St. Francis of Assisi Novena

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 One

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 Two

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 Three

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 Four

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 Five

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 Six

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 Seven

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 Eight

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 Nine

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.

Patronages

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

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  1. Dear St. Francis, I pray that my cat Max doesn’t have anything serious. I had him 7 years, I found him outside, he appeared to be a house cat and someone just dropped him off so I took him to the vet and he has been my pet ever since. He is very lethargic and his breath is very bad. I’ve been in the ER and urgent care and going back and forth for tests because I was very ill the last 2 weeks suffering with a diverticulitis attack. I finally feel better now and will be taking him to the vet today, I just pray it’s not serious. He is a great pet and I want him to be healthy. Thank you. Amen.

  2. Dear St Francis please help to restore my puppy Bailey back to full health again. He is only 5 months old and diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. Please help him to make a full recovery, please give him the strength to fight this illness so he can be restored back to good health. Allow him to have a long happy life with our family. St Francis you are the patron st of animals please heal my puppy I promise in return I will help animals in need. St francis hesr my prayer Amen

  3. Dear St Francis of Assisi please put your healing hand over our sweet dog Nini that is part of our family and make her better so that we can have more time with her. May the Lord hear our prayers. Amen

  4. Dear St. Francis,
    I am praying to you to help little Elsie, my sister’s dog. She is less than two years old, and went into anaphylaxis on Saturday. She is in the hospital and seemed to be getting better daily, but her blood pressure has now dropped. My sister has a love and passion and deep caring for animals. She is a wonderful person who is giving and kind and caring. Please don’t take Elsie from her yet. Elsie was a saving grace to her when she lost Lizzie, and has become an integral part of our family. My sister and I will strive to find more ways to help animals in need, something we can afford to do. This has opened my eyes and heart, and this is a pledge I am making. Please help her to recover and return to us. She is a sweet girl with so much joy to spread. Thank you. Amen.

  5. Dear St Francis

    I know that Daniel had to leave this morning, guess you had to call him home. Just wanted to thank you for easing his suffering.
    Please take good care of him and tell him we are all going to miss him dearly.

    Amen

    • St. Francis please hear my prayer, my dear little Lola is very sick with congestive heart failure and with your blessing I know she can be healed. Thank you St. Francis for your love of
      animals and all sinners.

  6. St. Francis

    Please help my poor sick cat Daniel. He’s only a little over a year old, and he’s been very ill. I understand that everything happens for a reason, and if his time is coming, there is nothing more i can do for him. He’s such a sweet boy. The doctors believe that it’s an autoimmune issue. Im hopeful he will get better with the medication, and ive asked for your help before with his sister and uncle. You have been very kind to them both!

    Please help me one more time and let him recover and give me the strenght to endure whatever comes to be.

    Thank you St Francis
    Amen

  7. Hello St Francis………we have a dreadful problem we need to put into your hands as we know and thank you for your divine intervention. Our poor baby parrot Henry has been ill for some time now with some disease caused by fungal food which seems to be a huge problem world wide at the moment. He is just a baby and he belongs to my daughter who loves him dearly. Please please help this little soul regain his health and strength in every way. Thank u so so much. amen

  8. St. Francis…. I need your prayers for my fur baby Gigi she is sick with a autoimmune and Lyme disease she is better but not well I love this dog so much She is my family and my heart she is so young I want her to have a long healthy life … St Francis I hope all who ask for prayers for there furry family that their animals will be healed through your intersession…. St Francis.. with a grateful and humble heart Thank You … PS will you tell my Roxie that I love her and miss her give her a hug and Kiss for me …. Thank You ..😘😘😘

  9. St Frances please i pray for my daughters n sons n mine my whole family’s halth n finsncial needs. Take care of us hrlp my son to stop smoking n drinking help him stay here with me n not go to h ever again help him do good in his new job. Heal my daughter tp have no pain in her body cleanse her from all sickness n heal her. I pray for my health heal me n take care of me financially to always have. I also pray for my parents n siblings n friends take care of all of us we need u especially our health n financial needs amen

  10. Saint Francis,
    Please pray for Blitzen, that God in his great mercy will restore him in his heavenly kingdom.
    Please pray for Pat and I as well, that we may be comforted in our loss and grow closer to God and each other.

