St. Dominic Savio Novena

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St. Dominic Savio is one of the youngest canonized saints, being only fourteen years old when he died. Most young saints were martyrs, but Dominic was declared a saint based on his virtuous everyday life. May his everyday virtue inspire us to grow in holiness in our own daily lives.

About St. Dominic Savio

Dominic lived in the mid-1800s in Italy. He demonstrated a desire to grow close to God as young as the age of four, when he would go off alone to pray. His life is a wonderful example of how children can lead virtuous lives: obeying their parents and teachers, not playing with children when they behaved immorally, being close to his friends and speaking with them when they misbehaved, and frequenting the sacraments. He received his First Communion at the age of seven, even though it was common at the time for children to wait until they were twelve, because he knew the teachings of the Church and understood that Jesus was present in the Eucharist. In preparation for his First Communion, he prayed and asked his mother forgiveness for the ways he had wronged her.

He became the student of St. John Bosco when he was twelve. It is through the biography that John Bosco wrote about his young student that we know about St. Dominic’s life. Dominic would do physical penances like making his bed uncomfortable, sleeping in the cold, fasting on bread and water, or wearing a hair shirt. In fear of his health, his superiors forbade these, and told him the best penance was to perform duties well.

St. Dominic prophesied that he would be the first of his friends to die. He found the Sodality of Mary Immaculate, a group whose mission was to seek Mary’s protection throughout life and at the moment of death. When he became ill, he said his farewells to his friends and received his last Confession and Communion, even though no one thought his illness was life-threatening. After receiving the anointing of the sick, he died at the age of fourteen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena Prayers

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 1

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 2

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 3

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 4

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 5

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 6

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 7

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 8

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Novena - Day 9

St. Dominic Savio, during your brief life on this Earth, you had such a fervent desire to become a saint. You said, “Ask Jesus to make you a saint. After all, only He can do that.” Knowing that He granted your desire to be a saint, I ask that you intercede on my behalf to Jesus.

(state your intention here)

St. Dominic Savio, you once said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.” As I go about my day, please show me how all things I do, no matter how small, may be used to glorify God.

Amen.

St. Dominic Savio Patronages

St. Dominic Savio is the patron saint of choirboys, falsely accused people, and juvenile delinquents.