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PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER

The Our Father
Our Father in heaven, holy be your name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

#Almighty God, my Eternal Father, from the fullness of my soul I adore You. 
I am deeply grateful that You have made me in Your image and likeness, 
and that You ever hold me in Your loving embrace. Direct me to love You with all 
my heart, with all my soul, and with my whole mind. Direct me to love all 
Your children as I love myself. O, my Father, my soul longs to be united to You, 
and to rest in You forever. Have the Holy Spirit touch my soul 
so that I may love You as He does, and as Your Beloved Son Jesus does. Amen.
#O Father of mercies, from whom cometh all that is good, I offer my humble petitions
 unto Thee through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy dearly beloved Son, 
our Lord and Redeemer, in whom Thou art always well pleased and who loves
Thee so much; vouchsafe to grant me the grace of a lively faith, a firm hope 
and an ardent charity toward Thee and toward my neighbour. Grant me also the 
grace to be truly penitent for all my sins together with a firm purpose of never 
offending Thee again; that so I may be enabled to live always according 
to Thy divine good-pleasure, to do Thy most holy will in all things with a generous 
and willing heart, and to persevere in Thy love even to the end of my life. Amen.
#Eternal Father, I offer unto Thee the infinite satisfaction 
which Jesus rendered to Thy justice on behalf of sinners upon the tree of the Cross; 
and I pray that Thou wouldst make the merits of His Precious Blood 
available to all guilty souls to whom sin has brought death; 
may they rise again to the life of grace and glorify Thee for ever.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the fervent devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
in satisfaction for the Luke warmness and cowardice of Thy chosen people, 
imploring Thee by the burning love which made Him suffer death, 
that it may please Thee to rekindle their hearts now so lukewarm in Thy service, 
and to set them on fire with Thy love, that they may love Thee for ever.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the submission of Jesus to Thy will, 
and I ask of Thee, through His merits, the fullness of all grace 
and the accomplishment of all Thy holy will. Blessed be God! Amen.
Prayer to God The Father
O My God, Who have created me and redeemed me by Your beloved Son, O my God, Who bestowed on me the Christian faith and adopted me as Your child on the day of my baptism, O my God, who have surrounded me with so many means of salvation, O my God, who have given me a wonderful angel to protect me, O my God, who have given me a sound intelligence, a judgment, a loving heart, O my God, who have given me eyes that see, ears that hear, a tongue that speaks, and limbs that move, O my God, who have created, the beautiful sun to give me light, the waters to refresh me, and the flowers to delight me with their fragrance, O my God, who make fruits and crops to ripen, and increase the animals to nourish and clothe us, For all the benefits that You will give me up to my death, For the grace of final perseverance, which I hope from Your mercy through the merits of Jesus Christ, For the infinite happiness, with which You will crown me in heaven as You have commanded me to hope, I thank You for it with all my heart.
The Golden Arrow Prayer
Eternal Father, turn away Your angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in Your eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Your Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom You are well pleased. We now offer You this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Your anger, justly provoked against us. Because Your Divine Son, our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of You, Eternal Father, to grant us mercy. Amen

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Prayers To Jesus Christ

 

Act Of Reparation To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Your alter (in Your presence) eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Your pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying for from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Your Law. We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against You; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against You and Your Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Your Vicar on earth and Your priest are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Your Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which You have founded. Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor, the satisfaction You once made to Your eternal Father on the cross and which You continue to renews daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Your grace, for all neglect of Your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent other from offending You and to bring as many as possible to follow You.
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowing gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to You, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where You with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, world without end. Amen.

Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known You; many too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
You are King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
You are King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
You are King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Your eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Your chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.

Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the Human race; behold us prostrate most humbly before Your altar (in your presence). To You we belong; Yours we wish to be; and that we may be united to You more closely, we dedicate ourselves each one of us to-day to Your most Sacred Heart.
Many have never known You; many, despising Your commands, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your sacred Heart. Be You King, O Lord, not only over the faithful who never have gone away from You, but also over the prodigal children who have forsaken You; and make them return quickly to their Father's house, lest they perish of misery and hunger. Be You King of those who have been misled by error, or separated by schism; and call them back to the haven of truth and the unity of faith, so that there may soon be one fold and one Shepherd. Grant to Your Church, O Lord, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and grant that, over the whole earth, from pole to pole, may resound the words:
Praise to the Divine Heart, through which was brought to us salvation; glory and honor be to It for ever. Amen...
O Heart of love. I put all my trust in You; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Your goodness.
Most sweet Heart of Jesus, grant that peace, the fruit of justice and charity, may reign throughout the world.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.

Invocations In Honor Of The Holy Wounds Of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls. My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of Thy Sacred Wounds. Amen.

Litany to the Sacred Head of Jesus
Lord, Have Mercy on Us. Christ, Have Mercy on Us. Lord Have Mercy on Us.
Jesus, Graciously Hear Us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have Mercy on Us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have Mercy on Us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have Mercy on Us.
Sacred Head of Jesus, Formed by the Holy Ghost in the Womb of the Virgin Mary, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Substantially United to the Word of God, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Temple of Divine Wisdom, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Center of Eternal Light, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Tabernacle of Divine Knowledge, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Safeguard Against Error, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Sunshine of Heaven and Earth, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Treasure of Science and Pledge of Faith, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Radiant With Beauty and Justice and Love, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Full of Grace and Truth, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Living Witness of Humility, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Reflecting the Infinite Majesty of God, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Center of the Universe, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Object of the Father's Joyous Satisfaction, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Upon Which the Holy Ghost Rested, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Around Which the Glory of Mt. Tabor Shown, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Had No Place on Earth on Which to Rest, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Whom the Fragrant Anointing of Magdalene Consoled, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Bathed With the Sweat of Blood in Gethsemane, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Wept for Our Sins, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Crowned With Thorns, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Outraged by the Indignities of the Passion, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Consoled by the Loving Gesture of Veronica, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Bowed to Earth Which was Redeemed at the Moment of Death on the Calvary, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Light of Every Being Born on Earth, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Our Guide and Our Hope, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Knows All Our Needs, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Gives Us All Graces, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, That Governs All the Motions of the Sacred Heart, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Whom we Wish to Adore and Make Known Throughout the World, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Knows All the Secrets of Our Hearts, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Who Enraptures Angels and the Saints, Guide Us in All Our Ways Sacred Head of Jesus, Whom One Day We Hope to Behold Unveiled Forever, Guide Us in All Our Ways Jesus, We Adore Your Sacred Head; We Surrender Utterly to All the Decrees of Your Infinite Wisdom.

Prayer To Jesus Crucified
Here I am, good and gentle Jesus, kneeling before you. With great fervor I pray and ask you to instill in me genuine convictions of faith, hope and love, with true sorrow for my sins and a firm resolve to amend them. While I contemplate your five wounds with great love and compassion, I remember the words which the prophet David long ago put on your lips: "They have pierced my hands and my feet, I can count all my bones." (Psalm 22/17-18).

Prayer To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

Prayer To The Shoulder Wound Of Christ
O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I miserable sinner salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as I inflict on The an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give The thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.

St. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Jesus
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me ! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Savior, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to renew it. And if Thou see in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
O Holy Spirit, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance. O Holy Spirit, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.

The Promises To Our Lord To Saint Margaret Mary In Favor Of Those Devoted To The Sacred Heart.
I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
I will establish peace in their houses.
I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
I will be their secure refuge during life and, above all, in death.
I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.
Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
I will bless every place where a picture of My Sacred Heart shall be set up and honored.
I will give to Priest the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
I promise You in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in my displeasure nor without receiving the Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
(this prayer is optional and may be said after all Glory Be to the Fathers while reciting the Rosary.....)
O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.

To Christ, King of the Universe
O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the Universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Exercise upon me all Your rights. I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps. I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor actions in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred royalty and that thus the reign of Your peace may be established throughout the universe. Amen.

Visit with Jesus
I will pay a visit to Jesus at least once each day. In my own words I will tell Jesus that I believe that He is truly present in the tabernacle and that I adore Him, as He is my God. I will talk to Him about any joy or trouble I have had since my last visit. I will say a short prayer, for instance: "Jesus, my God, I adore Thee here truly present in the Sacrament of Thy love." Amen.

You are Christ
You are Christ, my Holy Father, my Tender God, my Great King, my Good Shepherd, my Only Master, my Best Helper, my Most Beautiful and my Beloved, my Living Bread, my Priest Forever, my Leader to my Country, my True Light, my Holy Sweetness, my Straight Way, my Excellent Wisdom, my Pure Simplicity, my Peaceful Harmony, my Entire Protection, my Good Portion, my Everlasting Salvation.
Christ Jesus, Sweet Lord, why have I ever loved, why in my whole life have I ever desired anything except You, Jesus my God? Where was I when I was not in spirit with You? Now, from this time forth, do you, all my desires, grow hot, and flow out upon the Lord Jesus: run . . . you have been tardy until now; hasten where you are going; seek Whom you are seeking. O, Jesus may he who loves You not be an anathema; may he who loves You not be filled with bitterness.
O, Sweet Jesus, may every good feeling that is fitted for Your praise, love You, delight in You, adore You! God of my heart, and my Portion, Christ Jesus, may my heart faint away in spirit, and may You be my Life within me! May the live coal of Your Love grow hot within my spirit and break forth into a perfect fire; may it burn incessantly on the altar of my heart; may it glow in my innermost being; may it blaze in hidden recesses of my soul; and in the days of my consummation may I be found consummated with You! Amen.

Golden Arrow
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven on earth and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

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Holy Spirit Prayers

 

Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth. Amen.

 

Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Litany of the Holy Spirit
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Father all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us
Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us
Author of all good, have mercy on us
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us
Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us
Holy Spirit, Who governs the Church, have mercy on us
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us
Spirit Who fills the universe, have mercy on us
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us
Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.
V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful, R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let Us Pray
Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, live and reign forever and ever. R. Amen.

Novena to the Holy Spirit
Friday after Ascension Thursday thru Saturday, the Vigil of Pentecost
Primary Intention: Like the Apostles, we pray that the Holy Spirit will come into our lives and set the Church and faithful on fire with true Apostolic zeal.
Secondary Intention: On Pentecost Sunday every year, we renew our consecration to Jesus through Mary as prescribed by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. On this solemn occasion, we pray that we may be true to our consecration and live it ever more faithfully during the year to come. Every member of the Crusade should feel that he or she has a special obligation to make this novena.
O Holy Spirit, O my God, I adore Thee, and acknowledge, here in Thy divine presence, that I am nothing and can do nothing without Thee. Come, great Paraclete, Thou father of the poor, Thou comforter the best, fulfill the promise of our blessed Savior, Who would not leave us orphans, and come into the mind and the heart of Thy poor, unworthy creature, as Thou didst descend on the sacred day of Pentecost on the holy Mother of Jesus and on His first disciples. Grant that I may participate in those gifts which Thou didst communicate to them so wonderfully, and with so much mercy and generosity. Take from my heart whatever is not pleasing to Thee, and make of it a worthy dwelling-place for Thyself. Illumine my mind, that I may see and understand the things that are for my eternal good. Inflame my heart with pure love of Thee, that I may be cleansed from the dross of all inordinate attachments, and that my whole life may be hidden with Jesus in God. Strengthen my will, that I may be made comformable to Thy divine will, and be guided by Thy holy inspirations. Aid me by Thy grace to practice the divine lessons of humility, poverty, obedience, and contempt of the world, which Jesus taught us in His mortal life.
Oh, rend the heavens, and come down, consoling Spirit! that inspired and encouraged by Thee, I may faithfully comply with the duties of my state, carry my daily cross most patiently, and endeavor to accomplish the divine will with the utmost perfection. Spirit of love! Spirit of purity! Spirit of peace! Sanctify my soul more and more, and give me that heavenly peace which the world cannot give. Bless our Holy Father the Pope, bless the Church, bless our bishops, our priests, all Religious Orders, and all the faithful, that they may be filled with the spirit of Christ and labor earnestly for the spread of His kingdom.
O Holy Spirit, Thou Giver of every good and perfect gift, grant me, I beseech Thee, the intentions of this novena. May Thy will be done in me and through me. Mayest Thou be praised and glorified forevermore! Amen.

Pentecost Sunday Sequence
Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From Your bright and blissful Home Rays of healing light impart. Come, Father of the poor, Source of gifts that will endure Light of ev'ry human heart.
You of all consolers best, Of the soul most kindly Guest, Quick'ning courage do bestow.
In hard labor You are rest, In the heat You refresh best, And solace give in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Let Your radiance in us shine, And our inmost being fill.
Nothing good by man is thought, Nothing right by him is wrought, When he spurns Your gracious Will.
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain, Lave our dryness with Your rain, Heal our wounds and mend our way.
Bend the stubborn heart and will, Melt the frozen, warm the chill, Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful who in You, Trust with childlike piety, Deign Your sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue's rich increase, Saving grace to die in peace, Give them joys that never end. Amen. Alleluia.

Prayer for Enlightenment
O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always obedient to Thy heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible Guide; may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful following of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory for ever. Amen.

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.
I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.
O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.
Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.
Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.
Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.
Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.
Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.
Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.
Amen.

Prayer for the Help of the Holy Spirit
O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into my heart that I may perceive, into my mind that I may remember, and into my soul that I may meditate. Inspire me to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct my thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May your grace ever help and correct me, and may I be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy. Amen.

Prayer for the Indwelling of the Spirit
Holy Spirit, powerful Consoler, sacred Bond of the Father and the Son, Hope of the afflicted, descend into my heart and establish in it your loving dominion. Enkindle in my tepid soul the fire of your Love so that I may be wholly subject to you. We believe that when you dwell in us, you also prepare a dwelling for the Father and the Son. Deign, therefore, to come to me, Consoler of abandoned souls, and Protector of the needy. Help the afflicted, strengthen the weak, and support the wavering. Come and purify me. Let no evil desire take possession of me. You love the humble and resist the proud. Come to me, glory of the living, and hope of the dying. Lead me by your grace that I may always be pleasing to you. Amen.

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
#Spirit of wisdom and understanding, enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe in relation to eternity. Spirit of right judgment and courage, guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision to follow Jesus' way of love. Spirit of knowledge and reverence, help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy in our everyday dealings with one another. May we respect life as we work to solve problems of family and nation, economy and ecology. Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love into new action each day. Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence which penetrates all creation. Amen.

#Oh Holy Spirit, You are the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. You are the Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things. I adore You and love You with all my heart. Teach me to know and to seek God, by whom and for whom I was created. Fill my heart with a holy fear and a great love for Him. Give me compunction and patience, and do not let me fall into sin.
Increase faith, hope and charity in me and bring forth in me all the virtues proper to my state of life. Help me to grow in the four cardinal virtues, Your seven gifts and Your twelve fruits.
Make me a faithful follower of Jesus, an obedient child of the Church and a help to my neighbor. Give me the grace to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Raise me to holiness in the state of life to which You have called me, and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Grant me also, O Holy Spirit, Giver of all good gifts, the special favor for which I ask {name special petition}, if it be for Your honor and glory and for my well being. Amen.

#Holy Spirit of light and love, you are the substantial love of the Father and the Son; hear my prayer. Bounteous bestowed of most precious gifts, grant me a strong and living faith which makes me accept all revealed truths and shape my conduct in accord with them. Give me a most confident hope in all divine promises which prompts me to abandon myself unreservedly to you and your guidance. Infuse into me a love of perfect goodwill, and act according to God's least desires. Make me love not only my friends but my enemies as well, in imitation of Jesus Christ who through you offered himself on the Cross for all people. Holy Spirit, animate, inspire, and guide me, and help me to be always a true follower of you. Amen.

#Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

#Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

#Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. St. Augustine
 

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Marian Prayers

 

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O most pure heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us. Let the flame of your heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love you immensely. Impress on our hearts true love so that we may long for you. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we sin. You know that all people sin. Grant that through your most pure and motherly heart, we may be healed from every spiritual sickness. Grant that we may always experience the goodness of your motherly heart, and that through the flame of your heart we may be converted. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I, N., a faithless sinner-- renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomp and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day, for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.

Akathist Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary
(This is an Eastern Catholic Devotion to Mary)
[Leader]: Blessed is our God, always, now and forevermore. Amen.
O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere present and fit all things. Treasury of blessings, and giver of life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O Gracious one!
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal one, have mercy on us. (Three times)
O most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us! O Lord, cleanse us of our sins! O Master, forgive our transgressions! O holy one, come to us and heal our infirmities for your name's sake!
Lord, have mercy. (Three times)
Glory be to the father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit , now and ever, and forever, Amen.
Our father who art in heaven , hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom, 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.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and glory, Father+, son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
Let Us Pray To The Lord.
[Response]: Lord, have mercy!
PREAMBLE
As soon as the angel had received his command, he hastened to Joseph's house and said to the ever-virgin: "Behold, heaven was brought down to earth when the Word Himself was fully contained in you! Now that I see Him in your womb, taking a servant's form, I cry out to you in wonder: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!"
FIRST CHANT
An Archangel was sent from heaven to greet the Mother of God, and as he saw you assuming a body at the sound of his bodiless voice, O Lord, he stood rapt in amazement and cried out to her in these words:
Hail, O you, through whom Joy will shine forth!
Hail, O you, through whom the curse will disappear!
Hail, O Restoration of the Fallen Adam!
Hail, O Redemption of the Tears of Eve!
Hail, O Peak above the reach of human thought!
Hail, O Depth even beyond the sight of angels!
Hail, O you who have become a Kingly Throne!
Hail, O you who carry Him Who Carries All!
Hail, O Star who manifest the Sun!
Hail, O Womb of the Divine Incarnation!
Hail, O you through whom creation is renewed!
Hail, O you through whom the Creator becomes a Babe!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
Knowing that she was a virgin, the blessed one courageously answered the angel: "Your surprising words seem hard for my mind to accept: how can you speak of a birth that is to come from a conception without seed? And why do you cry, Alleluia?"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
SECOND CHANT
Trying to grasp the meaning of this mystery, the Virgin asked the holy messenger: "How is it possible that a son be born from a virginal womb? Tell me." And he answered her with awe, crying out in these words:
Hail, O hidden Sense of the Ineffable Plan!
Hail, O Belief in Silence That Must Be!
Hail, O Forecast of the Marvels of Christ!
Hail, O Fountainhead of truths concerning Him!
Hail, Celestial Ladder, by whom God came down!
Hail, O Bridge leading earthly ones to heaven!
Hail, O Wonder, ever-thrilling to the angels!
Hail, O Wound, ever-hurting to the demons!
Hail, O you who gave birth to Light ineffably!
Hail, O you who told no one how it was done!
Hail, O you who surpass the wisdom of the wise!
Hail, O you who enlighten faithful minds!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
When the power of the Most High overshadowed the one who had never known the nuptial bed, her fruitful womb conceived, and she became for all a delicious field: for those who wished to reap salvation by singing "ALLELUIA!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
THIRD CHANT
Pregnant with God, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth, her unborn child rejoiced, immediately knowing her embrace. Bouncing and singing, he cried out to the Mother of God:
Hail, O Tendril whose Bud shall not wilt!
Hail, O Soil whose Fruit shall not perish!
Hail, O Tender of mankind's loving Tender!
Hail, O Gardener of the Gardener of Life!
Hail, O Earth who yielded abundant mercies!
Hail, O Table full-laden with appeasement!
Hail, for you have greened anew the pastures of delight!
Hail, for you have prepared a haven for the souls!
Hail, acceptable Incense of Prayer!
Hail, Expiation of the whole universe!
Hail, O you Favor of God to mortal men!
Hail, O you Trust of mortals before God!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
Filled with a storm of contradictory thoughts, the wise Joseph was greatly disturbed: until then, he had seen you a virgin, and now he suspected you of secret guilt, all-blameless one! Learning that your conception was of the Holy Spirit, he cried out: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
FOURTH CHANT
The Shepherds heard the angels singing hymns of praise tot he coming of Christ in the Flesh. And running to Him as to a shepherd, they saw Him as a spotless lamb, grazing at Mary's breast. They sang a hymn to her and said:
Hail, O Mother of Lamb and Shepherd!
Hail, O Fold of rational sheep!
Hail, O Protection against unseen foes!
Hail, O Key to the Doors of Paradise!
Hail, for the heavenly rejoice with the earth!
Hail, for the earthly meet the heavens in song!
Hail, the Unsilenced Voice of the Apostles!
Hail, the Undaunted Might of Martyrs!
Hail, O Steadfast Foundation of Faith!
Hail, O Shining Emblem of Grace!
Hail, O you through whom death was despoiled!
Hail, O you through whom we were clothed with glory!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
When they saw the Star moved by God, the Magi followed its glittering light. Using it as a beacon, they found through it the Mighty King, and reaching the One Beyond All Reach, they rejoiced and cried out to Him: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
FIFTH CHANT
The Sons of Chaldaea saw in the Virgin's hands the One whose hands had fashioned men: and acknowledging Him as the Master, although He had taken the form of a servant, they hastened to honor Him with their gifts and cried out to the Blessed One:
Hail, O Mother of the Star Without Setting!
Hail, O Radiance of the Mystical Day!
Hail, O you who quenched the flame of error!
Hail, O Light of those who search the Trinity!
Hail, O you who unthroned the Enemy of Men!
Hail, O you who showed forth Christ the Lord, Lover of Mankind!
Hail, O you who cleansed us from the stain of pagan worship!
Hail, O you who saved us from the mire of evil deeds!
Hail, O you who made cease the cult of fire!
Hail, O you who guide the faithful toward wisdom!
Hail, O you, Delight of all the Nations!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
The Magi, become God-bearing heralds, returned to Babylon, conforming to your command, announcing You, the Christ, to all, and leaving Herod as a fool who did not know how to sing: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
SIXTH CHANT
Illuminating Egypt with the Light of Truth, you cast away the darkness of error. For the idols, unable to stand your might, fell down, and those who had been delivered from them cried out to the Mother of God:
Hail, O Resurrection of mankind!
Hail, O Downfall of the Demons!
Hail, O you who crushed the error of deceit!
Hail, O you who exposed the fraud of idols!
Hail, O Sea who drowned the symbolic Paragon!
Hail, O Rock who quenched those who thirst for Life!
Hail, O Pillar of Fire who guided those in darkness!
Hail, O Shelter of the World, wider than the clouds!
Hail, O Food who took the place of Manna!
Hail, O Handmaid of holy delight!
Hail, O Land of the promised good!
Hail, O you who flow with milk and honey!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
As Simeon was about to leave the present deceitful world, You were entrusted to him as an infant, but You made Yourself known to him as the perfect God. Wherefore he marveled at your wisdom beyond words, and cried out: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
SEVENTH CHANT
The Creator displayed a new creation to us who had come from Him: He came forth from a womb that had received no seed, and He left it intact as it had been, so that at the sight of this marvel, we would sing to her and cry out:
Hail, O Blossom of Incorruption!
Hail, O Crown of Self-mastery!
Hail, O you who shone forth as a Sign of Resurrection!
Hail, O you who displayed the Life of Angels!
Hail, Fruitful Tree from whom believers feed!
Hail, Shady Glen where many are sheltered!
Hail, O you who have born the Guide of the Lost!
Hail, Source of Life to the captives' Release!
Hail, O you who unsettled even the Just Judge!
Hail, Indulgence of many who have fallen!
Hail, O Stole for those who lack freedom to speak!
Hail, O Tenderness who exceed all desire!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
Now that we have seen this strange birth, let us estrange ourselves from the world and turn our minds to heaven: indeed, it is for this that the God Most High appeared on earth as a lowly man, desiring to draw up to heaven those who cry out to Him: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
EIGHTH CHANT
While fully present amid those below, the uncircumscribed Word was in no way absent from those above: for what happened was a divine condescension, and not a moving from one place to another: and it was a birth from a Virgin inspired by God, who heard these words:
Hail, O Space of the Spaceless God!
Hail, O Gate of the Sublime Mystery!
Hail, O Message unsure to men without faith!
Hail, O Glory most certain to those who believe!
Hail, O Sacred Chariot of the One above the Cherubim!
Hail, Perfect Dwelling of the One above the Seraphim!
Hail, O you who reconciled opposites!
Hail, O you who combined maidenhood and motherhood!
Hail, O you through whom Paradise was opened!
Hail, O Key to the Kingdom of Christ!
Hail, O Hope for the Ages of Bliss!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
The whole order of the Angels marveled at the great work of your becoming a man: for they saw the One Inaccessible as God become a Man accessible to all, living with us and hearing us cry out: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
NINTH CHANT
O Mother of God, we see the best of speakers become as mute as fish in your regard, for they could not explain how you could give birth while remaining a virgin. As for us, while marveling at the mystery, we cry out to you with faith:
Hail, O Container of God's Wisdom!
Hail, O Treasury of His Providence!
Hail, O Reproof of foolish philosophers!
Hail, O Confusion of speechless wise men!
Hail, for you perplexed the inquisitive minds!
Hail, for you dried up the inventors of myths!
Hail, for you ripped the Athenians' meshes!
Hail, for you filled the Fishermen's nets!
Hail, O Retriever from the Abyss of Ignorance!
Hail, O Lamplight of Knowledge to many!
Hail, O Ship for those who seek Salvation!
Hail, O Harbor for the Sailors of Life!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
Desiring to save the world, the Creator of All came down to it of His own will. Being at the same time our Shepherd and our God, He appeared among us. And so the like called upon the like, and as God He heard: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
TENTH CHANT
O Virgin Mother of God, you are the strength of Virgins and of all those who have recourse to you. For the Maker of heaven and earth covered you with His shadow, O Pure One, and came to dwell in your womb, and taught us all to cry out to you:
Hail, O Pillar of Virginity!
Hail, O Gateway of Salvation!
Hail, O Principle of the New Creation!
Hail, O Dispenser of God's bounties!
Hail, for you restored those born in shame!
Hail, for you gave sense to those who had lost it!
Hail, O you who stopped the corruptor of minds!
Hail, O you who bore the Sower of Chastity!
Hail, Holy Chamber of virginal wedlock!
Hail, O you who join the faithful with God!
Hail, O gracious Foster-Mother of virgins!
Hail, O Bridesmaid of holy souls!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
Because He wished to grant release from all the ancient debts, the One who pays men's dues came down Himself to those who had spurned His grace; He tore up their obligations, and heard from all of them this cry: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
TWELFTH CHANT
By singing praise to your maternity, we all exalt you as a spiritual temple, Mother of God! For the One Who Dwelt Within Your Womb, the Lord Who Holds All Things in His Hands, sanctified you, glorified you, and taught all men to sing to you:
Hail, O Tabernacle of God the Word!
Hail, O Holy One, more holy than the saints!
Hail, O Ark that the Spirit has gilded!
Hail, Inexhaustible Treasure of Life!
Hail, Precious Crown of rightful authorities!
Hail, Sacred Glory of reverent priests!
Hail, Unshakable Tower of the Church!
Hail, Unbreakable Wall of the Kingdom!
Hail, O you through whom the trophies are raised!
Hail, O you through whom the enemies are routed!
Hail, O healing of my body!
Hail, O salvation of my soul!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
[RESPONSE]: Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever-pure!
KONTAKION
O Mother worthy of all praise, you who have given birth to the Word, the Holiest of the Holy, accept this present offering, deliver all men from every affliction, and save from the future punishment those who cry out to you: "Alleluia!"
[RESPONSE]: Alleluia!
Gabriel was rapt in amazement as he beheld your virginity and the splendor of your purity, O Mother of God, and he cried out to you: "By what name shall I call you? I am bewildered; I am lost! I shall greet you as I was commanded to do: 'Hail, O Woman full of Grace!'"
DISMISSAL
- Glory to you, O Christ, our God and our hope: Glory be to you!
[Response]: Glory be to thy father, and to the son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever Amen. Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! Give the blessing!
May Christ our true God (If a Sunday or the Easter Season: who is risen from the dead) have mercy on us and save us, through the prayers of his most pure mother and of all the Holy, Glorious, and illustrious Apostles, through the prayers of St. (N) whose memory we celebrate today, and of all the saints, for he is gracious and loves mankind!
[Response]: Amen.

Ancient Prayer to the Virgin
We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

Aspirations to Mary
O MARY, conceived without sin, prayer for us who have recourse to thee.
HOLY MARY, pray for us!
IMMACULATE HEART of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
SWEET HEART of Mary, be my salvation!
OUR LADY, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Consecration to Mary
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country. We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion. We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him. We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day. We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do. Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole-heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven, so on earth. Amen.

#My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you; and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own, keep me, guard me, as your property and possession. Amen.

FATIMA PRAYER
Most Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I adore thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.
"Let this prayer be echoed all over the world." - Mary

Fatima Prayer
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.
Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us. Mary, Our Loving Mother, pray for us.

Feast of Mary, Mother of God
#God our Father, may we always profit by the prayers of the Virgin Mother Mary, for you bring us life and salvation through Jesus Christ her Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

#Father, source of light in every age, the virgin conceived and bore your Son who is called Wonderful God, Prince of Peace. May her prayer, the gift of a mother's love, be your people's joy through all ages. May her response, born of a humble heart, draw your Spirit to rest on your people. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

#O Mary, who in thy maternal love hast chosen little Jacinta to be the confidante of thy Immaculate Heart so grieved by the sins of mankind, thou who didst inspire her with a great spirit of penance, an ardent zeal for the conversion of sinners, and an intense desire to atone for the blasphemies against thy Immaculate Conception, vouchsafe, we humbly beseech thee, to obtain from the most merciful Heart of Jesus the grace of elevation to the honor of the Altar, of the saintly little girl, Jacinta, the object of thy predilection, whom thou hast given us as a model of apostolic and reparation. Amen.
Hail Thou Star of Ocean
Hail thou star of ocean
Portal of the sky
Ever virgin Mother
Of the Lord Most High
O! by Gabriel's Ave
Uttered long ago,
Eva's name reversing,
Established peace below
Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore
Show thyself a Mother,
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us incarnate
Did not thee despise
Virgin of all virgins
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle
Chaste and gentle make us
Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever
Through the highest heaven,
To the almighty Three
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.
Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
#Father, you prepared the Virgin Mary to be the worthy mother of your Son. You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death, and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

#Father, the image of the Virgin is found in the Church. Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Trace in our actions the lines of her love, in our hearts her readiness of faith. Prepare once again a world for your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son. Look with a mother's tenderness and pity on me, who kneel before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.
Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most sacred passion and death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition. To whom shall I have recourse in my wants and miseries if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.
Holy Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me and obtain for me from our Lord {mention your petition}, it it be for His honor and glory, and for my good. Amen.
LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of Our Lady of Lourdes
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary; Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God; Pray for us.
Mother of Christ; Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, source of love; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the poor; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the handicapped; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of orphans; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all children; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all nations; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the Church; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, friend of the lonely; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, shelter of the homeless; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, guide of travelers; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, strength of the weak; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, refuge of sinners; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of the suffering; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of the dying; Pray for us.
Queen of heaven; Pray for us.
Queen of peace; Pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
Let us pray:
Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
pray for us.
Mother of the Crucified,
pray for us.
Sorrowful Mother,
pray for us.
Mournful Mother,
pray for us.
Sighing Mother,
pray for us.
Afflicted Mother,
pray for us.
Forsaken Mother,
pray for us.
Desolate Mother,
pray for us.
Mother most sad,
pray for us.
Mother set around with anguish,
pray for us.
Mother overwhelmed by grief,
pray for us.
Mother transfixed by a sword,
pray for us.
Mother crucified in thy heart,
pray for us.
Mother bereaved of thy Son,
pray for us.
Sighing Dove,
pray for us.
Mother of Dolors,
pray for us.
Fount of tears,
pray for us.
Sea of bitterness,
pray for us.
Field of tribulation,
pray for us.
Mass of suffering,
pray for us.
Mirror of patience,
pray for us.
Rock of constancy,
pray for us.
Remedy in perplexity,
pray for us.
Joy of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Ark of the desolate,
pray for us.
Refuge of the abandoned,
pray for us.
Shield of the oppressed,
pray for us.
Conqueror of the incredulous,
pray for us.
Solace of the wretched,
pray for us.
Medicine of the sick,
pray for us.
Help of the faint,
pray for us.
Strength of the weak,
pray for us.
Protesters of those who fight,
pray for us.
Haven of the shipwrecked,
pray for us.
Calmer of tempests,
pray for us.
Companion of the sorrowful,
pray for us.
Retreat of those who groan,
pray for us.
Terror of the treacherous,
pray for us.
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs,
pray for us.
Treasure of the Faithful,
pray for us.
Light of Confessors,
pray for us.
Pearl of Virgins,
pray for us.
Comfort of Widows,
pray for us.
Joy of all Saints,
pray for us.
Queen of thy Servants,
pray for us.
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,
pray for us.
Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
pray for us.
Mother of Christ,
pray for us.
Mother of divine grace,
pray for us.
Mother most pure,
pray for us.
Mother most chaste,
pray for us.
Mother inviolate,
pray for us.
Mother undefiled,
pray for us.
Mother most amiable,
pray for us.
Mother most admirable,
pray for us.
Mother of good counsel,
pray for us.
Mother of our Creator,
pray for us.
Mother of our Savior,
pray for us.
Virgin most prudent,
pray for us.
Virgin most venerable,
pray for us.
Virgin most renowned,
pray for us.
Virgin most powerful,
pray for us.
Virgin most merciful,
pray for us.
Virgin most faithful,
pray for us.
Mirror of justice,
pray for us.
Seat of wisdom,
pray for us.
Cause of our joy,
pray for us.
Spiritual vessel,
pray for us.
Vessel of honor,
pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion,
pray for us.
Mystical rose,
pray for us.
Tower of David,
pray for us.
Tower of ivory,
pray for us.
House of gold,
pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant,
pray for us.
Gate of Heaven,
pray for us.
Morning star,
pray for us.
Health of the sick,
pray for us.
Refuge of sinners,
pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Help of Christians,
pray for us.
Queen of angels,
pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs,
pray for us.
Queen of prophets,
pray for us.
Queen of apostles,
pray for us.
Queen of martyrs,
pray for us.
Queen of confessors,
pray for us.
Queen of virgins,
pray for us.
Queen of all saints,
pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin,
pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven,
pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
pray for us.
Queen of peace,
pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Marian Prayer for the Easter Season
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia,
For he whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia,
Has risen, as he foretold, alleluia;
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has indeed risen, alleluia.
God our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the happiness of eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary's Consent
You have heard it said, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weights heavily upon us.
The price of salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life . . . .
Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.
Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord," she says, "be it done to me according to your word."

