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    While no list of favorite Catholic Prayers could be complete without a mention of The Most Holy Rosary, we have chosen instead to devote and develop a separate section of our Website to this most powerful of prayers (second only to the Holy Mass itself). Please bear with us while we construct this page.


    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 of 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 whence 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.


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    PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX

    Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope and Charity, with true repentance for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy of Thee, O good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and feet, they have numbered all My bones." Amen


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    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 towards us and after this, our exile, show unto 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

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    THE MEMORARE - ST. BERNARD

    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired then with 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 the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy clemency, hear and answer me. Amen

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    PRAYER FOR ADVENT IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS

     

    Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in
    which the Son of God was born of the most pure
    Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing
    cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear
    my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits
    of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed
    Mother.
    Amen.

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    PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL

    Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense 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, thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

    (Pope Leo XIII -1878-1903, after St. Michael appeared to him and taught him this and other prayers for the protection of the Church and good souls).

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    PRAYER TO THE CHILD MARY

    Sweet Child Mary, destined to be the Mother of God and our sovereign and loving Mother, by the prodigies of grace you lavish upon us, mercifully listen to my humble supplications. In the needs which press upon me from every side and especially in my present tribulation, I place all my trust in you.

    O Holy Child, by the privileges granted to you alone and by the merits which you have acquired, be merciful to me this day. Show that the source of spiritual favors and the continuous benefits which you dispense are inexhaustible, because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited. Deign through the immense profusion of graces with which the Most High has enriched you from the first moment of your Immaculate Conception, grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition, and I shall eternally praise the goodness of your Heart. [Particularly to be used as a novena prayer in preparation for the Nativity of Mary, celebrated on September 8th].

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     PRAYER OF ST. GERTRUDE THE GREAT

     "Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for all of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, for sinners in my own home and within my family. Amen."

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    PRAYER TO ST. DISMAS, THE GOOD THIEF (Composed by Ven. Pius XII).

    O glorious St. Dismas, you who among all the Saints, were the only one directly canonized by Christ Himself. You who were assured that on that "very day" you would be granted a place in Heaven near to Him, because of the sincere confession of your sins in the Tribunal of Calvary and because of your true sorrow for them in open confession as you hung on the cross. You who with absolute love and repentance did move the Heart of Jesus to mercy and forgiveness, even in the fearful presence of the Centurion. You whose face was that closest to Jesus in His Agony, to offer Him a word of consolation, even closer than His most beloved Mother, Mary. You who knew well how to pray. Teach me the words which I ought to say to Him in order to gain pardon and the grace of perseverance. You who are so close to Him in Heaven, as close as you were to Him during His last moments on earth, pray to Him so that I may never abandon Him again, and that at the end of my life I may also hear the words which He addressed to you: "This day you shall be with Me in Paradise," Amen.

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    PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE WOUND IN THE SACRED SHOULDER OF OUR LORD

    (Taught by Him to St. Bernard of Clairvaux in a vision in which He revealed to him the wound that caused him the most pain in His Passion).

    O loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I, a 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 to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy most beautiful Body. I adore Thee, Jesus, most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most painful and sacred 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.

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     ANIMA CHRISTI - SOUL OF CHRIST

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
    Body of Christ, save me.
    Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
    O good Jesus, hear me.
    Within Thy wounds, hide me.
    Allow me not to be separated from Thee.
    From the malignant enemy, defend me.
    At the hour of my death, call me.
    And bid me come to Thee
    That with Thy Saints, I may praise Thee
    Forever and ever. Amen.

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    THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET (To be recited using regular Rosary beads).

    First say an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and the Apostles' Creed.

    For each Our Father bead say: Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Thy dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ / in atonement for our sins of those of the whole world..

    On the Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion / have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    At the end, say three times: Holy God, Mighty God, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us, / and on the whole world.

