice it doesn’t say ,say the Our Father,Hail Mary , Glory be 5x’s are you supposed to pray it if it don’t say it

  17. Dear st.Dympna,I humbly ask you to pray for me and my family against emotional stress,poverty,illness(asthma),evil/spiritual attacks,charms,unemployment,unsuccessful/unprosperous life upon me and my family that is causing so much depression and distress upon my life and that of my family…..please pray for me and my family….Amen.

  18. Dear St Dymphna
    whom is my namesake, l ask you to heal my darling friend from cancer and my beautiful brother from depression and CFS. I ask you this in gods name and l ask you to heal my thyroid condition. Thank you Saint Dymphna

  19. St Dymphna

    Please pray for my mental well being. I have been having very bad anxiety that is turning into depression. Please pray to give me piece of mind, calmness, peace and clarity. Please pray for my family.

    Amen

    • I am suffering extreme anxiety and depression over a friend who lied to me and has caused a Catholic man who I was hoping to have a relationship with not to happen. He is now seeing a very pushy divorce women who is leading him and I m told he is moody and not happy. I was told by his sister that I made him happy but now she says he is a hurtful person and I shouldn’t bother with him.
      Please help me. Please lead him back to me. Something very malice has taken my relationship with this family south.
      Please intercede for me
      A year ago his sister said his late wife and divine intervention brought us together now she says he is awful and moody. Why the change of behavior and words. She now says he hurts people and before told myself and family he would treat me like a queen.

  20. Saint Dymphna,
    Please pray for peace in my family. Help me overcome this mental strain. I need your intercession I have been struggling with anxiety, panic attacks and negative thoughts lately where it’s putting a toll on me. I never again want to experience this again for the sake of my daughter who I love so much. Help me feel calm again. Amen.