Miracle 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 on behalf of the favor
I ask of you in this novena prayer ….
(mention your requests here).
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. Amen.
About St. Martha
St. John tells us that “Jesus loved Martha, 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 of Jerusalem. There are references of three visits in Holy 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 welcomed Jesus and his apostles into her home and did whatever she could to serve them. Martha showed her frustration with her sister Mary, however, who was not helping. Instead, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus so that she could listen to Him. Martha asked Jesus to intervene, to get Mary to help, but Jesus reminded her that there is only one thing that is truly important — listening to Him.
The next time Martha saw Jesus she was grieving the death of her brother Lazarus with a house full of mourners. She heard Jesus was in the area, so she immediately left her guests to find Him. Her conversation with Jesus proved her faith. She stated without a doubt that she believed in Jesus’ power, in the resurrection, and also that Jesus is the Son of God. He told her that He is indeed the Resurrection and the Life, and then went 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 had caused. In that same story, we read how Mary caused a commotion over her using an expensive perfume to anoint Jesus. Overall, what we read about Martha is that she spent much of her time in service to Christ. It is said that after Pentecost, Martha accompanied Mary on a boat with no sails or oars. They relied completely on the providence and guidance of God. The boat was ultimately taken to France where they spent the rest of their lives evangelizing.
Feast Day: July 29th
Name Meaning: “The Lady”
Patron Saint of: Housewives, Cooks, Restaurants, Hosts.