St. Benedict Novena

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St. Benedict's feast day is July 11th but you can pray the St. Benedict Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

St. Benedict is a popular saint, known primarily for the Benedictines, who are named after him, and for composing the Rule. All italicized words in the novena prayers are quotes from the prologue of Benedict’s Rule, so that we may not only ask for his intercession, but also ask him to pray with us using the words he himself wrote. The Rule combines spiritual and administrative wisdom to provide guidance for the religious who wish to follow the monastic lifestyle. It includes a schedule for daily life tasks such as when to pray, work, and sleep. Many religious orders around Benedict’s time adopted it for their own religious orders and many still use it today. But it is not just those in religious orders whose lives seem to follow some kind of “rule.” This novena will pray for all those who are subject to and disciplined by schedules, either in accordance with or against their wills.

About St. Benedict

St. Benedict was born in Nursia, Italy around 500 AD. Born into a wealthy family, he was sent to Rome to finish his studies, but he left Rome before finishing because of the sinfulness in the city. He became a hermit under the monk, Romanus. Some monks sought out St. Benedict to live according to his ways, but he warned the monks that it would be too strict for them. They insisted, and once they found that Benedict had been correct, they decided to poison him. When St. Benedict blessed the poisoned wine that they offered him, the glass shattered, saving his life.

Benedict left them and established twelve monasteries. It was for his monastery in Monte Cassino that he wrote the Rule for which he is known. The Rule, based on the writings of saints and the existing tradition of Christian monasticism, provides guidance for how to practically live the monastic life. It designates sufficient time for daily prayer and meditation, manual work, leisure, and sleep. It provides instruction on spirituality (e.g., obedience, humility), daily life practices (e.g., how to dress, how much food to eat at meals), and specifics concerning how to run a monastery (e.g., how to receive guests and handle unacceptable behavior from the monks).

St. Gregory wrote a biography on St. Benedict, which is how we know some of the details concerning his life (though it is not written in a way that we would think of as a biography). He wrote it primarily to inspire the people at a time when there was political conflict and conflict in the Church, so that they could better recognize that God was still working through His people. May it still lift our spirits to know that there are Benedicts in the world even today, who show us that God is still with us in every age throughout history.

St. Benedict Novena Prayers

St. Benedict Novena - Day 1

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are in religious orders, in a particular way for those living according to Benedict’s Rule. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 2

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of working professionals, especially those who have difficulty finding time for God while they strive to balance their jobs and their families. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 3

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of parents, who sometimes feel like they are subject to a merciless rule set by their children. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 4

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of children, whose daily schedules are determined by their parents, teachers, coaches, and leaders of other activities. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 5

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are impoverished, who are unsure whether they will eat daily or where they will sleep that night. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 6

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are imprisoned, whose daily schedules are determined by guards and those in authority at the prison. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 7

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature. 

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are in the military, whose rigorous daily schedules are determined by their superiors and, at times, the circumstances of war. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 8

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature.

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are enslaved, whose schedules are unjustly determined against their wills by those who are exploiting them. May they find God by uniting the suffering they endure in their daily schedules to Jesus’s Passion.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

St. Benedict Novena - Day 9

Holy St. Benedict, I ask that you pray with me now to our God, using your words for the intentions that are written on my heart. What can be sweeter to us, dear ones, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold, in His loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life.

Let us ask the Lord that He supply by the help of His grace what is impossible to us by nature.

(State your intentions here)

Today, I offer to God the burdens that I experience with my own routine, for the sake of those who are infirm, whose schedules are regulated by the taking of medicine, medical procedures, and those who care for them. May they find God through the discipline of their schedules.

Having our loins girded, therefore, with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14), let us walk in His paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see Him who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12). 

Amen.

Patronages

St. Benedict is the patron saint of:

  • Against poison
  • Against witchcraft
  • Agricultural workers
  • Cavers
  • Civil engineers
  • Coppersmiths
  • Dying people
  • Erysipelas
  • Europe
  • Farmers
  • Fever
  • Gall stones
  • Heerdt, Germany
  • Heraldry and Officers of arms
  • The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Italian architects
  • Kidney disease
  • Monks
  • Nettle rash
  • Norcia, Italy
  • People in religious orders
  • Schoolchildren and students
  • Servants who have broken their master’s belongings
  • Speleologists
  • Spelunkers
  • Against temptations