The Rosary in Honor of Saint Philomena
The rosary also known as the chaplet or Little Crown of Saint Philomena is made up of red beads to signify her martyrdom and white beads; a token of her virginity and purity.
This rosary is one of the simplest ways of praying to the Saint. First the creed is recited on the Crucifix or medal of St Philomena to ask for the gift of faith. Three Our Fathers on each of the white beads to thank the Blessed Trinity for the gifts given to the Holy Virgin, for in whose honor, laid down her life. The red beads are thirteen in number and signify the 13 years our martyr lived on earth and this prayer is recited on each bead:
Hail, O Holy Saint Philomena, my dear patroness. As my advocate with thy Divine Spouse, intercede for me now and at the hour of my death.
Saint Philomena, beloved daughter of Jesus and of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.
(This prayer may be substituted for 13 Hail Mary’s each followed by : Saint Philomena, pray for us.)
At the end say:
Hail, O Illustrious Saint Philomena, who so courageously shed thy blood for Christ, I bless the Lord for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee, during thy life, especially at thy death, I praise and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beg thee to obtain for me from God the graces I ask through thy intercession. Amen.
This prayer may be substituted for 13 Hail Mary’s each followed by: Saint Philomena,
pray for us.