FIRST DAY: Dear St John, you are the patron of all who suffer heart disease. He gave to others without even a thought to his own life. All rights reserved. You were considered by many in your community to have experienced mental illness and to have served those with mental illness. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. Please pray for those who have dedicated their lives to serving those in their community and their families whose lives are also greatly affected by this noble work. St John of God please pray for (State your intentions here). He would tend to the needs of his patients during the day and beg alms in the evening to keep his hospital running. Please pray that I may give freely the best of what I have to those who need it most. Help me to consider others and their needs first. Feel the power of praying together with thousands of people. He experienced a radical conversion that led to him serving others in many different ways. During this time he prayed to Mary, saying, "Mother of God, come to my help. Help me to serve those closest to me in my daily interactions. LEADER O glorious St. John of the Cross, through a pure desire of being like Jesus crucified, you longed for nothing so eagerly as to suffer, to be despised, and to be We also pray for all who are sick of heart whether through sin or unrequited longing. After he heard a sermon by St. John of Avila, he was so moved that he begged God for mercy and beat himself in public. Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Say 1: Our Father…  Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…. I pray for those who live with mental illness that they may have the strength for the suffering that they endure and receive the support that they need. Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me … Through the love which Jesus had for you in choosing you for the sublime vocation of serving the sick, and through the tender affection with which the Blessed Virgin Mary placed upon your head a crown of thorns as a symbol of the sufferings you would undergo in the service of the sick to attain to your crown of glory, I beg you to intercede for me to Jesus and Mary that They may grant me a cure, if this should be according to the Will of God. Teach me to carry with cheerful resignation the cross that God has given me. We pray for them that they may find help for their illness. (Three times.). Please pray for my own mental health, that I may seek support from my community and health care professionals when necessary. While searching for answers to his life, he returned to Granada and found out both of his parents had passed away. Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Despite this tragedy, he found his call to holiness, his vocation, and path to God. Click to join in praying the St. John of God Novena, Join in praying the St. John of God Novena. Learn how your comment data is processed. Amen. Help me to accept my shortcomings and strengths and let my life be transformed by Christ. Saint John of God, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. I trust in your great love for the sick and in the power of your intercession to help them. Help me to seek the wisdom of others when I am in the process of discerning God's will. He found refuge in the home of a man named El Mayoral, and John began learning the skills of a shepherd there. You can pray the St. John of God Novena for any intention! Tradition holds that he was sanctified in his mother’s womb, and from the Scriptures we know he “met” Christ while in utero when Mary visited Elizabeth (the Visitation). Please pray for those trapped in a life of sin that they may be freed from the bondage of sin. Say this novena nine times in a … Advertising Disclosure: Some pages on this site or in our emails may contain advertisements or affiliate links for which we are compensated. (Three times.) St. John of God, Pray for Us. Amen. Dear God, your mercy worked a great conversion in St. John of God's life, and I too seek a further conversion of heart. Saint John of God, heavenly Patron of the Sick, I come to you in prayer to seek your help in my present sickness. Even his impulsiveness was at the service of others and God. Your charity has inspired many to follow in your footsteps, St. John. Amen. You lived a life begging and caring for the outcasts of society, St. John of God. How patiently you bore the sufferings of your own disease! When he grew older, the allure of travel and personal gain attracted him to fight in the war. Amen. Amen. In honor of Saint John of God: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be. He is a very holy saint who will pray fervently for you! He was able to make his way back but found himself in peril again when he didn't follow through with orders and was to be hanged. Saint John of God devoted himself to a life of prayer and caring for the physical and spiritual needs of others. Amen. Help me to be compassionate and see Jesus in every person I meet. Let me never complain or lose courage. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. You followed the spiritual direction of wise counsel for your life, St John. St. John of God, your humility saved your ministry. [The Novena consist of 9 days of prayers.] Novena to Saint John of the Cross (December 5–13) 4OPENING NOVENA PRAYER (to be said each day) LEADER: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.Amen. Dear God, your mercy worked a great conversion in St. John of God's life, and I too seek a further conversion of heart. Saint John of God, heavenly Patron of the Sick, I come to you in prayer to seek your help in my present sickness. You ran into a burning building to save the lives of those within! Help me, good St. John, and beg the God whose name you bear to touch me as He touched the sick while on earth, that through His almighty power health may return to my body. Many people questioned his mental stability, so he was encouraged to meet with Saint John of Avila who advised him to not focus on himself, but instead, to serve others if he wished to make amends for his past life. Please help me to amend my ways as St. John of God did, so that others might say that I am Yours first and foremost. You were quick to serve others and follow God's promptings in your life. NOVENA TO SAINT JOHN OF GOD (For a cure.) This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Saint John of God's life was riddled with tragedy and strife. Why Pray the St. John of God Novena? He encouraged everyone to pick topics on the Faith, versus the secular books he sold. Amen. He is also the patron booksellers, firefighters, nurses, the sick, and hospitals. Every aspect of his life was used for the good of others, even his impulsiveness. Amen. Pray to your holy Son for me so that he may save me from this peril in which I find myself.". St. John of God's efforts even drew in others to aid his service, which continues today in the religious order the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God. Saint John of God, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be… Day 2 – St. John of God Novena. He once ran into a burning building to save the patients of a hospital and jumped into a river to try and save his friend. John was born in Portugal in 1495 and shortly thereafter was separated from his parents at the young age of eight. You gave freely, even to the point of having no clothes. Amen. St. John of God Novena Prayer Begins: February 28th or 29th Feast Day: March 8th. And as you derived strength in your own sufferings from the crucifix, so may I be able to say what you did to Jesus Crucified: “Lord, Thy thorns are my roses and Thy sufferings my paradise.” Good Saint John, lover of those who suffer and special Patron of the Sick, I confidently place before you my earnest petition. I praise you Lord, for your kindness and mercy knows no limits. Amen. Help me to turn to prayer in times of doubt and hardships. St. John the Baptist was the prophet chosen by God to be the immediate forerunner to Jesus Christ. St. John of God’s Feast Day: March 8. Please help me to amend my ways as St. John of God did, so that others might say that I am God's first and foremost. He was given the name John of God by the Bishop of Tuy who had heard of John's life and tendency to give others the cloak off his back.