Feast Day: August 11 / 1193 – 1253
Patron of clairvoyance, eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, embroiders, gilders, good weather, needle workers, telephones, telegraphs
Foundress of the Poor Clares
Sign of the Cross
Prayer to God
O Almighty and Glorious God! Illuminate the darkness of our hearts and give us a straight faith, a true hope and a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, to comply with your Holy Commandments today. Amen.
Prayer by St. Clare of Assisi
I come, O Lord, unto Thy sanctuary to see the life and food of my soul. As I hope in Thee, O Lord, inspire me with that confidence which brings me to Thy holy mountain. Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to Thee, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Thy majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thine infinite love; that my memory may dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed every day, and that the sacrifice of my whole being may accompany Thine.
O glorious Saint Clare!
God has given you the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech you, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of our souls.
Saint Clare Pray For Us. Amen.
Novena to St. Clare of Assisi
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise your Holy Name and the wonders of grace you worked in your servant, Saint Clare. Through her powerful intercession grant us the favours we beg in this novena, above all the grace to live and die as she did in your most Holy Love. Amen.
O Seraphic Saint Clare, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who hast abandoned all riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and of highest poverty, obtain from God for us the grace we ask
(State your intention here…), that of always submitting to the Divine Will and of living confidently in the providence of our Heavenly Father. Amen.
O Seraphic Saint Clare who, notwithstanding living separated from the world hast not forgotten the poor and the afflicted, but hast become a mother to them, sacrificing for them your riches
and working for them innumerable miracles; obtain from God for us the grace we implore (State your intention here…), Christian charity towards our brethren in all their spiritual and temporal needs. Amen.
O Seraphic Saint Clare, light of your country, who hast delivered Italy from barbarous invaders; obtain from God for us the grace we implore (State your intention here…), that of overcoming all attacks of the world against faith and morals thus preserving in our families true Christian peace with a holy fear of God and a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Amen.
Blessed Saint Clare, whose very name means light, illumine the darkness of our minds and hearts so that we might see what God wishes us to do and perform it with a willing and joyful heart.
Before your birth, a Heavenly voice foretold that you would be a light illuminating the world. Be a light to us in the sorrows and anxieties of this earthly life, obtain from God the grace we implore (State your intention here…) and lead us into the eternal light of our home in Heaven. Amen.
O Seraphic Saint Clare, whose virginal heart was great enough to love the whole world, take our petitions into your pure hands and present them to God. We ask especially for (State your intention here…). Pray for us that we may one day enter joyously before the throne of God. Let the light of your perfect purity consume the shadows of sin and corruption that darkens the world. Intercede by your innocence for our youth. Safeguard the peace of our homes and the unity of our family. Plead with your chaste love for all in peril. Amen.
Generous Saint Clare, who left wealth and pleasure and all earthly goods to become the first spiritual daughter of Saint Francis and to serve God in the cloister, help us to commit our lives to God
without limit or measure so that He may live in us and shine forth from us to all whose lives touch ours. You who loved souls so much as to make your life a continual sacrifice for them, obtain for us the graces we now implore (State your intention here…) and win for us the strength to praise God in suffering as well as in joy. Amen.
Faithful Saint Clare, loyal daughter of the Church, friend and confidante of popes, intercede for the holy Church and look graciously from Heaven on our holy Father Pope. Enlighten us to remove from our souls all that hinders the progress of the Church on earth. Grant that we may share your great love for the church of God and spread His kingdom on earth by a holy life. You, who worked miracles in the presence of the pope on earth, obtain for us the graces we need, now that you stand in the presence of the most high God in Heaven. Amen.
Valiant Saint Clare, who fearlessly stood alone against the barbarous Saracens, trusting in the Blessed Sacrament as your only protection, enkindle in us a tender love for Jesus Christ; help us to live Eucharistic lives. You who saved your city of Assisi from plunder and ruin, protect our city and archdiocese, plead for our beloved country and the suffering world. A voice from the Sacred Host rewarded your trust with a promise: “I will always take care of you.” Glorious Saint Clare, from your high place in Heaven, take care of us now in our earthly needs (State your intention here…) and guide us by your light to Heaven. Amen.
