Novena to St. Benedict: A Preview

Saint Benedict at Subiaco from the Workshop of Fra Angelico, circa 1400.

It’s that time of year again!  The feast of St. Benedict is July 11 and it is time to start the Novena again.

The following is an outline of the nine themes for the nine days of prayer for the novena.  The novena each day will consist of:

  • Hymn

  • Psalm with antiphon

  • Reading with response

  • Collect-type prayer

  • Concluding “prayer for a happy death”

All of the prayers and readings revolve around the daily theme and are meant to be prayed like one would the Liturgy of the Hours.  Following this, I will offer a reflection, as indicated for each day.  This is the only point at which I am deviating a bit from the original novena format.  The original novena also includes a reflection, but I will not be posting what is in the booklet and will offer my own instead.

The first day of the novena will be today and will end on July 10, the eve of the feast of St. Benedict, which is actually a memorial since the real feast falls during Lent on March 21 so the Church moved it’s remembrance of Benedict to a time when we could have a better party.

I’ll be praying this each night with my boys as a part of our usual bedtime prayer routine.

First Day: THE SAINT
     Reflection: Seeking God

Second Day: THE MONK
     Reflection: The Christian Way of Life

Third Day: THE FATHER
      Reflection: God our Father

Fourth Day: THE LAWGIVER
     Reflection: The Law of God

Fifth Day: THE MIRACLE WORKER
     Reflection: The Power of God

Sixth Day: THE PROPHET
     Reflection: The Gifts of God

Seventh Day: THE TEACHER
     Reflection: God’s Teachings

Eighth Day: THE APOSTLE
     Reflection: Love of God and Neighbor

Ninth Day: THE MAN OF GOD
     Reflection: Eternal Life in Heaven

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