Starts: January 31st
Feastday: February 8th

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Introduction

St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan in 1869. She was kidnapped and sold into slavery, suffering tremendously in body and soul.

She was eventually bought by an Italian consul and after some years gained her freedom. She put her faith in Christ and was baptized in 1890. She discerned the call to religious life and became a Canossian Daughter of Charity. Her life was marked by joyful, heroic virtue. She died in 1947 and was canonized in 2000.

St. Josephine Bakhita
St. Josephine Bakhita

Intro Prayer (to be said each day)

In You, Lord, I place my hope, I raise my spirit to my God. You are the God of my salvation, every day I hope in You. Do not let me be disappointed! In this novena I humbly ask for (mention request here).

Daily Prayers

Day 1: Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us a great trust in You who are our rock and refuge. Grant that, in every circumstance of life, we may abandon ourselves to you like little children in the arms of the Father. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 2: Almighty God, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us an open and free heart; help us to be content with everything and never lose heart, hoping, in everything and for everything, in our ‘Paron’ (Master). We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 3: Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us a poor and simple heart, like that of Mary and of your Son who became poor for the love of us. Imitating Him, let us place our confidence not in riches, but in your love and embrace. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 4: Almighty God, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, enwrap us with your meekness and patience so as to enjoy your peace even when things are not as we would like them to be. May your powerful hand sustain us and bless us so that we may enter our Heavenly homeland. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 5: Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, give us always a hunger and thirst for holiness so that everyone may be saved and come to know and love Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. He lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Day 6: Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us sentiments of sincere mercy towards everyone. Grant us that we may heartily forgive the offenses that we receive and thus savour the beauty of your forgiveness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 7: Almighty God, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us a transparent and upright heart able to contemplate your image in every brother and sister that we meet and with whom we live. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 8: Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant that everywhere we may be instruments of your peace and grant this peace to every family and to the whole world. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Day 9: Heavenly Father, through Saint Bakhita’s intercession, grant us to embrace lovingly every moment of our lives and to discover your presence close to us in the signs of the Cross. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Prayer (to be said each day)

St. Josephine Bakhita, you who lived your daily life with joyful faith, pray for us!


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