Powerful Prayer to Saint Martha
“O glorious Saint Martha,
I have recourse to your protection and aid,
and as proof of my affection and faith
I promise faithfully to complete this novena.
Comfort me in my difficulties,
and intercede for my family
with your intimate friend, our Savior,
that we may always hold God in our hearts
and be provided for in our necessities.
I beg your supplications
especially in behalf of the favor
I ask of you in this novena.
(mention your request)
I ask you, Saint Martha,
by your intercession to help me
in overcoming all my difficulties
and to teach me to become great
in the Kingdom of Heaven
by becoming as humble as you
in this world.
About St. Martha:
St. John tells us that “Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus.” In his gospel, John tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Evidently, Jesus was a regular guest at Martha’s home in Bethany, a small town just outside Jerusalem. There are references of three visits in Scripture: Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John 12:1-9.
It is easy to identify with Martha as Luke portrays her in his Gospel. Martha welcomes Jesus and His apostles into her home and does whatever she can to serve them. Martha shows her frustration with her sister Mary who does not help, but instead sits down to listen to Jesus. Martha asks Jesus to intervene but Jesus reminds her that only one thing is truly important, and that is listening to Him (Luke 10:38-42).
The next time Martha sees Jesus she is grieving the death of her brother Lazarus, with a house full of mourners, when she hears that Jesus is in the area (John 11:3-27).
She immediately leaves her guests and goes to find him. Her conversation with Jesus shows her faith. She clearly states without doubt that she believes in Jesus’ power, in the resurrection, and also that Jesus is the Son of God.
He tells her that He is the Resurrection and the Life and then goes on to raise Lazarus from the dead.
The last image of Martha in the Bible is when Jesus returns to Bethany to share a meal with His friends. We hear the controversy that the raising of Lazarus has caused. We also read about how Mary caused a commotion over her using an expensive perfume to anoint Jesus.
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What we read about Martha is that she spent much of her time in service to Christ. After the Pentecost it is said that Martha accompanied Mary on a boat with no sails or oars and the boat was taken to France where they spent the rest of their lives evangelizing.
Feast Day: July29
Name Meaning: “The lady”
Patron Saint of: Housewives, Cooks, Restaurants, Hosts