Novena to St. John Vianney for a Priest

With St. John Vianney, pray for a priest to whom you are close.

Start the novena whenever you want!


St. John Vianney is the patron saint of the parish priests. Pray for a priest to whom you feel close and ask SJV for his support and help throughout this priest's ministry.

Purpose of the novena:

During this novena, we will ask for the intercession of SJV for the priests who serve us and who need God's help in their mission.

Don't forget to invite your friends to join! As you already know, Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18,19), so let's invite Jesus, the High Priest in the midst of us!

Content of the novena:

 Every day, you'll receive:

  • A short passage from the Scripture
  • An excerpt from the Litany of Christ the Priest, put back into the spotlight by John Paul II
  • An intention of prayer
  • The daily prayers of Our Father, Hail Mary, and the invocation: St. John Vianney, pray for our priests.

How to live the novena:

  • Invite a priest (even if he's not the one for whom you're praying the novena) to share a fraternal activity (meal, outing, prayer time, conversation, etc.)
  • Go to confession and receive the sacrament of Eucharist during this novena.
  • On the 9th day, send your priest a message or a postcard, or give him a call.

Program of the novena:

  • Abraham's call to leave everything for God
  • The priest Eli who helps the young Samuel to discern the call of God
  • The merciful gaze of Jesus on Matthew: "Come and follow me."
  • Jesus said to Peter, "Be the shepherd of my flock."
  • The priest shows the merciful face of the Father in the fulfillment of his mission
  • The washing of the feet, expression of the love of Christ Servant
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Gift of Christ on the Resurrection
  • The Eucharist, a place where Christ gives us his body and blood to nourish our Christian life
  • "Pray the master of the harvest to send laborers for his harvest."

May God sustain in all priests a grateful awareness of the gift they have received; may he also awaken in many young men a ready and generous response to his call to give themselves completely to the cause of the Gospel.  The men and women of our time, who have such need of meaning and hope, will greatly benefit from their witness.  And the Christian community will rejoice, knowing that it can look forward with confidence to the challenges of the coming Third Millennium.

John Paul II, in “Gift and Mystery,” 1996

NB:  We suggest that you choose to start this novena on July 27th, as 9 days later is the feast day of St. John Vianney (August 4).

Prayer from the novena

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And let us not enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

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