How To Pray
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How To Pray
Before prayer prepare thy soul, and not as a man that tempteth God. Eccl. xviii. 23.
Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God, and constitutes one of the first duties of a true Christian. There are two different kinds of prayer, namely, mental and vocal.
MENTAL PRAYER, or MEDITATION, is when we pray silently in our hearts, without using any set form of words, or speaking with the voice.
VOCAL PRAYER is that which is uttered by the voice, and commonly is made according to some form; in other words, it is to say or recite prayers.
To make our prayers good and pleasing in the sight of God, they must be offered:
1. With a pure heart, or at least a sincere desire to obtain a pure heart through penance. "The Lord is far from the wicked: and he will hear the prayers of the just." Prov. xv. 29.
2. A lively faith. We ought to have a firm and child-like trust in God, that he will grant our prayers, if what we ask is really for the good of our souls. "Let him ask of God, but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering, for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea that is moved and carried about by the wind. Therefore let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." St. James, i. 5.
3. Profound humility. "He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble, and he hath not despised their petition." Psal. ci. 18.
4. Earnest attention. "I cried with my whole heart, hear me, O Lord!" Ps. cxviii. 145.
5. Unwearied patience. We must not leave off praying, even if our prayer is not heard at once. "The continual prayer of a just man availeth much." St. James, v. 16.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I will
begin this day. I thank you, Lord, for having preserved me during the night. I will do my best to make all I do today pleasing to You and in accordance with Your will. My dear mother Mary, watch over me this day. My Guardian Angel, take care of me. St. Joseph and all you saints of God, pray for me... (followed by Daily Offering)
DAILY OFFERING: O Jesus, through the immaculate heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your sacred heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all the apostles of prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
Prayer to the Holy Ghost
COME HOLY GHOST fill the hearts of thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of thy love,
V Send forth thy spirit and they shall be created
R And thou Shalt renew the face of the earth
Let us pray . O God, who dids't instruct the heart of thy faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, Grant us by the gift of the same spirit to be truly wise and rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Act of Faith
O my God I firmly believe all the truths that the holy Catholic Church believes and teaches; I believe these truths, O Lord, because thou, the infallible truth hast revealed them to Her. In this faith I am resolved to live and die. Amen.
Act of Hope
O my God relying on thy promises I hope that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ thou wilt Grant me pardon of my sins and the Graces necessary to serve thee in this life and to obtain eternal happiness in the next. Amen
Act of Charity
O my God I love thee with my hole heart and above all things because thou art infinitely good and perfect; and I love my neighbour as myself for love of thee. Grant that I may love thee more and more in this life and in the next for all eternity. Amen
Act of Contrition
O my God I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins and detest them above all things because they deserve they 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. Amen
To one's Guardian Angel
Angel of God my Guardian dear to whom God's Love commits me here, ever this day Be at my side to light and Guard, to rule and Guide. Amen
Queen OF Angels
August Queen of heaven! Sovereign Mistress of the angels, you who from the begging have received from god the power and mission to Crush the head of Satan; we humbly beseech you to send the holy legions that, under your command and by your power, they may pursue the evil Spirits; encounter them on every side; resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of everlasting woe. Amen
ACT OF REPORATION
Jesus my God, my Savior, with that lowly homage with which faith itself inspires Me, I worship thee true God, and true Man; with my whole heart I Love Thee, Enclosed in the most august Sacrament of the Altar, In reparation for all the acts of Irreverence, profanation, and sacrilege which I may have ever been so unhappy as to Have committed, as well as for all such like acts that ever have been done or (which May be averted) ever may be done in ages yet to come. I adore thee, my God, not, Indeed, according to the measure of Thy merits, nor according to the greatness of my Debt to Thee, but according to the little strength I have; and fain would I adore thee With all the perfection of every reasonable creature! And I purpose now and evermore To adore thee, not only for those Catholics who adore thee not, and love thee not, But also on behalf of and for the conversion of all heretics, Schismatics, impious Atheists, blasphemers, sorcerers, Turks, Jews and idolaters. Jesus my God, mayest Thou be ever known, adored, loved, and praised every moment, every day, in the most Holy and most heavenly Sacrament. Amen
ACT OF SORROW
My GOD, I detest all the sins of my life. I am sorry for them, because they have offended Thee, my GOD, who art so good. I resolve never to commit sin anymore. My good GOD, pity me, have mercy on me, forgive me, Amen. ACT OF ADORATION. O' Jesus, great GOD, present on the Altar, I bow down before Thee, I adore Thee. ACT OF LOVE & DESIRE. Sweet Jesus, I love Thee, I desire with all my heart to receive Thee. Most sweet Jesus, come into my poor soul, and give me Thy Flesh to eat, and Thy Blood to drink. Give me Thy whole self, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, that I may live forever with Thee.