Memorare
#Remember,
most loving Virgin Mary,
never was it heard
that anyone who turned to you for help was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
though burdened by my sins,
I run to you for protection for you are my mother.

#Remember,
O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of they Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me.
Amen.
O Mother of Perpetual Help
O Mother of Perpetual Help
To thee we come imploring help.
Behold us here, from far and near,
To ask of thee our help to be;
Behold us here, from far and near,
To ask of thee our help to be.
Perpetual help we beg of thee;
Our souls from sin and sorrow free;
Direct our wandering feet aright,
And be thyself out own true light;
Direct our wandering feet aright,
And be thyself out own true light.
And when this life is o'er for me,
This last request I ask of thee:
Obtain for me in heaven this grace,
To see my God there face to face;
Obtain for me in heaven this grace,
To see my God there face to face.
O my most sweet Mother, how shall I die, poor sinner that I am?
O my most sweet Mother, how shall I die, poor sinner that I am? Even now the thought of that important moment when I must expire, and appear before the judgment-seat of God, and the remembrance that I have myself so often written my condemnation by consenting to sin, makes me tremble. I am confounded, and fear much for my eternal salvation. O Mary, in the blood of Jesus, and in thy intercession, is all my hope. Thou art the Queen of heaven, the mistress of the universe; in short, thou art the Mother of God. Thou art great, but thy greatness does not prevent, nay, even it inclines thee to greater compassion towards us in our miseries. Worldly friends when raised to dignity disdain to notice their former friends who may have fallen into distress. Thy noble and loving heart does not act thus, for the greater the miseries it beholds the greater are its efforts to relieve. Thou, when called upon, dost immediately assist; nay, more, thou dost anticipate our prayers by thy favors; thou consolest us in our afflictions; thou dissipatest the storms by which we are tossed about; thou overcomest all enemies; thou, in fine, never losest an occasion to promote our welfare. May that divine hand which has united in thee such majesty and such tenderness, such greatness and so much love, be forever blessed! I thank my Lord for it, and congratulate myself in having so great an advantage; for truly in thy felicity do I place my own, and I consider thy lot as mine. O comfortress of the afflicted, console a poor creature who recommends himself to thee. The remorse of a conscience overburdened with sins fills me with affliction. I am in doubt as to whether I have sufficiently grieved for them. I see that all my actions are sullied and defective; hell awaits my death in order to accuse me; the outraged justice of God demands satisfaction. My Mother, what will become of me? If thou dost not help me, I am lost. What slyest thou, wilt thou assist me? O compassionate Virgin, console me; obtain for me true sorrow for my sins; obtain for me strength to amend, and to be faithful to God during the rest of my life. And finally, when I am in the last agonies of death, O Mary, my hope, abandon me not; then, more than ever, help and encourage me, that I may not despair at the sight of my sins, which the evil one will then place before me. My Lady, forgive my temerity; come thyself to comfort me with thy presence in that last struggle. This favor thou hast granted to many, grant it also to me. If my boldness is great, thy goodness is greater; for it goes in search of the most miserable to console them. On this I rely. For thy eternal glory, let it be said that thou hast snatched a wretched creature from hell, to which he was already condemned, and that thou hast led him to thy kingdom. Oh, yes, sweet Mother, I hope to have the consolation of remaining always at thy feet in heaven, thanking and blessing and loving thee eternally. O Mary, I shall expect thee at my last hour; deprive me not of this consolation. Fiat, fiat. Amen, amen.

O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and My Mother
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from your sublime heights turn your eyes of pity on my. Filled with confidence in your goodness and knowing full well your power, I beg you to extend to me your assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. In order that I may never be a slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to you. I consecrate my heart to you forever, my only desire being to love your divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of your devout servants has ever perished; may I, too, be saved. Amen.

Our Lady of The Sacred Heart
Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Full of trust in thy merits, we come before thee and beg thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou may open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek. . . . We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art our Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously hear our prayers and grant our request. Amen.
Perpetual Help Hymn
Come let us follow
Where God himself led.
Unto the image of her
Who has said:
I am your own Perpetual Help.
Come, sick and troubled
With stories untold,
This is your mother,
Look up and behold,
She is your own Perpetual Help.

Prayer for the Immaculate Queen of Peace
Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.
We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.
Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.

Prayer of the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who lives and reigns with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer to Immaculate Mary
Give me the grace to annihilate my will before the Will of Your Divine Son so that the Will of Your Divine Son be mine. Kindle my heart with Divine Love! See to it that the purest flame of God's Love penetrate deeply in my spirit and rout out my selfishness. Give me a tender devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and Your holy Love in order that I love You as You deserve. Help me detach perfectly from everything, creatures, and myself, renouncing myself and everything to live only in God. My tender Mother, obtain for me a deep humility from God, internal and external humility, a deep knowledge of myself, and a spirit of mortification so that I humble myself before God and creatures. Help me to have contempt and humiliations loved, but myself despised. Mirror of humility grant me the virtue of humility and obedience. Grant me the virtue of meekness and sweetness so that I treat people with kindness, especially when I meet the ones against whom I feel repugnance. Give me a simple, merry, sweet, gentle, kind, benign, compassionate, humble and meek heart. Impetrate for me a profound contrition and intimate sorrow to make my heart bleed for my offenses against Your Divine Son. Grant me a spirit of holy prayer, the grace of meditating upon the sublime truths of faith, especially the Passion of Jesus and Your sorrows. Give me the grace of praying in the occasions of sin. Grant me a holy recollection, the grace of being aware of Your holy presence, and the virtue of silence. Grant me from God the holy virtue of spiritual and bodily purity; as well as purity of conscience through humble, frequent, and sincere confession, for the greater glory of God. Obtain for me a heroic faith along with a loving, filial confidence in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and in Your Motherly affection. Grant me fervent zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, letting me perform the duties of my priestly ministry perfectly. See to it that I celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and recite the Holy Canonical Hours with deep recollection and intimate devotion. My tender Mother, give me the virtue of fortitude to prevail over myself through internal and external mortification. O valiant Lady, you have conquered hell. Give me strength to triumph over the devil, the world, and the flesh. You are our life and hope, please grant me holy, final perseverance in the grace of Your Divine Son. See to it that I live and die saintly, and love You in Paradise forever.

Prayer to Immaculate Mary
Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing
Who reigns now with Christ, our Redeemer and King.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
In heaven the blessed your glory proclaim
On earth we, your children, invoke your fair name.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria!

Prayer to Mary Queen of Apostles
Immaculate Mother of God, Queen of the Apostles, we know that God's commandment of love and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ impels us to cooperate in the mission of the Church. Realizing our own weakness, we entrust the renewal of our personal lives and our apostolate to your intercession. We are confident that through God's mercy and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, you, who are our Mother, will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit as you obtained it for the community of the apostles gathered in the upper room. Therefore, relying on your maternal intercession, we resolve from this moment to devote our talents, learning, material resources, our health, sickness and trials, and every gift of nature and grace, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all. We wish to carry on those activities which especially promote the catholic apostolate for the revival of faith and love of the people of God and so bring all men and women into the faith of Jesus Christ. And if a time should come when we have nothing more to offer serviceable to this end, we will never cease to pray that there will be one fold and one shepherd Jesus Christ. In this way, we hope to enjoy the results of the apostolate of Jesus Christ for all eternity. Amen.

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Grace
It becomes you to be mindful of us, as you stand near him who granted you all graces, for you are the Mother of God and our Queen. Help us for the sake of the King, the Lord God and Master who was born of you. For this reason, you are called full of grace. Remember us, most holy Virgin, and bestow on us gifts from the riches of your graces, Virgin full of graces.

Prayer to Mary, Queen of Heaven
Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia. The Son whom you were privileged to bear, Alleluia, has risen as he said, Alleluia. Pray to God for us, Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, Virgin Mary, Alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia.
O God, it was by the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that you brought joy to the world. Grant that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may attain the joy of eternal life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady Immaculate
Most holy Virgin, who wast pleasing to the Lord and became His Mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on the wretched who implore thy powerful patronage. The wicked serpent, against whom was hurled the first curse, continues fiercely to attack and ensnare the unhappy children of Eve. Do thou, then, O Blessed Mother, our queen and advocate, who from the first instant of thy conception didst crush the head of the enemy, receive the prayers which, united with thee in our single heart, we implore thee to present at the throne of God, that we may never fall into the snares which are laid out for us, and may all arrive at the port of salvation; and, in so many dangers, may the Church and Christian society sing once again the hymn of deliverance and of victory and of peace. Amen.
In Thy conception, O Virgin Mary, thou wast immaculate; pray for us to the Father, Whose Son, Jesus Christ conceived of the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.


Hail Mary
#O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant me ever to be able to call upon thy powerful name, since thy name is the help of the living and the salvation of the dying. Ah, Mary most pure, Mary most sweet, grant that thy name from this day forth may be to me the very breath of life. Dear Lady, delay not to come to my assistance whenever I call upon thee; for in all the temptations that assail me, in all the necessities that befall me, I will never leave off calling upon thee, ever repeating: Mary, Mary. What comfort, what sweetness, what confidence, what tenderness fills my soul at the sound of thy name, at the very thought of thee! I give thanks to our Lord, who for my sake hath given thee a name so sweet, so lovable, so mighty. But I am not content merely to speak thy name; I would utter it for very love of thee; it is my desire that love should ever remind me to name thee, Mother of Perpetual Help.

#O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of every grace that God grants us in our misery; it is for this cause that He hath made thee so powerful, so rich, so kind, that thou mightest assist us in our miseries. Thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners, if they but come unto thee; come once more to my assistance, for I commend myself to thee. In thy hands I place my eternal salvation; to thee I entrust my soul. Enroll me among thy most faithful servants; take me under thy protection and it is enough for me: yes, for if thou protect me, I shall fear nothing; not my sins, for thou wilt obtain for me their pardon and remission; not the evil spirits, for thou art mightier than all the powers of hell; not even Jesus, my Judge, for He is appeased by a single prayer from thee. I fear only that through my own negligence I may forget to recommend myself to thee and so I shall be lost. My dear Lady, obtain for me the forgiveness of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance and the grace to have recourse to thee at all times, O Mother of Perpetual Help.

Prayer to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven
Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick
Virgin, most holy, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Treasurer of graces, and Refuge of sinners, I fly top your motherly affection with lively faith, and I beg of you the grace ever to do the will of God.
Into your most holy hands I commit the keeping of my heart, asking you for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that you, my most loving Mother, will hear my prayer.
Into the bosom of your tender mercy, this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.
To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to your will and that of your Divine Son. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick
Virgin, most holy, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Treasurer of graces, and Refuge of sinners, I fly top your motherly affection with lively faith, and I beg of you the grace ever to do the will of God.
Into your most holy hands I commit the keeping of my heart, asking you for health of soul and body, in the certain hope that you, my most loving Mother, will hear my prayer.
Into the bosom of your tender mercy, this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.
To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to your will and that of your Divine Son. Amen.

Prayer To Our Lady, Help Of Christians
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

Prayer to Our Lady, Mother of Mercy
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
#Mother of Perpetual Help, today we face so many difficulties. Your picture tells us so much about you. It reminds us to reach out and help those in need. Help us understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us.
Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God's grace, we intend to do what we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help.

#Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. you became not only the Mother of the Redeemer, but Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take us in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help us. For God who is mighty has done great things for you, and God's mercy is from age to age on those who love God. Intercede for us, dear Mother, in obtaining pardon for our sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace always to call upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.

#Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of your! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for your prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help.
Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you. {mention your petition}

#Behold, O Mother of Perpetual Help, at thy feet a wretched sinner, who has recourse to thee and trusts in thee. O Mother of mercy, have pity on me; I hear all men call thee the refuge and hope of sinners: be therefore my refuge and my hope. Help me for the love of Jesus Christ: hold out thy hand to a fallen wretch, who commends himself to thee and dedicates himself to be thy servant forever. I praise and thank God, who of His great mercy hath given me this confidence in thee, a sure pledge of my eternal salvation. Alas, it is only too true that in the past I have fallen miserably, because I did not come to thee. I know that with thy help I shall conquer; I know that thou wilt help me, if I commend myself to thee; but I am fearful lest in the occasions of sin I shall forget to call upon thee and so I shall be lost. This grace, then, do I ask of thee; for this I implore thee, as much as I can and know how to do; namely, that in the assaults of hell I may ever run to thy protection and may say to thee: Mary, help me; Mother of Perpetual Help, permit me not to lose my God.

Prayer to the Mother of the Lord for all mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your Yes to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to Gods word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own Fiat. May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you.
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Sorrowful Mother for the Church and the Pontiff
Most Holy Virgin and Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the passion of your divine Son, and in His glorious resurrection, you were filled with unending joy in His triumph! Obtain for us who call upon you, to be such partakers in the adversities of holy Church and in the sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Mary
Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still see in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may he displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to naught; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.
May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the Luke warmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as think I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou will.
Such is, O heavenly Mary, the "best part," which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee--and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, So be it--to all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it--to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone may fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa
At the Cross Her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.
Through Her Heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Lo! the piercing sword had passed.
O how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother, highly blessed,
Of the Sole-Begotten One.
Mournful, with Heart's prostration,
Mother meek, the bitter Passion
Saw She of Her glorious Son.
Who on Christ's dear Mother gazing,
In Her trouble so amazing,
Born of woman, would not weep?
Who on Christ's dear Mother thinking,
Such a cup of sorrow drinking,
Would not share Her sorrow deep?
For His people's sins rejected,
Saw Her Jesus unprotected.
Saw with thorns, with scourges rent.
Saw Her Son from judgement taken,
Her Beloved in death forsaken,
Till His Spirit forth He sent.
Fount of love and holy sorrow,
Mother, may my spirit borrow
Somewhat of Your woe profound.
Unto Christ with pure emotion,
Raise my contrite heart's devotion,
To read love in every wound.
Those Five Wounds on Jesus smitten,
Mother! in my heart be written,
Deep as in Your own they be.
You, Your Savior's Cross did bare,
You, Your Son's rebuke did share.
Let me share them both with Thee.
In the Passion of my Maker,
Be my sinful soul partaker,
Weep 'til death and weep with You.
Mine with You be that sad station,
There to watch the great salvation,
Wrought upon the atoning Tree.
Virgin, you of virgins fairest,
May the bitter woe Thou barest
Make on me impression deep.
Thus Christ's dying may I carry,
With Him in His Passion tarry,
And His Wounds in memory keep.
May His Wound both wound and heal me,
He enkindle, cleanse, strengthen me,
By His Cross my hope and stay.
May He, when the mountains quiver,
From that flame which burns forever,
Shield me on the Judgment Day.
Jesus, may Your Cross defend me,
And Your Mother's prayer befriend me;
Let me die in Your embrace.
When to dust my dust returns,
Grant a soul, that to You yearns,
In Your paradise a place. Amen.

THE ANGELUS
V- The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R- And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
(Hail Mary....)
V- Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R- Be it done unto me according to thy word.
(Hail Mary....)
V- And the Word was made Flesh.
R- And dwelt among us.
(Hail Mary....)
V- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

THE SALVE REGINA (Hail Holy Queen)
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V- Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
I. The prophecy of Simeon
II. The Flight to Egypt
III. Loss of Child Jesus for 3 days, later found in His Father's House
IV. Witnessing Jesus carry his Cross
V. The Crucifixion of Jesus
VI. Taking Jesus Down from the Cross
VII. The Burial of Jesus
To Our Blessed Mother
We fly to your protection, most holy Mother of God; please listen to our petitions and needs, and deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary, our model and mother, by your obedience and patience you have taught us how to be true children of God. Please help us by your powerful assistance to overcome all our weaknesses, and to fulfill perfectly our tasks in life.
By your compassionate aid may we ever stand in spirit with you beneath the cross of Christ so that we may also rejoice with you in your divine Son's triumphant victory over sin and death.
In your maternal kindness help us to be faithful to prayers in the company of God's Church as you were one with the Apostles in the upper room as you waited for the promised Spirit of Pentecost.
With your gracious assistance may we be near you in the glory of Christ's kingdom come to sing with you and all the faithful the eternal praise of God. Amen.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.
You are all fair, O Virgin Mary,
You never knew the stain of sin;
You are the glory of Jerusalem,
You, the joy of Israel,
You, the great honor of our people,
You, the advocate of sinners.
O Mary, Virgin most prudent,
O Mary, Mother most merciful,
Pray for us,
Intercede for us with our Lord,
Jesus Christ.
 

Magnificat
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name; And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, His servant, mindful of His mercy - Even as He spoke to our father - to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

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Angel Prayers

 

The Angelus
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your Grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, your Son by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Holy Michael, the Archangel, Defend Us in Battle
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Help Against Spiritual Enemies
Glorious St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly hosts, who stands always ready to give assistance to the people of God; who didst fight with the dragon, the old serpent, and didst cast him out of heaven, and now valiantly defends the Church of God that the gates of hell may never prevail against her, I earnestly entreat thee to assist me also, in the painful and dangerous conflict which I have to sustain against the same formidable foe. Be with me, O mighty Prince! that I may courageously fight and wholly vanquish that proud spirit, whom thou hast by the Divine Power, so gloriously overthrown, and whom our powerful King, Jesus Christ, has, in our nature, so completely overcome; to the end that having triumphed over the enemy of my salvation, I may with thee and the holy angels, praise the clemency of God who, having refused mercy to the rebellious angels after their fall, has granted repentance and forgiveness to fallen man. Amen.

#Glorious Prince of the heavenly hosts and victor over rebellious spirits, be mindful of me who am so weak and sinful and yet so prone to pride and ambition. Lend me, I pray, thy powerful aid in every temptation and difficulty, and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen.

# For Personal Protection
St. Michael, the Archangel! Glorious Prince, chief and champion of the heavenly hosts; guardian of the souls of men; conqueror of the rebel angels! How beautiful art thou, in thy heaven-made armor. We love thee, dear Prince of Heaven!
We, thy happy clients, yearn to enjoy thy special protection. Obtain for us from God a share of thy sturdy courage; pray that we may have a strong and tender love for our Redeemer and, in every danger or temptation, be invincible against the enemy of our souls. O standard-bearer of our salvation! Be with us in our last moments and when our souls quit this earthly exile, carry them safely to the judgment seat of Christ, and may Our Lord and Master bid thee bear us speedily to the kingdom of eternal bliss. Teach us ever to repeat the sublime cry: "Who is like unto God?" Amen.

#For Protection of the Church and Her Members
O glorious St. Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of this Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august Head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive. O glorious Archangel St. Michael, watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the demon, assist us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to face for endless ages. Amen.

Holy Archangel Who Strengthened Our Lord in His Agony
I salute thee, holy Angel who didst comfort my Jesus in His agony, and with thee I praise the most holy Trinity for having chosen thee from among all the holy Angels to comfort and strengthen Him who is the comfort and strength of all that are in affliction. By the honor thou didst enjoy and by the obedience, humility and love wherewith thou didst assist the sacred Humanity of Jesus, my Savior, when He was fainting for very sorrow at seeing the sins of the world and especially my sins, I beseech thee to obtain for me perfect sorrow for my sins; deign to strengthen me In the afflictions that now overwhelm me, and in all the other trials, to which I shall be exposed henceforth and, in particular, when I find myself in my final agony. Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of Angels
A Bernardine Sister was shown in spirit the vast desolation caused by the devil throughout the world, and at the same time she heard the Blessed Virgin telling her that it was true, hell had been let loose upon the earth; and that the time had come to pray to her as Queen of the Angels and to ask of her the assistance of the heavenly legions to fight against these deadly foes of God and of men.
"But my good Mother," she replied, "you who are so kind, could you not send them without our asking?" "No," Our Lady answered, "because prayer is one of the conditions required by God Himself in obtaining favors." Then the Blessed Virgin communicated the following prayer, bidding the Sister to have it printed and distributed:
August Queen of Heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the angels! Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy Legions, that, under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe. Amen.

Prayer of the Church Concerning St. Gabriel
May the offering of our service and the prayer of the blessed Archangel Gabriel be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord; that he whom we venerate on earth, may be our advocate before Thee in heaven. Through Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to St. Gabriel, for Intercession
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

Prayer to St. Gabriel, for Others
O loving messenger of the Incarnation, descend upon all those for whom I wish peace and happiness. Spread your wings over the cradles of the new-born babes, O thou who didst announce the coming of the Infant Jesus.
Give to the young a lily petal from the virginal scepter in your hand. Cause the Ave Maria to re-echo in all hearts that they may find grace and joy through Mary.
Finally, recall the sublime words spoken on the day of the Annunciation-- "Nothing is impossible with God," and repeat them in hours of trial--to all I love--that their confidence in Our Lord may be reanimated, when all human help fails. Amen.

Prayer to St. Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings
#O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy.

#O God who in Thy ineffable goodness hast rendered blessed Raphael the conductor of thy faithful in their journeys, we humbly implore Thee that we may be conducted by him in the way of salvation, and experience his help in the maladies of our souls. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

#Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country.
Remember the weak, you who are strong--you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

The Angels for Travelers
Almighty and merciful God, Who has commissioned O Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of falls and bruises; and finally, having preserved us from of all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Angelic Assistance
Lord Almighty, Creator of all life, Thank You for creating the angels. As dedicated and faithful servants, They instantly act upon Your commands. Please direct Your angels to assist me, Ensuring the accomplishment of Your work, In accordance with Your Divine will always rekindle my mind to remember That Your angels are available to me As restrainers of diabolic obstacles. Thank You Lord for Your auspice! Your kindness is infinitely good!

Guardian Angel Prayer

#Angel Guardian
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

 

#Daily Prayer to Guardian Angel
Angel of God
My guardian dear
To Whom His love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide. Amen

#Guardian Angel from heaven so bright, Watching beside me to lead me aright, Fold thy wings round me, and guard me with love, Softly sing songs to me of heaven above. Amen.

#Holy Guardian Angels (Feast, October 2)
Dear Angel at my side, my good and loyal friend, you have been with me since the moment I was born. You are my own personal guardian, given me by God as my guide and protector, and you will stay with me till I die. He who created you and me gave me to you as your particular charge. You assisted in great joy at my baptism, when I became part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and was made a member of the household of God and an heir of heaven. You saw the dangers that beset my path, and, if I sinned, it was in spite of you. You envied me when Christ came to me in Holy Communion. Even though you probably were there among the angels that adored Him the night that He was born, you have not been able to receive Him as I can. O, help me to appreciate these gifts! Help me to realize, as you do, with every fiber of my being, that to serve Christ is to be a King! Help me steadfastly to avoid evil and do good and always guard my soul from sin. Protect me as well from physical evils as I go about my daily work. You will be with me all my life, and at the hour of my death. Help me to face death bravely, patiently, with great love of God, knowing that it is only through death that I can come to Him in heaven! Then, come with me to my Judge, and when the hour of my salvation comes, take me home to my Father, God. Amen.

#Thanks to My Guardian Angel
O Angel of God, my blessed protector, to whose care I have been committed by my Creator from the moment of my birth, unite with me in thanking the Almighty for having given me a friend, and instructor, an advocate, and a guardian in thee. Accept, O most charitable guide, my fervent thanksgiving for all thou hast done for me; particularly for the charity with which thou didst undertake to accompany me through life; for the joy with which thou wert filled when I was purified in the waters of Baptism; and for thy anxious solicitude in watching over the treasure of my innocence.
Thou know the numberless graces and favors which my Creator has bestowed on me through thee, and the many dangers, both spiritual and temporal from which thou hast preserved me. Thou know how often thou didst deplore my sins, animate me to repentance, and intercede with God for my pardon. Ah! why have I so little merited a continuance of thy zealous efforts for my salvation? Why have I so often stained my soul by sin, and thereby rendered myself unworthy of the presence and protection of an angel, of so pure a spirit as thou art, who never sinned? But as my ingratitude and thoughtlessness have not lessened thy charitable interest for my salvation, so neither shall they diminish my confidence in thy goodness, nor prevent me from abandoning myself to thy care, since God Himself has entrusted thee with the charge of my soul. Penetrated with sorrow for the little progress I have made in virtue, though blessed with such a Master, and sincerely determined to correspond in future with thy exertions for my salvation, I most earnestly entreat thee, O protecting spirit, to continue thy zealous efforts for my eternal interest; to fortify my weakness, to shield me from innumerable dangers of the world and to obtain by thy powerful prayers that my life may rather be shortened, than that I should live to commit a mortal sin.
Remember, O most happy spirit, that it was one act of profound humility, and one transport of ardent love for thy Creator, that caused God to establish thee forever in glory; obtain that those virtues may be implanted in my soul, and that I may seriously endeavor to acquire docility, obedience, gentleness and purity of heart. Conduct me safely through this world of sin and misery; watch over me at the awful hour of my death; perform for my soul the last charitable office of thy mission, by strengthening, encouraging, and supporting me in the agonies of dissolution, and then, as the angel Raphael conducted Tobias safely to his father, do thou, my good angel and blessed guide, return with me to Him who sent thee, that we may mutually bless Him, and publish His wonderful works for a happy eternity. Amen.


#O Holy Angel, attendant of my wretched soul and of mine afflicted life, forsake me not, a sinner, neither depart from me for mine inconstancy. Give no place to the evil demon to subdue me with the oppression of this mortal body; but take me by my wretched and outstretched hand, and lead me in the way of salvation. Yea, O holy Angel of God, the guardian and protector of my hapless soul and body, forgive me all things whatsoever wherewith I have troubled thee, all the days of my life, and if I have sinned in anything this day. Shelter me in this present night, and keep me from every affront of the enemy, lest I anger God by any sin; and intercede with the Lord in my behalf, that He might strengthen me in the fear of Him, and make me a worthy servant of His goodness. Amen.


#My good Angel, Thou comes from heaven; God has sent thee to take care of me. Oh, shelter me under thy wings. Lighten my path, direct my steps. Do not leave me, stay quite near me and defend me against the spirit of evil. But above all come to my help in the last struggle of my life. Deliver my soul so that with thee it may praise, love and contemplate the goodness of God forever and ever. Amen.

#Heavenly Father, Your infinite love for us has chosen a blessed angel in heaven and appointed him our guide during this earthly pilgrimage. Accept our thanks for so great a blessing. Grant that we may experience the assistance of our holy protector in all our necessities. And you, holy, loving angel and guide, watch over us with all the tenderness of your angelic heart. Keep us always on the way that leads to heaven, and cease not to pray for us until we have attained our final destiny, eternal salvation. Then we shall love you for all eternity. We shall praise and glorify you unceasingly for all the good you have done for us while here on earth. Especially be a faithful and watchful protector of our children. Take our place, and supply what may be wanting to us through human frailty, short-sightedness, or sinful neglect. Lighten, O you perfect servants of God, our heavy task. Guide our children, that they may become like unto Jesus, may imitate Him faithfully, and persevere till they attain eternal life. Amen.

A Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels of her children
I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen.

