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 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.

Patronages

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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,
    Amen

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.