IN RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
In going towards the altar and returning to your place, keep your hands joined, your eyes cast down and your thoughts on Jesus Christ. At the Altar, whether you stand or kneel, hold your head straight up and motioinless, keep your eyes closed, your mouth well open, and your tongue out resting on your underlip. Then with great reverence, receive the Sacred Host, saying in your heart with all the faith of St. Thomas: "My Lord and my GOD." Your soul is GOD's temple. Jesus is now really present in it. Keep away all earthly thoughts and enjoy His presence.
PRAYERS AFTER HOLY COMMUNION ACT OF THANKSGIVING
My good Jesus, I thank Thee with all my heart. How good, how kind Thou art to me Sweet Jesus! Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar. ACT OF OFFERING. O' Jesus, receive my poor offering. Jesus, Thou hast given Thyself to me, and now let me give myself to Thee. I give Thee my body, that I may be chaste and pure. I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin. I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee. I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe, and especially my last; I give Thee myself in life and in death, that I may be Thine for ever and ever, Amen. PRAYER FOR OTHERS. O' Jesus, have mercy on Thy holy Church; take care of it. O' Jesus, have pity on poor sinners and save them from hell. O' Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers and sisters, and all I ought to pray for, as Thy Heart knows how to bless them. O'Jesus, have pity on the poor suffering souls in Purgatory and give them eternal rest, Amen.
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 MEALS:
Bless us Oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
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 thy 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 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.
THE OUR FATHER:
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 are 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.
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 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 Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. 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.
ACT OF RESIGNATION TO THE DIVINE WILL:
O Lord my God, I now, at this moment, readily and willingly accept at Your hands whatever kind of death it may please You to send me, will all its pains, penalties and sorrows. 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
Soul of Christ, make me holy. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, fill me with love.
Water from Christ's side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds, hide me. Never let me be parted from you. From the evil enemy, protect me.
At the hour of my death, call me. And tell me to come to you. That with your saints I may praise you. Through all eternity. Amen.
Prayer Before A Crucifix
"Behold, o good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, o good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all my bones." Amen.
My God, I Believe in Thee
"My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee above all things with all my soul, with all my heart and with all my strength; I love Thee because Thou art infinitely good and worthy of being loved; and because I love Thee, I repent with all my heart of having offended Thee; have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen."
Prayer ofPope Pius XII
"O Lord Jesus, King of martyrs, Thou art the comfort of the afflicted and firm support of all who suffer for love of Thee and by reason of their loyalty to Thy Spouse Holy Mother the Church. In Thy mercy give ear to our fervent prayers in behalf of our brethren of the "Church of Silence" that they may never be disheartened in the struggle nor waver in the faith; rather may they taste the sweetness of the consolations reserved by Thee for those souls whom Thou dost vouchsafe to number among Thy companions on the hill of the cross.
To those who must suffer torments and violence, hunger and fatigue, be Thou the invincible strength sustaining them in their trials and assuring them of the rewards pledged by Thee to those who persevere unto the end.
