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1 Novena of Saint Charbel Kindly allow this booklet to remain in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church

2 Saint Sharbel Makhlouf, born May 8 th, 1828 in Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon) joined the Lebanese Maronite Order in He was ordained a priest in He lived in Saint Maron s Monastery, in Annaya, for sixteen years, and twenty three years in the hermitage of Annaya. Pope Paul VI declared him a Blessed on December 5 th, 1965, and canonized him a Saint on October 9 th, 1977.

3 Opening Prayers The Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Our Father Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. They Kingdom come, They 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and forever.

4 Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and that the hour of our death. Amen Act of Contrition My God, I extremely regret offending You because You are infinitely good, loving and sin is unpleasant to you; pardon me through the merits of Jesus, my savior. I ask you to bless me with your holy grace in order to not offend you anymore and to practice patience.

5 Glory Be Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

6 Novena to Saint Sharbel Day One Oh, Miraculous Saint Sharbel, whose body overpowers corruption, emanates the scent of heaven, come to my rescue and grant me from God the grace which I am in need of (name the grace). Oh, Saint Sharbel, pray for me. Oh Lord, who has bestowed upon Saint Sharbel the grace of faith, I plead to you to grant me through his intercession that divine grace to live according to Your commandments and Bible. The Glory is Yours until the end.

7 Day Two Oh, Saint Sharbel, Hero of monastic life, who experienced suffering, and whom Lord Jesus made a bright beacon, I resort to you and ask through your intercession the grace (name the grace). I confide in you. Oh, Saint Sharbel, vase of perfume, intercede for me. Oh, God of complete benevolence, who honored Saint Sharbel by giving him the grace to perform miracles, have mercy on me and grant me what I ask from you through his intercession. The Glory is Yours until the end.

8 Day Three Oh, Saint Sharbel, the amiable, who shines like a bright star in the church sky, brighten my way, and fortify my hope. From you I ask for the grace (name grace here). Ask it from Jesus the crucified, whom you perpetually worship. Oh, Saint Sharbel, the example of patience and silence, intercede for me. Oh, Lord Jesus, who sanctified Saint Sharbel and helped him to carry hi cross, give me the courage to bear life s difficulties with patience and submission to your divine will through Saint Sharbel s intercession, to you be all gratefulness forever.

9 Day Four Oh, Saint Sharbel, the affectionate, I resort to you. My confidence in you fills my heart. With the power of your intercession with God, I am waiting for the Grace which I ask from you (name the grace). Show me your affection once more. Oh, Saint Sharbel, orchard of virtue, intercede for me. Oh, God, you who granted Saint Sharbel the grace of your resemblance, grant me the help to grow in the Christian virtues and have mercy on me to be able to praise you until the end.

10 Day Five Oh, Saint Sharbel, loved by God, enlighten me, help me and teach me how to please God. Hurry to my rescue. Oh affectionate father, I beg of you to ask God for this grace (name the grace). Oh, Saint Sharbel, friend of the crucified, intercede for me. Oh, God, hear my demand through Saint Sharbel s intercession. Save my poor heart and give me peace. Calm the troubles of my soul. To you be all Glory until the end.

11 Day Six Oh, Saint Sharbel, all powerful intercessor, I ask you to fulfill the grace which I am in need of (name the grace). A single word from you to Jesus is enough to forgive me, to have mercy on me and to grant me my wish. Oh, Saint Sharbel, joy of heaven and earth, intercede for me. Oh, God, who chose Saint Sharbel to defend us before your divine power, grant me though his intercession this grace to glorify you with him until the end.

12 Day Seven Oh, Saint Sharbel, loved by everyone, helper of the needy; I have firm hope in your intercession before God. Entreat to Him to fulfill this grace for me (name the grace). Oh, Saint Sharbel, a star that counsels the bewildered, intercede for me. Oh, God, my numerous sins hinder your grace to reach me. Grant me the grace to repent. Answer me through Saint Sharbel s intercession. Return the joy to my sad heart and grant me my demand. You, the embodiment of graces, all glory and gratefulness be unto you. Amen

13 Day Eight Oh, Saint Sharbel, whenever I see you kneeling down on the cane mat, fasting, abstaining and absorbed in calling God, my hope and my faith in you augment. I beg of you to help me to receive the grace that I am asking for (name the grace). Oh, Saint Sharbel, absorbed in God, intercede for me. Oh, Jesus, the most peaceful, you who raised your beloved Sharbel to Christian perfection, I solemnly ask you to grant me the grace to spend the rest of my life according to your demand. I love you, oh God, my savior.

14 Day Nine Oh, Saint Sharbel, here I am at the end of the Novena. My heart gets nourished when I speak to you. I have great hope that I will obtain from Jesus the grace I asked for through your intercession. I repent, and I promise that I will never ever fall into sin. I ask you to fulfill my demand (name the demand). Oh, Saint Sharbel, crowned with glory, intercede for me.

15 Oh. Lord, you listened to Saint Sharbel s prayers, and you fulfilled the grace of being with you, have mercy on me in my moment of distress. Save me from malice which I cannot bear. All Glory and gratefulness be yours forever.

16 The first prayer formula to be recited everyday to honor Saint Sharbel. Oh, God, merciful and tender, to you is goodness. I bow before you and I refer to you with all my heart a prayer of grace for everything you have granted me through Saint Sharbel the amiable. I approve of you, Oh, miraculous Saint Sharbel. I am short of words, which express my approval to your deeds. Always help me to deserve the graces of God and also deserve your protection.

17 The second prayer formula to be recited every day to honor Saint Sharbel and to obtain graces. God, the infinite and glorified Saint within your Saints, who inspired the Saint monk and hermit, Sharbel, to live and die in the perfect resemblance of Jesus. You granted him the power to detach from the world and to live in his hermitage, the heroism of monastic virtue: poverty, obedience and chastity, we ask from you to grant us the grace to love and serve you in his example. Lord almighty, who manifested the authority of the intercession of Saint Sharbel with numerous miracles and favors, grant us the grace (name the grace), which we ask for through Saint Sharbel.

18 The Ten Commandments 1. I am the Lord they God. Thou shalt not have strange Gods before me. 2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 3. Remember thou keep Holy the Lord s Day. 4. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. 5. Thou shalt not kill. 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 7. Thou shalt not steal. 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor s wife. 10. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor s goods.

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20 Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church 719 University Place Lewisville, TX Mass Times: Monday No Mass Tuesday Friday: 9:00am (English) Saturday: 5:30pm (English) Sunday: 8:30am (English) Sunday: 11:00am (Lebanese Bilingual) Confession: Saturday 4:00pm 5:00pm Eucharistic Adoration: Monday Friday: 9:00am 7:00pm Saturday: 9:00am 5:30pm Sunday: 1:00pm 7:00pm

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