Joy in Suffering/Novena Prayers

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NOVENA PRAYERS

Act of Oblation
(By St. Therese)

O my God, in order that my life may be one act of perfect love, I offer myself as a victim of holocaust to Thy merciful love, imploring Thee to consume me unceasingly and to grant that the floods of infinite tenderness gathered up in Thee may overflow into my soul, that so I may become a very martyr of Thy love, O my God! May this martyrdom, having prepared me to appear in Thy presence, free me from this life at the last, and may my soul take its flight—without delay—into the eternal embrace of Thy merciful love!

O my Beloved, I desire at every beat of my heart to renew this oblation an infinite number of times, "till the shadows retire," and I can tell Thee my love everlastingly face to face.


Litany of Saint Therese, the Little Flower

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, 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 Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us.
Queen of Carmel, pray, etc.
Our Lady of Victory,
St. Therese of the Child Jesus,
St. Therese of the Holy Face,
St. Therese, flower of innocence,
St. Therese, lily of purity,
St. Therese, rose of charity,
St. Therese, violet of humility,
St. Therese, devoted to mortification,
St. Therese, lover of crosses,
St. Therese, reflector of heavenly sweetness,
St. Therese, guide of little souls,
St. Therese, mirror of resignation,
St. Therese, rich in faith,
St. Therese, teacher of trust in God,
St. Therese, saint of childlike simplicity,
St. Therese, heroine of penance,
St. Therese, leader of the "sure way"
St. Therese, child of benediction,
St. Therese, affable with others,
St. Therese, example of gratitude and self-surrender,
St. Therese, beautiful in forgiveness,
St. Therese, remarkable for gentleness,
St. Therese, cheerful in sacrifices,
St. Therese, joyful in suffering,
St. Therese, steadfast in prayer,
St. Therese, example for every state,
St. Therese, wonder worker of our own time,
St. Therese, showering roses from Heaven,
St. Therese, zealous for souls,
St. Therese, fulfilling thy promises,
St. Therese, comforter of troubled hearts,
St. Therese, curing bodily ills,
St. Therese, leading souls back to God,
St. Therese, bringing earth nearer to Heaven,
St. Therese, drawing us closer to Jesus,
St. Therese, always sending some answer to our prayers,
St. Therese, hidden during life,
St. Therese, made glorious by thy Spouse after death,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.


Prayer of St. Therese

Merciful Father, in the name of Thy sweet Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the saints, I beg Thee to consume my sister with Thy Spirit of Love, and to grant her the grace to make Thee greatly loved.

(Note: This prayer St. Therese composed with the request that her missionary brother continue to say it for her also after her death.)