Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene



PRAYER TO ST. MARY MAGDALENE

Saint Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus,thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.
You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some dayI may share in the same everlasting joy.
Amen

Prayer for our family


PRAYER FOR OUR FAMILY

Heavenly Father,you have given us the model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O Loving Father,to make our family another Nazareth where love,
peace and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative,intensely eucharistic,
revived with joy.

Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow in family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,especially in their distressing disguise.
May the eucharistic heart of Jesus make our hearts humble like his and help us to carry
out our family duties in a holy way.May we love one another as God loves each one of us,
more and more each day,and forgive each other's faults as you forgive our sins.
Help us, O Loving Father,to take whatever you give and give whatever you take with a big smile.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,cause of our joy, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Holy Guardian Angels,be always with us,guide and protect us.

Amen.

(Author: Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

The Apostles Creed



We 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,
and sitteth 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.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel



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.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Novena Prayer in Honor of St. Catherine of Siena



St Catherine of Siena Doctor of The Church-Mystic and Stigmatist

Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honour her merits and hear her prayers for each of us, and for our whole parish family dedicated to her. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbour of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men's souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition . . . (pause to pray for your own intentions). We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

Peace of Christ to ALL




Friday, August 26, 2005

Prayer to Saint Justin Martyr



O God who revealed to Saint Justin
in the sufferings of the Cross,
the great wisdom of Jesus Christ,
grant that through the pleadings
of Your Martyr and our Patron
we may overcome the many errors
that surround us and that our faith
may grow ever stronger.

In deep humility we pray O Lord for
the strength to imitate Saint Justin in
his constant efforts to make known
the riches of the Faith to his fellowmen.
Grant us the grace to be ever mindful
of the many blessings we have received from You.
Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Mary's Magnificat



Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55 NAB)

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE SMILE

Gentle Mary, My Mother,
I place before you the worries,
hurts and hopes of my heart.
They shrink my soul and I feel heavy and hopeless.
Darkness closes in around me.
I reach out to you, bright Lady of Hope.
Smile on me.
Smile on my loved ones and the intentions I place before you.
(Mention your intentions here...)

Your tender smile works miracles and heals,
as you did with St. Thérèse, the Little Flower.
You are my true Mother.
You show the tender mercy of God.
Smile on me, Blessed Mother,
and all will be well.
Amen

Chaplet of Divine Mercy


Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet is prayed on traditional rosary beads.

Beginning on the Crucifix, recite the Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day, He rose again. He ascended into heaven.
He is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from whence 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

Next, pray "The Lord's Prayer": 
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.

Next, pray three "Hail Mary" prayers: 
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Next, pray one "Glory Be" prayer: 
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen!

Begin the first decade, and each decade thereafter, with the Offering prayer, (on the bead that corresponds to the Our Father bead on the regular rosary): 
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world.

Then, on each of the 10 Mercy beads (which correspond to the hail Mary beads on the rosary), pray: For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world. Repeat this on all five of the decades of the chaplet.

Finally, on each of the three beads of the pendant leading to the Crucifix, pray: 
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Prayer to Saints John Bosco and Mary Mazzarello


God of mercy, You called Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello to be leaders and teachers of the young. Grant that inspired by their ardent charity we may serve You alone and never tire of bringing others to Your Kingdom.
Amen.

Monday, August 22, 2005

A Prayer To St. Mariana de Jesus


Blessed St. Mariana de Jesus, Lily of Quito, thou didst live a most innocent, pure and radiant life in this world by constant prayer and penance, by faithful love to God and by serving the weak and less fortunate men. Intercede for us that God may grant us the grace to imitate your virtues in order that we may persevere in the way of the Gospel and join thee in Eternity forever. Amen

Prayer to St John Bosco


O God, Who didst raise up Saint John, Thy Confessor, to be the father and the teacher of the youth, and Who by him, with the help of the Virgin Mary, didst promote new families in Thy Church: grant, we beseech Thee, that inflamed by the same fire of love, we may win souls and serve Thee alone. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Prayers to Saint Andrew

