Prayers to Saint Philip Neri

Patron of Rome and the United States Army Special Forces

Listen to Create in Me a Clean Heart to Create in Me a Clean Heart

Prayer to Know and Love Jesus

My Lord Jesus, I want to love You but You cannot trust me. If You do not help me, I will never do any good. I do not know You; I look for You but I do not find You. Come to me, O Lord. If I knew You, I would also know myself. If I have never loved You before, I want to love You truly now. I want to do Your will alone; putting no trust in myself, I hope in You, O Lord. Amen.

~~by St. Philip Neri

Heavenly Father, you gave us St. Philip Neri to be for us an example of holy joy and mirth. We ask you as the great day of Pentecost approaches to fill us with this joy of the Holy Spirit as you did your faithful servant Philip Neri. Through his intercession, may we conclude this Easter Season with a heart burning with love for You. May the Holy Spirit so fill our heart and soul that You become our only love and desire. Enkindle in us the zeal and burning love of the disciples gathered into Upper Room on Pentecost Sunday. Then we will glorify You through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit before all the world. Amen.


"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!" (Phil. 4:4)

O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripturel's promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation.
Bear us, we pray, especially in this need (make your request here). Keep us safe through your loving intercession, and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, St. Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.

Novena to Saint Philip Neri

(This novena has been adapted from the prayers and devotions of Cardinal Newman.)

Day I (Beginning on 17 May)

Philip, my glorious Patron, who didst count as dross the praise, and even the good esteem of men, obtain for me also, from my Lord and Savior, this fair virtue by thy prayers.  How haughty are my thoughts, how contemptuous are my words, how ambitious are my works.  Gain for me that low self esteem of self with which thou wast gifted; obtain for me a knowledge of my own nothingness, that I may rejoice when I am despised, and ever seek to be great only in the eyes of my God and Judge.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Day II

Philip, my glorious Patron, gain for me a portion of that gift which thou hadst so abundantly.  Alas! thy heart was burning with love; mine is all frozen towards God, and alive only for creatures.  I love the world, which can never make me happy; my highest desire is to be well off here below.  O my God, when shall I learn to love nothing else but Thee?  Gain for me, O Philip, a pure love, a strong love, and an efficacious love, that, loving God here upon earth, I may enjoy the sight of Him together with thee and all the saints, hereafter in Heaven.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


Philip, my holy Patron, teach me by thy example, and gain for me by thy intercessions, to seek my Lord and God at all times and in all places, and to live in His presence and in sacred intercourse with Him.  As the children of this world look up to rich men or men in station for the favor which they desire, so may I ever lift up my eyes and hands and heart towards heaven, and betake myself to the source of all good for those goods which I need.  As the children of this world converse with their friends and find their pleasure in them, so may I ever hold communion with Saints and Angels, and with the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of my Lord.  Pray with me, O Philip, as thou didst pray with thy penitents here below, and then prayer will become sweet to me as it did to them.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Day IV

Philip, my glorious Patron, who didst ever keep unsullied the white lily of thy purity, with such jealous care that the majesty of this fair virtue beamed from thine eyes, shone in thy hands, and was fragrant in thy breath, obtain for me that gift from the Holy Ghost, that neither the words nor the example of sinners may ever make any impression on my soul.  And, since it is by avoiding occasions of sin, by prayer, by keeping myself employed, and by frequent use of the Sacraments that my dread enemy must be subdued, gain for me the grace to persevere in these necessary observances.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Day V

Philip, my glorious Advocate, teach me to look at all I see around me after thy pattern as the creatures of God.  Let me never forget that the same God who mad me made the whole world, and all men and all animals that are in it.  Gain for me the grace to love all God's works for His sake, and all men for the sake of my Lord and Savior who has redeemed them by the Cross.  And especially let me be tender and compassionate and loving towards all Christians, as my brethren in grace.  And do thou, who on earth wast so tender to all, be especially tender to us, and feel for us, bear with us in all our troubles, and gain for us from God, with whom thou dwellest in beatific light, all the aids necessary for bringing us safely to Him and to thee.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Day VI

