I wasn’t raised in a religious household, but I have always found beauty and magic in Catholicism’s rituals. After listening to the episode of The Serpent Cast with Aerrin Kolfage, I became enamored with Saint Martha and decided that I wanted to work with her.
For those of you unfamiliar with her, Saint Martha was the sister of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus. She is the patron saint of women, servers, homemakers, innkeepers, and travelers, among others. Never one to hold her tongue, she admonished Jesus for Lazarus’ death (“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”), so pretty much this is a lady I can get behind.
According to Provençal legend, Mary went to France in 48 AD. She arrived in the village of Tarascon, which was nestled on the Rhone River. A terrible dragon called the Tarasque frequented the area as well, killing any that crossed its path in the neighboring woods and capsizing ships that were unfortunate enough to encounter the beast while it was swimming in the river. Martha, at the behest of the people in the region, ventured into the woods to find the creature. She found the dragon devouring a man, but she didn’t run away. Instead, she cast holy water on the Tarasque and subdued it with charms and prayer. Wrapping her sash around its neck, she then lead the tamed creature down through the village.
Saint Martha is a popular figure in the Hoodoo tradition where she is commonly known as Saint Martha the Dominator, a nod to her incredible feat with the dragon.
This prayer must be recited for nine consecutive Tuesdays. Saint Martha has been known to grant anything, no matter how difficult, before the 9th Tuesday arrives. Once your petition is granted, it is customary to donate to a charity in her honor, especially one that helps women, children, or animals.
- One white candle. I made my own Saint Martha prayer candle.
- On each Tuesday for nine consecutive Tuesdays, light the candle for Saint Martha and recite the following prayer:Saint Martha, I resort to thee and to thy petition and faith.
I offer up to thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays.
Comfort me in all my difficulties through the great favor thou didst enjoy when our savior lodged in thy house.
I beseech thee to have definite pity in regard to the favor I ask: [state your favor or wish].
Intercede for my family that we may always be provided for in all our necessities.
I ask thee, Saint Martha, to overcome the dragon which thou didst cast at thy feet.
- Recite one Our FatherOur Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
- Recite three Hail MarysHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
- Recite one Glory BeGlory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.
I petitioned Saint Martha to help me finish my first draft of the novel that I am working on. By the end of nine weeks, I had successfully completed the draft. I donated $50.00 to Unidos por Puerto Rico as a thank you in her honor.