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  • A Catholic Prayer BookCopyright notices. Most of the prayers in thispublication have been taken from other sources;I believe they are in thepublic domain. If any reader finds that I ammistaken, please notify me so that I may getpermission and give the properattribution. The exception would be the various“Prayers of the Church.” The publisher does notwish to copyright theprayers that appear in print for the first time inthis prayer book; they are marked with anasterisk.Acknowledgements. Thanks to the InternationalCommission on English in the Liturgy forpermission to print thevarious "Prayers of the Church.” The Englishtranslation of the Intercessions (Prayers of theChurch) is from TheLiturgy of the Hours @1974, InternationalCommittee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. Allrights reserved. Englishtranslation of the Magnificat is by theInternational Consultation on English texts. TheCanticle of Daniel is from TheNew American Bible. Excerpts from the NewAmerican Bible Copyright © 1970 Confraternityof Christian Doctrine,Inc., Washington D.C. Used with permission. Allrights reserved. No portion of the New AmericanBible may be
  • reprinted without permission in writing from thecopyright holder. Thanks to the pastor of OurLady of GuadalupeChurch in East Moline, Illinois for the sections on“Church Etiquette” and “Receiving HolyCommunion—worthily andreverently” that have been adapted for thisdocument. Thanks to the Dominican Priests of St.Gertrude Church inCincinnati for their Examination of Conscience”that has been modified slightly for this booklet.Last update: April 5, 20053A Treasury of Common PrayersThe Sign of the CrossIn the name of the Father and of the Son and ofthe HolySpirit. Amen.The Lord’s PrayerOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thyname.Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth asit is inheaven.Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive usourtrespasses as we forgive those who trespassagainst us,and lead us not into temptation, but deliver usfrom evil.Amen.
  • The Hail MaryHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;blessed art thou among women,and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,nowand at the hour of our death. Amen.The Glory BeGlory be to the Fatherand to the Son,and to the Holy Spirit,as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shallbe,world without end. Amen.The Act of FaithO my God, I firmly believe that thou are one Godinthree divine persons, Father, Son, and HolySpirit. Ibelieve that thy divine Son became man and diedfor oursins and that He will come again to judge theliving andthe dead. I believe these and all the truths thattheCatholic Church teaches because You haverevealedthem Who can neither deceive nor be deceived.The Act of HopeO my God, relying upon thy infinite goodness and
  • promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins,the helpof thy grace, and life everlasting, through themerits ofJesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.The Act of LoveO my God, I love Thee above all things with mywholeheart and soul because Thou art all good anddeservingof all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for theloveof Thee. I forgive all who have injured me and askpardon of all whom I have injured.The Act of ContritionO my God, I am heartily sorry for having offendedTheeand I detest all my sins because I dread the lossofheaven and the pains of hell, but most of allbecause theyoffend Thee, O my God, Who art all good anddeservingof all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of thygrace to confess my sins, to do penance, and toamendmy life. AmenGrace before and after mealsBless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which weare
  • about to receive from thy bounty, through ChristourLord. Amen.May the souls of the faithful departed, throughthemercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for theseandall the gifts we have received from thy bounty,throughChrist our Lord. Amen.The Apostles CreedI believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator ofheaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his onlySon, ourLord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, bornof theVirgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, wascrucified, died, and was buried. He descended tothedead; on the third day He rose again from thedead.He ascended into heaven and sits at the righthand ofGod, the Father Almighty; from thence He willcome tojudge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy CatholicChurch, the communion of saints, theforgiveness of sins,
  • the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.Amen.The AngelusThe angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.Hail MaryBehold the handmaid of the Lord;Be it done unto me according to thy word.Hail ManyAnd the Word was made flesh;And dwelt amongst us.Hail MaryLet us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, OLord,thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom theIncarnation of Christ thy Son was made known bythemessage of an angel, may, by his passion andcross, bebrought to the glory of his resurrection, throughthe sameChrist our Lord. Amen.4The Regina CoeliThis prayer replaces the Angelus from Easterthroughthe Saturday before Pentecost.Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia.Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia.Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
  • Pray for us to God, Alleluia.Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.Let us pray:O God, Who by the resurrection of thy Son, ourLordJesus Christ, has been pleased to fill the worldwith joy,grant, we beseech Thee, that by the intercessionof theVirgin Mary, his mother, we may receive the joysofeternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.Amen.My Daily PrayerThis prayer was composed by Msgr. R. J.Markham andwas popular in the mid-20th century in GreaterCincinnati. It combines elements of several otherprayers and is reprinted from a prayer cardpublished inthat era. Msgr. Markham wrote the following ontheother side of the prayer card:“My Daily Prayer” comes to you as one of God’schildren. God is your kind, merciful, and lovingFather.He is the most understanding and the mostforgiving ofall fathers. He really cares for you. He loves you;and
  • he wants you to know Him, love Him, and serveHim inthis world and be perfectly happy, for all eternity,in theworld to come. This is your longing desire—thesalvation of your soul—after all, the only thingthatcounts. “My Daily Prayer” will be for you awonderfulhelp in attaining this all-important end. Say itearnestlyand fervently. Make it a real prayer. Let everywordcome from your heart. Say it every day. May Godblessyour efforts!I believe in One God. I believe that God rewardsthegood and punishes the wicked.I believe that in God there are three DivinePersons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the HolySpirit.I believe that God the Son became man withoutceasing to be God. I believe that He is my Lordand mySavior Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the humanrace,Who died on the cross for the salvation of allmen, Whodied also for me.
