St. Dymphna Novena

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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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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 – St. Dymphna Novena

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. Dear St.Dymphna
    Please pray for me to God to instill in my brain,mind and heart the truth…that I am strong,smart,safe,loved,caring and that GOD LOVES ME…God is with me always….
    That JESUS IS WITH ALL OF US that are
    suffering from the lies are brains are telling us.
    THANK Jesus name

  2. Please dymphna, please cure my son from this mental illness he is feeling this sadness. This guilt please bring him back to his normal self. Please dymphna let him want therapy to help him thru this bad times. Please do not let nothing come between me helping him.please given my son light. Bring him to reality.

  3. St Dymphna. Please help me over come this anxiety and depression. It is consuming me. I don’t sleep and I am losing my faith. Help me to see the light from this pain. Help me to put my trust in God s hands . I pray to you.

  4. St. Dymphna, pray for my son D, that he may quickly overcome his anxiety, and that empty feeling he’s experiencing. I ask for your intercession for his complete healing. I know a lot of what he’s feeling is also loneliness and so I ask that he finds good and loyal friends who are good influences. Thank you for his two very good friends already— they are a blessing! I pray that you act quickly on behalf of my son. Also, I ask for your prayers for my OCD and anxiety. Please pray for my healing and intercede on my behalf. Thank you.

  5. Please, St. Dymphna, please intercede that Austin will recognize that he needs help with his many phobias and anxiety and what’s becoming agoraphobia. I pray that he will seek cognitive therapy to learn the skills to help him deal with the reality of life and that he will be able to live a full and happy life, working out in the world and using his God-given talents for good works. I pray for all who suffer with all mental and emotional disorders and those who love them. I thank you with a grateful heart for being our special patron in our sufferings. With love…

  6. Praying for St. Dymphnas intercession that I will be free from fear, anxiety, depression, and all other emotional and mental distresses that plagues me.
    Praying for Holy Ghost boldness to do the work that God has called me to do (nurse).
    Praying for everyone who suffers with anxiety, depression, and mental illness.
    In every area of my life, may Gods will be done.

  7. Please, St. Dymphna, please wrap your loving arms around Kara, hold tight and comfort her in her despair and loneliness. Please give her sweet dreams of you, tell her your story and please show her that having faith and believing is the start of happy endings. Please, Dear St. Dymphna, intercede and somehow get through to this sweet but stubborn daughter of mine! Please, in the name of your beloved Jesus, hear this mother’s prayers. Thank you for the hope and comfort you bring to all who pray to you in need. With love…

  8. Saint Dymphna,
    I pray for those afflicted with mental illnesses and those near to them. I offer prayers to those who mask some kind of illness with addiction. You were so pure and strong please look down upon us and join our prayers for clarity. Please pray for us Amen.

  9. St. Dymphna, Please hear the prayers of Nicole and all those suffering with overwhelming and crippling anxiety. I ask this in the name of your beloved Jesus. Thank you always!

  10. Dear St. Dymphna, Please ease my friend Paul’s worries for his son John-Paul’s anxiety. May many more come to know you and share their devotion with the whole world! With much love…

  11. Happy New Year, Sweet St. Dymphna! Thank you for hearing my prayers this past year. Please continue to intercede for miraculous healing for Austin and Kara, that they will overcome their anxiety issues and disappointed hopes, return to their faith and be able to go out into the world and do good works with their many God-given talents. How blessed we are to have you to comfort us in our fear and sorrows. May many more come to know your story and praise your name in happy endings! With gratitude and much love…

  12. Dearest Lovely St. Dymphna, Please wrap your loving arms around Kara right now and hold her tight! Please somehow let her come to know you, guide her in all things, especially now in all her disappointed hopes. Please intercede that she can go away to school next fall and be away from her father’s negative influence. You know her story, please share yours with her, so she will come to love and embrace your name, the name she took for Confirmation. Please bless her with a miraculous conversion that will lead her to the faith she needs to believe in herself and realize that is where her road to happiness begins! Thanking you with trust, belief in your intercession and with love…

  13. Please pray my daughter finds peace in God the church and her family. Help her to make good decisions that will keep her away from sin and harm. Amen.

  14. St Dymphna please help me forgive my husband and help him forgive me. I pray for peace and restoration and strength without fear. Help us to bind our family together in Jesus’ name, amen.

  15. Please help me overcome my fear of losing my job. Please help me to fulfill my responsibilities everyday with no errors so that I will have my job until I retire and to fulfill my financial obligations which is right now is my biggest problem. Thank you Lord for all your help and love for all of us.????????

  16. Lovely St. Dymphna, May many more come to know you and praise your name! Thank you for hearing all our prayers. With love…

  17. Please, Sweet St. Dymphna, Bless my Kara on her 22nd birthday today. She took your name for Confirmation, please gift her today with your love and friendship. Please replace her regrets and disappointments with hope and dreams coming true for her this year! Thanking you with all my heart and love…

  18. Loving St Dymphna I’m asking you for help!! Pray for my grandson Juan. He is dealing with depression,anxiety. That all negative thoughts go away and give him back life, faith, happiness,love. I missed all that. Bring faith back to my daughter . I ask this in Jesus name????????????????????????.. thank you!

