St. Francis of Assisi Novena

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St. Francis of Assisi NovenaThough he chose not to be ordained a priest, St. Francis is one of the most revered saints of the church. The great respect accorded to St. Francis is primarily due to his life of service, insistence on the practice of absolute poverty, and great humility. He founded the Order of the Friars Minor, co-founded the Poor Clares, and the Order of St. Francis.

About St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, to a rich silk merchant on 1181 AD. His nickname “Francesco” means “the Frenchman”, given by his father probably because of his love for anything French. His mother was a French woman of noble birth.

He became a soldier early in life and fought for Assisi. In 1204, while recovering from an illness, he had a vision of which caused him to return to Assisi. There his spiritual awakening followed. He spent a lot of time asking God for direction and caring for poor people, including lepers.

Another vision followed of Christ asking him to repair His church. St. Francis perceived this as directing him to repair a local church, so he sold cloth from his father’s store to help fund the repairs. His father became angry, so St. Francis renounced all worldly possession and spent his time as a beggar, restoring many other churches in the area.

In 1209, after hearing a sermon about preaching the Good News, he started doing just that and living in poverty. He was soon joined by other friends, mostly from the educated class, who joined his life as a beggar. One of the most famous saints he inspired was St. Clare of Assisi, with whom he co-founded the women’s order of the Poor Clares.

He is renowned for his love of animals, the environment, and his desire for peace. He even went to see a the muslim leader of Egypt to seek peace.

He was graced with the stigmata shortly before his death on Oct. 3, 1226. He died singing psalms of praise. He was canonized on July 16, 1228, by Pope Gregory IX. His feast day is celebrated on Oct. 4.

St. Francis of Assisi Novena Prayers

Opening Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for the all blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially…

(Mention your intentions here, followed by the daily prayer)

Concluding Prayer

St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and forever shall be, world without end. Amen

St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Daily Prayers for St. Francis Novena

Day 1 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

St. Francis, as you left a comfortable life to lead a life of poverty and service to our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to pray that we also realize the folly of seeking to amass material gains and experience worldly pleasures. This day I humbly forego (_____) as an offering to God our Father, hoping this act signals a start of my conversion.

Day 2 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Holy St. Francis, when you decided to serve in the manner of our Lord Jesus Christ you entrusted your whole life to his Divine Providence. Emboldened by your example, I resolve to entrust the favorable resolution of my situation to God our Father, through your most kind intercession.

Day 3 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Glorious St. Francis, you have acted as a peacemaker even in the face of extreme physical danger. Through your prayers, may we also be imbued with a desire to find peaceful resolutions to the problems that plague us, even in the most trying of times. As an offering to our Almighty Father, I resolve to forgive all the wrongs I have suffered from my fellow men.

Day 4 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Holy St. Francis, your concern for God’s creation has caused you to be named patron of ecology. May we, through your prayers, follow your footsteps in being good stewards of all of creation which God our Almighty Father has provided. May we also be faithful stewards of the skills and abilities we have been given.

Day 5 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Blessed St. Francis, when you were blessed with the decision to serve our Lord, you abandoned everything and surrendered yourself totally to God’s will. Obtain for us the same trust in God, that the Holy Spirit may guide our every thought, word and deed.

Day 6 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Holy St. Francis, through your prayers, may we be blessed with the desire to give all of our strength, and abilities towards serving God’s purpose in our lives. May our lives be filled with complete faith and the hope of spending eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Day 7 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Glorious St. Francis, you were untiring in your service to the poor. Obtain for us the same capacity for mercy and desire to give of ourselves that we may one day be considered worthy of the promises of Christ.

Day 8 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Holy St. Francis, you spent your life evangelizing and won over many people to God. We beseech you to have pity on us poor sinners, that through your intercession, God may grant that our doubts be replaced with the certainty that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us through life’s many trials towards His eternal kingdom.

Day 9 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Almighty Father, through the kind intercession of St. Francis, we humbly ask for the grace to be free of the fears and anxieties that beset us, especially (repeat your special intentions and requests here).

May we be relieved of the causes of our distress, that we may be able to better serve as the instruments of your Divine Purpose on earth.


St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Italy and Ecology.

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  1. I know that you had a great love for all of God’s creatures. I pray St. Francis that through your intervention that Bennet will get well and live a long, healthy life. He has brought more joy than you could ever imagine to my grandchildren in the short two years he has been with them.

