Prayers

These are a sample of the many prayers from www.philomena.it as well as from the prayer cards and books from the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena

The Novena is a powerful means to obtain graces and heavenly favors. Devotees can recite Novenas composed by Don Francesco De Lucia, by Saint John Marie Vianney, Cure of Ars, or the Litanies for nine consecutive days. When the intention is very important during the Novena it is appropriate to participate every day in the Holy Mass. Marvellous spiritual results can be equally achieved having a Novena of Holy Masses celebrated at the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Mugnano del Cardinale. Many devotees living abroad, who are unable to visit the Sanctuary, send in their Prayer Petitions which are laid down with care at the Altar of our young Martyr, the great Saint Philomena.

Novena in honor of Saint Philomena V.M.

by Don Francis De Lucia,

First Rector of the Sanctuary of St. Philomena, Italy

(translated from antique Italian and taken from his book)

This should be devoutly recited to prepare for her Feast and to obtain the desired graces.

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Supplication

Purest Young Virgin, most faithful disciple of the Gospel and very powerful Martyr of Jesus Christ, You, who were full of grace and purity, enriched with faith and power in a faithless and corrupted world, and especially in Rome, where the throne of idolatry, tyranny, and every infernal superstition, and the cradle of all the most deforming vices could be found, this idolatrous city was nothing else but a horrible Babylon of prostitution; and you in the center of the capital of the pagan and corrupted world, managed to keep yourself strong in the faith, and pure for your heavenly Spouse until the last breath of your life was sacrificed for the many atrocious martyrdoms; we pray to you for all of your highest merits to implore for us from the throne of the merciful heavenly Father the gift of perseverance of faith, and purity of mind and body, and to let us die with the grace of Jesus Christ. So be it.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Creed.

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II

Supplication

Very powerful Martyr, and most faithful Virgin of Jesus Christ, in order to preserve intact and immaculate the treasure of purity and faith for our God, accepted to be drowned in deep waters with anchor tied around your neck till suffocated, you were freed by heavenly Spouse: we humbly ask your intercession, so that in times of deep suffering, sorrow, and anxiety that continuously surround us, we be strong, and freed from the guilt of our faults, freed from the death of our souls, and avoid being drowned in the waters of temptations. So be it.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Creed.

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III

Supplication

Beloved Bride, and resolute Martyr of Jesus Christ, You that in order to remain permanently virgin and strong in the faith, accepted to be exposed to the eyes of many filthy and wicked pagans in the idolatrous Rome, and in order to defend the virginity and doctrine of the Gospel renounced the delights of the flesh, the pleasures and the pomp of the world, the life of your own perfectly pure body, and exposed yourself to the flogging of leather and metal rings, and so under deluge of cruel lashings you were covered in sores and blood, and became very similar to your divine Loved one; implore for us miserable sinners, the necessary strength to live far from the stain of sins, and to die constant in the faith of the Roman Church, like You, no matter the pain, dishonour and even death itself. So be it.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Creed.

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IV

Supplication

Zealous warrior for virginity and faith of Jesus Christ, for the unconquerable and cheerful firmness that you showed by exposing your virginal body three times in Rome to hold fast to the Doctrine of Jesus Christ and true to your purity, you accepted to be pierced by sharp and cruel arrows. In this way you gained many palms and decorations, as many as the mortal wounds that you bore for your Heavenly Spouse: grant us fragile observers of the divine law the strength necessary for our eternal wellbeing, so that with holy patience we tolerate all the suffering and grief of this life, and all the infernal arrows and darts fired against our souls by the temptations of the devil.

Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be and Creed

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Final Prayer

Illustrious and Glorious Martyr and Bride of Christ your Heavenly Beloved was not satisfied with the atrocious martyrization that you had to endure so he did not allow death to extinguish your precious life in order that you could continue your sufferings and bitter fight amidst wounds, blood and pain and so by keeping you alive you were ready for fierce attacks and terrifying provocations to grant you more immortal victories, palms, triumphs and wreaths. In this way He made you a more admirable bride before the angels in the Kingdom of his Glory and more distinguished among crowned and triumphant martyrs. For this Heavenly Council you were put in chain and were dragged in front of the tyrants of Rome to be tempted yet again against purity and faith; your inhuman enemies in desperation to bring your pure and faithful heart under submission, condemned you to be beheaded and so, covered in garlands and graces you were taken glorious and triumphant into the reign of your Spouse.

