Prayer and Novena to Saint Philomena Martil Christian

The Novena to Saint Philomena, becomes a kind of novena that is made to a Saint who came to make a Vow to God during her childhood to always remain a virgin until death, a vow that she kept even when the Emperor Diocletian proposed that were his wife, which he fully denied. In the following article he knows more about them and how to do this novena.

Novena to Saint Philomena

To begin, it begins with the prayer for every day, which is short, then a final prayer and then meditates on a small word. First we are going to present the novena to Santa Filomena, however, we recommend that you visit the last section so that you know who this saint was. But here I will show you a small summary of her story.

The history and also the miracles of Saint Philomena, in accordance with all the revelations to the superior nun of the 19th century, and all the elements that were found in her tomb are those that tell us that she was born at the end of the 3rd century or also at the beginning. of the fourth century AD, at the time of Emperor Diocletian. Her parents were noble people, Greek princes, who because they were prevented from conceiving children converted to Christianity at the request of the chief doctor of her palace.

This doctor was the one who promised them that he would pray for them to have a child. When the miraculous pregnancy occurred, they converted from the great power of God over his followers and in this way they agreed to be baptized as Christians, abandoning all their cults to the pagan gods that prevailed in all those times, and in honor of their new faith, they placed their daughter Filomena, which comes to mean daughter of light, illumination that dispelled all the shadows of paganism in them.

At the age of 13, he accompanied his parents before an audience that was granted to them by Emperor Diocletian, to which they went in order to request his help and that of the imperial army, because their principality, was under a threat of war, in the interview, the emperor always set his sights on the young Saint Philomena, and promised her father that he would grant her all the military support she needed, however, he proposed a unique condition, and it was that his daughter was his wife.

The parents of Santa Filomena simply agreed to the king’s request, however, they did not take into account that, about 2 years earlier, Santa Filomena had come to take the vows of virginity in accordance with her growing love for the Lord Jesus Christ, by virtue of the Christian education that she received from her birth, and that she was committed to practicing Christianity, always helping people who were poor, for such reasons, and already outside the imperial palace, she refused to be given in this marriage.

Her father always tried to convince her, in different ways, which came to include serious threats, some requests that she do it for the purpose of saving her homeland, her vassals and all her parents, her mother intervened trying to convince her of the same However, all their attempts were null, since Saint Philomena told them that her virginity and also her soul only belonged to the Lord Jesus Christ, by her own will, and that she preferred holy heaven before everything they offered her and all of them.

So her father, faced with Saint Philomena’s refusal to marry the monarch, led her to the imperial palace, where Emperor Diocletian tried to get her to agree to his requests, so he tried to convince her by seducing her with the many compliments and various gifts.

However, the young maiden continued to refuse said wedding, which made the emperor very angry, since he considered himself similar to the god Jupiter, a superior deity of all his beliefs, and did not allow them to despise him, and for that reason he made the decision to imprison her.

Before being imprisoned Santa Filomena came to be subjected to severe lashes, naked and tied to a column of the royal court, this was done in front of the courtiers. In her cell he gave himself over to the prayers of her beliefs. Then the Holy Virgin Mary appeared to her, healing all her wounds and telling her that her captivity was going to last for about 40 more days, after which she was going to wage a fierce combat, but that the Holy Spirit, Saint Gabriel the Archangel and her, They would be on your side at all times.

Diocletian, who was a cruel persecutor of Christians, faced with Saint Philomena’s repeated refusal to marry him, decides to subject her to the torture of martyrdom, because he was at all times convinced of the devotion that the young captive had by Jesus Christ himself.

So she is dragged through all the streets of Rome while arrows were shot at her, and when she was dying, she is taken back to her dungeon, and in that place the archangel Gabriel and the other angels are presented to her to heal all and each of his wounds caused by the terrible tyrant emperor.

Later, seeing her already cured, he decided to end her life by shooting her with arrows with hot darts, however, these same arrows failed to hit her humanity, but rather returned to the same archers killing about 6 from them.

Then it is transferred to the banks of the Tiber River, where it is again tied to an anchor and is thrown into the waters, but the angels themselves, commanded by the great messenger of God Saint Gabriel the Archangel, come to break the rope that held the anchor to which Santa Filomena was tied.

Emperor Diocletian, upon seeing that there was no way to end the life of Saint Philomena, and fearing that the people would come to recognize her as an example of the power of God, so he orders her to be beheaded , which the order was executed on a Friday, August 10, at 3 in the afternoon, the same as the time that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross. In her revelations, Saint Philomena makes reference to the fact that she lives in the celestial sky together with all those chosen by God.

His miracles consist of coming to heal wounds, freeing people who are in difficult times, caring for children and young people, strengthening faith, coming to give encouragement to those who are desperate, in addition to reaching to ward off diseases, to procure the conception of babies.

His arrival in the town of Mugnano, in Italy, was accompanied by a heavy rain, which finally ended almost 1 year of drought that threatened the entire town with famine, due to the lack of harvests.

