A Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

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Introduction to the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

This Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, written by Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP, and Sr. Rorivic P. Israel, ASP, is nine days of prayer focused on spiritual growth. The novena draws heavily on the epistles of Saint Paul, which is appropriate, considering the life story of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Born of noble parents in Cremona, Italy, in 1502, Antonio Maria Zaccaria took a vow of chastity at a young age. A student of philosophy who studied medicine and even practiced as a doctor for three years, Saint Anthony was nonetheless attracted to the priesthood, and he was ordained in near-record time—after only one year of study. (His earlier training in philosophy had already prepared him well for the priesthood.) In the first years of his priesthood, Saint Anthony put his medical training to good use, working in hospitals and poorhouses, which in the 16th century were all run by the Church.

While serving as spiritual advisor to a countess in Milan, Saint Anthony founded three religious orders, all devoted to the teachings of Saint Paul: the Clerics Regular of St. Paul (also known as the Barnabites), the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, and the Laity of St. Paul (better known in the United States as the Oblates of St. Paul). All three were dedicated to reform in the Church, and Saint Anthony became known as a doctor of souls as well as of bodies. He also encouraged devotion to the Eucharist (indeed, he helped to popularize the 40 Hours Devotion) and to Christ on the Cross, both themes that appear in this novena. (You can learn more about St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria's thought and work in the Writings of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, hosted by the Barnabites.)

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria died on July 5, 1539, at the age of 36. Though his body was found to be incorrupt 27 years after his death, it would take over three-and-a-half centuries before he was beatified (in 1890) and canonized (in 1897) by Pope Leo XIII.

Instructions for Praying the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Everything you need to pray the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria can be found in the following pages. Begin, as always, with the Sign of the Cross, then proceed to the next page, where you will find the opening prayer for each day of the novena. After praying the opening prayer, simply click on the link for the appropriate day of the novena, and follow the instructions on that page. End each day's prayers with the closing prayer for the novena and, of course, the Sign of the Cross. (For a shorter form of the novena, you can pray the closing prayer by itself for nine days.)

Go to the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

The Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria is prayed at the beginning of each day of the novena.

Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Gracious Father, fount of holiness, with hearts full of confidence and loving obedience to your will, we pray, together with St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, for the grace of a life of virtue, in imitation of Christ, your Son. Incline our hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, so that He may guide us and keep us in the path that leads to you. And by His help may we become genuine disciples of your immeasurable goodness and unfathomable love for all. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

After praying the opening prayer, proceed to the readings and prayers for the appropriate day:

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First Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Faith

On the first day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for the theological virtue of faith.

"It is necessary that you always trust in God's help and come to know by experience that you are never to be without it."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Constitutions XVII

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (1:8-12)

I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is heralded throughout the world. God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in proclaiming the gospel of his Son, that I remember you constantly, always asking in my prayers that somehow by God's will I may at last find my way clear to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may share with you some spiritual gift so that you may be strengthened, that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by one another's faith, yours and mine.

Second Reading: From the Sixth Letter of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria to the Reverend Fr. Bartolomeo Ferrari

Dearly beloved in Christ, why do you entertain any doubts? Haven't you experienced in this undertaking that you never lacked the necessary means to help those in need? Nothing is more certain and reliable than experience. Those who love you do not possess the wealth either of a Paul or of a Magdalene; they do, however, trust in the One who enriched them both. Thus as a result of both your faith and theirs God will provide for any person under your care. You can be sure that, before you speak and in the very moment of speaking, Jesus Crucified will anticipate and accompany, not only every word of yours, but your every holy intention. Don't you see that He Himself has opened the doors for you with His own hands? Who, then, will hinder you from entering the hearts of people and from changing them so completely as to renew them and beautify them with holy virtues? Nobody, of course—neither the devil nor any other creature.

Invocations for the First Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, precursor of Catholic reform, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, faithful administrator of the divine mysteries, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, priest solicitous in making gain in others, pray for us.