In this Holy Novena we implore you to gaze on us from the greatness of your heart, console us with a sign that you have accepted our humble homage which we have offered you, and grant us the graces for which we ask, only if they will help us in our eternal life, and any other graces which from Heaven you think we may need to free our souls from eternal death, even though we deserve it for all our grave sins. We hope to be consoled by your celestial charity. We bless with profound devotion the holy trinity who on this earth preceded you with blessings of purity, faith, perseverance and of many others that made your life so holy on earth and glorious in heaven where you were taken victorious and triumphant against atrocious enemies and amongst many trials, helping you with His gifts we thank the Immaculate Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ, Queen and Comfort of Martyrs who with her maternal and powerful assistance allowed you to overcome all your mortal torments.

This we hope with the veneration of your merits and the joyful remembrance of your triumphs

Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Creed.

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Litany To Saint Philomena

(composed by the Curé of Ars)

Lord have mercy on us, Lord have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us, Christ graciously hear us.

Lord have mercy on us, Lord have mercy on us.

God the Father of Heaven,

have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,

have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity one God,

have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, filled with the most abundant graces from your very birth,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, model of Virginity,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, temple of the most perfect humility,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the Glory of God,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, victim of the love of Jesus,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, example of strength and perseverance,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, invincible champion of chastity,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, mirror of the most heroic virtues,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, pierced by a shower of arrows,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, consoled in chains, by the Mother of God,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, miraculously healed in prison,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, comforted by angels in your torments,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who preferred torments and death to the splendors of a throne,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who converted the witnesses of your martyrdom,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who wore out the fury of your executioners,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, protectress of the innocent,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, patroness of youth,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, health of the sick and the weak,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, new light of the church militant,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who confounds the impiety of the world,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who stimulates the faith and courage of the faithful,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven and feared in Hell,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, made illustrious by the most striking miracles,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, all powerful with God,

pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who reigns in glory,

pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

spare us, Oh Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

graciously hear us,Oh Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, Saint Philomena,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray

We implore Thee, Oh Lord, by the intercession of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever most pleasing to Thy eyes for her eminent purity and the practice of every virtue, pardon us our sins and grant us all the graces we need ( name any special grace you may require). Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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Novena Prayer To Saint Philomena

Oh faithful virgin and glorious martyr, St Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowful, have pity on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity oh great Saint. Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before you (here specify your petition). I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His saints. Amen

Oh Philomena!

By Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot

Favorite daughter of the Queen of the heavens,
Your mother delights
In your beauty;
she glories in your graceful virtue
and she rejoices for the flowers and offerings
made to you by all nations.
Oh Philomena!
The nations applaud you
for the continuous benefits received,
and your name has rekindled
in many souls the sweetest hope.
Amiable Saint,
manifest your power
and come to our aid.
Help us oh generous Virgin and fearless Martyr
to meditate the mysteries of the Faith
And to remain like you, faithful to Jesus Christ until death.
Amen.

Novena in Honor of Saint Philomena Virgin and Martyr

composed by Saint John Maria Vianney Curé of Ars

PRAYER (to be recited every day of the novena)

Glorious Virgin and Martyr greatly loved by God, Saint Philomena, I rejoice with you for the power that God has given you for the glory of His name, for the building of His church and to honor the merits of your life and your death. I delight in seeing you so pure, so generous, so faithful to Jesus Christ and to his Gospel, so magnificently rewarded in heaven and on earth, drawn by your example to practice virtue, full of hope because of all the rewards conceded to your merits I propose to imitate you by avoiding sin and obeying God completely. Help me oh Great Saint by your powerful intercession. Grant me above all an inviolable purity for ever, an indomitable spirit against all evil, the generosity to deny nothing to deny no sacrifice to God and a love as strong as death for the faith of Jesus Christ for the holy Roman Catholic Church and for the Pope, the Father of all the faithful, Shepherd of shepherds and of sheep, vicar of Jesus Christ throughout the world, to these graces that I now ask for with all the ardor of my soul oh Saint Philomena, I add even more graces, which I am confident that through your powerful intersession will be granted me.

(State with simplicity, trust and humility the graces that you desire from the Saint)

Know, the good God for whom you shed your blood and gave your life, the good God who is so lavish with you, and through you of his gifts and favors the good God who loved me so much as to die for me, and who gives himself to me through the Eucharist, no, he will not say no to your prayers to my wishes, he surely feels the need to help us. I fervently hope so; I put all my trust in him and in you.
Amen.

