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Novena for Orissa
Novena of Intercession



As agreed at the recent NAFRA meeting, the SFO in the United States would like to institute a “perpetual” novena for at least one year on behalf of the suffering people both home and abroad especially for those in Orissa, India, as we did in 2007 for Darfur. Every day for the next year, members of the SFO will be praying the novena prayer. For this to happen, 5 Regional fraternities are assigned to cover each month.  To make sure we cover the entire month, there will be four to five “waves” of the novena, each starting on Sunday. People are assigned to these waves by Region, as noted below.  For example, the first Sunday of December, members of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region will begin praying the novena; the second Sunday of the month Lady Poverty will begin the novena. In this way the people of Darfur will be held in prayer by the SFO for the entire year.


In the event there are only 4 Sundays in the month, the fifth Region can pray week 1, or choose another week.  Individuals may start and end their novena on other days if necessary, or do a different week. If you want to continue to pray before or after your week/month you can certainly do that!  You are also encouraged to share the novena with people in your parish, youth groups, or other organizations to which you belong.


 A novena allows us to hold a particular concern before God in a special way. The name “novena” comes from the Latin for “nine”. Traditionally we pray a novena every day for nine days, and the prayer is usually a bit longer than a brief intercession. This allows us to give more of ourselves to our prayer for the concern we are bringing before God. 









Week 1

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Bl Kateri Tekakwitha

Fr Solanus

The Tau Cross

Our Lady of the Angels

St. Katharine Drexel

Week 2

Lady Poverty

St. Margaret of Cortona

Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis

Five Franciscan Martyrs

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Holy Trinity

Week 3

Divine Mercy

Our Lady of Indiana

La Verna

Mother Cabrini

Franciscans of the Prairie

St. Clare

Week 4

St Joan of Arc

Queen of Peace

Juan de Padilla

Los Tres Companeros/Three Companions

Our Lady of the Rockies

Santa Maria de las Montanas

Week 5 or Week 1*

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Troubadours of Peace

Bl. Junipero Serra

St. Francis

St. Thomas More

Ohana O Ke Aneunue



The prayer follows:


Novena Prayer of Intercession


Merciful Father, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Wisdom and Compassion, please look with mercy upon our suffering brothers and sisters here at home and around the world, [particularly in *Orissa]. We humbly pray:


----  For those who have been subjected to violence, and their families, we ask for healing, consolation, and relief of further suffering.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

----  For those who have done violence, we ask for healing, forgiveness, and the grace of conversion.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

----  For those in authority throughout the world, we ask wisdom, creativity, compassion and courage in addressing these situations.

      Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be


Lord Jesus, Your Sacred Heart burns for love of all your people. Please place in our hearts that same love and inspire us to have the courage, wisdom and ingenuity to take what measures we can personally to relieve the suffering of our brothers and sisters.  We pray this in the Name of Jesus, our Lord, through the intercession of the sorrowful and immaculate Heart of Mary.


  Memorare:  Remember oh most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, oh Virgin of Virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Oh mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen



*insert specific concerns for which you would like to pray.



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