PRAYER: A Novena To Saint Matthew

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Opening Prayer

God of mercy you chose a tax collector, Saint Matthew, to share the dignity of the apostles. By his example and prayers help us to follow Christ and remain faithful in your service. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Day One

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:3)

Dear Jesus, I have sinned against God and you.  I have gone against you and hurt you with each and every sin I have committed.  I am not worthy of your love, but you are my only hope.  Please save me, and please forgive me, for I am lost without you.

Saint Matthew, as you were one of the lucky twelve who walked the Earth with Jesus by your side, you were continually made aware of your own nothingness before his greatness and saw many evidences of God’s immense grace.  Help me to be so poor in spirit that I acknowledge my own nothingness before God on a moment-by-moment basis, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Two

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

Dear Jesus, even though I have committed such grave offenses against you and God, you still loved me enough to give your life for me so I could be free in Heaven.  With all my heart, please forgive me for ever having offended you.  I know it was my sins that condemned you to die.  I love you more than I love myself, and can do nothing without you.  All that I am and all that I hope to be is solely because of your grace and mercy and nothing else.

Saint Matthew, as a former tax-collector, you were considered one of the worst sinners, but Jesus called you anyway to be one of his apostles.  Help me to truly mourn for all the sins I have committed and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST). 


Day Three

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

Dear Jesus, I know that I can do all things through you who gives me strength, but not according to my will, but yours.  Therefore, I submit my will totally to you.  Although evil may seem to triumph, these are temporary triumphs indeed, because the meek, not the wicked, shall inherit the Earth.

Saint Matthew, you gave up a life of worldly pleasures to follow God’s word made flesh in Jesus, trusting that he would take care of all your needs.  This must not have been easy, since you came from a life of privilege.  Please help me to have the quality of meekness before God constantly being produced within me, relying on his strength for every move I make and every action I take, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Four

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Dear Jesus, I want to be just like you.  Please lead and guide me so I can live my life completely in conformity with the will of God, going contentedly wherever his will takes me.  Help me to do everything just as you would.

Saint Matthew, you left behind a very financially lucrative career and the ways of the world to follow Jesus’s way instead.  Help me to constantly hunger and thirst for righteousness just as you did, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST). 


Day Five

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Dear Jesus, thank you for the mercy you have shown me time and time again, even when my actions have not merited it.  Thank you for comforting me in times of sickness and trouble.  Help me to look at everyone I come across with a tender heart, truly feeling in my heart the pain and suffering of others.  Help me to always make the effort to ease the pain and suffering of others, with an ever ready, always affectionate, and joyful heart.

Saint Matthew, as an apostle, you were an extension of Jesus in the world.  You got to see his kindness and mercy displayed firsthand and then were asked to emulate it.  Help me to emulate Jesus by demonstrating true kindness and mercy to others, just as Jesus did, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Six

Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

Dear Jesus, I have so often let you down because of my impure heart; please forgive me.  Help me to be pure in my imagination, in my thoughts, in my words, in my decisions, and in my desires.  Help me to think how God thinks, desire what God desires, hate what God hates, and love only what God loves.  Please make my heart completely free of all evil thoughts.

Saint Matthew, I know you understand what it means to struggle with maintaining a pure heart because you were a man and struggled with the desires of the flesh just as I do.  Help me to remain truly pure in heart, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Seven

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

Dear Jesus, first and foremost, help me to find peace with God, for only then can I find true peace with others.  Help me to do whatever it takes to create peace wherever I go, although my efforts may often meet with failure.  Help me to love, desire, and delight in peace.  Forgive me for all of the times my actions have resulted in discord and dissention, whether intentional or unintentional.

Saint Matthew, you made your peace with God through Jesus, now please help me to make mine.  Help me also to sow peace wherever I may go, just as you did, as a witness to Jesus Christ, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Eight

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)

Dear Jesus, please show me how to persevere in this struggle for things which are holy and honorable, because I fall down and grow weak so often.  Help me to be faithful to you in all things, so that your will may be done in and through my life.  Help me to be bold in my steady struggle for faith and unwavering in my commitment to all Godly things.

