Prayers

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Litany of LoretoLord, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.Lord, have mercy.Christ, hear us.Christ, hear us.Christ, graciously hear us.Christ, graciously hear us.God the Father of Heaven,have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of the world,God the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, one God,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 immaculate,Mother most amiable,Mother most admirable,Mother of good counsel,Mother of our Creator,Mother of our Savior,Virgin most prudent,Virgin Continue reading →

Prayer for Peace

O Lord, you see how everywhere the winds have burst forth, and the sea is convulsed with the great violence of the rising waves. Command, we beseech you, you who alone are able, both the winds and the sea. Restore to mankind the true peace of your Name, that peace which the world cannot give, and the calm of social harmony. Under your favor and inspiration may men return to due order, and having overthrown the rule of greed, bring back again as ought to Continue reading →

Prayer for the Church

O God, the most gracious Maker and most merciful Redeemer of mankind, who, when man, by envy of the devil, was cast down from Eternal Life, did redeem him with the Blood of your only Son: Give life to your servants, whose death you in no wise desire; and as you did not leave them when they went astray, so do you receive them when they are brought back. Let the sorrowful sighings of your servants move your pity. Heal their wounds. Extend your saving Continue reading →

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, inspire me to think as I ought; to speak as I ought; to keep silent when I ought; to write as I ought; to act as I ought; and to work as I ought for the good of my brothers and sisters, the fulfillment of my mission and the triumph of the Kingdom of Christ. Amen.

Reflecting Your Brightness

Loving you, O God, brings its own reward here on earth, as well as the eternal reward of heaven. And failure to love you, even when we can offer a thousand excuses, brings its own punishment. By becoming mirrors of your love, by wearing the mask of your likeness, and by allowing you to make us perfect, we can know the joy of heaven, even while we abide here on earth. Our consciences are sullied by our many sins; cleanse them, that we may reflect Continue reading →

Priest’s Prayer After Hearing Confessions

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, receive this performance of my ministry with that surpassing love with which Thou didst absolve blessed Mary Magdalene and all sinners flying to Thee. Whatever in the administration of this Sacrament I may have performed negligently and unworthily, do Thou deign to supply and satisfy. I recommend to Thy most Sacred Heart all and each who have now confessed to me, asking Thee to guard them from relapse. After the misery of this life lead them Continue reading →

Priest’s Prayer Before Hearing Confessions

Grant to me, O Lord, that wisdom which stands beside Thy throne, that I may know how to judge Thy people with justice, and Thy poor ones with equity. Let me so use the keys of the Kingdom of heaven that I may open to no one upon whom they should shut, nor close them to any for whom they should open. May my intention be pure, my zeal sincere, my charity patient, my labor fruitful. Let me be gentle without weakness, severe without harshness. Continue reading →

Visit to the Blessed Sacrament Before Meditation

I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am before I place myself there. I adore You, O my Savior, present here as God and as man, in soul and in body, in true flesh and blood. I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, which was conceived in Mary’s womb, and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the Continue reading →

Canticle of Zechariah

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to His people and sent them free. / He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of His servant David. / Through His holy prophets He promised of old that He would save us from our enemies. from the hands of all who hate us. / He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant. / This was the oath He swore to our Continue reading →