Novena in Honor of Saint Dymphna

detail of a Saint Dymphna holy card; swiped from Santi e BeatFor preservation from nervous disorders through her intercession and for true wisdom through imitation of her virtues.

(During the novena the devotee should receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist at least once.)

First Day

Intention – Faith

O God, Source of our salvation, Who in the midst of a pagan people didst enlighten Saint Dymphna by the true faith, which she professed under the guidance of her holy confessor, Gereberne, with such constancy that she suffered martyrdom, we beseech Thee through the intercession of these two saints that Thou wouldst deign to strengthen our faith which Thou hast given to us so that by wisely subjecting our souls to Thy Supreme Authority, and by faithfully regulating our lives by our faith we may honor Thee with our whole heart and soul until the hour of our death, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Second Day

Intention – Hope

O Almighty and Infinitely Good God, Who hast promised eternal salvation to those who obey Thy Commandments and profit by Thy grace, we beseech Thee, through the intercession of Saint Dymphna, who fled from the danger of sin by quitting the palace of her father and who hoping thereby to gain eternal salvation fled to Brabant to live in poverty, grant that we also who are striving for eternal happiness may overcome all obstacles in the pathway of virtue and may attain eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Third Day

Intention – Charity

O God of Love, Most Perfect Being, Creator of All That is Good and Beautiful, deign to help us by Thy powerful grace through the intercession of St. Dymphna, who in her youth loved Thee above all Creatures and loved her neighbor as herself for Thy Sake as the Image and Likeness of Thee, as the price of the Blood of Jesus and as co-heir of heaven, so that we may faithfully adhere to the two great commandments of charity not only in word, but in action and in truth, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Fourth Day

Intention – Piety

O God, Our Creator and Supreme Master, we beseech Thee through the intercession of Saint Dymphna, who served Thee with great zeal even in her childhood, hearing Thy word with great delight, assisting at Holy Mass with great respect, and receiving Holy Communion from the hand of Saint Gereberne with tender devotion that Thou wouldst grant us the same virtue of piety so that having honored Thee during this life as our Creator we may possess Thee hereafter as our final reward through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Fifth Day

Intention – Prudence

O God, Ruler of the universe, Who allowed Saint Dymphna to discover an efficacious means of avoiding the criminal intentions of her father, deign to grant through the merits of Thy holy servant, that we may become simple as doves and wise as serpents so that through prudent advice and sound judgment we may perceive that which is to be avoided and that which is to be followed in order to happily achieve the great work of our salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Sixth Day

Intention – Justice

O God, Source of eternal justice, we supplicate Thee through the intercession of Saint Dymphna, who in order to render to Thee that which is Thine, fled from her country and her father, that Thou wouldst deign to make us seek after justice so that we may perform rightly our duties toward Thee as we see them, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Seventh Day

Intention – Fortitude

O God, rewarder of those who remain firm in their good resolutions, we beseech Thee through the mediation of the merits of Saint Dymphna, who through love of virtue had the courage to suffer privation, persecution and even martyrdom that Thou wouldst grant us fortitude so that we may courageously and perseveringly overcome ourselves and finally conquer the enemy of our salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Eighth Day

Intention – Temperance

O God, Who hast made Saint Dymphna resplendent in the virtue of temperance so that she mastered sensual inclinations and tempered the use of temporal goods, uniting with this the beautiful virtues of modesty, docility and humility which is called the foundation of all virtue because humility banishes from the soul pride which is an obstacle to grace, we beseech Thee through the intercession of Saint Dymphna that Thou wouldst deign to guide and direct us so that being preserved from all nervous disorders we may come to a happy end in the good counsels Thou hast given through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

Ninth Day

Intention – Chastity

O God, Lover of innocent souls, Who gave to Saint Dymphna the virtue of angelic purity which rendered her reserved in all her actions, so modest in her dress, so attentive in her conversation, so circumspect in her bearing that she shed her blood to preserve this precious virtue, we beseech Thee that Thou bestow upon us the virtue of chastity so that we may enjoy peace of conscience in this life and the pure eternal joys of heaven hereafter through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Five times: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

These prayers in the form of a novena were approved by Pope Urban VIII in 1635.

– from Devotion in Honor of Saint Dymphna, imprimatur by Archbishop Karl J Atler, 9 February 1951