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Prayers Of Saints


Litany of the Saints
Lord, have mercy on us.
CHRIST, have mercy on us.
LORD, have mercy on us.
CHRIST, hear us.
CHRIST, graciously hear us.
GOD, THE FATHER OF HEAVEN, have mercy on us.
GOD THE SON, REDEEMER OF THE WORLD, have mercy on us.
GOD THE HOLY GHOST, have mercy on us.
HOLY TRINITY, ONE GOD, have mercy on us.
HOLY MARY, pray for us.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, pray for us.
HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS, pray for us.
ST. MICHAEL, pray for us.
ST. GABRIEL, pray for us.
ST. RAPHAEL, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY ANGELS AND ARCHANGELS, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY ORDERS OF BLESSED SPIRITS, pray for us.
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, pray for us. ST. JOSEPH, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, pray for us.
ST. PETER, pray for us.
ST. PAUL, pray for us.
ST. ANDREW, pray for us.
ST. JAMES, pray for us.
ST. JOHN, pray for us.
ST. THOMAS, pray for us.
ST. JAMES, pray for us.
ST. PHILIP, pray for us.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW, pray for us.
ST. MATTHEW, pray for us.
ST. SIMON, pray for us.
ST. THADDEUS, pray for us.
ST. BARNABAS, pray for us.
ST. LUKE, pray for us.
ST. MARK, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY APOSTLES AND EVANGELIST, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY DISCIPLES OF OUR LORD, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY INNOCENTS, pray for us.
ST. STEPHEN, pray for us.
ST. LAWRENCE, pray for us.
ST. VINCENT, pray for us.
SS. FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN, pray for us.
SS. JOHN AND PAUL, pray for us.
SS. COSMOS AND DAMIAN, pray for us.
SS. GERVASE AND PROTASE, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY MARTYRS, pray for us.
ST. SYLVESTER, pray for us.
ST. GREGORY, pray for us.
ST. AMBROSE, pray for us.
ST. AUGUSTINE, pray for us.
ST. JEROME, pray for us.
ST. MARTIN, pray for us.
ST. NICHOLAS, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY BISHOPS AND CONFESSORS, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY DOCTORS, pray for us.
ST. ANTHONY, pray for us.
ST. BENEDICT, pray for us.
ST. BERNARD, pray for us.
ST. DOMINIC, pray for us.
ST. FRANCIS, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY PRIEST AND LEVITES, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY MONKS AND HERMITS, pray for us.
ST. MARY MAGDALEN, pray for us.
ST. AGATHA, pray for us.
ST. LUCY, pray for us.
ST. AGNES, pray for us.
ST. CECILIA, pray for us.
ST. CATHERINE, pray for us.
ST. ANASTASIA, pray for us.
ALL YE HOLY VIRGINS AND WIDOWS, pray for us.
ALL YE MEN AND WOMEN, SAINTS OF GOD, make intercession for us.
BE MERCIFUL, spare us, O Lord!
BE MERCIFUL, graciously hear us, O Lord!
FROM ALL EVIL, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM ALL SIN, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM THY WRATH, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM A SUDDEN AND UNPROVIDED DEATH, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM THE DECEITS OF THE DEVIL, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM ANGER, HATRED, AND ALL ILL WILL, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM THE SPIRIT OF FORNICATION, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM LIGHTNING AND TEMPEST, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM THE SCOURGE OF EARTHQUAKE, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM PESTILENCE, FAMINE, AND WAR, O Lord, deliver us.
FROM EVERLASTING DEATH, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THE MYSTERY OF THY HOLY INCARNATION, O Lord, Deliver us.
THROUGH THY COMING, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THY NATIVITY, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THY BAPTISM AND HOLY FASTING, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THY CROSS AND PASSION, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THY DEATH AND BURIAL, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THY HOLY RESURRECTION, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THINE ADMIRABLE ASCENSION, O Lord, deliver us.
THROUGH THE COMING OF THE HOLY GHOST, THE PARACLETE, O Lord, deliver us.
IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, We Sinners beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST SPARE US, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST PARDON US, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO BRING US TO TRUE PENANCE, We Beseech Thee hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO GOVERN AND PRESERVE THY HOLY CHURCH.... We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO PRESERVE OUR APOSTOLIC PRELATE AND ALL ECCLESIASTICAL ORDERS IN HOLY RELIGION. We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO HUMBLE THE ENEMIES OF THY HOLY CHURCH, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCH SAFE TO GIVE PEACE AND TRUE CONCORD TO CHRISTIAN KINGS AND PRINCES, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO GRANT PEACE AND UNITY TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO BRING BACK TO THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH ALL THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AWAY, AND LEAD TO THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL ALL UNBELIEVERS, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO CONFIRM AND PRESERVE US THY HOLY SERVICE, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST LIFT UP OUR MINDS TO HEAVENLY DESIRES, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST RENDER ETERNAL BLESSINGS TO ALL OUR BENEFACTORS, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST DELIVER OUR SOULS AND HOSE OF OUR BRETHREN, RELATIVE, AND BENEFACTORS FROM ETERNAL DAMNATION, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO GIVE AND PRESERVE THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE TO GIVE ETERNAL REST TO ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED, We beseech Thee, hear us.
THAT THOU WOULDST VOUCHSAFE GRACIOUSLY TO HEAR US, We beseech Thee, hear us.
SON OF GOD, We beseech Thee, hear us.
LAMB OF GOD, WHO TAKEST AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, Spare us, O Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, WHO TAKEST AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
LAMB OF GOD, WHO TAKEST AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD, Have mercy on us.
CHRIST, HEAR US.......
CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.......
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.......
CHRIST, HAVE MERCY ON US.......
LORD, HAVE MERCY ON US.......
Our Father, etc, (In Secret.)
V- And Lead Us Not Into Temptation.
R- But Deliver Us From Evil.
Psalm LXIX
Incline unto my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let them be confounded and ashamed that seek my soul.
Let them be turned backward and blush for shame that desire evils to me.
Let them be presently turned away blushing for shame that say to me, "Tis well, 'tis well."
Let all that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation say always, The Lord be magnified. But I am needy and poor: O God, help me.
Thou art my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, make no delay.
Glory Be To The Father, etc.
V- Save Thy servants.
R- Trusting in Thee, O my God.
V- Be unto us, O Lord, a tower a strength.
R- From the face of the enemy.
V- Let not the enemy prevail against us.
R- Nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt us.
V- O Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
R- Neither reward us according to our iniquities.
V- Let us pray for our chief bishop: (name)
R- The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
V- Let us pray for our benefactors.
R- Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all those who do us good.
V- Let us pray for the faithful departed.
R- Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
V- May they rest in peace.
R- Amen.
V- For our absent brethren.
R- Save Thy servants who hope in Thee, O my God.
V- Send them help, O Lord, from Thy holy place.
R- And from Sion protect them.
V- O Lord, hear my prayer.
R- And let my cry come unto Thee.
LET US PRAY:
O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, receive our petition, that we and all Thy servants who are bound by the chain of sin, may, by the compassion of Thy goodness, mercifully be absolved.
Hear, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy supplicants, and pardon the sins of those who confess to Thee, that, in Thy bounty, Thou mayest grant us both pardon and peace.
In Thy clemency, O Lord, show Thy unspeakable mercy to us, that so Thou mayest both loose us from all our sins and deliver us from the punishments which we deserve for them.
O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people, who make supplication to Thee, and turn away the scourges of Thine anger, which we deserve for our sins.
O almighty and eternal God, have mercy on Thy servant (N)., our chief bishop, and direct him according to Thy clemency, in the way of everlasting salvation, that, by Thy grace, he may desire the things that are pleasing to Thee, and perform them with all his strength.
O God, from Whom are all holy desires, righteous counsels, and just works, give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that, our hearts being disposed to keep Thy commandments, and the fear of enemies taken away, the times, by Thy protection, may be peaceful.
Inflame, O Lord, our reins and hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit; that we may serve Thee with a chaste body, and please Thee with a clean heart.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired.
Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by Thy gracious assistance; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be happily ended.
O almighty and eternal God, Who hast dominion over the living and the dead, and art merciful to all who Thou foreknows will be Thine by faith and good works: we humbly beseech Thee that they for whom we have purposed to offer our prayers, whether this present world still detains them in the flesh or the next world hath already received them divested of their bodies, may, by the intercession of Thy saints and the clemency of Thy goodness, obtain pardon and full remission of all their sins. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who live and reign with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R- Amen.
V- O Lord, hear my prayer.
R- And let my cry come unto Thee.
V- May the almighty and merciful Lord graciously hear us.
R- Amen.
V- And my the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R- Amen.

Prayer to all the Saints
Today, dear friends in heaven, we celebrate your feast.
We celebrate again the feasts of all the saints we know,
and whom we honor day by day through the year.
But we also honor today all the saints in heaven
whom we do not know.
We can not help thinking,
on this day,
that no one of us lacks a model to follow in one of you.
We look around us at the familiar persons and things
and activities that fill our every day lives,
and we find that they are little different from the persons,
things, and activities that filled your lives.
We have the same human nature,
wounded by the sin of Adam and Eve,
but strengthened marvelously by grace,
and fed and sanctified by the sacraments and prayer.
We have exactly the same sacraments that you had,
we have the same Christ,
the same Blessed Mother,
the same trials,
sickness, pain, temptation,
the same joys, pleasures,
and happiness that crowded your lives.
Then it must be true that,
with the same means,
we should be able to work out our lives
in the same holiness and sanctity as yours, dear saints.
Help us to do this.
Help us to see the opportunities for holiness
that fill our everyday lives.
Obtain for us, by your prayers,
the deep understanding and appreciation
of spiritual things that were yours.
Help us to see, too,
in the beauty of the world in which we live,
some slight mirroring of the eternal beauty
which you now see,
as you gaze on God.
But let us not be deceived into thinking that this earthly beauty,
this worldly pleasure,
is an end in itself.
Let us use it wisely and moderately,
our hearts always yearning to come at last
to the final beauty and joy,
the possession of God Himself,
with you, in heaven.
Amen.

 

Saint Joseph - Foster father of Jesus, miracle worker

God in His Wisdom chose Joseph a descendant of the house of David to be the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph was a just man, who worked as a carpenter to look after Mary and the holy infant Jesus.
When he was promised in marriage to Mary he discovered that She was already pregnant, so to avoid publicity he wanted to divorced her informally but and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him that Mary had conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and that her son was going to be named Jesus, the Messiah, Emmanuel which means God with us.

Joseph followed the advice of the angel, later on took Mary to Bethlehem for the census. They could not find a place to spend the night except for a stable, this is the place where Jesus was born.

After Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the temple, an angel advised Joseph to flee to Egypt with Mary and her child to be protected from the hatred of Herod. They came back when Herod was dead and at then when Jesus was twelve years old, they lost Jesus for three days but they found him in the temple. Jesus said to Mary and Joseph " Don't you know that I must be in my Father's house?"
Jesus lived with Joseph and Mary, growing in stature and wisdom, obeying them and being a carpenter like his foster father.
Joseph died in the arms of Jesus and Mary that is why he is called the patron of a Happy Death.
His feast is celebrated on the 19th of March. St. Joseph is the patron saint of many religious institutions, He is the patron of the Church, the patron of families, He is the chaste and just man who has great powers of intercession before Jesus his adoptive son and before Mary his spouse.
Wednesday is the special day of the week dedicated to St. Joseph, his devotees are recommended to honor this great saint by some special devotion.
        Preface of St. Joseph (Liturgy)

He is that just man, that wise and loyal servant, whom you placed at the head of your family. With a husband's love he cherished Mary the Virgin Mother of God. With fatherly care he watched over Jesus Christ your Son, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

        Prayer to St Joseph

#Guardian of virgins and Father, Holy Joseph, to whose faithful care Christ Jesus, innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of Virgins, were committed: I pray and beseech Thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that free from all uncleanness, and with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, you make me ever more chastely familiar with Jesus and Mary, all the days of life. Amen.

#Remember us, O Blessed Joseph, and aid us by your powerful intercession with Him who allowed himself to be called your son; make also gracious to us your most Blessed Virgin Spouse, the Mother of Him, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

#O Blessed Saint Joseph, faithful guardian and protector of virgins, to whom God entrusted Jesus and Mary, I implore you by the love which you did bear them, to preserve me from every defilement of soul and body, that I may always serve them in holiness and purity of love. Amen.


#Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Happy Death
O Blessed Joseph, you gave your last breath in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. When the seal of death shall close my life, come with Jesus and Mary to aid me. Obtain for me this solace for that hour - to die with their holy arms around me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul, living and dying, into your sacred arms. Amen.

#To St. Joseph for Protection
Gracious St. Joseph, protect me and my family from all evil as you did the Holy Family. Kindly keep us ever united in the love of Christ, ever fervent in imitation of the virtue of our Blessed Lady, your sinless spouse, and always faithful in devotion to you. Amen.

Saint John the Baptist

He is the one predicted in the book of Isaiah (40:3) "A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make a straight highway in the desert for our God. Son of Zachary, a priest of the order of Abia and of Elizabeth descendent of Aaron. As Zachary was ministering in the Temple, an angel brought him news that Elizabeth would bear a child filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment of his birth. Zachary doubted and was struck dumb until John's birth. John was the cousin of Jesus.

He was a great Prophet. As a predecessor of Jesus he preached a baptism of repentance, he lived a very austere life eating locusts and wild honey, his words attracted many followers who eventually became disciples of Jesus. He baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan and recognized Him as the Messiah. He said: behold " This is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world".

St. John the Baptist was imprisoned by Herod. He was beheaded, and his head was brought to the daughter of Herodias on a platter.
Jesus said of Him, "of all those born of women, there is no other greater than John the Baptist, yet the smallest in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than him. (Mt 11:11)"

Saint John the Apostle - Great evangelist

St. John the Beloved Apostle was the son of Zebedee and Salome.  John and James his brother were fishermen, they were disciples or John the Baptist when they were called by the Lord to follow him and they did. The Lord called them Sons of Thunder.

John sat next to the Lord in the Last Supper and was the only one of the twelve not to forsake the Master in the hour of His Passion, he stood at the foot of the cross. Our Lord entrusted Mary his mother to Him, he took her to his home and protected her. Upon hearing of the Resurrection, he was the first to reach the tomb; when he met the risen Lord at the lake of Tiberias, he was the first to recognize Him.

During the era of the new Church, he worked in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He was first imprisoned with Peter for preaching after Pentecost. He is the author of the fourth Gospel, three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation.
His writings put great emphasis on Jesus as being the Son of God, they reveal that He is the Word of God who became flesh and that anyone who believes in Him will have everlasting life.
 

Saint Paul the Apostle

He was born in Tarsus,Cilicia (modern Turkey) , died martyred c.65 in Rome; beheaded . Saint Paul the Apostle
Saul was a Jew, a Pharisee who hated and persecuted Christians. He approved the death of St Stephen. On his way to Damascus to arrest one group of Christians, he was knocked to the ground and was blinded by a heavenly light, Jesus spoke to him and asked him : "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? He said who are you Lord, the voice answered "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting", Saul said "What do you want me to do Lord", the Lord said "go the city, you will be told what to do".
  The experience had a profound spiritual effect on him, causing his conversion. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul , and began travelling, preaching, and suffering for the sake of the name of Jesus.

(2 Corinthians 11:23-28) As an apostle he was imprisoned, flogged, and many times was near death. Five times he received the forty lashes minus one. Three times he was beaten with rods, once he was stoned, three times he was shipwrecked and for a night and a day he was adrift at sea. He was frequently on dangerous journeys, in danger from rivers, bandits, from his own people and also the gentiles.

He was in danger in the city, in the wilderness, at sea, and from the falsehood of certain brothers and sisters. He was always working hard, through many sleepless nights, he was hungry and thirsty, many times without food, he suffered cold and was naked. Besides all these things he was also under pressure because of the anxiety he fell for all the Churches.

He was finally imprisoned in Rome and was beheaded. 

Saint Peter the Apostle

Also known as Simon and Cephas, his feast is celebrated with St. Paul on the 29 th of June. The feast of the Chair of Peter, which stands for the World Unity of the Church is celebrated on the 22nd of February.

He was a fisherman, brother of Saint Andrew the Apostle who led him to Christ. The Lord gave him the name of "Peter" to indicate that he would be the rock on which the Church would be built.

He had miraculous healing powers, so that people were cured even by his shadow. (Acts 5:15) He was the first Bishop of the Church, we can say that He was the first Pope. He died as a martyr, crucified head downward because he claimed he was not worthy to die in the same manner as the Lord. St. Peter died around 64 A.D.

The Lord said to Simon: (Matthew 16:18-19) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
 

Saint Anne

Good St. Anne, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

He was born in 1696 of nobility in Marianelli near Naples. He died in 1787 in Nocera.
He was one outstanding lawyer in Naples, he would never attend court without having attended Mass first. He became a Priest at the age of 29, and went preaching in the missions and becoming very famous for his wisdom. He Founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Liguorians or Redemptorists). He was named Bishop of Saint Agata dei Gotti. Afflicted with severe rheumatism, he often could barely move nor raise his chin from his chest. He vowed never to waste a moment of his life, and lived till the age of  90. He is a respected Doctor of the Church, author of many books.

Saint Anthony of Padua

Anthony came from a wealthy family, his parents wanted him to be a great nobleman, but for the sake of Christ he gave up riches and became a  Franciscan priest.
Anthony was a man of a pure heart, the child Jesus appeared to Him, embraced him and kissed him. He always kept that purity of soul.
Anthony was very humble, one day he was asked to preach and he did it in such extraordinary way, that he was asked to travel as a missionary and to preach the gospel. His sermons attracted big crowds, many were converted by his words.

He is called the Wonder worker, one of the most beloved of saints. His images and statues are found everywhere. He is a Doctor of the Church. The remains of his body are kept in Padua, his tongue was preserved incorruptible as a sign of God for the purity of his words.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Also Known As aka Aurelius Augustinus. His father was a pagan who wanted him to be an intellectual; his mother was Saint Monica, a devout Christian who wanted him to be a man of God, she prayed many years for his conversion.

He despised the good counsel of his mother and left home at the age of 15 to live with a Cathaginian woman until the age of 30, he had a Son that he named Adeotadus.

During all this time, Augustine fell into theological errors including being a Manichaean for several years.

He was baptized at the age of thirty three by St. Ambrose, then he became a Priest and later the Bishop of Hippo in North America. 

He wrote many books, including his Confessions. He is most remembered for this line: "Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you."

Saint Bernadette

She was the oldest of six children in the very poor family of Francois and Louise Casterot.

On 11 February 1858, around the time of her first Communion, she was gathering firewood with her sisters when a beautiful lady appeared to her in a cave. She appeared a total of 18 times.

During the apparitions Bernadette was persecuted by the authorities and also by her family. Before the last apparition the Lady said to her " I am the Immaculate Conception" ,she asked her to pray for sinners and to have a Chapel built near the grotto.  After the last apparition a spring  of miraculous waters sprang from the ground.
A great basilica was built in that place, where millions of pilgrims honor Our Lady every year. Bernadette became a nun and died at the age of thirty six,

Saint Benedict

He was born in Rome in 480, of noble family he was the twin brother of St. Scholastica. He studied in Rome but left School because he didn't agree with his fellow students conduct.

He became a hermit in the mountains near Subiaco, living there for three years; it is said that he was fed by a raven. His virtues impressed religious men who requested him to lead them.

Together with his monks, they built the monastery at Monte Cassino, where he wrote the Rule of his order. His discipline was very strict, some discontented monks tried to poison him, but he blessed the cup and survived the attack. Eventually he established 12 monasteries.

He had the ability to read souls, he prophesied and was a very strong enemy of the devil.

His order was based on hard work and discipline, teaching and practicing charity. His monks were great teachers of Europe, called the Benedictines.

St. Benedict's main rule was: "Pray and work."
The medal of Saint Benedict blessed by a priest is known to deter the powers of evil as in storms, poisons, pestilence, legions of demons, etc.
When you use this medal you call upon his intercession. It has been a Catholic custom to place St. Benedict's medal or the miraculous medal or Our Lady around the house to encircle it with heavenly protection.

Saint Catherine of Siena

She was the youngest child in a large family. At the age of 6 she had a vision in which Jesus appeared and blessed her. Her parents wanted her to marry, but she became a Dominican Tertiary.
She was a mystic and received the stigmata. She had vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring.
She acted as a Counsellor to Pope Gregory XI and Pope Urban VI.
She received many visions and enjoyed conversations with the Heavenly Father.

Saint Catherine of Genoa - Doctrine on Purgatory

She was born in Genoa in 1447, and died in 1510

Of a noble family she grew up very inclined to holiness, at the age of sixteen she was given in marriage by her parents to Giuliano Adorno, and she suffered with a very difficult marriage that lasted until her husband died ten years later.

At the age of twenty six she had a great spiritual experience in which she was shown her soul the way God sees it. As a result she began a dialogue between her soul and her humanity. Guided by the Holy Spirit, she wrote what the soul experiences in Purgatory. She lived her life as a soul in purgatory , as she was being purified;  she wrote her doctrine on Purgatory.

The "Dialogue," long generally accepted as Catherine's own account of her spiritual life, has been allowed by the highest authorities to embody, with her "Treatise on Purgatory," the saint's doctrine. These two treatises and the earliest biography, translated into several languages, spread that doctrine and devotion to her throughout the Catholic world in the centuries between her death and her canonization. The bull which canonized her alludes to the "Dialogue" as an exposition of her doctrine: "In her admirable "Dialogue" she depicts the dangers to which a soul bound by the flesh is exposed."

She practiced charity during her life and helped people in a hospital.

Saint Catherine Laboure - Miraculous medal

She was the ninth of eleven children born to a country family, very religious from her early age. She refused many offers of marriage saying that she had found her bridegroom the day she had received Holy Communion.

One day while visiting the sick at a Hospital run by the Sisters of Charity, she heard a voice coming from the picture of Saint Vincent the Paul. She heard " My child, it is a very beautiful thing to take care of the sick. God is asking something from you."

She became a nun and dedicated her life to serve Christ in the poor and sick.

On 18 July 1830 she had a vision of Our Lady who described to her a medal which she wished to be made. On one side it has the image of Our Lady, and the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee"; on the other are the hearts of Jesus and Mary. Our Lady told Catherine that wearers of the medal would receive great graces, it has become known as the Miraculous Medal, and its wearing and devotion has spread worldwide.

Saint Clare of Assisi

She came from a noble family. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, she confided to him her desire to live for God, the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday 1212 the bishop presented her with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign from God. Clare and her cousin Pacifica ran away from her mother's palace during the night. At the Altar of Our Lady, St Francis cut off her hair during a ceremony in which she gave herself to God as a religious, in the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi.

Later she founded the Order of "Poor Clares" at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through men; a lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare's mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of prayer, poverty and silence.

Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. According to those who knew her, she was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, and chivalrous. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who'd kicked off their covers. She daily meditated on the Passion. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morocco in 1221, she tried to go there to become a martyr herself, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrance at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left. Toward the end of her life, when the was too ill to attend Mass, an image of the service would be displayed on the wall of her cell; thus she is called the patroness of television. She was ever the close friend and spiritual student of Francis, who apparently led her soul into the light.

Saint Dymphna

Daughter of a pagan Irish chieftain named Damon, and a beautiful devoted Christian woman. Her mother died when Dymphna was fourteen.

Her father became mentally afflicted by the loss of his wife, so he went in search of a woman to replace her. Not having found anyone, he decided to marry Dymphna. She fled in fear with St. Gerebran who was her confessor and with two other friends.

Her father was furious and went to search for her, when he found them in Belgium, he ordered that the priest was beheaded, then on being rejected by his daughter he struck off her head. She died instantly, she was fifteen then.

The site where she died is known for its miraculous healings of the insane and possessed. There is now a well-known institution on the site, and her relics are reported to cure insanity and epilepsy. She is the Patroness of the mentally ill.

Saint  Faustina

The process culminating in the canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska, commenced twenty seven years after her death in Krakow Poland, in 1938.

As part of the process leading to her canonization, two cases of miraculous healings were presented for consideration. The first one was the healing of Maureen Digan of Massachusetts. The second miracle was the healing of a congenital heart condition of Fr. Pytel after prayers done by members of his parish during the anniversary of Sr. Faustina's death on October 5 1995.

On April 18, 1993 the Feast of Divine Mercy Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter), Pope John Paul II elevated Sister Faustina to the status of Blessed during the Beatification of this Venerable Servant of God, a day when St. Peter's Square was packed with enthusiastic Divine Mercy devotees.

On March 10, 2000 at 11:30 a.m., during the celebration of sext, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, an ordinary public consistory for several causes of canonization was held, in the presence of the Holy Father.

In 1997 Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to Sister Faustina's tomb in Poland, he called her the "the great apostle of Divine Mercy in our day." The Pope said at her tomb, "The message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me..., in a sense it forms the image of my Pontificate."

Sister Faustina was canonized on April 30, 2000 the first Sunday after Easter, on Divine Mercy Sunday.

She was honored by becoming the first saint of this millenium, giving thus great emphasis to the Divine Mercy Devotion. 

Saint Francis of Assisi

He was born in Assisi, Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone, He died on the 3rd of October 1226 in Portiuncula, Italy.
His father was a rich cloth merchant but Francis despised riches and wanted to become poor like the Lord. He left home and dressed in shepherd clothes, he began to preach about the goodness of God, about purity and about being detached from the riches of the world.
He met Christ when he embraced a leper, then he knew that God would be found in the poor and the outcast, since then his life was dedicated to the poor and the sick.
He attracted a group of young people who followed him all the way to Rome. He obtained permission from the Pope to found the Franciscans, a community based on Francis principles.
He praised God the Creator and wanted everyone to praise Him. He loved creation so much that he would talk to all creatures, he composed canticles to God and the Canticle of Creation. When he addressed the sun and the moon he would call them brother sun and sister moon. He used to call his body brother donkey because the body is very stubborn.
In 1212 he met Clare and assisted her to found the religious order of the Poor Clares. One day while praying in profound meditation before the crucifix he received the stigmata in 1224.
 
        Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your Peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
where there is doubt, faith,
where there is despair, hope,
where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
in pardoning that we are pardoned
and in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

        Saint Francis blessing:

May the Lord bless us and keep us,
may He show his face to us and have mercy on us,
may He turn his countenance towards us
and give us Peace.
 

Saint Francis Xavier

He was born in 1506 at Javier, Spain, he died on December 2 1552 in  Sancian, China of a disease he contracted during his missionary work.
Born in Spain of noble parents, he studied and became a teacher of  philosophy at the University of Paris. Together with Saint Ignatius of Loyola and four other young men, they founded the Society of Jesus ''The Jesuits".

As a priest he traveled to India, Japan and China, he was a very powerful evangelizer and is said to have caused the conversion of entire cities.
 

Saint John Bosco

As a boy, John was very religious and wanted to share his spirituality with other boys, so he would learn tricks from the circus performers and then he would gather boys for a show, after the show he would speak about the homily he had heard in Church.

While he studied, he tried different trades in order to gather money to go to College and to the Seminary; eventually he became a Priest.

He would organize places to meet with young people, he entertained them first and then he would evangelize them.

He founded the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.) "the Salesians", priests who educate and care for boys, under the protection of Our Lady Help of Christians, and Saint Francis de Sales.

His order grew into other countries to continue the great work of caring and instructing the youth. He also founded the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Joseph's father, Felice Desa was a poor carpenter who died before Joseph was born. Creditors drove his mother, Francesca Panara, from her home, and Joseph was born in a stable. Starting at age 8, Joseph received ecstatic visions that left him gaping and staring into space. He had a hot temper, which his strict mother worked to overcome.

Apprenticed to a shoemaker, at 17 Joseph applied for admittance to the Friars Minor Conventuals, but was refused due to his lack of education. He applied to the Capuchins, was accepted as a lay-brother in 1620, but his ecstasies made him unsuitable for work, and he was dismissed. Abused by his family, he continued his prayers, and was accepted as an oblate at the Franciscan convent near Cupertino. His virtues were such that he became a cleric at 22, a priest at 25. Joseph still had little education, could barely read or write, but received such a gift of spiritual knowledge and discernment that he could solve intricate questions.

His life became a series of visions and ecstasies, which could be triggered any time or place by the sound of a church bell, church music, the mention of the name of God or of the Blessed Virgin or of a saint, any event in the life of Christ, the sacred Passion, a holy picture, the thought of the glory in heaven, etc. Yelling, beating, pinching, burning, piercing with needles - none of this would bring him from his trances, but he would return to the world on hearing the voice of his superior in the order. He would often levitate and float (which led to his patronage of people involved in air travel), and could hear heavenly music.

Even in the 17th century, there was interest in the unusual, and Joseph's ecstasies in public caused both admiration and disturbance in the community. For 35 years he was not allowed to attend choir, go to the common refectory, walk in procession, or say Mass in church. To prevent making a spectacle, he was ordered to remain in his room with a private chapel. He was brought before the Inquisition, and sent from one Capuchin or Franciscan house to another. But Joseph retained his joyous spirit, submitting to Divine Providence, keeping 7 Lents of 40 days each year, never letting his faith be shaken.

Saint John Mary Vianney, the Cure of Ars

He was born in 1786 in Dardilly, Lyons, France, died in 1859.
He was raised in the country in a humble peasant family. He had many difficulties in learning, but he taught other children how to pray and to learn the catechism.
It was very difficult for him to become a Priest since he had so many problems in learning, but he was a holy man whose inability to learn was compensated by  the Wisdom of God. He was assigned to the parish of Ars, a town of 250 people who were not very good Catholics. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor. He would spend days in prayer, doing penance for them.
 His main concern was to save sinners, God gifted him with a very powerful message in his sermons that would convert his listeners. He had the gift of reading souls in confession and because of this love for souls the devil would torment him at night, by shaking his bed and setting it on fire.
 Thousands would come from everywhere to hear him preach, and to have a confession with him. He served God as a priest for 40 years and is called the patron saint of parish priests.

Saint John of the Cross

He was born in 1542 in Fontiveros, Spain in poverty. During his youth, he cared for the poor in the hospital in Medina. He became a lay Carmelite brother at 21, there he practice penance and was admired by his superiors who sent him to study at Salamanca.

After he was ordained a Priest, he learned much from St Teresa of Avila who persuaded him to begin the Discalced or barefoot reform within the Carmelite Order, he then took the name John of the Cross.

His reforms were too strict and not fully accepted by his brothers at first, because of this he was imprisoned, but escaped after 9 months.

He was a great contemplative and spiritual writer. Doctor of the Church. He died in 1591 in Ubeda

"Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing."

Saint Joan of Arc

She was born in 1412 in Greux-Domremy, Lorraine, France.

Her name means God is gracious. She was one of five children born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romee. As a young girl, she used to help in the farm, from the age of thirteen she received visions from Saint Margaret of Antioch, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, and Saint Michael the Archangel.

When she was seventeen she heard the voice of God asking her to save France. She went to the king and asked for soldiers to join her in a small army, the King accepted her help as coming from God and entrusted her with the mission of driving out the enemies of France.

Her victories from 23 February 1429 to 23 May 1430 brought Charles VII to the throne. But she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English for 10 thousand francs. Tried by an ecclesiastical court, she was executed as a heretic. She died the 31st of May 1431 in Rouen, France; burned alive for her holy patriotic work. She was beatified in 1909, canonized in 1920.

She is the Patroness of France and Soldiers.

Saint Jude

#Most holy Apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered the beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore you, of this particular privilege accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help, where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with you and all the elect forever.
I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
#St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. Amen.

Saint Lucy

She was born c.283 in Syracuse, Sicily, and died martyred c.304 in Syracuse, her relics are scattered in churches throughout Europe. Her name means light; bringer of light.
She offered her life to Christ and had many temptations against her purity, but she insisted that she was a temple of the Holy Spirit and that she would always keep herself pure.
She was offered by her mother in marriage to a pagan, at a time when the Church was being persecuted. Paschasius the rejected bridegroom denounced her as a Christian and she was convicted to be martyred for her faith.
During the attempts to her life they took her eyes out, they tried to burn her to death and they also tried to stab her to death. She died finally when a priest came to give her Holy Communion. Her vision was restored before her death and she became a saint that intercedes for eye diseases.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

She was born in 1647 in L'Hautecourt, Burgundy, France, she died on  October 17 1690.
She was healed from a crippling disease during a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who prompted her to give her life to God. After receiving a vision of Jesus after he was scourged, she was moved to join the Order of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial.

She had great devotion for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Between 1673 and 1675 Our Lord appeared to her during several occasions and revealed the 12 promises for those who practiced a true to devotion to His Sacred Heart, whose crown of thorns represent his sacrifices.

Thanks to the revelations in those promises, Catholics have grown in devotion to the Sacred Heart and they have gained many spiritual rewards through the devotion of the Nine first Fridays.

Saint Martin de Porres

He was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579 and died in 1639. Born of a Spanish father and an Indian mother from Panama.

 During his youth he worked for a surgeon-barber, where he learned about medicine and about caring for those who were sick and injured. He entered the Dominican Friary at Lima when He was fifteen, he spent the rest of his life there.

He was so humble that they made him do all the simple jobs, that is why he always is portrayed carrying a broom. He was given many gifts by God, among them to be able to talk to animals.

On one occasion they were going to exterminate the vermin in the monastery but he arranged for them to stay in a barn where he would look after them. He could make peace between cats and dogs, and between cats and mice. He received the gift of healing sick people, the gift of bilocation and many other gifts of wisdom.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe

He was born on January 7, 1894 in Zdunska Wola, Poland.
After suffering tuberculosis during his youth, he was a frail man for the rest of his life. He became a Doctor of Theology and founded the Immaculate Movement. He spread his movement through a magazine promoting Marian Spirituality was called The Knight of the Immaculate.

He became a Franciscan Priest. During his missionary work he was in Japan, but because or his poor health returned to Poland.

In 1941 he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. There he cared for the fellow prisoners and celebrated masses in secret. Eventually there was an occasion in which some men were chosen to die in reprisal for a prisoner's escape, St. Maximilliam offered his life to take the place of a young married man with children.

He was put to death along with the other prisoners to die a slow death through starvation. He died after two weeks of suffering.

Saint Patrick

The apostle of Ireland was born in Scotland in the year 387, He died around 461-464 at Saul, County Down, Ireland.
His feast is celebrated on March 17 when by tradition people wear green meaning the color of shamrock. (A reminder of the Holy Trinity)
Captured when he was 16, he was sent to Ireland as a slave. He was a shepherd for six years but finally he escaped. He heard a voice that asked him to return to Ireland, so he went to Rome to become a priest and asked the Pope Saint Celestine to send him back. He was made a Bishop, then evangelized in England and finally in Ireland. As a result of his preaching the people of Ireland were converted and the country became the land of many saints.
He illustrated the mystery of the Holy Trinity in the leaf of shamrock. He said "There is only one God" and "Three divine persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit", even as there are three leaves on the stem of one shamrock, there are three persons in One God.
 

Saint Peregrine " The Cancer Saint "

He was born in Forli, Italy around 1265. At the time, Forli was governed by the Pope as part of the Papal States. Peregrine grew up in a family which was actively involved in the opposition or anti-papal party. Forli was a stronghold of anti-papal party activism. Because of this anti-papal political activity, the city was under the church penalty of interdict. This meant that Mass and the Sacraments could not be celebrated in the city. St. Philip Benizi, the Prior General of the Servants of Mary was sent to Forli to preach the reconciliation of the city and the removal of the penalty. Young Peregrine was so intense in his political fervor that he heckled Philip during the preaching and at one point Peregrine struck St. Philip.

The moment of striking St. Philip seemed to drastically change Peregrine. He began to channel his energies into good works and eventually he joined the Servants of Mary and pronounced his vows in the Servite Priory in Siena, Italy. He was about 30 years old. Peregrine then returned to Forli, where he spent the rest of his life. The best information indicates that he was not a priest, but a choir brother, who undertook an apostolate among the people of Forli. He especially dedicated himself to the sick, the poor and the fringe people of society. He also imposed a special penance on himself-to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. This led to varicose veins. The varicose veins deteriorated into an open, running sore on his leg. The open, running sore was diagnosed as cancer. The wound became so obvious, odorous and painful that the local surgeon scheduled surgery to amputate the leg.

