NOVENA TO ST. JOHN VIANNEY

(CURÉ OF ARS NOVENA)

Novena Starts: 26 July | Feast Day: 4 August

Day 1

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

O revered Curé of Ars, nothing came easy for you in your quest for the priesthood, but you knew that to suffer was to suffer with Christ on Calvary, and so, if walking in the footsteps of our Lord meant taking up His cross, you lovingly bent to the task. You lived by the motto that life was loving while suffering and suffering in order to love. You were undaunted, O good and faithful servant of the Lord, and your strong faith brought you closer to Jesus every day of your life.

O Saint John Vianney, you are the patron of all priests, religious, seminarians and of our parish. You know that each of us must trust in the Lord with our whole heart and if we are to serve Christ we too must take up our cross and follow Him even when it means following Him to Calvary. By your prayers gain for us hearts full of courage and strength. Intercede for us before the Lord that we may love and serve one another as you so willingly did for the pilgrims of your ministry. Pray that we may do the will of God and be His hands and voice to all His people.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 2

“Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth.” (Judith 13:18)

O revered Curé of Ars, as a child you were seen building a shrine to the Blessed Mother.  You dedicated your life to her, entrusting your priesthood to her care.  You begged the pilgrims that flocked to your doorstep to pray the rosary to honor Mary, our Mother.  You told them and us of your great love of our Lady by saying:  “We have only to turn to the Blessed Mother to be heard.  Her heart is all love”.

O Saint John Vianney, you had to struggle against many barriers to become the esteemed priest that you were.  Help us in our struggles to pattern our lives after that of our heavenly Mother, to be full of love for God and for our neighbor.  Inspire priests, religious and seminarians to consecrate their lives to their Mother in heaven.  May priests throughout the world never desert Christ, but remain, as Mary did, at the foot of the cross.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 3

“Amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you….Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:53, 56)

O revered Curé of Ars, your greatest joy in this world was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle as you prayed for hours in His presence. You said that….”when our Lord sees them coming eagerly to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament, He smiles upon them”. You, who each day, with great love, received the Lord in Holy Communion, help me develop a fervor like yours and a longing each day for Jesus in the Eucharist.

O Saint John Vianney, may your example enkindle in me a love for adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Help me to approach the Lord as a little child calling “Abba” as I lay my innermost thoughts before His Sacred Heart. Keep our priests and our parish under your continual protection that we may be supported by your example and be faithfully devoted to serving Him by being His hands and His voice and never being afraid to call others to His real presence in the Blessed Sacrament.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 4

“What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” (Matthew 16:26)

O revered Curé of Ars, you taught men to pray daily: “O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in You”. You were the embodiment of this prayer. You gave your pilgrims hope by your words of prayer which were full of love of God. Your zeal for the salvation of souls was manifested by your total self-surrender to God expressed in your constant service to others. Help us to love God by being of service to our neighbor, whom-ever that may be.

O Saint John Vianney, teach me to pray that God will come and dwell in me if only I ask Him into my heart. I know that the salvation of my soul is the fulfillment of my existence. Help me to bring others to the love of God. Let your prayer be mine: “If I really love God, I will greatly desire to see Him loved by all the world”.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 5

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

O revered Curé of Ars, you spent many 12 to 14 hour days in the confessional. Pilgrims came from far-off places to you for guidance, counsel, and forgiveness of their sins. Though you hated sin, the sinner was always welcomed with love and compassion.

O Saint John Vianney, by your shining example, grant me a love of the sacrament of reconciliation. Teach me that it is in confessing my sins that God’s mercy is poured out upon me and I draw nearer to Christ. Obtain for me a deep hatred of sin and the grace to resist temptation.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 6

“Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and it has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:9,10)

O revered Curé of Ars, tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all corners of the earth, honored you each year as they flocked to your confessional. But this earthly glory pales in the light of the unspeakable glory which you are enjoying with God. After long hours with your pilgrims, you were heard to say: ‘one will rest in the other life”. Later you admonished those around you: “You must work and fight as long as you are in the world”.

O Saint John Vianney, teach me to work for the salvation of my soul, to spread the good news and to be a servant to those around me that I may someday join you in the paradise God has prepared for me.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 7

“Let no one have contempt for you, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.” (1Timothy 4:12)

O revered Curé of Ars, the conduct of your life was a model of love, faith, and purity. One pilgrim said of you: “We would have taken him for an angel in a mortal body”, and thus you taught others. With charm and enthusiasm, you preached to the people of Ars about these beautiful virtues which you said resembled the perfume of a vineyard in bloom. You, who have directed so many souls towards the heights of virtue, defend me against temptations and obtain for me the strength to conquer them.

O Saint John Vianney, I ask you to help me keep pure in mind and body and to give good example in my speech, in my conduct, and in my faith. Holy priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 8

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

O revered Curé of Ars, yours was a life of humbleness. You wore an old cassock, you ate meager meals. You counseled your pilgrims to remain humble, to remain simple, and the more one is so the more good he will do. You taught that before the throne of God we are one of His creatures made to glorify God and praise Him in all things. Your simplicity of soul and your uncluttered way of life have given us a role model to lead us to sanctity.

O Saint John Vianney, at those times that I forget that I am totally dependant on God for everything, plead my case to allow me to see that without my Creator nothing is possible and that I must rely on Him for everything. Obtain for me the gift of a humble heart. Let me be the servant of God’s people wherever I find them.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Day 9

“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

O revered Curé of Ars, you lived in an age of political upheaval and war, a time when men turned their backs on God. In assigning you to Ars, your bishop warned you that it was a parish where there was no love. He wished for you to be a priest who would enable the people to know the love of God. Not only did you renew your congregation, but your holy reputation soon spread and through your efforts many people were drawn to a life of devotion to God.

O Saint John Vianney, once again we are living in a time of upheaval. There is much evil in the world. Obtain for me the grace to persevere in my faith and draw me closer to God. May I walk with the Lord and trust in Him all the days of my life. Obtain, through your intercession, an increase in vocations and a priesthood full of love of God with men who are able to bring the world to Jesus Christ.

O holy Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, you loved God and faithfully served Him by serving His people as their priest. Now, as you are with our Father, you can continue to serve Him by presenting our petitions to Him directly. Remember the vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties that surround us and intercede for us in all our needs, especially (here mention your own personal request). O Priest of Ars, pray for us in a special way during this novena, we ask in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen

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