FEAST DAY: August 11
DAY OF THE WEEK: Monday
CANDLE COLOR: White
LEGEND: Daughter of a count and countess. Her father died young. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, she confided to him her desire to live for God, the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday 1212 the bishop presented her with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. Clare and her cousin Pacifica ran away from her mother’s palace during the night. She eventually took the veil of religious profession from Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi.
Founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; a lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare’s mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of prayer in silence.
Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, and chivalrous. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who’d kicked off their covers. She daily meditated on the Passion. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morrocco in 1221, she tried to go there to give her own life for God, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrace at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left.
Toward the end of her life, when she was too ill to attend Mass, an image of the service would display on the wall of her cell; thus her patronage of television. She was ever the close friend and spiritual student of Francis, who apparently led her soul into the light.
PETITION SAINT CLARA: for development of understanding, help with difficulties, protection against evils of body and soul, to overcome drug and alcohol problems.
PATRONAGE: Embroiderers; eye disease; eyes; gilders; goldsmiths; gold workers; good weather; laundry workers; needle workers; Santa Clara Indian Pueblo; telegraphs; telephones; television; television writers
REPRESENTATION: Host; monstrance; woman with a monstrance in her hand
NOVENA TO SAINT CLAIRE OF ASSASI
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored, glorified and loved today and everyday throughtout the world forever. Amen
Publish on the ninth day.
The Invocation: O most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise your Holy Name and the wonders of grace that you worked in your servant, St. Claire. Through her powerful intercession, grant us the favors we beg in this novena. Above all, the grace to live and die as she did, in your most Holy Love.
Day One: O Seraphic Saint Claire, first disciple of the Poor Man of Assisi, who hast abandoned all riches and honors for a life of sacrifice and of highest poverty… obtain from God for us the grace we ask: (name your request here), that of always submitting to the Divine Will and of living confidently in the providence of our Heavenly Father… Amen.
Day Two: O Seraphic Saint Claire, who, notwithstanding living separated from the world, hast not forgotten the poor and the afflicted, but hast become a mother to them; sacrificing for them your riches, and working for them innumerable miracles; obtain from God for us the grace we implore: (name your request here). Christian charity towards our brethren, in all their spiritual and temporal needs… Amen.
Day Three: O Seraphic Saint Claire, light of your country, who hast delivered Italy from barbarous invaders; obtain from God for us the grace we implore: (name your request here), that of overcoming all attacks of the world against faith and morals, thus preserving in our families true Christian peace with a holy fear of God, and a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament… Amen.
Day Four: Blessed Saint Claire, whose very name means “light,” illuminate the darkness of our minds and hearts, so that we might see what God wishes us to do, and perform it with a willing and joyful heart. Before your birth, a Heavenly voice foretold that you would be a light illuminating the world. Be a light to us in the sorrows and anxieties of this earthly life, and lead us into the eternal light of our home in Heaven… Amen.
Day Five: O Seraphic Saint Claire, whose virginal heart was great enough to love the whole world… take our petitions into your pure hands and present them to God. Pray for us, that we may one day enter joyously before the throne of God. Let the light of your perfect purity consume the shadows of sin and corruption that darkens the world. Intercede by your innocence for our youth. Safeguard the peace of our homes and the unity of our family. Plead with your chaste love for all in peril… Amen.
Day Six: Generous Saint Claire, who left wealth, pleasure, and all earthly goods to become the first spiritual daughter of Saint Francis, and to serve God in the cloister… help us to commit our lives to God without limit or measure, so that He may live in us and shine forth from us to all whose lives touch ours. You who loved souls so much as to make your life a continual sacrifice for them. Obtain for us the graces we now implore and win for us the strength to praise God in suffering, as well as in joy… Amen.
Day Seven: Faithful Saint Claire, loyal daughter of the Church, friend and confidante of Popes… intercede for the holy Church and look graciously from Heaven on our holy Father Pope. Enlighten us to remove from our souls all that hinders the progress of the Church on earth. Grant that we may share your great love for the church of God and spread His kingdom on earth by a holy life. You, who worked miracles in the presence of the Pope on Earth, obtain for us the graces we need, now that you stand in the presence of the most high God in Heaven… Amen.
Day Eight: Valiant Saint Claire, who fearlessly stood alone against the barbarous Saracens, trusting in the Blessed Sacrament as your only protection… enkindle in us a tender love for Jesus Christ; help us to live Eucharistic lives. You who saved your city of Assisi from plunder and ruin, protect our city and archdiocese, plead for our beloved country and the suffering world. A voice from the Sacred Host rewarded your trust with a promise: “I will always take care of you.” Glorious Saint Clare, from your high place in Heaven, take care of us now in our earthly needs and guide us by your light to Heaven… Amen.
Day Nine: Gracious Saint Claire, who fulfilled your womanhood by a life of love in prayer and penance… help us to fulfill our destiny that we may one day greet you in Heaven. You who were consoled at your death by a vision of Christ and His Mother, obtain for us the grace that we may die under the special protection of God, and enter into the life and bliss you now enjoy. Have pity on us who struggle, on us who mourn, and win for us the favors of God so that after this life, we may come home to Him, who lives and reigns forever and ever… Amen.
May the SACRED HEART OF JESUS
be praised, adored, glorified and loved
today and everyday throughout the