Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Thessalonians 5:16-18

   

               
 


St. Josephine Bakhita Novena

About St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan and at 7 years old she was kidnapped, enslaved, sold, tortured and humiliated. Her owner moved her to Italy where she worked as a babysitter and she accompanied the family to Venice’s Institute of the Catechumens, run by the Canossian Sisters. While there, she felt drawn to the Catholic Church and was baptized and confirmed.

With the help of the Canossian Sisters and the patriarch of Venice, Josephine gained her freedom from slavery. Josephine joined the Canossian sisters and became a nun. She assisted her religious community through cooking, sewing, embroidery, and welcoming visitors.

St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of Sudan, slavery and victims of human trafficking. Her feast day is February 8th.

 

St. Josephine Bakhita Novena Prayers

Day 1:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to be forgiving to others as she was.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were a slave and you didn’t have any rights. Intercede for victims of human trafficking and those suffering silently in any kind of slavery. May their captors free them and may this evil be erased from the face of the Earth.

Help us to be thankful for our freedom and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 2:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to be forgiving to others as she was.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were kidnapped from your family at 7 years old. Pray for children who have been kidnapped and for their families who suffer greatly from worry and sorrow. May they be reunited and comforted by the Lord.

Help us to be thankful for our freedom and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 3:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to be forgiving to others as she was.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were traded and sold many times in your life. One of your owners tortured you by tattooing you all over your body by cutting your skin over one hundred times. They poured salt into your wounds to make the pattern of the scars stand out more. You were immobile from the pain and you almost bled to death. Pray for victims of torture. Help them to be resilient and heal their bodies and souls. May people stop this brutal practice.

Help us to be thankful for our freedom and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 4:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to put God’s will above all things as she did.

St. Josephine Bakhita, when the family that introduced you to Christianity and decided to move away from the Canossian sisters, you had the courage to refuse and fight for your freedom. Although you were grateful to the family, you knew that God’s will was for you to join the sisters.

Help us to put God’s will above all things and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 5:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to have your love of beauty.

St. Josephine Bakhita, in spite of the great trials and suffering you endured throughout your lifetime you always saw beauty in all things. You even saw that there was goodness in your enslavement as you once said, “If I were to meet the slave-traders who kidnapped me and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands, for if that did not happen, I would not be a Christian and Religious today.”

Help us to see the beauty in our lives, even in times of trial, and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 6:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to be grateful for our Christian faith to others as she was.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were always thankful to God and thankful for your Christian faith. You were so thankful that you were known to kiss the baptismal font in thanksgiving for your baptism and new life in Christ.

Help us to be thankful for our faith and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 7:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to know the comfort of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she did.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you focused on Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary at the time of your death. Your last words were, “Our Lady, Our Lady” as you departed for heaven.

Help us to know the comfort of Our Lady at all times and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 8:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to be joyful to others as she was.

St. Josephine Bakhita, you were known to always be smiling and sweet to anyone who came to you for help.

Help us to be joyful and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

Day 9:

Heavenly Father, you gave us the great example of St. Josephine Bakhita and blessed her with an open heart full of charity. Help me to know that God has never abandoned me as she knew so well.

St. Josephine Bakhita, as you were dying and in much pain, you relived the pain of your slavery, asking the nurses to loosen your chains. Pray for everyone who is chained down by pain and sin.

Help us to know that God has never abandoned us and to know that we are only truly free through our faith in the Lord. St. Josephine Bakhita, please pray for us and ask God to grant these our intentions. (State your intentions here…)

Closing Prayer: (same every day of prayer)

Holy St. Josephine Bakhita, you lived an extraordinary life of pain, suffering and slavery but you did not allow your trials to define your life. You chose to have an open and joyful heart and follow the truth of Jesus Christ. Intercede for us so that Christ may live joyfully in our hearts as he lived in yours. It is through your extraordinary witness that many people have overcome obstacles and have come to the Christian faith. May your intercession continue to transform the faith of people forever.

Hail Mary…

Amen.

 

St. Josephine Bakhita is Patron of…

The intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita is called on especially in the following cases:

  •      Victims of human trafficking.
  •      Sudan

St. Josephine Bakhita feast day is February 8th but you can pray the St. Josephine Bakhita Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!



 













 
 
 
 

 

 



 
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