  19. Dear Loving St. Dymphna….caring for all. Please help all those in need of reduced stress. Mental illness of all kinds and mood disorders. Make progress for my godchild with Autism. Please help me and my friends with our bi polat disorder, OCD ,schitzoaffective and please help the poor, homeless and in genocide…..oppressed lands who have no medicine….please help those alone so lonely. Please help them with their emotional well being to b restored. Please Great loving devout young admirable St. Dymphna we all love you Thank you. Love , all of us.I look forward for to always to be a devotion to you and meet you in Lords Heaven. I ask this in our Prince of Peace, Jesus Love J.M.

  20. Please pray that my family becomes whole once again and God guides my daughter back to prayer, the church and those who love her most.

  21. I am at the last stretch, I am so broken, please I need light, I need help, St. Dymphna, do not look away, help me at this time I beg of you. St. Dymphna, Pray for us. Amen.

  22. Please Loving St.Dymphna please intercede with the others I just prayed and I just want to say here that all Catholics on this site especially love you do much please pray to our best friend and DivinePysician Jesus and May help us with your intercede the prayers we give you. And St . Dymphna may we try to be like you. Thank you for loving all of us great St. Dymphna. We all look up to you LOV E J.M. IN JESUS’NAME I ask this. Love J.M.

  23. Dear loving great St. Dymphna, Please help my friends and family members and me with my Bipolar Disorder illness. Please bless all the poor, homeless, imprisoned, in genocide psyche units suicidal. Runaways. Incest victims. Rape victims. Families. Please help us all cope and May mental health field b blessed with skill to find cures ….medicine for these illnesses. We love you St.Dymphna thanks for interceding and listening to our prayers .I ask this in Jesus’ name.Amen

  24. Please Great Loving St. Dymphna. Please help my nephew Dominic an my cousins son with Autism keep making progress and blessed. Please help me with my No polar disorder and treat it with good health as well as with other friends of mine who have mental illness. And mood disorders. Please help the homeless .oppressed lands .those lonely and mentally ill. And those in genocide …..they may b held slave …etc but save them from mental illness growing . please help us all. You are so great and have so many devout ones who love you and admire you for whay u did for the world
    We love you St Dymphna. Please keep praying for us. In Jesus name I ask. Amen .

  25. Dear Saint Dymphna,
    Please help to heal my daughter who is just 15 years old and has suffered from depression and anxiety for 3 years now. She harms herself and has severe low self esteem. She is beautiful and has so much to give in this world. She is kind, compassionate and empathetic. Please guide the doctors to know how to treat her. Please bring her back to having strong faith and help our family to be strong. I pray for all who suffer from mental illness.

  26. I pray to you, St. Dymphna for my anxiety and insomnia to be healed. That all the negative thoughts go away and replace it with positive. I ask you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you. Amen!

  27. Pray my daughter make good healthy decisions. Help her turn from sin and find the light of God the church and those who love her.

  28. I pray to you St. Dymphna to intercede for those in my family with anxiety and depression as well as my mother who is suffering from short term memory loss and my father who is the main caregiver. Give them the grace to accept their roles with courage and joy as God allows these things for our greater good and to draw us closer to Himself. May we have the grace to recognize this and accept this and never lose hope.

  29. Please pray for me and my family st. Dymphna. We all suffer from mental illness and I suffer intensely with depression and anxiety. Please intercede for us that we may have the grace to endure our crosses and rejoice in our sufferings as well. If it is the Lords will please pray that we will be freed from these burdens or that they may be lightened. Help us to continue to help others heal even in our own brokenness.

  30. Please help me pray for my daughter that she turn away from her darkness and find the light of God the church and those who love her.

  31. Please pray for my 23 year old son. Who is in a mental hospital right now. He was smoking weed for months and he recently had a mental breakdown the Psychologist at the hospital is trying to figure his diagnosis . The staff are monitoring his behaviors. Please pray for some solid answers in regards to my son’s diagnosis. Pray also for satan to get away from my son and his thought process in Jesus name.

    Thank you in advance for your prayers.

  32. St. Dymphna, please work a miracle in my life and pray for me that I will get my job back which I quit out of fear and anxiety. And please help me to break this horrible cycle of getting jobs and then quitting them out of fear and anxiety. It is so depressing and embarrassing. Please help me St. Dymphna! And please help everyone who has reached out to you in prayer on this novena wall. Thank you for miraculously helping people who suffer with mental issues. All these prayer requests, I ask you in the name of our beautiful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

  33. Dear caring St. Dymphna. Please help my faith grow and come back from my astray from the Catholic church. Just as you were taking ur vows help me come to Catholicism and make that my bow. I ask you to help all the world if u can especially the poor. I ask this in Jesus name amen.

