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Novena to Saint Anne


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Glorious Saint Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need . . . (mention need here). . . under your special protection. Vouch safe to recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints praising Him through all eternity. Amen

DAY ONE

Great Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners: "What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his own soul?" May this be the principle fruit of these prayers by which I will strive to honor you during this novena. At your feet renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may succeed in working out my eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of . . .

O most powerful Saint anne, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven, there with you, your blessed spouse, and your glorious daughter, to sing the praise of the most holy and adorable Trinity forever and ever. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY TWO

Glorious Saint Anne, How can you be otherwise than overflowing with tenderness toward sinners like myself, since you are the grandmother of Him who shed His blood for them, and the mother of her whom the saints call advocate of sinners? To you, therefore, I address my prayers with confidence. Vouch safe to commend me to Jesus and Mary so that, at your request, I may be granted remission of my sins, perseverance, and love of God, charity for all mankind, and the special grace of . . . which I stand in need at the present time.

O most powerful protectress, let me not lose my soul, but obtain for me that through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary, I may have happiness of seeing them, of loving and praising them with you through all eternity. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY THREE

Beloved of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, mother of the Queen of Heaven, take us and all who are dear to us under your special care. Obtain for us the virtues you instilled in the heart of her who was destined to become Mother of God, and the graces with which you were endowed. Sublime model of Christian womanhood, pray that we may imitate your example in our homes and families, listen to our petitions, and obtain our request of . . .


Guardian of the infancy and childhood of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, obtain the graces necessary for all who enter the marriage state, that imitating your virtues they may sanctify their homes and lead the souls entrusted to their care to eternal glory. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
DAY FOUR

Glorious Saint Anne, I kneel in confidence at your feet, for you also have tasted the bitterness and sorrow of life. My necessities, the cause of my tears, are . . .

Good Saint Anne, you who did suffer much during the twenty years that proceeded your glorious maternity, I beseech you, by all your sufferings and humiliations, to grant my prayer. I pray to you, through your love for your glorious spouse Saint Joachim, through your love for your immaculate child, through the joy you did feel at the moment of her happy birth, not to refuse me. Bless me, bless my family and all who are dear to me, so that some day we may all be with you in the glory of heaven, for all eternity. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY FIVE

Great Saint Anne, how far I am from resembling you. I so easily give way to impatience and discouragement; and so easily give up praying when God does not at once answer my request. Prayer is the key to all heavenly treasures and I cannot pray, because my weak faith and lack of confidence fail me at the slightest delay of divine mercy. O my powerful protectress, come to my aid, listen to my petition . . . make my confidence and fervor, supported by the promise of Jesus christ, redouble in proportion as the trial to which God in His goodness subjects me is prolonged, that I may obtain like you more than I can venture to ask for. In the future I will remember that I am made for heaven and not for earth; for eternity and not for time; that consequently I must ask, above all, the salvation of my soul which is assured to all who pray properly and who persevere in prayer. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY SIX

Glorious Saint Anne, mother of the Mother of God, I beg you to obtain through your powerful intercession the pardon of my sins and the assistance I need in my troubles . . . What can I not hope for if you deign to take me under your protection? The Most High has been pleased to grant the prayers of sinners, whenever you have been charitable enough to be their advocate.

Kneeling at your feet, I beg you to help me in all spiritual and temporal dangers; to guide me in the true path of Christian perfection, and finally to obtain for me the grace of ending my life with the death of the just, so that I may contemplate face to face your beloved Jesus and daughter Mary in your loving companionship throughout eternity. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY SEVEN

O Good Saint Anne, so justly called the mother of the infirm, the cure for those who suffer from disease, look kindly upon the sick for whom I pray; alleviate their sufferings; cause them to sanctify their sufferings by patience and complete submission to the divine will; finally deign to obtain health for them and with it the firm resolution to honor Jesus, Mary, and yourself by the faithful performance of duties. But, merciful Saint Anne, I ask you above all for the salvation of my soul, rather than bodily health, for I am convinced that this fleeting life is given us solely to assure us a better one. Now, we cannot obtain that better life without the help of God's graces. I earnestly beg then of you for the sick and for myself, especially the petition for which I am making in this novena . . . . through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of His Immaculate Mother, and through the efficacious and powerful mediation. O glorious Saint Anne. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY EIGHT

Remember, O Saint Anne, you whose name signifies grace and mercy, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, and sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, good, and kind mother; I take refuge at your feet, burdened with the weight of my sins. O holy mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, despise not my petition . . . but hear me and grant my prayer. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

DAY NINE

Most holy mother of the Virgin Mary, glorious Saint Anne, I, a miserable sinner, confiding in your kindness, choose you today as my special advocate. I offer and consecrate my person and all my interests to your care and maternal solicitude. I hope to serve you and honor you all my life for the love of your most holy daughter and to do all in my power to spread devotion to you. O my very good mother and advocate, deign to accept me as your servant, and to adopt me as your child. O glorious Saint Anne, I beg you, by the passion of my most loving Jesus, the Son of Mary, you most holy daughter, to assist me in all the necessities both of my body and soul. Venerable Mother, I beg you to obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena . . . and the grace of leading a life perfectly conformable in all things to the divine will. I place my soul in your hands and in those of your kink daughter. I confide it to you, above all at the moment when it will be about to separate itself from my body in order that, appearing under you patronage before the Supreme Judge, He may find it worthy of enjoying His Divine Presence in your holy companionship in Heaven. Amen.

Say the following prayers:
The Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father.
Pray for us Saint Anne! That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 
 
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