First Prayer:

O Glorious Saint Andrew,
you were the first to recognize
and follow the Lamb of God.
With your friend Saint John
you remained with Jesus for that first day,
for your entire life,
and now throughout eternity.
As you led your brother Saint Peter to Christ
and many others after him,
draw us also to him.
Teach us to lead others to Christ
solely out of love for him
and dedication in his service.
Help us to learn the lesson of the Cross
and to carry our daily crosses without
complaint so that they may carry us to Jesus.
Amen
Second Prayer:
Brother of Simon Peter,
you heard John the Baptist say:
"Behold the Lamb of God,"
and yoou chose to follow Jesus.
Leaving your nets, you became
a successful fisher of souls.
Lover of the Crucified Christ,
you too were crucified like him.
Teach us to live and suffer for him
and to win many souls for Christ.
Amen

Catholic Evening Prayers


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.

(By Saint Antiochus)

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. 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.

(By Saint Antiochus)

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.

(By Saint Macarius)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Prayer to Our Lady of Lavang



Prayer to Our Lady of Lavang

Prayer Blessed Lady of Lavang be my mother and comfort me,
especially in times of trial and unhappiness.
Enter my heart and stay with me wherever I may go.
Grant that one day, through you, I may find rest and peace in my Father's house.
Amen

Friday, August 19, 2005

Prayer To Our Holy Mother


Hail and praise be unto thee, Mary, whom God Almighty has exalted above all of his other servants!! God has entrusted us unto your care and graciously grants any request that you make of Him on our behalf, if it is in accordance with His Divine Will. Our hearts burn with zeal as we honor you our Mother. We love you as a child loves a mother and you love us as mother loves her children. Please guide us, your little ones, to our Eternal and Almighty Father God through our prayers and through your love for us. Many in this world may slander and degrade you while still claiming to exalt God, please forgive them and pray for them for they may dishearten your devoted children. May we be made worthy of the promises of Christ through your prayers. You love us so freely and we are so unworthy of it. You love us because God and Christ loved us first. Mary, mother, I love you. Amen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Prayer to the Trinity



Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore; help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You...even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to "clothe me with Yourself," to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior.

O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance.

O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, "come upon me," and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little crature; "cover her with Your shadow," seeing in her only the "Beloved in whom You are well pleased."

O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Prayer of Saint Ignatius of Antioch


Prayer for Martyrdom of Saint of Ignatius of Antioch

I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God.... I long after the Lord, the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ. Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.... I am eager to die for the sake of Christ. My love has been crucified, and there is no fire in me that loves anything. But there is living water springing up in me, and it says to me inwardly: Come to the Father.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Monday, August 15, 2005

Favorite Scripture: Revelation Chapter 12



Revelation Chapter 12
1
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
2
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
3
Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.
4
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.
5
She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
6
The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.
10
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night.

Prayer of Saint Bernadette


Prayer of Saint Bernadette

"Let the crucifix be not only in my eyes and on my breast, but in my heart.O Jesus! Release all my affections and draw them upwards. Let my crucified heart sink forever into Thine and bury itself in the mysterious wound made by the entry of the lance."


Prayer to St. Bernadette

O Saint Bernadette, who, as a meek and pure child, did eighteen times at Lourdes contemplate the beauty of the Immaculate Mother of God and received her messages, and who afterwards wished to hide yourself from the world in the convent of Nevers, and to offer thyself there as a victim for the conversion of sinners, obtain for us the grace of purity, simplicity and mortification that we also may attain to the vision of God and of Mary in Heaven. Amen.
Peace of Christ to ALL

PRAYER TO THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY


PRAYER TO THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Prayer to Saint Teresa of the Andes




Prayer to St Teresa of the Andes

St Teresa of the Andes, under Mary's care, you became a young woman in love with Jesus Christ. You are a model of holiness and a way of perfection for the Church.
You knew how to laugh, to love, to play and to serve. You were mighty in accepting sorrows and generous in your love.