Philip, my glorious Advocate, who didst ever follow the precepts and example of the Apostle Saint Paul in rejoicing always in all things, gain for me the grace of perfect resignation to God's will, of indifference to matters of this world, and a constant sight of Heaven; so that I may never be disappointed at the Divine providences, never desponding, never sad, never fretful; that my countenance may always be open and cheerful, and my words kind and pleasant, as becomes those who, in whatever state of life they are, have the greatest of all goods, the favor of God and the prospect of eternal bliss.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


Philip, my holy Advocate, who didst bear persecution and calumny, pain and sickness, with so admirable a patience, gain for me the grace of true fortitude under all the trials of this life.  Alas! how do I need patience!  I shrink from every light affliction; I fire up at every trifling contradiction; I fret and am cross at every little suffering of body.  Gain for me the grace to enter with hearty goodwill into all such crosses as I may receive day by day from my Heavenly Father.  Let me imitate thee, as thou didst imitate my Lord and Savior, that so, as thou hast attained heaven by thy calm endurance of bodily and mental pain, I too may attain the merit of patience, and the reward of life everlasting.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


Philip, my holy Patron, who wast so careful for the souls of thy brethren, and especially of thy own people, when on earth, slack not thy care of them now, when thou art in Heaven.  Be with us, who are thy children and thy clients; and, with thy greater power with God, and with thy more intimate insight into our needs and our dangers, guide us along the path which leads to God and to thee.  Be to us a good father; make our priests blameless and beyond reproach or scandal; make our children obedient, our youth prudent and chaste, our heads of families wise and gentle, our old people cheerful and fervent, and build us up, by thy powerful intercessions, in faith, charity, and all virtues.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Day IX

Philip, my holy Patron, the wounds and diseases of my soul are greater that bodily ones, and are beyond thy curing, even with thy supernatural power.  I know that my Almighty Lord reserves in His own hands the recovery of my soul from death, and the healing of all its maladies.  But thou canst do more for our souls by the prayers now, my dear Saint, than thou didst for the bodies of those who applied to thee when thou wast upon earth.  Pray for me, that the Divine Physician of the soul, who alone reads my heart thoroughly, may cleanse it thoroughly, and that I and all who are dear to me may be cleansed from all our sins; and, since we must die, one and all, that we may die, as thou didst, in the grace and love of God, and with the assurance, like thee, of eternal life.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

Litany of St. Philip Neri

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,  pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of Virgins, pray for us. 

Saint Philip, pray for us. 
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us. 
Child of Mary, pray for us. 
Apostle of Rome, pray for us. 
Counselor of Popes, pray for us. 
Voice of Prophecy, pray for us. 
Man of Primitive Times, pray for us. 
Winning Saint, pray for us. 
Hidden Hero, pray for us. 
Sweetest of Fathers, pray for us. 
Martyr of Charity, pray for us. 
 Heart of Fire, pray for us. 
 Discerner of Spirits, pray for us. 
 Choicest of Priests, pray for us. 
 Mirror of the Divine Life, pray for us. 
 Pattern of humility, pray for us. 
 Example of Simplicity, pray for us. 
 Light of Holy Joy, pray for us. 
 Image of Childhood, pray for us. 
Picture of Old Age, pray for us. 
 Director of Souls, pray for us. 
Gentle Guide of Youth, pray for us. 
 Patron of thine Own, pray for us. 

Thou who observed chastity in thy youth, pray for us. 
Who sought Rome by Divine guidance, pray for us. 
Who hid so long in the catacombs, pray for us. 
Who received the Holy Spirit into thy heart, pray for us. 
Who experienced such wonderful ecstasies, pray for us. 
Who so lovingly served the little ones, pray for us. 
Who washed the feet of pilgrims, pray for us. 
Who ardently thirsted after martyrdom, pray for us. 
Who distributed the daily word of God, pray for us. 
Who turned so many hearts to God, pray for us. 
Who conversed so sweetly with Mary, pray for us. 
Who raised the dead, pray for us. 
Who set up thy houses in all lands, pray for us. 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,  Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,  Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.    Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Remember thy congregation.
R. Which thou hast possessed from the beginning.

Let Us Pray: O God, Who hast exalted blessed Philip, Thy confessor, in the glory of Thy Saints, grant that, as we rejoice in his commemoration, so may we profit by the example of his virtues, through Christ Our Lord.  R. Amen.

feast day: May 26

Read St. Philip Neri's biography
in the Catholic Online Saints Index.

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