The Little Flower Rosary

Novena to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

O St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
who during your short life on earth
became a mirror of angelic purity,
of love strong as death,
and of wholehearted abandonment to God,
now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues,
cast a glance of pity on me
as I leave all things in your hands.
Make my troubles your own,
speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate,
whose flower of special love you were to that Queen of Heaven
"who smiled on you at the dawn of life."
Beg her powerful intercession
the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment,
and that she join with it a blessing
that may strengthen me during life,
defend me at the hour of death,
and lead me straight on to a happy eternity.
Amen.

[State your intention here...]

O God, who did inflame with the Spirit of Love,
the soul of your servant Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
grant that we also may love you
and make you much loved.
Amen.

Next, recite the prayer of the appropriate day...

DAY ONE

O Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
well beloved and full of charity,
in union with you,
I reverently adore the majesty of God,
and since I rejoice with exceeding joy
in the singular gifts of grace
bestowed upon you during your life,
and your gifts of glory after death,
I give Him deepest thanks for them;
I beseech you with all my heart’s devotion
to be pleased to obtain for me

[State your intention here....]

But if what I ask of you so earnestly
does not tend to the glory of God
and the greater good of my soul,
do you, I pray, obtain for me
that which is more profitable to both these ends.
Amen.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY TWO

Almighty God,
giver of all good gifts,
who did will that Blessed Thérèse,
being watered by the heavenly dew of your guiding grace,
should bloom in Carmel with the beauty of virginity
and patience in suffering,
grant that I your servant
may go forward in the order of her sweetness
and may be found worthy to become a devoted
and loyal follower of Christ.
Amen.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY THREE

O Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
lily of purity,
ornament and glory of Carmel,
I greet you, great saint,
seraph of divine love.
I rejoice in the favors
our Lord so liberally bestowed on you.
In humility and confidence
I ask you to help me,
for I know God has given you love
and pity as well as power.
Tell Him, now, I beseech you,
of the favor I seek in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

Your request will crown my petition
with success and bring joy to my heart.
Remember your promise to do good here on earth.

"I shall spend my heaven doing good on the Earth.
After death I shall let fall a shower of roses."


St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY FOUR

O Little Flower of Jesus,
who at an early age had your heart set on Carmel
and in your brief earthly life
did become the mirror of angelic purity,
of courageous love
and of whole hearted surrender to Almighty God,
turn your eyes of mercy upon me who trusts in you.
Obtain for me the favor I seek in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

and the grace to keep my heart and mind pure and clean.
O dear saint, grant me to feel in every need
the power of your intercession;
Help to comfort me in all the bitterness of this life
and especially at its end,
that I may be worthy
to share eternal happiness with you in heaven.
Amen.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY FIVE

O Little Flower of Carmel,
Almighty God endowed you,
consumed by love for him,
with wondrous spiritual strength
to follow the way of perfection
during the days of your short life.
Sickness touched you early
but you remained firm in faith
and prayer was your life.
O pray for me that I may benefit
by your intercession
and be granted the favor I ask in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY SIX

O Little Flower of Jesus,
you have shown yourself so powerful in your intercession,
so tender and compassionate toward those
who honor you and invoke you
in suffering and distress,
that I kneel at your feet
with perfect confidence
and beseech you most humbly
and earnestly to take me under your protection
in my present necessity
and obtain for me the favor I ask in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

Vouchsafe to recommend my request to Mary,
the merciful Queen of Heaven,
that she may plead my cause with you
before the throne of Jesus, her divine Son.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY SEVEN

Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
most loving Saint,
in union with you I adore the Divine Majesty.
My heart is filled with joy
at the remembrance of the marvelous favors
with which God blessed your life on earth
and of the great glory that came to you after death.
In union with you,
I praise God,
and offer Him my humble tribute of thanksgiving.
I implore you to obtain for me,
through your powerful intercession,
the greatest of all blessings
that of living and dying in the state of grace.
I also beg of you to secure for me
the special favor I seek in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY EIGHT

O glorious St. Thérèse, who,
burning with the desire of increasing the glory of God,
invariably attended to the sanctification of your soul
by the constant practice of prayer and charity so that,
becoming in the Church a model of holiness,
you are now in Heaven the protector of all those
who have recourse to you in faith,
look down upon me who invokes your powerful patronage
and join your petition to mine
that I be granted the favor I seek in this novena...

