Offerings, Prayers, & Petitions

San Simón is a very responsive and generous spirit who requests relatively humble offerings. Devotees have noted time and again the importance of strong faith and belief in San Simón when petitioning his assistance.

Felipe Batzim Navichoc, El Brindis de Maximón (The Celebration of Maximón), 2001

Felipe Navichoc, El Brindis de Maximón (Celebration of Maximón), 2001

Popular offerings to San Simón include:

  • Tobacco, a plant spirit sacred to the mysteries of San Simón, often offered in the form of cigars or cigarettes
  • Glasses of water, as offering, communication aid, for cooling his intensity, and representing the role of rain in the Earth’s fertility (also springwater)
  • Resin Incense, especially Copal and Pine resins
  • Alcohol, especially Aguardiente (raw sugar cane rum), tequila, whiskey, and beer
  • Food, including tortillas (very common), sausages, Coca-Cola, fruit (especially citrus, bananas, and pineapple), and hot sauce
  • Candies, pastries, and sweets
  • Money, including coins of different denominations from around the world, as well as paper bills of various currency
  • Clothing, especially bandanas, scarves, ties, hats, and sunglasses, as well as full sets for adorning his statue
  • Colognes and waters, especially his traditional esencia, orange blossom water, Hoyt’s, Bay Rum, and Siete Machos
  • Statuary, as cigars and cigarettes are often placed in or on the mouth of his effigy
  • Toys and masks
  • Herbs and flowers, including carnations, rue, lemongrass, citronella, rosemary, marigolds, and black mustard seeds
  • Candles, with red candles often offered as devotional lights, and candles of all colors being accompanied by petitions for his aid in one of life’s arenas

Below are all sample prayers and petitions from both traditional and more recent sources. Most importantly, pray to San Simón / Maximón from the heart and be guided by Spirit in your petitions and offerings.

Prayer to San Simón
(a popular prayer found on glass-encased vigil candle labels)

Oh powerful San Simón, help me with all of my actions and with any dangers that may arise that I may need assistance. If I need help in matters of love, you will draw the one I love closer to me, if it be business, that I will be successful, if it be enemies, that you will help me to overcome them, and to keep hidden troubles away from me. I offer you your cigar, your tortilla, your liquor, and your candles if in return you will keep me safe from any danger I may come across. (Concentrate on your desires). Amen.

— Prayers and petitions below are found in Guatemala’s Folk Saints, by Jim Pieper. —

Prayer to San Simón

Hermano Simón, Hermano Simón, Hermano Simón.

You who are the fountain of inexhaustible marvelous gifts and who knows the sufferings of humanity. To you, I come with all my faith and hope to ask for your protection.

You recognize all my faults and sins committed in the course of life and of all the bad that I have been responsible for. Perhaps I do not merit your holy favors, but since I know that you are the protector fo us humans, for this I come to beg your pardon for my faults and at the same time implore you to look with mercy on this humble creature. I beg you with all my soul not to turn your ears away from my supplications. Well, on invoking your holy name, I put my sufferings into your hands with the hope of finding in your marvelous power the solution to my problems, material as well as spiritual.

I always will be your faithful devotee, because I firmly believe in your grand power, which has been manifested always through your holy miracles, from that glorious day on the 28th of October, the day of Saint Jude Tadeo, in which you made your apparition in the lands of Guatemala, where all of your followers worship you with the most fervor, for here you have me submitting before the soles of your feet and repenting the many bad deeds that I have done in this world. For this reason, I beg you and I expect from you the pardon of my sins, and so, like you have given favors to your friend Felipe, that indigenous who had the great experience of encountering you on one of the mountains of Zunil, thus you will give to me that which I ask. Amen.

Prayer for a Child’s Health or Protection
(to be said while burning a white candle)

Hermano Simón, Hermano Simón…you who suffered so much, don’t allow that same kind of suffering to befall your children. Don’t you see, Dear Brother, the problems I am having with my harvest? I need to know, Dear Hermano Simón, if the smoke of this white candle has reached where you are. I promise you, Hermano Simón, that you will never lack your tortilla, your cigar, and your glass of water with liquor as long as I live. Amen.

Prayer for Employment or Problems With Work
(to be said while burning a yellow candle)

Dear San Simón, you who are the fountain of all kinds of marvelous benefits, and who knows the sufferings of all humanity, I ask for your protection with all of my faith. Amen.

Prayer for Reconciliation
(to be said while burning a red candle)

Hermano Simón, Hermano Simón, I beg you today, you who always were outcast and suffered for this. For the loneliness you had, because you understand my suffering in the silent nights for the person that I love. Today I beg you, Hermano Simón, I invoke your spirit, because s/he is the only one for me and none other. I promise you always your red candle, your liquor, your cigar, and your tortillas. Hermano Simón, in order that my prayer reaches you where you are, I conjure up this red candle, and today I burn it before you. Amen.

