Novena to SVP

Instructions: Read the daily meditations, concluding with the Novena & closing prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti 

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Novena Prayer to St. Vincent: 
St. Vincent Pallotti, 
you were molded by God, the infinite love. You answered God's call to service. 
You were there for those seeking counsel, for the youth and the aging, for the rich and the poor, for people of any profession and walk of life.  All were important to you. You wanted to inspire each and every one for the Kingdom of God, reminding people of their duty to be apostles and preparing them for this work. 
Now I call upon you to intercede for me. Help me to pray. Help me to pray only for what I truly need, what I can truly use, what is for my salvation and the honor of God. You received many graces and gifts from God.
You always thanked God beforehand, as if your prayer had already been answered. 
St. Vincent Pallotti,
I ask you to submit my petitions to God; be my helper as I place this prayer before God the Father, through Jesus Christ. Do not leave me without your help. Bless me. Show me the way to Christ.
Through the Spirit lead me to the Father. Amen. 

Closing Prayer:
The Almighty God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit bless me and all my loved ones (especially...). 
St. Vincent Pallotti, pray for us. Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us. 

 
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DAY 1

Invocation: "The Holy Spirit, the Infinite Love of the Father and the Son be always in our souls." 

Theme of the day: Praying for myself and others
We are aware of many forms of prayer; short intercessory prayers, the Rosary, looking at and reflecting on a picture. We can meditate on a passage from Scripture or a text from a prayer book. We can also pray from the heart of just remain in silent presence before God. 
To some the beauty of nature makes it easier to pray, others need a community, while still others may express their praise and thanks in song and music. 
Why do I pray? Is it because I have a certain need, or is it in thanksgiving for the help I have already received? Do I pray for myself, for my family and relatives, for people close to me or for the needs of the world at large? 
God freely gives Himself to me in prayer and enlivens my thoughts and actions. The Lord enriches me so that I can be a blessing to others. 

Pause for reflection: St. Vincent Pallotti encourages us; start the day with short, yet fervent prayers to God; pray with true devotion in silence and with concentration, always reminding yourself of God's presence. Take time to say thanks. 
Throughout the day remind yourself of God's presence often. Take time to read and meditate on a chapter or several verses from the New Testament. Remember also, while you are working, to pause briefly and to observe a moment of silence. Silence helps you to pray; silence and prayer lead you to intimate union with God. In reality, silence and prayer are necessary for union with God. Before going to bed, examine your conscience and pray. Out of love for our Lord Jesus Christ, try in all sincerity to grow in holiness and perfection day by day. Let yourself be guided by the perfect love of God and neighbor. 

Bible Verse: Book of Tobit 4:18-19
"At all times bless the Lord God, and ask Him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans." 

Intercessions: Heavenly Father, Your Holy Spirit teaches us to pray: Let us sing Your praises with all our heart. Your Holy Spirit is the Spirit of power and might: Let us recognize that inspiration to do good and to carry it out. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent (above)
Closing prayer (above)

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DAY 2

Invocation: "Lord, You are my fortress, my tower of strength, my deliverer, my shield in whom I trust. That is why I shall not waver." 

Theme of the dayGod loves and shelters me. 
Often we have the same experience as the disciples of Emmaus. When the Risen Lord accompanied them on the road, they did not recognize Him. Only later did it dawn on them that He was with them in answering their questions and sharing their burdens. 
The Lord accompanies, shields and leads us. Too often, only in retrospect, do we become aware of it. God helps us, removes our anxieties, and shows us our true concerns. God does not erase them but we become free to do something meaningful instead of looking at our troubles. 
Realizing that God loves us and is at work in our lives, we can do our work more easily.

Pause for reflection: Pray with St. Vincent Pallotti:
My God, You are infinitely good and merciful. You will not abandon me. In this I have full confidence. You are with me, to accompany me and lead me. I know You from Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels, and the teachings of the Fathers. You reveal Yourself through the doctrine of faith in the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church, through Mary, the Mother of God. You also reveal Yourself in the holy sacraments and by listening to the Word of God, in prayer and meditation. Indeed, my God, what kindness You bestow on me day after day!

