Novena prayer

O famous leader and loving father, Saint Philip, be a true father to us. Protect and govern always those who have been given to thee. Make us good, and being made good, reconcile us to God; and after this time of exile joyfully present us to the beloved Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour; may whose honour, praise and glory, unspeakable joy and perpetual bliss with the glorious Virgin Mary and the whole court of heavenly citizens remain without end for ever and ever. Amen.

“This is the saint of gentleness and kindness,

Cheerful in penance, and in precept winning;

Patiently healing of their pride and blindness,

Souls that are sinning.” 

The words of the hymn are by Blessed John Henry Newman