Suddenly Peregrine was confronted with the ugliness and suffering of his own life. He had given himself to people in similar situations and then found he must lean on his own faith in the goodness of God. The night before the operation he prayed before the image of the crucified Christ in the priory chapter room. At the age of 60 he was challenged to carry a new and more difficult cross. His prayer led him into a deep trance-like sleep during which he envisioned the crucified Christ leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awakened from the trance of prayer, he discovered the wound healed and the leg saved.

St. Peregrine lived 20 more years. He died on May 1, 1345 at the age of 80. He was canonized on December 27, 1726. He has been named the Patron Saint for those who suffer from cancer. The people of Forli chose him to be the Patron Saint of their city. His feast day is celebrated on May 4.

Saint Pius X

Also known as the Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, he was born in a poor family of eight children, his father was a shoe maker.

He Studied at Padua and was helped by two parish priests to become a priest. After ordination he was the parish priest in a small town in the Italian mountains, then he was Bishop of Mantua and later became a Cardinal.

 He was elected Pope in 1903. Issued decrees on early and frequent communion, His teaching was "Love God and live Christian lives".

 He reorganized the Roman curia and initiated the codification of canon law. This is written in his Will: "I was born poor; I lived poor; I wish to die poor." He is the author of the Catechism of Pius X.

Saint Philomena

During excavations on the ancient Catacomb of St. Priscilla in Rome on May 25, 1802, they came across a well preserved tomb which had inscribed the words LUMENA /PAXTE/CUMFI on three different tiles. Reorganizing these words a new phrase takes meaning saying clearly PAX TECUM, FILUMENA (Peace be with you Philomena), also inscribed on the tiles were symbols: a lily, arrows, an anchor and a lance, which would appear to indicate virginity and martyrdom.

The tomb contained the remains of a young girl aged between twelve and thirteen, next to a vial of her dried blood, she died approximately  17centuries earlier, the contents were sent to the treasury of rare collections of Christian Antiquity at the Vatican.
In 1805 a Neapolitan priest, Don Francesco di Lucia, requested the relics of the martyr and after receiving them officially, was granted permission to enshrine them in his village church at Mugnano. (Italy, near Naples)
Favors began to occur through the intercession of the martyred virgin, whose story was revealed to three different persons, a nun, a priest and an artisan. The three identical stories relate to her martyrdom, for protecting her virginity.
In 1837, Pope Gregory XVI, who had personally witnessed the miraculous recovery of Ven. Pauline Jaricot, was responsible for Philomena's canonization and her place on the Calendar on August 11.  He gave St. Philomena the title of "Patroness of the Living Rosary".

 Pope Leo XIII  raised the Confraternity of St. Philomena to the rank of archconfraternity and approved the wearing of her Cord, attaching to it indulgences and privileges.
Pius IX also showed her a special devotion and made her "Patroness of the
Children of Mary" in 1849.

In 1854, Rome approved a Proper Mass and Office in St. Philomena's honor.

 

Many favors and miracles have been granted by the saint to her devotees, among them the Cure of Ars, St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, St. Peter Chanel.

 

St Philomena's story, however, is a very tragic one, not only because of her martyrdom for preserving our holiest Christian values, but because of what has been done to her in the light of all revelation and of her proven sanctity. Despite the reputable testimony of Popes and Saints, despite hundreds of proven miracles through the intercession of St Philomena, the enemy has crept into our Catholic Church leading it by rationalism, permitting accusations of Church authorities to cloud the image of this most beloved saint. One of them claimed that the ampule of blood was found outside the tomb, another that Philomena was "in pretense a Saint, but in reality she is neither a saint, nor a Virgin, nor a Martyr, nor a Philomena" .....

On March 29, 1961 the Sacred Congregation of Rites issued the following liturgical directive, which was recorded  in the Acts of the Apostolic See: "But the Feast of St. Philomena, Virgin and Martyr (August 11th), should be removed from every calendar whatsoever."

Although this directive from the Church never denied Philomena's sainthood nor prohibited private devotions to her, it was a sad day for Christ's Church, founded on his blood and strengthened by the blood of the martyrs.
Let us keep in our hearts the praises of the popes and saints who testify on her behalf. In the words of St John Vianney, the Curé of Ars: "Her virginity and generosity in embracing heroic martyrdom has rendered her so agreeable to God that He will never refuse anything that she asks for us."
In the words of Fr. Paul O'Sullivan : "What then must be thought of a devotion that Pope after Pope has not only sanctified by His supreme authority, but recommended by His own personal example and love?"

St Philomena certainly has many enemies, the most notorious of course is the devil, during an exorcism, some demons confessed that, "Our accursed enemy is this great Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena. Devotion to her is a new and terrible warfare to hell."
St Philomena may rightly echo the words of our Lord (John 10:32), "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?"

Peace be with you Saint Philomena.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard

He was born on  February 4, 1811 at La Mure, France , he died in 1868.
As a Parish priest he founded the Congregation of Priests of the Blessed Sacrament and a sister congregation for women. He was a friend of Saint John Mary Vianney.

He is known for his profound devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
In his words:

How kind is our Sacramental Jesus! He welcomes you at any hour of the day or night. His love never knows rest. He is always most gentle towards you. When you visit Him, He forgets your sins and speaks only of His joy, His tenderness and His love. By the reception He gives to you, one would think He has need of you to make Him happy.

Go to your adoration as one would go to Heaven, to the Divine Banquet. Tell yourself, "in four hours, in two hours, in one hour, Our Lord will give me an audience of Grace and Love. He has invited me, He is waiting for me, He is longing for me".

Saint Rita of Cascia

She was born in 1386 in Roccaparena, Umbria, Italy and died on May 22. 1457. She is known as the Advocate of the impossible.

Rita always wanted to enter a convent, but at the age of 12 they arranged a marriage for her, she submitted obediently to her parents and then to her husband who was a very ill-tempered and abusive man.

She endured a marriage of eighteen years until the death of her husband who was stabbed to death. Thanks to her prayers he converted before he died. Soon afterwards, her two sons died and she was left alone.

She joined the Convent of the Agustinian nuns and lived a life of perfect obedience and charity. She was very devoted to the sufferings of Christ, one day she prayed to suffer the same as Christ and the Lord rewarded her with a thorn on her forehead.

She suffered with that wound for fifteen years until she died. The wound healed then.

Saint Rose of Lima

She was born in 1586 in Lima, Peru. Died in August 24 1617, the daughter of Spanish immigrants to the New World.

A beautiful girl and devoted daughter, she was so devoted to her vow of chastity, she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion so she would not be attractive. She was offered marriage by a very rich man, but she refused because she wanted to live for Jesus only.

She had to work very hard in order to help her parents when they lost their fortune, she also cared for the poor.

Because of her purity  and charity the holy infant Jesus appeared to her several times to tell her how pleased God is with those who are merciful.

She is the first saint born in South America. She had great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena.

Saint Therese of Lisieux, " of the child Jesus "

Also known as Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower or the Little Flower of Jesus. She was born in 1873 in Alcon, Normandy, France; she died on  September 30, 1897 at Lisieux, France; of tuberculosis at the age of twenty four.
She was cured from an illness when she was 8 years old, when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. She became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15. Her path to God and holiness consisted in "The Little Way," which is love and trust in God even in the smallest acts of faith, hope and love. Many miracles have been attributed to her. She was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.

Saint Teresa of Avila

She was born in 1515 as Teresa Capeda de Ahumada in Avila, Castile. She died on October 4 October 1582 in Alba de Tormes.
The daughter of Spanish noble parents, she grew up reading the lives of the saints and playing at "hermit" in the garden. Crippled by disease in her youth, she was cured after prayers to Saint Joseph. Her mother died when Teresa was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement.

She became a Carmelite nun at 17. After that she founded several convents She was a mystic, very passionately dedicated to God, she is the author of several books including "Way of Perfection" a book of maxims and counsels for all the daughters and sisters in religion belonging to her convents, a true expression of Teresa's spirituality.

Quoting from her writings: "Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough."
"I mean that the King of Glory will not come to our souls-- that is, so as to be united with them -- unless we strive to gain the greatest virtues."

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas

He was born c.1225 in Roccasecca, Aquino, Naples, Italy. He died on March 7, 1274 in Fossanuova near Terracina, aged 47. His relics are kept at Saint-Servin, Toulouse, France.

Descendant of a noble family, he wanted to join the dominicans but found great opposition from his family, he was even imprisoned for wanting to give his life to God.

Eventually he joined the order and became a priest. They sent him to study in Germany and France.

He became a doctor in Theology and wrote the Summa Theologica. He is the author of many hyms and also parts of the Catholic Liturgy. Pope Leo VIII commanded that his teachings be studied by all theology students.

Saint Vincent de Paul

He was born in 1581 near Ranquine, Gascony near Dax, southwest France. He died in Paris in 1660. His body remains incorrupt. He became a Priest at the age of 20, he was later captured by Turkish pirates who sold him into slavery. When he converted his second Master, he was freed.

As a Parish Priest working near Paris, he organized groups to assist the poor, to care for the sick, to find job for the unemployed, etc. He founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity with Louise de Marillac. He also instituted the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists).

His work of Charity continues today with the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul.

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 Prayer to Pope, Bishop, Clergy.

Prayer for Pope
#May the Lord preserve our Holy Father Pope (mention his name here), give him life, and make him blessed upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies. LET US PRAY: O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, in Thy mercy look down upon Thy servant, (mention his name here), whom Thou hast appointed to preside over Thy Church, and grant we beseech Thee that both by word and example he may edify those who are under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may attain life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
#O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, 
mercifully look upon Thy servant _________, 
whom Thou hast chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Thy Church; 
grant him, we beseech Thee, so to edify, both by word and example, 
those over whom he hath charge, that he may attain unto everlasting life, 
together with the flock committed unto him. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
#All praise and glory are Yours, Lord Jesus: 
You have made us Your body, Your Church,
And help us to bear fruit for our heavenly Father.
You chose St. Peter as the rock, And sent him to feed Your flock
And to strengthen his brothers and sisters, Continue to help Your Church
Through the guidance of our Pope, And keep us faithful in Your service.
Jesus, our brother, You are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
# Decreased POPE .God, Who, in Thine ineffable providence, didst will that
 Thy servant N... ..should be numbered among the high priests, grant, 
we beseech Thee, that he, who on earth held the place of Thine only-begotten Son, 
may be joined forevermore to the fellowship of Thy holy pontiffs. 
Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who live and reign with Thee 
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for the Bishop
Heavenly Father, in these trying times when the spirit of the age threatens Christian values, give our bishop holiness of life and wisdom to direct and guide our (arch) diocesan family so that we may grow in your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Priests 
#Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord, keep them, for they are Thine - Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine. Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart; when earthly pleasures tempt, allure - shelter them in Thy heart. Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain, when all their lives of sacrifice for souls seems but in van. Keep them, and O remember, Lord, they have no one but Thee, yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty. Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress; their every thoughts and word and deed, Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
#Eternal God, please bless our priests, who represent you on this earth. 
Make them more greatly aware of the grace that you pour out through them 
when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with 
You after each and every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, 
who shepherd your flock, when they are in doubt of their faith, 
that they may be examples of your Truth and guide us always on the path to you. 
We ask these things of You our Eternal Priest. Amen.
#Divine Saviour Jesus Christ, 
Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. 
Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests 
who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken 
the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling.  
Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude 
with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost!  
Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace 
which emanates from Thine all-merciful love!  
Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin 
and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. Amen.

Religious Brothers and Sisters
Heavenly Father, in your wisdom you have called certain women and men to a life of special consecration so that in prayerful observance of a lifestyle of poverty, chaste celibacy and obedience, they might be witnesses to us that as St. Paul says, "our true citizenship is in heaven." Give them, Lord, the grace of joy and perseverance in their holy vocation. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Prayer for Unity Of the Church
O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify You; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Christian Unity
#Eternal Father, we praise you for sending your Son to be one of us and to save us. Look upon your people with mercy, for we are divided in so many ways, and give us the Spirit of Jesus to make us one in love. We ask this gift, loving Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
#Jesus Christ, our Lord and our brother, you have called us to be your one Church.
Make us one in our faith and hope, and one in our loving service.
Make us one in worship and in daily living.
Lord Jesus, send your Spirit to make us one as you want us to be.
We ask this, Jesus, for you are our Lord and our saviour for ever. Amen.

"Acts of" Prayers

 

Act of Adoration
Jesus, my God, I adore You, here present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, where You wait day and night to be our comfort while we await Your unveiled presence in heaven. Jesus, my God, I adore You in all places where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and where sins are committed against this Sacrament of Love. Jesus, my God, I adore You for all time, past, present and future, for every soul that ever was, is or shall be created. Jesus, my God, who for us has endured hunger and cold, labor and fatigue, I adore You. Jesus, my God, who for my sake has deigned to subject Yourself to the humiliation of temptation, to the perfidy and defection of friends, to the scorn of Your enemies, I adore You. Jesus, my God, who for us has endured the buffeting of Your passion, the scourging, the crowning with thorns, the heavy weight of the cross, I adore You. Jesus, my God, who, for my salvation and that of all mankind, was cruelly nailed to the cross and hung there for three long hours in bitter agony, I adore You. Jesus, My God, who for love of us did institute this Blessed Sacrament and offer Yourself daily for the sins of men, I adore You. Jesus, my God, who in Holy Communion became the food of my soul, I adore You. Jesus, for You I live. Jesus, for You I die. Jesus, I am Yours in life and death. Amen.

Act of Charity
O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul because you are all good and worthy of all my love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
 

Act of Confidence
My soul, dilate thy heart; thy Jesus can give thee every good gift; He loves thee ardently. Hope, then, for great favors from this Lord, Who, through an impulse of love, comes to thee all love.  Yes, my Jesus, my hope, I trust in Thy goodness, that in giving Thyself to me this morning, Thou wilt kindle in my poor soul the flames of Thy pure love, and of an ardent desire to please Thee, that, from this day forward, I may wish only what Thou wisest.

Act of Consecration to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, I consecrate myself today anew and without reserve to your divine Heart. I consecrate to you my body with all its senses, my soul with all its faculties, my entire being. I consecrate to you all my thoughts, words and deeds, all my sufferings and labors, all my hopes, consolations and joys. In particular I consecrate to you this poor heart of mine so that it may love only you and may be consumed as a victim in the fire of your love.
I place my trust in you without reserve and I hope for the remission of my sins through your infinite mercy. I place within your hands all my cares and anxieties. I promise to love you and to honor you till the last moment of my life, and to spread, as much as I can, devotion to your most Sacred Heart.
Do with me what you will, my Jesus. I deserve no other reward except your greater glory and your holy love. Take this offering of myself and give me a place within your divine Heart forever. Amen.

Act of Consecration to Saint Joseph
O dearest Saint Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honor and give myself to you, that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and fervent love of the interior life. After your example may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. O Blessed Saint Joseph, pray for me, that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Holy Family
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according to the divine pattern of Thy family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.
Mary,
dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by the kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus,
and obtain for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph,
most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, help us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.
(Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory 3 times.)
Amen.


Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, Speak Lord, for Thy servant hearth. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce forever Satan, his pomp's and works, and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as they slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future, leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of Sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thy Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life: all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts, and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families and our country. We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee and may share in the benefits of thy motherly blessing. And, that this act of consecration may be truly fruitful and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our First Holy Communion. We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics, who are submissive to all directions of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him. We pledge ourselves to keep the Commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day. We pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an important part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able to do. Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the spreading of devotion to thy Immaculate Heart, in order to hasten and assure, through the queenly rule of thy Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thy adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country, and in all the world, as in Heaven, so on earth. Amen.

Act of Consecration to the Trinity
O everlasting and Triune God, I consecrate myself wholly to you today. Let all my days offer you ceaseless praise, My hands move to the rhythm of your impulses, My feet be swift in your service, My voice sing constantly of you, My lips proclaim your message, My eyes perceive you everywhere, And my ears be attuned to your  inspirations. May my intellect be filled with your wisdom, My will be moved by your beauty, My heart be enraptured with your love, And my soul be flooded with your grace. Grant that every action of mine be done For your greater glory. And the advancement of my salvation. Amen.

Act of Contrition
#O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.
 

#O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishment, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.

#My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy

#O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.

#O Lord Jesus, lover of our souls, who, for the great love with which You loved us, willed not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, I grieve from the bottom of my heart that I offended You, my most loving Father and Redeemer, to whom all sin is infinitely displeasing, who so loved that You she Your blood for me, and endured the bitter torments of a most cruel death. O my God, my infinite Goodness, would that I never offended You. Pardon me, O Lord Jesus, as I most humbly implore Your mercy. Have pity on a sinner for whom Your blood pleads before the face of the Father.
O merciful and forgiving Lord, for the love of Your, I forgive all who have ever offended me. I firmly resolve to forsake and flee from all sins, and to avoid the occasions of them, to confess, in bitterness of spirit, all those sins which I committed against Your divine goodness, and to Love You, O my God, for Your own sake, above all things and for ever. Grant me grace so to do, most gracious Lord Jesus.

#Merciful Father, I am guilty of sin. I confess my sins before you and I am sorry for them. Your promises are just; therefore I trust that you will forgive me my sins and cleanse me from every stain of sin. Jesus himself is the proposition for my sins and those of the whole world. I put my hope in his atonement. May my sins be forgiven through his name, and in his blood may my soul be made clean. Amen.

 

Act of Desire
My soul, the happy hour is arrived; Jesus comes to dwell in my poor heart. Behold the King of heaven, thy Redeemer and thy God, coming to thee; prepare thyself to receive Him with love; say to Him with the most ardent desire: Come, O my Jesus,
come to me: I desire to receive Thee, before Thou dost give Thyself to me, I desire to give Thee my miserable heart; accept it, come and take full possession of it. Come, my God, make haste; do not delay. I would wish to receive Thee with that love with which the most holy and loving souls, with which Immaculate Mary received Thee. With their Communion I unite this Communion of mine.
Most holy Virgin, my Mother, Mary,  behold I am going to receive Thy Son. I would wish to have thy heart, and the love with which thou didst communicate: give me this morning thy Jesus, as thou gravest Him to the shepherds and to the Magi. I wish to receive Him from thy most pure hands; tell Him that I am thy servant, and that I am devoted to thee; and when He comes to me, He will look on me with a more loving eye, and will unite Himself more closely to me.

 

Act of Faith
#O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy catholic Church teaches, because in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.

#I believe in one God. I believe that God rewards the good and punishes the wicked. I believe that in God there are three Divine Persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe that God the Son became Man, without ceasing to be God. I believe that he is my Lord and Savior, the Redeemer of the human race, that he died on the Cross for the salvation of all men, that he died also for me.
I believe, on God's authority, everything that he has taught and revealed.
O my God, give me strong faith. O my God, help me to believe with lively faith.
O my God, who are all-good and all-merciful, I sincerely hope to be saved. Help me to do all that necessary for my salvation.
I have committed many sins in my life, but now I turn away from them, and hate them. I am sorry, truly sorry for all of them, because I have offended you, my God, who are all-good, all-perfect, all-holy, all-merciful and kind, and who died on the Cross for me.
I love you, O my God, with all my heart. Please forgive me for having offended you.
I promise, O God, that with your help I will never offend you again.
My God, have mercy on me.

#My divine Lord, I firmly believe that I am going to receive in Holy Communion you Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. I believe this because you have said it, and I am ready to maintain this truth at the peril of my life.
 

Act of Hope
#O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

#For your mercies' sake, O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul: "I am your salvation." So speak that I may hear, O Lord; my heart is listening; open it that it may hear you, and say to my soul: "I am your salvation." After hearing this word, may I come in haste to take hold of you. Hide not your face from me. Let me see your face even if I die, lest I die with longing to see it. The house of my soul is too small to receive you; let it be enlarged by you. It is all in ruins; do you repair it. There are thing in it - I confess and I know - that must offend your sight. But who shall cleanse it? Or to what others besides you shall I cry out? From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord, and from those of others spare your servant. Amen.

Act of Humility
O divine Lord, how shall I dare to approach you, I who have so often offended you? No, Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof; but speak only the word and my soul shall be healed.

Act of Love
#O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.

#O God, all that I am and all that I have is from you. You have given me my gifts of body and soul. You have numbered me among your favored children. You have showered me with countless graces and blessings. From all eternity you have thought of me and loved me. How shall I ever love you in return?
And now in your merciful goodness you are coming into my soul to unit yourself most intimately with me. You came into the world for love of man, but now you are coming from the altar for love of me. You are coming to fill me heart with your holy love, my Creator, my Redeemer, my Sanctifier, my God.
O Jesus, I want to return this love. I want to love you with all the powers of my soul. I want to belong only to you, to consecrate myself to you alone. Jesus, let me live for you; let me die for you. Living and dying may I be yours.

#O my divine Jesus, how shall I return you thanks for the goodness in giving yourself to me? The only way I can repay your love is by loving you in return. Yes, my Lord, I love you, and I desire to love you all my life.
My Jesus, you alone are sufficient for me. Whom shall I love, if I love not you, my Jesus? You love those who love you. I love you. Oh, do you also love me. If I love you but little, give me the love which you require of me.
O Mary, my good Mother, and you glorious Saint Joseph, lend me your love wherewith to love my Jesus.

Act of Oblation to the Sacred Heart
My loving Jesus, out of the grateful love I bear you, and to make reparation for my unfaithfulness to grace, I give you my heart, and I consecrate myself wholly to you; and with your help I purpose never to sin again. Amen.

Act of Offering
O my divine Lord, I offer you my body and its senses, my soul and its faculties, my heart and its sentiments. My thoughts, me desires, my words, my actions, my whole being are yours. Since you have given yourself wholly to me, can I do less than give myself wholly to you? Grant me, O divine Jesus, to persevere in your holy love. Give me a still greater sorrow for my past sins, and strengthen the sincere resolution I have formed never again to offend you. Amen.

Act of Petition
Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself to me. Behold I love you, and if my love is too weak a thing, grant me to love you more strongly. I cannot measure my love to know how much it falls short of being sufficient, but let my soul hasten to your embrace and never be turned away until it is hidden in the secret shelter of your presence. This only do I know, that it is not good for me when you are not with me, when you are only outside me. I want you in my very self. All the plenty in the world which is not my God is utter want. Amen.

Act of Resignation
O Lord, my God, from this day I accept from your hand willingly and with submission, the kind of death that it may please you to send me, with all its sorrows, pains, and anguish. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

 

Act of Sorrow
O God of my soul, I am sincerely sorry for not having hitherto loved Thee. Instead of having loved Thee, I have, for the sake of my pleasures, offended and despised Thane infinite goodness: I have turned my back upon Thee; in a word, O my God, I have voluntarily lost Thee. Lord, I am sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for all my sins.  I hate above all things the offences, which I have committed against Thee.
I hope Thou hast already cleansed me from the stain of sin in the sacrament of penance, but I desire to become still purer in Thy sight.  Vouchsafe then to wash in Thy Blood this soul, which Thou dost wish soon to make Thy dwelling place.

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

Act of Thanksgiving
From the depths of my heart. I thank You, Dear Lord, For Your infinite kindness in coming to me. How good You are to me! With Your most holy Mother and all the angels, I praise Your mercy and generosity toward me, A poor sinner. I thank You for noourishing my soul With Your Sacred Body and Precious Blood. I will try to show my gratitude to You In the Sacrament of Your love, By obedience to Your holy commandemnts, By fidelity to my duties, By kindness to my neighbour  And by an earnest endeavour To become more like You in my daily conduct.

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Blessing Prayers

Bless This Day
This day is full of beauty and adventure, help me Lord to be fully alive to it all. During this day, may I become a more thoughtful person, a more prayerful person, a more generous and kindly person. Help me not to be turned in on myself but to be sensitive and helpful to others. Let me do nothing today that will hurt anyone, but let me help at least a little, to make life more pleasant for those I meet.
When night comes, may I look back on this day without regrets; and may nobody be unhappy because of anything I have said or done or failed to do.
Lord God, bless this day for me and all of us. Make it a day in which we grow a little more like your Son, and gentle as Mary His Mother. Amen.

Blessing and Investiture with Miraculous Medal
Priest vests in surplice and white stole
+. Our help is in the name of the Lord
R. Who made heaven and earth
+. The Lord be with you
R. And also with you
Let us pray.
Almighty and merciful God, Who by the many appearances on earth of the Immaculate Virgin Mary were pleased to work miracles again and again for the salvation of souls; kindly pour out Your blessing + on this medal, so that all who devoutly wear it and reverence it may experience the patronage of Mary Immaculate and obtain mercy from You; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Priest sprinkles Miraculous Medal(s) with Holy Water, then presents it to person(s) saying:
Take this holy medal; wear it with faith, and handle it with due devotion, so that the holy and Immaculate Queen of Heaven may protect and defend you. And as she is ever ready to renew her wondrous acts of kindness, may she obtain for you in her mercy whatever you humbly ask of God, so that both in life and in death you may rest happily in her motherly embrace. Amen.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Our Father...
+. And lead us not into temptation
R. But deliver us from evil
+. Queen conceived without Original Sin
R. Pray for us who have recourse to thee
+. O, Lord, hear my prayer
R. And let my cry come unto thee
+. The Lord be with you
R. And also with you
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, Who willed that Your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin, should become illustrious through countless miracles; grant that we who ever seek her patronage may finally possess everlasting joys. We ask this of You, Who lives and reigns forever and ever, Amen.

Blessing against Floods
V. Help us, God, our salvation.
R. And free us because of the glory name.
V. Save Your servants.
R. Those who hope in You, my God.
V. Lord, do not act with us as our sins would demand.
R. Nor repay us according to the measure of our evils.
V. Send us help, Lord, from the holy place.
R. And from Sion protect us.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry reach up to You.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, You make the wicked man just, and You do not desire the death of the sinner. Your servants have confidence in Your mercy. We humbly beg Your majesty that You will, by Your heavenly aid, kindly shield us from the dangerous waters,
and preserve us by Your continued care, so that we may always gladly serve You,
and by no temptation be separated from You, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon these waters, and keep them within bounds.  Amen.
(Then the river is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing against Storms
Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. 
God became man, and the Word was made flesh. Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified. Christ died. Christ rose from the dead. Christ ascended into Heaven. Christ conquers. Christ reigns. Christ orders. May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. Christ went through their midst in Peace, and the word was made flesh. Christ is with us with Mary. Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root David, has won. Holy God! Holy Powerful God! Holy Immortal God! Have mercy on us. Amen!

Blessing at a Birthday Party
Lord Jesus, our brother, You love us all, and have a special love for the young.
Bless N. on his/her birthday, and help him/her to be happy and always pleasing to You. Bless us all, Lord Jesus, as we celebrate on this happy occasion. Jesus,
You are our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing at a Catholic Meeting
Heavenly Father, bless us as we come together in Your Name. Send the Spirit of Jesus into our hearts to guide us in our discussions for the good of all.
Father, we ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing at a Pastoral meeting
Lord Jesus, our brother, You have promised to be present among us whenever we come together in Your Name. Remain with us as we meet for the benefit and love of Your people. Guide us in our discussions, and help us to do everything for Your honour and glory and for the salvation of Your Church.
Jesus, we praise You, for you are our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Christian banquets
Heavenly Father, we who follow Jesus give You praise. Bless us in Your love,
and bless this food which we share for the glory of Your name.
Father, we ask this blessing through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing at of Civic banquets
Heavenly Father, bless the people of this community, and help us to work together
to make it a better home for all. bless this meal we share together, and fill us with the strength to live in harmony. Bless are you, Lord God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessings of Wedding Banquets
Dear Father of us all, we praise You and give You glory today. We thank You for the gifts You have shown to us: for the love You have given to N. and N. for the joy we are sharing, and for this banquet we are about to begin. Bless us, Father, and the food we eat, and make us truly grateful for all your gifts. We praise You through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings of A Child
Heavenly Father, lover of all, we praise you for giving us Jesus as our Saviour:
He blessed the children who came to Him, and welcomes those who come to Him now. Look with love upon N. and protect him/her with Your love. May he/she grow in wisdom and age and strength  in Your presence and in the sight of all. We ask this blessing, Father, through Your beloved Son, Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings of Several Children
Heavenly Father, lover of all, we praise you for giving us Jesus as our Saviour:
He blessed the children who came to Him, and welcomes those who come to Him now. Look with love upon these children. and protect them with Your love. May they grow in wisdom and age and strength in Your presence and in the sight of all.
We ask this blessing, Father, through Your beloved Son, Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing for the Sprouting Seed
To Thee, O Lord, we cry and pray: bless this sprouting seed, strengthen it in the gentle movement of soft winds, refresh it with the dew of heaven, and let it grow to full maturity for the good of body and soul.

Blessing of a Bedroom
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who has made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless this bedroom, Lord, so that all who live in it may remain firm in Your peace and persevere in Your will. May they live a long life and have children for many days to come, and finally arrive at the kingdom of heaven through Christ our Lord. R. Amen. (And it is sprinkled with holy water.)
 

Blessing of a Public Building
Let us pray in silence, and ask God to bless us all. Father in Heaven, we thank You for this community center which we are opening today. Bless this building and all who use it. Grant that all the activities that take place here will build up a spirit of community among us and lead to the well-being of all our citizens.
Father, we praise You, and ask Your blessing through Christ our Lord.

Blessing of a Camp (Or Campground)
Heavenly Father, we praise You for the wonderful world. You have made for us.
Help us to enjoy its beauty and so be led closer to You.
Bless + our camp, and help us to stay here in safety and peace.
Bless + us during this camp, guide us by Your loving hand, and be with us and protect us at all times.
Father, we ask this blessing through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Christmas Tree
Dear God, two thousand years ago, you brought your son, Jesus into this world to teach us the power of love and sacrifice. As we raise this tree, we remember his birth and the meaning of his life for us. Bless this tree as a symbol of our celebration of Jesus' birth and our gratitude for his sacrifice. May the joy this tree brings and the gifts we place under it remind us of the many gifts you have given us. We ask your blessings upon our loved ones, this day and always. Amen.

Blessing of a Civic Group or Organization
Father of all, look upon the members of N., and help them to grow in your love.
Be pleased with their work and service for the people of this community.
Bless + this flag [emblem] and let it always remind us of the principles for which we stand. Give your peace to all, and help us to work together in harmony.
Father, we ask this blessing through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Convent (or Rectory)
Let us pray to our Heavenly Father for His blessing on this convent [rectory]
and on all who live here.
(Moment of silence...)
Loving Father, we gather here in the Name of Jesus Your Son and ask You for Your blessing.
Bless + this convent [rectory] and make it a house of prayer.
Bless + all who live here in Your love, and deepen their spirit of service to Your people. Let them be an example of prayer and praise for your honour and glory.
Fill us all with Your Holy Spirit, and lead us always in Your love.
We ask this grace, holy Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing of a Cross (Or Crucifix)
Heavenly Father, you sent your Son to us because you love us, and want to save us.
By the power of his cross, free us from sin and let us live each day for you.
Bless + this sign of glory, and let it remind us that Jesus died and rose for all.
Help us to carry our cross with him every day, and to follow him in serving others.
We ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Family
(When performed by a priest.)
Blessed are You, eternal God, King of the universe: You have called us in Jesus to be Your beloved people, living pure and blameless lives in Your sight.
Bless + this family who ask for your grace. Let your Spirit guide their words and deeds, so that their light may shine before all, and lead all who know them to give You praise. May their home be filled with the spirit of love, with the obedience of faith, and the strength of hope. Make their lives happy in Your service, and bring them in Your love to your eternal home. Father all-holy, we praise Your Name, and ask this blessing through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(When performed by a member of the family.)
Bless our home, Father, and all who live here in peace: may we all love you.

