O glorious Saint Anne, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you, and with love for those who suffer. Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention, which I recommend to you in your special care.Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue.Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace on day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless him for all eternity. Amen.St. Anne Novena Prayer
The Shrine of Saint Anne
When Monsignor J. C. Marquis showed the relic of Saint Anne to the gathering of faithful in the small church of Saint Jean Baptiste on May 1, 1892, likely he and the church’s Pastor, Father Frederick Tetreau, could not foresee what would develop from that simple act. In the ensuing weeks, crowds by the tens of thousands came to the church, from New York City and throughout the region, to venerate the relic of Saint Anne in a moving display of faith and love.
And every July since, Saint Jean Baptiste has been the site of an annual novena in honor of Saint Anne - wife and mother, grandmother, and woman of faith. You can see that same faith and love in the faces of eager pilgrims each year, in the fervor of their prayers, and in their trust in God’s grace and goodness.
We invite you to be part of the Annual Novena of Saint Anne here at Saint Jean Baptiste. Father John A. Kamas, S.S.S., will conduct the noon-hour and evening Masses.
One of the most inspiring and unique aspects of the novena is the nightly procession of the Blessed Sacrament. This expression of belief and love, in addition to the celebration of Mass itself, underscores the strong connection at Saint Jean Baptiste between the Eucharist and the Novena of Saint Anne.
Some might wonder where and when the practice of praying for specific needs over nine consecutive days originated. In Acts of the Apostles 1:13-14, the evangelist Luke describes the life of the early Christian community in Jerusalem following Jesus' ascension and prior to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He states, "All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers." This was the first "novena," nine days of intense prayer in preparation for the promised gift of the Spirit.
We look forward to seeing you from Wednesday, July 17, through Friday, July 26, for the Annual Novena and Feast of Saint Anne. Even if you cannot be present, please send us your intentions and requests to be included in prayer throughout the novena and on the feast day, July 26. Your faith and love are part of the story, too!
Saint Jean's is handicap-accessible from Lexington Avenue via elevator on the south side of the church building.