August 5, 2016

Saint John Vianney Novena 2016 | Day 3

St. John Vianney

August 6, 2016

St. John Vianney's call to the priesthood faced difficulty when the major seminary rejected him for being too slow. He was later admitted at the request of his mentor, Father Balley, who reasoned that his piety compensated for his ignorance. Vianney was ordained on August 12, 1815, and said his first Mass the next day. He was assigned as an assistant to Father Balley in Ecully. In 1818, a few years after the death of his mentor, Vianney was appointed parish priest in Ars.

Novena Prayer, Day Three:

Saint John Vianney, your successful journey to the priesthood is a testament to your determination to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Your life as a priest is a shining example of what we should expect from the chosen leaders of God’s flock. Your perseverance in the face of many hardships has saved numerous souls.

By contemplating on your life, may I be imbued with the same determination to be the best that I can be in the many roles I play in life. Let everything I think, say or do benefit my neighbor and lead me ever closer to our Heavenly Father.

Believing in the power of your kind intercession, I humbly ask you to pray for me and the special intention I am hoping God will grant me through this novena. (here mention your special intention)

St. John Vianney, Priest of Ars, pray for our priests, and pray for us. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. John Vianney

Almighty and merciful God, who made the Priest Saint John Vianney wonderful in his pastoral zeal, grant, we pray, that through his intercession and example we may in charity win brothers and sisters for Christ and attain with them eternal glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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