Prayer to St. John Capistrano

Feast Day 23rd OCTOBER

– The ‘Soldier Saint’, Patron of judges, jurists, military chaplains, lawyers, Belgrade & Hungary –

Lord, Thou raised up Saint John of Capistrano to give Thy people comfort in their trials. May Thy Church enjoy unending peace and be secure in Thy protection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen

St. John Capistrano, ora pro nobis!



Novena to St. John Capistrano

I will rejoice in the Lord,
And I will joy in God my Jesus.
The Lord God is my strength.
Rejoice to God our helper,
Sing aloud to the God of Jacob.

Glory be to the Father …

I will rejoice in the Lord,
And I will joy in God my Jesus.
The Lord God is my strength.
The Lord is my strength and my praise,
And He is become salvation to me.
He is my God, and I will glorify Him.
The Lord is a man of war,
Almighty is His Name.
The Lord Who breaketh battles,
the Lord is His Name.

They sang to Thy holy Name, O Lord,
And they praised Thy victorious Hand.
St. John Capistrano called upon the most high Sovereign,
When the enemies assaulted him on every side,
And the great and holy God heard him.

O Lord, look mercifully upon our penances,
Regard with mercy our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving,
that through the intercession
of St. John Capistrano, Thy confessor,
they may break the snares of our enemies
and establish us securely in Thy safe keeping.

(Alma Redemptoris Mater:)
Mother benign of our redeeming Lord,
Star of the sea and portal of the skies,
Unto thine fallen people help afford,
Fallen, but striving anew to rise.
Thou who did once, while wondering worlds adored,
Bear thy Creator, Virgin then as now,
O by thy holy joy at Gabriel’s word,
Pity the sinners who before thee bow.

O God, Who through blessed John Capistrano
did enable Thy faithful people
to triumph over the enemies of the Cross
by the power of the most holy Name of Jesus:
grant, we beseech Thee,
that by his merits and intercession
we may overcome the snares of our malicious
and spiritual enemies,
keep Thy Church in perpetual peace,
grant us the special graces we now implore:

[Mention you special intentions]

And may we be found worthy to receive from Thee
the crown of justice.
Through Christ our Lord.

(Taken from



From the writings of Saint John of Capistrano:

Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind. The brightness of their wisdom must make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. They must learn from their eminent teacher, Jesus Christ, what he declared not only to his apostles and disciples, but also to all the priests and clerics who were to succeed them, when He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But what is salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Jesus also said: “You are the light of the world.” Now a light does not illumine itself, but instead it diffuses its rays and shines all around upon everything that comes into its view. So it must be with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics. By the brightness of their holiness they must bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them. They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord.

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