First day

During this novena we will always begin with the initial prayer for every day, a final prayer and finally a prayer that is the one that corresponds to the novena in question on this same day, that is, the novena to Saint Philomena of the first day.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Novena of the First Day

Saint Philomena, how many things you and your faithful have in common and at the same time that they become different. Both came to be created by the same God, the 2 were born of a mother, the 2 had a father and as human persons the 2 were exposed to all the pleasures that this carnal world has to offer.

However, despite your young age, being a little girl, you were always directed and oriented towards the Heavenly Father, so your devotees easily continue to follow the currents of this world, its laws, its impurities and each one of its customs that are directed to sin.

Saint Philomena, by your example, many make the firm resolution to come to renounce all the pleasures of this world that are a serious danger for the salvation of their souls and that many are the ones who will make an effort to pray more and will deprive themselves of certain lawful pleasure to be able to find grace before you.

Oh! Saint Philomena, what an indescribable joy to come to know that your eyes can see the Face of the Triune God, the Face of the Most Holy Mary, as well as that of the Angels and the Saints, please pray for each one of your faithful, for those of your house and for the great need that is asked of you through this prayer and novena to Saint Philomena.

First Day Meditation

Oh Saint Philomena, as a laywoman who lived in the world. Many of your devotees are also the same. oh! yet what a difference there is between your life and theirs! She became entirely God-oriented; instead all the others are easily found following the current of this world, its laws, its impurity and all its customs.

So they worry about becoming trendy, so that they can’t take criticism from other people. This kind of attitude does not help them to follow Christ… but they will insist, therefore, in giving up each and every one of the pleasures that become a danger for them, for their soul, and for that reason they will strive to pray more every day and deprive yourself of some kind of lawful pleasure.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

Second Day

On this day we are going to begin with the prayer for every day, which is something very important since this prayer has to be performed each day, as well as the final prayer. So now we are going to proceed with these same ones and with the prayer of the Novena to Saint Philomena on the second day. 

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Novena of the Second Day 

The Holy Church comes to offer all the means to be able to practice the virtues and at the same time sanctify oneself; however, believers are often unfaithful in little things, while you, oh Saint Philomena, became faithful and faithful at all times until your death.

Saint Philomena, please pray that God himself be the one to forgive us for having wasted the innumerable graces that he has given to many of his faithful in the course of their lives, for having rebelled against his Will, for having doubted of his great Providence and of his Love for them.

Oh my Lord, through the intercession of Saint Philomena on this second day of the novena to Saint Philomena, I implore you to increase the faith and trust of many in You, please give them all the graces they need to be able to resist temptations and from that way to avoid offending you with their sins.

Second Day Meditation

The Church is the one that offers them all the means to be able to practice the virtues and at the same time be able to sanctify themselves. However, generally people are unfaithful in little things, while Filomena herself became faithful in everything until her death.

May God be the one to forgive them for having come to abuse the innumerable graces that she gave them in the course of their lives! For having rebelled against her will! For having come to doubt her Providence and also her love for them! How weak their faith becomes, how scarce her trust in the Heavenly Father becomes!

How ungrateful they have become for him to reciprocate all his blessings and all his favors! O Saint Philomena, please obtain for them the grace to be able to have complete trust in the Almighty God, and please help them to thank him for his favors and also for his eternal protection. Amen.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

third day

Before beginning with the third day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer must begin with those that we have already described previously in the other 2 days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Novena of the Third Day 

Oh Saint Philomena who offered herself to Jesus both body and soul, making the vow of virginity. On this third day he renounced all the pleasures of the flesh and also the honors that flatter them. In this way, she could shield her purity, and reject being an empress, which was a great price that her virginal body had to pay, however, in the end, her courage and the trust she had in her beloved Jesus, reached her. the crown of saints.

Oh! Saint Philomena, what a great generosity of your Soul, what kind of nobility of your Spirit, please help me to be able to obtain, understand and also maintain the valuable treasure of the purity of the soul, because there are many darts of the devil. who intend to take it away from me.

Oh! Holy Girl, please intercede for each of your devotees and for the relatives of each of them who are faithful to the Holy Magisterium, as well as all those who come to attend the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist , which are the means effective for sanctification.

Third Day Meditation

Saint Philomena who gave herself to Jesus, making the great vow of virginity. The saint who renounced the pleasures of the flesh and also the hopes that flatter her. The girl who despised the passing honors that she would have had at the time of being the empress, and who preferred the crown of glory that does not wither.

And that he thought that belonging to God himself was the greatest of riches in the entire universe. What generosity, what great sacrifice, what kind of nobility of feeling! Please help, oh Saint Philomena, all your believers to be able to understand how valuable the treasure of purity is, because there are so many enemies of virtue, the visible and the invisible, who usually seek to dirty the soul.

Have they built a shield to be able to protect their purity with prayer, modesty, humility, going so far as to frequent the Sacraments of Confession and Communion?

They will redouble their vigilance to be able to protect this kind of virtue with a modest dress, so as not to disturb other people, and in this way avoid watching shows and television programs, which can upset this kind of virtue by which Filomena came to give her life.

