Benedictine Prayers

Novena to Saint Benedict

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Glorious Saint Benedict, sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace! Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet. I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.

To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me.

Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbor.

Inspire me to imitate you in all things.

May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life.

Your heart was always full of love, compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. You never dismissed without consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to you.

I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I earnestly implore.

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Help me, great Saint Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.


Other Benedictine Prayers

Prayer for the Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict on March 21*

O almighty and everlasting God, who delivered the most holy Confessor Benedict out of the prison of the flesh and bore him up to heaven, grant us we beseech You, your servants, who are celebrating this festival, forgiveness for all our sins, so that, united in rejoicing in his glory, we may by his intercession before You partake together also in his merits. Through our Lord.

From the Preface of our Holy Father Benedict

You provided your holy confessor, Benedict, as a leader and master in the spiritual life for a countless number of followers. Filled as he was with the spirit of all the just, you flooded him with the splendor of your light in a vision. In the intense radiance of this vision his mind was freed of hindrance and he was able to discern how incomplete are all things here below: Through Christ our Lord. Because of this the entire monastic company in every part of the world sings out its joy, and the Virtues on high, with the Powers of the angelic choir, continuously praise your glory in song and say: Holy, holy, holy….

Prayer from the Votive Mass of Saint Benedict

Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Saint Benedict, that filled with this spirit we may learn to love what he loved and practice what he taught. Through Jesus Christ….

Prayer to Saint Benedict for a Happy Death

V. Intercede for us, O holy Father Benedict.

R. And obtain for us the grace of a happy death.

O holy Father Benedict, whose very name signifies your blessedness, you most joyfully offered your angelic soul to God while you stood in prayer with your arms raised to heaven.

You have promised to defend us from the devil’s attacks at the hour of death if we daily recall to you your own glorious death and heavenly joys.

Protect me, therefore, O glorious Father, today and every day by your holy blessing, so that I may never be separated from our blessed Jesus, nor from the company of you and all the saints. Amen.

O God, who adorned the precious death of our most holy Father, Saint Benedict, with so many and so great privileges, grant, we beseech You, that our departure hence, we may be defended from the snares of the enemy by the blessed presence of him whose memory we celebrate. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Celebration of Saint Benedict on July 11*

O God, who filled your most blessed Confessor Benedict with the spirit of all the righteous : grant us, your servants, who celebrate his solemnity, that filled with his spirit, we may faithfully accomplish, with your assistance, that which we have promised. Through our Lord.


Lord, by your grace Saint Benedict became a great teacher in the school of your service. Grant that we may put nothing before our love of you, and may we walk eagerly in the path of your commandments. Through Jesus Christ….

Prayer after Communion

O Lord, you graciously made blessed Benedict the father of many peoples. Having all shared in the one bread, we ask you that through his prayer you may favor your Church with unity and gladden her with fruitfulness. Through Jesus Christ….

A Prayer about Benedict

from the People’s Companion to the Breviaryby the Carmelites of Indianapolis

O God, you have endowed your servant Benedict with the gifts of prayer and universal charity. His life, like the good tree planted near living water, has born fruit in countless women and men who have embraced his way of life. Bless your laboring church whose valiant defender he was and whose inspiration he continues to be. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen