NOVENA TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE – DAY 1 (FOR WOMEN AND MEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

A Prayer for Deceased Mothers by St AugustineOPENING PRAYER TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

(For the conversion and sanctification of ourselves and our loved ones)

Lord our God, ever merciful to all who hope in you, you adorned your servant Monica with the priceless gift of reconciling her husband and children to you; you listened to her fervent and continuous prayers calling Saint Augustine from the ways of error to serve you in holiness, making of him a sign in the world of the power of the grace of Christ and of the intercession of the saints on our behalf; renew, O Lord, in your Church and in our hearts the spirit you gave to Saint Augustine and Saint Monica; grant that in our thirst for true wisdom we and our loved ones may never cease to search for you, and may our hearts rest united in you, the living fountain of unending love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A SHORT MEDITATION ON THE LIVES OF SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

(PART 1: ST. MONICA)

Image of St. MonicaMost of the female saints of the first few centuries of the Church are virgins, martyrs, or both. Most of the medieval and modern female saints are nuns, especially foundresses of religious orders. Married female saints are relatively rare. With some few contemporary exceptions, they are the mothers of kings, of emperors, or of other canonized saints. Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo’s mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in a Catholic family at Tagaste (a long-extinct Christian North Africa), which is present-day Algeria. Tagaste had been Christian for over two hundred and fifty years by the time Monica was born. So although from a present-day perspective she was born in ancient times, just after the Council of Nicea, her family’s faith likely dated to the first waves of African Christianity, long before Nicea. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother’s violent temper. Patricius’ mother lived with the couple and the duo’s temper flares proved to be a constant challenge to young Monica. While Monica’s prayers and Christian deeds bothered Patricius, he is said to have respected her beliefs. Three children were born to Monica and Patricius: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Unfortunately, Monica was unable to baptize her children and when Augustine fell ill, Monica pleaded with Patricius to allow their son to be baptized. Patricius allowed it, but when Augustine was healthy again, he withdrew his permission. Patricius was indeed a difficult man whose early death left her a widow at forty. Monica and her husband wanted their gifted and intelligent son Augustine to receive the best education possible, so they sent him away for schooling. For years Monica prayed for her husband and mother-in-law, until finally, one year before Patricius’ death, she successfully converted them. (To be continued…)

Silent Prayer and Reflection…

EVERYDAY PRAYER TO SAINTS MONICA AND AUGUSTINE

Sabia que Santa Mônica também rezava muito pelo neto?

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, you endured many sorrows, difficulties, and humiliations. However, you never despaired or lost faith. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord.

Today we pray for women and men who are victims of domestic violence, may God help them free themselves from abuse and live safely in the peace of Christ.

Dear St Monica, troubled wife, and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea for (mention your petition here).
And grant me the grace to accept his will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

O holy Saint Augustine, who has famously declared that “Our hearts were made for you, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”, aid me in my own search for our Lord that through your intercession I may be granted the wisdom to determine the purpose God has planned for me. Pray that I be blessed with the courage to follow God’s will even at times when I do not understand. Ask our Lord to lead me to a life worthy of His love, that I may one day share the riches of His kingdom. Petition our Lord and Savior to ease the burden of my problems and grant my special intention, and I will honor you all of my days.

Beloved Saint Augustine the miracles you have performed for the greater glory of God have caused people to seek your intercession for their most pressing concerns. Hear my cries as I invoke your name to petition God for an increased faith and to aid me in my present distress. (State the nature of your problem or the special favour you seek)

Glorious Saint Augustine I boldly ask for your intercession confident in your boundless wisdom and compassion. May this devotion lead me to a life dedicated to fulfilling the will of God that I may one day be deemed worthy of sharing His Kingdom with you and all the saints for all eternity.

 

INTERCESSIONS

  • Lord, you gave Saint Monica the strength to overcome the difficulties of her marriage, help all spouses who experience trouble in their marriage to be a consolation to one another.
  • Lord, you comforted Saint Monica in her prayer for the conversion of her son, help us not to despair in times of trial, and to place all our hope in you.
  • Lord, you granted Saint Monica the grace of bringing her husband and her son to you, may all wives and mothers be instruments of your love in their families, so that they know how to lead their husbands and children to you.
  • Lord, through a true conversion of heart you led Saint Augustine out of the depths of sin to your love, come to our heart, so that we will forget our sins and we will be embraced by you, our one and only good.
  • Lord, you inflamed the hearts of Saint Monica and her son Saint Augustine so that they would aspire to heavenly things, may we also long for the supreme source of life.

Full of confidence we pray to our heavenly Father in the words Christ taught us. Our Father… Hail Mary (X3)… Glory be…

 

PRAYER OF PETITION

Blessed Saint Monica, please add your prayers to all those mothers who are concerned and worried about their children, especially those who have turned away from Christ and His Church. Take them under your protection and give them the courage to walk in the ways of the Lord despite the temptation and false values they find in today’s world. Please also, take my personal request to God for my loved ones with the same fervour and persistence with which you prayed for your own son. Amen. Blessed Saint Augustine, we entrust to your powerful intercession our hearts and those of our loved ones, so that we will all be faithful to the Love and Grace of God who invites us to conversion, to live and rest in Him, to live in the communion of love with all our brothers and sisters and to spread his love to all our neighbours. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYERS

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.
Amen.

O Saint Monica, who through prayer and tears achieved the conversion of your son and your husband from God, look to my bitter heart. I pray now for this person who causes so much trouble and suffering to my heart and to my whole family… (Name the person you pray for)

Saint Monica, may your prayers join mine to move the Good God, so that He, the living and true God, may make this person for whom I pray can return to the right path. Santa Monica, let the Father in Heaven call this prodigal son back to his father’s home. Give me this joy and I will be forever grateful.

LET US PRAY
O God, comforter of the afflicted, health to those who wait in You, who mercifully accepted the pious tears of the blessed mother Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine and her husband Patricius, grant us through Your Intercession, that we may weep for our sins and find indulgence of Your grace. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us!

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Blessing+

Through the intercession of Saints Monica and Augustine, may the Lord bless + us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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Shalom!
Compiled from various sources by Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo, Brazil
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Caroline Edward
Caroline Edward
2 years ago

Saints Monica and Augustine lead me to true conversion and a loving mother to my family thank you Father Justin for this novena just at the right time our family need this novena you truly a missionary at heart thanx Padre

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
2 years ago

Amen

Nneka
Nneka
2 years ago

Amen

Nwanya Precious
Nwanya Precious
2 years ago

O holy Saint Augustine, who has famously declared that “Our hearts were made for you, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”, aid me in my own search for our Lord that through your intercession I may be granted the wisdom to determine the purpose God has planned for me. Pray that I be blessed with the courage to follow God’s will even at times when I do not understand.

AMEN

Adaeze
Adaeze
2 years ago

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion. Amen

Jenny Nwatu
Jenny Nwatu
2 years ago

Saints Monica and Augustine , pray for us

Colette
Colette
1 year ago

l pray for women and men who are victims of domestic violence, may God help them free themselves from abuse and live safely in the peace of Christ. Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
1 year ago

Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
1 year ago

I sincerely dedicate today’s novena of Saints Augustine and Monica to my family especially our first Son believing with the intercession of the Saints, there will be a turnaround in the family.

