Novena Starts: 12 January      Feast Day: 21 January

Novena to Saint Agnes

Prayer Text

O glorious St. Agnes, by the living faith which animated you from your tender years  and rendered you so pleasing to God that you did merit a martyr’s crown: obtain for us the grace to keep our holy faith pure within us and to profess ourselves Christians in both word and work. May our open confession of Jesus before men cause Him to bear a favorable witness to us before His eternal Father. O invincible Martyr, St. Agnes, by your confidence in God’s help, when being condemned by the Roman prefect to see the lily of your purity stained and trampled in the mud, you did not despair, still trusting firmly in God. We beseech you by your inte rcession to obtain for us from Almighty God the forgiveness of our sins and sure confidence that He will bestow upon us life everlasting and the means necessary to merit it. O courageous maiden, St. Agnes most pure, by the burning love with which your heart was on fire, and which preserved you from harm in the midst of the flames of passion and of the stake with which the enemies of Christ sought to destroy you, Obtain for us from Almighty God that every unclean flame may be extinguished in us and only the fire of Divine Love may burn within us. So that after spending a blameless life in practice of this virtue we may be worthy to have a share in the glory you did merit by the purity of your heart and your glorious martyrdom. Amen. St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, pray for us and for our children.

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