St. Thérèse of Lisieux
January 2, 1873
Alencon, Orne, France
September 30, 1897
Lisieux, Calvados. France
Roman Catholic Church
April 29, 1923
May 17, 1925
Patron Saint of:
Missionaries, France, Russia, florists and gardeners, HIV/AIDS sufferers, tuberculosis sufferers
Prayer to St. Therese
O little St. Theresa of the Child Jesus,
who during your short life on earth
became a mirror of angelic purity,
of love strong as death, and of
wholehearted abandonment to God,
now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues,
cast a glance of pity on me
as I leave all things in your hands.
Make my troubles your own –
speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate,
whose flower of special love you were –
to that Queen of heaven "who smiled
on you at the dawn of life."
Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus
to obtain for me by her powerful intercession,
the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment,
and that she join with it a blessing
that may strengthen me during life.
Defend me at the hour of death,
and lead me straight on to a happy eternity.
Prayer in Honor of St. Thérèse
O Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
seeing what confidence I have in God,
kindly present my intentions before the merciful Lord,
whom you behold face to face.
Intercede for me with the Blessed Virgin Mary,
who came to smile on you when you were suffering.
Looking on those who pray to you,
and on all those undergoing distress and trials,
I unite myself to them as my brothers and sisters.
Show yourself to be our sister,
and pour on us a shower of roses.
Ask the Lord to grant the graces we desire, if it be his will,
and make us stronger in faith,
hope and love on the road to life.
Help us to follow your "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood",
trusting in the mercy and love of God like a little child,
as you learned from Jesus himself.
Give us a thirst for Holy Scripture,
a hunger for the Sacraments of the Church,
and passionate self-giving love for our neighbors,
that like you we may be love in the heart of the Church.
May we be assisted at the moment of death
so that we pass from this world
into the peace of God our Father,
and know the eternal joy of the children of God.