Holy Cross Novena


Novena for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross



Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Opening Prayer

Dear Jesus, your love for your Father
and for the whole world
brought you to the cross.
Gazing upon (and touching) the cross
helps us to remember your bitter Passion
and we thank you for your great sacrifice.

Day 1:

May our veneration of the cross
help us to be more loving.
That we may learn to love our brothers and sisters,
and any hatred, mistrust or resentment
will leave our hearts.

Day 2:

Teach us to accept our sufferings,
uniting them to your cross.
Give us the grace to believe
that you are able to draw something good
from even the worst situations.

Day 3:

Help us to bear the pain of everyday life.
Inspire us to not run away from pain and suffering,
but to accept and live your cross
as proof of our love for you.

Day 4:

Be with us, so that we can face
our trials with courage.
For we know that through you,
we can draw something good from these experiences.

Day 5:

Teach us to be patient
as we endure the insults and harsh words
of people who donít like us.
Help us to respond with silence
and give us the grace that we may pray for them
so we may help you redeem our troubled world.

Day 6:

Give us the grace to not be desperate
in our moments of suffering.
Help us to carry our cross
with courage and dignity,
so that even in the midst of pain
we may be of help to others.

Day 7:

Help us to avoid domineering attitudes
and make us servants to one another.

Day 8:

Teach us to accept situations that are out of our control
and carry them as you carried your cross to Calvary.

Day 9:

Give us servantís hearts
so that we respond easily
to those suffering around us.
For we know that when we help the abandoned and needy
we are actually serving you.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord Jesus,
in remembrance of your sorrowful Passion and Death,
please look down upon us
and grant the petition we ask forÖ

(Mention your intentions here).

V. Holy Cross, whereon the Lamb of God was offered for the sins of the world,
R. Deliver and save us.

V. Hope of Christians,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Trophy of victory over hell,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Hope of the hopeless,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Light of those who sit in darkness,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Foundation of the Church,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Salvation of the world,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Bread of the hungry,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Fountain of those that thirst,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.
V. Clothing of the naked,
R. Save us, O Holy Cross.

V. Lamb of God, Who was offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, Who was offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, Who was offered on the cross for the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on us.

V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.
V. Christ, have mercy.
R. Christ, have mercy.
V. Lord, have mercy.
R. Lord, have mercy.

O Jesus, your cross is life-giving!
Your death and resurrection brought us salvation.
Send us the Holy Spirit while we praise You
and meditate on the meaning of your death.
Through the Holy Spirit, open our hearts
so that we may be able to know
that without sacrifice,
we can never be your disciples.
Through Your Holy Cross, save us.
Amen.

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.

Closing Prayer

Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us
willed to be crucified
and to shed Your Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for

(State your intention here...)

We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread,
lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your Commandments
we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.
Amen.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.