Novena of Grace

Farm Street Church will be praying the Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier at every Mass from Thursday 4th March to Friday 12th March. This year they have invited nine people from around the world to record a short novena video, addressing the question ‘What does it means to be a Missionary Church today?’ The videos will be posted by 12 noon daily on their website, YouTube page, and social media platforms. The text for the novena prayer is printed below: O most kind...
St Francis Xavier: the Apostle of the Missions
Jesuit parishes and communities across the world – including many in Britain – are preparing to take part in a tradition that dates back four centuries: the Novena of Grace, in which our prayers are united with those of St Francis Xavier (1506 - 1552).Although a Novena can be prayed at any time, this particular Novena of Grace is traditionally prayed from this coming Saturday (4 March) until 12 March, thereby concluding on the day Francis was declared a saint in 1622. It is also regularly...
Novena of Grace 15.pdfNext Tuesday, 4 March, we will begin our Novena of Grace with St Francis Xavier SJ.  A prayer booklet has been prepared by two alumnae of the chaplaincy at Oxford University, under Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain. The prayer booklet combines the words and example of Pope Francis and those of St Francis Xavier SJ. “They are of a kindred Spirit and are perfectly matched,” says Fr Simon. “I hope anyone who...