Saint Matthew, please guide me to be courageous like you in standing on the side of God’s truth, even in the face of being persecuted for righteousness, and please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


Day Nine

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” (Matthew 5:11)

Dear Jesus, as the times in which we live become darker and darker, living by your ways and following you is branding me in such a way that invites persecution and insult, just as it did you.  If I live by your ways and love you with my whole being, I live by the light and provide a target for those who do not live by the light.  Sinning is what gives most people pleasure, but I can no longer live that way, because I am aware of how much you sacrificed for me in love by dying on the cross.  For all that you have done for me, I no longer desire to live in the darkness.  Each time I receive an insult for belonging to you, please help me to bear it with great patience.

Saint Matthew, in being given the awesome honor of being chosen to be an apostle, you were persecuted just as Jesus was persecuted.  You felt, however, the persecution you experienced was also a great honor, because Jesus was not just a man, but he was indeed God.  Help me to be strong enough to love Jesus’s light and to run from the darkness of sin and then, when persecution comes, to be strong enough to handle that as well.  And please intercede with Jesus in asking him to grant my desperate request, (STATE REQUEST).


37 Comments on PRAYER: A Novena To Saint Matthew

  1. Thank you for this Novena, I’m searching for a good one and this seems very good. Where did this novena originate?


  2. Please understand when I say, that you posting this Novena today, was meant for me. Thank you for acting on the inspiration which the Holy Spirit gave you. To God be the Glory! Thank you again.


  3. I personally really want to take note of this particular posting, “PRAYER:
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    I reallydo it? Thanks a lot ,Amber


  4. This is a good one. I would like to start it today in cooperation with the novena to Mary, undoer of knots.

    Thank you.


  5. I was actually looking for something for a friend when I realized it could help me also. Thank you for posting this!


  6. I was searching for something and I found St Matthew. My surgeons first name is Matthew and I LOVE this name. I only hope this saint will help me. Will let you know. God Bless everyone for this novena to HIM.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. God heal our grandchild Matthew

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  8. I am very desperate and I don’t know what to do with regard to my debts I have a lot of debts and I don’t know what to do and where to find the amount. I’m looking for prayer or anything that help me relieve my sadness. And I found this site and now I start day 1 for the novena hoping and praying to be debt free.

    Thank you and God Bless


  9. I strongly believe in the divine intervention of St Matthew the patron saint of accountants and bankers. I have prayed this Novena on behalf of my daughter . 9 days before her taking her CPA EXAMS, she has received the news that she has passed these four very difficult exams! The power of prayer is truly amazing!. I’m a true believer. Thank you for this novena.


  10. St. Matthew, I thank you your powerful intercession and for hearing my prayers. Inspire me to be more like you and to follow Christ willingly wherever He may lead me. Thank you for making yourself known to me and helping me grow in my relationship with the Lord.


    • Bless Saint Matthew, accept with gladness this voice of praise and gratitude to you. Let me join with Katie to thank you for your graces that you have bestowed on her. And I ask, especially, that you be there for Katie when she feels alone and lost. In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.


  11. Thank you for this Novena to Saint Matthew! I am on Day 5.


  12. Saint Matthew please intervein for us in Jesus Holy Name Amen


    • Bless Saint Matthew, hear the cry of Tess who reaches out to you for your blessing and your healing ministration. Take her into your arms and show her the path to her salvation. Through our Lord, Jesus, Christ. Amen.


  13. Thank you for helping me with the novena. Thank you for answering prayers


  14. What a beautiful novena. thank you. It has brought be some peace.


    • You are so very welcome. It is a very popular prayer. So you are not alone in appreciating it. I’m grateful that I found it. Prayers are like rare jewels sometimes, to my mind. Very much worth the search. They can do so much for us. Thank you for writing.


  15. thank you so much for this novena. my prayer was answered exactly on day 9 and I feel so much happy


  16. having financial for almost a year now, losing hope and faith. Just tried to search for something and I have found this novena. I hope that this novena can help me with the great deal of debts I have and to help me get my kids back house. I hope you can pray for me. thank you so much.


  17. Dear St. Mathew,

    I come before you today to offer you my thanksgiving
    for helping me out with the problems i have faced with my
    Taxes that was supposed to cost me a furtune. But instead
    of paying, they returned them to me.

    You and St. Therese are both amazing..I would like to
    write this testimony to all the readers out there that my
    petition to them were miraculously answered.

    Have faith in God and honour our Mother Mary.


  18. This is the most beautiful Novena….


    • I don’t remember where I found it, or what prompted me to post it, but from the minute it was posted, it has been one of the posts most read on my blog. In just the first few months of this year, it has been read almost 5,000 times.

      I am glad that you find some comfort in it.


  19. Is there a saying to the effect of “saints are not made by money”?


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