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On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, a special novena in honor of St. Francis de Sales will occur from January 20 to 28 in preparation for the celebration of his feast day on January 29.
 
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During the days of this novena, prayers to St. Francis de Sales and sermons on his spirituality will be made available on the Institute’s social media and Flocknote platforms. 
 
 
Please plan ahead to share in this spiritual wealth for the edification of souls!
 

Litany of St. Francis de Sales 

Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, 
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, 
have mercy on us.
Saint Francis, admirable bishop,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, beloved of God,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, imitator of Jesus Christ,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, filled with the gifts of the Lord,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, favorite of the Mother of God,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, most devout to the saints,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, burning with love for the Cross of Christ,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, most closely united to the Divine Will,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, vessel of election,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, light of the Church,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, perfect model of religious,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, source of wisdom,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, defender of the Catholic faith,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, good shepherd of the people,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, incomparable preacher,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, scourge of heresy,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, salt of the earth,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, model of justice,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, despiser of the world,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, lover of poverty,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, type of sweetness,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, conqueror of carnal passions,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, terror of devils,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, merciful prop to the penitents,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, refuge of sinners,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, providence of the poor,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, consoler of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, example of all perfection,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, ark of holiness,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, imitator of the purity of the Angels,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, cherub of wisdom,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, seraph of love,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, our holy patriarch,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, our sweet light,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, our mighty protector,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, our guide in the ways of God,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, our refuge,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, emulator of the Angels,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, imitator of the Apostles,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, sharer in the glory of the Martyrs,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, glory of holy confessors,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, teacher and director of virgins,
pray for us.
Saint Francis, glorious fellow citizen of all the Saints,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Pray for us Blessed St. Francis de Sales.

   R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God by Whose gracious will the Blessed Francis, Thy confessor and bishop,
became all things unto all men for the saving of their souls; mercifully grant that,
being filled with the sweetness of Thy love, we may,
through the guidance of his counsels and aid of his merits,
attain unto the joys of everlasting life. Amen. 


Prayer to St. Francis de Sales

O Blessed Francis, who in your life did excel in all virtues, especially in your love of God and of your neighbor, I earnestly ask you to take me under your immediate protection, to obtain from God my perfect conversion, and that of all sinners.

Teach me, O Father, to fix my eyes on heaven, that I may generously trample under foot every obstacle that presents itself in my way, and attain that degree of glory which you in your mercy hold out to me.

Obtain also the favor for which I now pray: (mention your request here).

Assist us O Lord, we beseech you, through the merits of St. Francis de Sales that, what our endeavors cannot obtain may be given to us by his intercession.

O God, who for the salvation of souls, did will that St. Francis de Sales should become all things to all men and women, mercifully grant that we, helped by the gentleness of his charity, guided by his teachings, and sharing in his merits, may obtain eternal happiness. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

Be at peace. Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them. He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

 

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shrine St. Stanislaus Oratory Milwaukee Saint Patrick's Oratory Green Bay St. Mary's Oratory Wausau St. Joseph Shrine Detroit St. Francis de Sales Oratory St. Louis Holy Family Log Church Cahokia Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish Pittsburgh St. Mary Oratory Rockford St. Margaret Mary's Oakland Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory San Jose Sts. Cyril and Methodius Oratory Bridgeport St. Anthony of Padua Oratory West Orange Old St. Patrick Oratory Kansas City St. Gianna Oratory Tucson St. Joseph Church Merrillville St. Patrick Parish and Oratory Waterbury St. Francis de Sales Oratory Sulphur St. Leo's Oratory Columbus