St. Isabel of France Novena

About St. Isabel of France

St. Isabel was France’s King Saint Loius IX’s sister. Also known as Isabella, her mother, the saintly Queen Blance, had a special attachment for her daughter because she was the only one left after her husband died. King Saint Fernando III of Castile and Leon was her relative. Isabella has exceptional abilities, and extra care was taken to educate her in the responsibilities of her exalted position.

She was fluent in Latin and could read the writings of the Church’s Gathers in that language. She was, nonetheless, as skilled in tasks that are uniquely feminine. She embroidered vestments for religious ceremonies with superb artistry, and she took great joy in helping the impoverished and sick.

She had always wanted to devote her life to religion since she was a child. She was authorized to keep some Franciscan friars as special confessors by Pope Innocent IV. Her royal brother was more devoted to the Franciscan Order than she was.

She called off her engagement to Hugh XI and turned down Conrad IV of Germany’s hand. She promised to keep her virginity. Her ambition was to create a monastery of St. Clare of Assisi’s Order of Poor Ladies.

In 1255, King Louis began acquiring the necessary property in the Rouvray Forest, near the Seine. The first stone of the monastery Church was set on June 10, 1256. Pope Alexander IV approved the new Rule, which was written by St. Isabel, in 1259.

She was able to accomplish this with the assistance of four prominent Franciscans, including St. Bonaventure. This Rule was written specifically for this monastery, which was titled the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin’s Humility.

Sisters of the Humble Order of Servants of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was the name given to the Sisters. The Poor Clare Monastery in Reims provided some of the first nuns.

On February 23, 1270, St. Isabel died at her Longchamp home and was buried in the monastery Church. Her body was exhumed after nine days when it showed no signs of deterioration, and several miracles occurred at her burial. A second exhumation took undertaken on June 4, 1637.

Longchamp Monastery faced numerous challenges. It was closed during the French Revolution, and the vacant building was offered for sale in 1794, but no one wanted to buy it, therefore it was demolished. With the exception of one tower, the walls were demolished in 1857, and the grounds were annexed to the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the outskirts of Paris akin to Central Park in New York City.

She founded orphanages and provided destitute people with refuge. In Coimbra, she also established a convent. The narrative of Queen Isabel’s miracle of changing bread into flowers has various variations, but they are all essentially the same. Her unfaithful spouse is reported to have prevented her from giving to the poor.

Facts about St. Isabel of France Novena

Novena Starts: February 18th
Feast Day: February 26th

Significance of St. Isabel of France Novena

Every year on February 26th, her feast day is commemorated.

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St. Isabel of France Novena

St. Isabel of France Novena
St. Isabel of France Novena

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 1

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 2

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

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St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 3

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 4

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 5

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

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St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 6

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 7

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 8

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

St. Isabel of France Novena – Day 9

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Father of peace and love,
You gave Saint Isabella
the gift of reconciling enemies.
By th help of her prayers
give us the courage to work
for peace among all that
we may be called
the children of God.
We ask his through
our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, Forever and ever.

Amen

Recite once

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

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