A novena prayer in honor of St. Alphonsus Liguori

On Sunday, August 2, the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, patron saint of confessors, is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Author of many beloved devotional works, the saint founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (“Redemptorists”).

A visit on the patronal feast day to a church such as the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore, 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 August 2:

O glorious Saint Alphonsus, my most beloved protector, thou who hast laboured and suffered so much to secure to men the fruits of Redemption, behold the miseries of my poor soul, and have pity on me. Through thy powerful intercession with Jesus and Mary, obtain for me true repentance, together with the pardon of my past faults, a great horror of sin, and strength always to resist temptation. Impart to me, I pray thee, a spark of that ardent charity with which thy heart was ever inflamed; and grant that, imitating thee, I may make the good pleasure of God the only rule of my life. Obtain for me, moreover, a fervent and constant love for Jesus Christ, and a tender and filial devotion to his Mother Mary, together with the grace to pray always, and to persevere in the service of God until my death; so that I may at length join with thee in praising God, and the most Blessed Virgin Mary, for all eternity. Amen.

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