Bible Verse: Book of Psalms 121
"I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the LORD, who made heaven and earth... Indeed He neither slumbers nor sleeps, the guardian of Israel... the LORD will guard you from all evil; He will guard your life. The LORD will guard your coming and your going, both now and forever."
Intercessions: Heavenly Father, help us on the road of life. In our daily cares and problems let us be confident that You are near and that You are leading us. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 3

Invocation: "I will extol you, O my God and King, and I will bless your name forever and ever." (Ps 145:1). Let us rejoice because of Your goodness and Your mercy.

Theme of the day: Give thanks to God
Many people turn down offers for help because they do not want to feel obliged to anyone. Yet without others, no one can live. We are indebted to our neighbors for many things. A thoughtful person will say 'thank you.' Do I give thanks? Am I thankful for the life that flows through me, for the opportunity to grow and to mature, for every day no matter what it brings? The day itself comes and goes, whether I am grateful or not. Yet a grateful disposition can bring strength and trust to my life. 
Be thankful for relatives and friends, for work and recreation, for all joys and pains. When you accept all with glad thankfulness, your life will change. Be thankful God exists and is there for you every day, now and always. 

Pause for reflection: St. Vincent recommends this prayer after each meditation: 
"Eternal Father, in union with the most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, I offer You the precious Blood of the Immaculate Lamb, Our Divine Savior. Therefore, I thank You, as if  You had already granted all the graces I asked for, now and always."
The theme of gratitude weaves into many of his meditations. Vincent gives thanks for the infinite goodness of God, His infinite love, His infinite mercies, and for all that his faith reminds him. 
"God is always ready to give His gifts, His graces, His mercies to all according to their needs." 
At the same time, he expresses his own "excessive ingratitude toward Your infinite love and Your infinite mercy." "I have never used the gifts as I should have. Instead of loving You, I have offended You. O my God, help me with Your infinite mercy." 

Bible Verse: Eph 1:15-17 •St. Paul often expresses thanks in his letters•
"Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of glory may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him."
Intercessions: Father in heaven, let us be grateful for all that You have given us today. Because of this grateful encounter with You, give us new strength to continue our way. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 4

Invocation: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction." (2 Cor. 1.3, 4)

Theme of the day: BE HOLY!
Paul de Geslin, a French Priest and contemporary of St. Vincent Pallotti, came to Rome and wanted very much to become acquainted with a saint. He had all kinds of strange notions; how a saint would look, what kind of extraordinary things a saint would do, so that he could recognize someone as a saint. De Geslin got to know Pallotti. He saw in Vincent what truly constitutes sainthood: "a true saint is one who does everything others do, but does not do them in the way others do them. He sensed in Vincent, in all his doings, something of an invisible drive, whose effects led Paul de Geslin to suspect the cause, namely God." St. Vincent was ready to aid his neighbor at all times, because he had given himself completely to God." 


Pause for reflection: In his writings and letters, St. Vincent Pallotti states that the goal of humanity is to become holy. He would like to make everyone a saint, a great saint. "I ask everyone to implore heaven for my genuine and perfect conversion;" that is the basis of holiness for all people. It is a steady daily task to which everyone is obliged. It is not enough just to strive for my own sanctification, but I am responsible also for the welfare and salvation of my neighbor. 
Compassionate God! You alone know that I am incapable of becoming a saint by myself. I am still far from that goal. Give me your special grace through the infinite merits of Your Son Jesus Christ and through the intercession of Mary, Your angels, and all the Saints, so that I will not fail to find the road to You. Amen. 

Bible Verse: Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."

Intercessions: Heavenly Father, let us realize that we too are called to be holy. We pray for all who walk without a goal or direction and are searching for the meaning of life. 

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Novena to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 5

Invocation: Lord, You hear me when I call to You. Lead me on the road to life. 

