Friday, 13 June 2014

Novena for the Feast of St. Thomas More June 14 – June 22, 2014




First Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of prudence. You never thrust yourself rashly into any serious matters; instead, you waited on God's will in prayer and penance, then boldly carried out your duty without hesitation. We ask that through your prayers and intercession, you my obtain for us the virtues of patience, prudence, wisdom and courage.     Our Father...   Hail Mary...   Glory Be...

Glorious St. Thomas More, we ask you to take up our cause, confident that you will advocate for us before God's Throne of Grace with the same zeal and diligence that marked your career on earth. In accord with God's will, obtain for us zeal in the New Evangelization that together with our fellow Catholics we may win souls to the Kingdom of God.

V.  Pray for us, O Blessed St. Thomas More.

R.  That we may faithfully follow you on the hard road that leads to the narrow gate of eternal life.


Second Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of diligence. You shunned procrastination, applied yourself with fervor to your studies, and spared no effort in achieving mastery in your skills. We ask that through your prayers and intercession, you may help us obtain the virtues of diligence and persistence in all our work fro God and his Church.
Our Father...    Hail Mary...   Glory Be...   Glorious St. Thomas More...


Third Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of industriousness. You threw yourself wholeheartedly into everything you did, and you found enjoyment even in the most serious matters. We ask that through your prayers and intercession, obtain for us the grace to find our several vocations, the grace to find interest in everything fitting, and the fortitude always to pursue excellence in whatever task God gives us.
 Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Fourth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a brilliant lawyer and a just and compassionate judge. You attended to the smallest details of your legal duties with the greatest care, and you were unflagging in your pursuit of justice tempered by mercy.  We ask that through your prayers and intercession, obtain for us the grace to overcome every temptation to laxity, arrogance, and rash judgment in our duties.
Our Father...   Hail Mary...   Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Fifth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of humility. You never allowed pride to lead you to take on enterprises beyond your abilities; even in the midst of wealth and honor, you never forgot your total dependence on your Heavenly Father. We ask that through your prayers and intercession you may  obtain for us the grace to grow in humility, the wisdom not to overestimate our own strength and the love of all our fellow humans especially the weakest and those most in need.
Our Father...  Hail Mary...  Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Sixth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model husband and father. You were loving and faithful to your spouse, and a diligent provider and example of virtue for your children. We ask that through your prayers and intercession you may obtain for us the grace of a happy home, peace in our families, and the strength to persevere in chastity according to our various states of life.
Our Father...   Hail Mary...   Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Seventh Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a model of Christian fortitude. You suffered bereavement, disgrace, poverty, imprisonment and a violent death; yet you bore all with the strength and good cheer for which you were known throughout your life. We ask that through your prayers and intercession you may obtain for us the grace to bear all the crosses that we are given with patience and joy. Our Father...   Hail Mary...   Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Eighth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, in your earthly life, you were a loyal child of God and a steadfast son of the Church, never taking your eyes off the crown for which you strove. Even in the face of death, you trusted in God to give you the victory, and our Lord rewarded you with the palm of martyrdom. We ask that through your prayers and intercession you may obtain for us the grace of final perseverance and protection from sudden and unprovided death, so that we may one day enjoy the Beatific Vision in your glorious company.
Our Father...  Hail Mary...   Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...


Ninth Day
Dear St. Thomas More, you spent your earthly life preparing for the life to come. Everything you endured prepared you not only for the glory God has bestowed upon you in heaven, but for your work as the patron of lawyers, judges and statesmen, and as steadfast friend to all who call upon you. Through your prayers and intercession, we ask that you obtain for us aid in all our necessities, both corporal and spiritual, and the grace to follow in your footsteps, until at last we are home with you in the mansions our Father has prepared for us where the law is peace and justice in the city of God.

Our Father...  Hail Mary...  Glory Be...  Glorious St. Thomas More...

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