Novena to Saint Benedict

(For protection against poisoning)

Glorious Saint Benedict, 
sublime model of virtue, 
pure vessel of God's grace! 
Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet. 
I implore you in your loving kindness 
to pray for me before the throne of God. 
To you I have recourse in the dangers 
that daily surround me.
Shield me against my selfishness 
and my indifference to God and to my neighbor.
Inspire me to imitate you in all things.
May your blessing be with me always, 
so that I may see 
and serve Christ in others 
and work for His kingdom. 

Graciously obtain for me from God 
those favors and graces 
which I need so much in the trials, 
miseries and afflictions of life.
Your heart was always full of love, 
compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted 
or troubled in any way. 
You never dismissed without consolation 
and assistance anyone who had recourse to you.
I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, 
confident in the hope that you will hear my prayers 
and obtain for me the special grace and favor I earnestly implore.

(State your intention here...)

Help me, great Saint Benedict, 
to live and die as a faithful child of God, 
to run in the sweetness of His loving will, 
and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.

Amen. 


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