St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Prayer Diocese of Sovana

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena All 9 Days.

NovenaSt. Pope Gregory VII Novena
Novena BeginsMay 16
Feast DayMay 25
Patron Saint ofDiocese of Sovana

About St. Pope Gregory VII

The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families. In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk named Hildebrand to Rome as his counselor and special representative on important missions. Hildebrand was to become Gregory VII.

Three evils plagued the Church then: simony–the buying and selling of sacred offices and things; the unlawful marriage of the clergy; and lay investiture—kings and nobles controlling the appointment of Church officials. To all of these Hildebrand directed his reformer’s attention, first as counselor to the popes and later as pope himself.

Gregory’s papal letters stress the role of the bishop of Rome as the vicar of Christ and the visible center of unity in the Church. He is well known for his long dispute with Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV over who should control the selection of bishops and abbots.

Gregory fiercely resisted any attack on the liberty of the Church. For this he suffered and finally died in exile. He said, “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore, I die in exile.” Thirty years later the Church finally won its struggle against lay investiture. The liturgical feast of Saint Gregory VII is celebrated on May 25.

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 1

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 2

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 3

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 4

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 5

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 6

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 7

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 8

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

St. Pope Gregory VII Novena Day 9

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

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom
Saint Gregory of great renown,
by the firmness that you did show
in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies,
stretch forth from heaven your mighty arm,
we beseech you, to comfort her and defend her
in the fearful battle she must ever wage
with the powers of darkness.
Do so, in a special manner,
give strength in this dread conflict
to the venerable Pontiff
who has fallen heir not only to your throne,
but likewise to the fearlessness of your mighty heart;
obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors
crowned by the triumph of the Church
and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.
Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is
to strive against that faith which has always conquered
and is destined always to conquer:
‘this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith.’
This is the prayer that we raise to you with one accord;
and we are confident, that,
after you have heard our prayers on earth,
you will one day call us to stand with you in heaven,
before the eternal High Priest,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns world without end.

Amen

Saint Gregory VII, pray for us

(Mention your request here…)

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

Prayer to St. Pope Gregory VII

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom, Saint Gregory of great renown, by that firmness thou didst show in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies, stretch forth from Heaven thy mighty arm, we beseech thee, to comfort her and defend her in the fearful battle she must ever wage with the powers of darkness.

Do thou, in an especial manner, give strength in this dread conflict to the venerable Pontiff who has fallen heir not only to thy throne, but likewise to the fearlessness of thy mighty heart; obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors crowned by the triumph of the Church and the return of the lost sheep into the right path.

Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is to strive against that faith which has always conquered and is destined always to conquer: “this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.” This is the prayer that we raise to thee with one accord; and we are confident, that, after thou hast heard our prayers on earth, thou wilt one day call us to stand with thee in Heaven, before the eternal High Priest, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

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