You knew how to contemplate God in the simple things of life.

Show us the Father's love so that we might live joyfully in friendship and with gentleness in our family.

Help those who are weak and sad so that the Holy Spirit may awaken hope in them.

Intercede for us - and for the world - pleading for love and peace.

St Teresa of Los Andes, beloved daughter of the Church, religious sister of Carmel, friend of young and old, and servant of the poor, pray for us each day. Amen.

Prayer to Jesus

Lord Jesus, you chose St Teresa of Los Andes to show us the joy of knowing and loving you. She left us a message of love, self-sacrifice and humility. She now continues from heaven the work begun on earth, of interceding for family unity, for priestly and religious vocations, for those who are in sorrow and need, and for the conversion of inactive and lukewarm Catholics.
Lord, we thank you for St Teresa of Los Andes.

May she who proclaimed God is infinite joy be a model for young and old, and strengthen us in faith, hope and love. May she help to restore to the family of the faith those who have lost their way, especially those for whom we now pray.... Amen

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Prayer Before a Picture of Jesus (Blessed Titus Brandsma)


Prayer Before a Picture of Jesus

O Jesus, when I look on you
My love for you starts up anew,
And tells me that your heart loves me
And you my special friend would be.

More courage I will need for sure,
But any pain I will endure,
Because it makes me like to you
And leads unto your kingdom too.

In sorrow do I find my bliss,
For sorrow now no more is this:
Rather the path that must be trod,
That makes me one with you, my God.

Oh, leave me here alone and still,
And all around the cold and chill.
To enter here I will have none;
I weary not when I'm alone.

For, Jesus you are at my side;
Never so close did we abide.
Stay with me, Jesus, my delight,
Your presence near makes all things right.


Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit


PRAYER FOR THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(By Saint Anthony of Padua)

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.

The Holy Rosary*



Start by making the sign of the Cross:

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

Then recite the Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,Creator of heaven and earth,and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,and born of the Virgin Mary.He suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died and was buried.He descended into hell.On the third day He rose again.He ascended into heaven,and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.He will come again 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.

Then say 1 "Our Father", 3 "Hail Mary's" for the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity; and then 1 "Glory Be":

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.

HAIL MARY, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.
Amen.

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 Rosary is divided into three parts, each having five mysteries. While meditating on the Mysteries, recite:

1 "Our Father"
10 "Hail Mary's" and
1 "Glory Be"
for each Mystery.

After each Mystery the "Fatima Prayer" is said:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.
Amen

All together this makes up one decade.
After the completion of the five mysteries (five decades), the "Hail Holy Queen" is said :

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 us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen


THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES (Mondays and Saturdays, may be said on Sundays during Advent and Christmas):

1. The Annunciation  2. The Visitation  3. The Nativity  4. The Presentation  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES (Tuesdays and Fridays, may be said on Sundays during Lent ):

1. The Agony in the Garden  2. The Scourging at the Pillar  3. The Crowning with Thorns  4. The Carrying of the Cross  5. The Crucifixion

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES (Wednesdays and Sundays):

1. The Resurrection  2. The Ascension  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit  4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (Thursdays):

1. The Baptism in the Jordan  2. The Wedding at Cana  3. Proclamation of the Kingdom  4. The Transfiguration  5. Institution of the Eucharist
For the intentions of the Holy Father, one may recite at this point 1 "Our Father", 1 "Hail Mary", and one "Glory Be".

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.



