Novena to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

A dear friend gave me a booklet of the novena to Saint Pio last month. Unfortunately, for some reason or the other, I can’t complete the novena uninterrupted from day 1 to day 9. With renewed resolve, I promised myself I will start the novena this September, and made the first of September day one of the novena.

I tried to look for an online version. It’s puzzling, I can’t find the complete set of prayers on just one site. So I decided to take matters in my own hands, and am including everything here. What a coincidence that his feast day is on September 23, making my novena too early.

Prayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

O God, You gave Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Capuchin priest, the great privilege of participating in a unique way in the passion of Your Son, grant me through his intercession the grace of…. which I ardently desire; and above all grant me the grace of living in conformity with the death of Jesus, to arrive at the glory of the resurrection.

Glory be to the Father…. (three times)

Introductory Prayer
to recite each day

Come to me as Father and friend, Jesus, and do not leave me alone;
Lord, abide with me!
I am just a pilgrim wandering in a world enveloped by darkness;
bestow on me Your Light and Your Grace.
Lord, abide with me!
In this precious moment, embrace me;
let this union between us last forever.
Lord, abide with me!
Accompany me along life’s journey; I need Your presence.
Without You I become faint and fall.
Lord, abide with me!
Evening is coming and I am racing like a river towards the deep sea of death.
Lord, abide with me!
Be my strength in sorrow and in happiness,
whilst I live and until I die within Your embrace.
Lord, abide with me!

The First Day

O glorious and Holy Padre Pio, we are at your feet, turn your gaze to us. We are devoted to you; we admire your life and follow your teachings, and have experienced the power of your intercession. While you lived in this world, multitudes of people arrived every day in San Giovanni Rotondo to recognize and behold your credence, to receive pardon through your word, to hear your teachings and to invoke your intercession. With this same love and conscious of the glorious power of your prayers before God, we are prostrate at your feet.

Pray for us. We entrust ourselves to you, certain that you will obtain for us from God the graces of which we are in need. We ask this in the Name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

– That the Lord grants to the world and to the Church responsible, faithful leadership.

Let us pray.
– That every family be healthy in body and spirit. Amen

Day 2

O glorious Padre Pio, from infancy you offered yourself to God as an instrument of reparation. With your impoverished family you began to grow in age, wisdom and goodness. Your father, dreaming of a better tomorrow, left for Argentina and you, who said, “My father went far away from his wife and children in order to provide all of us with something to eat”, recognized the courage of this gesture. Your mother undertook the task of providing for the family by working in the fields so that nothing would be lacking.

We have your testimony that you left us to serve as a lesson: “From early childhood we worked with commitment. We worked for our daily bead. Our affection devolved on our parents. With them we struggled in the great battle of life.. ” May the Lord grant to us dedication to good works, devoutness, and a close relationship with our families. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– that the family loves and honors God, for that the family that prays together remains united.

Day 3

Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and venerate you in Jesus name. They ask for cures and healings , earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you ask be forgiven in Jesus’ name.

Through your visible wounds of the Crucified Jesus, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus. Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us bring back the veneration of the wounds of Jesus Christ, for we acknowledge His Precious Blood as true a sign of salvation, cleansing and purification.

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, like beloved Jesus Christ, we not only remember the blood He shed as you also shed in pain, along with your smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, certainly the Scent of The Lord, symbolic as the perfume of sanctity.

Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints. In your kindness, please help me with my own special request: (mention here your petition, and make the sign of the Cross).

Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

– So that all the services that we lend are expressions of faith in the Gospel.

– So that we know to remain near our poor and needy brothers.

– So that our lives are an expression of Evangelical service in words and deeds.

Day 4

O holy Padre Pio, in the friary you began a new life, the results of which you already knew, as you yourself said: “I was only 16 years old but I knew that I had to dedicate myself in order to even better the call of my voluntary commitment and to become competent in philosophy and theology. It was a communal life that demanded a strong spiritual enrichment…”: No one mislead you. Your mother, when you left for the friary, said: “Knowingly you have come along to the door of your new house… Now, with your Brothers, return to the work as always. Remember me in your prayers and never forget that, above all you are a son of God and St. Francis. How much is asked, but you do not merit grief from your own loved ones, if that does not give you joy to have found the true way of life… “. Thus began your life as a Religious. Instil in the Church a generous spirit capable of leaving all to follow Christ. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

– That God will help us comprehend the efficacious power of accepting our crosses.

– That all priests will be witnesses of the faith as a resource to the people.

– That all priests remain in communion with the Pope and the Bishops. Amen.

Day 5

O holy Padre Pio, your life was simple and far from easy. You were tried by suffering and temptations and the pain rendered your heart like a pruned grapevine. Never did you desire that your suffering become visible exteriorly and you preferred to suffer in silence. To be seen wounded was not important because you knew that it was God who wounded you; you have learned well that to accept suffering does not mean neither to be sorry, neither to love suffering but rather to accept that it therefore humbles one, as the earth accepts rain from the heavens that penetrates to its depths. In this way you coped, Padre Pio, and were able to hide your suffering with the roses of serene acceptance.

Teach us to have an authentic Christian attitude toward suffering so that its purifying and evangelistic action can be completed in us. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

-That we understand suffering in a Christian context.

-That we accept in the spirit of faith our illnesses and those of our brothers.

God have Mercy , blessed Saint Padre Pio pray for us!

