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St. Dymphna Chaplet

Virgin and Martyr
Patroness of: Mental and Nervous Disorders
Feast: May 15th

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How to Pray this chaplet:

The medal for St. Dymphna can be found in the Saints Medals - Special #730.


This chaplet in honour of St. Dymphna is made up of 17 beads, 15 for the 15 years of her life and 2 for the Holy Fatherís intentions.

It comes in red, white and green. The red is to honour her martyrdom, the white in honour of her virginity, and the green for the hope of relief of emotional disorders.

Manner of Reciting:

a) On the first bead an Our Father is prayed.

b) then on the second bead, pray a Hail Mary for the Holy Fatherís intentions.

c) On the 15 beads, pray the Gloria in honour of the 15 years of Saint Dymphnaís life.

* You may specify your intentions at the
beginning or end of the chaplet. *

d) Conclude with the optional prayer to St. Dymphna

Optional Prayer to St. Dymphna:
Lord, our God, you graciously chose St. Dymphna as patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders. She is thus an inspiration and a symbol of charity to the thousands who ask her intercession.

Please grant, Lord, through the prayers of this pure youthful martyr, relief and consolation to all suffering such trials, and especially those for whom we pray.

(Here mention those for whom you wish to pray).

We beg you, Lord, to hear the prayers of St. Dymphna on our behalf. Grant all those for whom we pray, patience in their sufferings and resignation to your divine will. Please fill them with hope, and grant them the relief and cure they so much desire. We ask this through Christ our Lord who suffered agony in the garden. Amen.
History of Saint Dymphna (or Dympna, Dimpna)

The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century from which we learn that she had been venerated for many years in a church at Gheel (province of Antwerp, Belgium). According to the narrative (drawn from oral tradition) Dymphna, the daughter of a pagan king of Ireland, became a Christian and was secretly baptized. After the death of her mother, who was of extraordinary beauty, her father desired to marry his own daughter who was just as beautiful, but she fled with the priest Gerebernus and landed at Ghell, Antwerp. The father finding them, renewed his offer. Seeing that all was in vain, he commanded his servants to slay the priest, while he himself struck off the head of his daughter. The corpses were put in sarcophagi and entombed in a cave where they were found later. There are at Gheel fragments of two simple ancient sarcophagi in which tradition says the bodies of Dymphna and Gerebernus were found. There is also a quadrangular brick, said to have been found in one of the sarcophagi, bearing two lines of letters read as DYMPNA. From time immemorial, the saint was invoked as patroness against insanity.

by: J.P. KIRSCH, Transcribed by Paul T. Crowley Except from: The Catholic Encyclopedia © 1909 by Robert Appleton Company