  11. I want to feel the presence of this Saint in my life and want to speak to him each day. I will take the time to do this each day. I will hear when you speak to me and listen to the intensions you send to me each day. I thank you for your presence in my life and your guidance and love each day.
    Thank you

  12. I have been searching for my beautiful little dog Sophie who disappeared without a trace several weeks ago. It was an unintentional accident that she ran and we are heartbroken and search for her daily. People are praying everywhere for her return so we can bring her home safe and warm . It is possible that someone took her because she is the sweetest little dog and the best pet anyone could have . I am so heartbroken with her absence but will never give up searching and praying that she will be found. As we know dogs are very resilient and find shelter in their survival modes, but the winter months are here and I am even more upset now. I will never give up praying and searching Please help Sophie come home where she belongs Thank you

  13. 3 Day Miracle Prayer to the Holy Spirit
    Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything
    and show me the way to reach my ideal.
    You who give 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, in this short dialogue,
    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 desires may be,
    I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory.
    Amen

    You must pray this prayer 3 consecutive days without asking your wish. After the 3rd day, your wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish this dialogue as your favor has been granted.

  14. My cat passed away in my arms Saturday morning. St Francis loved animals. I would love a prayer for my catssoul and that she sufers no more! Love you

  15. Precious St. Francis intercede to my most holy Father, my king to heal my Grady heart. Bless him with a healing and being with me for a long time to come. I praise you and worship and give great thanks to all in heaven. Amen

  16. Oh Holy Spirit, I humbly implore you be with me always so that in all things I may act under the influence of your Holy inspiration.

  17. Blessed St Francis….please keep my friends and all peoples in path of wildfires safe.
    I am humbly asking you oh Very Saintly St Francis to intercede with my back and hip pain. Oh my God, I know I am imperfect and have sinned. Please forgive me an lift this yoke from me. I spend much of my time helping others and praising your name.
    Hail Mary full of Grace
    The Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women and
    Blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
    Holy Mary Mother of God
    Pray for us sinners now and
    At the hour of our death.

    St Francis please Bless us with healing and protection.
    In the name of our Lord Jesus…

  18. Please pray for me all of you and St Francis of Assisi and Mother Mary for discerning my vocation and always having a true poverty of spirit!

  19. Please pray that my lawyer wins my case for Short & Long Term Disability and pray that my son quits drinking.

  20. GOD THANK YOU FOR ALL PAST MIRACLES. I AM SO DESPERATE NOW – I AM A WIDOW AND HAVE LOST MY JOB DUE TO THE BUSINESS LOSING CLIENTS, I BEG YOU TO PLEASE HELP ME? I NEED MONEY FAST TO PAY FOR THE RENT, UTILITIES AND FOR FOOD FOR MY CHILDREN AND I. MY BOSS ALSO STILL OWES ME TWO MONTHS SALARY / PAY WHICH SHE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO PAY ME THUS FAR…..AND MY MEDICAL AID HAS ALSO BEEN TERMINATED. I NEED YOU GOD ……PLEASE HELP ME, PLEASE GIVE ME HOPE AND INCREASE MY FAITH, PLEASE HELP ME GOD AMEN THANK YOU GOD
    I ask this in Christ Jesus name, Thank you God, Holy Spirit, Christ Jesus, amen———–
    God I beg you to please heal my son Kalvin from the car accident injuries and HELP US to locate the driver that drove through the red robot and left my son in the middle of the road concussed. I beg you to please heal my best friend VM with his current urgent health problems – please be with him when he goes to see the Doctor at the hospital next week 24th October 2016 with his chest infection and the problem with the vertebrae in his back as well as his ear hearing problem. God I pray that YOU send Jesus Christ and the healing angels to heal my son Kalvin and my beloved best friend VM. I beg you to please heal / dissolve my backache and the lump I found on my back. Please also help with the constant back pain in my lower back and the top of my back. thank you God for always helping me and my loved ones, God I beg you to please help me by dissolving all of my debt, my depression and my extra weight and to make me financially secure now, God I beg you to please send me a financial blessing / financial miracle and financial gift. Thank you so very much for your help God I love you and God – THANK YOU thank you for always helping this widow – in Jesus Christ name, amen

  21. Lord God thank you for all your Blessings and all that you provide. Saint Francis thank you for your intercession and prayers for me and all of Gods creations.

  22. St Francis
    please intercede for me in granting
    my husband healing of vertigo and (gastritis and also the anxieties and stress that causes insomnia.
    Bless him and help him to keep trusting in God that he will have continued work for his vehicle and also to get this hinowa 1470 goldlift to get it serviced and to get a sale for it.We pray for healing of finances that it will be sufficient in completing our house. We give thanks to God that our prayers be granted through the powerful intercession of St Francis.Amendment

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  23. Dear Rev Fr,

    Pls intercede for me and may the good Lord Jesus Christ
    make me a better person through the prayers of St Francis
    of Asissi.