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Prayers

The Necessity of Prayer for a Soul Seeking to be Enflamed with Love of God

Morning Offering                                   

Divesting Pride from the Soul

Bless the Hour

The Passing of Years

Out POURING of the Holy Spirit

Jesus I Live

Purity of Heart

St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER (attributed to Pope Clement XI)

Come Holy Spirit!

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Regina Caeli

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Necessity of Prayer for a Soul Seeking to be Enflamed with Love of God

 From the Catechetical Instructions by St. John Mary Vianney, priest

My little children, reflect on these words: the Christian’s treasure is not on earth but in heaven. Our thoughts, then ought to be directed to where our treasure is. This is the glorious duty of man: to pray and to love. If you pray and love, that is where a man’s happiness lies.

Prayer is nothing else but union with God. When one has a heart that is pure and united with God, he is given a kind of serenity and sweetness that makes him ecstatic, a light that surrounds him with marvelous brightness. In this intimate union, God and the soul are fused together like two bits of wax that no one can ever pull apart. This union of God with a tiny creature is a lovely thing. It is a happiness beyond understanding.

We had become unworthy to pray, but God in his goodness allowed us to speak with him. Our prayer is incense that gives him the greatest pleasure.

My little children, your hearts are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the soul and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.

Prayer also makes time pass very quickly and with such great delight that one does not notice its length. Listen: Once when I was a purveyor in Bresse and most of my companions were ill, I had to make a long journey. I prayed to the good God, and believe me, the time did not seem long.

Some men immerse themselves as deeply in prayer as fish in water, because they give themselves totally to God. There is not division in their hearts. O, how I love these noble souls! Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Colette used to see our Lord and talk to him just as we talk to one another.

How unlike them we are! How often we come to church with no idea of what to do or what to ask for. And yet, whenever we go to any human being, we know well enough why we go. And still worse, there are some who seem to speak to the good God like this: “I will only say a couple of things to you, and then I will be rid of you.” I often think that when we come to adore the Lord, we would receive everything we ask for, if we would ask with living faith and with a pure heart.

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Morning Offering                                          

A wise Benedictine monk once said:  “Memorize this prayer and pray it every day – until you die.

“O my 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 most Sacred Heart and in union with the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered up throughout the world.

In reparation for my sins, the sins of my relatives and friends, and  in particular for the intentions of our most Holy Father, the Pope.

Take my body Jesus, my eyes, my ears, my tongue and never let them dear Lord, help to do you wrong. Take my heart and mind and fill them with love for You. For everything I have, I give to you – I give my very self to You, O Lord”.  Amen…

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Divesting Pride from the Soul

“Eternal Father, I humbly come before Thee bowed down in admiration for all the goodness and the many blessings you have bestowed upon me throughout the course of this day. I beg you Father, please, through the passion, death and resurrection of your only Begotten Son – fill my heart with Reverence and Fear of your Almighty Eternal Power and Glory!

Through the power of thy Holy Spirit, Lord; CLEANSE MY HEART, SOUL, MIND, AND STRENGTH FROM ALL STAINS OF EARTHLY PRIDE.

Blessed Mother, please envelop me deeply within thy protective Heavenly Mantle of Humility; Safeguard me from all the attacks of the Evil One. Pray for me to have an increase in Meekness, Chastity, Purity of Heart and Wisdom…” Amen.

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Bless the Hour

“Blessed be God! Take courage my soul for time passes and eternity quickly approaches.  O Lord, please help me live as I hope to die.  Blessed be the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary our Heavenly Mother.”  Amen.

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The Passing of Years

“Lord, don’t let me fear the rapid passage of my days. Help me to see in this aging process the gentle message of your will for my life. Show me, as the years go by, the surest path to grace… That I may see you always in an ETERNAL face-to-face.” Amen

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Out POURING of the Holy Spirit

“Eternal Father, I give you thanks for revealing yourself to me through your Son’s Paschal Mystery.  Lord Jesus, you promised those you had chosen in this world that once seated at the right hand of the Father, you would send your Spirit upon all of creation so that we might be led into the fullness of your Truth.

And so I humbly beg you, please – SEND FORTH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT upon my mind, my heart and my soul and bestow upon me the fullness of the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, and Fear of You – Oh Lord…

Blessed Mother, please intercede upon my behalf so that I might become a vessel of the Holy Spirit just as you were during your earthly life… I make this prayer with Purity of heart and in all Humility”.  Amen.

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Jesus I Live

“Jesus: I live… may it not be I who live; but rather – You who live in me. As you lived in Mary taking on flesh and blood so live also in me taking on flesh and blood in me

Think in me, pray in me, love in me, suffer in me; Look with my eyes, speak with my tongue, touch with my hands; Forgive through me, heal through me, teach through me, encourage through me, help through me, strengthen through me…

Walk with my feet over the earth and in the power of the Holy Spirit: Lead all people to the Father so that God may be all in all.” Amen

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Purity of Heart

“Eternal Father, all that I have and all that I am is by your Grace.  I humbly beg you; WILL for your Son Jesus Christ, my Lord and King, to open up the floodgates of his most Sacred Heart in which are found the Divine Graces of perfect Chastity and Continence.

