The Church celebrates the feast days of many holy men and women in September and early October. Join us in honoring these saints by praying one or more of these novenas this month.
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Novena of the Holy Cross
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. This feast commemorates St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, uncovering the true Cross of Christ and the dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher built over the site where it was found.
After it was uncovered, the Cross quickly became an object of veneration, as it symbolizes the love of God the Father and our salvation. Reflect on this great gift and bring your special intention to the Cross with this novena beginning September 5.
Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows
Christian art often depicts Mary’s heart pierced by seven swords, representing the sorrows she faced alongside her Son. The Church dedicates the entire month of September to remembering these Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.
Take comfort in knowing that whatever difficulty, sorrow, or grief you face, the Blessed Mother knows your pain and will bring you closer to her Son through it. Begin this novena on September 6 to finish in time for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15.
Novena to Saint Joseph of Cupertino
St. Joseph of Cupertino joined the Conventual Franciscans and despite extreme difficulties in his studies, he was ordained a priest for the order. He is often called “the Flying Friar” because he levitated when deep in prayer.
For these reasons, the Church considers St. Joseph of Cupertino as a patron saint for test takers, students, mental handicaps, air travelers, astronauts, and pilots. If you are heading back to school or traveling this month, or if you simply have an intention you’d like prayers for, pray this novena to St. Joseph of Cupertino beginning on September 9.
Novena to Saint Matthew
After hearing Jesus’ call and leaving his life as a tax collector, St. Matthew became one of the twelve apostles and later wrote one of the Gospels.
Because of his occupation, he is considered the patron saint of bankers and accountants, and is also a good saint to turn to when facing financial difficulties.
The novena to St. Matthew begins September 12 and ends on his feast day September 21.
Novena to Saint Padre Pio
Padre Pio is one of the most recognizable saints of the 20th Century. During his life as a humble Capuchin priest, God gifted Padre Pio with some of the most incredible gifts including bilocation and the stigmata.
He also became known for working miracles both during his life on earth and after his death. If you need a miracle in your life, ask for Padre Pio’s intercession with this novena beginning September 14.
Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots
The devotion to Our Lady Undoer of Knots began with a reflection from St. Ireneaus. He said: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”
Just as Mary’s “yes” untied the knot caused by sin, she can guide us to greater faith and help alleviate the difficulties we face in this life. When you have “knots” that seem too difficult to untangle, bring them to the Blessed Mother with this powerful novena that begins September 19.
Novena to Saint Michael
On September 29, the Church celebrates Michaelmas or the Feast of the Archangels–St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael.
Although not by name, St. Michael does appear in Sacred Scripture, and is described as the “Great Prince and defender of [God’s] people,” so the Church calls upon him for protection from evil and for healing. He guards the faithful on earth and is considered the patron of soldiers, police officers, and doctors.
Novena to Saint Therese of Lisieux
Even though she lived much of her short life as a cloistered Carmelite, St. Therese of Lisieux (also known as “The Little Flower”) is one of the most beloved saints in Church history. Pope Pius X even called her the “greatest saint of modern times.”
St. Therese’s writings offered the simple but profound spiritual truth of doing small things with great love, a message that still resonates with the faithful today. For this reason, John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church, making her the youngest saint to receive the honor.
Novena to the Guardian Angels
Many Catholics don’t often think about their Guardian Angels, let alone pray to them. But these heavenly friends of ours are a gift from God and want to be a part of our lives.
They offer us guidance and protection as we go about our lives and desire to lead us safely to heaven. Recognize their presence in your life, and ask for their prayers and help with this novena by praying this novena on September 23-October 2.
Novena to Saint Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi is arguably the most well-known and influential Catholic saint both in religious and secular circles.
Founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis lived a life marked by prayer, humility, and a love of poverty. He recognized his total dependence on the grace of God, allowing him to fully love all those he encountered.
Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary
This title of the Blessed Mother goes back to the 1500s. Pope Saint Pius V established this feast to thank God for the victory of the Christians in the battle of Lepanto–a victory attributed to the intercession of Our Lady through the rosary.
Many great saints have spoken about the power of praying the Rosary, through which we grow closer to the Blessed Mother who in turn leads us closer to her Son. Mary is the most powerful intercessor we have. Bring your intentions to Our Lady of the Rosary with this novena beginning on September 28.
Novena to Our Lady of Good Remedy
The title of Our Lady of Good Remedy was given to Mary in the 1100s by St. John of Matha to honor her and offer her thanks.
St. John began the Brothers of the Most Holy Trinity, or the the Trinitarians, who devoted themselves to freeing Christians who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery. The Trinitarians had a deep devotion to Our Lady–daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. They invoked her intercession in their work and for all of their needs.
You can also approach Our Lady with your intentions, trusting her to be the “remedy” for all your needs with this novena. While it can be prayed at any time, you begin this novena to Our Lady of Good Remedy on September 29 if you want to end on her feast.
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