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A powerful novena for the mentally afflicted


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Philip Kosloski - published on 07/20/18

This prayer to St. Dymphna is known for its efficacy.

According to the World Health Organization, “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

Mental illnesses affect many of the people we love and it can often be difficult to see them suffer in various ways. The good news is that God is here to help and will respond eagerly to our prayers.

One effective prayer that is often prayed as a novena (for nine consecutive days) is the following prayer to St. Dymphna. She is known as the patron saint of those suffering from mental disorders and was very familiar with the negative side-effects of such cases during her life time.

She is also known as a “wonder-worker” and many who pray to her are grateful for her prompt intercession.

Here is the prayer that many turn to when confronted with mental afflictions. As a reminder, God always hears our prayers, but it is up to us whether or not we open our hearts and listen to his answer.

O God, we humbly beseech Youthrough Your servant, St. Dymphna,who sealed with her bloodthe love she bore You,to grant relief to thosewho suffer from mental afflictionsand nervous disorders, especially …[Name the mentally afflicted person here.]Saint Dymphna, helper of the mentally afflicted,pray for us.Saint Dymphna, comforter of the despondent,pray for us.Saint Dymphna, renowned for many miracles,please hear my plea.Amen.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.

Read more:
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