Today begins the novena to Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers. A novena is a nine-day long prayer, during which you pray for a specific intention. It’s modeled after the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s nine days of prayer between the Ascension of Christ into Heaven and the great feast of Pentecost, which is the official beginnings of the Catholic Church.
As a Third Order Dominican, I’ll be praying this novena beginning today for a specific intention. There is so much to pray for, but I have a particular intention in mind that I know I should be praying more consistently for. Feel free to join me in this novena, and ask the great Saint Dominic to pray for us!
Novena to St. Dominic
(Say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on July 30 and ending on August 7, the vigil of the Feast of St. Dominic.)
O renowned champion of the faith of Christ, most holy Saint Dominic, who renounced the honor and dignity of an earthly principality to embrace the poor, laborious, and mortified life which should distinguish a disciple of Him Who has said: “If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross and follow Me.”
O burning torch, who being yourself consumed with the fire of divine love, incessantly labored to enkindle that sacred flame in the hearts of others, look down upon me from that throne of glory where you enjoy the reward of all your labors, and obtain that some sparks of that blessed fire may be lighted in my soul, to animate and encourage me under any crosses or trials with which it shall please the divine goodness to visit me.
You, O great Saint, regards as nothing all the afflictions you endured, and all the toils you underwent for the promotion of God’s holy cause; obtain, I beseech you, that the same ardent love which strengthened you, may make sweet to me labors, humiliations, disgraces, or whatever other mortifications I may have to suffer for the Name of Jesus. May I ever bear in mind that nothing can happen to me but by the particular dispensation of a God Who is infinitely wise, and therefore knows what is best for my welfare; infinitely powerful, and consequently able to effect it; and above all, infinitely merciful and loving, Who has laid down His life for my redemption, and continues daily to give new proofs of His love and bounty.
O tender Father of the poor who, when all other resources were exhausted, offered yourself for their relief, obtain for me that true spirit of compassion for the suffering members of Jesus Christ, which shone forth so conspicuously in your holy life. May I, by charity to those whom Jesus so dearly loves, lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where you now enjoy that which the eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, but which God has prepared for those who love Him, and who prove themselves His Disciples by the observance of His Divine precept “love one another.”
I praise and thank God for the high degree of sanctity to which He had raised you, and the special privileges by which He has distinguished you. I call upon you, by that gratitude which you shall for all eternity have for your Divine Benefactor, implore for me the grace to root out of my heart whatever is not agreeable in His sight, especially that evil habit by which I most frequently offend Him. Obtain likewise the favors I request in this Novena, through your powerful intercession.
(Mention your intentions here)
O glorious Mother of God, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you who loved St Dominic with the affection of a mother, and were most tenderly loved and honored by him, look upon me, for his sake, with an eye of pity, deign to join with him in presenting these petitions to your most Blessed Jesus. I sincerely desire from this moment to love Him with all my heart, and serve Him with all my strength, and now place myself under your powerful protection, as a sure means of obtaining all the graces necessary to serve Him faithfully here, that I may eternally rejoice with Him hereafter. Amen.