Bishop Dennis Nulty will celebrate Mass in St. Clare’s Parish Church, Graiguecullen, Carlow on Monday 11th August at 10am for the Feast of St. Clare. During Mass there will be a blessing with a first class relic of St. Clare. After Mass all are welcome to visit the Sisters and have a cup of tea.

Invocation

O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise your Holy Name and the wonders of grace you worked in your servant, St. Clare. Through her powerful intercession, grant us the favours we beg in this novena. Above all, the grace to live and die as she did, in your most holy Love. Amen.

First Day.

O Seraphic St. Clare, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who abandoned all riches and honours for a life of sacrifice and of highest poverty, obtain from God for us the grace we ask..(Petition), that of always submitting to the divine will, and of living confidently in the providence of our Heavenly Father.
Amen.

Second Day.

O Seraphic St. Chare, who, not withstanding living separated from the world, has not forgotten the poor and the afflicted, but has become a mother to them, sacrificing for them your riches, and working for them innumerable miracles; obtain from God for us the grace we implore… (Petition). Christian charity towards our brethren in all their spiritual and temporal needs. Amen.

Third Day.

O Seraphic St. Clare, light of your country, who delivered Italy from barbarous invaders; obtain from God for us the grace we implore …(Petition) that of over-coming all attacks of the work against faith and morals, thus preserving in our families true Christian peace, with a holy fear of God and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.

Fourth Day.

Blessed St. Clare, whose very name means light, illumine the darkness of our minds and hearts, so that we may see what God wishes us to do, and perform it with a willing and joyful heart. Before your birth a Heavenly voice foretold that you would be light illuminating the world. Be a light to us in the sorrows and anxieties of this earthly life, and lead us into the eternal light of our home in Heaven. Amen.

Fifth Day.

Seraphic St. Clare, whose virginal heart, was great enough to love the whole world, take our petitions into your pure hands and present them to God. Pray for us that we may one day enter joyously before the throne of God. Let the light of your perfect purity consume the shadows of sin and corruption that darken the world. Intercede by your innocence for our youth. Safeguard the peace of our homes and the unity of our family. Plead with your chaste love for all in peril. Amen.

Sixth Day.

Generous St. Clare, who left wealth and pleasure and all earthly goods, to become the first spiritual daughter of St. Francis, and to serve God in the Cloister, help us to commit our lives to God without limit, and let our light shine before all whose lives touch ours. You, who loved souls so much as to make your life a continual sacrifice for them, obtain for us the strength to praise god in suffering as well as joy. Amen.

Seventh Day.

Faithful St. Clare, loyal daughter of the church, friend and confidante of Popes, intercede for Holy Church, look graciously from Heaven on our Holy Father Pope… Enlighten us to remove from our soul all that hinders the progress of the Church on earth. Grant that we may share your great love for the church of God, and spread His kingdom on earth; obtain for us the graces we need, now that you stand in the presence of the most high God in Heaven. Amen.

Eight Day.

Valiant St. Clare, who fearlessly stood alone against the barbarous Saracens, trusting in the Blessed Sacrament as your only protection, enkindle in us a tender love for Jesus Christ; help us to lead Eucharistic lives. You, who saved your city of Assisi from plunder and ruin, protect our city and diocese, plead for our beloved country and the suffering world. A voice from the sacred Host rewarded your trust with the promise: “I will always take care of you”

Ninth Day

Gracious St. Clare, who fulfilled your womanhood by a life of love in prayer and penance, help us to fulfil our destiny, that we may one day greet you in Heaven. You, who were consoled at your death by a vision of Christ and His Mother; obtain or us the grace that we may die under the special protection of God, and enter into the light and bliss you now enjoy. Have pity on us who struggle, on us who mourn, and win for us favours of God, so that after this life we may come home to Him, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Prayer to our Holy Mother Clare.

Most Holy Virgin St. Clare, whose ardent
Love for Jesus was chiefly centred in the
Blessed Sacrament, fill our hearts with great
devotion towards this most Holy Sacrament.
Draw us with such strong force to the tabernacle
that it will be our greatest delight to be
with our Eucharistic Jesus, who finds His
greatest delight in being with His children.

O, St. Clare, as Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Proved to be the greatest protection in the
Hour of extreme danger, ask Him to effect
a continuous union between His Eucharistic
heart and our souls, that we may truly say
with St. Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me.”
Amen.