School Community Encouraged to Join in Praying the St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena

In preparation of the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola on July 31, St. Ignatius Catholic School encourages students, families, parish members, and school supporters to join in praying the St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena from July 22-July 31, 2022. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the patron saint of St. Ignatius Catholic School in Kaukauna, as well as is the patron saint of educators and education. St. Ignatius lived in the 15th-16th centuries and founded the Society of Jesus/the Jesuit Order. The Order has the motto Ad majorem Dei gloriam (AMDG) —“for the greater glory of God” — which is seen in our school's logo and reflected throughout our school culture. His spirituality focuses on and inspires us to desire and choose only that which is more conducive to the eternal end for which we are all created - to praise, reverence, and serve God and to serve Him through serving others.

 

What is a novena?

A novena typically refers to nine days of a specific prayer, including asking God for a specific intention often through a saint’s intercession. Novenas can help us grow purposeful and consistent in daily prayer, seek the intercession of the saints, and lift up our intentions to God. Many novenas begin or end on a saint's feast day.

There are numerous novena apps and websites highlighting a variety of prayers or reflections to potentially use for this novena. Below is one option for the St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena to consider.

God's ways are not our own; may praying this novena bring about further faithfulness in consistent and purposeful prayer, draw us closer to our Creator and the holy men and women of the Church, and help us recognize God's goodness, who answers all prayers according to His divine will.

 

How do I pray the St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena?

Prayerfully consider what specific intention you will bring to God in this novena, and pray the following for nine consecutive days, ideally July 22 through July 31, which is the feast day of St. Ignatius:

[Sign of the Cross.]

Pray: Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.

Pray: (1) Our Father ...

Intention: [​State your request.] 

Pray: Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee, That with all Thy saints, I may praise thee Forever and ever. Amen. St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.

[Sign of the Cross.]