When leaving their homes, your devotees will pray about 3 Hail Marys, asking the Virgin Mary to please keep them pure in body, heart and soul.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

fourth day

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Novena of the Fourth Day

Oh! Saint Philomena, how can it be possible that at the age of 11 you understood the value of 1 vote, that moved you to consecrate your virginity to God and thus proclaim yourself as the wife of your Divine Jesus?

How is it that, at the age of 13, when you were taken by your parents to the great Rome, you despised all material goods and even rejected the title of empress, when Emperor Diocletian wanted to make you his wife?

How can it be that even before the plea of ​​your parents and always putting the well-being of all Greece, your homeland, your promise to Jesus was not broken?

How is it that your virginal and holy body managed to resist the martyrdom of the scourging, how can it be possible that despite all this you became faithful to your beloved Jesus?

Could it be that even as a girl you could understand what Jesus Christ came to refer to when seeing all that crowd, he went up the mountain and began to speak to them about the Beatitudes?

My mind becomes too short to be able to understand everything, my faith becomes too small, and my confidence becomes so little that it tends to hurt our Good Jesus.

Please help me Oh! Saint Philomena to be able to understand my littleness, also to reject the vainness of this world and finally put all my trust in God so that our souls may be saved and one day all the devotees enjoy with Saint Philomena in the Celestial homeland.

Fourth Day Meditation

Oh Saint Philomena who is the girl who gave up the most attractive advantages of this whole world: The saint who perfectly understood that the words of the Bible say:

“Vanity of vanities”.

It was not enough for him to understand them, but he put them into action at the most difficult moment, however, the most glorious of his life. When she came to sacrifice everything, she Filomena managed to get everything.

How miserable do pious people become, for by pursuing what is usually vanity, they have come to deprive themselves of all the good things that only truly deserve to be esteemed. It has been believed that the world could give them peace and happiness, through riches and comfort.

Many have come to believe that satisfying the senses could bring them wholeness. Thinking that way, people are in a big mistake, because the Bible itself says that the friends of this world are the enemies of God.

So it is time to change your wrong way of seeing, and not let yourself be influenced by what this world will come to propose to you; so it’s time to judge it for what it truly is.

Please forgive them, oh my God, for all their past folly! Please help them, oh Saint Philomena, to rectify her judgment, to everything, if God asks them to. So all your faithful make the promise to try to practice patience, always serenely accepting setbacks.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

Fifth Day

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Fifth Day Novena 

Oh Saint Philomena who suffered the cruel torments for her filial love towards God. In order to preserve her life and become protected from Diocletian’s wrath, she had only to hide her religion and simply break her vow of virginity, which was made during her childhood to God. ; With this kind of condition her life, that of her parents and also that of her country, would have become free.

Do her devotees have the same heroism as Saint Philomena?

Would they be equally capable of remaining faithful to their Catholic religion even though it may cost them their lives?

Saint Philomena, the one who intercedes for everyone so that everything they get to do is done with love and through her intercession, everything becomes a pleasant prayer to the Triune God.

Fifth Day Meditation

Saint Philomena the woman who came to suffer cruel torments for the love of God. She who was still young, delicate, beautiful, of royal blood and also exempt from any kind of suffering. In order to preserve her life and simply be protected from the wrath of Emperor Diocletian, she was only required to hide her religion and also break the vow of virginity, which she had taken during her childhood.

With these conditions, both his life, as well as that of his parents and that of his country, would have been liberated. So many can ask certain questions that are:

Do I have a little of this same heroism in my heart?

Perhaps now, be a person obedient to God, because it really costs little… However, in the moment of great difficulty and perhaps also of temptation:

Will I be able to remain faithful?

If they are not prepared with prayer, good readings, at least Sunday Mass, regular attendance at the Sacraments, prudence, which will be impossible. So they will accept suffering if God allows it, so they will also fulfill their daily duties no matter how unpleasant they are, so they will trample on human considerations.

They will show being always and everywhere, a generous person and faithful children of the Virgin Mary. They will not be embarrassed by openly making the sign of the cross when passing a church or, before coming to eat, when the person is invited. Please grant them, O God, through the merits of Saint Philomena, the grace to be able to fulfill the aforementioned resolution.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

Day Six

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Sixth Day Novena 

Oh Saint Philomena who stood firm and did not hesitate at the moment she suffered the most horrible tortures, but remained faithful until the end. The woman who made Mary’s Fiat her own where she also accepted the will of God, the one who also made of her the words that Christ pronounced in the Garden of Olives, and in this way, like her Beloved Jesus, Saint Philomena equally accepts God’s will.

It is when the person abandons himself, when they leave everything in the hands of the Divine Potter when our beloved Lord takes control and is the one who grants us what we require and is good for the salvation of our souls.

Oh! Saint Philomena, the one who prays for the human race so that your Beloved Husband comes to see fit to give us a great heart that is pleasing and accepted by God and in the last moment of their lives grant them the grace of repentance of all their sins .