  • I believe, on God’s authority, everything that Hehastaught and revealed.O my God, give me strong faith. O my God, helpmeto believe with lively faith.O my God, relying on thy almighty power andinfinite mercy and promises, I sincerely hope tobesaved. Help me to do all that is necessary for mysalvation.I have committed many sins in my life, but now Iturn away from them and hate them. I am sorry,trulysorry for all of them, because I have offendedThee, myGod, Who art all-good, all-perfect, all-holy,allmerciful—my kind and loving Father.I love Thee, O my God, with all my heart. Forgiveme, I implore Thee, for having offended Thee.I promise, O God, that with thy help I will neveroffend Thee again.My God, have mercy on me. Amen.5Morning PrayersTo My Guardian AngelAngel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’slovecommits me here, ever this day be at my side tolight and
  • guard, to rule and guide. Amen.The Morning OfferingO Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, IofferYou all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings ofthisday, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Massthroughout the world, in reparation for my sins,for theintentions of all my associates, and in particularfor theintentions of the Holy Father this month.Direct our ActionsDirect, we beg You, O Lord, our actions by yourholyinspirations, and carry them on by your graciousassistance, that every prayer and work of oursmay beginalways with You, and through You be happilyended.Amen.Evening PrayersPrayer of St. AugustineWatch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch,or weeptonight, and give your angels and saints chargeoverthose who sleep.Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ,Rest your weary ones,Bless your dying ones,
  • Soothe your suffering ones,Pity your afflicted ones,Shield your joyous ones,And all for your love’s sake. AmenAt BedtimeNow I lay me down to sleep;I pray the Lord my soul to keep.If I should die before I wake,I pray the Lord my soul to take.Examination of Conscience“Teacher, which is the great commandment inthe law?”And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord yourGodwith all your heart, and with all your soul, andwith allyour mind. This is the great and firstcommandment.And a second is like to it. You shall love yourneighboras yourself. On these two commandmentsdepend all thelaw and the prophets” (Mt 22:36-40).I know I have some particular weaknesses thatareincluded in the seven capital sins, thosetendencies thatincline me to particular sins—pride, greed, envy,wrath,lust, gluttony, and laziness. Have I done anythingtoday
  • to work against my particular weaknesses?Have I given in to any particular temptationtoday?Have I practiced reasonable control over myeyes toavoid unnecessary temptations? Have I dressedmodestly so as to reduce temptations to others?Have Ibeen honest in my speech? Did I put in a goodday’swork?How well have I fulfilled my responsibilities to myfamily? To my parents? To my spouse? To mychildren? To my brothers and sisters?Have I sinned against my neighbor in any way?What efforts did I make today to do more thanavoid sin?Did I help anybody today? Did I encourage myneighbor? Did I share a kind word with anyone?Did Ipray for anyone?Have I done anything to let God really be God inmylife today? In time of trial, have I trusted Him?Have Iprayed? Have I done anything to show God that IloveHim? Have I thanked God today for the gifts Hehasgiven me including the gift of faith, the gift of
  • redemption, the gift of life, the gift of family, thegift ofgood health, and whatever other gifts God hasentrustedto my care?Have I made any effort to read Sacred Scripture?Have I done any other reading or listening to aidmygrowth in the Faith?For a more complete examination of conscience,see thePreparation for Confession.Act of ContritionO my God, I am heartily sorry for having offendedTheeand I detest all my sins because I dread the lossofheaven and the pains of hell, but most of allbecause theyoffend Thee, O my God, Who art all good anddeservingof all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of thygrace to confess my sins, to do penance, and toamendmy life. Amen.A Penitential Psalm (51)See “Preparation for Confession.”6Prayers for the FamilyThe Pope’s Prayer for the Family
