Novena to St Philomena (No. 1)
0 FAITHFUL VIRGIN and glorious martyr, St.
Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf
of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me. Thou
knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs.
Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of
hope. I entreat thy charity, 0 great Saint!
Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the
request, which I now humbly lay before thee (here mention your petition.
I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the
sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the
Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of
Thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in
His Saints. Amen.
Novena to St Philomena (No. 2)
(composed by St John Vianney) .
O great St Philomena, glorious virgin and martyr, Wonder-Worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on thee, and beseech thee to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which thou hast been the channel to so many souls.
Through the heroic fortitude with which thou didst confront the fury of tyrants and brave the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from thy allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of thought and affection.
Through thy patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me, and as thou didst miraculously escape unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which thou wert cast by order of Thy persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul.
In addition to these favours, obtain for me, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the particular intention I earnestly recommend to thee at this moment.
(state your petition)
O pure virgin and holy martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on thy devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, above all come to my aid in the hour of death.
Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exultation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the souls in Purgatory, especially those dear to me.
O great Saint, whose triumph we celebrate on earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on thee in Heaven, and eternally bless Him Who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for His love during this short life. Amen.
Oh St Philomena, virgin and martyr, pray for us so that through your powerful intercession we may obtain that purity of spirit and heart that leads to the perfect love of God. Amen.