Sixth Day Meditation

Saint Philomena who came to remain unchanged under the most ferocious torture. She continued faithful to the end, she did not complain, but rather she said:

“Let it be done to me according to the will of God”

As the Holy Virgin herself at the Annunciation and the Lord Jesus himself said in the Garden of Olives. At the moment of pronouncing her “Fiat”, she received from the Lord the grace of strength to be able to fulfill her vocation.

And are their believers the number of those who live one hour for God and one day for the world?

If they don’t persevere, their fights will end in defeat. About a thousand times they have started with the spirit, and just as many times I have ended with the flesh. The deplorable inconsistency! Saint Philomena, please obtain perseverance in good for all your faithful.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

day seven

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Seventh Day Novena 

Saint Philomena was a powerful helper sent by God in her fight against all the forces of evil, which are personified by the Emperor Diocletian and his henchmen. Her heroic life and the great example of Faith, trust and abandonment in the Will of God, becomes the example to be followed by all.

Oh! Glorious Saint Philomena, the beloved of the Father, the one helped by the Son and the one who is strengthened by the Holy Spirit in her ephemeral earthly life, please reach out to your faithful in Faith, Hope and also Charity while they remain in this life. Please walk with all your believers on their pilgrimage through this earthly world, strengthen them in their weaknesses, guide them on the right path and be the light that shines in times of darkness.

Seventh Day Meditation

Oh Saint Philomena, the one who came to be powerfully aided by God Himself in each of her battles. Our Heavenly Father who is on his holy white throne is the one who will help us in each of our temptations and in our difficulties if we ask him. He is the one who is going to help us or send his help from Heaven.

Although many find themselves surrounded by difficulties, they will not lose their filial trust. Saint Philomena who endured great torments and also death with fearless courage.

  • Are we not children of God?
  • Will not God do for each one of us the same that he did for Saint Philomena?
  • Oh! why do you have so many doubts?
  • Why are they afraid of being abandoned?
  • Has not our beloved Lord Jesus said: “Ask and you shall receive”?

In each of the tribulations, what must be done is to call on God with great unalterable confidence. Oh Saint Philomena, protector of many, please strengthen many in these feelings! Please ask God for each one of your faithful, all the graces that are required to obtain eternal salvation and be in full peace!

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

Eighth Day

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Eighth Day Novena 

Oh! Saint Philomena the Virgin and the Martyr who is full of heroism, you who came to be led by the wrath of the tyrant himself to the torture of the darts that were lit in the living fire that would come to end your earthly life. More by the power of God himself, the archers became powerless without being able to harm you with their many fiery darts.

Saint Philomena, please obtain for all your faithful oh God the grace to be able to despise the incitements of the enemies of our soul that are the world, the devil and the flesh.

That they know how to flee from bad readings, from all dangerous conversations, as well as from bad company, and from all those kinds of moments in which their souls can catch fire in the living fire of sin, so that having remained in Every faithful moment like you, to my Divine Savior, may come to enjoy Him in Eternal Life in the full company of the Angels and all the Saints in heaven.

Eighth Day Meditation

Saint Philomena, the one who managed to resist the attacks directed against her life, the one who advanced towards holiness, because she undertook the battle against herself; she did not come to fear the shame and the sufferings that could have brought her down.

The glory covers her now like a kind of dress; that she died and now lives; that she was crushed and now triumphs; that she got dragged to the scaffold and now she gets to be glorified in Heaven. Humiliation becomes the forerunner of glory; the cross becomes our promise of eternal happiness.

Oh Saint Philomena, please make me understand with the wisdom of God, that life is just a time of many struggles, in which you really have to resist the devil’s maneuvers, then you will receive the crown of the victors in an eternity of glory.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

day ninth

Before beginning the fourth day of the Novena to Saint Philomena, the prayer should begin with those that we have previously described on the other days, which are:

The Initial and the final, later the novena corresponding to this day is made, then a small meditation is made on the novena of this day and ends with a short prayer to the Father of heaven our God. Once all this is finished, a prayer of the litanies of the Virgin Santa Filomena will be made to conclude with the Novena to Santa Filomena.

Prayer for every day

O Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, the wonder-worker of the age of humanity, on this day your devotees give thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed upon you. The Holy Girl, at this moment we beg you, your devotees, to give them a portion of the graces and also of the blessings of which you have become the means for so many souls.

For the heroic strength with which you came to confront the fury of Diocletian, the great Roman emperor and all his henchmen rather than divert your alliance with the King of Heaven God, for what they ask you to obtain for each of your faithful purity of body and soul, purity of heart and great desire, purity of thought and action.

For your patience and self-sacrifice in suffering, please obtain for each one of them the submissive acceptance of all the afflictions that God Himself may send them and how you managed to miraculously escape unscathed from the waters of the Tiber , in which you came to be thrown out by the very order of your persecutor, in the same way that everyone can pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to his soul.

On the other hand, In addition to these favors, you are asked to obtain for everyone, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the very particular need that is being asked of you at this moment… (Now the request is going to be made of what you want her to do for you).