  • Lord God, from You every family in heaven and onearthtakes its name. Father, You are love and life.Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman,andthrough the Holy Spirit, the fountain of divinecharity,grant that every family on earth may become foreachsuccessive generation a true shrine of life andlove.Grant that your grace may guide the thoughtsandactions of husbands and wives for the good oftheirfamilies and of all the families in the world.Grant that the young may find in the family solidsupportfor their human dignity and for their growth intruth andlove.Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of thesacrament of marriage, may prove mightier thanall theweaknesses and trials through which our familiessometimes pass.Through the intercession of the Holy Family ofNazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfullycarry outher worldwide mission in the family and throughthe
  • family.We ask this of You, who are life, truth, and lovewiththe Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.--John Paul IIPrayer of the Church for Married CouplesThe “Prayer of the Church” refers to the officialprayerof the Church generally referred to as the Liturgyof theHours or the Divine Office.O Lord, help married couples with an abundanceof yourgrace,--so that they may better symbolize the mysteryofyour Church.--Evening prayer, Monday, week IVFrom the beginning You intended husband andwife tobe one,--keep all families united in sincere love.--Evening prayer, Wednesday, week IVLet married couples live in your peace,--and grow in mutual love.--Evening prayer I, Sunday, week ILord, You loved your parents and were loved bythem,--establish our families in mutual love andrespect.--Evening prayer I, Feast of the Holy Family
  • Prayer for ParentsO Almighty God, You have given me my fatherandmother and made them to be an image of yourauthority.Bless them, I beseech You, with health of mindand bodyand all necessary graces, and grant me yourassistance tolove, honor and obey them in all things. Amen.The Prayer of the Church for YoungPeopleGood Master, show young people the way Youhavechosen for each of them,--may they walk in it and find fulfillment.--Evening prayer, Monday, fifth week of LentMay our young people be concerned withremainingblameless in your sight,--and may they generously follow your call.May our children imitate your example,--and grow in wisdom and grace.--Evening prayer, Tuesday, week IGive your grace to children, that they may growin yourfavor,--and to young people, that they may reach theirfullstature by loving You and keeping yourcommandments.
  • --Evening prayer, Monday, second week of LentParents’ Prayer to the Holy FamilyJesus, Son of the eternal Father, we mostferventlyimplore You to take our children under yourspecial care,and enclose them in the love of your SacredHeart. Ruleand guide them that they may live according toour holyfaith and may never waver in their confidence inYouand may ever remain faithful in your love.Mary, blessed mother of Jesus, grant to ourchildren aplace in your pure maternal heart. Spread overthemyour protecting mantle when danger threatenstheirinnocence. Keep them firm when they aretempted tostray from the path of virtue; and should theyhave themisfortune to fall, raise them up again andreconcilethem with your divine Son.Holy foster father St. Joseph, watch over ourchildrenand protect them from the assaults of the wickedenemy
  • and deliver them from all dangers of soul andbody.Mary and Joseph, dear parents of the holy childJesus,intercede for us that we may be a good exampleandbring up our children in the love and fear of Godand oneday attain with them the beatific vision in heaven.AmenFor a Peaceful FamilyLord Jesus Christ, be with us as a family so thatwe mayalways have a great love for your Sacred Heart.Make usgentle, courteous, and loving in our dealings witheachother. Take from us all misunderstanding so thatnoangry or bitter word may ever cross our lips, andgrantthat we may always treat each other as Youtreated thosewith whom You shared your human family. Amen.7Prayer for My Husband*Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of____________. Help me always to see him as a giftfrom You to me. Help me to be the good wife andmother You want me to be.