  2. St. Francis of Assisi
    Please help me find Sadie and Scooby wonderful loving homes.
    And help me to live with fewer material possessions.
    Thank you for helping me.

  3. Please be with my precious service dog who is very sick with an autoimmune disease. I love her and depend on her. She helps me live life free. I don’t want to lose her. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…amen

  4. Please be with my precious service dog who is very sick with an autoimmune disease. I love her and depend on her. She helps me live life free. I don’t want to lose her.

  5. Saint Francis of Assisi, I humbly ask for your divine intervention, that I may find peace in my soul. Please allow me to retire at the retirement community named after you. Help me to deal with the loss of my marriage and help me to start a new life devoting the rest of my life to God. Amen

  6. Please stop the exhusbands abusive lies to my adult children. My exhusband verbally abused me now my son is such a bulling abuser and my son is so bi polar. He refuses help. I’m at my wits end and scared. As my ex husband tells this young adult child of ours that I do nothing to help. It’s insane crazyness. HELP STOP THE ANXIETY MY SON FEELS AND STOP HIS ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR. I pray to have a happy ending to this bizarre mean abusive life we have

  7. Dear St Francis, Please ask Mary to ask her son Jesus to heal my two young adult sons. They both need conversions, girlfriends, old friends, new friends and jobs. Both boys are depressed, angry, lonely and one son has bi polar. I pray for them everyday that they will be converted and will follow Jesus and have happy peaceful lives. Thank you for reading this. Love always Pat xoxo

  8. Please pray that my daughter is guided by the Holy Spirit in what god has the right direction 4 her in Jesus name

  9. Dear St.Francis,I am offering this novena with the intention of finding my son’s dog a good loving home. He is away a great deal of the time and can not give her the time she deserves. I watch her for him but I have my own dog and find having two dogs a lot of work.She is a lovely animal and deserves a good home. I know St.Francis that you had a love for God’s creatures and hope you will help me. Margaret

  10. Dear St. Francis,
    Thank you for watching over all animals and pets. I ask that you heal my dog, Jackson, from his ailments and pain. He is the sweetest dog and loves everyone. Please guide the doctors to understand where the pain is coming from to help heal him. He loves to smile and show his teeth. We love him very much. Thank you again for watching over all the animals and pets.

  11. Holy St Francis, please intercede in my prayer. I pray for healing for my best girlfriend Lissy who has been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. Praying for a miracle and for her to believe and have faith in our heavenly father….please call the angels to help in comforting her and to surround her.

  12. Dearest St Francis,
    Thank you for your prayer and sweet intercession; please continue to watch over all of God’s creatures, great & small. I ask you, all the angels and saints, to continue to lift up my son and fill his heart with God’s grace. Bring him peace of mind and heart and cast away all doubt and fear. Please help him follow the light into this next phase and surround him with love. Let no one come to him but through God the father. Protect him from all anxiety. And if you could help us find a safe apartment for him that would be also very cool.
    I love this: 💕💕💕💕💕
    Make me a channel of your peace
    Where there is hatred let me bring your love
    Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
    And where there’s doubt, true faith in you
    Make me a channel of your peace
    Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
    Where there is darkness, only light
    And where there’s sadness ever joy
    Oh, master grant that I may never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console
    To be understood as to understand
    To be loved as to love with all my soul
    Make me a channel of your peace
    It isn’t pardoning that we are pardoned
    In giving to all men let we receive
    And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

  13. I am praying for my car to be fixed, soon, at the least cost. It is old and is costing me in repairs. I am hopeful, though that, it will be up and running very soon. I am praying for a job that can help me pay my bills/ debts and a scholarship for school, otherwise I will not be able to go. (I also need a serious financial blessing).

  14. Thanks St Francis for everything.
    Thanks blessed Mother. Thank you lord. Amen and Amen. B×B×
    M I O

  15. St Francis. Please help my dog Tanner with his Dementia . Help Him to be calm at night and let me get some rest. He’s had a hard life and I want to show him that we love him. . Please give him peace and take away his craziness. I pray to you .

  16. Dear St. Francis,
    I humbly ask for your Devine intervention in finding a job. My financial situation is getting worse.
    Please help me and my family. Amen.

