About St. Raymond Nonnatus
St. Raymond Nonnatus was born in 1204 in Catalonia,
Spain. His parents were well educated nobles who raised
St. Raymond to have a life in the Aragon royal court.
St. Raymond was inspired to follow a religious life
On hearing this, his father demanded that St. Raymond
manage the family farm. While St. Raymond was on the
farm, he spent most of his time praying and socializing
with the hired workers and shepherds. His father abandoned
his hopes of St. Raymond becoming a successful landlord.
St. Raymond Nonnatus Ordained
St. Raymond was ordained a Mercedarian priest. He used
all of the money from his estate to pay ransoms for
captive Christians. St. Raymond himself was captured
and sentenced to be impaled but his ransom was so high,
they spared his life.
St. Raymond Imprisoned
St. Raymond was imprisoned while waiting for his ransom
to be paid. He was severely tortured and a hole was
bored through his lips with a hot iron. A padlock was
then placed through his lips so he could no longer preach
about Jesus. In spite of this, St. Raymond converted
a number of the guards. St. Raymond was freed in 1239
when his ransom was paid and returned to Barcelona.
St. Raymond Nonnatus Death
St. Raymond died of a fever on August 31, 1240 in Catalonia,
Spain. He was canonized in 1657 by Pope Alexander VII.
The feast of St. Raymond is celebrated on August 31.
On this day, many Catholics wear a St. Raymond medal
or a St. Raymond pendant in his honor. St. Raymond is
also the patron saint of expectant mothers, midwives,
and newborns. Catholics often give a St. Raymond charm
or a St. Raymond necklace to friends or relatives who
are expecting a child, asking for the intercession of
their patron saint for a healthy birth.
Prayer to Saint Raymond Nonnatus
O Blessed Saint Raymond Nonnatus, so loving to all
your devotees, I being last of them all, I am happy
to know that through the infinite goodness of God, He
has deigned to make you a Saint, adorned thee with special
graces and help, for which I am most thankful. On the
Most Holy Trinity, and you my adorable patron saint,
through your merits and those of the blood poured by
our Savior Jesus Christ, and through the Immaculate
Conception of Mary, I most humbly beg thee, deign to
intercede from the most sublime God, protection for
the holy Mother Church, that through your prayers, God's
wrath be taken away, see the progress of true faith,
defeat the wrong doctrines, the peace and understanding
of all Christians, peace of the whole country and the
redemption of the Christian captives.
I am humbly begging you my devoted saint that you
be may be my intercessor. Since for many hours you did
not die of the womb of your dead mother an you were
successfully delivered from her side, to be the joy
of the world, and that my soul may live in grace in
this earthly world, may I imitate your live and exemplary
holiness, so that when the hour of my death comes, I
may detest all evil thoughts and temporary wealth of
this world, so that with the burning love for God, my
soul may reach heaven and together with you and the
angels and all the saints, praise God Almighty forever.
Deign to grant me most amiable father the favor
I am asking in this novena (mention the request). I
firmly believe most amiable father that you will be
my protection since you are merciful to any one imploring
thy help. But if the favor I am asking will not be for
the glory of God and the good of my soul, then beg from
God that I will be resigned to his Divine Will, so that
I may have the peace of soul while I live, till the
hour of my death and that I enjoy true happiness in
. Have the jewelry store engrave the recipient's
name on the back of the pendant along with a short
message or date if appropriate.
Large Gold St. Raymond
are available in 14k gold, gold filled
and sterling silver. All sterling silver items
come with a 18 inch or 24 inch chain.
is the perfect size for a charm bracelet
or a necklace for a child. All gold filled and
sterling silver pendants come with a chain.
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