Origin of the Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
Father Putigan, a Jesuit, began the Novena to Saints Therese of the Child Jesus on December 3, 1925, asking the glorious Saint for one great favor. For nine days he recited the 'Glory Be To The Father' twenty-four times, thanking the Holy Trinity for the favors and graces showered on Saint Therese during the 24 years of her life on Earth. The priest asked Saint Therese, that as a sign that his novena was heart he would receive from someone a freshly plucked rose. On the third day of the novena, an unknown person sought out Father Putigan and presented him with a beautiful rose.
Father Putigan began the second novena on December 24 of the same year and as a sign, asked for a white rose. On the fourth day of this novena, one of the Sister-nurses brought him a white rose saying, "Saint Therese sent you this."
Amazed, the priest asked, "Where did you get this?"
"I was in the chapel," said the Sister, "and as I was leaving, I passed the altar above which hangs the beautiful picture of Saint Therese. This rose fell at my feet. I wanted to put it back into the bouquet, but a thought came to me that I should bring it to you."
Father Putigan received the favors he had petitioned of the Little Flower of Jesus, and promised to spread the novena to increase devotion to, and bring her more honor.
The 24 "Glory Be To The Father's" novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventeenth of the month is particularly recommended for on those days, the petitioner joins in prayer with all those making the novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.
The "Glory Be to the Father" is said 24 times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessing and favors given to Saint Therese of the Child jesus during the 24 years of her life. After each "Glory be to the Father" say "Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
O LIttle Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.
O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands (Mention specific requests).
Saint Therese, help me to always believe as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little way" each day. Amen.
Pray the novena with great devotion and faith, and with confidence that the Lord will grant what you ask.
Feast of Saint Theresa of Lisieux is October 1st.