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Try this novena to St. Onofrio, patron of Business, Negotiations, and of those seeking employment.

Saint Onofrio
A Father of the Desert

The imprimatur for the English translation of this novena was granted by Bishop John J. Russell of Richmond, Virginia.

         St. Onofrio lived in the fourth century. He was a royal prince, son of a King of Persia, who became a monk in a regular monastery, observing the regulations of monastic life like other monks. He wished to rise to greater heights of perfection, so he retired from the monastery, which was located near the city of Thebes (Egypt), and lived as a hermit in a remote region of Egypt, far from the haunts of men. There for years, about sixty according to one report, he lived a life of extreme asceticism, fasting, praying, and doing penance. Around that particular time the deserts of Egypt attracted many hermits of this kind and it came to be regarded as the highest form of perfection. The influence of the hermits was nowhere more pronounced than in Ireland.
There happened to be a certain individual named Paphnutius who was to some extent a historian, and also a monk and hermit. He wandered through the hermitages of Egypt and made the acquaintance of St. Onofrio, and it is to him we are indebted for the brief item of information above. He visited with St. Onofrio and discussed with him how to acquire virtue in the life of a hermit. Then St. Onofrio told him that it was God who had sent him, so that he might be present at his death and see to his burial. With that St. Onofrio died, and Paphnutius buried him and returned to his monastery.
         St. Onofrio is the Spanish translation of the Latin St. Onophrius, which would perhaps be St. Humphrey in English. It is difficult to obtain much information about him partly because of the kind of life he lived, the life of a hermit, and because he lived so long ago. The feast of St. Onofrio is June 12. There is a San Onofrio near San Diego, California. The Spanish explorers and missionaries had the custom of calling a place after the name of the saint on whose feast it was discovered. This saint would then become the patron. This particular novena to St. Onofrio was written in Spanish in 1946 by the late Archbishop Lucas Guillermo Castillo of Caracas, Venezuela, where St. Onofrio is best known as the patron of business, negotiations and those seeking employment. It is strange that a fellow who had no interest in money should be the patron of business, etc. In Caracas, Venezuela, the church of San Francisco contains a statue of St. Onofrio and it is always ablaze with votive candles placed by the rich and poor alike. The proprietors of many shops display a small statue of St. Onofrio as evidence of their devotion to this saint.


First Prayer for Every Day
(repeat Each Day of the Novena)

O my Lord Jesus Christ, true God and Man, who through Thy passion and death did seek full atonement for our sins, I kneel before Thee sinful and sorrowful and confess my great infidelity and ingratitude. As a Catholic I firmly believe and profess these eternal and comforting revelations and yet have dared to offend Thee.
Knowing, however, that Thy kindness and mercy are infinite and that Thou wilt not turn away from a contrite and humble heart which implores Thy clemency I offer you the merits of our Immaculate Mother, Mary most Holy and through the intercession of Thy faithful servant St. Onofrio I implore Thy forgiveness and firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace never to sin again.

Final Prayer for Every Day
(Repeat Each Day of the Novena)

Glorious St. Onofrio, whom I have chosen as my model and in whom I trust, grant that I may feel the power of your intercession with our Lord. In your hands I place all my necessities especially that which I place under your protection today. Grant me this favor and all other graces that I may be freed from sin and obtain the salvation of my soul. Arnen. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


First Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Illustrious Prince, beloved of the Lord, St. Onofrio, I envy you the glory our Lord has bestowed upon you in reward for your many virtues and I implore you to grant me that same faith with which you professed Him and adored Him in this world through all your trials and tribulations. Grant that I may also have the confidence which you placed in Divine Providence which paved the way to a better and greater Kingdom than that which was yours upon this earth. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Second Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Humble Hermit, glorious St. Onofrio, wishing to join you in heaven I want to thank our Lord for having created, preserved, redeemed, called and sanctified you. Thank Him for making it possible for you to conquer the world, the devil, and the flesh and bestowing upon you such powers enabling you to work miracles in favor of your followers. Offer your efficacious entreaties so that we, grateful even like yourself for the great benefits of creation, preservation, redemption, and all other divine mercies, might attain the glory of heaven in your holy company. Amen.

Petition ...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Third Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Ever glorious Prince, blessed St. Onofrio, my weakness and pride, and my attachment to temporary things are confused by your holy fervour and great love of Jesus Christ our Saviour for which, rather than offend Him, you gave up a royal crown, country and personal interests, your friends and even your life which you sacrificed and consecrated wholly in the desert; intercede, then, glorious saint with our Lord so that, by imitating your admirable prudence, I may comply with the First Commandment, and serving Him with faithfulness in this world I may deserve everlasting happiness with you in Heaven. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Fourth Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

O most faithful and venerated St. Onofrio, who made yourself manifest to the world as a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ by experiencing in your holy body His most cruel Passion and by being persecuted and despised, and by mortifying your flesh with continuous fasts, vigils and severe penitence; grant us the mercy of the divine light to enlighten our minds so that we may know that, if we have no sorrow for our sins we shall be Christians in name only; also ask Him to inspire us with the love of the Cross and of inner mortification that we may enjoy the eternal joys of Heaven. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Fifth Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Ever glorious St. Onofrio, your constant practice of holy prayer, the continuous exercise of virtue and mortification of the senses were the gifts of Divine mercy that made you pleasing to God, to the angels and to men. Grant us then, your help in imitating such virtues so that we may, supported only by God, be protected from all dangers of body and soul. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Sixth Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Example of fortitude and valor, Glorious St. Onofrio, who in the course of your life of penitence experienced the gentleness of our Lord's bondage, you can say with St. Paul, "who can part me from my God": man, affliction, the danger of persecution? I know that each one of these, with all my inner and outer enemies would have the strength to separate me from God; remember, oh prodigious Saint, my weakness, which makes me so ungrateful to the Supreme Goodness. Grant me, then, fervour in His service and that the continued presence of God may inspire my deeds. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Seventh Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Illustrious Hermit, invincible soldier of Jesus Christ, St. Onofrio, you are a pleasant garden of all virtues: strong faith, firm hope, ardent charity, admirable prudence, incorruptible justice, great fortitude, heroic temperance and perfect humility. These treasures with which at your death you presented yourself before God have made you famous and known among men. Beseech Him, then, to enliven my faith that I may follow the example of all these virtues and, through His grace, I may deserve the mercy of a holy death and eternal Glory thereafter. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Eighth Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

O Glorious St. Onofrio, in the name of the efficacious teaching and example derived from your conduct during the brief period of your life, and at the happy instant of your death, intercede for me so that, following your example, I may through sacrifice in this short, corruptible life attain the reward of eternal life and glory in Heaven. Amen.

Petition...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


Ninth Day

(say the First Prayer for Every Day)

Ever glorious St. Onofrio, whom God holds in high regard as the many and great miracles which He performs through your intercession indicate; do exercise this supreme gift in behalf of the needy who implore your protection and, particularly, grant us a strong and firm faith. Also, pray for the exaltation of the Holy Church; for the happiness of the Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Holy Father the Pope; for peace and concord among Christian nations; eradication of heresy, vice and sin; and wisdom for all who rule us, and for that grace of which I am in most need and for which I have prayed in this Novena, which I offer to the glory of God and your honor and for the benefit of my soul so that, by making good use of the days of my short life I might be worthy of beholding the beauty of your crown among the courtiers in Heaven. Amen.

Petition ...
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, etc.
(say the Final Prayer for Every Day)


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