Many, on the other hand, are exposed to moral constraints, which oftentimes prove much more dangerous inasmuch as they are more deceitful; to such then be Thou the light to enlighten their mind, so that they may clearly see the straight path of truth; be Thou also to them a source of strength for the support of their will so that they may triumph in every crisis and never yield to any vacillation of weakness.
Finally, there are those who find it impossible to profess their faith openly, to lead a normal Christian life, to receive the Holy Sacraments frequently, and to converse familiarly with their spiritual guides. To such be Thou Thyself a hidden altar, an invisible temple, a plenitude of grace and a fatherly voice, helping and encouraging them, providing a remedy for their aching hearts and filling them with joy and peace.
May they be helped by our fervent prayer; let our fraternal solidarity assure them that they are not alone. May their example redound to the edification of the whole Church; especially may it be profitable to us who regard them with so much affection.
Grant, O Lord, that their period of trial be shortened and that very soon all, including also their converted oppressors, may enjoy the freedom of serving and worshipping Thee, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen."
+ Indulgence of 3 years. (S.P. Ap. July 16, 1957)
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.
Heavens, bless the Lord; angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.
All you waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord; let all powers bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord; stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord; cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dews and hoar frosts, bless the Lord; frost and cold, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord; nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord; lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.
Let the earth bless the Lord; let it praise and exalt Him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord; everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord; fountains, bless the Lord.
Whales and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord; all you fowls of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts and cattle, bless the Lord; sons of men, bless the Lord.
Israel, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord; servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord; holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azaria, and Misael, bless the Lord; praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Let us bless the Father and the Son, with the Holy Spirit; let us praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Blessed art Thou, Lord, in the firmament of heaven; and worthy of praise, and glorious above all for ever. Amen. --- A prayer composed by Pope Pius XII, for vocations:
O Lord Jesus Christ, sublime model of all perfection, Thou art ever urging onward all privileged souls in the high aspiration towards the goal of religious life; and, moreover, Thou dost also strengthen them through the powerful force of Thy example and the efficacious influence of Thy grace so that they may be able to follow Thee in such a noble way of life; grant then that many, recognizing Thy sweet inspirations, may have the will to correspond with them by embracing the religious state and so enjoy in it Thy special care and tender predilection.
Grant in like manner that there may never be wanting those angels of Thy charity, who will represent Thee day and night at teh cradle of the orphan, at the bedside of the suffering, be the side of the aged and the sick, who perhaps have no one on earth to whom they may look for sympathy and a helping hand. Grant that humble schools, like lofty pulpits, may ever re-echo Thy voice, teaching the way to heaven and the duties proper to each one's state in life. May no land, ever so wild and remote, be deprived of the preaching of the Gospel, whereby the invitation is extended to all peoples to enter into Thy Kingdom. Increase and multiply the flames which are to spread throughout the world that fire in which the immaculate holiness of Thy church is to shine forth in all its splendor. May there flourish in every place gardens of chosen souls who by contemplation and penance make reparation for the sins of men and invoke Thy mercy upon them.
Grant that the continuous selfsacrifice of these hearts, the snow-white purity of these souls and their eminent virtues may keep ever alive the perfect example of the children of God which Thou didst will to make manifest to men by The coming into this world.
To these armies of Thy dearly beloved souls send a large number of good vocations, souls steadfast and firm in their resolve to make themselves worthy of their high calling and to become a credit to the holy institute to which they aspire, by exact religious observance, by diligence in prayer, by constant mortification and by the perfect conformity of their will with Thine in all things.
Enlighten, O Lord Jesus, many generous sousl with the fiery glow of the Holy Spirit, who is substantial and eternal love, and by the powerful intercession of Thy most dear Mother Mary, stir up and preserve in them the fire of Thy love, unto the glory of the Father and the same Holy Spirit, who together with Thee live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
+ Indulgence - 10 years; plenary on usual conditions said daily for one month.
Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, Dec 12, 1962.