Prayer for the First Day of the Novena

Christ, our Savior, you endowed St. Anthony Mary with the light and flame of a solid faith. Increase our faith, so that we may learn to love the living true God. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Second Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Steadfast Prayer

On the second day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for the strength to engage in steadfast prayer.

"You will never make any progress if you do not arrive at taking the utmost delight in prayer."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Constitutions XII

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians (4:2, 5-6)

Persevere in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving; conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one.

Second Reading: From the Third Letter of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria to Carlo Magni

Enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified as familiarly as you would with me and discuss with Him all or just a few of your problems, according to the time at your disposal. Chat with Him and ask His advice on all your affairs, whatever they may be, whether spiritual or temporal, whether for yourself or for other people. If you practice this way of prayer, I can assure you that little by little you will derive from it both great spiritual profit and an ever-greater love relationship with Christ. I am not going to add anything else, for I want experience to speak for itself.

Invocations for the Second Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, man ever absorbed in prayer, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, imitator and missionary of the Crucified Christ, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, ardent adorer and promoter of the Eucharist, pray for us.

Prayer for the Second Day of the Novena

Christ Redeemer, you found Saint Anthony Mary in steadfast, compassionate, and loving conversation with you, the Suffering One. Grant us to make progress on the way of the Cross toward the glory of the resurrection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Third Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Piety

On the third day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for piety, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

"Do not be afraid or fainthearted because of want of exterior compunction and devotion—as they call it—for God is with you more truly and more lovingly than with those who enjoy consolations of the heart."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Constitutions XII

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy (4:4-10)

Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer. If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Second Reading: From the Twelfth Chapter of the Constitutions of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

God very often takes away exterior fervor and devotion for various reasons, namely: that man may understand that this is not within his own power, but God's gift, and thus he may humble himself more and more; that man may learn how to progress interiorly by himself, and to find out and painfully see that it is his own fault if he loses fervor and devotion.

Hence, realize that, if someone loses fervor for being deprived of exterior fervor, you cannot conclude that he never had true fervor, but simply he is spiritually inconstant.

And so be assured that if you apply yourselves to true devotion (which is readiness for service, in obedience to God's will) instead of seeking sensible sweetness, you will become once and for all so fervent as to be unable to limit yourselves in the things that are pleasing to God.

Invocations for the Third Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony Mary, man divine and holy, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony Mary, man resolute in acting, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony Mary, man relentless against lukewarmness, pray for us.

Prayer for the Third Day of the Novena

Christ Priest, you granted Saint Anthony Mary an angelic piety for the Eucharist and made him its ardent adorer and untiring apostle. Grant that I too, pure of heart, could taste the ineffable gift of God. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Fourth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Divine Knowledge

On the fourth day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for divine knowledge, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

"Man first leaves aside the exterior world and enters his own interior world, and only then from there he ascends to the knowledge of God."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon 2

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (1:15-19)

I, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe.

Second Reading: From the Fourth Sermon of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

If eloquence does not seem to you to be a great quality, knowledge certainly is such an excellent thing that everybody wishes to have it. You have been taught by Adam how great is its value when, for the pleasure of becoming like God in the knowledge of good and evil, he disobeyed the commandment of the Lord God. But no matter how excellent a quality knowledge is, it, too, is of very small advantage.

I am not telling you of this regarding only the knowledge of worldly things, but even more regarding the knowledge of God's secrets, like having the prophetic gift, and knowledge of supernatural things by the prophetic light, as proven by that most evil prophet, Balaam, by his own ruin (Numbers 31:8). And with far greater reason I affirm the uselessness of the knowledge of things that God alone knows, and we too come to know by faith—even that faith which empowers man to work miracles.

Invocations for the Fourth Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, prudent in discernment, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, adorned with all virtues, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony Mary, pride of great teachers, pray for us.

