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ST PHILOMENA
CSPD:  SPECIAL PEOPLE PRAYERS
"Have full confidence in this great Saint, she will obtain 
for you all that you ask."
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HE WILL NEVER REFUSE
"Her virginity and generosity in embracing heroic martyrdom has rendered her so agreeable to God that He will never refuse anything that she asks for us." St John Vianny - Cure of Ars
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HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE
"Have full confidence in this great Saint, she will obtain for you all that you ask."
Ven. Pauline Jaricot - foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary (St. Philomena is the patroness of  the Living Rosary and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.)

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LITTLE CROWN CHAPLET
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BEGIN ON THE MEDAL AND PRAY
Apostles Creed
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 3 white beads
 3 Our Fathers in honor of the Three Divine Persons in thanksgiving for graces granted to Saint Philomena and for favors obtained through her intercession.
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 13 red beads
Hail, O holy Saint Philomena, whom I acknowledge after Mary as my advocate with thy Divine Spouse, intercede for me now and at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus and Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.
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Concluding prayer
Hail, O illustrious Saint Philomena, who so courageously shed thy blood for Christ, I bless the Lord for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee during thy life, especially at thy death. I praise and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee and I beg thee to obtain for me from God the graces I ask through thy intercession.
Amen.





~ 9 DAY NOVENA ~
NOVENA 1
We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint Philomena, virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue.   Amen.
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 Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy  protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me,  and in particular
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 PETITION
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 Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint
 Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.
Amen.
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O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces
 Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon
 Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we
  implore Thy Mercy.
Amen.
NOVENA 2
O FAITHFUL VIRGIN and glorious martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me. Thou knowest the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at thy feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat thy charity, O great Saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before thee
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PETITION
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I am firmly convinced that through thy merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death thou didst endure, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, thy Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of thee, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in His Saints.
Amen.

~ WHAT is a NOVENA? ~

 WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? 
A Novena  (novem, nine) is nine days of private or public devotion to obtain special graces.  According to New Advent, 'The number nine in Holy Writ is indicative of suffering and grief'.  But it is also faithfully used by people who are searching for answers, healing and personal needs. 
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~ LITANY of ST PHILOMENA ~

Composed by Saint John Vianney
Lord have mercy on us  - Christ have mercy on us
Lord have mercy on us.
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 God the Father of Heaven, - have mercy on us.
 God the Son, Redeemer of the world, - have mercy on us.
 God the Holy Ghost, - have mercy on us.
 Holy Trinity one God, -  have mercy on us.
 Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, - have mercy on us.
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Saint Philomena, - pray for us.
 filled with the most abundant graces  from your very birth, - pray for us.
 faithful imitator of Mary, - pray for us.
 model of Virgins, - pray for us.
 temple of the most perfect humility, - pray for us.
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Saint Philomena
 inflamed with zeal for the Glory of God, - pray for us.
 victim of the love of Jesus, - pray for us.
 example of strength and perseverance, - pray for us.
 invincible champion of chastity, - pray for us.
 mirror of the most heroic virtues, - pray for us.
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Saint Philomena
 firm and intrepid in the face of torments, - pray for us.
 scourged like your Divine Spouse, -  pray for us.
 pierced by a shower of arrows, -  pray for us.
consoled by the Mother of God when  in chains, - pray for us.
 cured miraculously in prison, - pray for us.
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Saint Philomena
 comforted by angels in your torments, - pray for us.
 who preferred torments and death to the splendors of a throne, - pray for us.
 who converted the witnesses of your  martyrdom, - pray for us.
 who wore out the fury of your executioners, - pray for us.
 protectress of the innocent, -  pray for us.
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Saint Philomena
 patron of youth, -  pray for us.
 refuge of the unfortunate, - pray for us.
 health of the sick and the weak, - pray for us.
 new light of the church militant, - pray for us.
 who confounds the impiety of the  world,  - pray for us.
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Saint Philomena
 who stimulates the faith and courage of the faithful, - pray for us.
 whose name is glorified in Heaven and feared in Hell, - pray for us.
  made illustrious by the most striking miracles, - pray for us.
 all powerful with God, - pray for us.
 who reigns in glory, - pray for us.
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 Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 have mercy on us.
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 V. Pray for us, Great Saint Philomena,
 R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
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 Let us pray
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 We implore Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Saint  Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever most pleasing to Thy eyes by reason of her eminent purity  and the practice of all the virtues, pardon us our sins and grant us all the graces we need
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 NAME SPECIAL GRACES YOU NEED
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Amen.