Acts 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. ``
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
O merciful Jesus! With a contrite heart and penitent spirit I undertake this devotion of The Way of the Cross in honor of Your bitter sufferings and death. I give humble thanks for the boundless love which impelled You to carry the cross for me, an unworthy sinner, and to die for my redemption. Make me worthy to gain all the spiritual benefits which are granted for this holy exercise. I offer them to You in satisfaction for my sins, for which I am heartily sorry, for the consolation of the souls in purgatory and for the grace to persevere in the pathways of virtue. Amen.
Act of Contrition...
The following is said before each station:
V. We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. R. Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world!
Pause briefly for silent reflection after reading the meditation on each station. Then the following prayers are said:
Our Father Hail Mary Glory be
This is followed by: "Lamb of God who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on me."
1st Station JESUS BEFORE PILATE He was silent
Jesus, bleeding from head to foot offers Himself to His enemies to be led to the most terrible death for me. Think of the love He has for my soul! How much value do I place on my own soul? God thought it worthy of the redeeming death of Christ.
2nd Station JESUS IS LADEN WITH THE CROSS He was resigned
Jesus gladly accepts the cross to which His hands and feet will be nailed. Do I accept willingly my heaviest cross? What is it? My God, I touch my cross to Your cross. Help me to carry it patiently. I am mindful that if anyone will follow You, he must be a cross-bearer.
3rd Station JESUS FALLS UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE CROSS He was exhausted
Jesus willed that His human nature should fall under the weight of His cross. He wished to teach me that without His help I shall fall into sin. My Jesus, give strength to my weakness and save me from again committing my predominant sin of __________________________.
4th Station JESUS MEETS HIS BLESSED MOTHER He was sorrowful
Mary had always been close to her Divine Son. After a brief separation she risks her life to be with Him again. How much do I inconvenience myself to go to confession and Holy Communion after days of separation from Jesus? These sacraments keep me close to God.
5th Station SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS He was grateful
Simon of Cyrene does his part to lessen the sufferings of Christ. Do I, by my good example and by prayer, try to prevent another from saying or doing the wrong which would add to the sorrows of the Sacred Heart? My Savior, give me the grace to do my tiny share in lightening the burden of Your heavy cross.
6th Station A HOLY WOMAN WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS He was compassionate
The woman whom we call Veronica fearlessly fought her way through the mob to the bleeding Savior in order to do Him service. What good turn do I do every day for Christ? Henceforth I shall be more thoughtful. I sow in this life; I reap in the next.
7th Station JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME He was destitute
Increasing weakness caused Jesus to fall the second time; but He also desires to teach me that I shall fall again and again unless I avoid temptation and seek strength in prayer and the sacraments. Although never tempted beyond my strength, I am a weakling without the support of God's grace.
8th Station JESUS CONSOLES THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM He was sympathetic
How little Jesus thought of Himself in His sufferings! He is willing to endure agony without murmur if those for whom He suffers will only learn the lesson that their sins have caused that agony. He was bruised for our iniquities. He was wounded for our sins. What sin of mine has grieved Christ most?
9th Station JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME He was crushed
How many times have I taken resolutions to avoid my predominant sin, and to do some definite good work? How long have I kept my resolutions? Jesus falling for the third time, give me strength to rise above my weakness, and to walk with You until the end.
10th Station JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS He was lonely
Jesus atones, in this station, for our sins of immodesty. In what way do I offend most against modesty - by the eye, the ear, the tongue, by dress, by action? Jesus offers up His body to repair the insults these sins offer to His Father. My Savior, help me to be always on guard so that my heart and soul may remain fitting abodes for Your presence.
11th Station JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS He was slain
After a siege of the most terrible suffering, the Master is fastened by nails to His death-bed. Good Jesus, bless me with Your outstretched hands. Let but one drop of blood from Your wounded palms fall on my soul and cleanse it from every sin. Grant that my life hereafter may be free from the guilt of Your suffering.
12th Station JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS He was loyal
At the foot of Your cross, O dying Christ, I ask pardon for the part I have had in Your death. I am heartily sorry for all my sins. Be with me, Divine Redeemer, in my last moments. Forgive me as You forgave the penitent thief and receive my soul into paradise forever.
