St Francis Xavier Novena of Grace
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A Holy Relic of St Francis Xavier is visiting Australia from 16 September to 3 December, as part of the National Pilgrimage of Grace. The Relic will visit the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 November.
The devotion called the Novena of Grace is attributed to St Francis Xavier and its history goes back nearly 380 years. It was traditionally performed from 4 to 12 March, but now is more often observed from 24 November to 2 December - the nine days leading up to Xavier's feast day on 3 December.
If this prayer is being made with a group, it can be made as follows:
The presider calls the group to an awareness of the presence of God. He or she may make a brief presentation on the life of St Francis Xavier.
Presider: Francis, you offer to be our companion as we bring our needs to God, and so we pray:
All: Gracious and loving God, we join with our brother Francis to give you thanks and praise. We ask that we might live as he did, loving so completely those who are sick, forgotten, foreign or feel alone. We pray that our hearts be united with you through all our days. And because you have told us to ask, to seek and to knock, once again with Francis we come to you with our hopes and longings.
(Pause here for silent personal prayer. In keeping with the original devotion, this can be for some personal intention or more generally for the grace to live inspired by the example of Francis Xavier.)
All: Loving God, hear our prayers and answer us according to your wisdom and compassion, For you make all things work together for good.
Presider: Pray for us, St Francis Xavier.
All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
All this can be adapted to one's individual prayer at home.
This version of the Novena of Grace prayers is adapted from 'The Novena of Grace: A Nine-Day Preached Retreat', Ignatian Spirituality Center, Seattle, US.
Republished with permission of ‘Madonna’ magazine: www.madonnamagazine.com.au
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