St. Teresa of Avila Novena

Facts about St. Teresa of Avila Novena
Novena Starts:October 6th
Feastday:October 15th
Birth:March 28, 1515
Death:October 4, 1582
Patron saint of Headache sufferers, Spanish Catholic Writers, Spain, sick people, people in religious Orders, people ridiculed for their piety, lacemakers
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St. Teresa of Avila Novena

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Day 1 Prayer

Daily Prayer

O most amiable Lord Jesus Christ! We thank Thee for the great gift of faith and of devotion to the Holy Sacrament, which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits and by those of Thy faithful spouse, to grant us the gift of a lively faith, and of a fervent devotion toward the most Holy Sacrament of the altar; where Thou, O infinite Majesty! hast obliged Thyself to abide with us even to the end of the world, and wherein Thou didst so lovingly give Thy whole Self to us.

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Day 2 Prayer

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O most merciful Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of hope which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy holy spouse, to give us a great confidence in Thy goodness, by reason of Thy Precious Blood, which Thou hast shed to its last drop for our salvation.

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Day 3 Prayer

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O most loving Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of love which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most loving spouse, to give us the great, the crowning gift of Thy perfect love.

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Day 4 Prayer

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O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of great desire and resolution which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, that she might love Thee perfectly; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most generous spouse, to give us a true desire, and a true resolution of pleasing Thee the utmost of our power. Amen.

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Day 5 Prayer

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O most kind Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of humility which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most humble spouse, to grant us the grace of a true humility, which may make us ever find our joy in humiliation, and prefer contempt before every honor.

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Day 6 Prayer

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O most bountiful Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of devotion towards Thy sweet mother, Mary and her holy spouse, Joseph, which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most dear spouse, to give us the grace of a special and tender devotion towards Thy most holy mother, Mary, and towards Thy beloved foster-father, Joseph. Amen.

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Day 7 Prayer

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O most loving Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the wonderful gift of the wound in the heart which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy seraphic spouse, to grant us also a like wound of love, that, henceforth, we may love Thee and give our mind to the love of nothing but Thee. Amen.

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Day 8 Prayer

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O most beloved Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the eminent gift of the desire for death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most constant spouse, to grant us the grace of desiring death, in order to go and possess Thee eternally in the country of the blessed. Amen.

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Day 9 Prayer

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Lastly, O dearest Lord Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of the precious death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, making her sweetly to die of love; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most affectionate spouse, to grant us a good death; and if we do not die of love, yet, that we may at least die burning of love for Thee, that so dying, we may be able to go and love Thee for evermore with a more perfect love in heaven. Amen.

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More About St. Teresa

St. Alphonsus Liguori became devoted to St. Teresa and penned this novena in his diary.

Both St. Alphonsus and St. Teresa heavily emphasized the need for Mental Prayer, and they themselves practiced this form of prayer.

She witnessed conflict between her parents about how strict to be with the practice of their Catholic Faith, and as a young woman she struggled between the choice of being a fashionable young lady in society versus entering a convent and becoming a nun.

Teresa and her parents ultimately decided she would go to the convent, but even there she discovered such laxity of religious observance–many of the nuns indulged all manner of vanity and acted like they were not nuns at all–and since Teresa was herself so personable and attractive to others, she faced even more temptations to vanity and laziness.

By God’s grace, through a severe illness and subsequent lengthy recovery, she experienced a deep conversion of heart, especially through the practice of Mental Prayer. (Note from Devin Rose: Do you know about Mental Prayer? It is the second level of prayer after Vocal Prayer, and all the saints became saints through it. Learn more by looking up Lionheart Catholic.)

She founded a new convent, one that would actually follow the traditional Carmelite rule and observances. She faced tremendous opposition in doing so from the nuns at her original convent, from the town they lived in, and from others within the Church.

But she did not give up, establishing a reformed convent that became a new Order recognized by the Church: the Discalced Carmelites. This coincided with the broader movement in the Church to internally reform itself in response to the Protestant Reformation.

St. John of the Cross became her spiritual younger brother and himself was key to the Discalced Carmelites reform for the male part of the Order.