St. Therese of Lisieux (Child Jesus) Novena Prayer
A NOVENA TO ST. THERESE
Would you like roses from “the Little Flower”? This novena to St. Therese sums up her celebrated promises very nicely in its first sentence.
Most gracious Little Rose Queen, remember your promises of never letting any request made to you go unanswered, of sending down a shower of roses, and of coming down to earth to do good. Full of confidence in your power with the Sacred Heart, I implore your intercession in my behalf and beg of you to obtain the request I so ardently desire: (mention it).
Holy “Little Therese,” remember your promise “to do good upon earth” and shower down your “roses” on those who invoke you. Obtain for us from God the graces we hope for from His infinite goodness. Amen.
There have been many miracles attributed to St. Therese since her death. Some of these have indeed included showers of roses!
St. Therese, born Therese Martin in 1873, served our Lord with great humility during her 9 years as a Carmelite nun. Her autobiography Story of a Soul, published shortly after her death from tuberculosis in 1897, made her famous around the world!
While she had thought of herself as just a “little white flower” in our Lord’s “living garden” of souls, Pope Pius X referred to her as “this lily of delicious perfume.” In her famous memoir, she invites us to follow her “Little Way” to please God by doing our daily chores and activities as best we can out of love for Him.
May this novena to St. Therese, help you to follow in her footsteps as she followed in His! You don’t need to be a hero to serve our Lord well. You just have to approach Him with a loving, humble and trusting heart. As Jesus said once in Luke’s Gospel (16:10) “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.”
“Until the end of the world I will spend
my heaven doing good upon the earth.”
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
“Glory Be To The Father’s”
to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
ORIGIN OF THE NOVENA
Father Putigan, a Jesuit, began the Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus on December 3, 1925, asking the glorious Saint for one great favor. For nine days he recited the “Glory be to the Father” twenty-four times thanking the Holy Trinity for the favors and Graces showered on Saint Therese during the twenty-four years of her life on earth. The priest asked Saint Therese, that as a sign that his novena was heard he would receive from someone a freshly plucked rose. On the third day of the novena, an unknown person sought out Father Putigan and presented him with a beautiful rose.
Father Putigan began the second novena on December 24 of the same year, and as a sign, asked for a white rose. On the fourth day of this novena one of the Sister-nurses brought him a white rose saying:
“Saint Therese sent you this.”
Amazed, the priest asked:
“Where did you get this?”
“I was in the chapel,” said the Sister, “and as I was leaving I passed the altar above which hangs the beautiful picture of Saint Therese. This rose fell at my feet. I wanted to put it back into the bouquet, but a thought came to me that I should bring it to you.”
Father Putigan received the favors he had petitioned of the Little Flower of Jesus, and promised to spread the novena to increase devotion to, and bring her more honor.
In this fashion, from the ninth to the seventeenth of each month, those who want to participate in the Twenty-four “Glory be to the Father’s” novena, should add to those of their own, the intentions of all who are at that time making the novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.
The Twenty-four “Glory be to the Father’s” novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended, for on those days the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the novena.
The “Glory be to the Father” praising the Holy Trinity is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life. In addition, this, or a similar prayer may be used:
“Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, I thank Thee for all the blessings and favors Thou hast showered upon the soul of Thy servant Therese of the Child Jesus, during the twenty-four years she spent here on earth, and in consideration of the merits of this Thy most beloved Saint, I beseech Thee to grant me this favor, if it is in accordance with Thy most Holy Will and is not an obstacle to my salvation.”
After this Prayer, follow the twenty-four “Glory be to the Father’s,” between each of which may be included this short prayer:
“Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.”
WITH ECCLESIASTICAL APPROVAL
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