  17. Blessed St. Francis,
    Thank you for sending the cat Jackie to me. She’s understandably scared right now, but I know she will come around and love her new home. She will have her new sister cats to play with, and her new mommy and big brother who I know will love her unconditionally.
    Please help her adjust to her new home quickly and that she’s healthy.
    Thank you again for all your help.

  18. Saint Francis of Assisi, I humbly ask your divine intervention that I may find work in this foreign place I have been for a year now.


  19. Dear St. Francis,

    I’m praying that I get through my classes, that I may be free from the anxiety that school and work cause. I’m also praying for my family that needs strength at these trying times.


  20. Dear St. Francis,

    I pray for miracle for you to give your healing touch to my puppy Ginger. She is confine and in critical condition. Please heal her so we can spend more happy times with her. St. Francis pray for us,

  21. I pray for job stability and that my other aspirations are answered .
    Also I pray for a friend that passed away Friday at the age of 47 , leaving 3 children behind

    • I have been praying for my Grand nephew Oliver to have successful kidney surgery. Is only 2 years old. His surgery was last week and although complicated went very well. I am now praying for his continued healing and IN THANKS for the success of the surgery and that he is doing well.

  22. Saint Francis, please help my boy, Kooper, overcome his anxieties. Please help him to become trusting again. Please, Saint Francis, help him to forgive his housemate, Ben, for whatever wrongdoing and help him to become friendly with him again. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  23. Please please st francis look down on my 2 beautiful dogs. They both saved my life in coming into my life after my husband passed away. They have been ill & l am trying to do my best in giving them love & everything else l can offer them. I cannot lose them st francis as they are my gift of life, hope & love. Please please let them get better. I will do anything that you ask me but please make them better. I don’t know what l would do without them.

    • We all suffer from some extent from vanity. But as you judge yourself as vane remember that God gives us wonderful gifts just keep thanking him for them. God bless

  24. Dear Saint Francis,
    Thank you so much for your love and care. Please help my husband recover from his military PTSD. Please help to forgive himself and help him feel God’s love for him and help him to build his self-esteem. Thank you in advance for your love!

  25. St. Francis please take care of my 8 year dog bingo. He has been diagnosed with lung disease and collapsing trachea. He has to be on medication life long. St. Francis I need a miracle right now. Please help him to breathe Abd not cough anymore. I am particularly worried because I am travelling And my son should give him the medication in time and be responsible. Please watch over my bingo during this time. Please give my bingo a long life besides all his illnesses. I love him so much and I need him with me fir a few more years.

  26. please keep V, O, M and A away from me and my family and anyone else who wants to create trouble for us or do us harm, please dont let that stupid thing i told to M all those years ago come out and cause trouble, please help me get a house and land for me and my animals, and please look after all my family.

  27. I ask for prayerful intercession for the return of 3 1st class relics that have been in my family for many years. The relics are of St. Frances of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, and of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. They have been misplaced and possibly lost by the church. They will be venerated and handled with reverent care when returned. I pray that they may be returned while my very ill elderly father is still alive so he may venerate them.

  28. Saint Francis,
    First, I want to thank you for all your help with my kitties. All of them have been healthy and well, I hope in your good graces they stay that way. Next, I would ask of you to keep the ones that are out in this cruel world in your favor.
    I’m sad that you had to call Socks and baby Prinny home, I would have liked them to stay with me a little longer. However I always understand that you have better plans for them. Please keep them safe with you, and let them know I’ll miss them dearly. I would hope when it’s time, I’ll get to pet and play with them and the rest of my lost kitties. Please help the others Boots, Jack, and Jackie stay healthy, I don’t want to loose them at such a young age.

    Please tell Bandit, Calli, Miss Grey, Oreo, and Daniel tiger I love and miss them more every day. Please let Socks and Baby Prinny join them in waiting to see me again.
    All my love and prayers,

  29. Dear St.Francis
    I humbly ask your prayer for my special intention, I know that my intention needs a big miracle but I believed with you together with our Lord God nothing is impossible, help me to grant my professional license for teaching..I ask this through our mother Mary and sweet name of Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  30. Dear St. Francis,
    Please intercede for my mother that she may be relieved from all the unnecessary worries that she surrounds herself with.

  31. Please pray for a safe delivery of my daughter to a healthy and normal child who will provide joy to our family for the greater glory of God, through our Blessed Mary our mother and our beloved Jesus Christ. Amen.