Prayer for the Fourth Day of the Novena

Christ Teacher, you enriched with divine knowledge St. Anthony Mary, to make him father and guide of souls toward perfection. Teach me how to announce "the spiritual liveliness and the alive spirit everywhere." Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Fifth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Wisdom

On the fifth day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for wisdom, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

"O Wisdom above all wisdom! O inaccessible Light! You turn the learned into ignorant, and those who see into blind; and, on the contrary, you turn the ignorant into learned."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon 1

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (2:6-16)

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.

Second Reading: From the First Sermon of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

God knew how to arrange creatures in that admirable order that you see. Notice that, in his Providence, God leads man, created free, in such a way as to force and compel him to enter that order; yet without forcing or compelling him to do so.

O Wisdom above all wisdom! O inaccessible Light! You turn the learned into ignorant, and those who see into blind; and, on the contrary, you turn the ignorant into learned, and the peasants and the fishermen into scholars and teachers. Therefore, my friends, how can you believe that God, the very apex of wisdom, may have been wanting in resourcefulness and unable to accomplish His work? Don't believe that.

Invocations for the Fifth Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, enlightened by the sublime science of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, man inspired by the sublime wisdom of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, wise educator of the people of God, pray for us.

Prayer for the Fifth Day of the Novena

All powerful Father, you sent your Son so that through Him we might call ourselves and truly be your children. Grant unto me the gift of wisdom to know the mystery of your will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Sixth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Perfection

On the sixth day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for perfection.

"For God, who is Eternity itself, Light, Incorruptibility, and the very Apex of all perfection, willed to come to live in time and to descend in darkness and corruption and, as it were, in the very sink of vice."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon 6

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (13:10-13)

I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Second Reading: From the Sixth Sermon of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Choose, then, what is good and leave out what is bad. But which is the good side of created things? It is their perfection, while their imperfection is the bad side. Therefore, draw near to their perfection and withdraw from their imperfection. Look, my friends: if you wish to know God, there is a way, "the way of separation" as spiritual writers call it. It consists in taking into consideration all created things with their perfections and in distinguishing God from them and all their imperfections, so as to say: "God is neither this nor that, but something far more excellent. God is not prudent; He is Prudence itself. God is not a particular and limited good; He is the Good, universal and infinite. God is not just one perfection; He is perfection itself without any imperfection. He is the all good, the all wise, the all powerful, the all perfect, etc."

Invocations for the Sixth Day of the Novena

  • Anthony Mary, magnanimous hero, you have fought without pay the good fight, pray for us.
  • Anthony Mary, exultant champion, you have quickly finished the race, pray for us.
  • Anthony Mary, blessed servant, you have remained faithful unto death, pray for us.

Prayer for the Sixth Day of the Novena

Christ, Head of the Church, you called St. Anthony Mary to fight the lukewarmness, "this pestiferous and great enemy" of you Crucified. Grant to the Church not "small saints" but big ones, to reach the fullness of perfection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Seventh Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Love of God

On the seventh day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for love of God.

"What is necessary, yes, I emphasize, necessary, is to have love—the love of God, the love that makes you pleasing to Him."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon 4

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (8:28, 35-38)

We know that all things work for the good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Second Reading: From the Fourth Sermon of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Consider what a great love is demanded of us: a love that can be none other but the love of God.

If eloquence does not profit, if knowledge is of no benefit, if prophecy is of little worth, if working miracles does not make anyone pleasing to God, and if even almsgiving and martyrdom are of no avail without love; if it has been necessary, or most convenient, for the Son of God to come down on earth to show the way of charity and the love of God; if it is necessary for anyone who wants to live in union with Christ to suffer tribulations and adversities according to what Christ, the only teacher, has taught by words and actions; and if no one can go through these difficulties, carrying this load without love, for love alone lightens the load, then the love of God is necessary. Yes, without God's love nothing can be accomplished, whereas everything depends on this love.

Invocations for the Seventh Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, true friend of God, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, true lover of Christ, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, friend and herald of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.

Prayer for the Seventh Day of the Novena

All merciful Father, you so loved the world that you gave your only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sin. Through His Holy Blood sanctify me in love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Eighth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Brotherly Love

On the eighth day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for brotherly love.