ABAAGU NGUEMO
ABAAGU NGUEMO
1 year ago

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
6 months ago

St. Augustine, pray for us!
Santa Monica, intercede for us! Amen

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
6 months ago

May all wayward children today through the intercession of St Monica and Augustine be converted to the love of Christ. Amen

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
6 months ago

Through the intercession of St. Monica and St. Augustine may the Lord grant us pardon for our sins Amen

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
6 months ago

St. Augustine pray for us.
St. Monica intercede for us, Amen

Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
Ndu-kanebi, Lauretta
6 months ago

I pray for the intercession of St. Monica and St. Augustine in the life of my husband and in my Office, that God will make things turn around to my favour and blessings through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Francisca Ogbu
Francisca Ogbu
6 months ago

Saint Monica and saint Augustine touch the hearts of Raymond and his wife so that they will release my goods all this and more I ask through Christ our lord amen

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
6 months ago

Amen

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
6 months ago

St Monica an St Augustine join your prayer with mine that I may testify to God’s goodness

Rumeh
Rumeh
6 months ago

St Monica & St Augustine pray for us

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
6 months ago

St. Monica and St Augustine leaf me to true conversion.
St. Monica and St. Augustine lead us to true conversion.

Lina Omagbitse
Lina Omagbitse
6 months ago

Stains Monica and Augustine pray for my family. Amen

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
6 months ago

Saint Augustine and Saint Monica, pray for us.

Gloria Mary usu
Gloria Mary usu
6 months ago

St Augustine and St Monica pray for us that I and my entire family will be converted and I will be a lovely mother to my children Amen

Adebayo Olabode Micheal
Adebayo Olabode Micheal
6 months ago

St Augustine and St Monica be with us throughout this novena and answer all our prayers

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine pray for my family Amen

Chinwe Ibe
Chinwe Ibe
6 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine, keep interceding for us as we pray.

Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
Elizabeth Anthony Ogbekile
6 months ago

Thanks be to God for his constant Love and faithfulness, i thank God for this powerful novena and this powerful chain of prayer group(OCCF). May the prayers of this group always be heard and answer through Christ our Lord.
St. monica and St. Augustine intercede for us all.

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
6 months ago

Saint Augustine, pray for us. Santa Maria intercede for us and our country Nigeria.

Bamigboye Margaret
Bamigboye Margaret
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine pray for us

Dora Faleye
Dora Faleye
6 months ago

Amen

Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
6 months ago

Sts Monica and Augustine, please pray for me. Amen

Sheila Wobi
Sheila Wobi
6 months ago

Thank you Jesus

Njideka Ihionu
Njideka Ihionu
6 months ago

St monica pls return my son Oliverjude Ihionu to return to Sacrament.. and stop him from smoking weed. I ask this in this novena through Christ our Lord Amen.

Joy
Joy
6 months ago

St Monica and Agustin pray for us

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
6 months ago

St. Augutine, pray for us
St. Monica, intercede for us Amen

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
6 months ago

Amen

Ebele Ojukwu
Ebele Ojukwu
6 months ago

Sts. Monica and Augustine, pray for us Amen

Thelma
Thelma
6 months ago

Through the intercession of Sts Monica & Augustine, may the Almighty grant us our heart desires. Anen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
6 months ago

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me, my husband and my children to true conversion. Amen

Doris Okoh
Doris Okoh
6 months ago

Pray for me oh Holy Saints

Theodora Tsado
Theodora Tsado
6 months ago

St Monica and St Augustine pray for us

Dee
Dee
6 months ago

Please St. Monica and St. Augustine, intercede for all troubled parent and troubling children.
Amen

Nasa
Nasa
6 months ago

Dearest St Monica and St Augustine, obtain for us the grace of true conversion

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
6 months ago

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine
Pray for us

Priscilla
Priscilla
6 months ago

Lord have mercy.

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
6 months ago

Saints Monica and Augustine, lead me to true conversation, Amen

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
6 months ago

Saint Monica! Pray for us
Saint Augustine! Pray for us. Amen

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
6 months ago

Sts Augustine and Monica pray for Us..

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
6 months ago

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine, lead me to true conversion.

uju chukwuma
uju chukwuma
6 months ago

May our prayers be answered through the intercession of St Monica

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