Blessing of a Family Gathering
Father in Heaven, we praise You for giving us Your Son to be our Saviour and Lord.
Bless us all as we gather here today (tonight), and let us live happily in Your love.
Hear our prayer, loving Father, for we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Blessing of a Family in Mourning (By a priest)
Blessed are You, Lord God, ruler of all creation and Father of us all: we praise You for Your loving care. Help us in our time of sorrow and lift us when we are crushed,
for we entrust our life into Your hands, Father, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the deceased person...
Lord Jesus, our Brother and our Saviour, welcome N. into paradise. Let him/her be with You in Your kingdom and share for ever in the heavenly banquet, where you are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
For the parents, family and friends...
May God our Father grant you His consolation and His strength, and help you to accept His will and praise His Holy Name for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Father
Lord Jesus, our brother, we praise You for saving us. Teach us to love you and Your Father by keeping Your commandments.
Bless + this father, and deepen his love for his wife and family. By his work and example and prayer, may he lead his children to follow You.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer as we offer You glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Farm
Bless, O Lord, Almighty God, this house (or, this farm). May health and purity, goodness and meekness, and every virtue reign here. May all those who dwell here be filled with faithfulness to Thy law and with thanksgiving to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. May this blessing remain on this house (or, this farm) and all who dwell here. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Flag (Or Emblem) (Not a Religious Banner.)
Heavenly Father, maker and lover of all, we ask you to bless + the people of our country. (State/Province/Town) Bless + this flag (emblem) and let it always remind us of the principles it stands for. Help us to work together in peace so that we may give you glory by our lives. We ask this grace, loving Father, through Christ our Lord.
Amen!

Blessing of a Group of Young People
Let us ask God to bless us, and our families and friends.
(A moment of silence...)
Father of us all, look upon us in Your love, and bless us. Be merciful to us, and to our families and friends. Protect us from sin and harm, and guide us with Your light until we come together again. All praise, glory, and honour to you, Father, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May you be protected and blessed, and made strong in faith, hope, and love by our all-powerful God, the Father, the + Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessing of a Holy Picture
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Almighty and eternal God, it does not displease You that images of Your saints are carved or painted. For as often as we look on these images with our bodily eyes,
so often we do consider the actions of Your saints with our mind's eye, and ponder their sanctity for our imitation. Be so good, we beg of You, as to bless and sanctify this image (or statue) made in honor and memory of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, (or the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, or blessed [Name], Your Apostle or Martyr, or Bishop, or Confessor, or Virgin). Grant that whoever in the presence of this image humbly pays devout reverence and honor to Your only begotten Son (or the most Blessed Virgin, or the glorious Apostle, or Martyr, or Confessor, or Virgin), may through his (her) merits and intercession win grace in this life, and everlasting glory in the world to come,
through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of a Mill
Almighty, eternal God who hast said: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread," bless this mill which has been built to grind the grain from which our bread is made, and send an angel of light to guard this mill.
 

Blessing of a Home
Jesus, King of love, you shared in the life of your earthly home at Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. Bless, we pray, our new home and our life here, that we may help each other and those who visit us to grow more and more in your love. We ask this in your name and for your sake. Amen.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord. 
R. Who has made heaven and earth. 
V. The Lord be with you. 
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
We humbly beg of you, God the Father almighty, to bless and sanctify this home, 
those who live in it and everything in it. Be so kind as to fill it with all good things. 
Grant them, Lord, abundance of blessings from heaven and the substance of life 
from the richness of the earth. Direct the longings of their prayer to the fruits of 
Your mercy. Be so kind, then, as to bless and sanctify this home at our coming in, 
just as You blessed the home of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. May Your angels of 
light live within the walls of this house, and guard it and all who live in it, through 
Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Then the home is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Household
May God, the Father of goodness, who commanded us to help one another as brothers and sisters, bless this building with his presence and look kindly on all who enter here. Amen.

Blessing of  a Lamb
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.
O God, when You freed Your people from Egypt You ordered, through Your 
servant Moses, that a lamb be killed and that the posts of the houses be sprinkled 
with its blood. Be so kind as to bless and sanctify this flesh which You have made, 
and of which we, Your servants, wish to partake in Your honor, through the 
resurrection of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and is King with You for
ever and ever. Amen.
(Then the lamb(s) is/are sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of a Library
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray.
O God, master of all knowledge, be so kind as to shed Your blessing on this library. 
Grant that it may be preserved from fire and other dangers; that it may in time grow
to suitable size; and that all who gather here for work or study may grow in the 
knowledge of divine and human affairs and may at the same time make progress in
the love of You, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.
(And it is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of a Museum
Father of all, look with love and mercy on us as we gather to dedicate this N.
for Your glory and the service of this community. Enrich our minds and hearts
with the wisdom and beauty of the ages, and help us to grow in our understanding
of Your goodness and power and glory. Loving Father, we praise Your Name for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Married Couple
This blessing only applies to:
- a married couple, - newly wed, - a couple without children, - a couple whose children have grown up and left home.
May God, who loves us all, give you his choicest blessings, and fill your life with joy.
May He guide you in His ways, and lead you to His glory. May Almighty God,
Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, give His blessing to you for ever and ever. Amen.

OR
N. and N., May Almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, give His blessing to 
you for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Mill
Almighty, eternal God who hast said: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,"
bless this mill which has been built to grind the grain from which our bread is made,
and send an angel of light to guard this mill. Amen.

Blessing of a Mother
 Holy God, You compare Your own love for Your people to the love of a mother for her children. Look with kindness on this mother, give her comfort in moments of sorrow, and joy in her work for her family.
Listen to her prayers, and bless + her in all she does for You. Let her share with Jesus Your Son and Mary our mother in the everlasting happiness of Heaven.
Father, we ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Mothers
Holy God, You compare Your own love for Your people to the love of a mother for her children. Look with kindness on these mothers, give them comfort in moments of sorrow, and joy in her their work for her their families. Listen to their prayers, and bless + them in all they do for You. Let them share with Jesus Your Son and Mary our mother in the everlasting happiness of Heaven. Father, we ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a New House
O heavenly Father, Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to bless and sanctify this house and all who dwell therein and everything else in it, and do Thou vouchsafe to fill it with all good things; grant to them, O Lord, the abundance of heavenly blessings and from the richness of the earth every substance necessary for life, and finally direct their desires to the fruits of Thy mercy. At our entrance, therefore, deign to bless and sanctify this house as Thou didst deign to bless the house of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; and may the angels of Thy light, dwelling within the walk of this house, protect it and those who dwell therein. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of a Nursing Home
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Maker and Ruler of the universe: You have called us to be Your people and have chosen us in Christ to serve You and sing Your praises.
Bless + this home (N. of the home) and make it a true home for all who live here.
Bless + them with Your special love.Grant Your + blessing to all who work here.
Let this home continue to be a sign of Your love for all, and a reminder for us to serve You by serving You in one another. Send the Spirit of Jesus into our hearts,
and lead us always along Your ways. Blessed are You, Lord our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Parish hall
All glory and praise are Yours, Lord God, Creator of the universe and Father of all:
we thank You for calling us in Jesus to be Your beloved people and temples of Your Holy Spirit. Remember the promises of the Lord Jesus and listen to the prayer we offer in His Name.
Bless + us in all our actions, and bless + this meeting place of Your people.
Help us to recognize Your presence among us, fill us with Your joy, and guide us at all times. We give You praise and thanks, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ Your Son in the love of Your Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever. Amen!

Blessing of a Park or Garden
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Maker of all the universe: You have made the sun and moon and stars, the earth and all who live in it. All glory and praise are Yours, O Lord our God! Bless the people of this community and teach us to live together in harmony. Help us to use this N. for our benefit and recreation. All praise and glory are Yours, God our Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Religious Banner
Father in heaven, King of glory, we praise You for having made the world, and for having chosen us as Your beloved people.
Bless + this banner we have made, and be pleased with our efforts to serve You.
Help us to continue to use our lives and our talents for your honour and glory
and for the salvation of Your people. Praise and thanks are Yours, eternal Father,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen

Blessing of a School
V. Peace to this house.
R. And to all who live in it.
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, You commanded Your apostles to beg a blessing of peace 
on whatever house they should enter. We beg of You, through our ministry, make 
this house, destined for the education of boys (and/or girls,) a holy one. Pour on it 
the richness of Your blessing and peace. Make it their salvation, as You did for 
Zachaeus, when You entered his house. Have Your angels watch over it, to drive
away every hostile force. Fill those who teach here with the spirit of knowledge, 
wisdom, and fear of You. Support with heavenly grace those who study here, so that 
they may grasp with their minds what is taught for their salvation, keep it in their  
hearts, and follow it out in their conduct. May all who use this building be pleasing 
to You in the exercise of every virtue, so that they may sometime merit to be received 
into their eternal home in heaven, through You, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, 
who live and are King and God for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Classroom
Let us ask God to bless us and our new Classroom.

All praise to You, heavenly Father, Lord of all creation: You have gathered us in this
parish community to praise You by our words and works.
Bless + this school which we have built for the education of our young people.
Bless + our students and teachers, our parents, board members, employees,
and all who promote sound education in our community.
May our youth grow in wisdom, age, and grace before You and all Your people.
May this school always be a home of truth and wisdom, of faith and good will toward 
all. Through the prayers of St. N., may this school help our community, and build 
Your kingdom of justice, light, and peace. Loving Father, listen to our prayer,
which we offer through Christ our Lord, in Your Holy Spirit: all glory to You, 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of a Spring or Well

We cry without ceasing, O Lord, to Thy fatherly goodness that Thou wouldst sanctify this fountain of water with Thy heavenly blessing and make it suitable for every use. Drive from it every influence of the devil so that whoever draws from it or drinks this water may enjoy good health and full vigor, and give praise and thanks to Thee, the Sanctifier and Preserver of all things. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of a Stable

O Lord, Almighty God, who didst decree that Thy only- begotten Son, our Redeemer, should be born in a stable and laid in a manger between an ox and an ass, bless, we beseech Thee, this stable and preserve it from every deceit and snare of the devil that horses and cattle within it may be healthy and secure from all harm.
And if "the ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib," grant that Thy servants, whom Thou hast made to Thy own image and hast placed only a little lower than the angels may not be like unreasoning animals; that they may not be like the horse and the mule that have no understanding, but that they may acknowledge Thee, the one true God, the Author of all good, and that Thy servants may persevere in Thy service. Grant that Thy servants may always give thanks to Thee for the gifts they have received from Thee; and make them worthy to receive ever greater benefits. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of Vehicle

Be gracious, O Lord God, to our prayers and bless this vehicle with Thy right hand. Send Thy holy angels to accompany it that they may keep from all evils those who ride in it; and as once Thou didst grant faith and grace through Thy deacon Philip to the Ethiopian riding in his chariot and reading the word of God, so now show the way of salvation to Thy servants that, always given to good works, they attain to everlasting joys after the vicissitudes of the journey and of this life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Blessing of a Swimming Pool

Lord Jesus, our loving brother, bless + this swimming pool and all who use it.
Keep us safe and healthy as we enjoy this refreshing water.
Lord, we praise you for ever. Amen.

 

Blessing of a Water Supply

O Lord, Almighty God, who hast given us an ample supply of water, led off by pipes from this source, grant that, by Thy assistance and blessing and our cooperation, every diabolical attack and confusion may be kept off and that this water supply may always be pure and uncontaminated. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Widow Or Widower
Heavenly Father, love of all and defender of the week, bless + N. in your love.
Accept his/her offering of dedication and service, and help him/her to give you praise, to pray for your Church and the world, and to serve your people in peace and joy. We ask this grace through Christ our Brother and our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a Woman Before the birth of a Child
V. Our help is in the name of  the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. Give health to your handmaid.
R. Her hope, O my God, is in You
V. Be to her, O Lord, a tower of strength.
R. In the face of the enemy.
V. Let the enemy have no power against her.
R. And let not the son of evil draw near to harm her.
V. Send help to her, O Lord, from Your holy place.
R. And watch over her from Mount Sion.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry reach up to You.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
Almighty, everlasting God, You have granted to your servants, in their profession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and to adore Its unity in the power of Its majesty. We ask that this your handmaid (insert name), by her constancy in that same faith, may ever be strengthened against all evils, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord God, creator of all things, mighty and awe-inspiring, just and merciful, You alone are kind and loving. You set Israel free from every evil, making our forefathers Your beloved people, and made them holy by the power of the Holy Spirit. You also prepared, by the co-working of the Holy Spirit, the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary, that it might become a worthy home for Your Son. You filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit, having him leap with joy in his mother's womb.
Receive the sacrifice of a contrite heart, and the ardent desire of Your handmaid (insert name), who humbly begs You for the welfare of the child you have allowed her to conceive. Watch over the work which is Yours, and defend it from all the deceit and harm of our bitter enemy. Let the hand of Your mercy assist her delivery,
and bring her child to the light of day without harm. May her child be preserved for the holy regeneration of baptism, serve You always in all things, and attain to everlasting life, through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and is King and God with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen.
(Then the woman is sprinkled with holy water, and after which Psalm 66 is
said.)
May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its fruits; God, our God, has blessed us. May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son with the Holy Spirit.
R. Let us praise and exalt Him forever.
V. God has commanded His angels concerning you.
R. That they may guard you in all your ways.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry reach up to You.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
Visit, we beg of You, O Lord, this dwelling, drive far from it, and from Your handmaid (name) all the snares of the enemy. Your holy angels dwell here to keep her and her child in peace, and may Your blessing be always upon her. Save them, O almighty God and grant them Your eternal light, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the blessing of almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
descend upon you and your child, and remain always.

Blessing of a Work Place
Blessed are you, Lord our God, Creator of the universe and Father of us all.
We praise You for Your mighty works. Look on us with love, and hear our prayers today. Grant Your blessing to this N., and to all who work here. Let their work contribute to the good of all members of this community. Father, blessed are You
for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of All Kinds of Fruit Trees and Vines
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
We beg You in Your goodness, almighty God, to pour the showers of Your blessing
upon these newly budding trees and vines which You have made, and which You have been so kind as to nourish with temperate weather and sufficient rain. Bring the fruits of Your earth to full ripeness. Grant, too, that Your people may always give You thanks for Your gifts, so that You may fill them that are hungry with the fruits of a fertile land and that the poor and the needy may praise the glory of Your name,
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Blessing of an Image
Good art lifts the human spirit, and helps us to move beyond daily routine to higher thoughts and feelings. We may use a picture, icon, statue, or other image to remind us of Mary and her life of obedient service to God. We ask her to pray for us, and we join our praises with those of the Church in heaven. We may say this prayer when an artistic image of Mary is put in a place of honour in our home.

Lord Jesus, we love you, and ask your strength and grace as we try to follow you
each day. Bless this image of Mary our mother, and help us to imitate her in loving 
and serving you. Lord Jesus, we praise you for ever. Amen.

Blessing of an Image of a Saint
Heavenly Father, our Lord and our God, You have called us all to be holy.
Through the prayers and example of St. N. , help us to love You more fully and serve you more faithfully. Bless + this image, and let it remind us of his/her love and devotion for You. Father, we ask this grace through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of a image of Jesus
Holy Father, love of all your people, bless + this image of your beloved Son.
Help us to imitate his love for you and his service of others, and brings us to share in the joy of your Spirit. Father, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of an Image of Mary
Lord Jesus, we love you, and ask your strength and grace as we try to follow you each day. Bless + this image of Mary our mother, and help us to imitate her in loving and serving you. Lord Jesus, we praise you for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of an Adopted Child and Parents
Heavenly Father, bless N. in Your love.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Bless N. and N.
as they accept their new child.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Show him/her Your goodness through the love of his/her parents.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Bless their home, and make their family happy in your service.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Blessed are You, Lord God, Maker of the universe and Father of all: You have made us Your children, Your family, and have invited us to call You Father. You have made us brothers and sisters in Jesus, and temples of Your Holy Spirit.
Bless + these parents in their love as they welcome N. into their family.
Fill their home with Your peace and lead them always in You love.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of an Engaged Couple (By a priest.)
(Sign of the Cross) In the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your goodness in bringing us together to celebrate in joy. Grant that all our festivities may be for your honour and glory.
We ask this grace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us pray for N. and N. and for their families and friends, and ask God's help for all in need:
Lord, bless N. and N., and help them as they prepare for marriage. We pray to the Lord.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Keep them holy and pure in their lives, deepen their spirit of prayer and love,
and lead them in perfect joy. We pray to the Lord.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Bless their parents, families and friends, and lead us to help N. and N.
by our prayer and example as they prepare to marry. We pray to the Lord.
R. Lord, hear our prayer.
Have mercy on all who suffer need or pain, and through our generosity and love,
bring them help and consolation. We pray to the Lord.
Concluding prayer...
Father,  hear our prayers in Your love. Bless this couple, and help them as they prepare to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. Father, we ask this grace through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Blessing of the ring...
Father in heaven, bless + this ring, and grant N. and N. Your grace, so that they may prepare worthily for the sacrament of marriage, and live as Your beloved children.
Grant this, Father, through Christ, our Lord.
Blessing of the engaged couple...
May almighty God bless you, N. and N. May He grant you love and happiness,
peace and joy, and strength in trials, all the days of your life together. May almighty God, Father, Son, + Holy Spirit, give His blessing to you for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of an Object
Let us pray to our Father in heaven, who has given us this/these N. for our use.
Blessed are you, Lord God, king of the universe: you have made all things for your glory. Bless + this/these N. and grant that we may use it/them in your service and for the good of all your people. Father, we praise you through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Blessing  of all Domestic Animals

Lord God King of heaven and earth, Thou the Word of the Father by whom all creatures were given us for our support: look down, we beseech Thee, on our lowliness. As Thou hast given us these animals to assist us in our labors and needs so mayest Thou in Thy great goodness and mercy bless them from above, guard and preserve them; and, while Thou givest Thy servants temporal benefits, mayest Thou grant us thy continual grace so that we may praise Thy holy name with thanksgiving.


Blessing of Bacon or Lard

Bless, O Lord, this lard (or bacon), that it may be an effective remedy for the human race, and grant that through the invocation of Thy holy name all those who eat of it may obtain health of body and protection of their souls. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Bees

Lord God, Almighty, who didst create heaven and earth, and all the animals that live in the air and on the earth for the use of man; Thou who hast directed that the ministers of Thy holy Church should light candles made of beeswax when the holy sacrifice is offered in which the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, becomes present and is consumed; send down Thy blessing on these bees, that they may multiply and be fruitful and be preserved from all harm so that the product of their labor may be used to Thy honor, and to the honor of Thy Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the most blessed Virgin Mary. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of Books
Father of light and wisdom, we praise you for your gifts:for giving us the power to see, and the ability to write and read and to use the arts of printing.
Help us to use these crafts and skills for your greater honor and glory, and for the salvation of all your people.
Blest + these books, and grant that all who use them may grow in wisdom and grace
before you and all your people. Father, we praise you through Jesus Christ your Son
in the love of your Holy Spirit, now and always and for ever. Amen.

 

Blessing of Bread

Holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God, graciously deign to bless this bread with Thy spiritual benediction that all who eat it may have health of body and soul and that they may be protected against all sickness and against all the snares of their enemies. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, the living bread that came down from heaven and give life and salvation to the world; who live and reign with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Bread and Cake

Lord Jesus Christ, Thou the bread of angels, Thou the living bread of eternal life, graciously deign to bless this bread as Thou didst bless the five loaves in the desert: that all who partake of it may have health of body and soul. Who live and reign forever. Amen.

Blessing of Cheese and Butter

O Lord, almighty God, deign to bless and sanctify this cheese (or butter), which Thou hast produced from the fat of animals, that whoever of Thy faithful people eat of it may be filled with every heavenly blessing and Thy grace, and may abound in good works. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of Candles
Lord  Jesus, You are the Light of the world: we praise You, and ask You to guide our steps each day. Help us to love You and serve You faithfully, and to carry our daily cross with You.
Bless + this candle, and let it always remind us that You are our Light in darkness,
our Protector in danger, and our saving Lord at all times. Lord Jesus, we praise You and give You glory, for You are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Christmas Gifts
Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift are from above. They come down from you, dear Father of Light. You give birth to us by your Word, so that we might be born of a new creation. Bless now these presents that we give and receive in joy
at the birth of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless us and bless the whole world with thankfulness and peace, for you are the giver of all good gifts. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Diseased Animals
We call upon Thy mercy, O Lord, without ceasing; grant that these animals, afflicted with grievous disease, may be restored to health in Thy name and by the power of Thy blessing. May all the power of the devil be driven from them so that they will languish no more. Be Thou, O Lord, the protector of their lives and the healer of their ailments.

Blessing of Diseased Cattle
O Lord, deal not with us according to our sins, nor reward us according to our iniquities. Thou heals men and beasts, for Thy mercy is great. Thou openest Thy hand, and fills with blessing every living creature.
O God, who hast decreed that the dumb animals should help man in his labors, we humbly pray Thee, do not permit these animals to perish, because without them man cannot support and nourish himself.
We call upon Thy mercy, O Lord, without ceasing grant that these animals, afflicted with grievous disease, may be restored to health in Thy name and by the power of Thy blessing. May all the power of the devil be driven from them so that they will languish no more. Be Thou, O Lord, the protector of their lives and the healer of their ailments.
Turn away from us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the scourges of Thy punishment and drive off this disease that attacks these animals, as Thou punish those who wander from Thy paths, but give Thy grace when they have amended their lives. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Eggs
We pray Thee, O Lord, may the grace of Thy benediction come down upon these eggs, that they may be healthful food for Thy people who eat them in thanksgiving for the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who live with Thee and rule for all eternity. Amen.
 

Blessing of Festive Foods
After forty days of prayer and penance we are ready to rejoice with the entire Church in the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. Let us bow our heads now in prayer,
and ask our heavenly Father to bless us.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, creator of the universe and our Father, you have guided us through prayer and fasting, and now fill our hearts with joy at the resurrection of Jesus and our share in his life.
Remember that we are your holy people, and bless + this food for our rejoicing.
Bless us too, and keep us in your love. Blessed are you, Lord our God
by all your people for ever and ever. Amen.


Blessing of Food
Bless, O Lord this food that it may be an effective and salutary remedy for mankind. For Thy name's sake, grant that all who partake of it may obtain health of body and safety of soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Fresh Fruit
Bless, O Lord, these new fruits (here insert the name of the fruits), and grant that all who eat of them in Thy holy name may obtain health of body and soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of Fields
Heavenly Father, Lord of all creation and Giver of all life, we praise You for Your goodness to us. Give us the weather we need to grow our crops.
Bless + these fields, and make them yield bountiful harvests.
Bless + those who work here, and grant that all our work may bring You greater honour and glory and lead us closer to You. We ask this grace in the Name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Fire
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
Lord God, Father almighty, You are the unfaltering light. You are the creator of every light. Bless this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this world we may,
with pure minds, come to You, the Light that does not fail, through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(Then the fire is sprinkled with holy water.)

Blessing of Gifts
Loving Father, we thank you for loving us so much that you gave us your Son to be one of us. Bless + these gifts, and let them be a sign of our love for others. Help us to recognize the many gifts and talents you have given to each of us, and teach us to use them for your honour and for the good of all people. Father, we praise you
through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the love of your Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen!

Blessing of Grapes

Bless, O Lord, these new fruits of the vine which Thou hast brought to maturity by the dew of heaven, by plentiful rains, and by tranquil and favorable weather. Thou hast given us this fruit for our use that we may receive it with thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reign with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

Blessing of Herbs on the Feast of the Assumption

Our help is in the name of the Lord; Who hath made heaven and earth. A hymn, O God, become Thee in Sion: and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to Thee. The words of the wicked have prevailed over us; and Thou wilt pardon our transgressions. Blessed is he whom Thou hast chosen and taken to Thee: he shall dwell in Thy courts. We shall be filled with the good things of Thy house: holy is Thy temple, wonderful in justice. Hear us O God, our Savior, who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off.
Thou who prepares the mountains by Thy strength, being girded with power: who troubles the depth of the sea, the noise of its waves. The Gentiles shall be troubled, and they that dwell in the uttermost borders shall be afraid at Thy signs: Thou shalt make the outgoings of the morning and of the evening to be joyful.
Thou hast visited the earth, and hast plentifully watered it: Thou hast in many ways enriched it. The river of God is filled with water, Thou hast prepared their food: for so is its preparation. Fill up plentifully the stream thereof, multiply its fruits: it shall spring up and rejoice in its showers. Thou shalt bless the crown of the year with Thy goodness: and Thy fields shall be filled with plenty. The beautiful places of the wilderness shall grow fat: and the hills shall be girded about with joy.
The rams of the flock are clothed, and the vales shall abound with corn: they shall shout, yea, they shall sing a hymn. For the Lord will give goodness; And our earth shall yield her fruit. Thou water the hills from Thy upper rooms. The earth shall be filled with the fruit of Thy works; Bring forth grass for cattle. And herb for the service of men; That Thou may bring bread out of the earth; And that wine may cheer the heart of man That he may make the face cheerful with oil; And that bread may strengthen man's heart. He sent His word and healed them; And delivered them from their destruction.
Almighty, eternal God: by Thy word Thou hast created heaven, earth, and the sea, all things visible and invisible, out of nothing; Thou hast ordained that the earth bring forth plants and trees for the use of men and animals; Thou hast decreed that each germinate according to its nature and bring forth fruit in due time, and Thou hast decreed that these plants should serve not only as food but as medicine in time of sickness. We humbly pray with heart and tongue that Thou wouldst bless these various herbs and plants and in Thy mercy grant a new blessing upon those powers that Thou hast caused to be inherent in these plants. May they, therefore, be a protection against all sickness and tribulation when we use them for man and beast in Thy name whose glorious Assumption we celebrate this day.
O God, who on this day didst raise the root of Jesse, the mother of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to the heights of heaven, we humbly pray Thee, that by her intercession and under her protection the fruit of her womb, Thy Son, might be given to us mortal men, that by the power of Thy Son and the protection of His glorious Mother we may be disposed to our eternal salvation by these temporal gifts.
O God, who didst command the children of Israel that they should bring the sheaves of new fruits to the priest to be blessed and that they should rejoice before the Lord, graciously hear our prayers and pour forth the fullness of Thy blessing upon these fruits and herbs which we gratefully present this day before Thy altar
Grant that, wherever they may be placed, they may be a potent means against sickness and pestilence, against the poison of serpents and the sting of poisonous animals, as also against the deceits, snares, and machinations of the devil. Grant that we may be worthy to be received with our sheaves of good works into heaven through the merits of the most Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessing of Horses and other Draft Animals
The animals praise and glorify God inasmuch as they assist man and serve him. In their own way they assist man in attaining his ultimate goal, and for that reason the Church blesses them. In her blessing the church commends these animals to St. Anthony the hermit, who from the earliest times was regarded as the patron of farmers and animal breeders. The following prayers can be used when the animals are placed in harness for the first time. O God, our refuge and strength, the source of our devotion, hear the devout prayers of the Church, grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain in fact.
Almighty, eternal God, who didst test glorious Saint Anthony the hermit in many temptations and didst grant him to go forth untouched by the seductions of this world: grant us Thy servants to make progress in virtue by his example and to be freed from the dangers of this life by his merits and intercession.
May these animals, O Lord, receive Thy blessing; may they be sound in body and, by the intercession of Saint Anthony the hermit, may they be preserved from all evil. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Blessing of Machines
Father, maker of all things, you have given us the talents to design many machines.
Help us to use this N. in our work. May we bring you greater glory by all our actions,
and work to build your kingdom on earth. Holy God, we ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Medicine
V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who has made heaven and earth.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
O God, You have made man out of nothing in a marvelous way, and in a still more marvelous way You have "remade" him. You have been so kind as to come to our aid with many remedies in the various sicknesses with which mankind is weighed down. Kindly hear our prayers and pour Your holy blessing from heaven upon this medicine, that he (she, or they) who partakes (partake) of it may merit to receive health of both mind and body, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Musical Instruments
Loving Father, we praise you for your goodness in making the beauty of this world
and for calling us to be your people. We thank you for all the gifts you give to your Church, especially the gift of music and song. We ask you to bless + these musical instruments. Bless + those who use them to give joy to your people and to lead them in praising you more fully. Father, we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ, our brother and our Lord, in the unity of your Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Musicians
Loving Father, we give You praise and glory for all Your gifts: You have called us to follow Your Son Jesus, You have invited us to be Your people of praise. Father, we give You honour and glory. In Your love for Your Church You have given the gift of musical ability to these men and women of faith. Bless + them as they use their talents for Your glory and for the good of Your holy people. Give them strength to continue their efforts to lead Your Church in song and music. Fill them with joy
as they carry out their ministry of praise.
Heavenly Father, we give You praise through Christ Your Son in the love of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Blessing of Parents
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Maker of Heaven and earth: You show Your love for young people through the love, example, and prayer of their parents. Have mercy on this (these) mother(s) and father(s), bless + them with Your joy and peace,
deepen their love for each other, and help them to raise their children in Your love.
Blessed are You, heavenly Father, now and always and for ever. Amen.

Blessing of Parents after Childbirth (Only when the Sacrament of Baptism is postponed.)
Blessed are You, Lord God, King of the universe: You have given us joy in the birth of this child. May N. be strong and healthy. Bring him/her to the grace of baptism,
and let him/her grow to full maturity in Christ. Let him/her become holy,
a leader among your people, and a source of strength and encouragement for all.
Lord God, our Father, Bless + his/her parents and family, and let him/her grow in wisdom, age, and grace before You and all your people. We ask this grace through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Parents whose child Has Died (Prior to being baptised.)

if By the priest done in the Church...
In the name of the Father, and of + the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we welcome you to the house of God.
May He grant you His consolation and strength; may our prayers help you to accept His will, and to bless His Holy Name.
May God the Father of all consolation, be with you in your sorrow, and give you His light and His peace. Amen.
May Jesus Christ His Son, who suffered and died for us all, raise you from sorrow and grief. Amen.
May the Holy Spirit be with you, to grant you encouragement in your lives,
and strength to accept the will of God. Amen.
And may our all-merciful God, Father, Son + and Holy Spirit, bless us all and keep us in His love for ever. Amen.

Blessing of the Parish Council
Heavenly Father, You have chosen us to be Your beloved people, and have gathered us to live in this parish. Be pleased with all our efforts to love You and serve You in word, worship, and work.
Give Your + blessings to these members of our parish council and let them be pleasing to You. Guide their activities by the light of Your Spirit, and help them to work for Your honour and glory and for the benefit of all Your people.
Father, we praise Your Name for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of the Parish Pastoral Workers
Loving Father, in Your love for us You sent Your Son to be our Shepherd and Leader, our Brother and our Lord. You continue to show Your love for us by sending us pastoral workers to care for Your people. Bless + N.  as he/she takes up this responsibility among the people of this community. Let Your Spirit guide him/her
in teaching and guiding us, and in leading us in worship and prayer.
Father, we ask this prayer through Jesus Christ Your Son in the love of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Readers
Blessed are you, Lord God, Creator of the universe and Father of all: You have called us to serve You and praise You in the family of Your Church. Look with mercy on these men and women who are prepared to proclaim Your word and to lead your people closer to Your teaching. Bless + them, and purify their hearts this day so that they may always live what they proclaim. Through their words and example, deepen the faith and love of Your Church, and bring us to share in Your unending joy in Heaven. We praise You and thank You, Father, in the Name of Jesus Your Son and in the love of Your Holy Spirit, God of glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Ushers
Loving Father of all Your people, You have chosen us to sing Your praises,
and You call us together to hear Your word and give You glory.
Give your + blessing to these men and women who serve Your people as ushers.
Let them welcome all in Your Name, direct processions in Your honour, and collect the gifts of Your priestly people. Let their work be pleasing to You, and help us to worship You worthily. Father, we ask this prayer through Jesus Christ Your Son
in the love of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of Recreational Vehicles
Eternal Father, we your people come to you in love and ask your blessing
Bless + us as we take our recreation, and let us be refreshed.
Bless + this equipment we use, and help us to be renewed and ready to take up our daily work once more. Father, we praise you for your goodness and give you thanks
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of Orchards and Vineyards

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, in Thy goodness, to pour down Thy blessing on these young shoots and sprouts which Thou hast permitted to grow with due sunshine and rain, and make them to grow into mature fruit. Grant to Thy people that they may always give thanks to Thee for Thy gifts, and fill the hungry with Thy gifts which the fruitful earth produces in fullness so that the poor and needy may praise Thy glory.
 