Theme of the day: Mary, Queen of Apostles
St. Vincent Pallotti greets and venerates Mary with the exalted title "Queen of Apostles." He knew that he was under her protection and begged her for a fruitful apostolate. He also chose her as Patroness of his "Catholic Apostolate," so that everyone would look to her as "a perfect example of true apostolic spirit and perfect love." For him, an apostle is one who pledges to spread the reign of God in any way whatsoever. Even today Mary supports every apostolic work through her intercession, and is therefore more effective than all the apostles. She is ardently interested in our salvation and "as a loving mother she will hasten to help you" (St. Bernard). To place all in the hands and in the heart of the Madonna is Vincent's constant reminder. 

Pause for reflection: Most loving Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, direct your compassionate eyes toward me. You are truly my mother and you know what your child needs. Help me to be grateful for the gift of faith. Because of the commandment to love God and my neighbor, I feel obliged to use all my talents to spread the faith. I am also responsible to use all means for the revival of faith and the rekindling of love among Christians and to spread love throughout the world. Through your powerful intercession, help me to contribute to the greater honor of God and to the eternal salvation of my own soul and that of my neighbor. Amen. (SVP)

Bible Verse: Gospel of St. Matthew 12:50
"For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother." 

Intercessions: Lord and God, make us like Mary in her trust and in her willingness to sacrifice. Sanctify us through her intercession and make us Your worthy disciples. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 6

Invocation: "I am a pilgrim on earth; Lord, I will be attentive to Your counsel" (cf. Ps 119:1 & 8)

Theme of the day: Every Christian is an apostle
St. Vincent Pallotti discovered the early Christian mandate that every baptized and confirmed person has the irrevocable commission to promote the reign of God. Not just the pope, the bishops, the priests, religious or other Church officials are responsible for the faith, but all Christians- clergy and laity alike. 
Vatican Council II reminded us of this duty: The Church can never be without the lay apostolate. United as they are in the Mystical Body of Christ by baptism and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit, it is by the Lord Himself that they are assigned to the apostolate. On all Christians rests the noble obligation of working to bring everyone throughout the whole world to hear and accept the divine message of salvation."
All should feel comfortable with this call of Christ and accept it without hesitation. Once again the Lord sends us into the cities and towns which He Himself wants to visit (cf. Lk 10:1). We should prove ourselves to be His co-workers and use all our energy for His work. 

Pause for reflection: God, You are our Eternal Father. You sent Your Divine Son Jesus into the world to redeem us. He died for us on the cross. He Himself leads us to beg You, Lord of the harvest, that at all times You send laborers, true messengers of the Gospel. 
Enkindle in our hearts the glowing flame of Your love, that urges all to work constantly and in every way possible for the salvation of all people. Let us employ all means to spread Your reign throughout the world, that soon there may be one fold and one shepherd. Lord, we trust Your infinite love and mercy! Amen. (SVP)

Bible verse: St. Luke 9:1-2 & 6
"He (Jesus) summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal [the sick]...  Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere." 
Intercessions: Lord Jesus Christ, give strength and courage to the preachers of the Gospel. Encourage all Christians to use their gifts and talents for the service of the Apostolate and Evangelization. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent
Closing prayer

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DAY 7

Invocation: "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim Your praise. At dawn let me hear of your kindness for in you I trust." (Ps 51:17; Ps 143:8)

Theme of the day: To become "new in Christ"
The Apostle Paul urges us to put aside the "old self" and to become a new person (cf. Rom 6 1ff). Jesus also takes up the call for conversion in His proclamation: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel" (Mk 1:15). Ultimately it is for us a joyful message. God does not want the death of sinners, but that they can be converted, live and become new. This becoming new is not a one-time event, but a constant reaching out toward goodness, which leads us to God. Be thankful that Jesus always gives us another chance. Try to live in this awareness. 

