A novena prayer in honor of St. Vincent de Paul

On Sunday, July 19, the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the “Great Apostle of Charity” of the 17th century, is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Enslaved by the Muslims for two years as a young priest, the saint eventually founded the French religious orders of the Daughters of Charity and the Congregation of the Mission (“Vincentians”).

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Vincent de Paul in Washington, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of this novena prayer, formerly indulgenced, on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on July 19:

O glorious St. Vincent, heavenly patron of all charitable associations and father of all the unfortunate, who in thy lifetime didst not reject anyone who had recourse to thee; see now by how many evils we are oppressed, and come to our assistance. Obtain from Our Lord help for the poor, solace for the sick, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, charity for the rich, conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquility among nations, and salvation for all. May all feel the effects of thy merciful intercession, so that, sustained by thee in the miseries of this life, we may be able to join thee above, where there will be no more strife, lamentation or sorrow, but joy, exultation, and beatitude for ever. Amen.

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