Blessing of  the Past Year
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same,  and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year,  kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

 

Blessing of Pasture, Meadows, and Fields

O God, through whom every good thing has its beginning, and through whom it is improved and increased; grant, we beseech Thee, to us who cry to Thee, that this work, which we are beginning for the praise of Thy name, may be happily brought to completion through the never-failing gift of Thy fatherly wisdom. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty, eternal God, Thou hast given to Thy priests a special grace so that we may be sure that whatever is worthily done by them in Thy name is done also by Thee. We beseech Thy clemency that Thou wouldst visit what we now visit, that Thou wouldst bless what we now bless, and that Thou wouldst stretch forth Thy mighty right arm over that which we now do, and that, by the merits and intercession of Thy saints and this entrance of our humble persons, the demons may be put to flight and the angel of peace may enter in. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Send forth Thy spirit and they shall be created; And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. For the Lord will give goodness; And our earth shall yield her fruit.
We humbly beseech Thy clemency, O Lord, that Thou wouldst render these fields (pastures, meadows) fertile with rains in due season, that Thou wouldst fill them with Thy blessing, and so grant that Thy people may be ever thankful for Thy gifts. Take infertility from the earth and fill the hungry with Thy gifts which the fruitful earth will yield in fullness that the poor and needy may praise the name of Thy glory forever and ever.
 

Blessing of Poultry
O God, Creator of all things, besides the other kinds of creatures Thou hast deigned to produce the species of birds for the use of mankind. With these birds, Noe, as he was leaving the ark, offered Thee an acceptable sacrifice; and when Thy people were being led out of Egypt by Moses Thy servant, Thou gave a precept that they should eat of these birds, separating the clean from the unclean. We humbly beseech Thee, graciously bless and sanctify the flesh of these clean birds, that all who eat of them may be filled with Thy abundant blessing and may merit to attain the well watered gardens of eternal life. Through Christ our lord Amen.

Blessing of Salt and Feed for Animals
Lord God, Creator and Preserver of all things, in whose hand is the vital principle of every living being and the spirit of all flesh, hear we beseech Thee, the prayers of those who believe in Thee. Pour out Thy blessing on this salt (feed, fodder) and fill it with the benefits of Thy invisible power; grant that these animals which Thou hast graciously destined for man's needs may be freed of all disease and protected from the attacks of the evil one when they eat of this salt (feed, fodder). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing of the Barn and the Stored Harvest

O Lord, Almighty God, Thou dost not cease to give many riches in the dew that falls from heaven, and nourishment for life in fertility of the soil. We give thanks to Thy most gracious majesty for the fruits of the field which we have harvested, and we pray that Thou wouldst bless and preserve these fruits which we have received from Thy hand; grant us, whom Thou hast filled with these gifts, that we may glory in Thy protection and praise Thy mercy forever, and so having received (enjoyed) temporal gifts we may not lose those that are eternal.

Blessing of the Cornerstone of a New Building

O God, with whom every good thing has its beginning, and through whom it is improved and increased: grant, we beseech Thee to us who cry to Thee, that this work, which we are beginning for the praise of Thy name, may be happily brought to completion through the never failing gift of Thy fatherly wisdom. Through Christ our Lord Amen.

Blessing of the Harvest

Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who has made heaven and earth. The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
Almighty Lord God, You keep on giving abundance to men in the dew of heaven, and food out of the richness of the soil. We give thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the fruits of the field which we have gathered. We beg of You, in Your mercy, to bless our harvest, which we have received from Your generosity. Preserve it, and keep it from all harm. Grant, too, that all those whose desires You have filled with these good things may be happy in Your protection. May they praise Your mercies forever, and make use of the good things that do not last in such a way that they may not lose those goods that are everlasting, through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Blessing of the Hearth

Lord, God, Almighty Father, eternal Light and Creator of all lights, bless this new fire. Grant that after the darkness of this world, we may come with pure hearts to Thee, the never-falling Light. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Blessing of Wine
On the feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist (28 December)
Graciously bless and sanctify, O Lord God, this wine and this drink with Thy right hand, and grant that by the merits of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, all who believe in Thee and partake of this wine may be blessed and protected. And as Saint John drank poison from a cup and was unharmed, so may all those who this day drink of this cup in honor of Saint John be preserved from all poisoning and other harmful things, and as they offer themselves to Thee in body and soul may they be free of all guilt. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bless, O Lord, this drink which Thou hast created, that it may be a salutary remedy for all who partake of it, and grant that all who taste of it may, by invoking Thy holy name, receive health for body and soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
And may the blessing of Almighty God, of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, come down upon this wine and any other drink, and remain forever. Amen.

Psalm 22
The Lord rule me: and I shall want nothing.
He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up on the water of refreshment.
He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for His own name's sake.
For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for Thou art with me.
Thy rod and Thy staff, they have comforted me.
Thou hast prepared a table before me, against them that afflict me.
Thou hast anointed my head with oil: and my chalice which inebriated me, how goodly is it!
And Thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto the length of days.
The psalm is followed by the Our Father and a series of versicles. Then the priest says three prayers:
O holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God, who didst wish that Thy Son, co-eternal and consubstantial with Thee, should come down from heaven and be born in the fullness of time of the most holy Virgin Mary in order to seek the lost and wandering sheep and carry in back on His shoulders to the fold, and also that He might heal the wounds of him who fell among robbers, pouring in oil and wine; bless and sanctify this wine which Thou hast made from the vine for man's drink, and grant that all those who drink or partake of it in this sacred solemnity may obtain health of body and soul, and if they be on a journey they may be comforted through Thy grace and that their journey may be completed successfully. Though the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, Thou didst call Thyself the vine and Thy holy apostles the branches, and Thou didst wish to make a good vineyard out of all those who love Thee, bless this wine and pour into it the power of Thy benediction, so that all who drink or partake of it, by the intercession of Thy beloved disciple, the holy Apostle and Evangelist John, may be freed of every disease and pestilential attack and obtain health of body and soul. Who live and reign forever. Amen.
O God, Thou didst create bread for the food of mankind and wine for its drink so that bread might strengthen the body and wine rejoice the heart of men; Thou didst also grant to Thy beloved disciple, Saint John, the grace of being able to drink the poisoned cup without harm and also of raising from the dead those killed by poison, grant to all who drink this wine the attainment of spiritual joy and everlasting life. Though our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

When Using Holy Water
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value."
Holy water is a means of spiritual wealth -- a sacramental that remits venial sin. The Church strongly urges its use, especially when dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.

 

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Communion Prayers

 

Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

Prayer before Communion - "Divine Master, Spouse of My Heart"
Divine Master, Spouse of my heart, I will follow Thee everywhere with Mary, my Mother. Having Thee, do I not possess all riches? To love Thee and please Thee -- is not that the greatest happiness of life? To share Thy sacrifices, Thy sufferings, Thy death -- is not that the most glorious victory of love? O my God, my mind is made up! I make no more conditions or reservations in my love for Thee. I will follow Thee in all things, yes, even to Calvary! Speak, pierce, cut, burn! My heart is altar and victim!

Prayer before Communion - "No Other Treasure Besides Thee"
I will have no other treasure besides Thee, good Jesus! My heart shall no longer seek its Best-Beloved; it has found Him. My love shall no more languish far from Thee, now that I know Thy dwelling-place. Oh, draw me now entirely to Thee, divine Lover, my mind with all its thoughts, my heart with all its desires and affections, my will with all its actions, my body with all is senses, that I may live no longer in myself but in Thee!

Prayer before Communion - "Your Sacred Table"
Divine Savior, we come to Your sacred table to nourish ourselves, not with bread but with Yourself, true Bread of eternal life. Help us daily to make a good and perfect meal of this divine food. Let us be continually refreshed by the perfume of Your kindness and goodness. May the Holy Spirit fill us with His Love. Meanwhile, let us prepare a place for this holy food by emptying our hearts. Amen.
 

Prayer for Peace before Holy Communion
#O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.


#O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, by the will of the Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, have by Your death given life to the world, deliver me by this Your Most Sacred Body and Blood from all my sins and from every evil. Make me always cling to Your commandments, and never permit me to be separated from You. Who with the same God the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
Let not the partaking of Your Body, O Lord Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, presume to receive, turn to my judgment and condemnation; but through Your goodness, may it become a safeguard and an effective remedy, both of soul and body. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul will be healed. (3 times.)

 

Prayer for Holy Communion
O my God, how displeasing my sins are to you.
Forgive me, cleanse me.
Help me to sing the perfect Kyrie eleison.
Come into my soul, and find it pleasing. Repose in my heart.
Let Thy entirety, sweet Jesus, of Thee in the Eucharist, engage me all the day, so when rest comes, I may find my sleep in your sweet heart. Amen.

Prayers after Holy Communion
What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what is given to us in time, be our healing for eternity. May Your Body, O Lord, which I have eaten, and Your Blood which I have drunk, cleave to my very soul, and grant that no trace of sin be found in me, whom these pure and holy mysteries have renewed. Who live and reign, world without end. Amen. We humbly beseech You, almighty god, to grant that those whom You refresh with Your sacraments, may serve you worthily by a life well pleasing to You. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.
 

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Confession Prayers

 

Act of Contrition
#O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
 

#My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

#O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.
 

Prayer before Confession
Receive my confession, O most loving and gracious Lord Jesus Christ, only hope for the salvation of my soul. Grant to me true contrition of soul, so that day and night I may by penance make satisfaction for my many sins. Savior of the world, O good Jesus, Who gave Yourself to the death of the Cross to save sinners, look upon me, most wretched of all sinners; have pity on me, and give me the light to know my sins, true sorrow for them, and a firm purpose of never committing them again.
O gracious Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of Jesus, I implore you to obtain for me by your powerful intercession these graces from you Divine Son.
St. Joseph, pray for me.


After Confession
O almighty and most merciful God, I give You thanks with all the powers of my soul for this and all other mercies, graces, and blessings bestowed on me, and prostrating myself at Your sacred feet, I offer myself to be henceforth forever Yours. Let nothing in life or death ever separate me from You! I renounce with my whole soul all my treasons against You, and all the abominations and sins of my past life. I renew my promises made in Baptism, and from this moment I dedicate myself eternally to Your love and service. Grant that for the time to come, I may detest sin more than death itself, and avoid all such occasions and companies as have unhappily brought me to it. This I resolve to do by the aid of Your divine grace, without which I can do nothing. Amen.

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Core Prayers

Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Our Father
#Our Father in heaven, holy be your name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

#Our 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. Amen.

Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Divine Praises
Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

The Gloria
Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You. We bless You. We adore you. We glorify You. We give You thanks for Your great glory. O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. O Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father: you Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. You Who take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. You Who sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are holy. You alone are the Lord. You alone, O Jesus Christ, are most high. Together with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

O my Jesus
O my Jesus, forgive us of our sins. Save us from the fires of hell, and bring all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy. Amen

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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Common Prayers

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Career Daily Death Dying
Evening Events Family Friends
Holidays Healing Intercession Mass
Meals Mission Morning Sick
Study Travel Vocation  

 

Prayers for Career

Prayer for Choosing a State of Life
From all eternity, O Lord, You planned my very existence and my destiny. You wrapped me in Your love in baptism and gave me the Faith to lead me to an eternal life of happiness with You. You have showered me with Your graces and You have been always ready with Your mercy and forgiveness when I have fallen. Now I beg You for the light I so earnestly need that I may find the way of life in which lies the best fulfillment of Your will. Whatever state this may be, give me the grace necessary to embrace it with love of Your holy will, as devotedly as Your Blessed Mother did Your will. I offer myself to You now, trusting in Your wisdom and love to direct me in working out my salvation and in helping others to know and come close to You, so that I may find my reward in union with You for ever and ever. Amen.


Prayer for Employment

#God, our Father, I turn to You seeking Your Divine help and guidance as I look for 
suitable employment. I need Your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, 
and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. I wish to use the 
gifts and talents You have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful 
employment. Do not abandon me, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant me 
this favor I seek so that I may return to You with praise and thanksgiving for your 
gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Success in Work
Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my many sins; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and death. Amen.


Prayer for the Sanctification of Labor
O God, the creator of all things, you framed the law of labor for the human race. Graciously grant, by the example and patronage of St. Joseph, that we may do the work you provide us and earn the reward you promise. Sustain us with your grace to live up to our duties in charity and justice. Amen.


Prayer for Vocations
O God, you sent your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join him in praying for laborers for your harvest. May your Holy Spirit inspire men and women to continue his mission through your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry. May this same Spirit make known your will for my life.

 

Daily Prayer

O My God, I place my trust and confidence in You, who will reward the good and
punish the wicked.
I believe in You and accept everything You have taught and revealed.
I believe that in one God there are three Divine Persons -
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
I believe that God the Son became Man  without ceasing to be God. 
He is Jesus Christ, my lord and my Saviour, the Redeemer of the human race. 
He died on the Cross for my salvation and eternal happiness.
O my God, give me a strong faith. Help me to believe with lively faith.
O my God, all-good and all-merciful, I sincerely hope to be saved. 
Help me to do all that is necessary to gain eternal salvation.
I have committed many sins in my life, but now I turn away from them. 
I am sorry, truly sorry for all of them, because I have offended You, my God,
Who are all-good, all-perfect, all-holy and all-merciful.
I love you, O my God, with all my heart. Please forgive me for having offended You.
I promise that, with Your help, I will never offend You again.
My God, have mercy on me.

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Prayers For the Death
#God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in Your presence, their lives change but do not end. I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends, and for all the dead known to You alone. In company with Christ, Who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing Your praise forever and ever. Amen.
#O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of 
Thy departed servants full remission of all their sins, that through the help of 
our pious supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired. 
Thou Who live and reign world without end. Amen. 
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them
V. May they rest in peace. 
Amen.
#My God! I recommend to Thee the souls of my relations, my benefactors, my friends 
and my enemies, and of those who are in Purgatory on my account.
I recommend to Thee the souls of evangelical labourers, of Religious and priests, 
and especially of those who had charge of my soul.
I recommend to Thee the souls of those who were most devout to the passion of 
Our Lord, to the Blessed Sacrament, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the souls who are 
most abandoned, those who suffer most, and those who are nearest to the entrance 
into paradise.
#Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Departed Loved Ones
Almighty God, Who by the love which You have for men, have willed to take our humanity, to live a life of hard work, to suffer a most cruel Passion, and finally to die on the Cross, I beseech You, by the infinite merits purchased for us with Your Precious Blood, look mercifully on the suffering which is endured by the holy souls in Purgatory. Accept, O merciful God, the prayers which I offer for them, and call them to the glory of Heaven. I recommend to You the souls of my relatives, friends and benefactors, and in a special manner of those to whom I may have been an occasion of sin by my bad example. Most Holy Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Comforter of the afflicted, intercede for those souls, that, by your powerful intercession, they may be admitted to enjoy that Kingdom which is prepared for them. Amen.
Prayers for Aborted Babies
Heavenly Father, Thou hast given us the gift of freedom to love and to follow in Thy ways and commands. Some parents choose to abuse this freedom by destroying the gift of life which Thou hast given to their offspring. Please forgive those who destroy human life by aborting their unborn babies. Give these unborn children the opportunity to enjoy Thee for all eternity, Thy little ones if it according to Thy ordinance. Assist me in being one in solidarity with by taking to heart the words of Thy Son, "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of Mine, you did for Me." (Mt. 25:40) Therefore, allow me today, Father, to adopt spiritually an unborn child and to offer my prayers, works, joys and sufferings for that little one, so that child will be able to be born and live for Thy greater honor and glory. We pray this in Jesus' name, in union with the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever. Amen.
Those Who Committed Suicide 
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, 
we understand that thy sixth commandment, "Thou shalt do no murder," 
includes self murder. But in thy divine mercy, 
we beg thy forgiveness especially for (name), 
who have been so confounded by the pressures of this life 
that they felt there was no way they could continue. 
Grant, we beseech thee, that they be forgiven their terrible sin 
and accepted into thy divine providence, 
and that they may come to understand thy ways and thy nature. 
We ask this in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.

Prayers for Dying

Plenary Indulgence at the Hour of Death
My Lord God, even now resignedly and willingly, I accept at Thy hand, with all its anxieties, pains, and sufferings, whatever kind of death it shall please Thee to be mine.

Prayer for a Happy Death
O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before You after this short life to render an account of our works. Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Let us remember our frailty and mortality, that we may always live in the ways of Your commandments. Teach us to "watch and pray" (Luke 21, 36), that when Your summons comes for our departure from this world, we may go forth to meet You, experience a merciful judgment, and rejoice in everlasting happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Sick near Death
Almighty and Everlasting God, preserver of souls, who dost correct those whom Thou dost love, and for their betterment dost tenderly chastise those whom Thou dost receive, we call upon Thee, O Lord, to grant Thy healing, that the soul of Thy servant, at the hour of its departure from the body, may by the hands of Thy holy Angels be presented without spot unto Thee. Amen.

To Our Lord for a Happy Death
Lord Jesus Christ, who will that no man should perish, and to whom petition is never made without the hope of mercy, for Thou said with Thine own holy and blessed lips: "All things whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, shall be done unto you"; I beg of Thee, O Lord, for Thy holy Name's sake, to grant me at the hour of my death full consciousness and the power of speech, sincere contrition for my sins, true faith, firm hope and perfect charity, that I may be able to say unto Thee with a clean heart: Thou has redeemed me, O God of truth, who art blessed for ever and ever. Amen.

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Evening Prayers

In the Name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
O my God, I believe that Thou art here present; and that Thou observe all my 
actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart. I adore Thee, 
and I love Thee with my whole heart. I return Thee thanks for all the benefits which
I have ever received from Thee, and particularly this day. Give me light, O my God,
to see what sins I have committed this day, and grant me grace to be truly sorry 
for them.

Here examine whether you have offended God during the day, by any thought, word, or deed, or by neglect of any duty.

O my God, who art infinitely good in Thyself, and infinitely good to me, I am sorry,
and beg pardon for all my sins, and detest them above all things, because they 
deserve Thy dreadful punishments, because they have crucified my loving Saviour
Jesus Christ, and, most of all, because they offend Thine infinite goodness;
and I firmly resolve, by the help of Thy grace, never to offend Thee again,
and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.
O my God, I accept of death as an act of homage and adoration which I owe to Thy
Divine Majesty, as a punishment justly due to my sins, in union with the death of my
dear Redeemer, and as the only means of coining to Thee, my beginning and
 last end. Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; Lord Jesus, receive my soul.
O holy Mary, be a mother to me.
May the blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and all the Saints, pray for us to our
Lord, that we may be preserved this night from sin and all evils. Amen.
O my good Angel, whom God has appointed to be my guardian, watch over me
during this night.
All ye Angels and Saints of God, pray for me.
May our Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and bring us to life everlasting.
Amen.
And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

 

Evening Prayer to God the Father
O eternal God and Ruler of all creation, You have allowed me to reach this hour. Forgive the sins I have committed this day by word, deed or thought. Purify me, O Lord, from every spiritual and physical stain. Grant that I may rise from this sleep to glorify You by my deeds throughout my entire lifetime, and that I be victorious over every spiritual and physical enemy. Deliver me, O Lord, from all vain thoughts and from evil desires, for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Father,  Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

Evening Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit, most merciful Comforter: You proceed from the Father in a manner beyond our understanding. Come, I beseech You, and take up your abode in my heart. Purify and cleanse me from all sin, and sanctify my soul. Cleanse it from every impurity, water its dryness, melt its coldness, and save it from its sinful ways. Make me truly humble and resigned, that I may be pleasing to You, and that You might abide with me forever. Most Blessed Light, most Amiable Light, enlighten me. O Rapturous Joy of Paradise, Fount of Purest Delight, My God, give yourself to me and kindle in  my innermost soul the fire of Your love. My Lord, instruct, direct, and defend me in all things. Give me strength against all immoderate fears and against despondency. Bestow upon me a true faith, a firm hope, and a sincere and a perfect love. Grant that I always do Thy Most Gracious Will. Amen.

Evening Prayer to the Son of God
O Only-Begotten Word of the Father, Jesus Christ, who alone are perfect: according to the greatness of your mercy, do not abandon me, your servant, but ever rest in my heart. O Sweet Jesus, Good Shepherd of Your flock, deliver me from the attacks of The Enemy. Do not allow me to become the prey of Satan's evil intent, even though I have within me the seed of eternal damnation. Instead, O Lord Jesus Christ, Adorable God, Holy King, while I sleep, protect me by Your Holy spirit, through Whom You sanctified Your Apostles. Enlighten my mind by the light of the Holy Gospel, my soul by the love of Your Cross, my heart by the purity of Your teaching. Protect my body by Your sacred passion, my senses by Your humility, and awaken me in due time for Your glorification. For You, above all, are adorable, together with Your eternal Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

Night Prayer
E
ternal Father, I desire to rest in Thy Heart this night. I make the intention of offering
to Thee every beat of my heart, joining to them as many acts of love and desire.
I pray that even while I am asleep, I will bring back to Thee souls that offend Thee.
I ask forgiveness for the whole world, especially for those who know Thee and yet sin.
I offer to Thee my every breath and heartbeat as a prayer of reparation. Amen.

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Events

Birthday  Prayers
God our Father, the birth of your Son Jesus Christ brought great joy to Mary and
Joseph. We give thanks to you for name whose birthday we celebrate today.
May he/she ever grow in your faith, hope, and love.
We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

#For the Birthday of a family member
Heavenly Father, We praise You for all Your gifts to us. In a special way,
We thank You for (name). Bless him (her) always in Your love. Bless us too,
Holy Father, And this food with which we celebrate. Help us all to praise 
You and give You glory Through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
Father's Day Prayers
#Father, it is Your Commandment that we should honor our fathers; hear the prayers we offer You for them. Grant them many years on earth and keep them in health of mind and body. Bless their word and all they do. Give them back a hundred-fold whatever they have done for us. Inspire them with Your love and help them to fulfill Your holy law. One day, may we be their comfort and support, so that having enjoyed their affection on earth we may have the joy of being with them forever in Your home in Heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
#God our Father,  in Your wisdom and love You made all things.
Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Mother's Day Prayers
Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time, or patience. We ask you to bless them with your own special love. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.
Marriage Blessing Prayers
We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other's needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity.
#Wedding Anniversary Prayer
(Name) and (Name), May God bless you and grant you joy. May He deepen your love for each other. May He bless you + in your family and friends, And lead you to unending happiness in Heaven. May Almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit, Bless us all, And keep us in His love for ever and ever. Amen.

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Family Prayers

 

Consecration of Families to the Sacred Heart
O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thou didst reveal to the blessed Margaret Mary Thy desire to rule over Christian families; behold, in order to please Thee, we stand before Thee this day, to proclaim Thy full sovereignty over our family. We desire henceforth to live Thy life, we desire that the virtues, to which Thou hast promised peace on earth, may flower in the bosom of our family; we desire to keep far from us the spirit of the world, which Thou hast condemned. Thou art King of our hearts by our love of Thee alone, with which our hearts are on fire and whose flame we shall nourish by frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist. Be pleased, O Sacred Heart, to preside over our gathering together, to bless our spiritual and temporal affairs, to ward off all annoyance from us, to bless our joys and comfort our sorrows. If any of us has ever been so unhappy as to fall into the misery of displeasing Thee, grant that he may remember, O Heart of Jesus, that Thou art full of goodness and mercy toward the repentant sinner. And when the hour of separation strikes and death enters our family circle, whether we go or whether we stay, we shall all bow meekly before Thine eternal decrees. This shall be our consolation, to remember that the day will come, when our entire family, once more united in heaven, shall be able to sing of Thy glory and Thy goodness forever. May the immaculate Heart of Mary and the glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph vouchsafe to offer Thee this our act of consecration, and to keep the memory thereof alive in us all the days of our lives.
Glory to the Heart of Jesus, our King and our Father! Amen.

Consecration to the Holy Family
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according to the divine pattern of Thy family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by the kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph, most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, help us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity.
Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be three times. Amen.

Prayer for the Family
O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence.
Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law, by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.
Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death. O Jesus, bless us and protect us.
O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping, that so we may be made worthy of His promises.
Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.
Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.
Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.
Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.
Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.
Our holy Patrons, pray for us before the throne of God.
Yea, bless this house, O God the Father, who hast created us; O God the Son, who hast suffered for us upon the holy Cross, and Thou, O Holy Spirit, who hast sanctified us in holy Baptism. May the one God in three divine Persons preserve our bodies, purify our minds, direct our hearts and bring us all to everlasting life.
Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost! Amen.

 

Husband's Prayer
O gracious Father, Maker and Preserver of heaven and earth, who in the beginning didst institute matrimony, thereby foreshadowing the mystical union of the Church with our Savior Christ, who, during His ministry upon earth, did honor marriage with His first miracle: help me, I pray Thee, by Thy grace to live in holiness and purity with the wife whom Thou hast given me. Mortify in me all violence of earthly passion, all selfishness and inconsiderateness (here name any besetting sin which may be a hindrance to you), that I may love her as Christ loved His Church, cherish and comfort her as my own body, and have as great care for her happiness as for my own. Grant that we may live in peace, without contention; in unity, without discord. [Give us, O Lord, discreet heart and understanding minds, to bring up our children in Thy faith and fear, that they may be obedient to Thee and to Thy commandments, and to all that Thou requires of them in their duties towards their parents.] And give us, O Lord, a sufficiency of those things necessary to maintain ourselves and our family according to that rank and calling wherein Thou hast placed us, without excess or vainglory, in singleness and pureness of heart. Grant this for Jesus Christ's sake, to Whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.


Wife's Prayer
O merciful Lord God, who in the beginning didst take Eve out of the side of Adam and didst give her to him as a helpmate: grant me grace to live worthy of the honorable estate of matrimony to which Thou hast called me, that I may love my husband with a pure and chaste love, acknowledging him as my head, and truly reverencing and obeying him in all good things; that thereby I may please him, and live with him in all Christian serenity. Keep me from all worldliness and vanity. Help me, O Lord, that I may, under him, prudently and discreetly guide and govern his household. Let no fault of mine aggravate any sins by which he may be especially tempted; enable me to soothe him in perplexity, to cheer him in difficulty, to refresh him in weariness, and, as far as may be, to advise him in doubt. [Give me understanding so to fulfill my part in the education of our children, that they may be our joy in this world and our glory in the next.] Grant that our perfect union here may be the beginning of the still more perfect and blissful union hereafter in Thy kingdom; and this I pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer of Spouses for Each Other
Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another's weaknesses and grow from each other's strengths. Help us to forgive one another's failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.
May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to You through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.

 

Prayer for Fathers
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.

 

Prayer for the Mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your Yes to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to Gods word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own Fiat. May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you.
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
 

Parents' Prayer for Their Children
O God the Father of mankind, who hast given unto me these my children, and committed them to my charge to bring them up for Thee, and to prepare them for eternal life: help me with Thy heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship. Teach me both what to give and what to withhold; when to reprove and when to forbear; make me to be gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence, and the excess of severity; and grant that, both by word and example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety, so that at last I may, with them, be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven, in the company of the blessed Angels and Saints. Amen.
O Heavenly Father, I commend my children to Thy care. Be Thou their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is lacking in me through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and strengthen and multiply in them the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving Thee here, may come to rejoice in Thy presence hereafter. Amen.

Prayer for Grandparents
Dear St. Ann, You were truly twice blessed To have our blessed Mother
As your daughter And Jesus our Savior As your grandson. I know that 
every period Of our lives Has its responsibilities As well as its joys. 
Today, it seems That grandparents Have either too little Use or too much; 
Either we are shunted aside To do nothing, Or we are called upon To do everything. 
Help me to know Just where my duties lie In my particular situation
And to carry them out as best I can. 
Take care of my family, My children, and their children. Inspire them all 
To follow your Grandson And lead truly Christian lives. 
Keep all of us In your loving care, Never let us turn away from Jesus, 
And help us in the end To receive the joy Of entering into your Grandsons’
Glorious presence forever. Good St. Ann pray for us grandparents. Amen.

Prayer for Motherhood
Good St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before the throne of God, wonder-worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your aid. You know that our marriage has not as yet been blessed with a child and how much my husband and I desire this gift. Please present our fervent pleas to the Creator of life from whom all parenthood proceeds and beseech Him to bless us with a child whom we may raise as His child and heir of heaven. Amen.

When Nursing or Feeding
God, you are like a mother to us all, nourishing all creatures with food and with blessing.
Strengthen my child with (my milk, this food) and with the warmth of our nearness.
 

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FRIENDS

#Jesus, loving companion of Your children, You have extended Your friendship to all.
You opened Your arms without discrimination, Offering Your warmth to those 
seeking comfort. Endow me with the virtue of such a friendship, To know, love 
and trust all on an equal basis; To share my patronizing without favorism,
And to be pleasant towards the destitute. Fashion my heart to reflect Your qualities,
Those befitting of a cordial association. Jesus, You showed me the way to 
true friendship: Blessed is Your amazing and warm Person!
#O God, bountiful in forgiving, and lovingly desirous of man's salvation,
we humbly beseech Thy mercy in behalf of our friends,
relations and benefactors, who have passed from this world, that, 
through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin and all the Saints,
Thou wouldst permit them to come to the full participation of everlasting happiness.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

# I pray for you No matter what you do wrong.
I pray for you Because we can never stay mad for long.
I pray for you Because you were the one who was always there.
I pray for you For all the joys and times we've shared.
I pray for you Because through it all You saw me for me.
I pray for you Because without you Only God knows where I'd be.
I pray for you Because they say One good friend is all you need.
I pray for you Because you saw what others failed to see.
I pray for you Because even when times are tough True friends never leave.
And I pray for you Because without real friends Life is never quite complete.
Amen.

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Healing Prayers

 

Prayer for Healing
#Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need, and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever. Amen.

 

#Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon me, may your life giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in your Kingdom. Amen.

#O God who are the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to me such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that I may permit you to give me health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

Prayer Before Surgery
Loving Father, I entrust myself to your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who minister in your Name, and grant that every cause of illness be removed, I may be restored to soundness of health and learn to live in more perfect harmony with you and with those around me. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Into your hands, I commend my body and my soul. Amen.
Prayer for Doctors and Nurses
O merciful Father, who have wonderfully fashioned man in your own image, and have made his body to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, sanctify, we pray you, our doctors and nurses and all those whom you have called to study and practice the arts of healing the sick and the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them in body and soul, and bless their work, that they may give comfort to those for whose salvation your Son became Man, lived on this earth, healed the sick, and suffered and died on the Cross. Amen.


Prayer After An Surgery
Blessed Savior, I thank you that this operation is safely past, and now I rest in your abiding presence, relaxing every tension, releasing every care and anxiety, receiving more and more of your healing life into every part of my being. In moments of pain I turn to you for strength, in times of loneliness I feel your loving nearness. Grant that your life and love and joy may flow through me for the healing of others in your name. Amen.

Prayer for those in Cancer
Father, for the strength you have given me I thank you. For the health you have blessed me with, I thank you. For the those who are going through cancer and their families I ask you to strengthen and to heal as you see fit. Lord we know you want us to be in good health and to prosper. Lord use us to do the work you have for us to do. For we know time is getting short on this earth. Lord be with those who is sick and encourage them as only you can. I know how faithful you are. You have shown yourself to be everything you say you are in your Holy Word. I praise you for you made this body and you can heal this body. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Prayer for those on Medication
Gracious God, You have given us many healing remedies that are a benefit to us when we are sick. Through the miraculous intercession of St. Anthony, we ask Your blessing upon the medication prescribed for (mention name) so that he/she may experience healing, and be restored to full health in mind and body. Amen.
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Holiday Prayers

 

An Act of Thanksgiving for the Blessings of the Past Year
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year
#O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers on behalf of our holy Father the Pope, our Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, we beseech Thee, during the coming year, the whole Catholic Church; convert heretics and unbelievers; soften the hearts of sinners so that they may return to Thy friendship; give prosperity to our country and peace among the nations of the world; pour down Thy blessings upon our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, and upon our enemies, if we have any; assist the poor and the sick; have pity on the souls of those whom this year has taken from us; and do Thou be merciful to those who during the coming year will be summoned before Thy judgment seat. May all our actions be preceded by Thy inspirations and carried on by Thy assistance, so that all our prayers and works, having been begun in Thee, may likewise be ended through Thee. Amen.

