Novena to Saint Benedict

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St. Paul says that our primary battles are not physical, but spiritual (Eph. 6:12). Because this is true, we need to sustain each other in prayer. We invite you to join us in praying a novena for our students from August 20th - August 28th leading up to their arrival on campus and the start of the academic year. Students, we invite you participate by praying for your friends and classmates! 

What is a Novena?

The word novena is taken from the Latin word “novem,” which means "nine". Novenas are made up of nine days of prayer and meditation and are often composed to invoke the aid of a saint for a particular reason.  That is why we have put together a novena to our patron, Saint Benedict, with meditations from his rule.

Novenas are an ancient tradition dating back to the days of the Apostles. Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to the upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) to pray together for nine days. These nine days of constant prayer proceeded Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). We pray novenas in imitation of the model of prayer set before us by Our Lady and the Apostles. 

Download a PDF version of the novena here.

Daily Prayers

DAY 1

Meditation

"Do not be daunted immediately by fear and run away from the road that leads to salvation. It is bound to be narrow at the outset. But as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love" (Rule of St. Benedict, prologue, 48-49)

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 2

Meditation

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection” (RB, prologue, 4).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 3

Meditation

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else” (RB, 4, 20-21).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 4

Meditation

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul” (RB, 48, 1).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 5

Meditation

“Just as there is a wicked zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from evil and leads to God and everlasting life. This, then, is the good zeal which monks must foster with fervent love: They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10), Supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weaknesses of body or behavior, and earnestly competing in obedience to one another” (RB, 72, 1-6).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 6

Meditation

“Let [us] prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life” (RB, 72, 11-12).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 7

Meditation

“Do not aspire to be called holy before you really are, but first be holy so that you may more truly be called so” (RB, 4, 62).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 8

Meditation

Whenever we ask some favor of a powerful man, we do it humbly and respectfully, for fear of presumption. How much more important, then, to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with the utmost humility and sincere devotion. We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words” (RB, 20, 1-3).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be

 

DAY 9

Meditation

“Yearn for everlasting life with holy desire” (RB, 4, 46).

Daily Prayer

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon the students of Hope College and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you, the source of all knowledge. May the desire for holiness and the devotion to prayer increase in our students and in our own hearts. We ask for the intercession of Saint Benedict, our patron, Messenger of Peace and Herald of the Christian Faith.

Our Father...........Hail Mary...........Glory be