Today (24 September) we may begin the Novena to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face for 3 October (Traditional Feast)
O Blessed Little Flower of Jesus, thou didst desire upon earth to live for Jesus alone, to suffer for His sake, to make Him better known and loved by all men. Now that thou rejoicest in the everlasting vision of that Holy Face, continue to send upon the World a shower of roses, the sweetness of whose perfume will draw all souls from the passing things of time to the joys that never end.
Obtain for our Holy Father the Pope, the favors of which he stands in much need; for our bishops, all things necessary to enable them to be true shepherds of the flock committed to their care; for our priests, a right understanding of their vocation and a burning zeal for souls; for our religious, the true spirit of their holy state; for our lay people, the gift of loyalty to Christ and His holy Church; for fallen Catholics, the grace to become again the friends of God; for non-Catholics, the light of the true faith and help to overcome the obstacles that are keeping them outside the One True Fold; for the foreign missions, zealous workers in those distant vineyards of the Master. Obtain for us the grace to imitate thy “little way” that leads with certainty to the feet of Jesus, and beg for us those favors especially which we now confidently ask of thee (name any special favors). These things we ask through thy love for the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father…