St. John Vianney Novena

896456693_2af2dca207_bAbout St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney’s life story is one of how determination to serve the Lord triumphed over the many obstacles he met along the way.

Though a very simple and humble person, St. John Vianney became renowned for converting sinners with gentle words. He would spend eleven to sixteen hours per day just to hear confessions and convert sinners.
St. John Vianney was born Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, in Dardilly, France on 8 May 1786, as the fourth of six children of Matthieu Vianney and Marie Beluze. From his devout Catholic family he learned to be deeply religious to an extent where he has been known to practice mortification from his early youth.

When the French Revolution came, many people expressed disapproval of the clergy who were seen as burdens of the state. Masses were declared illegal so John’s family had to attend masses held by priests in secret locations. The sacrifices by the priests, in the eyes of young John, was very heroic and he learned to look up to them. Through these brave priests, John was able to receive the sacraments.

The Catholic Church reestablished itself in France in 1802. In 1806 John enrolled at a school run by M. Balley in a village called Ecully. He had a very difficult time learning there, especially Latin.After some time, Balley recognized his leanings toward a religious vocation, and assisted him in his studies.

By 1809 Napoleon had declared war on Spain, and John was one of those who were conscripted. By some form of divine intervention perhaps, John first missed his regiment’s deployment, then was led to join a group of deserters. A general amnesty for deserters in 1810 allowed him to continue pursuing his studies.

He continued his studies but again faced problems when the major seminary rejected him for being too slow. He was later admitted at the request of Balley, who reasoned out that his piety compensated for his ignorance. He was ordained on 12 August 1815, and said his first mass the very next day. He was assigned as an assistant to Balley at Ecully.

In 1818, a few years after the death of his mentor M. Balley, John was appointed Parish Priest of Ars. It was in this village of only 230 people where John Vianney realized the adverse effect the French Revolution had on religion, spirituality and morals. He found that people, for the most part, did not find religion relevant.

John set out to effect a spiritual renewal by attacking the social ills he saw in his homilies and in the confessional. Soon the effects of his homilies and especially his work in the confessional became so famous that people from other places visited just to have him hear their confessions. This became the focal point of his ministry that the bishop even asked him to forego retreats in order to continue saving lost souls.

St. John heard confessions eleven to sixteen hours each day just to accommodate the pilgrims coming to Ars. In 1843, he became very ill and was only cured through the intercession of St. Philomena, of whom he was a great devotee.

St. John wanted to live the life of a monk, and tried to leave Ars many times, but had to come back. He died in 1859, and was canonized by Pope Pious XI in 1925. His feast day is August 4.

Among the miracles attributed to him were his ability to continue serving despite having very little food or rest, his supernatural knowledge of the future and the past, obtaining for the poor in his care, and the ability to cure the sick, especially children.

St. John Vianney Novena Prayers

Day 1 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, you were blessed with a loving and devout family who supported your desire to increase your faith and devote yourself fully towards imitating the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. In your quest to pursue your holy vocation, you were not deterred by the many obstacles that came your way. Your strong faith carried you through all of life’s trials to your place in God’s kingdom.

Obtain for me the same courage and faith that allowed you to give all to God without counting the cost. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide me to the right decisions that will best serve God and my neighbor.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 2 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, you dedicated your life towards saving souls for the greater glory of God. You were even blessed with an almost supernatural ability to obtain funds to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters in Christ. You freely gave of yourself in imitation of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Teach me also to see God in each person regardless of their station in life, and despite any wrongs they may have done to me. Help me to see service to my fellow men as a responsibility that I need to fulfill, to gain a chance to live with you, with our Lord, and all the saints for all eternity.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 3 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, your successful journey to the priesthood is a testament to your determination to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Your life as a priest is a shining example of what we should expect from the chosen leaders of God’s flock. Your perseverance in the face of many hardships has saved numerous souls.

By contemplating on your life, may I be imbued with the same determination to be the best that I can be in the many roles I play in life. Let everything I think, say or do benefit my neighbor and lead me ever closer to our Heavenly Father.
Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 4 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, when you saw social ills and sin in your parish, you sparked moral and spiritual renewal through your homilies and work in the confessional. Your unrelenting efforts to win back souls to God’s grace has caused many to repent. By your soft words you were able to convert many sinners like me.

Pray for me that God may bless me with the same outrage for sin and for me to have the compassion for sinners  as you did. Let me choose my words carefully, lest I cause injury to my brothers. Inspire me to regularly seek reconciliation with our Heavenly Father through the worthy reception of the sacraments,

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 5 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, God’s grace saw you through all the trying moments of your life. Inspired by the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, you sacrificed your entire life in order to serve him fully. Your complete trust and surrender to His will allowed you to enter priesthood in spite of the many trials you had to endure.

