St. Damien of Molokai Novena Prayer Patron Saint of People Suffering from Leprosy

St. Damien of Molokai Novena All 9 Days.

NovenaSt. Damien of Molokai Novena
Novena BeginsMay 1
Feast DayMay 10
Patron Saint ofPeople Suffering from Leprosy

About St. Damien of Molokai

When Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremelo, Belgium, in 1840, few people in Europe had any firsthand knowledge of leprosy, Hansen’s disease. By the time he died at the age of 49, people all over the world knew about this disease because of him. They knew that human compassion could soften the ravages of this disease.

Forced to quit school at age 13 to work on the family farm, Joseph entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary six years later, taking the name of a fourth-century physician and martyr. When his brother Pamphile, a priest in the same congregation, fell ill and was unable to go to the Hawaiian Islands as assigned, Damien quickly volunteered in his place. In May 1864, two months after arriving in his new mission, Damien was ordained a priest in Honolulu and assigned to the island of Hawaii.

In 1873, he went to the Hawaiian government’s leper colony on the island of Moloka’i, set up seven years earlier. Part of a team of four chaplains taking that assignment for three months each year, Damien soon volunteered to remain permanently, caring for the people’s physical, medical, and spiritual needs. In time, he became their most effective advocate to obtain promised government support.

Soon the settlement had new houses and a new church, school and orphanage. Morale improved considerably. A few years later, he succeeded in getting the Franciscan Sisters of Syracuse, led by Mother Marianne Cope, to help staff this colony in Kalaupapa.

Damien contracted Hansen’s disease and died of its complications. As requested, he was buried in Kalaupapa, but in 1936 the Belgian government succeeded in having his body moved to Belgium. Part of Damien’s body was returned to his beloved Hawaiian brothers and sisters after his beatification in 1995.

When Hawaii became a state in 1959, it selected Damien as one of its two representatives in the Statuary Hall at the US Capitol. Damien was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 1

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 2

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 3

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 4

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 5

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 6

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 7

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 8

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Day 9

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, the sick, the weary, and those forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength of faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. As a Spartan, I come before you a humble servant of God, bless me with the spirit of your love and instill in me the touch of healing and grace that you yourself possessed.

Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

Prayer to St. Damien of Molokai

God, our Father, we give thanks for Damien, our brother. Following Jesus, Your Son, he went to the lepers of Molokai, he became one of them even onto death; he showed them that You love them; he gave them back the pride of being human, and the hope of a future.

Therefore, we ask You; may we be resurrected by Your Spirit to walk in the footsteps of Damien, to be animated by the same faith.

Open our eyes, open our hearts, that we might go to all those abandoned, ignored, forgotten. Obtain that through us they may discover who You are. Raise up men and women ready to follow the road he has walked.

This is the prayer that we address to You, Father full of tenderness and love, You, our God, always and for all eternity. Amen.

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