[State your intention here....]

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

DAY NINE

O St. Thérèse,
seraphic virgin,
beloved spouse of our Crucified Lord,
you who on earth did burn with a love
so intense toward your God and my God,
and now glow with a bright
and purer flame in paradise,
obtain for me, I beseech you,
a spark of that same holy fire
which shall help me to put things of the world
in their proper place
and live my life always conscious of the presence of God.
As I conclude my novena
I also beg of you to secure for me
the special favor I seek at this time...

[State your intention here....]

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

Chaplet OF THE TWENTY-FOUR GLORY BE TO THE FATHER’S

The Twenty-four ‘Glory be’s’ novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended, for on those days the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the novena.

IN ORDER TO OBTAIN GRACES THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF ST. Thérèse OF THE CHILD JESUS.


The ‘Glory be’ praising the Holy Trinity is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life.

Opening Prayer

Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,
I thank You for all the blessings and favours You have showered
upon the soul of Your servant Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
during the twenty-four years she spent here on earth,
and in consideration of the merits of this Your most beloved Saint,
I beseech You to grant me this favour,
if it is in accordance with Your most Holy Will
and is not an obstacle to my salvation.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
Patroness of Missions,
pray for us.

The Prayer ‘Glory Be…’ (24 times)

After the opening prayer, follow the twenty-four ‘Glory Be’s,’:

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.


Between each of which may be included this short prayer:

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
pray for us.

Closing Prayers



Dearest Saint Thérèse of Lisieux,
you said that you would spend your time
in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete.
Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness
and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

[Mention your need(s) here...]

Pray for me that I, like you,
may have great and innocent confidence
in the loving promises of our God.
Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me,
and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.

Saint Thérèse, you were faithful to God
even unto the moment of your death.
Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God.
May my life bring peace and love to the world
through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
Amen.

1st Day

Loving God,
you blessed St. Thérèse with a capacity for a great love.
Help us to believe in your unconditional love for each of us.

Concluding prayer…

2nd Day

Loving God,
you loved St. Thérèse’s complete trust in your care.
Help us to rely on your providential care
for us in each circumstance of our lives.

Concluding prayer…

3rd Day

Loving God,
you graced St. Thérèse with a capacity to see your hand
in the ordinary routine of each day.
Help us to be aware of your presence in the everyday events of our lives.

Concluding prayer…

4th Day

Loving God,
you taught St. Thérèse how to find a direct way to you
through the “little way” of humility and simplicity.
Grant that we may never miss the grace there is
in humble service to others in family and neighborhood.

Concluding prayer…

5th Day

Loving God,
you graced St. Thérèse with the gift of forginving others
even when she felt hurt and betrayed.
Help us to be able to forgive others who have wounded us, especially...

Concluding prayer…

6th Day

Loving God,
St. Thérèse experienced each day as a gift from You,
as a time for loving and through others.
May we, too, see each new day as a single moment
of saying yes to Your will in our lives.

Concluding prayer…

7th Day

Loving God,
St. Thérèse offered to You her frailty and powerlessness.
Help us to see in our weakness and our diminishments
an opportunity for letting Your light and Your strength be all we need.

Concluding prayer…

8th Day

Loving God,
You shepherded St. Thérèse with a gracious love
and made her a tower of strength to people who had lost faith in You.
Help us to be unafraid to pray with confidence
for the many in our culture who do not believe they can be loved.

Concluding prayer…

9th Day

Loving God,
St. Thérèse never doubted that her life had meaning.
Help us to understand our possiblities for loving and blessing our children,
our elderly parents,
our neighbors in need,
and for priests throughout the world.

Concluding prayer…

Concluding Prayer

O Lord, You have said:
“Unless you become as little children
you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Grant us, we beg You, so to follow,
in humility and simplicity of heart,
the footsteps of the Virgin St. Thérèse,
that we may attain to an everlasting reward.
Amen.