Obtain for me the same complete trust in the will of God, that will allow me to see hardships and trials as sacrifices I need to joyfully accept in His name. Let my anxieties and uncertainties be replaced by great faith in our Heavenly Father who is the source of all that is good.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 6 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, you rejoiced at every opportunity to spend time in prayers and contemplation. Your dedication was such that, had it not been for practical considerations, your bishop would have granted your wish to be a monk.

Teach me the power of prayer, that I may slowly understand God’’s will for me. Obtain for me the conviction that through fervent prayer, nothing is impossible.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 7 – St. John Vianney Novena

Saint John Vianney, in life you have shown your veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. To this end you spent long hours in the confessional to help the faithful become worthy to receive the holy sacraments.

Obtain for me the fervent desire to always remain worthy to receive the holy sacraments that I may also one day be rewarded with God’s favor, and spend life in His kingdom with all the saints for all eternity.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 8 – St. John Vianney Novena

St. John Vianney, you lived a simple and austere life, preferring to store riches in heaven. You never turned your back to any of the poor people needing your assistance.

Pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten me and remain with me always so that I too may learn to forego material possessions to earn God’s grace. May I always value my spiritual health over all the wealth in the world.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Day 9 – St. John Vianney Novena

St. John Vianney, you never let an opportunity to enlighten people and save souls pass you by. Through your efforts, many people have experienced moral and spiritual renewal.

Pray that God grant me the same zeal to make His love known to all my neighbors, so that all of us may learn to despise all forms of sin. Let all my actions reveal an awakened love of God by through my interactions with my fellow men.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Patronages

St. John Vianney is the patron saint of all priests. He is also asked for intercessory prayer for healing, miracles and impossible causes.

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  1. Please pray for my little brother, that he may find a full time job. He has been demeaned and thought unworthy by many, just as many thought of SJV. Help him to have the opportunity he seeks so that he may use his talents and skills in a way that is pleasing to God.

  2. Please pray for my son and his wife to realise the importance of Sacraments specially Confession and to practice the Catholic faith strongly.
    Also to take care of his job which he is not satisfied.
    May our Lord show mercy upon them.

    • Please pray for my son and his wife to realise the importance of Sacraments specially Confession and to practice the Catholic faith strongly.
      Also to take care of his job which he is not satisfied.
      May our Lord show mercy upon them.

  3. For my siblings, that we stay united no matter the circumstances
    For Erica an Elissa that they find love and happiness
    For my finances, they we won’t struggle

    • I saw John Vianney in my dream talking to me giving me what I had asked for after he saw me struggling but I didn’t receive what I had asked for…
      Please pray for me so that through the mercy of God I can receive what I had asked for.

  4. Our 23 year old son left this earth 3 months ago today. He was battling cancer and the hospital messed up a procedure on July 18. He hung on for 7 weeks when we were told almost ever day. He is going to die today he is going to die . I know he is safe in heaven. Our grief immense right now. Please pray for his 3 brothers Brett, Austin ,tanner as they are very sad and angry. Please pray that they find strength in God I am not Angry with God just very disappointed that all of our prayers did not bring our sweet boy home to us, that he didn’t get s chance to start his masters and to live more of his life here on earth. 😥😥😥😥😥

  5. My prayer intention is to thank God for favors received.

    I am thanking God for all the favors granted to me and my wife so far this year.

    I graduated with from my MSc degree programme, got married to my wife and just recently had a baby boy through a healthy delivery. All these has been my praying point on this forum, and I am most grateful to almighty God for prayers answered.

  6. Thanks. God bless all your efforts to bring the novenas to us. These reminders are a God send for me. I will always pray for you and your organization.

  7. Praise GOD, needs all your prayers to get the loan sanctioned in order to pay for the kids tution fee to study abroad. They got they visa ans now have to make the fee payment.

    Unable to due to so many obstacles.
    Please LORD remove these obstacles and sanction the loan asap.

    Thank you Lord
    AMEN

  8. For my dear mom who has always prayed for us to convert with the faith that she has. I pray for that fleeting faith. I feel like don’t have it like I use too. For the conversion of my son and husband and faith to see it thru. Throught Christ our Lord.

