Saint Theresa of Avila’s Prayers

Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus (28 March 1515 – 4 or 15 October 1582), was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church, but not until over four centuries after her death. Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men.

We have collected some of the best Saint Theresa of Avila’s Prayers to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.

Your wisdom

Govern everything by your wisdom,
O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving you
in the way you will and not as I choose.
Let me die to myself so that
I may serve you;
let me live to you who are life itself. Amen.

Be peace within

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God
That you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
That are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
And pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content
Knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones
And allow your soul the freedom
To sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

Guided by You

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honour.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me,
in me, and through me. Amen.

Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. – Saint Theresa of Avila

Let Nothing Disturb You

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
all things will pass away.
God never changes;
patience obtains all things,
whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices. Amen.

Lord, You are closer

The religious ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila of the Carmelite Order

The religious ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Avila of the Carmelite Order

Lord, you are closer to me than my own breath, nearer to me than my hands and feet. Amen.

To Redeem Lost Time
Image of St Teresa of Avila writing.
O My God! Source of all mercy!
I acknowledge Your sovereign power.
While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain.
Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things.
Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in “wedding garments.” Amen

Thy Love For Me Is Strong

If Lord, Thy love for me is strong
As this which binds me unto thee,
What holds me from thee Lord so long,
What holds thee Lord so long from me?
O soul, what then desirest thou?
Lord I would see thee, who thus choose thee.

What fears can yet assail thee now?
All that I fear is but lose thee.
Love’s whole possession I entreat,
Lord make my soul thine own abode,
And I will build a nest so sweet
It may not be too poor for God.

A soul in God hidden from sin,
What more desires for thee remain,
Save but to love again,
And all on flame with love within,
Love on, and turn to love again.

Do not be frightened, daughters, by the many things you need to consider in order to begin this Divine Journey which is the Royal Road to Heaven. A great Treasure is gained by traveling this road. – St. Teresa of Avila

A Love Song

Majestic sovereign, timeless wisdom,
your kindness melts my hard, cold soul.
Handsome lover, selfless giver,
your beauty fills my dull, sad eyes.
I am yours, you made me.
I am yours, you called me.
I am yours, you saved me.
I am yours, you loved me.
I will never leave your presence.
Give me death, give me life.
Give me sickness, give me health.
Give me honour, give me shame.
Give me weakness, give me strength.
I will have whatever you give. Amen

Growing Older

Lord, You know better than I myself
that I am growing older and will someday be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking
I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to
straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody;
helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom,
it seems a pity not to use it all;
but You know, Lord,
that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details;
give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips on my aches and pains;
they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them
is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I dare not ask for improved memory,
but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness
when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person
is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places
and talents in unexpected people;
and give, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.

Whoever lives in the presence of so good a friend and excellent a leader, who went ahead of us to be the first to suffer, can endure all things. The Lord helps us, strengthens us, and never fails; He is a true friend.- — St. Teresa, Life 22:6

Praying for Our Leaders

Convent of the Incarnation, Avila. June 4, 1573

To His Sacred, Imperial, and Catholic Majesty, the King Our Seigneur

St. Teresa informs King Philip II that the Carmelite Order is praying for him; she asks a favor.

Saint Teresa of Ávila, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1615.

Saint Teresa of Ávila, by Peter Paul Rubens, 1615.

JESUS!

May the grace of the Holy Spirit ever be with your Majesty! Amen.

I feel sure that your Majesty is aware that I persevere in recommending you to our Lord in my poor prayers. And although, considering what a wretched creature I am, it is rendering you but little service, yet I do you some good by inciting the Discalced nuns to pray for you, as I know that they serve God faithfully. The community in this convent intercedes for your Majesty, for our Lady the Queen, and for the Prince, to whom may God grant a very long life. Special prayer was offered on the day on which the oath of allegiance was tendered to his Royal Highness. As we shall persevere in our petitions, your Majesties will benefit by the growth of our Order. I therefore venture to beg your Majesty to support us upon certain points which the licentiate Juan de Padilla will notify to you. I leave the matter to him and ask your Majesty to credit his word. His zeal is such that I have entrusted the affair entirely to him, as if it became public, the object for which we are striving, which is solely for the honor and glory of God, would be defeated. May the divine Majesty preserve you for many years as the welfare of Christendom requires! In these days of trials and persecutions, it is a great consolation that God should have provided for the Church such a valiant defender and aid as your Majesty.

From the Convent of the Incarnation, Avila.
Your Majesty’s unworthy servant and subject,
Teresa de Jesus, Carmelite


Prayers to St Teresa of Avila

Intercessory prayer to St. Teresa of Avila

Dear wonderful Saint,
model of fidelity to vows,
you gladly carried a heavy cross
following in the steps of Christ
who chose to be crucified for us.
You realized that God,
like a merciful Father,
chastises those whom He loves
which to worldlings seems silly indeed.
Grant to me relief from great pains,
if this is in line with God’s plans.
Amen.

Prayer to St Teresa of Avila

O Saint Teresa, seraphic Virgin, beloved spouse of thy crucified Lord, thou who on earth didst burn with a love so intense toward thy God and my God, and now dost glow with a brighter and purer flame in paradise: obtain for me also, I beseech thee, a spark of that same holy fire which shall cause me to forget the world, all things created, and even myself; for thou didst ever avidly desire to see Him loved by all men. Grant that my every thought and desire and affection may be continually directed to doing the will of God, the supreme Good, whether I am in joy or in pain, for He is worthy to be loved and obeyed forever. Obtain for me this grace, thou who art so powerful with God; may I be all on fire, like thee, with the holy love of God. Amen. (By St Alphonsus de’Liguori)


St. Teresa of Avila Novena Prayers

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 1

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may have the gift of prayer.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 2

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may have greater trust in God.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 3

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may see God’s plan in our lives.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 4

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may love Jesus as you did.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 5

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may know how to listen to God.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 6

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may be able to pray during times of grief.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 7

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may have a more consistent relationship with God through prayer.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 8

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may see God’s hand in our daily lives.

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila Novena – Day 9

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…

(Mention your intentions)

St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!

Pray for us, that we may recognize God’s answers to our prayers.

Closing Prayer:

St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to eternal rest with you.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory be…

Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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