O holy pure Virgin and holy martyr, deign to direct a look of mercy from Heaven on each one of your faithful and on their houses, console them in their affliction, assist them in danger, above all come to their aid at the time of his death.

Protect them to the Holy Church, please, oh virgin, pray for their exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the Faith, as well as for your ministers, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, also for the conversion of sinners, and the suffrage of all souls in Purgatory, especially loved ones.

Oh Holy Girl, whose triumph is celebrated on earth, the saint who intercedes for all her faithful, so that one day she can contemplate the crown of glory that is granted to you in Heaven, Amen.

After this prayer, an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be prayed.

Closing Prayer

“Oh beloved Jesus my Lord, please forgive each one of our sins, we ask You to free us from the fires of hell, and that it be You leading all Souls and helping those most in need of Your eternal and Divine Mercy. Amen”.

The Ninth Day Novena

Saint Philomena, the Glorious Virgin and also a Martyr who ended each one of your fights for the faith with an illustrious martyrdom.

Desperate was the Emperor Diocletian for not being able to obtain his wishes, who sent the executioner to behead you, and your soul simply flew luminous with the crown of the virgins and with the palm of the martyrs, towards the bosom of the great beloved Husband of the virgins, who was the one who received you triumphant and also placed you in the choir of the chosen ones.

Oh! Saint Philomena the precious Martyr, please deign to crown the end of this novena reaching it from God, that nothing refuses you, the favor that all your devotees have come to ask of you on this day and also the thanks of being able to love with everything my heart to Jesus Christ and to his Most Holy Mother, the Virgin Mary at all times, who was the one who consoled you in prison and comforted your spirit so that you could bravely suffer the martyrdom you suffered.

May they shelter me with their protection, and walk by my side in the sorrows of this great valley of tears, that you defend at all times at the hour of their death so that in your company, they can come to enjoy their presence for centuries. of the centuries, Amen!

Ninth Day Meditation

Saint Philomena becomes a new light, which is hidden in the course of the centuries, which emerged in our times, for a militant Church. She is the one currently exercising a glorious apostolate. The works of the righteous do not perish, they are the seeds that remain buried for a long time.

What has Filomena done to be able to acquire this glory?

He has loved what is justice and has also hated iniquity. His heart, which is full of love for God, was fed by Him day and night. Everything that she has undertaken came to be crowned with success.

Saint Philomena, please help strengthen the heart with acts of great virtue. The more abundant the seed becomes, the greater the harvest will be. Therefore, I will strive to be able to increase in myself all the treasures of:

  • Piety
  • Patience
  • Charity
  • Modesty
  • Obedience

And all the Christian virtues. I am not going to waste any moment, because time truly is gold in life. Please I ask you to assist your faithful believers, I know that for them you are like an anchor of hope. You who came to receive from Pope Pius IX the title of “PATRONA OF THE CHILDREN OF MARY”, come to obtain a kind of tender devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is the Queen of the Holy Rosary.

Prayer

They greet you, oh Saint Philomena, whom God himself blesses for so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has come to name as the protector of the Living Rosary and also of the Children of Mary, on this day you are asked to manifest from what Highest in Heaven, that a holy voice like yours cannot go unheard.

Please give everyone hope that they can count on your help. For all your faithful obtain the grace of being able to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, as you were until death. Amen.

litanies

These are the Litanies that were composed by the Holy Cure of Ars. They must be recited exactly as they appear here at the end of the ninth day so that the entire novena can have its effect correctly. The litany is as follows:

Lord – have mercy on us,

Christ – have mercy on us,

Lord – have mercy on us,

Christ hear us

Christ hear us

God Heavenly Father – 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, Queen of Virgins – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, full of abundant graces from the cradle – Pray for us

Saint Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, model of virginity – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, temple of the most perfect humility – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, inflamed with ardor for the Glory of God – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, victim of the love of Jesus – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, example of strength and perseverance – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, invincible champion of chastity – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, mirror of the most heroic virtues – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, scourged just like your Divine Spouse – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, pierced by a shower of arrows – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, chained and comforted by the Mother of God – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, miraculously healed in prison – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, comforted by the angels in your torments – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who preferred humiliation and death to receiving a throne – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who became a witness of your martyrdom – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who exhausted the fury of your executioners – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, protector of the innocent – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, patron saint of youth – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, refuge of the helpless – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, health of the sick and weak – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, new light of the militant Church – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who confuses the impiety of the world – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who stimulates the faith and courage of believers – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven and feared in Hell – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, made famous by the most splendid miracles – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, mighty with God – Pray for us.

