Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Novena to St. Paul - the Whole Thing


Well, I had intended to post each day's prayers for the novena leading up to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) on each separate day for nine days prior to the Feast, but, naturally, I was way too busy with shows, travel and crises at home and abroad to hit the mark.


Here, then, is the entire novena. For private use.


TO BE PRAYED DAILY:


Glorious St. Paul,
Most zealous Apostle,
Martyr for the love of Christ,
Through your intercession may God grant us a deep faith,
A steadfast hope,
A burning love for our Lord;
So that we can proclaim with you,
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ
who lives in me.”
Help us to become apostles
Serving the Church with a pure heart,
Witnesses to her truth and beauty
Amidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God our Father:
“To Him be the glory, in the Church
and in Christ, now and forever.”
Amen.


First Day


DEATH TO SIN


St. Paul the Apostle, you who were "the greatest of sinners" "died to sin" , and were "buried with Christ in Baptism." May we, like you, "put to death all that is earthly in us", for "how can we who died to sin still live in it?"


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, free us from slavery to sin.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


(pray CONCLUDING prayers daily; see below)


Second Day


THE NEW MAN


St. Paul the Apostle, you remind us that dying to sin entails rising again, "that as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life." Thus we must "be renewed in the spirit of our minds, putting on the new self, created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, make us anew.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition


Third Day


SANCTIFICATION


St. Paul the Apostle, you tell us to die to sin, to rise again in Christ. Freed from sin and remade in Christ, we become servants of God. "But now that you have been freed from sin and have become God's slaves, the benefit you reap is sanctification, and the result is eternal life."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, sanctify us, make us holy - for Your holiness leads to life everlasting.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition


Fourth Day


SUFFERING


St. Paul the Apostle, dead to sin, renewed by Christ, made holy by his grace, may we always remember your words, "you are heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ, provided that you suffer with him in order that you may also be glorified with him."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, may we join You in taking up our cross daily and suffering with You, in order that we might be glorified with You.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


Fifth Day


RUNNING THE RACE


St. Paul the Apostle, you "fought the good fight." You did not "run aimlessly or box as one beating the air" . You "chastized your body to bring it into subjection" , knowing that fighting the good fight is a spiritual battle. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Let us, therefore, as you advise us, "take unto [ourselves] the whole armour of God, that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, give us the armor of God that we may win the spiritual battle.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


Sixth Day


ZEAL


St. Paul the Apostle, you said, "For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, 'The reproaches of those who reproached Thee fell upon Me.'" And you also said, "Am I trying to please men or God? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, give us the zeal to please You, though in pleasing You we might displease men.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


Seventh Day


THE BODY OF CHRIST


St. Paul the Apostle, you who encountered the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus, even after His ascension, recognized that He remained yet among us. His Body constitutes the Church. “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it,” you told us. And His body is also the Eucharistic sacrifice, which you described to the Corinthians. “This is my body, which is given up for you. Do this in memory of me,” as you tell us Jesus said. And you bore in your own body “the marks of Christ” . Beyond that, you write, “And I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of His body, which is the Church,”


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, make us aware of Your body in the Eucharist, and make us willing to join in the completion of this perfect offering of Your sacred Body and Blood as members of Your mystical Body, the Church.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


Eighth Day


HOLY PARADOX


St. Paul the Apostle, you ask, "Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" and you remind us that "the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men," for "His strength is made perfect in weakness."
Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, give us the wisdom not of this world, but the wisdom that is foolish to this world; and make Your strength perfect in our weakness.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition


Ninth Day


FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT


St. Paul the Apostle, you were blinded on the road to Damascus, and saw from that point forward by the light of Christ, for "a light has shone in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." And yet though now we "see through a glass darkly," then we shall see "face to face" For upon your conversion, God sent you to us, "to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light."


Lord Jesus, through the intercession of St. Paul, open our eyes and turn us from darkness to light.


And, Father, through the intercession of the Apostle, grant my petition.


CONCLUSION - to be prayed daily.


Most Holy Trinity, through the intercession of St. Paul, Convert, Apostle, and Martyr, grant us the grace to be imitators of him as he is of Christ, always remembering ...


"If I have not love, I am nothing .. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in what is right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. ... And now these three remain, Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is love."

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