#Almighty God, As we are on the brink of a brand New Year, 
we thank you for all the blessings you have given us this year.
Father, please forgive us for all that we have done, that we should not have done, 
for the things we should have done and did not. Please wipe our hearts clean 
and make us pure again and free in You.
We ask that in the New Year you will Guide us in our Choices and Decision Making 
so that we will choose wisely with the Help of Your Holy Spirit. Help us to  
acknowledge you in everything we do and then we will succeed in our Plans.
Help us to Delight ourselves in you and you will give us the Desires of our Heart!
Help us to Love, show compassion and help others as your Son did.
We thank you for the Gift of Jesus and for His life given for our Eternal Salvation 
and Freedom. We ask all in the Saviour's Name! Amen.
#Dear Lord, We pray that this New Year will bring us closer to You.
May we take the time to get to know You. Help us to truly celebrate the gifts You 
have graciously given us and use them to serve You and spread Your word,
May we also see and love you in all the people we meet,
so that in turn, they can see You in us.
We know that all human relations take time if they are to grow and deepen. 
This is also true of our relations with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit, 
which must grow over the course of our lives. In this new year, 
let us realise that every action of ours no matter how great or small 
enables us to be in touch with You. Let us accept You in our lives, 
in the way it pleases You, as Truth, to be spoken, as Life, to be lived,
as Light, to be lighted, as Love, to be followed, as Joy, to be given,
as Peace, to be spread about, as Sacrifice, to be offered among our relatives, 
friends, neighbours and all people. Amen.
Prayer for national day
God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust our nation to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will. Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the "culture of death." Lead us into a new millennium of life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Thanksgiving
Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite. On Thanksgiving Day we come before you with gratitude for your kindness: open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women, so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.

 

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Intercession Prayers

 

Deliver Them from Purgatory
My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, on the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the terrible torments they endure; call them and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise. Amen.

For the Most Forgotten Soul
O Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He Himself on the night before His Passion gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His Holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefore, together with Thy Divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory for ever. Amen.

In Loving Memory
Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, you have overcome death for us. Through his burial and resurrection from the dead you have made the grave a holy place and restored us to eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried with him in the hope of rising again. God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in you on earth praise you for ever in the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

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Mass Prayers

 

Prayer Before Mass
#Receive, O Holy Trinity, One God, this Holy Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which I, Your unworthy servant, desire now to offer to Your Divine Majesty by the hands of this Your minister, with all the Sacrifices which have ever been or will be offered to You, in union with that most Holy Sacrifice offered by the same Christ our Lord at the Last Supper, and on the Altar of the Cross.
I offer it to You with the utmost affection of devotion, out of pure love for Your infinite goodness, and according to the most holy intention of the same Christ our Lord, and of our Holy Mother the Church.
O God, almighty and merciful, grant us through this Holy Sacrifice, joy and peace, a holier life, time to do penance, grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in good works. Amen.

#Let me be a holy sacrifice and unite with God in the sacrament of His greatest love. 
I want to be one in Him in this act of love, where He gives Himself to me and I give 
myself as a sacrifice to Him. Let me be a holy sacrifice as I become one with Him 
in this my act of greatest love to Him.
Let me unite with Him more, that I may more deeply love Him. 
May I help make reparation to His adorable Heart and the heart of His Mother, Mary. 
With greatest love, I offer myself to You and pray that You will accept my sacrifice
of greatest love. I give myself to You and unite in Your gift of Yourself to me. 
Come and possess my soul. 
Cleanse me, strengthen me, heal me. Dear Holy Spirit act in the heart of Mary 
to make me more and more like Jesus. 
Father, I offer this my sacrifice, myself united to Jesus in the Holy Spirit to You. 
Help me to love God more deeply in this act of my greatest love. 
Give me the grace to grow in my knowledge, love and service of You and for this 
to my be  greatest participation in the Mass. Give me the greatest graces to love 
You so deeply in this Mass, You who are so worthy of my love. 

Prayer After Mass

#May the tribute of my humble ministry be pleasing to Thee, Holy Trinity. 
Grant that the sacrifice which I, unworthy as I am, have offered in the presence 
of Thy majesty may be acceptable to Thee. 
Through Thy mercy may it bring forgiveness to me and to all for whom I have 
offered it: through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
#LORD, Father all-powerful, and ever-living God, I thank Thee, 
for even though I am a sinner, Thy unprofitable servant, 
not because of my worth, but in the kindness of Thy mercy, 
Thou hast fed me with the precious Body and Blood of Thy Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 
I pray that this holy communion may not bring me condemnation 
and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. 
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. 
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, 
and growth in power to do good. 
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, 
and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. 
May it unite me more closely to Thee, the one true God 
and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with Thee. 
And I pray that Thou willest lead me, a sinner to the banquet 
where Thou with Thy Son and Holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, 
everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to Thy saints. 
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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Prayers For Meals

 

Grace Before Meals
Before: Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Grace After Meals
We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reignest world without end. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

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Prayer for Mission
Lord, our God, help us to walk with you on the pathway of the beatitudes
and to live out your mission in today's world.
Bind us to all men and women of our time so that together
we may bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.
Open our hearts and our Christian communities to the needy,
the afflicted, the oppressed. May we radiate the Living Christ
and transform our lives in the hope of the Resurrection.
This prayer we make to you who are living God now and forever. Amen.

 

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Morning Prayers

 

Arising from Sleep
O Master and holy God, who are beyond our understanding: at your word, light came forth out of darkness. In your mercy, you gave us rest through night-long sleep, and raised us up to glorify your goodness and to offer our supplication to You. Now, in your own tender love, accept us who adore You and give thanks to You with all our heart. Grant us all our requests, if they lead to salvation; give us the grace of manifesting that we are children of light and day, and heirs to your eternal reward. In the abundance of your mercies, O Lord, remember all your people; all those present who pray with us; all our brethren on land, at sea, or in the air, in every place of Your domain, who call upon your love for mankind. Upon all, pour down your great mercy, that we, saved in body and in soul, may persevere unfailingly; and that, in our confidence, we may extol your exalted and blessed Name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, always, now and forever. Amen.

Fatima Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Morning Offering
Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I firmly believe that You are here present; I adore You with the most profound humility; I praise You and give You thanks with all my heart for the favors You have bestowed on me. Your Goodness has brought me safely to the beginning of this day. Behold, O Lord, I offer You my whole being and in particular all my thoughts, words and actions, together with such crosses and contradictions as I may meet with in the course of this day. Give them, O Lord, Your blessing; may Your divine Love animate them and may they tend to the greater honor and glory of Your Sovereign Majesty. Amen.

Morning Offering to the Sacred Heart
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.


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Prayers Of The Sick
#Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.

 

#Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And for all your love's sake. Amen.


#Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, N., for whom we beg the aid of Thy pitying mercy, that, with his bodily health restored, he may give thanks to Thee in Thy church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Illness
Lord Jesus, you came into the world to heal our infirmities and to endure our sufferings. You went about healing all and bringing comfort to those in pain and need. We come before you now in this time of illness asking that you may be the source of our strength in body, courage in spirit and patience in pain. May we join ourselves more closely to you on the cross and in your suffering that through them we may draw our patience and hope. Assist us and restore us to health so that united more closely to your family, the Church, we may give praise and honour to your name. Amen.

Offering of the Sick for Vocations
Dear Lord, here is a new day you have given me in which to love you and to help others to love you. Above all things, help me to love and accept your holy will. Lord Jesus, in giving me this cross of my illness, it was your desire to bring me nearer to you Divine Heart. I want to bring others also to know you better, to love you more, and for this I know that good and holy priests are necessary; so I will offer my cross, united with yours, for vocations to the holy priesthood. Amen.
Teach me, O Lord, to do your will, for you are my God. Keep me, Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. O Lord, remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us. Amen.
 

Prayer in Time of Sickness or Trial
O good Jesus, I accept willingly this sickness [or trial] which it has pleased you to lay upon me. I confide all my pains to your Sacred Heart, and beg you to unite them with your bitter sufferings, and thus perfect them by making them your own.
Since I cannot render you the praise due to you because of the multitude of my sorrows and afflictions, I ask you to praise God the Father for all I suffer, with the same tribute of praise you offered him when your agony on the Cross was at its height.
As you thanked him with all the powers of your soul for all the sufferings and injustice which he willed you should endure, so, I pray you, give him thanks for my trials also. Offer my sufferings, physical and spiritual, to him together with your most holy pains to his eternal honor and glory. Amen.

Psalm for the Sick Psalms 37 and 38
O Lord, in your anger punish me not; in your wrath chastise me not. For your arrows have sunk deep in me; your hand has come down upon me. There is no health in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no wholeness in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have overwhelmed me; they are like a heavy burden, beyond my strength. Noisome and festering are my sores, because of my folly. I am stooped and bowed down profoundly; all the day I go in mourning. For my loins are filled with burning pains; there is no health in my flesh. I am numbed and severely crushed; I roar with anguish of heart. O Lord, all my desire is before you; from you my groaning is not hid. My heart throbs, my strength forsakes me; the very light of my eyes has failed me. For I am very near to falling; and my grief is with me always. Indeed, I acknowledge my guilt; I grieve over my sins. Forsake me not, O Lord,; my God be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation. Let me know, O Lord, my end and what is the number of my days, that I may learn how frail I am. A short span you have made my days, and my life is as nought before you; only a breath is any human existence. Hear my prayer, O Lord, to my cry give ear; to my weeping be not deaf! For I am but a wayfarer before you, a pilgrim like all my fathers. Turn you gaze from me that I may find respite, ere I depart and be no more.


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Prayers For Study

 

Prayer before Study or Instructions
Incomprehensible Creator, the true Fountain of light and only Author of all knowledge: deign, we beseech Thee, to enlighten our understanding, and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou, who makest eloquent the tongues of those who lack utterance, direct our tongues, and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of Thy holy grace; that what we hear or learn we may apply to Thy honor and the eternal salvation of our own souls. Amen.

Prayer for Students 
#Loving Father, I stand before You in the midst of confusion and complexities of life. 
My future sometimes seems distant and unknown. 
Give me, O Lord, the vision to see the path You set before me. 
Grant me the courage to follow Your way, 
that through the gifts and talents You have given me, 
I may bring Your life and Your love to others. 
I ask this through Jesus, Your Son and my Brother. Amen. 
#Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! 
Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, 
dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. 
Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, 
method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, 
and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, 
direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. 
This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, 
living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.

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Prayers For Travel


Prayer before Starting on a Journey
My holy Angel Guardian, ask the Lord to bless the journey which I undertake, that it may profit the health of my soul and body; that I may reach its end, and that, returning safe and sound, I may find my family in good health. Do thou guard, guide and preserve us. Amen.


Prayer for Travelers
O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of fall and bruises, and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
 

Travel By Sea 
O God, Who brought our fathers through the Red Sea and carried them safely 
through the deep as they sang praises of Thy name, we humbly beseech Thee 
to guard Thy servants aboard ship, and having repelled all adversities, bring them
 to the desired port after a calm voyage. 
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who live and reign with Thee 
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
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Prayer for Vocations 
#Heavenly Father, Lord of the harvest, Call many members of our community To be generous workers for Your people And to gather in Your harvest. Send them to share the Good News of Jesus With all the people on earth. Father, We ask this prayer Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
#Almighty Father, You send the gift of Your Holy Spirit 
for the building of Your Kingdom. With the help of this Spirit, 
give me the grace to listen to Your call in my life. 
Give me strength and courage to do Your will. 
Grant me wisdom and humility to choose Your way even when I find it most difficult. 
Lord, bless all the faithful in Your Church who are seeking holiness. 
But in a special way, watch over priests, brothers, and sisters. 
Help them to give their lives in joyful service that they may be signs of Your presence 
among us. We beg you, Father, to fill our hearts with a burning desire to follow Jesus. 
May there be many, who offer their lives for the service of Your Church, 
that all may come to know and love You. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
#Send forth your Spirit, Lord, into the hearts of your faithful people, 
that they may be conscious of their vocation to holiness and service to others. 
Grant that many of them may dedicate themselves to You through the priesthood, 
religious life and the lay ministries.
We pray especially for the needs of our own parish and Diocese. 
Grant that we may always have sufficient good and holy priests, 
dedicated Sisters and committed lay ministers to serve our communities.
We pray too for religious, and especially for the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers; 
that generous men may join them to become zealous missionaries 
in preaching the Gospel in word or action, especially to the poor and abandoned.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
#O Jesus, our great High Priest,  hear my humble prayers on behalf of Thy servants. 
Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love 
which will ever increase in the course of their life. 
In their loneliness, comfort them. 
In their sorrows, strengthen them. 
In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is 
purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by 
souls; they are needed for the work of redemption. 
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests and religious, take to your heart your 
children who are close to you because of the power which they have received to 
carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. 
Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live 
and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen.

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Other Prayers

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Altar server Anger Charity Compassion
Consolation Country Courage Danger
Debt Distress Elderly Enlightenment
Expectant Faith Favour Forgiveness
Future Generous Gifts (Holy Spirit) Gossip end
Grace Holiness Home Hope
Honesty Humility hurt Justice
Knowledge Life Living Alone Loneliness
Love Loving Other Low Feeling Mercy
Military Neglects Needs Nurse
Obedience Patience Peace Perseverance
Piety Pilgrim Policemen Present moment
Prisoner Protection Prudence Purity
Rain Reconciliation Renew Repentance
Request Resolution Respect Salvation
Seafarers Self-Motivation Self-Sacrifice Serenity
Service Sleeplessness Society Some Special
Solace Solitude Sorrow Strength
Submission Success Suffering Supplication
Surviving Teacher Temperance Teen
Trial Trust Unborn Understanding
Uneasiness War Wisdom Wrapping Gift
Work World Peace    

ALTAR SERVER.

O God, You have graciously called me to serve You upon Your altar. 
Grant me the graces that I need to serve You faithfully and wholeheartedly. 
Grant too that while serving You, may I follow the example of St. Tarcisius, 
who died protecting the Eucharist, and walk the same path that led him to Heaven. 
# Before Mass Oh Jesus, my King and Lord, by the grace of the heavenly Father
and the power of the Holy Spirit,  guide me in all righteousness
as I serve You today at the Altar so I may be always worthy of Your presence.
If I happen to make an error, may it be a lesson so my service will be perfect 
tomorrow. Jesus, I love you with all my heart. Amen.
#After Mass Lord Jesus, thank you for the opportunity to serve You during the 
Holy Mass. In Your Sacred Presence, my heart is filled with joy and peace.
May Your Spirit always guide me so I may grow in Your love 
by the grace of the Heavenly Father. Amen. 
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ANGER CONTROL 
O Lord, must I fear Your wrath? Retribution is Yours by right!
May I never dishonour Your Divinity, My soul seeking to maintain Your love.
Shape my being into earnest kindness,  A reflection of Your perfection.
Grant me the grace of self-control, That I may not display any anger.
Should I have such an outburst, Instantly remind me to seek redress,
For such is offensive to You. Anger is Yours alone to avenge!
COMPASSION
Compassionate and merciful Jesus, My heart longs for Your perfection.
Not only do You share in my sufferings, You have voluntarily accepted them.
Your proficiency at perceiving my soul Is compared to reading large fonts in a book:
Nothing is hidden from Your panorama! Your merciful nature knows my intentions.
Considering my continuous weaknesses, 
You are dedicated to the cause of my salvation.
Jesus, You are most kind and forgiving: You are the proven Lord of compassion!

CONSOLATION

 

May Christ support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.

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COUNTRY

#Almighty God, bless our nation and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice
and brotherhood for all who make it great.
Guard us from war, from fire and wind, from compromise, fear, confusion.
Be close to our president and our statesmen; give them vision and courage, 
as they ponder decisions affecting peace and the future of the world.
Make me more deeply aware of my heritage; realizing not only my rights 
but also my duties and responsibilities as a citizen.
Make this great land and all its people know clearly Your will, that they may fulfill 
the destiny ordained for us in the salvation of the nations, 
and the restoring of all things in Christ. Amen
#Heavenly Father, we pray You To cradle our nation in Your arms as You did in its
infancy. Only by living in the spirit of Your laws Can we reach true liberty and maturity. 
Guide and foster leaders Of integrity and righteousness. With the vision and courage 
of our forefathers. We pray You To till the soil of our nation With true ecumenism and 
renewal That all men will find The freedom and happiness That exists only through
Your grace. Amen.

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CHARITY

O my Jesus, Thou who art very Love, enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire 
which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. 
O Lord our God, we offer Thee our hearts united in the strongest and most sincere
love of brotherhood; we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may be the daily 
food of our souls and bodies; that Jesus may be established as the center of 
our affections, even as He was for Mary and Joseph. Finally, O Lord, may sin
never disturb our union on earth; and may we be eternally united in heaven with Thee 
and Mary and Joseph and with all Thy Saints. Amen.
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COURAGE

#Dear God, give me courage, for perhaps I lack it more than anything else.
I need courage before men against their threats and against their seductions.
I need courage to bear unkindness, mockery, contradiction.
I need courage to fight against the devil, against terrors and troubles, temptations, 
attractions, darkness and false lights, against tears, depression, and above all fear.
I need Your help, dear God.
Strengthen me with Your love and Your grace.
Console me with Your blessed Presence and grant me the courage to persevere 
until I am with You forever in heaven.
#Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve; 
to give and not count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; 
to toil and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do Your will. Amen!

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DANGER
O God, Who know us to be set in the midst of such great perils, that, by reason of the weakness of our nature, we cannot stand upright, grant us such health of mind and body, that those evils which we suffer for our sins we may overcome through Thine assistance. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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DEBT

Almighty, everlasting God, we beg of You to help us soon to pay off our debts to our
 fellowmen. Give us strength and courage to persevere until the last penny is paid. 
Give patience to those to whom we are in debt, and let them not treat us unjustly. 
Help us have great confidence in You and in the workings of Your providence, 
trusting that You will always direct things to our greatest good.
Make us also fully realize that no debt to our fellowmen can begin to equal the debt 
that we owe You on account of our sins, to say nothing of the immense debt we
owe You for the gifts of Your Divine grace. These we could never pay at all but for 
the coming of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. To Him be all honor and  
thanksgiving, now and forever. Amen.

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DISTRESS

I shall walk through dark valleys, I fear no harm for you are at my side. Your rod 
and staff shall give me courage, No evil shall befall me, No weakness in my stride. 
God wills not my foot to slip Or my guardian sleep, He guides me from all evil, 
The Lord is my guardian; The Lord the shade I keep, By day the sun cannot harm me 
Or the moon by night. 
For the Lord said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled, Have faith in God and 
also in me. In my Father's house There are many dwelling places. If there were not, 
Would I have told you That I am going to prepare A place for you? 
And if I go And prepare a place for you, I will come back again 
And take you to myself, So that where I am You also may be." 
If the Lord is with us, Who can be against us? 
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ELDERLY

Dear Lord, as my life declines and my energies decrease, more than ever hold me 
by Your Power, that I may not offend You, but daily increase in Your Love.
Give me strength to work in Your Service till the last day of my life.
Help me to ever have an increasing dread of venial sin, or whatever would cause 
the slightest withdrawal of Your love, all day long, and at night keep me close to 
Your Heart; and should I die, ere the morning breaks, may I go rejoicing in that vision 
of Your entrancing beauty, never to be separated from You. Amen.
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ENLIGHTENMENT

O Holy Ghost, Divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my understanding, 
my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. 
May my understanding be always obedient to Thy heavenly inspirations 
and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible Guide; 
may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor; may my will be
ever conformed to the Divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful following 
of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 
to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory for ever. Amen.
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EXPECTANT MOTHER

#Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope that I keep within my womb.  
You have granted me the immense gift of a tiny little life, living in my own life, 
and I humbly thank you for choosing me as an instrument of your love.  In this sweet
waiting, help me to live in a constant attitude of self-surrender to your will.
Grant me a motherly heart that is pure, steadfast and generous.  I hand over to you 
 my own concerns; any anxious fears that may come, my own wishes for the little
person that I still have no knowledge of.  Grant that it may be born healthy in body, 
keep far from it every peril to its soul.
Mary, you have known the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood; give me a heart that 
can transmit an ardent, living faith.  Sanctify my waiting, bless this joyful hope
that is in me, grant that the fruit of my womb may open out in virtue 
and in holiness through your working with that of your divine Son. Amen.
#Father we thank you for your marvellous gift; you have allowed us to share in your
divine parenthood. During this time of waiting, we ask you to protect and nurture
these first mysterious stirrings of life. May our child come safely into the light of the 
world and to the new birth of baptism.
Mother of God, we entrust our child to your loving heart. Amen.

FAITH

Jesus, Your faith was in the Heavenly Father, 
Your steadfastness being my living model! Kindly grant me the richness of such faith,
To embrace Your Father as my true Provider, 
Having staunch belief in His eminent powers 
And to remain loyal to Him until my last day.
If my faith shifts as temporary waves, Rush to my rescue without any hesitation,
Protecting others from my fleeting frailty. May Your Presence always be lively 
enjoyed, Enabling me to shine as a flame of faith. My faith loyally reaches out to You!

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FAVOURS

Dear Heart of Jesus: In the past, I have asked for many favors. 
This time, I ask you this very special one (mention favor). 
Take it dear Jesus and place it within your own broken heart, 
where your father sees it. Then, in your merciful eyes, 
it will become your favor, not mine. Amen.
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FORGIVENESS.

#O God, mercy and forgiveness are Yours by nature and by right. Receive our 
humble petitions. Though we are bound tightly by the chain of our sins, 
set us free by the power of Your great mercy. Amen.
#O Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Saviour, forgive my sins, 
just as You forgave Peter's denial and those who crucified You. 
Count not my transgressions, but, rather, my tears of repentance. 
Remember not my iniquities, but, more especially, my sorrow for the offenses 
I have committed against You. I long to be true to Your Word, and pray that 
You will love me and come to make Your dwelling place within me. 
I promise to give You praise and glory in love and in service all the days of my life. 
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FUTURE

Lord, open our heart to receive Your Holy Spirit. Teach us to await His coming, 
just as You did for Mary on the day of the Annunciation, and again on Pentecost,
the birthday of the Church, when she was transformed into our Mother.
Show the new generation that Your Son Jesus Christ 
remains always and forever the one and only Savior of the world.
Help us proclaim in a loud and bold voice that He is "the way, the truth and the life."
The way that leads us to our final destiny. The truth that illuminates our passage 
through the darkness of life and the world. The life that enriches us with profound 
peace. Allow Your disciples, at the dawn of the third millennium, to speed up
 their steps towards obeying Your command to be "one" in unity with the Father, 
the Son and the Holy Spirit. May we approach the Lord, united, 
radiant with His light, without somber faces, so that the whole world may know 
and recognize Jesus Christ living in His disciples. Amen.
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GENEROUS
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to be generous: to serve You as You deserve; 
to give, not counting the cost; to fight, not heeding the wounds; 
to toil, not asking for rest; to labor, not seeking any reward, 
save that of knowing that we do Your will.
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GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT 

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, 
didst promise to send the Holy Spirit host to finish Thy work in the souls 
of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, 
that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. 
+Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world 
and aspire only after the things that are eternal, 
+the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, 
+the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and 
gaining Heaven, 
+the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome 
with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, 
+the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect
in the science of the Saints, 
+the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, 
+the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, 
and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, 
with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. 
Amen.

GOSSIP END

Lord Jesus, Son of the Most Holy, How Divinely pure Your thoughts are!
Your Words only reflect wonders, Parables worthy of searching minds.
I earnestly strive to parallel after You. Tend to my need of respecting others,
That I may never gossip against anyone. Guide me in the righteous path of life,
Where sensational gossip is non-existent. If by Your will, my intervention is required,
Guide me to extinguish the attacks of others. Jesus, You are the glorious light of
truth!

GRACE

O my God and my all, in Thy goodness and mercy, grant that before I die 
I may regain all the graces which I have lost through my carelessness and folly. 
Permit me to attain the degree of merit and perfection to which Thou didst desire 
to lead me, and which I failed by my unfaithfulness to reach. 
Mercifully grant also that others regain the graces which they have lost 
through my fault. This I humbly beg through the merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
and Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.

HOLINESS
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, by the will of the Father, with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, have by Your death given life to the world, deliver me by this Your Most Sacred Body and Blood from all sins and from every evil. Make me always cling to Your commandments, and never permit me to be separated from You. Who with the same God the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

 

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HOME

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let Thy holy Angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and let Thy blessing be upon us forever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Protection Against Fires
Almighty and eternal God, we ask Your protection against destroying fire. Fire is so very necessary for our existence, and yet, when it gets out of control, it can be more damaging than anything else. Keep our homes and buildings and woods and fields safe from this scourge. Help us always to be most careful in our use of it. Help us especially in the winter time when need and use it most. For then, if our homes are destroyed by fire, we suffer more than ever.
Give us, too, we humbly pray You, a saving fear of the fires of passion, and the help of Your grace to control them. Help us also to fear the fires of hell, that we may always keep away from serious sin, and live lives of goodness and virtue, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

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HONESTY

Jesus, Prince of all Heavenly truths, Your Words are carved for eternity!
You have commanded the virtue of honesty, It is the power against all deceptions.
Direct Your Spirit of honesty upon me, That by soul may always remain stainless.
Guide my daily thoughts, words and actions, To join those living by the Spirit of truth.
For honesty yields harmony and loyalty, Enriching all human relationships.
By the power of Your Spirit that flourishes, Honesty will prevail in this world!
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HOPE

Jesus, magnificent Fountain of hope, In times of happiness and despair,
You are the motivation of my heart, My hope of greater things to come.
My consciousness is obsessed with You; I hunger for the day we will meet,
When my longing will become a reality. Transmit to my soul daily reminders
To always hope for greater things. For without hope, life is futile.
Hope is a spiritual pillar of faith, Containing many rewards of its own!
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HUMILITY

Lord Jesus, when You walked the earth, Your humility obscured Your Kingship.
Your meekness confused the arrogant, Hindering them from grasping Your purpose,
Your nobleness attending to the destitute. Teach me to model after Your eminence,
To subject my human nature to humility. Grant me a with a natural inclination
To never view myself greater than anyone. 
Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance
That could elevate me greater than You. Let my heart always imitate Your humility!

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HURT OR INJURED

Lord God, touch this place with your gentle hand. Let your peace pour into the 
soreness, wash away the pain, heal the damage and give new strength by 
your Holy Spirit. Help us to forgive, to renounce any bitterness or resentment 
and receive the healing touch of Jesus. Amen.
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JUSTICE

#Father, you have given all peoples one common origin. It is your will that they be 
gathered together as one family in yourself. Fill the hearts of mankind with the 
fire of your love and with the desire to ensure justice for all.
By sharing the good things you give us, may we secure an equality for all 
our brothers and sisters throughout the world. May there be an end to division, 
strife and war. May there be a dawning of a truly human society
built on love and peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
#Jesus, Divine Overlord of the Heavens, Enforcer of all spiritual decrees,
Chief Judge of the Final Judgment, Your Laws are multicultural righteous.
Grant me values that seek justice, To uphold all Christian moral ethics,
And to aid the victims of injustices. As You forgave the worst of sinners,
Equip me with a non-judgmental ability To forgive all offenders of Your Laws,
And to support their healing process. You are the true direction to justice!
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KNOWLEDGE

Absolute and all knowing God, Nothing is hidden from Your sight.
In the prescience since the beginning, All knowledge existed within You.
Kindly share Your knowledge with me, Making me aware of what is meant to be,
Permitting my soul to understand it, And wisdom to agree with its outcome.
Provide me with the gift of discretion, To prudently apply received knowledge,
To ensure the fulfillment of Your Will. Your knowledge shines forth forever!
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LIFE

 

Dignity of Human Life
Lord and giver of all life, help us to value each person, created in love by you.
In your mercy, guide and assist our efforts to promote the dignity and value of all human life, born and unborn. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.
To Protect Life
#Loving God, I thank you for the gift of life you gave and continue to give to me and to all of us.
Merciful God, I ask your pardon and forgiveness for my own failure and the failure of all people to respect and foster all forms of life in our universe.
Gracious God, I pray that with your grace, I and all people will reverence, protect, and promote all life and that we will be especially sensitive to the life of the unborn, the abused, neglected, disabled, and the elderly. I pray, too, that all who make decisions about life in any form will do so with wisdom, love, and courage.
Living God, I praise and glorify you as Father, Source of all life, as Son, Savior of our lives, and as Spirit, Sanctifier of our lives. Amen.

#Almighty God we turn from evil towards you and humbly implore you to grant us
mercy, pardon, life, peace, protection, love, joy and all good things so that we may 
live in harmony with you and one another. We turn to you in the great expectation 
of receiving from you all of these things. Forgive us our sins against you, 
heal our brokenness, and renew our hearts so that we may be one in you. 
Grant wisdom to our leaders to make decisions in accordance with your will for life, 
peace and protection. 
Protect the lives of all human beings, our families, state and country. Guard us. 
Help us to love our enemies, protect us from our enemies, from terrorism, 
from war and from your just judgment. 
Almighty God, we trust in your great mercy. May your reign be recognized on earth. 
Amen.

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LIVING ALONE

Heavenly Father, my true Provider, in all my daily needs, protect and guide me.
Spare me from fire and flood, from thieves, fear and evil in any form.
If sickness or accident befall me, send a messenger of love to attend me.
When I am feeling low, lift up my heart. I live alone dear Lord,
yet because I know your presence is ever near, I will have no fear. Amen.
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LONELINESS

Dear Lord! Make me remember, when the world seems cold and dreary and I know 
not where to turn for comfort, that there is always one spot bright and cheerful, the 
Sanctuary. When I am in desolation of spirit, when all who are dear to me have 
passed away like summer flowers and none are left to love me and care for me, 
whisper to my troubled soul that there is one Friend who dies not, one who's Love
never changes Jesus on the altar. When sorrow thicken and crush me with their 
burden, when I look in vain for comfort, let me remember Your words: 
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will refresh you."
Amen.
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LOVE

Loving Jesus, sweetness of my heart, Your magnetic love draws me to You.
You taught me the meaning of true love By mercifully forgiving all my sins
And dying on the Cross for my salvation. Teach me to embrace such Divine love,
That my actions be the fruits of Your Spirit. 
Transform my soul into pure abounding love,
Enabling me to always walk in righteousness.
Your endowment of love is priceless; Being sought out by all living souls.
Repeatedly, inundate me with Your love!

LOVING OTHERS

Lord, Make me an instrument of your love. May I see each circumstance in my life 
as an opportunity to grow in your love. May I see my environment 
as a place to grow in your love.
May I then take this love to other people...
When I am tempted to become impatient, help me to be patient. 
When I am tempted to become unkind, help me to be kind. 
When I am tempted to become jealous, help me to be tolerant. 
When I am tempted to become boastful or proud, help me give you the glory. 
When I am tempted to be rude or selfish, give me the gift of gentleness. 
When I am tempted to take offense, help me to let go. 
When I am tempted to become angry with someone, give me the gift of forgiveness. 
When I am tempted to become resentful, give me your power to love. 
Lord, grant that I may take no pleasure in criticizing others, 
but that I may see good in them, as you do.
When I begin to concentrate on the faults and failures of others, 
give me courage to praise their accomplishments. 
Help me be loyal to those you give me to love. 
Help me to believe in them, even when they do not believe in themselves. 
To expect the best from them, but accept the best they can give. 
May I always defend them, as you always defend me. 
All gifts and powers come from you. All will come to an end. 
With one important exception, the gift of love!!! Lord, when I was a child, 
I thought like a child, I acted like a child, and I reasoned like a child. 
Now that I have become an adult, I release my childish ways. Amen.
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LOW FEELING

Loving Lord Jesus, whose hands are underneath our lowest feelings 
to support us as we rest in you. Hold me in this dark place 
and sustain my life with your hope. Let the light of your love warm my heart, 
and your Holy Spirit, the comforter,  be with me to lift me up. Amen.

MERCY

Saviour, Majestic Redeemer of mankind, Through Your kindness and forgiveness,
You secured what was rightfully Yours. Having sinned against Your greatness,
Lured away by the prince of darkness, Your mercy released me from bondage.
Grant me the insight of this great mercy, That I may understand the sinful nature
And be as merciful as Your Holy Grace. Merciful Lord, anchor my soul to Heaven,
Never letting it out of Your sight, Ensuring my eternal presence with You!
MILITARY SERVICE
Prayer for Safety of Soldiers
Almighty and eternal God, those who take refuge in you will be glad and forever will shout for joy. Protect these soldiers as they discharge their duties. Protect them with the shield of your strength and keep them safe from all evil and harm. May the power of your love enable them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Prayer for those in the military
Almighty God We stand before you in supplication, Asking Your Divine mercy and protection, To envelop with Your invincible armor, Our loved ones in all branches of the service. Give them courage and strength Against all enemies, Both spiritual and physical, And hasten their safe journey, Back to their homes and families. If it be Your Holy Will That they be gathered to Your bosom, With the eternal vanguard of the saints, Let their journey to Your everlasting arms Be swift and painless, Where they may stand in honor and glory, Praising You for all eternity. Amen.