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    OUR LADY OF SORROWS -FEAST SEPTEMBER 15

    One of the consequences of being the Mother of God and the Messiah is the fact that she would have to be the Mother of Sorrows, Mother of the of the suffering Servant predicted by the Prophet St. Isaiah. Thus from the very beginning of her mission as Mother of Our Lord, the Blessed Mother knew sorrow and suffering as her lot, along with the tremendous joy and blessedness that was hers as Mother of the Lord. This is so much a constitutive element of her role as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix of the human race with Christ (cf.Second Vatican Council."Lumen Gentium," "Constitution on the Church," chapter VIII), her Lord, that the Church confers upon it not one but two feasts each year. One is fixed on the 15th day of September, the day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the other on Friday of the fifth week in Lent (Tridentine calendar). Here we reproduce for your spiritual benefit the Seven (principal) Sorrows and the prayers that go along with them for meditation. These are part of the Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows:  (After each sorrow one prays seven Hail Marys). 1. The Prophecy of St. Simeon 2. The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt 3. Jesus is Lost in the Temple 4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way of the Cross 5. Mary at the Foot of the Cross 6. Jesus is taken down from the Cross 7. Mary arranges the Body of Jesus in the Tomb After these meditations three additional Hail Marys are added in remembrance and honor of the tears shed by Mary on account of the sufferings of Jesus in His Passion and to obtain the grace of true repentance and sorrow for our sins.We end by praying: V. Pray for us, O most sorrowful Virgin. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Prayer: Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whole holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy Passion by a sword of sorrow. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

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    PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH

     

     

    CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

    O, my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as thy child, take care of my salvation,
    watch over me day and night, preserve me from the occasion of sin, obtain
    for me purity of soul and body! Through thy intercession with Jesus grant me
    a spirit of sacrifice, of humility and self-denial, a burning love for Jesus
    in the Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet tender love for Mary, my Mother. St.
    Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying and obtain for me a favorable
    judgment from Jesus, my merciful Savior. Amen

     

    Ad te beate Joseph - prayer of Pope Leo XIII (+1903) who prescribed the recitation of this prayer in his encyclical on
    Devotion to St. Joseph, "Quamquam Pluries." A partial indulgenced is attached to the prayer.

     

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    Save us, O Lord!Save us, O Lord!

     

    To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and
    having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we confidently invoke
    thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the
    Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which
    thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that
    thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath
    purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and
    strength.

    Most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of
    Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error
    and corruption: mercifully assist us from heaven, most mighty defender,
    in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou
    didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of his life, so now
    defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all
    adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may
    be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead
    a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of
    everlasting blessedness in heaven. Amen.

     

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    PRAYERS WRITTEN (OR MODIFIED) BY FR. PEREZ

    PRAYER FOR THOSE IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY
    by Fr. Héctor R.G. Pérez y Robles, STD



    O heavenly Father, Thou art the Creator of the Universe. All that is good comes from Thee. Thine only begotten Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has told us that all authority has been given to Him. He also has said to Pontius Pilate that those who hold political authority would not have it were it not willed or permitted by Him. We beg Thee to inspire those who hold political office, whether elected or appointed, to be mindful of Thee and Thy holy commandments. That they may seek truth, justice and peace - in particular the inalienable right to life which all persons have from the first moment of conception in their mother's womb to the natural end of their life on this earth. Grant that those who have forgotten these sacred Truths may be turned from their own ways to Thy Way for only in Thee can we find true happiness. Only Thou art the "Way, the Truth, and the Life." We ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns one God, forever and ever. Amen.

     


    PRAYER FOR THE GREATER LOVE OF JESUS

    O my Jesus, Thou knowest well that I love Thee; but I do not love Thee enough. O grant that I may love Thee more ! Grant that I may bear my crosses with Thee as St. Simon the Cyrenean bore Thy Cross for Thee ! O Love that burnest ever and never failest, my God, Thou Who art Charity itself, enkindle in my heart that divine fire which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee! Amen.

    PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF SORROWS FOR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING A GOOD AND HOLY COMMUNION

    O most Blessed Virgin Mother of Sorrows, Mother of all gentleness and mercy, who didst follow thy beloved Son on His Way of the Cross to His Supreme Sacrifice on Calvary, and whose soul was pierced by a sword as thou didst behold thy Son suffer and die for my salvation and then had the unspeakable sorrow of receiving His lifeless Body into thy arms, I, a miserable and unworthy sinner, fly to thy protection with every sentiment of humility and love. I implore of thy loving kindness that thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously to be near me, and all who throughout the whole Church are to receive that same Body and Blood of thy Son this day in Holy Communion, that, aided by thy gracious help, we may receive Him worthily and never do anything that will offend or desecrate Him in this Most Blessed Sacrament of Love, so that with each Communion we may join Him in offering up a pure and acceptable Sacrifice in the sight of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Amen.


    PRAYER FOR LENT


    Most adorable Jesus, behold me prostrate at Thy feet, at the foot of Thy Cross which Thou didst carry and on which Thou wert crucified for love of me, a most abject sinner. How many times in my life, indeed, how many times a day do I not profess to love Thee with all my heart above all else; above anyone else. And how many times in my life and, in fact, every single day do I not betray my profession of love and fidelity by being unfaithful to Thee through sin, whether venial or, alas, even mortal ! Make me realize the import of my sins, O God ! Let me realize that I not only risk the eternal loss of my soul to the fires of Hell, but that I also hurt all my brothers and sisters who are members of Thy Mystical Body, the Holy Catholic Church, and that I also weaken the possibilities of others who are not yet members of Hers to have the strength and the courage to come humbly to Her for the saving waters of Baptism and the sacred Anointing of Confirmation. Let me see that by my sins I not only deny myself the privilege of receiving Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion but even of those others whom I affect by my sinfulness ! Let it be my purpose this Lent to amend my life and change my sinful ways so that I may not impede the work of Thy Church, the conversion of souls, and my own spiritual growth of which I stand in such dire need. Help me, O sweet Jesus Crucified ! Help me, O Sorrowful Mother Mary and all ye Saints of God ! Let this Lent and my life itself make a difference to all, and especially to me. This is my humble but ardent prayer, O most merciful Jesus ! Amen.

    O Suffering Jesus ! O Sorrowful Mother !

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    PRAYERS TO OR IN HONOR OF THE HOLY ANGELS

    PRAYER(S) TO ST. MICHAEL

    SAINT Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defense 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 thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

    O MOST GLORIOUS PRINCE

    O MOST glorious Prince, Saint Michael the Archangel, I, thy most humble servant, salute thee through the most beloved Heart of Jesus Christ which I lovingly offer for the increase of thy joy and thy glory. I give thanks to God for the blessedness which He brings to thee and with which He wishes to honor and exalt thee above all the other Angels. I especially commend myself to thy care in life and death. Be with me now and always, especially at the end of my life. Kindly console me, strengthen me, and protect me. Obtain for me an increase in faith, hope, and charity. Do not permit me to stray from the holy faith, nor fall into the snare of desperation, nor to take for granted good works, which I am engaged in through the grace of God. Obtain for me pardon of my sins, humility, patience and the other virtues, true perseverance in goodness, and the final grace that I may give glory to God with thee forever. Amen.


    PRAYER TO ST. RAPHAEL

    O HEAVENLY doctor and most faithful companion, saint Raphael, thou who didst restore sight to the elder Tobit, and didst escort the younger Tobias throughout his appointed journey and kept him safe and sound, be the doctor of my body and soul. Dispel the darkness of my ignorance, and assist me in the dangerous journey of this life always, until thou leadeth me to my heavenly homeland. Amen.

     

    PRAYER TO ST. GABRIEL

     

    O STRENGTH of God, Saint Gabriel, thou who announcedst to the Virgin Mary the incarnation of the only-begotten Son of God, I praise thee and honor thee, O elect spirit. I humbly beg thee, with Jesus Christ our Savior and with His Blessed Mother, to be my advocate. I also pray that thou wouldst comfort me and strengthen me in all my difficulties, lest at any time I may be overcome by temptation and I might offend God by sinning. Amen.

     

    PRAYER OF LIBERATION FROM EVIL TO THE HOLY ARCHANGELS

     

    O Lord, Thou art great; Thou art God; Thou art Father. We pray Thee through the intercession and with the aid of the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, that our brothers and sisters may be liberated from the evil one who has rendered them slaves. All ye Saints, come to our aid!

