This novena came from a Jesuit priest, Father Putigan, and he began saying the novena on December 3, 1925 when he asked the good saint for a favor or petition. Being a novena, he recited 24 Glory be to the Father everyday. This is his sign of gratitude to the Holy Trinity for all the favors and graces showered upon St. Therese during the 24 years of her life on Earth.
He asked for a sign that the petition is heard and that sign would be a freshly plucked rose. On the third day of this novena, Father Putigan was sought by a stranger who presented to him a beautiful rose. That was the sign he asked for the answered prayer.
On December 24 of that same month and year, Father Putigan once more said this novena. The Jesuit was very specific this time, asking for a white rose as a sign of a grated petition. On the fourth day of his Novena, a sister-nurse presented to him the white rose. The presenter told him that the rose was sent by St. Therese.
Here is the sister-nurse’s story about the rose. She was in a chapel and upon leaving, she passed by a hanging beautiful picture of St. Therese. The rose fell on her feet from a vase near St. Therese’s picture and instead of returning it to where it fell from, she thought of bringing it to Father Putigan.
Having received favors from our beloved saint, the priest made a promise to himself and that is to spread this novena for the purpose of increasing devotions to St. Therese and to bring honor to her.
You can say the novena anytime but if you do it from the 9th day to the 17th day of the month, you are joining the 24 Glory be to the Father novena brigade. You can ask for a favor from the great saint as you join the multitude of petitioners.
The 24 Glory be to the Father Novena to St. Therese
The “Glory be to the Father” praising the Holy Trinity is said twenty-four times each of the nine days, in thanksgiving for all the blessings and favors given to Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus during the twenty-four years of her life. In addition, this, or a similar prayer may be used:
“Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, I thank Thee for all the blessings and favors Thou hast showered upon the soul of Thy servant Theresa of the Child Jesus, during the twenty-four years she spent here on earth, and in consideration of the merits of this Thy most beloved Saint, I beseech Thee to grant me this favor (state your petition), if it is in accordance with Thy most Holy Will and is not an obstacle to my salvation.”
After this Prayer, follow the twenty-four “Glory Be’s,” between each of which may be included this short prayer:
“Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.”