Novenas

St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most well-respected saints in the Catholic Tradition. Although he never became a priest, he was serving god’s purpose so devoutly that he inspired an order, the Franciscans, and he inspires us to …

Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most well-respected saints in the Catholic Tradition. Although he never became a priest, he was serving god’s purpose so devoutly that he inspired an order, the Franciscans, and he inspires us to this day.

About St. Francis of Assisi

Novena Starts: September 25th

Feast Day: October 4th

Birthday: 1181, Assisi, Italy

Patron Saint: Franciscan Order, poor people, ecology, animals, stowaways, merchants, Aguada, Naga, Cebu, General Trias, and Italy

St. Francis was born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone to a wealthy merchant family in the year 1181 in Assisi, Italy. Saint Francis of Assisi’s life was filled with visions of from the lord. In those visions, God told him to serve poor sinners and to renounce worldly pleasures.

Saint Francis of Assisi chose to live life as a poor beggar and traveled throughout Italy, building and restoring many old churches. He is well known for his love of animals and his desire for peace. Right before he was about to die, he was graced with the stigmata on October 3, 1226. He died singing psalms of praise. He was canonized on July 16, 1228, by Pope Gregory IX. His feast day is celebrated on Oct. 4.

Read More About Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis lived an extraordinary life. There’s so much to cover, and he’s had such a large impact on the faith. If you want to learn more about Saint Francis of Assisi, we recommend The Perfect Joy of Saint Francis by Ignatius Press. GK Chesterton also wrote a Biography of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s one of his classics, and you can purchase his Saint Francis of Assisi biography at Ignatius Press.

Day 1 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 2 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 3 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 4 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 5 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 6 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 7 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 8 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Day 9 – St. Francis of Assisi Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Alternative #1 – Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer for a Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Holy Saint Francis, through your kind intercession we seek holiness above all things. We seek the faith, hope and love that allowed you to joyfully renounce the pleasures of earthly life and to radically follow our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray for us that we enjoy the privilege of suffering with and for the poor in the example of Jesus. Help us to be always grateful for all the blessings we have received and the strength to overcome our most pressing concerns, especially…

[Mention Intention]

St. Francis, as you left a comfortable life to lead a life of poverty and service to our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to pray that we also realize the folly of seeking to amass material gains and experience worldly pleasures. This day I humbly forego [Name a Fast] as an offering to God our Father, hoping this act signals a start of my conversion.

St. Francis, help us in praying for the grace to truly repent for our sins and actively seek reconciliation with God. May the blessings we obtain through your intercession deepen our faith, and inspire us to store treasures in Heaven, where we hope to spend eternity with the Almighty Father.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and forever shall be, world without end. Amen

St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Alternative #2 – Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer for a Novena

O Seraphic Father, Saint Francis, I venerate you, the living image of Christ Crucified.

Born like Him in a stable, you condemned a world which rejected you; poor like Him you esteemed no possessions but those which are eternal; meek and humble like Him, you counted humiliation a joy; inflamed with an ardent charity, you burned to increase His glory; your love transformed your whole life into one long martyrdom, and made you strive by severe penances to satisfy the ardor of your desires, until at last it impressed on your body the wounds it had long before engraved in your heart, and made you a living crucifix, preaching sweetly to men the sufferings and love of Jesus.

Obtain for me, O Holy Father, that I too may banish from my heart the spirit of the world; that I may esteem poverty and humiliation above wealth and honors; that I may mortify my passions and advance daily in the knowledge and love of God, until at last,  detached from myself, from the world, and from all creatures, I may live for god alone, and like you, may say with my whole heart: My God and My All, My Inheritance, and My Joy in time and in eternity.

Amen.

Our Most Holy and Seraphic Father Francis,

Pray for us your children who long to see you face to face. Amen.

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