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FIRST DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena was a virgin. A virgin in this world… a virgin despite persecution… a virgin until death. What an example! What is the reason of my confusion? What is the remedy?
2. Humiliate yourself often for what has caused you shame, pondering on her virginal purity.
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

SECOND DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena was and remained a virgin… because she repressed the corrupt desires of the flesh…, she retained the modesty of Jesus Christ, she avoided the deceiving world and dangerous occasions. Do you imitate here in all these ways? What are the causes of your temptations…of your weaknesses… of your unease…of your downfall? Try to eliminate them.
2. Shun what has harmed you; practice what you have neglected to do in regards to chastity.

THIRD DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena maintained and increased her love for virginity with prayer, a great source of spiritual life; with the sacraments; the soul is washed with the blood of Christ, and is nourished with his sacred body, divine origin of Christian virginity considering that her members were the members of Jesus Christ and her body was the temple of the holy spirit. Have you not all these means also? What use do you make of them?
2. Double the fervor of your prayers, every now and them repeat to yourself: my members are those of Jesus Christ the temple of the Holy Spirit
3. (Holy mass etc.. as first day)

FOURTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena was a martyr… that she suffered… she suffered a lot… suffered until death, and she showed in these moments of torment and invincible patience…are suffering and patience inseparably connected in you? Do you rarely suffer…suffer very little…never enough to die because of it…where does this weariness come from? Would you not like to make some changes?… in which way would you obtain this?
2. Accept with patience the few discomforts, obstacles and difficulties that it pleases the lord to send you today.
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

FIFTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena was a martyr for Jesus Christ …they wanted for take her faith away…they wanted her to transgress her Baptismal vows…induce her to follow the examples of the idolaters and apostate. What does the devil, the world, the flesh and your heart want from you if not the same unfaithfulness? They are offensive to God… is it not vain fear that makes you betray your faith, stops you from fulfilling your duties? My God what disgraceful laxity! Find the necessary courage…
2. Gain the respect of a fellow human being, say to yourself occasionally it is better to be pleasing to God rather than to a Man.
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

SIXTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena when she died for Jesus Christ followed this rule made by our Savior: “if you do not love me more that your father and your mother, even more than you love yourself then you cannot be my disciple.” She did not hesitate… she sacrificed everything, even though blood and nature made themselves heard. In less difficult situations are we worthy of Jesus Christ? If at times when we have to choose between God and Man, Between Grace and Nature, who do we choose? Oh! Let us in the future respect our dignity as children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ.
2. Let us try today to please only god or other beings, always and solely for God. Keep far from confused affections.
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

SEVENTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena when she died for Jesus Christ had to tolerate the mockery, the abuse of her persecutors, of her executioners and most of the spectators of her torture. She was very generous very constant, very cheerful when publicly declaring her faith… if the world offered you a similar chalice to drink would you have enough courage to devour the jestings the scorn the most unjust persecutions,.. can he who is honored by God be dishonored? Have no fear…follow your path…it will end with the gaining of eternal glory.
2. Do not allow anger into your heart, if something is said abruptly, coarsely, sharply, insultingly etc…
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

EIGHTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena by dying for love of Jesus Christ entered eternal life full of joy “yes I am certain” she would say form the bottom of her heart ” that the supreme Judge will give me in exchange for the worldly good that I have sacrificed to his love, the Crown of justice that he had promised me.” She dies…and here she is in the tabernacle of God with the Saints to follow the Lamb… are these the thoughts that I try to have when I have to make a sacrifice? What impression do they make on my soul? To which side do the scales tilt? Ah! The Saints to obtain all would say: let us leave all what will I say?
2. Let us decide on a voluntary sacrifice for today…Let us with pleasure fulfill all our duties etc…
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

NINTH DAY
1. Consider that Saint Philomena in this unworthy world sacrificed all for Jesus Christ, receiving in return in this world directly from him a hundred fold of what she had renounced to. What power! What Glory! How much grandeur humiliated at her feet, how many pilgrims at all her sanctuaries. How many festivities in her honor. What tributes of veneration are offered to her, what agitated zeal to collect her relics. In this way God fulfilled his promises. Eh! If only we kept our promises to him with such faithfulness! But by taking away his Glory do we not deprive ourselves of many favors and merits in this world and in the next? So courage … be loyal … so that God will be loyal with you.
2. Today perform and act of mercy in honor of the Saint. Prepare yourself with a good confession to receive Our Lord Jesus Christ worthily.
3. Assist at Holy Mass in her honor and pray to one of her statues or pictures.

PRAYER
Oh God among the miracles of your power you also donated to the weaker sex the victory of martyrdom help us who celebrate the birth of the blessed Philomena your virgin and martyr with her examples to you we come.
Through Christ Our Lord
Amen