Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The St. Therese Chaplet

Dear readers: In Olivia and the Little Way, young Olivia learns what a chaplet is. It looks like a mini rosary, but it is actually a series of beads with a medal that is used to guide your prayer for a saint's intercession. Olivia's grandma teaches her how to pray the St. Therese chaplet, and it plays a big role in the story as Olivia learns to have a devotion to the Little Flower.

Have you ever seen a chaplet before? The picture above is an example of the St. Therese chaplets I now offer on my website, www.littleflowerbook.com, to be a companion to the book so you can pray the St. Therese chaplet just like Olivia did. It consists of 24 beads, one bead representing each of the years of Therese's short life. I have found a few variations on saying this chaplet, but this is the one I like:

First, make the sign of the cross.

Then, on the medal or a singular bead, if there is one (some don't have them), say the Our Father.
Our Father,
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.

On each of the 24 beads, say the Glory Be.
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning
Is now, and ever shall be
world without end.
Amen.

and after each Glory Be, end each bead with:
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.

When you reach the end, you can say another Our Father and make the sign of the cross.


The chaplet can be said for nine days or 24 days, in thanksgiving to God for giving the world this lovely saint. But you can say it whenever you feel like it. You can also say the following prayer at any time:

Prayer to St. Therese
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.











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