May your Spirit Lord, inspired by thy Divine Mercy, come and make its home within this wretched body of mine: PLEASE, permeate and possess my being so that my soul, heart and mind might dwell in perpetual chastity: Set me afire with nothing other than self-emptying charity…

Please continually intercede upon my behalf so that through the intercessions of our Blessed Mother, the thoughts of my mind and the desires of my heart might insatiably thirst and burn for purity by continually contemplating the things of Heaven…

In this way, this earth that breathes will become a SPIRITUAL PARADISE where you, O Lord, will freely stroll and extend Your Rule throughout the world from the heights of thy Watchtower within.

Through thy Grace O Lord, let me share in the JOY and the NEW BIRTH of the Resurrection NOW… Our Lady – Queen of Peace, my Beloved Mother, pray for me… pray for us all!”

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen

Amen.

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THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER (attributed to Pope Clement XI)

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith.
I trust in you: strengthen my trust.
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me:
In the way you ask,
For as long as you ask,
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death
With a proper fear of judgment,
But a greater trust in your goodness.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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Prayer to Our Lady (from St. Louis de Montfort)

“Hail Mary Queen of Peace, my Beloved Mother! I am all yours – and all that is mine is yours… If you should see in me anything that does not belong to you, I beg thee; take it. Destroy in me all that is displeasing to God – root it up and bring it to nothing. Sow 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, and may the continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence. May the burning love of thy Immaculate Heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine, and may thy sacred virtues take the place of my sins.

As for my part here below, I wish for no other end than that which you experienced: 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 UNTIL DEATH AS THE HUMBLEST OF THY SLAVE–SERVANT.

The only grace I ask you to obtain for me is that every day and in every moment of my life I might exclaim: AMEN, SO BE IT – to all that you did while on Earth; AMEN, SO BE IT – to all that you are doing in Heaven; AMEN, SO BE IT – to all that you are doing in my soul.

Pray for me, O Holy Mother of God, that I may spiritually be formed into the fullness and likeness of thy Son, Jesus Christ… Amen.

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Come Holy Spirit!

“Come Holy Spirit Creator come from thy bright Heavenly Throne: Come and TAKE POSSESSION OF MY SOUL and make it all your own. You who are called the Paraclete,  You are the best giftof God above; The living Spring of Fire – Sweet Unction and True Love – You who are sevenfold in thy gifts, the finger of God’s right hand: His promise teaching little ones to speak and to understand…

O guide my mind with your Blessed Light and with love inflame my heart. And with your strength which never fails – drive far from me the Evil One and bring true peace in my soul. Keep me safe beneath thy sacred wings so that I might continually be drawn to know and ponder the Father, the Son and you, the Spirit of them both.

All 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

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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on ordinary rosary beads. Click here for more information on the Chaplet and it’s history.

When prayed as a Novena, recite for 9 days beginning on Good Friday and ending by
the Feast of Divine Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter).

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.

The 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.

The Apostles’ 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; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into
heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he
will 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.

On the Large Bead before Each Decade:

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.

On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.

Concluding Doxology:
(after five decades)

Holy God,
Holy Mighty One,
Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us
and on the whole world.
(Three times)

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Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven)

V. Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear. Alleluia.
V. Has risen, as He said. Alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen. Alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech You, that through the intercession of the
Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the
same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (The Litany of Loreto)

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 Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, …
Holy Virgin of virgins, …
Mother of Christ, …
Mother of the Church, …
Mother of divine grace, …
Mother most pure, …
Mother most chaste, …
Mother inviolate, …
Mother undefiled, …
Mother most amiable, …
Mother most admirable, …
Mother of good counsel, …
Mother of our Creator, …
Mother of our Saviour, …
Virgin most prudent, …
Virgin most venerable, …
Virgin most renowned, …
Virgin most powerful, …
Virgin most merciful, …
Virgin most faithful, …
Mirror of justice, …
Seat of wisdom, …
Cause of our joy, …
Spiritual Vessel, …
Vessel of honour, …
Singular vessel of devotion, …
Mystical rose, …
Tower of David, …
Tower of ivory, …
House of gold, …
Ark of the covenant, …
Gate of heaven, …
Morning star, …
Health of the sick, …
Refuge of sinners, …
Comforter of the afflicted, …
Help of Christians, …
Queen of angels, …
Queen of patriarchs, …
Queen of prophets, …
Queen of apostles, …
Queen of martyrs, …
Queen of confessors, …
Queen of virgins, …
Queen of all saints, …
Queen conceived without original sin, …
Queen assumed into heaven, …
Queen of the most holy Rosary, …
Queen of the family, …
Queen of peace, …

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. Spare us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. Graciously hear us, O Lord.

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. Have mercy on 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.
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and Resurrection, has purchased
for us the rewards of everlasting life; grant, we beseech you, that we, who meditate
on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may imitate
what they contain, and obtain what they promise. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

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