St Christopher

PREPARATORY PRAYER
Drawing of St Christopher holding the Child Jesus

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverent worship to Your Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before You and invoke Your supreme generosity and mercy.

Illuminate the darkness of my mind with a ray of Your Heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Your Divine Love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of Saint Christopher in whose honour I make this novena, and following his example imitate, as he did, the life of Your Divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech You to graciously grant me, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which I humbly place before You, devoutly saying, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

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Graciously grant my prayer, if it is for Your greater glory and the salvation of my soul. Amen.

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF ST. CHRISTOPHER

O God, who made St. Christopher a true Christ-bearer, who converted multitudes to the Christian faith, and who You gave the grace to suffer for Your sake, the most cruel torments.

Through his intercession, I implore You to protect me from sin and preserve me against the harmful forces of nature, such as earthquake, lightning, fire, and flood. Amen.

INVOCATION OF ST. CHRISTOPHER

Great St. Christopher, mighty master which you found in Jesus Christ, the Almighty God of Heaven and earth, you faithfully served Him with all your power to the end of Your life, gaining for Him countless souls and finally shedding your blood for Him, obtain for me the grace to bear Christ always in my heart, as you once bore Him on your shoulders. So that by this, your intercession, I may be strengthened to overcome victoriously all temptations and resist all enticements of the world, the devil, and the flesh, and that the powers of darkness may not prevail against me. Amen.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

My Lord and my God! I offer up to You my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Your Son, together with the merits of His Immaculate and Blessed Mother, Mary ever Virgin, and of all the Saints, particularly the Holy Helper, St. Christopher, in whose honour I make this novena. Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Your Grace and Your Love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.