Novena Day 1: July 30, 2014
Novena Day 1: July 30, 2014

Foundation of the Society

On August 7, 2014, we will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Society of Jesus. We offer this novena prayer in thanksgiving for God’s mercy and faithful love to our Society, imploring the graces we need to remain faithful to our vocation of serving Jesus under the banner of the Cross — and the Church, His Spouse. On this first day of the novena, we recall God’s wondrous work of calling into being the Society of Jesus.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Laudate Dominum (Taizé)

Laudate Dominum, Laudate Dominum
Omnes Gentes, Alleluia. (3x)

Alternatively, the following psalm may be recited.

Psalm 8

How great is your name, O Lord our God,
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy,
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hand,
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle,
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God,
Through all the earth!

Scripture Reading (Isaiah 43:1b-3)

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel.

The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God.

Brief moment of silence

From the Tradition of the Society (The 1539 Formula of the Institute)

Whoever desires to serve as a soldier of God beneath the banner of the Cross in our Society, which we desire to be designated by the name of Jesus, and to serve the Lord alone and his vicar on earth, should after solemn vow of chastity, keep what follows in mind. He is a member of a community founded chiefly for this purpose: to strive especially for the progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine and for the propagation of the faith by the ministry of the word, by the Spiritual Exercises, by works of charity, and expressly by the education of children and unlettered persons in Christianity.

Brief moment of silence


God calls us by name.   
R: In His faithful love we trust.

Intercessions (may be adapted)    

Animator: God, in His mercy, called St. Ignatius to share in the mission of Christ, by founding the Society of Jesus.  Let us offer our prayers to the Lord, asking to be confirmed in our mission, as we say, God of faithful love, hear us.

  1. For the Society of Jesus: that our life and ministries may always embody the vision of the First Companions, enriching it with modern insights and experiences. R.
  2. For Father General Adolfo Nicolás: that, united with God in prayer, he may lead the Society in accordance with the will of God. R.
  3. For the missions of the Society of Jesus: that they may be efficient instruments for the propagation of the Christian faith and the edification of a human society founded on justice and Christian love. R.
  4. For our collaborators: that, imbued with the Ignatian spirit, they may contribute to the incarnation of the values of the Society in human society. R.
  5. For vocations: that the Lord may send us many young people enflamed with the desire to serve and not to be served, to give without counting the cost.  R.

Let us now offer our personal intentions for the novena (brief silence).

Prayer: Our Father

Novena Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord, who choose
the weak and make them strong,
raise the fallen, heal the wounded
and gather the dispersed back to you.
Renew us with the Spirit who moved
St. Ignatius and his companions to serve
your Son under the standard of the Cross.
Grant us the courage to reach out
to our forgotten brothers and sisters;
the generosity to open our doors to those
who seek you, and the wisdom to sow
seeds of your Kingdom in the hearts
of all we meet, for the greater
glory of your Name, as we pray… (or sing)

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my entire will,
all that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To You, O Lord, I return it.
All is Yours, dispose of it wholly according to Your will.
Give me Your love and Your grace,
for this is sufficient for me.


Let us bless the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

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