  • Father, please help my husband to be the goodmanYou want him to be. Help him to grow in faith andallthe virtues he needs as husband, father, andprovider.Help him to exercise the spiritual leadership ofourfamily that You have entrusted to his care. Helpus to beever faithful to You and to each other in thought,wordand deed. Help us to be good parents and togrow evercloser as we grow old together. I ask this in thename ofJesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Prayer of Spouses for Each OtherLord Jesus, grant that my spouse and I may havea trueand understanding love for each other. Grantthat wemay both be filled with faith and trust. Give us thegraceto live with each other in peace and harmony.May wealways bear with one another’s weaknesses andgrowfrom each other’s strengths. Help us to forgiveone
  • another’s failings and grant us patience,kindness,cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being ofone another ahead of self.May the love that brought us together grow andmature with each passing year. Bring us bothever closerto You through our love for each other. Let ourlovegrow to perfection. Amen.Prayer for My Wife*Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of____________. Help me always to see her as a giftfromYou to me. Help me to be the good husband andfatherYou want me to be.Father, please help my wife to be the goodwomanYou want her to be. Help her to grow in all thevirtuesshe needs as wife, mother, and homemaker. Helpher tobe the real heart of our family, and help her toaccept theleadership that You have entrusted to my care.Help usto be good parents and to grow ever closer as wegrow
  • old together. I ask this in the name of Jesus andin thepower of the Holy Spirit. Amen.8The Sacrament of ReconciliationPreparing for ConfessionReconciliation is the Sacrament where I meet theRisenJesus Who gave the Apostles—the first priests—thepower to forgive sins in his name (Jn 20:23).First, I askthe Holy Spirit to give me courage andknowledge ofmyself. Then it is time to give Christ, Who lovesme andwants me to experience his forgiveness and hisgreatmercy, all that has been burdening my heart.Reconciliation gives me the joy of God’s mercyandstrengthens my relationship with Christ and hisChurch.Sin in my lifeModern society has lost its sense of sin and itssense ofsorrow for sin. As a follower of Jesus, I need tomake aneffort to recognize sin in my daily actions, words,and
  • omissions. I need to be sorry for my sins, to rootthemout of my life, to confess them, and to experienceGod’smercy and forgiveness. Lives of the saints provethat aperson who grows in holiness and joyfulness hasastronger sense of sin and of sorrow for sin. Theprocessof examining one’s conscience should always bedonewithout anxiety and with trust in God’s infinitemercyand the power of the Sacrament ofReconciliation.Sin is the deliberate choice of somethingopposed toGod’s law of love in one’s thoughts, words, ordeeds.The Church teaches that there are two kinds ofsin:mortal and venial.Mortal sin (also called serious or grave sin) is adeliberate and free choice of some action, words,orthought known to be seriously wrong. Such sindestroysthe life of grace in the person. Three conditionsmust bemet for a sin to be mortal:
  • 1) serious matter, 2) sufficient reflection, and 3)fullconsent of the will.First, the thing done must be something seriousbyway of thought, word, or action.Second, you must have sufficient understandingandgive the matter enough thought to realize it isseriouslywrong.Third, you must have sufficient freedom of thewilland give your full consent.Therefore, you cannot commit a mortal sin if thematter is not serious, if you did not know whatyou weredoing (unless you were deliberately drunk), or ifyou didnot act with full freedom (unless you deliberatelydiscarded your freedom by using mind-alteringdrugs,including too much alcohol).Venial sin is a minor offense against God thathurtsthe life of grace in the person but does notdestroy it.Sometimes venial sin occurs when the matter isserious,as in mortal sin, but one or both of the otherconditions
  • for mortal sin are absent. For example, you mightbeslower than you should be in getting rid of certaintemptations.If you are truly not certain, you can give yourselfthebenefit of the doubt. Always make a good act ofcontrition.The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the ordinarywayto have our sins forgiven. It is a powerful help togettingrid of weaknesses, growing in holiness, andleading abalanced life. The serious Catholic celebrates itregularly and whenever the need is felt in ordertoreceive all the graces that the Lord wants to give.Monthly confession is a healthy and effectivemeansto grow closer to Christ and to become morejoyful andpeaceful in spirit. Sometimes the mere thought ofyourmonthly confession can ward off temptation.Start thispractice, maintain it, and you will be glad you did.ContritionI need contrition, or sorrow for my sins, toreceive
