All Saints' Day Novena

All Saints’ Day is November 1st but you can pray the All Saints’ Day Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

According to Catholic teaching, there are three states of the Church: the Church Militant, the Church Penitent, and the Church Triumphant. We are the Church Militant because we are still living our earthly life and are active in spiritual warfare on Earth. The Church Penitent are those who are in Purgatory who are being purified so as to be fit for entering Heaven. The Church Triumphant are those who are already in Heaven. It is this last group that we celebrate on All Saints’ Day and whose intercession we regularly seek in these novenas, because they are the ones who already see God face-to-face.

About All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween, which is no coincidence since Halloween is All Hallows’ Eve (i.e., the eve of All Saints’ Day). Each recognized saint has his or her own feast day, but on All Saints’ Day, we celebrate all the saints together, both those who are known and those who are unknown by us who are still on Earth. As we celebrate all those who are in Heaven, let us remember that we are called to one day join them.

All Saints' Day Novena Prayers

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 1

O holy Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, be my mother and guide me to a life of holiness that I may one day join you and your Son in Heaven for all eternity. Intercede on my behalf that I may be a student of your humility and purity. I ask that you place before your Son my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us.

Mary, Most Holy, pray for us.

Mary, Most Pure, pray for us.

Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us.

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.

Mary, Queen of Angels and Saints, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 2

O holy angels, who have been steadfast servants of God since before the world was formed, watch over us and guide us in our everyday lives that we may grow in holiness. Intercede on my behalf that I may grow in fortitude to always choose to follow God as you have. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Michael, pray for us.

St. Gabriel, pray for us.

St. Raphael, pray for us.

Guardian angels, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 3 

O holy Apostles, those who were first called by Jesus to be His followers, you demonstrate what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Intercede on my behalf that I may be more disposed to the Spirit you received at Pentecost, so that I may be eager to grow as a disciple of Christ. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Peter, pray for us.

St. Andrew, pray for us.

St. James, pray for us.

St. John, pray for us.

St. Philip, pray for us.

St. Jude Thaddaeus, pray for us.

St. Bartholomew, pray for us.

St. Thomas, pray for us.

St. James, pray for us.

St. Matthew, pray for us.

St. Simon, pray for us.

St. Matthias, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 4 

O holy martyrs, who died for your faith as loyal servants of God, thank you for your courage and sacrifice, which helped to enable the Gospel to reach me. Intercede on my behalf that I may grow in courage and faith, that I may be steadfast in my devotion to God even in the face of death. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Paul, pray for us.

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, pray for us.

St. Polycarp, pray for us.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.

Holy Innocents, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 5

O holy mystics, whose lives were spent in union with God through contemplative prayer and devotion, be my model of holiness through prayer. Intercede on my behalf that I may grow in perseverance in contemplative prayer. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

St. John of the Cross, pray for us.

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.

St. Faustina, pray for us.

St. Padre Pio, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 6 

O holy Doctors of the Church, who composed writings that enriched and clarified Church teaching, you used your gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and articulation to preserve the Truth of the Church throughout history. Intercede on my behalf that I may use the gifts that God has given me to bring everyone I encounter closer to Christ. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Ambrose, pray for us.

St. Augustine, pray for us.

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us.

St. Jerome, pray for us.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 7 

O holy simple servants of God, who radiate holiness through your genuine humility, you embraced your identity as God’s instruments. Intercede on my behalf that I may be emptied and purified so as to be a vessel consecrated for God’s work. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Bernadette, pray for us.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

St. Joseph Cupertino, pray for us.

St. Juan Diego, pray for us.

Sts. Francisco and Jacinta de Jesus Marto, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 8 

O holy priests, monks, and nuns, who dedicated your lives to the service of God and His Church through religious vows, you were God’s hands and feet on Earth. Intercede on my behalf that I may have a greater devotion and desire to frequent the Sacraments. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Benedict, pray for us.

St. Dominic, pray for us.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.

St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

Amen.

All Saints' Day Novena - Day 9 

O holy saints who were married during your earthly life, whose marriage on Earth prefigured the wedding feast in Heaven, you knew how to grow in holiness through the joys and sorrows of married and family life. Intercede on my behalf that I may recognize the extraordinary in the ordinary course of family life. I ask that you place before God my petitions.

(State your intentions here)

St. Mary and St. Joseph, parents of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Anne and St. Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us.

