Novenas to S. Paul Hermit

Novena to S. Paul Hermit (1)
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Hymn 1:
I
From the Christian persecution in the reign of Decius,
With no freedom to adore God, all his mind vivacious
Thus withdrawing and retreating, he escaped the plight well-known,
therein hiding in the forest, he served only God alone.
II
It was then that Paul the Hermit had deprived himself of all,
of his family, pompous honor, and prosperity mortal,
Not delaying rather fleeting to the den of the desert,
while his sister had been calling to him that he should revert.
III
“Wherever you go or thus move, oh! My brother, I’m moaning,
Ah! Your sister so sincerely, as with tears be convincing.
Don’t leave your paternal home, Paul, to be thought inhumanely,
but I beg you to remain here and wish you to protect me.
IV
How your body, Ah!, so fragile doesn’t belong in the caves,
nor your talents of great measure hidden in those mountain graves,
For the people of the Thebaid desire to acknowledge you,
so horrendous would this loss be, incredible, if it’s true.
V
So behold our lover of caves who rejected tears and pleas,
he was the great self triumpher over sec’lar pageantries,
As he went on with celer’ty To the depths of the forest,
And no knowledge of returning Did he wish in this world’s rest.
VI
Look! Oh, look! What’s so admirable, his eremitical face,
solely walking on this new path never trodden with such grace,
Not alone in his nude body covered up with some palm leaves,
for his pleasure fruit was given from Him in Whom he believes.
VII
Now this hermit who was thirsty thus drank from the flowing font,
and to save his life immortal, in world’s cares he gave no want,
All his body how exhausted, on the ground he formed his bed,
oh, this practice sternly followed he endured and with stance led.
VIII
For some sixty years in counting God’s black raven brought repast,
one half loaf as daily measure, bread for keeping man’s own fast,
At the coming of Anthony, God so doubled the portion,
God thus merciful and clement that he cared for their ration.
IX
Holy Paul said to Anthony, “behold Him Whom you have sought.
You look on a man of great age whose repose will soon be brought.
Now I pray you go and bring me the cloak of Athanasius,
so to wrap around my body and place in the earth precious.”
X
With the thought of Paul’s transition the old man rushed off distraught,
then returning all elated, he saw Paul’s soul upward brought,
High among the choirs of heaven, this he pondered and conceived.
Anthony then asked, the question, “Should I rejoice or thus grieve?”
XI
What grief Anthony encountered from the death of our hermit,
Yet the glory of Paul honored rather placed joy into it.
All the clothes he took with rev’rence just before the interment,
As he chanted with such fervor for the soul which to God went.
XII
Oh! how famed was that entombment that Saint Paul had merited.
Never had the world admired such an act, experienced.
How two lions did dig the grave for the corpse of the hermit.
An by which they did reveal him on holiness before men
XIII
Saint Paul, now we pray you look here on us from your place on high,
Never let us be divided from your own paternal eye.
Do remember your dear brothers and desert them not on earth,
But so always interceding, bring us to our King, our worth.
Paul the Hermit 2
V/. Pray for us Saint Paul the Hermit, Our Father,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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Let us pray:
O God, you called Saint Paul our Father to renounce the honors of this world by fleeing into the desert there to spend the rest of his life in contemplation on your holy name. Through his intercession, may we despise all earthly desires and seek love eternal alone.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

R/. Amen
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Hymn 2
I
Men from your hermitage, oh! Thebaid assemblage,
Interrupt your silence, yet hold some reverence,
By your singing
II
This great solemnity, for our Father’s glory,
Such a grand day allows, to show it by our vows,
So joyously.
III
Let us now reconfer, how brave was his stature,
From the world retreating, to heaven entreating,
Much happier.
IV
To leave this world so vain, to seek the Savior’s reign,
He taught by his own call, and admonished us all,
Imitate me.
V
Alone with God alone, all proud honors unknown,
He fled his heritage, his in his hermitage,
Desiring more.
VI
This is his hope for you, withdrawn from sec’lar view,
As he sought out a den, which for some time had been,
A place most true.
VII
From palm branches so fine, he wove clothes as a sign,
To keep his custody, and tame his frail body,
Through suffering
VIII
Father most amiable, what food! How terrible!
By which you kept your zeal, yet no great banquet meal,
Only palm dates.
IX
Then once he took his meal, the stream near did appeal,
The water was ice-cold, refreshing him now old,
Giving new life.
X
In order to give man, the strength for a life’s span,
The raven brought repast, daily bread to holdfast,
At noontime came.
Paul the Hermit and Anthony
XI
When Anthony had come, one more portion in sum,
God doubled the measure, granting his saints pleasure,
By the blest grain.
XII
Soon Paul’s transition came, he reached heavenly fame,
Wrapped in the mantle thus, from Athanasius,
As was witnessed,
XIII
No tools there could be found, so lions dug the ground,
Their work was diligent, nonetheless elegant,
They formed his grave.
XIV
What a rare memory, of our Father’s glory,
Anthony went away, with the tunic that day,
The robe of palm.
XV
This triumphant symbol, in a world deceitful,
He overcame the flesh, and struck down satan’s mesh,
Through fervent prayer.
XVI
Here’s our inheritance, palm clothes for assurance,
Which he gave all of us, to be victorious,
Over our foes.
XVII
So brothers fight bravely, with great virility,
Your sins you can conquer, and see God forever,
In His Kingdom.
Paul the Hermit 4
V/. Pray for us Saint Paul the Hermit, Our Father,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
paul-hermit-6
Let us pray:
O God, you called Saint Paul our Father to renounce the honors of this world by fleeing into the desert there to spend the rest of his life in contemplation on your holy name. Through his intercession, may we despise all earthly desires and seek love eternal alone.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

R/. Amen
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Novena to S. Paul Hermit (2)
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Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Hope for an improved world,
Holy Mary, unfailing help in forming our Christian character,
Our Guardian Angels, who keep guard over our consciences,
St Paul, father of the Pauline Order,
St Paul, patriarch of the hermitical life,
St Paul, lover of solitude,
St Paul, example of Christian perfection,
St Paul, mirror of evangelical poverty,
St Paul, true model of humility,
St Paul, ornament of purity,
St Paul, faithful servant of the Eternal King,
St Paul, defence of the tempted,
St Paul, inflamed with divine love,
St Paul, totally dedicated to God,
St Paul, examplar of sobriety and abstinence,
St Paul, wholly trusting in God’s Providence,
St Paul, summit of patience,
St Paul, man without complaining,
St Paul, admired by St. Anthony,
St Paul, commending your spirit to God with hands raised to Heaven,
St Paul, honoured after death with service of lions,
St Paul, buried by St. Anthony,
St Paul, taken to Heaven by the Angels,
That we may live in a spirit of faith, hope and love, intercede to God for us.
That we may abound with good deeds in our daily life,
That we may faithfully fulfil the duties of our state of life,
That we may use the goods of this world with prudence,
That we may unceasingly remember our death and God’s judgment,
That we may follow the Crucified Saviour and be united to his Sorrowful Mother,
V. Pray for us St. Paul the First Hermit.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(c) The Bowes Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Let us pray:
O God, who wanted that St. Paul, our father, reach a high degree of sanctity through a life of solitude in the desert, grant that, through his intercession, we who are striving to develop in ourselves the spirit of prayer and service, may come ever closer to you in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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