Gracious Saint Clare, who fulfilled your womanhood by a life of love in prayer and penance, help us to fulfill our destiny that we may one day greet you in Heaven. You who were consoled at your death by a vision of Christ band His Mother, obtain for us the grace that we may die under the special protection of God and enter into the life and bliss you now enjoy. Have pity on us who struggle, on us who mourn, and win for us the favours of God so that after this life we may come home to Him who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
V. Pray for us, Saint Clare.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray:
We Pray You, Lord, Grant us Your servants who celebrate the festival of Blessed Clare your Virgin, by her intercession, to be partakers of the joys of heaven and coheirs with Your only-begotten Son, Who being God, lives and reigns forever and ever.
Prayer of St. Clare
I look up and I behold the Lord,
Clare says to me, “Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him,
I put this more simply:
behold, hold, enfold.
I behold the Lord
I see His outstretched hands
I see the blood from His wounds.
I see the love in the eyes of Jesus.
I see His gracious acceptance of me.
Jesus has come out of the tomb –
He still has the scars, but now they are glorious, with the glory of heaven.
Still looking at the Lord, I reach out and touch Him.
I hold the Lord – and I am held in His love.
It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.
I am secure in the Lord.
I can look out, now, through the Lord’s eyes.
I can see the world as He created it, in His mercy,
I can see my sisters and brothers with His love,
and I can worship the Father through the eyes of the Son
in the Love of the Holy Spirit.
Litany of Saint Clare
Lord, have mercy – Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy – Christ, hear us;
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven; have mercy on us!
God, the son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, … pray for us
St. Clare chosen of Christ… pray for us
St. Clare, lover of chastity…pray for us
St. Clare, vessel of holiness…pray for us
St. Clare, prayerful daughter of St. Francis…pray for us
St. Clare, morning light…pray for us
St. Clare, Mother and Foundress of the Poor Clares…pray for us
St. Clare, humble follower of Christ…pray for us
St. Clare, faithful imitator of St. Francis…pray for us
St. Clare, humble servant of the servants of Christ…pray for us
St. Clare, brilliant light of holiness…pray for us
St. Clare, wonderful helper in need…pray for us
St. Clare, full of joy…pray for us
St. Clare, poor with the poor…pray for us
St. Clare rich in merit and grace…pray for us
St. Clare, loving spouse of the Crucified…pray for us
St. Clare, seraphic adorer of the Blessed Sacrament…pray for us
St. Clare, mighty protector of Assisi…pray for us
St. Clare, mirror of patience in suffering…pray for us
St. Clare, comforter of the ill and infirm…pray for us
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world….have mercy on us
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world….graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world…..have mercy on us
Pray for us , St. Clare….that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY
O God, who inspired St. Clare of Assisi to shine her light on the Gospel and live a life of uncompromising fidelity, grant that through her merits and intercession, we may walk in the path of righteousness in this life so as to enjoy the life that will never end. We ask this through Christ our Lord….AMEN
O wondrous blessed clarity of Clare! In life she shone to a few; after death she shines on the whole world! On earth she was a clear light; Now in heaven she is a brilliant sun. O how great the vehemence of the brilliance of this clarity! On earth this light was indeed kept within cloistered walls, yet shed abroad its shining rays; It was confined within a convent cell, yet spread itself through the wide world. Amen
Prayer to St. Clare
Faithful Saint Clare, daughter of the Church, friend and confidante of Popes, intercede for holy Church. Look graciously from heaven on our holy father, Pope Benedict. Enlighten us to remove from our souls all that hinders the progress of the Church on earth. Grant that we may share your great love for the Church of God and spreak his Kingdom on earth by a holy life. You who worked miracles in the presence of the Popes on earth, obtain for us the graces we need, now that you stand in the presence of the most high God in heaven. Amen.
Prayer to St. Clare of Assisi
God of mercy, You inspired Saint Clare with the love of poverty. By the help of her prayers may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of Your glory in the Kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.