Facts about St. Francis Xavier Novena
Feastday: December 3rd
Novena Starts: November 24th
Patron saint of African missions, Apostleship of Prayer, Australia, Borneo, China, Fathers of the Precious Blood, foreign missions, Green Bay Wisconsin, India, Indianapolis Indiana, Sophia University, Tokyo Japan, University of Saint Francis Xavier, Philippines, Missionaries, Missioners of the Precious Blood, Navarre, Spain, navigators, New Zealand, parish missions, plague epidemics, Propagation of the Faith, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka
Birth: April 7th, 1506
Death: December 2nd, 1552
St. Francis Xavier Novena Prayers
O St. Francis Xavier, well beloved and full of charity, in union with thee, I reverently adore the Majesty of God; and since I rejoice with exceeding joy in the singular gifts of grace bestowed upon thee during thy life, and thy gifts of glory after death, I give Him hearty thanks therefore; I beseech thee with all my heart’s devotion to be pleased to obtain for me, by thy effectual intercession, above all things, the grace of a holy life and a happy death.
Moreover, I beg of thee to obtain for me (mention your intention here).
But if what I ask of thee so earnestly doth not tend to the glory of God and the greater good of my soul, do thou, I pray, obtain for me what is more profitable to both these ends. Amen
Concluding Prayer (to be said each day)
Our Father Hail Mary Glory Be
Who Was St. Francis Xavier?
Francis Xavier, S.J. was born on April 7, 1506 and became a great Catholic missionary after co-founding the Society of Jesus religious Order (the Jesuits).
He was born in the Kingdom of Navarre (in present-day Spain) and was a companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
He led the mission into Asia, primarily in what was the Portuguese Empire, and also in India.
He had the distinction of being the first Christian missionary to evangelize Japan and Borneo.
The Miraculous Novena of grace to St. Francis Xavier originates in Naples in December 1633, where Fr. Marcello Mastrilli (a Jesuit priest, like St. Francis Xavier), was on his deathbed.
St. Francis Xavier miraculously came to him and told him to renew the vows he had made to work for the conversion of souls in Japan.
St. Francis said to him: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”
Fr. Mastrilli was miraculously cured at that moment. While traditionally it has been prayed in March, it is also prayed starting in late November to lead up to St. Francis Xavier’s feastday.