Saint Philomena, who reigns in glory – Pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world – Forgive us Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world – Hear us Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world – Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, Saint Philomena

So that strong believers may be worthy of achieving the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Prayer

On this day, oh Lord, you are begged, through the intercession of Saint Philomena, the Virgin and Martyr, pleasing in your eyes for her high purity and the exercise of each and every one of the virtues, that you grant them the full forgiveness of the sins and the grace that each of his devotees require (At this moment the grace or request that is desired to be obtained through this novena to Saint Philomena will be repeated) I ask you, oh Lord, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Philomena

The festival celebrated for this holy virgin is held on August 11 of each year. She is considered the patron saint of babies, as well as:

  • Sterility
  • Kids
  • desperate causes
  • Forgotten Causes
  • Impossible Causes
  • infertility
  • Lost Causes
  • Living Rosary
  • Newly born
  • poor
  • cures
  • Sick
  • Sterility
  • Children Learning to Walk
  • Youths

Very little is known about the history of Santa Filomena. The real story of her is the one that begins when her holy mortal remains were found in the darkness of the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla in which they precisely rested for about 1,700 years. However, God is wonderful in her saints, and St. Philomena impressively exemplifies this kind of frequently repeated truth.

After allowing his name and also his memory to be entombed for many centuries along with his mortal remains, He was the one who drew the attention of Humanity to this little martyred maiden, and now he is the amazing work of wonders on behalf of of her, as if he wanted to show in this way, that He even wants to reward the long time that he allowed her to remain in the dark.

The relics of Saint Philomena were unearthed at the beginning of the 19th century, precisely on May 24, 1802. The emblem of the lily and the palm was printed on the tomb of the saint to indicate her virginity and also her martyrdom.

Likewise, there was a drawing of an anchor, a whip, and about 3 arrows, 2 of them pointing in the opposite direction, and one with the curved line in it, which gave the meaning of fire and trying to symbolize the different torments that the martyr He came to suffer in testimony of his faith and for the love of Jesus Christ.

Saint Philomena became formally elevated to the altars by the Vatican’s Holiness Pope Gregory XVI in an infallible declaration that was made public in the name of the Holy Mother of the Church for what is the edification of all the faithful and also for the Glory of God in time and in Eternity.

The pope himself came to witness the miraculous healing of Pauline Jaricot, who is the founder of the Living Rosary, at the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in the Mugnano region, located in Italy.

History

The history of this saint is considered a kind of legend, because the data that is available to verify its existence in a historical way is summarized in a simple tomb that contained all the remains of a young adolescent. , approximately 12 or 13 years old, which was found in 1802.

Meanwhile, some kinds of excavations were carried out in the city of Rome, and also to the revelations, which come to fall into the assumptions, which were given by Saint Philomena to about 3 people, who did not know each other , even though they lived in the same country Italy during the 19th century.

The revelations that refer to the history of Santa Filomena, come from the 3 reliable sources, about 3 people who lived between the end of the 18th century and also in the middle of the 19th century, they become:

  • A craftsman from Naples, who was a man who became known as a devotee of God and a clear conscience.
  • A priest versed in solemn ecclesiastical oratories, who became a canon.
  • A nun who lived in the city of Naples, and was consecrated in soul and virginity to the work of God.

The biographical sources of Saint Philomena are those that come from the different documents that were printed after they were discovered, in 1802, her remains in a catatomb located in the city of Rome, and also from the revelations that said saint made to about 3 Italian people, who lived during the early nineteenth century, mainly from the revelations that were made to a nun, to whom he revealed, in detail, all his life and martyrdom.

Saint Philomena was a young girl very devoted to God and was a practitioner of early Christianity, she lived at the time of the terrible persecution of the devotees of Jesus Christ, which was carried out by the Roman Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian Augustus, in the years 244 and 311, which was known as Diocletian, in the fourth century, AD, Philomena was the only daughter of some Greek princes. The parents of Santa Filomena came to offer homage to the false gods, especially the god Jupiter.

Saint Philomena became educated in the knowledge of Christian teachings, always thanks to the Roman doctor named Publius, whom God had in his paradise for his faithful devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Philomena makes reference in the revelation that her parents loved her too much, she was an only child, the fruit of her recent faith in God, and the cause of the light that illuminated her whole life, by being able to get to know the true path that led her to eternal happiness, and because thanks to it the spiritual blindness that he possessed disappeared completely.

However, it happened that tragedy struck that principality of that time; Saint Philomena’s parents were princes of Greek origin, however, they depended on the imperial city of Rome, at that time it was considered the capital of the world.

The misfortune of the home of Santa Filomena began because of a kind of unjust war with which they were threatened, which led them to motivate them to travel to Rome, in order to request the support of the cruel emperor Diocletian at that time.

The autocrat Diocletian, assumed his title of emperor in the year 284, a position that he affirmed as a consequence of the battle of the Margus, which came to win the Roman emperor Carinus, who was deposed, after said battle, by the imperial army.

Diocletian ruled from 284 to 311, under the form of a Tetrarchy government, and it is assumed that it is in those same times that the events that occurred to the holy young Philomena unfolded.

The parents of Saint Philomena, of whom it is known, through the revelations of the saint herself, that they became Greek princes, however, their names were not revealed, which did show that they were the tragic events that happened to him after they met with the despotic emperor.

Diocletian agreed to come to provide the military aid that the father of Santa Filomena needed, in addition the emperor assured him that they would live in peace and happiness. Saint Philomena, who came to be raised in the knowledge of the one true God, at the age of 11 she consecrated herself to the Lord Jesus Christ, making the personal vow of virginity, as Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity did some 1,500 years ago after.