  9. One of my widowed friends, Lelia was so good to me & helpful before & after the death of my husband. I introduced her to another widow friend, Maryann a long time ago. Lelia said Maryann is twice as good as she is & shows Maryann a lot attention. I don’t know why, but sometimes when the three of us are together she seems to ignore me. I am very sensitive since my husband passed away not long ago. I like both of these ladies & when I mentioned this to Lelia, she said there is nothing going on between us. She would hug Maryann & use to hug me, but she goes to her car & says she has to get home. i asked her for a hug & she did it. It’s happened a few times before. I told Maryann I was hurt by the change in Lelia. I told Lelia if there was something that I did to offend her to please forgive me & again She said there is nothing wrong between us.. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t go to everything she had asked me to go to & usually Maryann can & does go. I told Maryann I won’t say anything more to Lelia & just be nice to her & try to not let it bother me even though the change hurts. Lelia says she worries about her daughters & told me once she was very stressed much of the time. Please pray for all of us.
    Please pray for my son who has been battling cancer for over 20 yrs. & his wife left him & their daughters after 24 yrs of marriage. She had been secretly seeing a woman & said she felt guilty when the family found out. She said she was afraid of losing her daughters, friends & in-laws. Please pray for all of my family & loved ones that they will be in heaven with God when he calls.

  10. please pray for my husband. he has been searching for a job for a while in vain. he gets very frustrated when he can’t provide for his son and me. we are going through a very hard time financially as a family. it is not easy. may God open doors for him.

    peninnah

  11. Hi all

    I have been praying to Mother Mary to help me get a job but to no avail.
    I am very upset and my health suffers as well. I don’t know why I ended up like that. God please answer me as I need help desperately.

  12. Tommorrow is my nursing licensure exam I pray to successfully pass the examination to practice as a nurse. Also praying for our long awaited gift to be parents. Please include as well the health of our parents. Thank you and Godbless

  13. I pray that the cancer stay away and that the neuropathy go away and not return
    I pray that God will let me service the homeless and the grieving community

  14. Feeling very disgusted with men and their drinking and sex. A man who I thought was so good and faithful praying the rosary every day, was out with him on Saturday, and to my utter amazement decided to go drinking and then he wanted sex from me. Well, let me tell you I would not give it to him. No one shocked me more than him. What does it mean to pray a rosary and conduct oneself in this manner; what a shock I got. Never expected this from him. I will stay clear of him. This one is such a quiet man. Never trust the quiet ones. Beware everyone.

  15. Please help me pray for the quick recovery and complete healing of my family members in the Philippines who sick a: Nicanor Selmo, Julie Velez, Ian Dexter Mizuno and his kids Taj and Hailie and his sister Yuko Morina and my bother-in-law in Australia, Graham Parr. Thank you so much.

  16. Thank you for answering my prayers regarding my son being hired as a full time teacher. Please keep my family safe and healthy.Thank you so kindly.

  17. Please pray for any of my children who don’t practice our faith that they come back. Please pray for me. I lost two important keys for my car. I prayed to St. Anthony too. Please pray for my son who has battled cancer for over 20 yrs. & for his marriage.
    His swife after 24 yrs. of marriage left him for another woman. Pray for their two daughters that they can be happy as well as my son. He felt betrayed. His wife told him she wished he had an affair & let him know that she feels guilty. She told him she wouldn’t be where she is today at work if it hadn’t been for her husband. Please pray that all of my family & myself will be able to join each other in heaven. My son’s wife needs prayers & hope she realizes how wrong it was for her to leave. She said she thought she would lose her daughters, in-laws & friends. Thank You & God Bless.

  18. Please pray for my daughter that she can find a good, stable, loving relationship.she has been alone too long and needs the peace and serenity that comes from being in a healthy and loving relationship.
    I pray this in the name of Jesus from whom all good things come and in the name of St Anne

    Praise and glory to God

    We believe in the power of prayer. Thank you

  19. Please pray that me, my husband and all our family have a very safe, happy, healthy, peaceful, successful sunny holiday this August/September and answer all our prayer requests. Let all our grandchildren do very well when they return to school in September and be happy in their new year. Especially, one of our granddaughters.
    THANK YOU.

  20. Please pray for my daughter to pass her entrance exam for the 6th grade. Like you St. John Vianney she struggles with her studies. Help guide her to be a good christian in her everyday life and make many new friends at school this year.

  21. Hi Family
    Can we pray together as I am preparing for my final examinations. Please help me out which Novena should I pray.

    Thank you very much

  22. Please pray that the hemorrhage in my left eye will heal completely asap &my eyesight will be restored asap&that the shot that Dr.will put into my eye tmro at
    11 15 will be effective in stopping the neovascular glaucoma that has started &all other eye issues will be resolved in Jesus name amen.may God bless u always for praying for me !!thank u from the bottom of my heart!