  • worthily the Sacrament of Reconciliation andthus healmy relationship with my Heavenly Father whom Ihaveoffended. Contrition MUST include a firmpurpose toavoid 1) the sins committed and 2) the persons,places,and things that prompted me to sin in the firstplace.These are called the near occasions of sin.Otherwise,one’s confession can be an abuse of thesacrament.How to Go to ConfessionExamine your conscience, be truly sorry for yoursins,and resolve to change your life for the better.Go to the priest and say: “Bless me Father for Ihavesinned. It has been ____ weeks/months/yearssince mylast confession.” Also, tell the priest your state inlife--whether you are married, a pre-teen, teenager,singleadult, etc.Tell the priest your mortal sins and the number oftimes each was committed, and then you mayconfesssome of your venial sins. Although it is not strictly
  • necessary to confess venial sins, the Churchencouragesyou to do so. If you do not know if a sin wasmortal orvenial, ask the priest. If you have no mortal sins,confessthe venial sins you have committed since yourlastconfession.Listen to the priest. If you have any questionsaboutthe Faith, how to grow in holiness, or whethersomethingis a sin, feel free to ask him. The priest will thengive apenance that is the first act of your “new life”after youleave the confessional.Listen as the priest absolves you of your sins andenjoy the fact that God has truly freed you fromall yoursins. If you forget to confess a mortal sin, you arestill9forgiven, but you should mention it in your nextconfession.Do the penance the priest gives you.If you are not sure of what to do, tell thepriestand he will make it clear and easy for you.For
  • example, if you do not know a certain prayer thatthepriest assigns as a penance, tell him, and he willassignone that you do know.While still in the confessional, pray the Act ofContrition loudly enough so that the priest canhear you.An Act of ContritionO my God, I am heartily sorry for having offendedtheebecause I dread the loss of heaven and the painsof hell,but most of all because they offend thee, O myGod, whoart all good and deserving of all my love. I firmlyresolve with the help of thy grace to confess mysins, todo penance and to amend my life. Amen.Examination of ConscienceThe Commandments1. I am the Lord your God. You shall nothavestrange gods before Me.Do I seek to love God with my whole heart andsoul?Does He truly hold the first place in my life?Have I participated in the occult, witchcraft,fortunetelling, Ouija boards, séances, tarot cards, goodluck
  • charms?Have I actually believed in horoscopes?Have I received Holy Communion in a state ofmortalsin?Have I told a lie in confession or deliberately notconfessed a mortal sin?Have I ever denied a truth of the Catholic faith outoffear or embarrassment?Have I ever despaired of God’s love for me?Have I sinned and at the same time presumedthatGod would forgive me afterwards?Do I pray regularly?In general, how much in my life distinguishes mefrom a polite pagan? Would anybody guess fromwatching me that I am a believing Catholic, afollower ofJesus Christ, a worshipper of the One True God?2. You shall not take the name of the Lordyour Godin vain.Have I insulted God’s holy name or used it lightlyorcarelessly?Have I wished evil on anyone?Do I dishonor the name of Jesus by using it asslang?Do I honor the name of Jesus by bowing my head
  • when I hear it spoken? (It’s a good practice butnot a sinif you don’t.)3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.Have I missed Mass deliberately on Sunday orHolyDays of obligation?Do I leave Mass early or come late deliberatelywithout having a good reason?The Sabbath is a day of solemn rest, holy to theLord(see Ex. 31:15). Have I done unnecessary workonSundays?Sunday is a family day. Have I spent time with myfamily on Sundays?4. Honor your father and your mother.Do I honor and obey my parents? Have I cursedordeliberately hit my parents?Have I neglected the care of my aging parents? Ifmyparents are dead, do I pray for them? Do I avoidcriticizing them?Do I honor and obey my legitimate superiors?Have I neglected my family responsibilities?5. You shall not kill.Have I physically harmed anyone?Have I risked harming others by my unsafedriving?
  • Have I had an abortion? Have I encouragedanyoneto have an abortion? Have I hoped for amiscarriage?Have I (or my spouse) used any kind of birthcontrolthat has the potential to cause an early abortion(that is,the Pill, implants, injections, or the IUD)?Have I sought pregnancy through in vitrofertilization? or encouraged my spouse to do so?Have I abused alcohol or drugs? Am I harming myhealth through smoking?Have I harbored hatred, anger or resentment inmyheart towards anyone?Have I given scandal to anyone by my sins,therebyleading them to sin?Have I attempted suicide or seriously consideredit?106. You shall not commit adultery.For married persons:Am I faithful to my marriage vows in thought andaction?Does the marriage act reflect the faith, the loveandthe commitment for better and for worse that wemadewhen we married?
