PRAYER: Novena To Clare

Novena To Clare

(Author unknown)

O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I praise your holy name and the wonders of grace you worked in your servant, Saint Clare.  Through her powerful intercession grant me the favor I beg in this novena, along with all the grace to live and die as she did in your most holy love.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who abandoned all riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and of highest poverty, obtain from God for us the grace I ask (STATE REQUEST), and that of always submitting to the divine will and of living confidently in the providence of my Heavenly Father.

O Seraphic Saint Clare who, notwithstanding living separated from the world did not forget the poor and the afflicted, but has become a mother to them, sacrificing for them your riches and working for them innumerable miracles, obtain from God for me the grace I implore (STATE REQUEST), along with Christian charity towards my brethren in all their spiritual and temporal needs.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, light of your country, who delivered Italy from barbarous invaders, obtain from God for me the grace I implore, (STATE REQUEST), and that of overcoming all attacks of the world against faith and morals, thus preserving in my family true Christian peace with a holy fear of God and a devotion to the blessed sacrament.

Blessed Saint Clare, whose very name means light, illumine the darkness of my mind and heart so that I might see what God wishes me to do and perform it with a willing and joyful heart.  Before your birth, a Heavenly voice foretold that you would be a light illuminating the world.   Be a light to me in the sorrows and anxieties of this Earthly life and lead me into the eternal light of my home in Heaven.

O Seraphic Saint Clare, whose virginal heart was great enough to love the whole world, take my petition into your pure hands and present it to God.  Pray for me that I may one day enter joyously before the throne of God.  Let the light of your perfect purity consume the shadows of sin and corruption that darkens the world.  Intercede by your innocence for our youth. Safeguard the peace of my home and the unity of my family.  Plead with your chaste love for all in peril.

Generous Saint Clare, who left wealth and pleasure and all earthly goods to become the first spiritual daughter of Saint Francis and to serve God in the cloister, help me to commit my life to God without limit or measure so that He may live in me and shine forth from me to all whose lives touches mine.  You who loved souls so much as to make your life a continual sacrifice for them, obtain for me the grace I now implore and win for me the strength to praise God in suffering as well as in joy.

Faithful Saint Clare, loyal daughter of the church, friend and confidante of popes, intercede for the holy church and look graciously from Heaven on our holy father.  Enlighten me to remove from my soul all that hinders the progress of the church on Earth.  Grant that I may share your great love for the church of God and spread his kingdom on Earth by a holy life. You, who worked miracles in the presence of the pope on Earth, obtain for me the grace I need, now that you stand in the presence of the most high God in Heaven.

Valiant Saint Clare, who fearlessly stood alone against the barbarous Saracens, trusting in the Blessed Sacrament as your only protection, enkindle in me a tender love for Jesus Christ.  Help me to live a Eucharistic life.  You who saved your city of Assisi from plunder and ruin, protect my city and diocese, plead for my beloved country and the suffering world.  A voice from the sacred host rewarded your trust with a promise, I will always take care of you.

Glorious Saint Clare, from your high place in Heaven, take care of me now in my Earthly needs and guide me by your light to Heaven.

Gracious Saint Clare, who fulfilled your womanhood with a life of love in prayer and penance, help me to fulfill my destiny that I may one day greet you in Heaven. You, who were consoled at your death by a vision of Christ, obtain for me the grace that I may die under the special protection of God and enter into the life and bliss you now enjoy.  Have pity on me who struggle, on me who mourn, and win for me the favor of God so that after this life I may come home to him who lives and reigns forever and ever.

I pray you, Lord, grant me, your servant, who, by her intercession, to be partakers of the joys of Heaven and coheirs with your only-begotten son, who being God, lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

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