Novena to St. Benedict – Day Nine – The Man of God

The final installment of the novena to St. Benedict!  Tomorrow, July 11, is the Feast of St. Benedict.  Get to a monastery, if you can.

HYMN

With gospel teachings as your guide
You wrote a rule that would provide
A way of life for all who aim
To follow Christ, His Name proclaim.

While yet on earth, your fame spread wide;
As man of God, you could not hide,
We humbly beg to share the joy
That now is yours without alloy

To you be praise eternally,
Most blessed, holy Trinity,
Whose loving grace did strength impart
And filled our Saint’s enraptured heart.

ANTIPHON: Let us rejoice in the Lord, celebrating the memory of the holy abbot Benedict.

PSALM 8. God’s Majesty and Man’s Dignity.

O Lord, how wonderful your name! / How great your name throughout the world! * How splendid is your majesty! / More splendid than the earth and sky.

The mouths of infants praising you / confound and silence all your foes, * and shame all those who seek revenge.

I marvel at the earth and sky, / the sun and moon and all the start, / the wondrous works of your own hands; * you made them all, O Lord, our God.

An yet, amidst all your wondrous works, / it was on us you set your mind; * but why should you thus favor us? / Why should you even think of us? / Why should you even care for us? / For, what is mortal man to you?

With glory you created us, / you crowned us with great dignity, * a little less than angels, Lord.

You set us over all your works, / you gave us all the earth to rule, / and placed all creatures under us, / the creatures of your loving hands: * the sheep and oxen, beasts and birds, / whatever walks or crawls or flies, / whatever swims the ocean paths.

O Lord, our God, how wonderful, * how great your name throughout the world.

ANTIPHON: Let us rejoice in the Lord, celebrating the memory of the holy abbot Benedict.

A READING FROM THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW

Then Peter said to Jesus: “Lo, we have left everything and followed you, What then shall we have?”  Jesus said to them: “Truly I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or bothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. The Lord has loved him and clothed him with splendor.
R. He has clothed him with a robe of glory.

PRAYER         

Let us pray.  Almighty and everlasting God, you freed the man of God, Benedict, from the flesh and bore him up to heaven to enjoy the vision of your glory.  Grant us, through is merits, the spirit of penance, forgiveness of our sins, so that we may one day share the joys of eternal life with him and all the saints.  This we ask of your through Christ our Lord.      

R. Amen

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

V. Pray for us, holy Father Benedict.
R. That we may obtain the grace of a happy death.

Holy Father Benedict, * Blessed by God in grace and in name, * while standing in prayer with your hands raised to heaven, * you most happily yielded your angelic spirit into the hands of your Creator. You promised zealously to defend against the snares of the enemy, * in the last struggle of death, * those who shall daily remind you * of your glorious departure and your heavenly joys. Protect us therefore * this day and every day by your holy blessing, * that we may never be separated from our blessed Lord, * from the company of yourself and all the blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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