Saint Jerome Emiliani -8th February

St. Jerome Emiliani was born in Venice, Italy. He joined the army and was taken as a prisoner of war. He was miraculously released, and gave his life to Our Lady in charity. He returned to Venice, and with the plague and famine leaving a growing number of orphans, he dedicated his life to helping these children. He opened several Orphanages, and dedicated his life to serving them. He died on February 8th. He is the patron saint of Orphans and abandoned children. He founded the Religious Society known as Somaschi. Today, there are currently about 500 Somascans serving around the world. Declared the patron of orphans and abandoned children in 1928 by Pope Pius XI

Prayer to Saint Jerome Emiliani

O St. Jerome Emiliani, our country is in such need of your powerful intercession before the throne of God. So many children are orphans of broken homes, some are missing and others have been used for evil purposes on our city streets. Even worse than this, people are killing children before they are even born.

Inspire parents to adopt orphans. Help us to have your fervor for all children, especially those in most need. Finally, we ask you to transform us into children so that we may one day enter the Kingdom of Heaven and with you praise the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever.



God of mercy,
You chose Jerome Emiliani
to be a father and friend of orphans.
May his prayers keep us faithful
to the Spirit we have received,
who makes us Your children.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

St Jerome Emiliani’s Prayer for the Church

Our sweet Father Lord Jesus Christ, because of Your infinite goodness, we ask You to reform Christianity to that state of sanctity that was characteristic of the time of the Apostles. Hear us, O Lord, because You are kind and merciful. In Your bountiful compassion look upon us. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. May the power of God the Father, the wisdom of the Son and the strength of the Holy Spirit and also the glorious Virgin Mary, guide and protect me on the way to peace, love and prosperity. Also, may the angel Raphael, who always assisted Tobias, be with me in every place I stay and on every road I travel. My dear Jesus, my dear Jesus, my dear Jesus, my love and my God, I trust in You, let me never regret it.


(Patron of Orphans)
Repeat the following Novena prayers every day for 9 consecutive days.

O blessed St. Jerome, our Patron and our guide,
humbly we ask that you intercede for us before God,
and that our petitions this day will be answered.
We ask your blessing on the poor,
the sick and the unemployed of our parish.
Bless all married couples, the young and the old.
Grant that those who have heard the call to serve as ministers of your Church,
will receive a special blessing this day.
Pray for us, St. Jerome,
that our parish community will always remain united
in the love that only Christ can bring.
May your word and example be our strength and our consolation.

Prayer For Insight

Through your anger and confrontations
you remind us that we all have a duty
to confront others from time to time.
You also remind us that we have a duty to examine ourselves
and confront our own weaknesses and harmful behaviours.
Your life teaches that I must accept others for who they are.
You taught of the danger of self-righteousness;
of the importance of reflecting upon one of Jesus’ most insightful teachings:
“Let the man who has no sin on his conscience throw the first stone.”;
In the light of your teachings, Saint Jerome,
help me to see my own self clearly.
Help me to confront my own biases
and to act to change others only out of love.
If I see that I have the duty to confront another,
I ask you to be with me during those necessary
but unpleasant moments of confrontation.
Help me to remember that love alone can make changes for the good.
Jesus, Mary, I love You, Save Souls.

Prayer for Christ’s Mercy
(Written by Saint Jerome)

O Lord, show your mercy to me and gladden my heart.
I am like the man on the way to Jericho
who was overtaken by robbers,
wounded and left for dead.
O Good Samaritan, come to my aid,
I am like the sheep that went astray.
O Good Shepherd, seek me out
and bring me home in accord with your will.
Let me dwell in your house all the days of my life
and praise you for ever and ever with those who are there.
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Saint Jerome,
Pray for us.
Saint Jerome,
Pray for us.
Saint Jerome,
Pray for us.
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