Sunday begins the Novena in Honor of Saint John Bosco.
A novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin “novem”, meaning nine.) As the definition suggests, the novena has always had more of a sense of urgency and neediness.
When we pray a novena to a saint, we usually begin nine days before their feast day, and end the novena on the day of the feast.
Fr. Don Bosco was a dedicated priest who took on blood-thirsty revolutionaries, the Italian government and his own archbishop in his quest to rescue the homeless children of Turin. This heroic priest’s undying belief in the boys he sought to help inspired them to fulfill their potential in the Catholic Faith. Don Bosco’s lifelong effort to save the children of the street became the foundation of the Salesians, one of the largest child care networks in the world.
These are the Novena Prayers I will be praying:
Oh holy patron of the youth, I come to you with sincere confidence in your closeness to Jesus. Saint John Bosco, I need your help, I need your prayers, I need your intercession to God for His grace to help me with…
(state your intentions here)
With your love of Mary, our Mother, pray for me!
With your love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, pray for me!
With your love for all those who suffer, pray for me!
Don Bosco, please pray fervently for the grace that I now ask from God our Father. In addition, please pray that I may have a sincere acceptance of the Will of God and a perfect trust in Him.
Please join me in this Novena. If you are interested in finding more novena, please join Pray More Novenas. When you sign up with the site, you will receive notifications of upcoming novenas.
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome