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Saint Dymphna Novena
Feast Day:  May 15


Recite the following for 9 consecutive days

Saint Dymphna, a great wonder worker in every affliction of mind and body.  I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the health of the sick.  You are filled with love and compassion for the thousands of patients brought to your shrine for centuries and for those who cannot come to your shrine but invoke you in their homes or in hospitals.

Show the same love and compassion toward me, your faithful client.  The many miracles you have wrought through your intercession gives me great confidence that you will help me in my present need.

(State your specific intention here)

I am confident of obtaining my request, if it is for the greater glory of God and the good of my soul, for the sake of Jesus and Mary, whom you loved so earnestly, and for whom you offered your life in martyrdom, grant my prayer.

Saint Dymphna, young and beautiful, innocent and pure, strong and determined, help me to imitate your love.  You chose to be martyred by your own father's sword rather than continue to submit to sexual abuse.  Give me strength and courage in fighting off my abuser and in breaking free from the cycle of abuse.

As you have given all the love of your heart to Jesus, help me to love God with my whole heart and serve God faithfully.  As you bore the persecution of your father and the sufferings of an exile to patiently, obtain for me the patience I need to accept the trials of my life with love for God and my neighbor, and with strength to affirm the autonomy of my body and my sexuality.

Saint Dymphna, through your glorious martyrdom for the love of Christ, help me to be loyal to my faith and my God as long as I live.  And when my hour of death comes, stand by my side and pray for me that I may at last merit the eternal crown of glory in God's Kingdom.  Good Saint Dymphna, I beg you to recommend my request to Mary, the health of the sick and comforter of the afflicted, that both of you may present it to Jesus, the Divine Physician.

O God, You gave Saint Dymphna to Your Church as a model of all virtues, especially the holiness and true freedom of sexual love, and willed that she should seal her faith with her innocent blood and perform numerous miracles.  Grant that we who honor her as patroness of those who suffer sexual abuse and those who are afflicted with nervous and mental illness may continue to enjoy her powerful intercession and protection and attain eternal life.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.