Sunday 26 July 2009

St Thérèse: the Diocesan Novena

This image, from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Saigon, Vietnam, shows St Thérèse as a young girl meeting Pope Leo XIII and asking his permission to enter Carmel. Although she didn't get the answer she wanted there and then, it was only a short time later that permission was given. In life Thérèse showed a detemination and persistence which impressed those she met; nowadays her persistent prayers are asked by people all over the world. In almost every country people ask St Thérèse to intercede for them. Today a nine-week novena begins across the Diocese of Lancaster in preparation for the visit of Thérèse's relics in September; during the weeks ahead we will ask her intercession for a variety of causes linked to her life. This first week of the novena is dedicated as a time of prayer for those who suffer through illness.

The novena has been recommended to each parish in the Diocese. It follows a very simple format so that it can fit easily with the liturgical life of the Church, and includes the daily use of the prayer for the visit to Lancaster. You can download a poster giving basic details here; the full texts are available here. You can also follow the novena on our St Thérèse Blog, which will be updated with the new intention for prayer each Sunday morning during the novena. The blog can be found here.

The Diocesan Website is also giving plenty of attention to the visit as this important Diocesan event draws near. Keep up-to-date with all the news from the Diocese, here.