Wednesday, January 4, 2012

St. Anne Novena, Day 1

Right before Christmas, my sister and I started a novena to St. Anne, but once Christmas Eve came around, I completely forgot to continue on with it. So I thought I'd post the novena here for the next 9 days in addition to my regular posts, so that anyone who would like to can pray along with us. :)

St. Anne holds a special place in my heart, and not only because my daughter shares her name. Right before Mike and I started dating, some friends and I took a wintertime trip to Quebec that remains a very fond memory. (We still joke about the sheer volume of churches we visited while on vacation). While there, we visited the shrine to St. Anne north of Quebec City, and I prayed for God's will in my life, and that if he desired for me to be married he send the right man. I was in my late 20's and felt very "old" and "spinsterish" although that's laughable to me now. And just a few weeks later, Mike called me. :) Until very recently, Mike's parents lived in central Florida, and I found out soon after we started dating that his mom attended a parish there named in honor of St. Anne. And she later told me that she had prayed for Mike to find someone, and to be happy. So I have a definite St. Anne theme in my life.

So, for anyone that would like to, please join in.


O glorious St. Ann, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father, . . . Hail Mary . . .

O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Ann, help me now and at the hour of my death.

Good St. Ann, intercede for me.


Dear St. Ann, though I am but a prodigal child, I appeal to you and place myself under your great motherly care. Please listen to my prayers and grant my requests. See my contrite heart, and show me your unfailing goodness.

Deign to be my advocate and recommend me to God’s infinite mercy. Obtain for me forgiveness of my sins and the strength to begin a new life that will last forever.

Blessed St. Ann, I also beg of you the grace to love, to serve, and to honor your daughter, the most holy Virgin Mary. Please recommend me to her and pray to her for me. She refuses none your requests but welcomes with loving kindness all those for whom you intercede.

Good Jesus, be merciful to the faithful servants of Your grandmother St. Ann.

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