"Let us run like madmen not only toward God but also toward our neighbors, who alone can be the recipients of what we cannot give to God since He has no need of our goods."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Letter 2

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (13:8-11)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Second Reading: From the Fourth Sermon of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria 

You wish to know how to acquire the love of God as well as to find out whether it is in you? One and the same thing helps you acquire, expand, and increase it more and more, and reveals it as well when it is present. Can you guess what it is? It is love—the love of your neighbor.

God is a long way from our direct experience; God is spirit (John 4:24); God works in an invisible fashion. Thus, His spiritual activity cannot be seen except with the eyes of the mind and of the spirit, which in most people are blind, and in all are wavering and no longer accustomed to seeing. But man is approachable, man is body; and when we do something to him, the deed is seen. Now, since He has no need of our things, whereas man does, God has set man as a testing ground for us. In fact, if you have a friend very dear to you, you will also hold dear those things he loves and cherishes. Therefore, since God holds man in great esteem, as He has shown, you would show meanness and indeed little love for God, if you did not think very highly of what He bought at a great price.

Invocations for the Eighth Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, man gentle and humane, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, man burning with charity, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, man ruthless against vices, pray for us.

Prayer for the Eighth Day of the Novena

Eternal Father, you love everyone and want everyone to be saved. Grant that we do find you and love you in our brothers and sisters so that they too, through me, may find you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Ninth Day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria - For Holiness

On the ninth day of the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, we pray for holiness.

"You have decided to give yourselves to Christ, and I desire that you do not fall victims to lukewarmness, but rather that you grow more and more fervent."—St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Letter to Mr. Bernardo Omodei and Madonna Laura Rossi

Pray the Opening Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

First Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (12:1-2)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Second Reading: From the 11th letter of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria to Mr. Bernardo Omodei and Madonna Laura Rossi

Anyone willing to become a spiritual person begins a series of surgical operations in his soul. One day he removes this, another day he removes that, and relentlessly proceeds until he lays aside his old self. Let me explain. First of all, he eliminates offensive words, then useless ones, and finally speaks of nothing else but of edifying things. He eradicates angry words and gestures and finally adopts meek and humble manners. He shuns honors and, when they are given to him, not only is he not interiorly pleased, but he also welcomes insults and humiliations, and even rejoices in them. He not only knows how to abstain from the marital act, but, aiming at increasing in himself the beauty and merits of chastity, he also renounces anything smacking of sensuality. He is not content to spend one or two hours in prayer but loves to raise his mind to Christ frequently. . . .

What I do say is: I would like you to be intent on doing more every day and on eliminating every day even licit sensual inclinations. All this is, indeed, for the sake of willing to grow in perfection, of diminishing imperfections, and of avoiding the danger of falling prey to lukewarmness.

Do not think that my love for you or the good qualities you are endowed with, may have me desire that you be just little saints. No, I greatly desire that you become great saints, since you are well equipped to reach this goal, if you will it. All that is required is that you really mean to develop and give back to Jesus Crucified, in a more refined form, the good qualities and graces He has given you.

Invocations for the Ninth Day of the Novena

  • Saint Anthony, angel in flesh and bones, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, youth grown as a lily, pray for us.
  • Saint Anthony, rich man stripped of everything, pray for us.

Prayer for the Ninth Day of the Novena

Holy Father, you predestined us to be holy and without blame in your presence. Enlighten our hearts so that we may know the hope of my vocation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.

Pray the Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

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Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

The Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria is prayed at the end of each day of the novena. It can also be prayed by itself for nine days as a shorter novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

Closing Prayer for the Novena to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, continue your work as doctor and priest by obtaining from God healing from my physical and moral sickness, so that free from all evil and sin, I may love the Lord with joy, fulfill with fidelity my duties, work generously for the good of my brothers and sisters, and for my sanctification. I also beg of you to secure for me the special favor I seek in this novena.

[Mention your request here.]

Gracious Father, grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.