  • During this past week or month—What any acts of kindness have I done for myspouseto reflect the faith, love and commitment wemade on ourwedding day?Have I failed to show affection to my spouse?Have I taken my spouse for granted?Have we failed to pray together this week orsincemy last confession?Have I used any unnatural form of birth control orbeen sterilized?Have I used any form of artificial or unnaturalreproductive technique that is contrary to theteaching ofthe Catholic Church?For the unmarried:Have I engaged in any activity that by its naturearouses sexual desire, such as impure touchingorpassion-arousing kissing?For all:Have I masturbated?Have I deliberately looked at pornography,whetherin print, films, videos, internet, or print and TVadvertising?Have I used impure language or told impurejokes?
  • Have I dressed in such a way as to draw attentiontomy sexual areas?Have I failed to guard my eyes properly, that is,haveI looked repeatedly at provocative dress andimages evenif not truly pornographic?7. You shall not steal.Have I taken what is not mine? Destroyedpropertybelonging to somebody else? Knowinglyaccepted stolengoods?Have I cheated an employer or employee? Do Iputin a fair day’s work?Do I share proportionately what I have with thepoor,my Church, and charitable works?8. You shall not bear false witness againstyourneighbor.Have I lied or sworn falsely?Have I gossiped or ruined anyone’s good name?Have I revealed information that I should havekeptconfidential?9. You shall not covet your neighbor’swife.
  • Have I deliberately and consciously permittedsexualthoughts about someone to whom I am notmarried?Do I try to control my imagination?Am I responsible in the books and magazines Ireadand the TV and movies I watch?Have I watched shows, videos, plays, pictures ormovies that contain impure scenes with thedeliberateintention of watching those impure scenes? Do Istopwatching those that provide me with serioustemptations?If I am a parent, do I allow my children to watchsexuallyoriented TV and films?10. You shall not covet your neighbor’sgoods.Am I envious of the possessions, talents andsuccessof others?If I do not need to work, am I deliberately leavingmychildren to have more of this world’s goods andhonors?You shall love your neighbor as yourself.Do I love my neighbor?Are there persons whom I do not love or refuse tolove?
  • Have I ridiculed or humiliated others?Do I seek to help others in need? Do I seriouslytryto love others as Christ wants?Do I forgive from my heart those who have hurtme?Do I pray for my enemies?Do I love myself as God loves me? Do I take careofmy physical, emotional and spiritual health?Do I forgive myself for my sins after bringingthemto God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?Precepts of the ChurchDo I go to Confession at least once a year when Ihave serious sins to confess?Do I receive Holy Communion at least onceduringEastertide?Do I abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent(forthose age-14 and over) and fast on AshWednesday andGood Friday (for those 16 and over)?Do I support the Church?Do I worship at Mass every Sunday and holy dayofobligation?If married, have I married within the law of theChurch?