     From anguish, from sadness, from obsessions, we pray Thee:

     

     From hatred, from fornication, from envy, we pray Thee:

     

     From thoughts of jealousy, of anger, of death, we pray Thee: ….

     From every temptation against life, we pray Thee: …

     From every form of evil sexuality, we pray Thee: …

     From family divisions and from every evil friendship, we pray Thee: …

     From every form of curse, malediction, incantation and witchcraft, we pray     Thee: …

     

    O Lord, Who hast said ‘I leave thee peace, My peace I give to thee,’ through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the holy Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, grant unto us to be liberated from every curse and to always enjoy Thy peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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    NOVENA to the HOLY GHOST
    (Start Friday  after  Ascension Thursday - nine days before Pentecost)

    Foreword


    The novena to the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first
    made at the direction of Our Lord when He sent His apostles back to
    Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the First Pentecost. It
    is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to
    the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the
    light, strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

     


    First Day

    Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
    From Thy clear celestial height.
    Thy pure beaming radiance give!

    The Holy Ghost

     

    Only one thing is important - eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore,
    is to be feared - sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and
    indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of
    Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will,
    and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to
    invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We
    know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh
    forus."

    Prayer
    Almighty and eternal God, Who has vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and
    the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send
    forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and
    Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge
    and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)


    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     

    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
    heareth." Amen.

    Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

     

    O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send
    the Holy Ghost 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.

    Second Day

    Come, Thou Father of the poor!
    Come, with treasures which endure!
    Come, Thou Light of all that live!

    The Gift of Fear

     

     

    The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us
    dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not
    from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial
    submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of
    wisdom, detaching us from the worldly pleasures that could in any way
    separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts,
    and in His sight will sanctify their souls."

    Prayer
    Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may
    set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all
    things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure
    eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the
    unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts


    Third Day

    Thou, of all consolers best,
    Visiting the troubled breast,
    Dost refreshing peace bestow.

    The Gift of Piety

     


    The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our
    most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons
    and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His
    authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible
    Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is
    filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a
    burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no
    labor.

    Prayer
    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a
    love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His
    sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts


    Fourth Day

    Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
    Pleasant coolness in the heat;
    Solace in the midst of woe.

    The Gift of Fortitude

     


    By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and
    supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the
    will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the
    most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect,
    and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong
    tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

    Prayer
    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude uphold my soul in time of troubles and
    adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give
    me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be
    overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts


    Fifth Day

    Light immortal! Light Divine!
    Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
    And our inmost being fill!

    The Gift of Knowledge


    The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their
    true worth - in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of
    creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose
    as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God
    even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of
    life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the

     

     

    friendship of God beyond all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him
    that possesseth it."

    Prayer
    Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will
    of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize
    their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking
    ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

     


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     


    Sixth Day

    If Thou take Thy grace away,
    Nothing pure in man will stay;
    All his good is turned to ill.

    The Gift of Understanding

     

     


    Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of
    the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding
    we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner
    meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of
    life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of
    life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to
    "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge
    of God."

    Prayer
    Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know
    and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the
    eternal light of Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision
    of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     

     


    Seventh Day

    Heal our wounds - our strength renew;
    On our dryness pour Thy dew;
    Wash the stains of guilt away!

    The Gift of Counsel

     

     

    The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it
    to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult
    circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and
    Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the
    course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and
    Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless
    treasure in the quest of salvation. "Above all things, pray to the Most
    High, that He may direct thy way in truth."

    Prayer
    Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may
    always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it
    away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy
    commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     


    Eighth Day

    Bend the stubborn heart and will;
    Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
    Guide the steps that go astray!

    The Gift of Wisdom

     


    Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all the other virtues,
    Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of Wisdom it is written "all good
    things come to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands." It is
    the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects
    charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom
    enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation
    of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a
    divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: "Take up thy cross
    and follow me, for my yoke is sweet and my burden light."

    Prayer
    Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly
    things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them
    above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to
    attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

     


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     


    Ninth Day

    Thou, on those who evermore
    Thee confess and Thee adore
    In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
    Give them comfort when they die;
    Give the life with Thee on high;
    Give them joys which never end. Amen.


