Day 1: Friday, September 18 Ardent Faith
Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney, you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!
Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles. O Great Saint, you know the desire of the souls of our priests. They would like to serve God better; from Him they have received so many good things. Obtain for our priests more courage and especially the depth of faith.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. I pray for our priests during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, Star of the sea! Blessed Mother of God, yet ever a virgin! O
happy gate of heaven!
Thou that didst receive the Ave from Gabriel’s lips, confirm us in
peace, and so let Eva be changed into an Ave of blessing for us.
Loose the sinner’s chains, bring light to the blind, drive from us
our evils, and ask all good things for us.
Show thyself a mother, and offer our prayers to him, who would be
born of thee, when born for us.
O incomparable Virgin, and meekest of the meek, obtain us the
forgiveness of our sins, and make us meek and chaste.
Obtain us purity of life, and a safe pilgrimage; that we may be
united with thee in the blissful vision of Jesus.
Praise be to God the Father and to the Lord Jesus, and to the Holy
Spirit: to the Three one self-same praise. Amen.
Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.
St. Joseph, protect our priests.
St. Michael, defend our priests.
St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for our priests.
O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul, I adore Thee. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Establish my soul in Truth…O Holy Spirit come into my life through Mary. Renew and invigorate our priests. Sanctify all our priests.