  • See also the Examination of Conscience inEveningPrayers.11A Penitential Psalm (51)Have mercy on me, O God, according to yoursteadfastlove;according to your abundant mercy blot out mytransgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, andcleanse mefrom my sin!For I know my transgressions, and my sin is everbeforeme.Against You, You only, have I sinned, and donethatwhich is evil in your sight,so that You are justified in your sentence, andblamelessin your judgment.Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sindid mymother conceive me.Behold, You desire truth in the inward being;thereforeteach me wisdom in my secret heart.Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.Fill me with joy and gladness;
  • let the bones which You have broken rejoice.Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all myiniquities.Create in me a clean heart, O God,and put a new and right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence, and takenot yourholy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joy of your salvation, anduphold mewith a willing spirit.Then I will teach transgressors your ways, andsinnerswill return to You.Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thouGod ofmy salvation,and my tongue will sing aloud of yourdeliverance.O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shallshowforth your praise.For You have no delight in sacrifice;were I to give a burnt offering, You would not bepleased.The sacrifice acceptable to God is a brokenspirit;a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will notdespise.Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuildthe walls
  • of Jerusalem,then will You delight in right sacrifices, in burntofferings and whole burnt offerings;then bulls will be offered on your altar.(David composed Psalm 51 after the prophetNathanaccused him of adultery and murder.)12Prayers in Preparation for Mass and HolyCommunionChurch Etiquette“My house shall be called a house of prayer.”Isaiah 56:7A Catholic church is not just another house, ameetingplace or building. It is God’s house; Jesus ispresentthere, really, personally present. It is a house ofprayerand worship. Keeping this in mind, our behaviorinchurch needs to reflect where we are.We should be quiet when we go into a Catholicchurch so we do not disturb other people whoarepraying. Even if there is no one praying in thechurch,we should observe a prayerful silence or speakonly inquiet tones out of respect for the Eucharisticpresence of
  • our Lord.When we enter the church, we should blessourselveswith holy water. We should do this withreverence, notabsentmindedly. The blessed water reminds us ofthewaters of Baptism which made us members ofGod’sfamily; the sign of the cross reminds us of thecross, thesacred sign of our salvation.We should genuflect on one knee before we enterthepew. This is how people used to show respect totheirking. We genuflect to show respect to JesusChrist, theKing of Kings. We need to do this with reverence,touching one knee to the floor. We shouldgenuflecttoward the tabernacle, acknowledging the RealPresenceof Christ in the Eucharist. It is good to say a shortprayersuch as “Praise and honor be to You, Lord JesusChrist,King of everlasting glory.”We should pray and sing at Mass, but at othertimes
  • we generally should keep silence. If we need toask oranswer a question, we should do so quietly.After-Massconversations can wait until we are outside themain partof the church; others may be trying to pray as weareleaving.We should dress properly, remembering that weareentering God’s house. (Jesus does care how wedress;the clothes we choose show what we think abouttheperson or place we are visiting or others who arethere.We should dress with respect and modestly.Modestdress conceals rather than reveals; it does notdrawattention to one’s sexual zones.)We should be on our best behavior and treat thechurch building and the things used for Masswithrespect.We should teach our children to use therestroomsbefore Mass, not during. Unnecessary trips to therestrooms during Mass are distracting.If we need to take a fussy child to the vestibule or
  • some designated room, we should still try toconcentrateon the Mass. Taking children outside to play orcheckingout the book and pamphlet rack is notparticipating in theMass.We should not leave Mass early. Leaving rightafterCommunion is disrespectful to our Lord and thepriestand distracting to the rest of the congregation. Italsosets a bad example for young people.Keeping these points of etiquette, these outwardsignsof faith and respect, helps us and our brothersand sistersin Christ to come together in fellowship withJesus Christto worship our God in spirit and in truth. In theHolySacrifice of the Mass as in all things, we “Givethanks tothe Lord, for He is good. His mercy enduresforever!”Prayers before MassPrayer of St. Thomas AquinasAlmighty and ever living God, I approach thesacrament
  • of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.Icome sick to the doctor of life, unclean to thefountain ofmercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, andpoorand needy to the Lord of Heaven and earth. Lord,inyour great generosity, heal my sickness, washaway mydefilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich mypoverty,and clothe my nakedness.May I receive the Bread of angels, the King ofkingsand Lord of lords with humble reverence, withpurity andfaith, the repentance and love, and thedeterminedpurpose that will help to bring me to salvation.May I receive the sacrament of the Lord’s BodyandBlood and its reality and power. Kind God, may Ireceive the Body of your only-begotten Son, ourLordJesus Christ, born from the womb of the VirginMary,and so be received into his Mystical Body andnumberedamong his members.Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now