  34. Please, St. Dymphna, together with your friend, St. Therese the Little Flower, I beg you to intercede for my daughter Kara in her sadness and regrets over school. Please guide her in her career decision and please let one of the schools accept her where she will be happy, safe and surrounded by good people. She has worked so hard, my heart breaks for her right now in her loneliness as she would be graduating from college this year. She took your name for Confirmation her first year of college, but now has so many doubts about any faith, please show her that miracles are possible, so she will embrace it and know she is never truly alone. Please help me with my anxiety and depression, so I can be there for my family. I am so broken and feel so alone and hopeless and overwhelmed. I also beg that my husband will recognize Austin’s anxiety issues, agoraphobia, fear of driving, and be supportive (a miracle please!) that he will get some cognitive behavioral therapy, I know medications do not work in my family, I have tried them all!!! Please, lovely Saint Dymphna, you lost your mother at such a young age, please hear this mother’s prayer for her young adult children that they will be okay and find their way back to the faith. In the name of Jesus, I pray for all who cry out to you for healing and miracles. Thank you!!!

  35. Christ the King and all the Saints please hear our prayers and petition and fulfill it in Jesus name.

    I commit my 2 kids writing exams to excell, guide and annoint them as they write. Giving them fresh knowledge wisdom and understanding from your throne room of grace. Please help the older one, to get a nice admin job. A job close to home. A job with a good pay and benefits, that with suppliment our income. Please help us get out of our financial crunch. I pray the credit life insurance help offset my 2 personal loan. As i get my bonus, Lord, annoint and bless my bonus, to be stretched, help me pay my debts and hv enought to go from month to month. Bless us Lord has we been thru alot this year, with ill health and that lead us into heavy debt, please Dear Lord Christ our King, make our 2018 and the years to follow debt free and blessed. help us to have a pleasant lifestlye with peace joy, excellency, accuracy and abundance. Lord you going to make a way for us, and fullfill all our prayer. rule and reign in our midst, where ever we go be with us keep us safe under the shadow of your wings, care and protection. as Hubby work overtime, help in Lord in Jesus mighty name the name above all names. Let your seal, and protection be over us i pray. I pray the big son gets his learners next week, Lord help him learn and absorb all he learns.


  36. Dearest Saint Dymphna,
    I pray that you hear my prayers to our Lord God for health, happiness, love, and financial relief. Please pray to our Lord God to release me from the fear and anxiety of not living up to my creative potential. Please ask that my my mind is freed of limitations and procrastination. Let the ideas flow and his Guidance be easily received. I want to create an idea that I can present to the world. Please pray to our Lord God for strength so that I do not let someone elses mood dictate how my mood will be. Let positivity and light be the only thing that radiates from me.
    Please hear my prayers to our Lord God to release my husband from the shackles that keeps him bound from his ideas coming to fruition. Please take the frustrated anger out of him that sees him not being totally loving, happy and full of laughter with his family and especially with his daughter.
    Please pray to our Lord God for the miracle required to set us free financially. To relieve the emotional stress, anxiety and worry, from myself, my husband and our daughter. Please pray for our family to come together as one. Filled with love, hope, happiness, health and laughter.

  37. Saint Dymphna,
    I pray that you may intercede in prayer to the Lord our God for my family to give us peace, joy, happiness, health, abundance, and financial freedom. Please pray to the Lord Jesus to heal me, my daughter and son from depression, anxiety, stress, sadness, emotional distress, and hopelessness. Please pray for me for healing from panic attacks. Help us to be positive, cheerful, and happy again. Please pray to the Lord Jesus to bless us with financial freedom, grace, peace, divine protection, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Please hear my cry for a financial miracle to help us get out of the financial crisis we are experiencing. Please hear my prayer, and cry to help me find a job with good pay, benefits, and good hours. Please bless my family with success. Please intercede to heal my son and daughter from their difficulties from living with autism.

  38. Dear Saints, i kindly commit, my family and i to you.
    Kindly interceed for our peace joy happiness sound health and financial freedom. I commit my 2 sons as they write their exams, dear Jesus you be with them i pray.
    Help them to excell in Jesus mighty name, a name above all other names. Lord help the older son to procure a good job. help him pass his learners licence, i pray. Every company that his cv goes to must help him with a good job, dear Lord Jesus. Favor must find his name. All our debts must be freed, in Jesus mighty name Lord your blessing must walk thru our door i pray. help us dear Lord that 2018 must be our year, with peace joy happiness, sound health and abundance. I pray for my further bond application to be approved so that i free my debts and purchase a new car.

    Dear Lord Jesus hear my prayer, hear my cry. for your tranquility to rule in our midst and where ever we go.


  39. Please Im asking ST.Dymphna for prayer to help my grandson Jonathan with his anxiety, depression and outbursts of wanting to harm himself and frustration of being out of work. Please Jesus let his mind be peaceful and strong. Let him stop being so argumentative give him wisdom to always know that Jesus is the answer and he will be called for a good job soon.

  40. Saint Dymphna please pray for Jessica. For relief of the anxiety and depression that plagues her. Intercede in prayer to the Lord Jesus for healing grace and the comfort of the Holy Spirits presence to be with Jessica at this time and for the rest of her life. Together with your prayers and the prayers of our Holy Mother unite with our hope of forgiveness and joy even in present sufferings. All of this we ask in the name of Christ. Amen.

    Saint Dymphna, pray for us