    The Fruits of the Holy Ghost

     


    The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us
    to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in
    the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our
    service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue becomes
    more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and
    consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These Fruits in turn
    render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful
    incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is
    to reign.

    Prayer
    Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity,
    joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance,
    that I may never weary on the service of God, but by continued faithful
    submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in
    the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

     


    Our Father
    Hail Mary
    Glory be to the Father (seven times)
    Act of Consecration
    Prayer for the Seven Gifts

     


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    Prayers to the Holy Ghost

     

    Come, O 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 - Oh God, Who hast instructed the hearts of the faithful by the
    light of the Holy Ghost, grant that by the same Spirit we may be always
    truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord.
    Amen. (From the Roman Missal).
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    O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.
    Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
    Tell me what I should do, give me Your orders.
    I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me
    and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
    Let me only know Your will. Amen

     

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    July is  the  Month of  the  Precious  Blood  of  Jesus:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Seven Offerings of the Precious Blood 

     

     

     Eternal Father, I offer Thee   the merits of the most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the propagation and exaltation of my dear Mother of the Holy Church, for the safety and prosperity of her visible Head, the Holy  Roman  Pontiff, for the cardinals, bishops and pastors of souls, and for all the ministers of the sanctuary. Glory be to the Father ...

    Blessed and praised forevermore be Jesus who hath saved us by His Precious Blood! Amen.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the peace and concord of nations, for the conversion of the enemies of our holy faith and for the happiness of all Christian people. Glory be..., etc.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for the repentance of unbelievers, the expiration of all heresies, and the conversion of sinners. Glory be..., etc.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for  all my relations, friends and enemies, for the poor, the sick, and those in tribulation, and for all those for whom Thou willest I should pray, or knowest that I ought to pray. Glory be..., etc.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for  all those this day pass to another life, that Thou mayest preserve them from the pains of hell, and admit them the more readily to the possession of Thy Glory. Glory be..., Etc.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all those who are lovers of this Treasure of His Blood, and for those who join with me in adoring and honoring It, and for all those who try to spread devotion to it. Glory be..., etc.

     

    Eternal Father, I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all my wants, spiritual and temporal, for the holy souls in Purgatory, and particularly for those who in their lifetime were most devoted to this Price of our redemption, and to the sorrows and pains of our Dear Mother, most Holy Mary...Glory be..., etc.

    Blessed and exalted by the Blood of Jesus, now and always, and through all eternity. Amen.

     


     ACT OF CONSECRATION OF THE HUMAN RACE
    TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS KING OF THE UNIVERSE


     

    Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race,

    look down upon us, humbly prostrate before Thine altar.

    We are Thine and Thine we wish to be;

    but to be more surely united with Thee,

    behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today

    to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known Thee;

    many, too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee.

    Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus,

    and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.Be Thou King, O Lord,

    not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee,

    but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee,

    grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house,

    lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

    Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions,

    or whom discord keeps aloof

    and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith,

    so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.

    Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam,

    and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom.

    Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race,

    which was for so long a time Thy chosen people;

    and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance,

    now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.

    Grant, O Lord, to Thy 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 honour forever. Amen.  (PIUS  XI)

     

     LENTEN PRAYER 2015

    By Fr. Héctor R.G. Pérez y Robles, S.T.D.

    Oh, my Jesus, Thou knowest that I love Thee; but I do not love Thee enough! O, grant that I may love Thee more ! Thou knowest that I trust in Thee and Thy Providence; but I prefer to trust myself and others more. O, grant that I may live in, by and for Thee alone! Grant me to bear with joy and patience all the crosses of life! Grant that I may walk with Thee and Thy Sorrowful Mother the Way of the Cross, so that I may share with Thee in the glory of the Resurrection. O, Love that burnest ever and never failest, my sweet Lord and my God, enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire which consumes all the Saints and transforms them into Thee! O, let me never be separated from Thee! Amen. Oh, Suffering Jesus! Oh, Sorrowful Mother!