Her love for the new gospel of our beloved Lord Jesus, would sow in her the willingness to come to defend her faith, even at the cost of disobeying the mandates and also the customs of her time, those times in which the young virgins arrived to be given in marriage without their own consent.

Now, the Emperor Diocletian came to put, one thing as a condition, to his military support, that is, to the father of Santa Filomena, and this condition was to allow him to marry her, since in the course of the interview he was fully impressed by the beauty of the young woman, on whom he never ceased to cast his gaze.

At the same time, Saint Philomena was just 13 years old, according to the saint herself, and since her vocation was to serve God, she refused to be given in marriage to the emperor.

The father of Santa Filomena who came to consent to give his only daughter in marriage to the widower Diocletian, since in addition to receiving the military aid that his entire region needed, it would also place him in a social position of higher status and privilege, since her daughter was to become the full empress of the Roman empire.

The parents of Santa Filomena required the military support of the empire and for that very reason they agreed to marry their only daughter. The biggest mistake, of the parents of Santa Filomena, was not taking into account, perhaps due to ignorance of the event, that the previous empress was killed, along with her own daughter, for becoming a Christian.

It was, already for those same centuries of the rise of Christianity, a kind of almost habitual practice, and that came to constitute an imperial prerogative, that the high Roman officials came to repudiate their wives or their concubines if they became practitioners of Christianity .

Since the parents of Saint Philomena were converts to the faith in Jesus Christ and for whom they came to leave their pagan rites, it is somewhat unlikely that they agreed to hand over their only daughter, while she was still a girl, barely 13 years old, to a tyrant governor who was the one who promoted the extermination of all Christians and also of the Manichaeans, who are the followers of the true God, and who also became the author of the death of his 2 previous wives, Prisca and Santa Serena, together with his 2 daughters.

According to the stories, which today are taken by many biblical scholars as stories based on baseless legends, which as such have to be extracted from the martyrologies, which promote the banishing of the martyred Empress Serena as the saint, because they usually consider that such a legendary figure never existed, and that her cult is based on positioning the rise of Christianity in the imperial court of all those years.

Likewise, it is believed that Santa Serena and also Santa Alejandra are usually the cult of the same figure of holiness, which arises from the tragic death of the wife of the emperor Diocletian himself, who is called Prisca, who had to flee when discovered giving their full support to the preachers of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, which would be a complete unfolding of worship something similar to what happens with the same Santa Eulalia de Barcelona, ​​in the regions of Spain.

Only the ignorance about the death of all the previous wives, of the emperor Diocletian, is what would justify his consent to commit his daughter Santa Filomena to this ruler in marriage. Her father simply tried to persuade her with countless pleas, as signs of love, he told her to do it for them, that is, her parents, also to do it for her country, for her subjects, they even got tired of imploring her, however , she was clinging to her faith in God, so she refused his pleas.

Saint Philomena, goes so far as to relate, that her responses were negative to such a request to be able to marry the emperor, because she was consecrated to Jesus Christ and her virginity simply belonged to her Christian devotion, which was willing to defend her purity before anything, including their parents, their country, before anything, and that their aspiration became the kingdom of heaven. Her parents, because of her intense and repeated refusal to marry her, brought her before the Emperor Diocletian.

Diocletian also tries to persuade her to his matrimonial desires, mainly with flattery and some very seductive promises, which was somewhat unsuccessful, and later goes on to threaten her, however, Saint Philomena was always faithful to Jesus Christ, so she did not She pays no attention to any of his requests, so the emperor himself gets angry, like a demon, and orders her to be chained and imprisoned.

Santa Filomena reveals that when she was locked up and tied to some rough chains, and that for food they only provided her with bread and water. She already sensed that that prison was going to be simply the prelude to the worst moments, because when she was already imprisoned her virginity came to be seriously threatened, however, thank God, they could not harm her integrity as woman.

Saint Philomena sought consolation through prayer and raised her prayers to the Virgin Mary, to Jesus and also to God, and 5 weeks after being in prison, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her, this time announcing that his ordeals would last at least 40 days.

At that moment, Saint Philomena relates that the Virgin Mary, when she manifested herself to him, in the resplendent celestial light, told him that stormy moments were going to come, which are worse than those that he had already come to bear, however, that it was a type of combat that should not discourage her, because she had come to be chosen as his favorite daughter.

And that in those same events to come the Archangel Saint Gabriel himself was going to be by her side, to be able to help her with his great strength, because he is the angel of the 2 virgins. The Blessed Virgin came to remind Saint Philomena that her name means light, as is her son, Jesus Christ, who likewise to her, the Holy Virgin, become like the sun and the moon always full and resplendent in the midst of Darkness.

When the vision of the Holy Virgin disappeared, the cell where she was confined was filled with a heavenly smell, and she, the Saint Philomena, recovered her courage despite the fact that she still sensed that her immediate future was going to be nothing. nice.