Pause for reflection: Lord Jesus, create me anew. Through the holiness and perfection of Your life destroy whatever is imperfect in my life. Be my life. I have a deep trust that You will work in me. Nurture me with Your divine life and thus make me a new creation. May I become every day more like You.
You nourish me with Your power and wipe out all my weaknesses. You nourish me with Your wisdom and blot out my ignorance. You nourish me with Your goodness and destroy all my wrongdoing. You nourish me with Your mercy and destroy my misery. You nourish me with Your justice and destroy all my injustices. You nourish me with Your love and destroy my selfishness. You nourish me with Your light and destroy all darkness within me. You nourish me with Your holiness and destroy my sinfulness. You nourish me with Your perfection and destroy my imperfections. 
What a miracle! What infinite mercy to me! O You, my God, You are eternal love. (SVP)

Bible Verse: St. Paul, Eph 4:29, 32f
"No foul language should come out of your mouths but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear... [and] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ." 

Intercessions: Lord Jesus, lead us today on Your way and preserve us from living without meaning. Open our hearts to Your message and grant us the strength to change our way of life. 

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Novena prayer in honor of St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 8

Invocation: "The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord shall let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" (cf. Num 6:24-26)

Theme of the day: All creation points to God
All who search and inquire, want to find God and to recognize the Lord in their own lives. People are asking for proof of God and ways that lead to God. Because of the variety of ways to experience God, each person must look at his or own experience as to how God can be found. 
Thus, an individual Christian can say in different ways: I experience God in prayer; I experience God in nature; I experience God in the Church; I experience God in my conscience; I experience God in love; I experience God in Sacred Scripture; I experience God in the community; I experience God in distress and in joy... therefore the experience of God does not come automatically. Rather I must prepare and be open to it. Often I learn in retrospect, that God was present in a special way at a certain point in my life and I was allowed to experience His company. I am grateful to God for His gift of revelation. 

Pause for reflection: St. Vincent Pallotti meditates on the meaning and worth of created things. To him they are an expression of God's sincere love for us; they are signs of the One who is the Eternal Love. 
Everything visible should awaken love for God, who is the "Eternal, Infinite, Immense and Incomprehensible." It is God who can give us what will fulfill our desires. God's infinite and merciful love created us and keeps us. The Creator gave us the light of day and wanted us to have the desire to see the eternal light which is God alone. 
God gave us the darkness of the night to prepare us for the eternal rest of heaven. The Creator gave us a rich variety of sounds and songs, so that we can love the eternal songs of glory in the splendor of the Saints. The Lord gave us a variety of tastes in food and drink, so that we may delight in the eternal and true pleasures which are in God. 
God, in Your wisdom You created all visible things so that I can recognize You, the creator of all. All visible things should serve only You. And one day I shall be united with You in the reign of eternal love in Your glory. (SVP)

Bible Verse: St. Paul to the Romans 1:19-20
"For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what He has made." 

Intercessions: Lord and God, let us clearly see and hear the signs by which You reveal Yourself to us. Open the eyes of all to what is essential. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer

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DAY 9

Invocation: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart... You built up strength within me... Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever." (Ps 138:1, 3, 8)

Theme of the day: Lord, You are Infinite Love
St. Vincent Pallotti writes repeatedly that God is love. For this reason, God wants to share personally without limit, because God's measure is Infinite Love. This personal communion with God fascinates Vincent and he can hardly do enough to continuously praise this love. Love has a unifying force. "to become fully transformed into God, to be totally like God" as the Saint often and with joy says, "that is the final goal of all who seek God." He asks himself in 1849 when giving the last great account of his life: "Tell us, Vincent, how did you utilize the infinite love of God, in whose image and likeness you are created?" This is a valid question for every Christian! 

Pause for reflection: My God, the fact that You created heaven and earth and all people, is a precious thought. You wanted to share Yourself out of infinite love. We are a living image of You, of Your wisdom, goodness, mercy, and holiness. You nurture us with the stream of your grace and gifts Let us acknowledge this in all sincerity. (SVP)

Bible Verse: 1 Kings 19:11-13
"The LORD said [to the prophet Elijah]: 'Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the LORD will be passing by.' A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD- but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake- but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire- but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave." (1 Kings 19:11-13) Then he heard God's voice .

Intercessions: Lord and God, make it evident in our lives that we may trust Your infinite love always and everywhere .Let all people experience Your love and Your mercy. 

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Novena prayer to St. Vincent Pallotti
Closing prayer