*For those who are just learning The Holy Rosary, we most heartily recommend a free program for your computer, called Virtual Rosary. Languages available are English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Hungarian, and Polish. For those already familiar with The Holy Rosary, modules are also available for Scriptural Meditations from the Carmelites and Saint Louis de Montford. This program also includes The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Divine Mercy Novena.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Prayer Against Attacks On Faith


O Holy Spirit,
Saint David received a vision from Jesus that sent him to Jerusalem where anti-Christian sentiment was strong.
By relying on You, he preached so powerfully that he converted many who had been attacking the Faith.
I seek his intercession for the people in my life who fight against Christian values and religion.
Give me the right words, Holy Spirit, when I speak to them.
Send into their lives more faith-filled Christians who will guide them to You.
Help them get in touch with their inner desire to believe in God’s love and to belong to Christ’s Body, the Church.
Saint David, pray for us.
Amen.

Our Lady of La Salette Pray For Us



Remember, Our Lady of La Salette, true Mother of Sorrows, the tears you shed for me on Calvary. Remember also the care you have always taken to keep me faithful to Christ, your Son. After having done so much for your child, you will not abandon me. Inspired by this comforting thought, I come to cast myself at your feet in spite of my unfaithfulness and ingratitude. Do not reject my prayers, O Merciful Virgin, but intercede for my conversion, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus above all things, and to comfort you by a holy life, that I may one day see you in Heaven.
AMEN.
Peace of Christ to you ALL

Friday, August 05, 2005

Prayer to St. Joseph




Oh, St. Joseph,
whose protection is so great,
so strong, so prompt before the throne of God,
I place in you all my interest and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession,
and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most Loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you,
and Jesus asleep in your arms;
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name
and kiss His fine head for me
and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departed souls, pray for me.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

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 To St. Joachim and St. Anne


PRAYER TO ST. ANNE & ST. JOACHIM

Saints Anne and Joachim, we bless you for your great faith and love as parents. Your respect and reverence for the sacredness of human life made you the parents of Mary, Mother of the Lord. Through your intercession, we ask God to grant young people today that same reverence for the gift of new life. May they accept, cherish, and nourish life from the very moment of conception. Grant to us as a nation a renewed reverence for every human life. As Mary cherished her Child from the womb even to the tomb, so may we see in every person the very image of God. Great Saints Anne and Joachim, we ask this grace in the name of Mary’s Son, Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Prayer to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal



PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL

Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate,we unite ourselves to you under
your title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. May this medal be for each
one of us a sure sign of your motherly affection for us and a constant reminder
of our filial duties towards you. While wearing it, may we be blessed by your
loving protection and preserved in the grace of your Son.
Most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior, keep us close to you every moment
of our lives so that like you we may live and act according to the teaching and
example of your Son. Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death
so that in union with you we may enjoy the happiness of heaven forever.
Amen.

Prayer to St. Catherine Leboure



Prayer To St. Catherine Labouré

O Saint Catherine Labouré, who by your filial confidence in the Blessed Virgin,
merited the privilege of contemplating and conversing with her while on this earth,
obtain for us a faith like yours in her maternal love.
Grant that we may understand and appreciate the valueof prudent silence and of humility,
and obtain for us the grace to show forth these virtues in our lives.
Teach us to accomplish faithfully the duties of our state in order that we may merit the happiness of contemplating with you our Immaculate Mother for all eternity.
Amen.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

John 15:12-17



This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you.
I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doth. But I have called you friends. Because all things, whatsoever I have heard of My Father, I have made known to you.
You have not chosen Me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.
These things I command you, that you love one another.

A Prayer for Abortion Victims



Prayer for all victims of abortion. May those involved in abortions be reconciled to God and may the innocent dead be saved.

Holy Mother of God and of the Church, our Lady of Guadalupe, you were chosen by the Father for the Son through the Holy Spirit.

You are the Woman clothed with the sun who labors to give birth to Christ while Satan, the Red Dragon, waits to voraciously devour your child.

So too did Herod seek to destroy your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and massacred many innocent children in the process.So today does abortion killing many innocent unborn children and exploiting many mothers in its attack upon human life and upon the Church, the Body of Christ.

Mother of the Innocents, we praise God in you for His gifts to you of your Immaculate Conception, your freedom from actual sin; your fullness of grace, your Motherhood of God and the Church, your Perpetual Virginity and your Assumption in body and soul into heaven.

