Novena for April


St. Vincent Ferrer


Patron of: Builders

Feast Day: April 5

Quote: “Christ, master of humility, manifests his truth only to the humble and hides himself from the proud.”

Keywords: construction workers, brick makers, epilepsy, fields, headaches, inn keepers, lightning strikes, penance, plumbers, preachers, tile makers, reconciliation, roofers, vineyards

Symbols: Dominican habit, flame overhead, trumpets, banner

Born in Valencia, Spain to an English father and Spanish mother, Vincent Ferrer’s time on earth was spent during an extremely tumultuous period in history. The Black Death had ravaged Europe, decimating the population and the church was divided in a Great Schism, with three men claiming the papacy at one time.  Because of his work in healing this rupture and his untiring labors in revitalizing the faithful, as well as his charismatic ability to convert thousands, he is the patron of builders and those in all of the construction trades.

With encouragement from his parents, Vincent realized his dream of becoming a Dominican friar at an early age. His intellectual gifts were immediately apparent and he soon became an expert on theology and scripture. His advice was much sought after by bishops and cardinals, and eventually, Vincent was summoned to Avignon to advise the schismatic pope Benedict XIII.    In 1398 he suffered from a near fatal fever where he had a vision of Christ, Saint Dominic de Guzman (founder of the Dominicans), and Saint Francis of Assisi advising him to unite the world by evangelizing throughout it. Always a popular and skillful preacher, Vincent’s talents were said to have become supernatural after this vision. He left his political duties and took it upon himself to travel throughout Western Europe preaching about the Final Judgment, earning him the title “Angel of the Apocalypse.” Though he could only converse in his native Catalan, he was clearly understood by the tens of thousands who thronged to hear him preach.  The Moslem-controlled city of Granada invited him to speak there resulting in 8,000 conversions. At a time when many were left reeling and faithless by the plague which had killed off one fourth of the population, Vincent Ferrer’s message of hope in the face of despair was wildly popular in cities and towns in England, France, Italy the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Throngs of religious pilgrims drawn from every level of society devoted themselves to a life of penance, following him wherever he went. Along with his spectacular success as an evangelist, he also had the ability to heal the sick and hours were put aside every day for his prayers and cures. Because many of his miracles took place where thousands could gather in fields, one of his patronages is the protection of fields. Because lightning was such a threat to crops, he is also invoked against lightning strikes.

Vincent Ferrer is credited with helping to heal the great schism in the church when he realized that his friend and benefactor Benedict XIII should relinquish his claims on the papacy when he refused to submit himself to a vote among cardinals.  Vincent withdrew his support and recognition of him and Benedict XIII was deposed in favor of Gregory XII in Rome.

Explanation of symbols:

Banner has a quote from the Book of Revelation, reading, “Fear God and give him honor, for the hour of his judgment is coming.”  This was the summation of Vincent’s mission.

Trumpet: Sounds warning of the end of the world.

Flame over head: Apostolic gift of the Holy Spirit. The ability to communicate in all languages.

Angel Wings: Vincent Ferrer was known as the “Angel of the Apocalypse”.

Novena to St. Vincent Ferrer

O Saint Vincent Ferrer, our guardian, because God, our eternal Father, has blessed you with and inexhaustible fountain of grace and blessing, we beg you to hear our prayers and to assist us with your powerful intercession which is even more effective now that you are in heaven than it was when you were on earth. Full of confidence in your mercy and compassion, we kneel in prayer before you, and commend to your powerful intercession all our needs, those of our families, our friends, relatives, and especially (your request here).

 Glorious Saint Vincent Ferrer, let not our hope and confidence in your protection be deceived. Intercede for us before the throne of God. Watch over our eternal welfare. If our trials and tribulations in this world multiply, may they serve to give us spiritual joy and happiness. If God will only grant us the grace of ever increasing patience to the end that we may save our souls. Amen.

(Excerpted from the soon to be released app “Novena: Praying with the Saints”, by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua).

6 thoughts on “Novena for April

  1. St Vincent has been my patron saint since I was a kid, I am 31 yrs old now. I was stricken by a very not so common ailment, could not walk for more than 3 years, swollen knees, legs that doctors ruled it as rheumatism when I was 16. I was so down and have considered myself to be disabled for the rest of my life. Visited top doctors in the country but to no avail. I never lost hope, I prayed to God, to Jesus almighty and with the help of my patron saint, I was able to walk and run starting 24. Now I am able to play full court basketball and even surf. The pain and my health restored. His intercession is powerful, believe me. For you my brothers and sisters who are in need of healing and other form of help, please do pray to St Vincent and mostly trust in God as he knows what is best for you. To God be the Glory! God Bless you. I am currently looking for a 9 day novena copy online but cannot find one. Please help me guys find one. Thanks!


    • What a great story. The novenas on our site are all meant to be said nine times in a row over nine consecutive days. The repetitiveness of the prayer acts to put you in a more meditative state. By the end of the ninth day, you should have some insight or peace about the issues that you requested help with. Thank you for visiting us. Saint Vincent Ferrer is truly a great saint. This writing and novena were excerpted from our iphone app of 36 saints and their novenas: Novena: Praying with the Saints.


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