St. Elizabeth and St. Zechariah, parents of St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

St. ZContentelie Guerin Martin and St. Louis Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

St. Nonna and St. Gregory the Elder, parents of St. Gorgonia, St. Caesarius, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus, pray for us.

Amen.

 

The Litany of the saints is one of the oldest Catholic prayers still in use. It was prayed in earlier forms in the procession of St. Mamertus, the Bishop of Vienna, in the fifth century, and in St. Gregory the Great’s Litania Septiformis ("sevenfold procession") of the clergy and the faithful, which followed a terrible spate of floods and disease in Rome in 590. Its stature is such that it is one of only six litanies authorized for use in public services by the Holy See. 

The Litany of the Saints is often recited or sung in a shorter form than the one given below (which is itself an abridged version!) on All Saints Day (naturally enough!). It is a moving appeal for help from many of our greatest saints, as well as for divine protection.

The Litany of the Saints is also often a special part of both the Easter Vigil (the mass in which those who have received instruction in our faith are baptized) and Ordination Masses for priests, deacons, and bishops, as well.

It can be prayed alone or in a group setting. (As in a church service, the group responds to a leader with the italicized words below. Each response in the Litany of the Saints is repeated after each line until a change appears.)

Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. (repeat after each line)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
God the Holy Ghost, 
Holy Trinity, one God, 
Holy Mary, pray for us (repeat after each line)
Holy Mother of God, 
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
St. Michael, 

St. Gabriel, 

St. Raphael, 

All you holy angels and archangels, 
All you holy orders of blessed spirits, 
St. John the Baptist, 
St. Joseph, 
All you holy patriarchs and prophets, 
St. Peter, 
St. Paul, 
St. Andrew, 
St. James, 
St. John, 
St. Thomas, 
St. James, 
St. Philip, 
St. Bartholomew, 
St. Matthew, 
St. Simon, 
St. Thaddeus, 
St. Matthias, 
St. Barnabas, 
St. Luke, 
St. Mark, 
All you holy apostles and evangelists, 
All you holy disciples of our Lord, 
All you holy innocents, 
St. Stephen, 
St. Lawrence, 
St. Vincent, 
SS. Fabian and Sebastian, 
SS. John and Paul, 
SS. Cosmas and Damian, 
SS. Gervase and Protase, 
All you holy Martyrs, 
St. Sylvester, 
St. Gregory, 
St. Ambrose, 

St. Augustine, 
St. Jerome, 
St. Martin, 
St. Nicholas, 
All you holy bishops and confessors, 
All you holy doctors, 
St. Anthony, 
St. Benedict, 
St. Bernard, 
St. Dominic, 
St. Francis, 
All you holy priests and levites, 
All you holy monks and hermits, 
St. Mary Magdalen, 
St. Agatha, 
St. Lucy, 
St. Agnes, 
St. Cecilia, 
St. Catherine, 
St. Anastasia, 
All you holy virgins and widows, 
All you holy men and women, saints of God, intercede for us. 
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord. 
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord. 
From all evil, deliver us, O Lord. (repeat after each line)
From all sin, 
From Thy wrath, 
From a sudden and unprovided death, 
From the deciets of the devil, 
From anger, and hatred, and all ill-will, 
From the spirit of fornication, 
From lightning and tempest, 
From the scourge of earthquakes, 
From plague, famine and war, 
From everlasting death, 
By the mystery of Thy holy incarnation, 
By Thy coming, 

By Thy nativity, 
By Thy baptism and holy fasting, 
By Thy Cross and Passion, 
By Thy Death and burial, 
By Thy holy Resurrection, 
By Thine admirable Ascension, 
By the coming of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete. 
On the day of judgment. 
We sinners, we beseech Thee, hear us (repeat after each line)
That Thou wouldst spare us, 
That Thou wouldst pardon us, 
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern and preserve Thy Holy Church, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all ecclesiastical orders in holy religion, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to all Christian peoples, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to ring back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed away, and lead to the light of the Gospel all unbelievers, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service, 
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires, 
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors, 
That Thou wouldst deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, relatives, and benefactors from eternal damnation, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, 
That Thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously to hear us, Son of God, 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 

Our Father, etc. (inaudibly) 

V. And lead us not into temptation 
R. But deliver us from evil.