O Help of Christians, we beg you to protect all mothers of the unborn and the children within their wombs. We plead with you for your help to end the holocaust of abortion. Melt hearts so that life may be revered!

Holy Mother, we pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all mothers and all unborn children that they may have life here on earth and by the most Precious Blood shed by your Son that they may have eternal life with Him in heaven. We also pray to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart for all abortionists and all abortion supporters that they may be converted and accept your Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. Defend all of your children in the battle against Satan and all of the evil spirits in this present darkness.

We desire that the innocent unborn children who die without Baptism should be baptized and saved. We ask that you obtain this grace for them and repentance, reconciliation and pardon from God for their parents and their killers.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite power of merciful love. May it put an end to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. May Christ the King reign over us, our families, cities, states, nations and the whole of humanity.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, hear our pleas and accept this cry from our hearts!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, Pray for us!
Psalm 139:13
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my
mother's womb."

Prayer to St. Peregrine Laziosi- Patron of Cancer Patients


O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to The source of all grace when the power of man could do no more.
You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction.
Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession,
we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity,
a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
Amen.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Novena to Saint Jude


Novena* to Saint Jude

Come to my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Almighty God, Father of mercies
and giver of all good gifts,
I come before you to honor you in your
saints, and ask their help in my many needs.
You promised that those who ask, would receive,
those who seek, would find, those who knock, would
have doors opened to them.
Hear the prayers of your church, grant my requests,
and pardon my sins.
Amen

Good St. Jude, chose by Jesus as a messenger of His kingdom,
and bearer of God's power,
I entrust myself to your care
and place in your hands this request of mine (make your request)
You are a witness that nothing is impossible with God and
that all will be well by God's grace.
Pray that I may have a simple faith
and strong hope to believe and trust in God,
my Master, who makes all things possible and
brings all things to good.
Amen

Day 1
Lord Jesus Christ,
you promised that mountains would move for someone with faith
the size of a mustard seed. Plant the seed of faith in my
heart and help me believe in the power of your promises.

Day 2
Lord Jesus Christ,
You taught that God who cares for the lilies of the field
and the birds of the air, also cares for those of little faith.
Lord, come and care for me.

Day 3
Lord Jesus Christ,
In the storm at sea you told you disciples not to fear
but to believe in your power to calm the winds and the sea.
Speak to my troubled spirit, and calm my fears.

Day 4
Lord Jesus Christ,
no one comes to you, even those desperate and poor,
whom you do not welcome and refresh,
I come tired and burdened, make my spirit light.

Day 5
Lord Jesus Christ,
you listen to our prayers, and grant what we ask.
Hear my prayers and listen to my voice,
for I am in need.

Day 6
Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Garden of Gethsemane you prayed in fear and sorrow.
Turn to me when I am afraid, and give me strength to bear
my cross.

Day 7
Lord Jesus Christ,
when you died on the cross, all seemed lost and gone,
yet you came to life again.
When all seems lost for me, bring me life again,
O Lord.

Day 8
Lord Jesus Christ,
you rose from the dead and brought life to all creation.
I hope in your promise of life.
Bring me the joy of your resurrection.

Day 9
Lord Jesus Christ,
you prepare a place for us in your heavenly kingdom.
Grant me a place at your side and bring us all safely home.

To conclude this novena, say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.
*NOVENA. Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the nine days that the Disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday. Over the centuries many novenas have been highly indulgenced by the Church. In modern times the one before Pentecost was prescribed for parochial churches, (Etym. Latin novem, nine.) (From The Pocket Catholic Dictionary, by Father John A. Hardon, S.J., page 287)

Prayer for Aborted Babies


PRAYER 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,
if it according to Thy ordinance.
Assist me in being one in solidarity with Thy little ones
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.

Padre Pio's Prayer After Holy Communion


Padre Pio's Prayer After Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You,
a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strenth, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.
Amen.

Peace Prayer of St. 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;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen

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