~ LIFE of PHILOMENA ~
PEACE BE TO YOU PHILOMENA!
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LITTLE IS KNOWN
Little is known about this young girl other that what has been revealed when her tomb was discovered in the Catacomb of St Priscilia (Rome) in 1802. The bones of a female between the ages of 13 and 15 were discovered and an inscription near her tomb read
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PAXTE CUM FI LUMENA
(Pax tecum Filumena!)
 PEACE BE TO YOU PHILOMENA!
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 Drawings of 2 anchors, 3 arrows and a palm and a small vial were found in the tomb.  The vial contained remains of blood.  Because leaving symbols or signs of this kind was a popular custom during this time of persecution, they were able to read that she was a virgin and martyr.  The name Philomena contains the words: filia luminis, daughter of light. Shortly after this discovery, there were hundreds of miraculous healings and her popularity became widespread.
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 People such as  St. John Vianney, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat - founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, St. Peter Eymard - Founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and St. Peter Chanel - Marist Priest and Martyr,became her devotees. After being miraculously cured, Ven. Pauline Jaricot - foundress of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary, insisted that Pope Gregory XVI begin an examination for the beatification of St. Philomena which happened a mere 35 years later in 1837.  The Holy Father called her the 'Wonder Worker of the 19c'.  She would be named  the 'Patroness of the Living Rosary' and the 'Patroness of the Children of Mary'. Philomena is the only person recognized as 'a saint solely on the basis of her powerful intercession'
THE TRADITION OF PHILOMENA
The tradition of Philomena remains a mystery. It is not known when she was born but is documented that she died in 304ad.  The story of her martyrdom is this:  When she was 13, her father, an important ruler of the time, was called to Rome where he met with Dioclesian the Emperor to discuss the occasion of an unjust war.  He brought his wife and daughter. When Dioclesian saw his daughter, Philomena, he offered a trade for her hand in marriage by placing at her father's disposal all the force of the empire.  When she refused, it threw the Emperor into a rage.  He had her cast into one of the prisons where she was chained. The Blessed Mother visited her with encouragement for what was to come and left her prison filled with a celestial perfume.
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Soon, Dioclesian had her publicly tortured.  Her clothes were removed and she was beaten until clothed in her own blood. She was again imprisoned.  Instead of dying, she was given a healing balm by two angels. The Emperor had an anchor tied around her neck and she was thrown into the Tiber. Two angels cut the rope and the anchor fell to the bottom of the river where it remains today, and she was saved. Many who had become spectators along the river were converted.
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In his anger, the Emperor had her dragged through the streets of Rome and then ordered she be shot with a shower of arrows. She was taken back to her dungeon and after a heavenly sleep, awoke cured. They tried again but the arrows refused to obey.  Then the Emperor had the arrows made red hot in a furnace and tried again but this time the arrows turned in their course and came back on the archers and many were killed while others renounced paganism.  The Emperor ended the earthly life of Philomena by having her head cut off and she entered heaven with the crown of virginity and the palm of martyrdom. It is said she died at 3 pm on a Friday, which was the same hour of the death of our Lord.
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This information was made public after 3 private revelations. None of the people knew about the others but their testaments agreed .  The Holy See did not guarantee its authenticity but the Holy Office gave its sanction for dissemination on December 21, 1883.
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FOOTNOTE:
Emperor Dioclesian, who severely persecuted and killed Christians during his reign, would 'retire' the next year in 305.  He would be replaced by Constantine the Great (306 - 337) who became the first Christian Emperor. In 312, Maxentius, the interim Emperor went to war against Constantine.  Constantine prayed for a sign and a fiery Chi-Rho, a symbol of Jesus Christ appeared over the sun with the legend -  'to?to n?ka' (conquer with this).  He had been advised by Christ, in a dream the previous night, to go into battle armed with this sign, so he placed the symbol on his standards and shields before going into battle.
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History tells us he won the decisive victory and Emperor Maxentius  was thrown from the Milvian Bridge into the Tiber River where he drowned. Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313 which gave absolute freedom of religion in the Roman Empire which was the driving force for the Christianization of Europe.
 St Philomena's relics are now preserved in Mugnano, Italy.



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