  23. Thank you Lord for this novena!
    I’m truly thankful to St John Vianney’s intercession. When I started the novena, I was getting involved in an affair, by the ninth day, I was able to go to confession and avoid to commit adultery.
    Thank you Lord Jesus for infailling love

  24. Blessed St. John Vianney please intercede for my daughter Jenna Marie
    For God to answer her pray for employment. She has been applying for a job since she graduated from college and to date she has not been successful. She desperately needs this job so that she can apply for permanent residence to Canada. I know that no request is too big for our Lord and I am begging your intercession. PRAISE BE TO JESUS. AMEN

  25. St John de Vianney although this novena is over, I ask you to be at my son JP’s side and help him to find his way in life and find a job. I also prayed for my parish priest for God to look over such a wonderful man and servant of God. Thank you for listening to my novena. Dear Lord, thank you for giving me the strength to handle the hardships in life. Amen

  26. Dear Lord,
    Thank You for everything You have done for my family!
    I continue to pray for good health and financial stability for everybody in my family – my daughters, my nephews, my sister, my mom, my husband and me. I pray for my elder daughter to heal from her skin and digestive problems, to succeed in her job and have a baby soon and for her partner to find a job and work hard. I pray for my younger daughter to be very successful in her career and her husband to have a full time job soon so they can start a family soon. I pray for my nephews to find good wives and have children of their own. I pray for G to heal from his addiction and turn his life for the better. I pray for my husband and me to keep our jobs at least until we retire, pay off our debts soon and be blessed with grandchildren from our both daughters.
    I pray for everybody who participated in this novena.
    Amen.

  27. Dear St. John Vianney,
    Please pray that I get the Secretary employment at my Church, St. Philip’s and also the sister Church, St. Jude. I have interviewed with my Pastor, Fr. Greg (& two other people) sent a thank you note immediately, and will know in a few days. Five people applied. I am in dire need of a job b/c I am self supporting on Social Security & can earn $1130 in addition by working. I will have to have my car repossessed if I don’t get a job soon & I want & have been helping people who don’t drive (mostly elderly) with it b/c I feel it’s a gift from God. All of this I ask if it be God’s will.

  28. Please pray for my husband to tell me the truth and confess. He hides things from me and had an affair. Although things are better and we are trying to patch things up. I need to hear the truth for closure. Pray that the holy spirit works on his heart so we can go to the next level in God and our marriage.

  29. Please pray for me to be able to complete and submit my thesis on time. I seem to be struggling and I ask God to strengthen me and help me complete my thesis in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Amen

  30. Praise God!
    I prayed the St. John Vianney Novena for my sister to sell her house. It had been on the market for a year with few lookers & no offers. On the ninth day -it sold-as is! The house is 94 yrs. old in need of a lot of work.
    Thanks to the intercession of St. John Vianney this burden has been lifted from her shoulders.

    • Dear Karen, I am so happy for you that your sister was able to sell her house. They may have bought it “as is” to “flip it” (fix it up and sell it at a profit). This is a common way for people to make a profit and a lot of work to be done in a short time. My father is 94 and his house was bought with cash! I believe they will flip it. It’s right near the highway & a good location for other places to get to.

  31. For all who are praying this novena and all their intentions.

    For peace in my family and a fun day … Hc,lm,as and all will get along

    For me .. Energy to get through all that is coming up.

    For my husband, lm, to get a good report on his Ct scan and he will remain free of cancer.

    Thanksgiving to our Lord, our dear Blessed Mother, and all angels and saints who pray for us each day…

    For ja and the strength she needs At this most difficult time

    • Dear Jle,
      I will pray for your intentions, family peace, good C-Scan results, your special intention, etc. May St. John Vianney intercede for you and answer you prayers. God bless you & your family & friends.

  32. Please pray for my family and especially my son Jack.
    I’m over 2 years separated which feels like no end in sight.
    Ask God to heal our family and make us better than ever. May my husband forgive and remember all the good.

  33. I pray for total healing of cancer for my sister Caroline, we can grow old together in chrustviyr lord. My sister Luisa finds excellent employment, brother in law Sonny lose weight and nephew Jackson health and happiness. My parents health and happiness.

  34. I am blessed by the lord i have been praying for a job and i recently got one.I know wherever he is he is watching over us and will continue blessing everyone who trust in him

  35. Pls pray for my daughter employment application as an assistant theater manager at Cathay Organisation Holdings in Singapore. That she will be selected and hired. Thank you Lord Jesus.

  36. Pls pray for my daughter employment application as an assistant theater manager at Cathay Organisation Holdings in Singapore. That she will be selected and hired by HR Executive Mok Shu Jing, and Operations Manager Roger Wee Ying Lim. Thank you Jesus..

  37. Thanks God and my intercer st john vianney for granting me my request about consultation among the land buyers.am so grateful,for those prayed with us may Almighty God grant everyone their desires.Amen

  38. i hope my boyfriend is good and we can talk to morrow and we love eact other i know some we will meet i all was pray for that thanks god to all