13th Station JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS He was helpless
O Mary, Mother of Jesus and my Mother, let me kneel with you beside the lifeless body of your beloved Son. Obtain for me the grace to be loyal to Him by walking in the way of His commandments. Obtain for me especially the grace to receive Him worthily in Holy Communion until I am united with Him and with you for all eternity.
14th Station JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB He was at rest
Jesus taught me how to live and how to die. He reminds me now that if I stay close to Him in life and in death, I shall rise from the tomb as He did, glorious and immortal, and share the happiness of heaven with Him for all eternity. Grant me the grace, good master, so to live on earth that I may be worthy to share Your glory forever and ever. Concluding Prayer
Almighty and eternal God, merciful Father, who has given Your only-begotten Son to the human race as an example of humility, obedience and patience, and has ordained that He carry the cross and precede us on the way of life; grant, we beseech You, that inflamed by His infinite love we may take upon ourselves the sweet yoke of His gospel and the mortification of the cross, following Him as His true disciples, so that we may one day gloriously rise with Him in the blessed eternity of the kingdom of heaven.
One Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, according to the Holy Father's intention.
LITANY FOR THE CHURCH IN OUR TIME
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, Divine Founder of the Church, hear us. Christ, Who warned of false prophets, 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, Mother of the Church, pray for us. St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us. St. Michael, Defender in the Day of Battle, pray for us. St. Peter, the Rock upon which Christ built His Church, pray for us. St. Paul, Protector of the Faithful Remnant, pray for us. St. Francis of Assisi, Re-Builder of the Church, pray for us. St. Anthony, Hammer of heretics, pray for us. St. Pius V, Champion of the Tridentine Mass, pray for us. St. Pius X, Foe of Modernism, pray for us. All you Holy Angels and Archangels, pray that we may resist the the snares of the devil. St. Catherine of Siena, pray that Christ's Vicar may oppose the spirit of the world. St. John Fisher, pray that bishops may have the courage to combat heresy and irreverence. St. Francis Xavier, pray that zeal for souls may be re-enkindled in the clergy. St. Charles Borromeo, pray that seminaries may be protected from false teachings. St. Vincent de Paul, pray that seminarians may return to a life of prayer and meditation. St. Therese of the Child Jesus pray that religious may re-discover their vocation of love and sacrifice. St. Thomas More, pray that the laity may not succumb to the Great Apostasy. St. Francis de Sales, pray that the Catholic Press may again become a vehicle of Truth. St. John Bosco, pray that our children may be protected from immoral and heretical instruction. St. Pascal, pray that profound reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament may be restored. St. Dominic, pray that we may ever treasure the Holy Rosary. 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. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ. LET US PRAY
Jesus our God, in these dark hours when Your Mystical Body is undergoing its own Crucifixion, and when it would almost seem to be abandoned by God the Father, have mercy, we beg of You, on Your suffering Church. Send down upon us the Divine Consoler, to enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills.
You, O Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, Who can neither deceive, nor be deceived, have promised to be with Your Church until the end of time. Give us a mighty faith that we may not falter, help us to do Your Holy Will always, especially during these hours of grief and uncertainty. May Your Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate and Sorrowful heart of Your Holy Mother, be our sure refuge in time and in eternity, Amen.
With Ecclesiastical Approval
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Litany Of Humility
(Accustomed to be said after
celebration of Holy Mass by Merry Cardinal del Val, Secretary of State to Pope
St. Pius X. For private use only)
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being honoured, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola*Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve thee as thou deservest, To give and not to count the cost; To fight and not to heed the wounds; To toil and not to seek for rest; To labor and not to seek reward, save that of Knowing that I do thy will, O God.
*Taken from the live of St. Ignatius of Loyola, by Fr. Genelli, S.J.
Prayer to Know God*
*Taken from: Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality by Chorbishop Seely Begginani, Pg. 74-75
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