Father Putigan, a Jesuit, began the Novena to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus on December 3rd, 1925 asking the Saint for one great favor.
For nine days he recited the “Glory be to the Father” twenty-four times... thanking the Holy Trinity for the favors and graces showered on St. Therese during her twenty-four years of life on earth.
He asked St. Therese that, as a sign that his novena was heard, he would receive a rose from someone.
On the third day of the novena, an unknown person presented him with a beautiful rose.
Father Putigan began the second novena on December 24th of the same year and as a sign, asked for a white rose.
On the fourth day of this novena one of the Sister-nurses brought him a white rose saying: “Saint Therese sent you this.”
Amazed, the priest asked: “Where did you get this?”
“I was in the chapel” said the Sister, “and as I was leaving I passed this altar above which hangs the beautiful picture of Saint Therese. This rose fell at my feet. I wanted to put it back into the bouquet, but a thought came to me that I should bring it to you.”
Father Putigan received the favors he had petitioned of the Little Flower of Jesus and promised to spread the novena to increase devotion to her.
From the ninth to the seventeenth of each month, those who want to participate in the Twenty-four “Glory be to the Father’s” novena, should add to those of their own, the intentions of all who are at that time making the novena, thus forming one great prayer in common.
The twenty-four “Glory be to the Father’s” novena can be said at any time. However, the ninth to the seventieth of the month is particularly recommended because the petitioner joins in prayer with all the others making the novena.
Between the Glory Be’s, say “Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.”
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell him I will love him each day more and more.
This prayer plus 5 Our Father’s, 5 Hail Mary’s, 5 Glory Be’s, must be said on 5 successive days before 11:00 am.
On the 5th day, offer one more set. Example: another 5 Our Father’s, 5 Hail Mary’s & 5 Glory Be’s.
O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind, I implore your Miraculous Intercession. So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church proclaims you a “Prodigy of Miracles... the Greatest Saint of Modern Times.”
Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (mention favor) and to carry out your promises of spending Heaven doing good on earth... of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere" and I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.