Day 6

O holy Padre Pio, from childhood you offered yourself as a victim for others. God accepted your aspiration, and at San Giovanni Rotondo, you became “another Christ” suffering. Of your interior struggles you said: “Who will be able to discover the interior martydom that I suffer? A single memory of those inner battles makes my blood run cold in my veins. I heard the voice that called me to obey you, O God, but your enemies tyranise me, wrench my bones and contort my entrails…”. One day, on your body, appeared the stigmata. You desired to be a victim for all, for those that you knew and for those that you didn’t know, for the just and the unjust. From the time of your discharge from military service you had become aware of much evil in the world, and you offered yourself for the Church and you asked God that He discharge on you His punishments for these evils as necessary propitiation: you wanted to bear the punishment for the sins of others.

Blessed Saint Padre Pio, grant to us from God the ability to accept sufferings and to make them an offering of love. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

-That our sufferings become the portal to a union with Christ.

-That God will help us comprehend the efficacious power of accepting our crosses.

-That God will teach us how to accept and offer our sufferings to Him. Amen

Day 7

O holy Padre Pio, man of faith and prayer, the multitudes of yesterday and today have come and continue to come to you: Why? They see a man of God, a man of great faith, a man become prayer, a man of suffering, one crucified without a cross… and they remain mute, contemplating your passing hours and hours on end in the choir loft, before the crucified Lord and at the feet of Our Lady of Grace. Who are you to those who come to you, you were asked one day, and you replied: “Among you I am a human being, on the Altar a victim, and in the Confessional a judge”.

Your Mass was something magnificent! The people crowded close around the Altar, saw you transfigured by love and suffering, and believed!

The intensity of the ardour, with all proclaiming that you lived the Passion of Christ and that you were immolated with Him, was marvelous. Pope Paul VI recognized you with these words: “Look at the renown and the world wide following he has brought together around himself! Why? Because he celebrated Mass with humility heard confessions from morning to evening, and was a man of God”.

Most dear Padre Pio, intercede for us before God, that we may live our faith as you lived yours, that Mass may become the source and the summit of our ardour and that our life passes into a constant, living communion with Him. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

– That the Holy Mass and the Eucharist may be the source and the summit of our faith.
– That, following your example, we live in constant communion with God.
– That we accept unsparingly the adversities that are placed before us as a test of our faith. Amen

Day 8

O holy Padre Pio, for Christians suffering is a necessary test of faith. God chose you to be a victim and you became a sacificial lamb as an offering for love. You offered yourself to God so that others may have life everlasting. Concern for the well being of others is a hallmark of Christian life. You bear your love to bring among men the presence of God, and thus profess your devotion to Him: “We must love others because they are visible images of God and to love them as God loves them… if God has willingly overwhelmed us with gifts, we cannot lock them up in a trunk without forsaking the good fruits that they must produce”. Your love of God and humanity moved you to suffer with those who are suffering. It was impossible to eliminate suffering but you saw that you could bring relief and felt obligated to do something. Thus the great work to alleviate suffering was brought into being – The Home for the Relief of Suffering – your hospital!

We want to learn from you this sensibility. Never must we pass indifferently by our suffering brothers. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

– That the elderly and the sick receive from us the affection that they deserve.
– That we manifest our love of God with works of charity towards our fellow man.
– That we know how to awaken hope in the sick and that our hearts are always full of good will towards those who are suffering . Amen

Day 9

O holy Padre Pio, crucified without the cross, our existence, marked by the longing for eternity , is humanly inexplicable. Your whole life was one of total dedication to God and your fellow man and, like Christ, always doing good. The crowds rushed to you, to your Mass, to your Confessional, for your blessing, to your devotional practices… and returned home comforted and content.

Today you continue to be our defender before the throne of God and, every year, millions of people visit your tomb seeking grace or giving thanks for miracles obtained through your intercession.

Dear Padre Pio, with great trust we turn to you to beg your intercession and to seek refuge. Pray for us; obtain from God the graces we need. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen.

– That we be good witnesses of the faith for the world.
– That we pass on to future generations our way of life loving God and the Church.
– That, in this proud age so preoccupied in possessing more and more, we serve as witnesses to a higher value, as was our beloved Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Prayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Padre Pio,
teach us too, we pray,
humility, that we may be counted among the humble of heart
in the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His kingdom.
Obtain for us an expression of faith capable of recognising Jesus
in the faces of the poor and suffering.
Sustain us during our times of trial and struggle and, should we fall,
let us experience the Joy of forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Teach us tender devotion towards Mary,
Mother of Christ and our Mother.
Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage
towards the blessed Homeland,
where we, too, hope to arrive
to contemplate eternally
the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(This novena prayer was recited every day by Padre Pio for all those who asked his prayers)

I. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Behold, I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.’ Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said, ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’ Encouraged by Your infallible words, I now ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to the Father…
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us poor sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate heart of Mary, Your tender mother and ours.

Hail, Holy Queen… St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us


3 thoughts on “Novena to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

  1. May our Lord God, through the intercession of our Most Blessed Mother Mary and St. Padre Pio, bless you and grant all you petitions. Thank you for puting this together. Like you, I sometimes forget my prayer book together with the novena to St. Padre Pio. What you did will ensure I pray the novena every day and not just for 9 days. God bless you and your family!

  2. Thank you so much for putting this novena on FB I was looking for Padre Pio prayers he has answered so many of my prayers.God Our Blessed Lady and Padre Pio bless you.

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