What is a Novena?
A novena is an ancient tradition of devotional praying, a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services repeated for nine successive days. Our Patron Saint is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Below is her Novena and her historical information.
Novena to St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) (Pray August 1 – 9)
Dear Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, child of the Day of Atonement Yom Kippur, daughter of Abraham, bride of Christ, seeker of truth, scholar of the Church, handmaid of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, servant of the Suffering Servant, presence of mercy, victim of hate, embracer of the Cross of Christ-like love, Martyr of Auschwitz, imitator of Jesus, friend of God, please pray for me and intercede for this petition of mine.
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Lord, God of our fathers, you brought St Teresa Benedicta to the fullness of the science of the Cross
at the hour of her martyrdom. Fill us with the same knowledge; and, through her intercession,
allow us always to seek after you, the supreme truth, to remain faithful until death to the covenant of love ratified in the blood of your Son, for the salvation of All. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.