PRAYER: Three Novenas to Philomena

Author unknown

(one)

I beseech you, O Lord, to grant me the pardon of my sins by the intercession of Saint Philomena, virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in your sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the most Holy Trinity to place you. Full of confidence in your protection, I entreat you to intercede for me with God.  From the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon your humble servant.  Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, and obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular (STATE REQUEST).

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death.  Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for me.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, I thank you for the graces you bestowed upon your handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession I implore your mercy.

Amen.

(two)

O great Saint Philomena, glorious virgin and martyr, wonder-worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on you, and beseech you to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which you have been the channel to so many souls.  Through the heroic fortitude with which you confronted the fury of tyrants and braved the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from your allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of heart and desire, purity of thought and affection.

Through your patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me and as you miraculously escaped unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which you were cast by order of your persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul.  In addition to these favors, obtain for me the particular intention I earnestly recommend to you at this moment, (STATE REQUEST).  O pure virgin and holy martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on your devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, and above all come to my aid in the hour of death.  Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the faith, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the souls in purgatory, especially those dear to me.  O great saint, whose triumph we celebrate on Earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on you in Heaven, and eternally bless him who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for his love during this short life.

Amen.

(three)

O faithful virgin and glorious martyr, Saint Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.  You know the multitude and diversity of my needs.  Behold me at your feet, full of misery but full of hope.  I entreat your charity, O great saint.  Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request that I now humbly lay before you, (STATE REQUEST).  I am firmly convinced that through your merits, through the scorn, the suffering, and the death that you endured, united with the merits and passion of Jesus, I will obtain what I ask of you, and in the joy of my heart, I will bless God who is admirable in his saints.

Amen.

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