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NEED

#Heavenly Father, in my present need, help me to believe that you are a wave 
of my anxiety and will do what is best for me. Give me the strength to trust you
and put the present and future in your hands. Grant this through Christ, our Lord.
#Jesus, do not leave me alone in suffering. You know, Lord, how weak I am. 
I am an abyss of wretchedness, I am nothingness itself; So what will be so strange
If You leave me alone and I fall? I am an infant, Lord, So I cannot get along by myself. 
However, beyond all abandonment I trust, And in spite of my own feeling I trust, 
And I am being completely transformed into trust, Often in spite of what I feel. 
Do not lessen any of my sufferings, Only give me strength to bear them. 
Do with me as You please, Lord, Only give me the grace to be able to love You, 
In every event and circumstances. 
Lord, do not lessen my cup of bitterness, Only give me strength 
That I may be able to drink it all. Amen.

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NEGLECTS 

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, 
all its sufferings and all its merits.
First --- To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. 
Second --- To purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life. 
Third --- To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected 
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NURSE'S PRAYER

O my God, teach me to receive the sick in Thy Name.
Give to my efforts success for the glory of Thy Holy Name.
It is Thy work; without Thee, I cannot succeed.
Grant that the sick Thou hast placed in my care may be abundantly blessed, 
and not one of them be lost because of any neglect on my part.
Help me to overcome every temporal weakness, and strengthen  in me whatever
may enable me to bring joy to the lives of those I serve. Give me grace, 
for the sake of Thy sick ones and of those lives that will be influenced by them.
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OBEDIENCE

Jesus, Almighty King of kings, You Who obeyed Your Father to the end,
Teach me the meaning of obedience. My soul burns to comply to Your Will,
Striving to charm Your Divinity. While my worldly nature seeks one way,
My spiritual nature seeks another. Bless me with the strength to obey,
That my soul may subdue both natures, Blending them as a fair aromatic bloom.
I always seek favour in Your eyes, To always obey You until my last breath!

PATIENCE

#Patience is a virtue of the Lord: He awaits the return of His children.
Forgive my trespasses Oh Lord Jesus, For many times have I tested You.
I deserved the wrath of Your hand, But You saw greater things for me:
Your patience has been enormous! Grant me a droplet of such endurance,
That I may abolish my impious impatience, Refraining from using unpleasant words,
And always reflecting Your serenity. Great is the Lord Jesus in His ways!

#God, teach me to be patient, teach me to go slow, Teach me how to wait on You 
when my way I do not know.
Teach me sweet forbearance when things do not go right so I remain unruffled 
when others grow uptight.
Teach me how to quiet my racing, rising heart so I might hear the answer 
You are trying to impart.
Teach me to let go, dear God, and pray undisturbed until my heart is filled with inner 
peace and I learn to know your will. Amen.

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PEACE

 

#Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, Saint Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again  to eternal life.


#O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

#O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you," regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

#Almighty and Eternal God, Give me, I beseech You, the great gift of inward peace.
Command the winds and storms of my unruly passions. Subdue, by Your grace, 
my proneness to love created things too much. Give me a love of suffering for 
Your sake. Make me forbearing and kind to others, that I may avoid quarrels 
and contentions. And teach me constantly to seek after and to acquire that 
perfect resignation to Your Holy Will which alone brings interior peace. Amen.

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PERSEVERANCE

 

A Prayer to obtain Final Perseverance
Eternal Father, I humbly adore Thee, and thank Thee for having created me, and for having redeemed me through Jesus Christ. I thank Thee most sincerely for having made me a Christian, by giving me the true faith, and by adopting me as Thy son, in the sacrament of baptism. I thank Thee for having, after the numberless sins I had committed, waited for my repentance, and for having pardoned (as I humbly hope) all the offences which I have offered to Thee, and for which I am now sincerely sorry, because they have been displeasing to Thee, who art infinite goodness. I thank Thee for having preserved me from so many relapses, of which I would have been guilty if Thou hadst not protected me. But my enemies still continue, and will continue till death, to combat against me, and to endeavor to make me their slave. If Thou dost not constantly guard and succor me with thy aid, I, a miserable creature, shall return to sin, and shall certainly lose Thy grace. I beseech Thee, then, for the love of Jesus Christ, to grant me holy perseverance unto death. Jesus, Thy Son, has promised that Thou wilt grant whatsoever we ask in his name. Through the merits, then, of Jesus Christ, I beg, for myself and for all the just, the grace never again to be separated from Thy love, but to love Thee forever, in time and eternity. Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.

 

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PIETY
Jesus, High Priest of the Laws, Your piety was whole and admirable.
While You dwelled here on earth, Your thoughts were of another world,
Contending a state of pious delight. Teach me piety worthy of the Father
As You effected on the Mount of Olives. May my prayers levitate to Heaven
In the form of melodies and rainbows. Bless me with a life of contemplation
That will enrich my soul eternally. You are my Paragon of pious devotion!
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PILGRIM'S

O God, your gifts of grace to Mary lead us to look at her as our companion on
life's journey, our source of the true bread, Our Lady of the Prairies.
Through her prayer for us, may we know your protection on our pilgrim way
and taste your manna, the bread of life, Jesus, your Son;
through whom, in the Holy Spirit, be all glory to you forever and ever. Amen.
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POLICEMEN

O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal Wisdom embraces the universe, 
Watch over all policemen and Law enforcement officers everywhere.
Protect them from harm In the performance of their duty
To stop crime, robbery, Riots and violence.
We pray, help them keep our streets And homes safe, day and night.
We commend them to your loving care Because their duty is dangerous.
Grant them strength and courage In their daily assignments.
Dear God, protect these brave men and women.
Grant them your almighty protection, Unite them safely with their families after
Duty has ended.Please God, grant us this wish.

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PRESENT MOMENT

Dear God, I spend so much time reliving yesterday or anticipating tomorrow 
that I lose sight of the only time that is really mine, the present moment. 
You give today one moment at a time. That's all I have, all I ever will have. 
Give the faith which knows that each moment contains exactly what is best for me. 
Give the hope which trusts You enough to forget past failings and future trials. 
Give the love which makes each moment an anticipation of eternity with You. 
We ask this in the name of Jesus Who is the same yesterday, today and forever. 
Amen. 

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PRISONERS

O Divine Prisoner of the sanctuary, Who for love of us and for our salvation 
not only enclosed Yourself  within the narrow confines of human nature 
and then hid Yourself under the veils of the Sacramental Species, 
but also continually live in the tabernacle! Hear our prayer which rises to You 
from within these walls and which longs to express to You our affection, 
our sorrow, and the great need we have of You in our tribulations,
above all, in the loss of freedom which so distresses us. 
For some of us, there is probably a voice in the depths of conscience 
which says we are not guilty; that only a tragic judicial error has led us to this prison. 
In this case, we will draw comfort from remembering that You, 
the most August of all victims, were also condemned despite Your innocence. 
Or perhaps, instead, we must lower our eyes to conceal our blush of shame, 
and beat our breast. But, even so, 
we also have the remedy of throwing ourselves into Your arms, 
certain that You understand all errors, forgive all sins, 
and generously restore Your grace to him who turns to You in repentance. 
And finally, there are those among us who have succumbed to sin so often 
through the course of our earthly lives that even the best among men mistrust us, 
and we ourselves hardly know how to set out on the new road of regeneration. 
But despite all this, in the most hidden corner of our soul a voice of trust and comfort 
whispers Your words, promising us the help of Your light and Your grace if we want
to return to what is good. May we, 0 Lord, never forget that the day of trial 
is an opportune time for purifying the spirit, practicing the highest virtues, 
and acquiring the greatest merits. 
Let not our afflicted hearts be affected by that disgust which dries up everything, 
or by that distrust which leaves no room for brotherly sentiments 
and which prepared the road for bad counsel. 
May we always remember that, in depriving us of the freedom of our bodies, 
no one has been able to deprive us of freedom of the soul, which during the long 
hours of our solitude can rise to You to know You better and love You more each  
day. Grant, 0 Divine Saviour, help and resignation to the dear ones 
who mourn our absence. 
Grant peace and quiet to this world which has rejected us but which we love 
and to which we promise our co-operation as good citizens for the future. 
Grant that our sorrows may be a salutary example to many souls 
and that they may thus be protected against the dangers of following our path. 
But above all, grant us the grace of believing firmly in You, 
of filially hoping in You, and of loving You: Who, with the Father 
and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever. Amen. 
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, make us love Thee more and more!
Our Lady of Hope, pray for us! Saint Dismas, the Good Thief, pray for us! 

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PROTECTION

O My God, I adore Thee and I love Thee with all my heart. 
I thank Thee for having created me, for having made me a Catholic 
and for having watched over me this day. 
Pardon me for the evil I have done this day; and if I have done any good, 
deign to accept it. 
Watch over me while I take my rest and deliver me from danger. 
May Thy grace be always with me. Amen.
Against Fire 
Almighty and eternal God, we ask Your protection against destroying fire. 
Fire is so very necessary for our existence, and yet, when it gets out of control, 
it can be more damaging than anything else. Keep our homes and buildings 
and woods and fields safe from this scourge. Help us always to be most careful 
in our use of it. Help us especially in the winter time when we need and use
 it most. For then, if our homes are destroyed by fire, we suffer more than ever.
Give us, too, we humbly pray You, a saving fear of the fires of passion, 
and the help of Your grace to control them. Help us also to fear the fires of hell, 
that we may always keep away from serious sin, and live lives of goodness 
and virtue, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Against Storms and Floors 
Graciously hear us, O Lord, when we call upon You, and grant unto our 
supplications a calm atmosphere, that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, 
may, by Your protecting mercy, experience pardon. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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PRUDENCE

Jesus, artful Master of Parables, Your prudence eluded the hypocrites. Your actions 
were known before creation, Displaying all the wisdom of Your prudence. Eternity
 must have attended to minutia. Being prudent in Your best interest, You considered
 all potential consequences, Securing the outcome of Your earthly life. Grant me the 
prudence to always be cautious And sensitive to the basic needs of others. 
Jesus, You have shown great foresight, Prudence truly originates from Your Being.
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PURITY

Jesus, Lover of chastity, Mary, Mother most pure, and Joseph, chaste guardian of 
the Virgin, to you I come at this hour, begging you to plead with God for me. I 
earnestly wish to be pure in thought, word and deed in imitation of your own holy 
purity. Obtain for me, then, a deep sense of modesty which will be reflected in my 
external conduct. Protect my eyes, the windows of my soul, from anything that
 might dim the luster of a heart that must mirror only Christ like purity.
And when the "Bread of Angels becomes the Bread of me" in my heart at 
Holy Communion, seal it forever against the suggestions of sinful pleasures.
Heart of Jesus, Fount of all purity, have mercy on us. 

RAIN

#Almighty God, we are in need of rain. We realize now, looking up into the clear, 
blue sky, what a marvel even the least drop of rain really is. 
To think that so much water can fall out of the sky, which now is empty and clear! 
We place our trust in You. We are sure that You know our needs. 
But You want us to ask You anyway, to show You that we know we are dependent 
on You. Look on our dry hills and fields, dear God, 
and bless them with the living blessing of soft rain. Then the land will rejoice, 
and the rivers will sing Your praises, and the hearts of men will be made glad.Amen.
#O God, in Whom we live and move, and have our being, grant us rain, 
in due abundance, that, being sufficiently helped with temporal, 
we may the more confidently seek after eternal gifts. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen
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RECONCILIATION

Gracious God, Ruler of the earth and its people not by terror but in love;
we worship you.
We confess that too often our words hurt others and our deeds are selfish;
forgive us.
In this time of uncertainty and fear, help us to love our enemies
and do good to those who hate us, in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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RENEW

Glory to you, O Lord our God, Your love calls us to be your people.
By sharing our many and diverse gifts we share in your mission. 
We ask you, Lord, to shape us into a community of faith. 
Nourish us by your word and sacraments that we may grow into the image of Jesus. 
Through the power of your Holy Spirit, heal us that we, in turn,
may heal the wounded. Form us to be instruments of love, 
justice, and peace in our land, and send us to proclaim your saving work. 
RENEW us, Lord, that we may renew the face of the earth. Amen.

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REPENTANCE

 

A Prayer to Redeem Lost Time
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in "wedding garments." Amen

 

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REQUEST

 

Prayer in Autumn for Country Living
Good and generous Lord, You have once more brought the year full circle, through planting and growing and ripening to harvest time, and autumn.
We thank You for the sun and the wind, the rain and the dew, the minerals of the earth and all the plants that grow and all the beasts and birds of farm and field. We marvel at Your wonderful ways of bringing food from the earth for man's good.
Dear God, help us to use Your rich gifts as You want us to. Teach us to share them with our neighbor when he is in need. Make us see, in the marvelous succession of seasons, and in the growth and ripening of our crops, the merciful, generous hand of Your divine providence.
Help us to realize, too, that if we keep Your commandments and live according to the inspirations of Your grace, we shall also reap a plentiful harvest in the autumn of our lifetime: a harvest that we will be able to enjoy for ever and ever, where no rust can destroy, nor blight spoil any least part of it. Amen.

 

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RESOLUTION

Most merciful Jesus, from now on I want whatever You want. 
I have made up my mind to avoid all sin and to follow You with bravery and courage. 
I will try above all to correct myself in this particular matter 
(here mention one thing that you are going to avoid before next confession). 
O my Redeemer, strengthen my resolution by the merits of the Blood You shed for 
me on Calvary. I really want to make up for the past. 
With Your help, which I humbly ask for, I will try hard to do whatever You want of me.
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RESPECT

I genuflect before You Honorable Jesus, Respecting Your Will, Plan and Judgment!
You overcame earthly evil temptations, Maintaining Self-respect to the end.
Jesus, You are my code of conduct; I strive to comply with Your precepts.
Teach me all I need to know about respect, Its mastery being my long-term objective.
May this include learning to listen, Allowing others to share their opinions.
May my respect towards other humans Truly reflect Your love towards all!

SALVATION

 

Eternal Father, Thy Son has promised that Thou wilt grant us all the graces which we ask Thee for in His name. In the name, therefore, and by the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask the following graces for myself and for all mankind:
And first, I pray Thee to give me a lively faith in all that the holy Roman Church teaches me. Enlighten me also, that I may know the vanity of the goods of this world, and the immensity of the Infinite Good that Thou art; make me also see the deformity of the sins I have committed, that I may humble myself and detest them as I ought; and, on the other hand, show me how worthy Thou art, by reason of Thy goodness, that I should love Thee with all my heart. Make me know also the love Thou has borne me, that from this day forward I may try to be grateful for so much goodness.
Secondly, give me a firm confidence in Thy mercy of receiving the pardon of my sins, holy perseverance, and, finally, the glory of paradise, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary.
Thirdly, give me a great love toward Thee, which shall detach me from the love of this world and of myself, so that I may love none other but Thee, and that I may neither do nor desire anything else but what is for Thy glory.
Fourthly, I beg of Thee a perfect resignation to Thy will, in accepting with tranquility sorrows, infirmities, contempt, persecutions, aridity of spirit, loss of property, of esteem, of relations, and every other cross which shall come to me from Thy hands. I offer myself entirely to Thee, that thou may do with me, and all that belongs to me, what thou pleases; do Thou only give me light and strength to do Thy will, and, especially at the hour of death, help me to sacrifice my life to Thee with all the affection I am capable of, in union with the sacrifice which Thy Son Jesus Christ made of His life on the cross of Calvary.
Fifthly, I beg of Thee a great sorrow for my sins, which may make me grieve over them as long as I live, and weep for the insults I have offered Thee, the Sovereign Good, who art worthy of infinite love, and who hast loved me so much.
Sixthly, I pray Thee to give me the spirit of true humility and meekness, that I may accept with peace, and even with joy, all the contempt, ingratitude and ill-treatment that I may receive. At the same time I also pray Thee to give me perfect charity, which shall make me wish well to those who have done evel to me, and to do what good I can, at least by praying, for those who have in any way injured me.
Seventhly, I beg of Thee to give me a love for the virtue of holy mortification, by which I may chastise my rebellious senses, and cross my self-love; at the same time I beg Thee to give me holy purity of body, and the grace to resist all bad temptations, by ever having recourse to Thee and Thy most Holy Mother.
Give me the grace faithfully to obey my spiritual father and all my superiors in all things. Give me an upright intention, that in all I desire and do I may seek only Thy glory, and to please Thee alone. Give me a great confidence in the Passion of Jesus Christ, and in the intercession of Mary Immaculate. Give me a great love toward the most Adorable Sacrament of the Altar, and a tender devotion and love to Thy Holy Mother. Give me, I pray Thee, above all, holy perseverance, and the grace always to pray for it, especially in time of temptation and at the hour of death.
Lastly, I recommend to Thee the holy souls in Purgatory, my relations and benefactors; and in an especial manner I recommend to Thee all those who hate me, or who have in any way offended me; I beg of Thee to render them good for the evil they have done, or may wish to do me. I also recommend to Thee all infidels, heretics, and all poor sinners; give them light and strength to deliver themselves from sin. O, most loving God, make Thyself known and loved by all, but especially by those who have been more ungrateful to Thee than others, so that by Thy goodness I may come one day to sing Thy mercies in paradise; for my hope is in the merits of Thy Blood, and in the patronage of Mary. O Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me! So I hope; so may it be!

 

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SEAFARERS

Heavenly Father:  we pray to You for those on the perilous ocean 
that You will embrace them with your mighty protection 
and grant them success in all their rightful undertakings. 
Grant them in all hours of need to see that they have a God who remembers them, 
and grant them grace in the hour of danger to commit their souls into Your hands. 
0 Lord Jesus Christ, 
Who can rebuke the storm and bring it to silence, and lay the roaring waves to rest, 
show them who call to You out of the deep that You hear their prayer and will 
save them. And finally bring us all to the only safe port. Amen.

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SELF-MOTIVATION

Omnipotent God, vitality of life, Your strength supplies my motivation.
I am stirred in the path of Your Will. Maintain my self-motivation to always
Search, find, examine, will and act Upon the truths placed before me.
May I become a driving force for others, Encouraging them to pick up their crosses
And follow the virtuous road of life. I thank You for Your continued vigour
That coexists in my whole being, My soul, my spirit and by body!
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SELF-SACRIFICE

Jesus, tender and loving Lamb of God, Utmost Sacrifice of all sacrifices,
Your glory is reverberated in the highest. Being preoccupied with my well-being,
You chose to self-sacrificed Yourself, Setting aside all Your personal glories.
I thank You Lord Jesus for Your act of love! Your action has drawn me closer to You.
Teach me to model in smaller things, To sacrifice in order to help others,
Guiding my soul to endure abstinence. Lamb of God, I thank you endlessly!

SERENITY

O God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time.
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as he did, the sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that he will make all things right if I surrender to His will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever.
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SERVICE

Selflessness
O Dearly beloved Word of God, teach me to be generous, to serve Thee as Thou dost deserve, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fretting at my wounds, to labor without seeking rest, to spend myself without looking for any reward other than that of knowing that I do Thy holy will. Amen.

 

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SLEEPLESSNESS

Lord Jesus Christ, During Your earthly sojourn You went sleepiness at times 
and spent whole nights in prayer. But there were many other times when You slept.
I cannot seem to get to sleep these nights and I cannot even pray.
Please help me cure this sickness, Lord, for I desperately need sleep to do my work 
and to behanve as a pleasant human being as well as to act in a Christian manner.  
Enable me to get a goods nights sleep, or at least to spend my time in prayer with 
You. Thank You Lord.   

SOCIETY

O Jesus, come back into our society, our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.
Enlighten with the splendor of faith and the charity of your tender heart
the souls of those who work for the good of the people, for your poor.
Impart in them your own spirit, a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness,
preserving the flame of enthusiasm ever alight in their hearts.
May that day come very soon, when we shall see you 
restored to the center of civic life, borne on the shoulders of your joyful people.
Social Justice
Lord Jesus, Carpenter and King, supreme Sovereign of all men, look with tender mercy upon the multitudes of our day who bear the indignities of injustice everywhere. Raise up leaders in every land dedicated to Your standards of order, equity, and justice. Grant unto us, Lord Jesus, the grace to be worthy members of Your Mystical Body, laboring unceasingly to fulfill our vocation in the social apostolate of Your Church. Sharpen our intellects to pierce the pettiness of prejudice; to perceive the beauty of true human brotherhood. Guide our minds to a meaningful understanding of the problems of the poor, of the oppressed, of the unemployed, of all in need of assistance anywhere. Guide our hearts against the subtle lure of earthly things and undue regard for those who possess them. May we hunger and thirst after justice always. Amen.
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SOLACE

May Christ support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over and our work is done.
Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last. Amen. 

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SOLITUDE

Jesus, teaching the value of solitude, You reserved many moments to reflect.
You often departed for solitary places, Withdrawing Yourself into the wilderness,
Or going up into a mountain to pray. In loneliness, You spoke to the Father!
Teach me how to pray in seclusion, To perceive the Father within myself.
Teach me to welcome solitary moments, To enjoy the solitude within myself,
While listening to Your inspirations. In solitude, Your mysteries are uncovered!
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SOMEONE SPECIAL

May the grace and blessing of the Sacred Heart be with you,
The peace of the Sacred Heart encompass You;
The merits of the Sacred Heart plead for you;
The love of the Sacred Heart inflame you;
The sorrows of the Sacred Heart console you;
The zeal of the Sacred Heart animate you;
The virtues of the Sacred Heart shine forth in your word and work;
And may the joys of the beatific vision be your eternal reward. Amen.

SORROW

God of all consolation, in your unending love and mercy for us,
you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life.
Show compassion to your people in sorrow.
Be our refuge and our strength to lift us from the darkness of this grief
to peace and joy in your presence. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
For Sin
Lord Jesus hanging on the Cross, I raise sorrowful and shameful eyes to you. 
You have granted me untold blessings and I have repaid you by contributing to your 
Passion and death. 
My hands took part in your scourging, my voice was among those who denied you 
and called for your death, my thoughts brought about your crowning with thorns, 
my sins drove the nails into your hands and feet, the lance into your side. 
Dear Lord, forgive me for all these sins. You are great, glorious, and infinitely good; 
I am insignificant, selfish, and hopelessly sinful. But I am sorry for all my sins, 
and by the Blood shed in your Passion, I beg for forgiveness and for a share in
your love and grace. Amen.
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STRENGTH

Lord Jesus Christ, I'm upset and disturbed, and I pray that You will grant me the 
grace of inner Peace. As You commanded the storm winds at sea to be calm,
command the storms in my life to be calmed. Give me the patience I need to cope
with the burdens and anxieties of my life. Grant me the strength to better deal with
my problems, and the understanding to be more tolerant and kind to others. 
Teach me to seek after Your will which alone brings peace of mind 
and peace of heart. Amen.
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SUBMISSION

Jesus, You endured total submission, Showing me the way to refined living.
Submitted to the Father until the end, You fulfilled the Celestial Plan.
Teach me the meaning of meekness, My will complying to the Heavenly Father.
Remove my weaknesses of disobedience, Shaping me to the Will of God Almighty.
Guide me on the road of resignation, Mounding my soul into total submission.
I walk in the path of righteousness, Hand in hand with the Lord Jesus!

SUCCESS

Almighty God, whose hands hold all matters of life, 
give me grace of success in the work that I do. 
Help me to give it the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to success. 
Watch over me and govern my actions, that I may not mar its perfection. Show me
 how to give my best, and let me not despise the toil that is necessary to complete it. 
Make my life a successful one, in that every duty you give to me, 
I do it well. Give me the blessing of your help and guidance, 
and suffer me not to fail. In Jesus' name. Amen.

SUFFERING

Behold me, my beloved Jesus, weighed down under the burden of my trials and 
sufferings, I cast myself at Your feet, that You may renew my strength and my 
courage, while I rest here in Your Presence. Permit me to lay down my cross in Your 
Sacred Heart, for only Your infinite goodness can sustain me; only Your love can
 help me bear my cross; only Your powerful hand can lighten its weight.
O Divine King, Jesus, whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted, I wish to live
 in You; suffer and die in You. During my life be to me my model and my support;
At the hour of my death, be my hope and my refuge. Amen

SUPPLICATION

O Holy Souls, as one truly devoted to you I promise never to forget you, 
and continually to pray to the Most High for your release.  
I beseech you to respond to this offering which I make to you, 
and obtain for me from God, with Whom you are so powerful 
on behalf of the living, that I may be freed from all dangers of soul and body.
I beg both for myself and for my relations and benefactors, 
friends and enemies, pardon for our sins, and the grace of perseverance in good, 
whereby we may save our souls.  Obtain for us peace of heart; 
assist us in all our actions; succor us promptly in all our spiritual and temporal 
needs; console and defend us in our dangers.
Pray for the Supreme Pontiff, for the exaltation of Holy Church, 
for peace between nations, for Christian rulers, and for tranquility among peoples; 
and grant that we may one day all rejoice together in paradise. Amen.

SURVIVING

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that while we lament the departure of Thy servant, 
we may always remember that we are most certainly to follow him.  
Give us grace to prepare for the last hour by a good and holy life, 
that we may not be taken unprepared by sudden death, 
but may be ever on the watch, that, when Thou shalt call, 
we may go forth to meet the Bridegroom, and enter with Him into glory everlasting.  
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O most wise and merciful Lord, Who hast ordained this life as a passage to the 
future, confining our repentance to the time of our pilgrimage here, and reserving for 
hereafter the state of punishment and reward; vouchsafe to us who are yet alive, 
and have still the opportunity to reconciliation with Thee, the grace so to watch over
all our actions, and to correct every slightest wandering from the true way of heaven, 
that we may not be surprised with our sins uncancelled, or our duties unfulfilled; 
but when our bodies shall go down in the grave, our souls may ascend to Thee, 
and dwell with Thee forever in the mansions of eternal bliss.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour. Amen.
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TEACHER'S PRAYER

Help me to be a fine teacher, to keep peace in the classroom,
peace between my students and myself, to be kind and gentle
to each and every one of my students.
Help me to be merciful to my students, to balance mercy and discipline
in the right measure for each student, to give genuine praise as much as possible,
to give constructive criticism in a manner that is palatable to my students.
Help me remain conscientious enough to keep my lessons always interesting,
to recognize what motivates each of my students, to accept my student's limitations
and not hold it against them. 
Help me not to judge my students too harshly, to be fair to all, to be a good role 
model, but most of all Lord, help me to show your love to all of my students. Amen.
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TEEN PRAYER
Jesus, the Bread of Life, taken, blessed, broken 
and given away so that all might be healed and have life. 
Father, take the lives of our teens. We offer them to You with open hands. 
Through the example of Jesus, teach them to surrender their lives fully to You. 
Bless them with the knowledge that they are Your beloved ones and that they truly
belong to a community of love and mercy. Break open their hearts so that the seed 
of the Word and the power of the Eucharist can be planted in fertile ground, take 
root and transform their lives. Give these teens to the world with the power of the
Holy Spirit to witness to the love of Jesus and serve Him in each person they meet. 
Let this Life Teen ministry be bread for the world. 
As Christ gave You thanks and fed many, may we give You thanks for this ministry 
and ask You to "multiply" it and nurture its growth for Your glory. Amen. 

TEMPERANCE

Jesus, You practiced temperance; You were the Model of self-restraint,
Never over-indulging in the temporal. My body being the Temple of the Lord,
I must treat it with ongoing respect. Self-abuse destroys the body;
Be it alcohol, drugs, or excess food. Lord Jesus, bestow fortitude upon me
For my soul to control my body, To practice the virtue of temperance.
Jesus, You are the source of my vigour. Through You, all is possible!
 

TRIALS

O good Jesus, I accept willingly this trial which it has pleased You to lay upon me. 
I confide all my pains to your Sacred Heart,  and beg You to unite them with
Your bitter sufferings, and thus perfect them by making them Your own. 
Since I cannot render You the praise due to You because of the multitude of my 
sorrows and afflictions, I ask You to praise God the Father for all I suffer, 
with the same tribute of praise You offered Him when Your agony on the Cross 
was at its height. 
As You thanked Him with all the powers of Your soul  for all the sufferings and 
injustice which He willed You should endure, so, I pray You, give Him thanks for 
my trials also. Offer my sufferings, physical and spiritual, to Him together with 
Your most holy pains to His eternal honour and glory. Amen.

TRUST

#O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.
#My trust is in sweet Jesus: He is my passport to heaven!
I place my life in His gentle hands; He will guide me along the rainbow.
My blind trust is His to guide, May my soul reflect His light.
I look around and see Jesus' help; I know He is worthy of my trust.
Sweet Jesus, remain by my side, Never letting my trust be shaken!
May I learn to share my trust with others, So Jesus will be known to all!

UNBORN

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, 
those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life. 
Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today
who are not thinking of motherhood. 
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image, as well as theirs,
made for eternal life. 
Dispel their fear of selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies
and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord Who lives and reigns with
 You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen. 

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UNDERSTANDING

Lord Jesus Christ, grant me the gift of understanding. 
Help me to understand the feelings of others, the desires of others, 
the goals of others. At the same time, help me to understand myself 
in my actions and reactions. Widen my vision beyond my own small world 
to embrace with knowledge and love the worlds of others. 
Help me, Lord, to always see you at work in my own life and in the lives of others. 
Bless me with insight, acceptance and love that is tempered by you 
who are all things to all men. Help me to understand, Lord. Amen.

UNEASINESS

Dear Father, who answers our prayers, 
Help me to be steadfast in my praying to you, even to stay awake that I may pray! 
Fill my life with thanksgiving to you. 
O God, I pray for all your servants everywhere that you may open a door for us to 
proclaim your Word, to declare the now-public secret, Christ crucified, glorified, 
and coming, and to make the message clear, as we ought to speak. 
In the name of Jesus I ask you to fill our lives with your holy life 
and to claim all our motives and deeds as your own. Amen.
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WAR
Deceased Veterans
O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son, they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Enemies
Jesus, Prince of Peace, you have asked us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. We pray for our enemies and those who oppose us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may all people learn to work together for that justice which brings true and lasting peace. To you be glory and honor for ever and ever.
Fallen Soldiers
#Dear Lord Jesus and Mary, Mother of God, Hold all these brave souls in the palm of your hand, comfort them and their families. Send angels of protection, love, and comfort to all the service men and women still at war, bring them home safely and comfort their families. We ask all our prayers in Jesus' name. Amen.
#All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his native land
and departed from his people You kept him safe through all his journeys.
Protect these soldiers. 
Be their constant companion and their strength in battle, their refuge in every 
adversity. Guide them, O Lord, that they may return home in safety.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Families and Friends Left at Home
O God, Protector of all people and nations, protect my family and friends at home from the violence and evil of others. Keep them safe from the weapons of hate and destruction and guard them against the deeds of evildoers. Grant them your protection and care in tranquility and peace. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Innocent Victims 
Lord God, your own Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked, yet he prayed for his persecutors and overcame hatred with the blood of the Cross. Relive the sufferings of the innocent victims of war; grant them peace of mind, healing of body, and a renewed faith in your protection and care. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Refugees Victims 
Lord God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost, and those who have left home or who have run away from home. Bring them back safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and to all in need Grant this through Christ our Lord.

WISDOM

Great is the wisdom of the Lord! God Almighty, Your Wisdom includes
An understanding of what is fair, What is logical, what is true,
What is right and what is lasting. It mirrors Your pure intellect!
I entreat You to grant me such Wisdom, That my labours may reflect Your insight.
Your Wisdom expands in Your creations, Displaying complexity and multiplicity.
Your Wisdom is an eternity ahead of man. May Your wisdom flourish forever!

WORK

O Jesus, sweet Jesus, O Jesus divine, My life and my death unto Thee I resign.
Every action of mine shall Thy patronage claim; For whatever I do shall be done
 in Thy name.
(Renew your good intention as the beginning of any important work or duty) 
All in the name of Jesus.
All for the glory of God.
All for Jesus.
All for the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the immaculate heart of Mary.
In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, enlighten my mind and direct my will, 
that I may do what is pleasing to Thee and conductive to my salvation.
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World Peace

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to
overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated
from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice,
nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we
and all men were created.

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WRAPPING GIFTS

Dear Lord, I am tired. I sit here surrounded by ribbons and paper, gifts and tags 
and I struggle to feel the spirit of giving. 
I can barely remember which gift is for whom and at moments it all seems so far
from your birth. 
Help me to take this moment to think of the many gifts you have given to me, 
the many ways your grace has blessed my life. 
Help me to remember that each gift is a tiny mirror of the generosity 
I see so clearly in your life and of the many ways you shower me with such lavish 
and undeserved love. 
Let me sit here for just a moment and feel that joy in my heart. Thank you. Amen.