Prayer to Neutralize Bad Luck, Curses, and Crossed Conditions
(to be said while burning a black candle)

Today I recognize my fault, and I come before you Hermano Simón. Today I recognize that in the past I have caused damage to others, and I understand and believe that it is not too late to beg your pardon. Is it because of these deeds that I am suffering these spells? Hermano Simón, we know that you are stronger than any [witch / sorcerer / evildoer], and you have proven this throughout the countryside. Free me, please, from this spell, I who invoke your name and respect your presence. Amen.

How to Honor San Simón

The image of San Simón ought to be kept in a corner of the room, preferably on the floor, with a glass of water, a red candle, flowers, and as many times as possible you need to burn incense at 12 noon sharp, and when you are able, you have to give an offering of money to some person in need, and it ought to be freely given, and always in the name of the Saint.

To call San Simón, you must tap the glass of water three times. Put everything together before you begin, including the prayers, with what you desire, either good or bad.

— The prayers and petitions below have been documented by Don Woods. —

Requesting San Simón’s Help for a Business

Someone requesting San Simón’s help in attracting success to a business can place an image of San Simón on a tablecloth with a glass of water in some corner of her/his business. When s/he offers a prayer, s/he can burn a green or yellow candle on the day before opening and spread on the ground some green herbs, such as parsley. Gratitude toward San Simón should be expressed for any assistance he provides.

Short San Simón Prayer

Oh mighty San Simón, I humbly come to you. Let your spirit help me in all actions and in any dangerous circumstances. I want you to perform the miracles I request. (State request). Amen.

Prayer to San Simón

Oh powerful San Simón, I call for your name that my offenses be forgotten and my debts erased. Get me out of the danger in which I am. I bring you pure offerings — your bread, and your tealights, your liquor here, and so I ask you to do the miracle of (state petition). Hermano Simón: I call you brother as those who dwell in the land and in the mountains, in the forest, the plains, cities, villages, fields, and my home, so please accept my offerings. I ask your blessing. Amen.

Prayer to San Simón with Purity

Oh powerful San Simón, I, a discarded creature, come to bow humbly down to you — your spirit — to help me in any dangers stalking me. If this danger involves love, you’ll stop danger involving the one I love. If this danger is to my livelihood, I ask that my livelihood never fails. Do not let the [witches / sorcerers / evildoers] have more power than you. If this danger is an enemy, it is you — your spirit — who shall overcome that enemy. If there are hidden enemies, protect me and put your hand on me. Oh mighty Simón, I offer you pure offerings here: your tortilla, your little candles, and your liquor if you get me out of any danger in which I am. If I am sued for my debts, at that time I cannot ask you to pay the remaining debts, so I ask that the Judge be defeated and everything be forgotten. I ask in the name of Him that was sold for 30 pieces of silver that were given to the poor. I want you to perform for me these miracles I ask. Hermano San Simón-Judas, I call you brother as those who dwell in the land and in the mountains, plains and forests, cities and fields, villages and my home, so I thank you. Please accept my offerings. I ask your blessing. Amen.

— As recorded in Maximón y el Culto a San Simón en Itzapa, by James Rodríguez —

Song to San Simón

English:

I have come from afar to worship the Señor San Simón,
I have come from afar to worship the Señor San Simón,
When you hear the bells ringing, all my heart is filled with joy,
When you hear the bells ringing, everyone begins to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, a rosary I come to sing,
Miraculous Señor San Simón, all my soul I come to deliver.
Do not forget your country and your children, do not abandon your people Señor,
Miraculous Señor San Simón, gifts and blessings everywhere.

From Honduras and Nicaragua, is people crossing borders,
Mexicans are singing, Guatemalans and Salvadorans,
Many are the pilgrims who visit your sacred temple,
When you hear the bells ringing, everyone begins to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, a rosary I come to sing,
Miraculous Señor San Simón, all my soul I come to deliver.
Do not forget your country and your children, do not abandon your people Señor,
Miraculous Señor San Simón, gifts and blessings everywhere.

Spanish:

Yo he venido de tierras lejanas, a adorar al Señor San Simón,
Yo he venido de tierras lejanas, a adorar al Señor San Simón,
Cuando se oyen sonar las campanas, toda mi alma se llena de gozo,
Cuando se oyen sonar las campanas, todo el mundo comienza a rezar:

Padre nuestro que estas en el cielo, un rosario te vengo a cantar,
Milagroso senor san simón, toda mi alma te vengo a entregar.
No te olvides tu patria y tus hijos, no abandones tu pueblo senor,
Milagroso Señor San Simón, por doquiera regá bendición.

Desde Honduras y de Nicaragua, viene gente cruzando fronteras,
Mexicanos que vienen cantando, guatemaltecos y salvadorenos,
Son muchísimos los peregrinos, que visitan tu templo sagrado,
Cuando se oyen sonar las campanas, todo el mundo comienza a rezar:

Padre nuestro que estas en el cielo, un rosario te vengo a cantar,
Milagroso Señor San Simón, toda mi alma te vengo a entregar.
No te olvides tu patria y tus hijos, no abandones tu pueblo senor,
Milagroso Señor San Simón, por doquiera regá bendición.