Emperor Diocletian finally got tired of trying to convince her to marry him, so he began to verify what the Holy Virgin Mary had announced a few days before, his fight was going to consist of resisting, with his faith, martyrdom to which she was going to be subjected publicly, by the terrible Roman emperor, for having come to refuse to fulfill his infamous wishes.

Diocletian warned her that she, that is, Saint Philomena, was going to be severely punished with the same sufferings to which the Lord Jesus Christ himself was subjected, and for which he proceeded to order her to be flogged, stripping her of all her garments, before the courtiers of the royal palace and that she be tied to a column, later when she was cured, she was taken to the Tiber river and in that place again tied to an anchor with which they tried to drown her, however, by a miracle, of the angels , the anchor rope broke and she was saved.

Another of the martyrdoms that Saint Philomena had to suffer was when they made her drag through all the streets of Rome in the midst of a hundred arrows, she was almost dying and is transferred back to her cell, where by night grace of Divine Providence, and the Archangel Gabriel, the next day she wakes up completely healed.

However, Diocletian remained blind to the prodigies of God himself, miracles that came to be observed by other people or Roman citizen inhabitants and for which in the vast majority of them their hearts were enlightened, by putting their minds on the true God. of everything.

A large number of people who came to witness all those barbaric acts, which many repudiated, began to become Christians, the light of God that comes to illuminate all hearts, and who, a few years later, would impose Catholicism as a official religion of that decadent empire, for becoming a living God who usually performs enormous feats on his faithful, however, the cruel emperor remained blind to all the miracles of God, made in the person of Saint Philomena.

As he did not see a way to be able to kill Saint Filomena, and that this young woman was still alive, he did not submit to her insane requests, but rather with each one of his tortures his faith grew greater, and furthermore, because of his healings, the emperor believed that she was a magician, so he arranged in his heart that she should die by means of hot darts, that his archers were going to shoot against her, however, once again his attempt to assassinate her returned. to fail, by giving the white-hot arrows in the opposite direction and rather killing about 6 of his archers.

The crowd that came to witness these atrocities against a young Christian, began to publicly cry out to God, in whom that maiden had come to put her faith, and whom the angels were protecting by healing each of her wounds made by her martyrdom. , the emperor Diocletian, who was still blind before God, or perhaps was already fully possessed by Satan himself, who was the one Saint Philomena really had to fight against, and in anticipation that the people would rise up, ordered her was beheaded.

It was a Friday, the same day and the same hour, in which the order given by the dark tyrant, Emperor Diocletian, was executed so that Saint Philomena be beheaded in such a way that her head was going to be cut off. , because she continued to insist on denying her marital claims, and for the sake of calming the imminent public disorders, for the support she was receiving from Christian doctrine, by virtue of the prodigies that were performed in Saint Philomena herself

Saint Philomena tells us that her soul reached eternal heaven, next to her beloved heavenly Husband, our beloved Lord Jesus Christ, who, by winning that bloody combat, against human impiety and satanic influence, managed to receive the palm of martyrdom and finds himself happy before the Divine presence of the Almighty God, among the chosen ones to be able to live eternity by his side.

His short life became a testimony of the great power of God in the face of all the atrocities of the human being, in the face of the many evils that the devil inspires. Saint Philomena becomes the faithful reflection of the great power of the Holy Spirit, which comes to work in each one of us if we truly love God and come to put all our faith in him before all things and any person of this transitory world.

What is the example of how the Most Holy Virgin becomes a living presence, who comes to help faithful believers in the hardest trials, how Jesus Christ and all his angels work miracles in people, what comes to be a sample of the help that Divine Providence provides us.

The devotion to Saint Philomena begins at the beginning of the fourth century, AD, when the Roman empire extended its sovereignty to a large part of all the regions of Europe and became a government, which, due to its practices pagans, were persecuting and martyring the first Christians.

Saint Philomena came to suffer cruel martyrdom in defense of faith in God himself, and in such events miracles occurred, given by Divine Providence itself, which strengthened the light of Jesus Christ in all those who witnessed them. After her bloody murder, her remains were transferred to the Roman cemetery, which is currently converted into an antiquity, where what remained of the first martyrs of Christianity continues to be discovered.

About 1,500 years ago, approximately, later, in 1802, his tomb was discovered, which came to contain, in addition to his remains, the inscriptions of the phrases, signs, objects and also the drawings that were found indicating that her tomb was the one belonging to a very young martyr.

The nun, who is mother superior of all that Italian town, and also a virgin consecrated to the service of Jesus Christ, through the demonstrations, which possibly took place between 1805 and 1825, a few years before they were presented in the first impressions about the history of Saint Philomena, and that made her get into mystical trances, which informed her about the origin, the short life and also how and why she was martyred at such an early age age.

These kinds of revelations came to be in the same way given, by Saint Philomena, to the other 2 people, a humble craftsman and also a Jesuit priest, and then these were contrasted, finding that the 3 versions agreed in their details, not However, the descriptions given to the superior became more extensive, so they were taken as if it were the true story of this same young woman from the 3rd century, and as the 3 stories agree with each other, so it is reached to take its existence as true.

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