  • receive your beloved Son under the veil of asacrament,may I one day see Him face to face in glory, Wholivesand reigns with You for ever. Amen.13To Prepare for MassIt is the very nature of the Holy Sacrifice of theMass thatit offers praise and adoration to God, reparationfor oursins, thanksgiving for the salvation wrought byJesusChrist, and petition for the needs of the Church.Youmay find it helpful to make these purposes of theMassmore clearly your own and thus become a moreactiveparticipant. You may want to pray the followingprayeror something like it as you drive or walk yourfamily toMass, and then each family member can add hisor herown special thanks and petitions.An Offering Prayer *Heavenly Father, I offer You this Mass today inpraiseand adoration of the Godhead—Father, Son, andHoly
  • Spirit.I offer this Mass in reparation for my own sins andthose of each member of my family and extendedfamilies.I offer this Mass in thanksgiving for the wholeworkof creation and redemption, for the work of theprophets,for the “yes” of Jesus, for the “yes” of Mary andJoseph,for all that Jesus did and said and taught us, forhissuffering and death and resurrection, for hisascensioninto heaven, for his sending the Spirit, for his giftof theChurch, and for his priest who will celebrate thisMass.I offer this Mass in thanksgiving for everypersonalblessing You have given to me and my family,especiallyfor the gift of faith that draws me to worship, forthe giftof good health that enables me to come to Mass,for thegift of my family, and for the freedom to worshipatMass without fear of persecution.I offer this Mass in solemn petition for authentic
  • reform and renewal in the Church, for all themissionarywork of the Church, for a rebirth of chastity, for astop tocontraception, and for a stop to abortion andeuthanasia.I offer this Mass for faith and perseverance for allthose who are being actively persecuted for theFaithtoday; I offer this Mass for a stop to persecutionof theChurch; and I offer this Mass for a healing ofdivisionswithin the Church and for unity of Faith among allChristians.I offer this Mass in petition for the conversion ofIslam, for the conversion of the Jews, and for theconversion of China and all other lands still undertheheavy hand of atheistic communism. I offer thisMassfor the conversion of my own country and allothercountries that allow abortion and encouragepersonalimmorality.I offer this Mass also in solemn petition for all mypersonal needs and those of my family andfriends—foran increase of faith, hope, love, contrition, andpurity, for
  • a deep and true spirit of religion, for the gift ofwisdom,for the continuation of good health, for adequateemployment, for a true spirit of Christiangenerosity, andfor these other needs:_____________________________________. Amen.Receiving Holy Communion—worthily andreverentlyThe best way to participate thoroughly in theMass is toreceive the Eucharist worthily. St. Paul remindsus:“Whoever eats this bread or drinks the cup of theLordunworthily will be guilty of the body and blood oftheLord…he who eats and drinks unworthily, withoutdiscerning the body, eats and drinks judgment onhimself” (1Cor 11:27,29).To prepare ourselves to receive the Eucharistworthily—We must be baptized.We must know that we are receiving the BodyandBlood of Jesus; thus we ought to receiveCommunionwith reverence and devotion.We must receive Communion with the rightintention, not because everyone else is doing itor
  • because of what others might think if we do not,but inorder to please God, to increase our love forGod, and tobe strengthened on our walk with the Lord.We must be in the state of grace. If we are in thestate of mortal sin, we must first confess our sinsto apriest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Wecertainlydo not want to commit the sin of sacrilege byreceivingthe Eucharist unworthily.We must be sorry for any venial sins.We must follow the Church’s law on Eucharisticfasting. This means that we must not eat or drinkanything, except water or medicine, for one hourbeforereceiving Holy Communion. (This includes suchthingsas chewing gum, coffee, tea, pop, and candy.)If we remember that it is really Jesus Whom wereceive in Holy Communion, we should want toprepareourselves well.Reverence should characterize our manner ofreceivingHoly Communion. Therefore—We should walk with hands joined in prayer.We should think about what we are doing—goingto
  • receive the Savior of the world in HolyCommunion.If you receive Communion standing, make an actofreverence to the Blessed Sacrament while aperson aheadof you is receiving Communion (the Sign of theCross, abow, or a genuflection).When the priest, deacon or extraordinaryministerholds up the Eucharist and says, “The body ofChrist,”respond, “Amen.”If you receive the Host in your hand, place onehandunder the other, cupping your palms; the Hostwill beplaced in your hand. (You may not take the Hostfromthe Eucharistic minister.) After you have put thehost inyour mouth, check your hand; if there are anyparticles ofthe Host still there, consume them with yourtongue.Return to your pew with hands joined in prayer,kneel down, and pray to the Lord whom you havejustreceived.14
  • Prayers after Holy CommunionPrayer before a CrucifixLook down upon me, good and gentle Jesus,whilebefore your face I humbly kneel, and with burningsoulpray and beseech You to fix deep in my heartlivelysentiments of faith, hope and charity, truecontrition formy sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, whileIcontemplate with great love and tender pity yourfivewounds, pondering over them within me, callingto mindthe words which David, your prophet, said ofYou, mygood Jesus: “They have pierced my hands andmy feet;they have numbered all my bones” (Ps 22: 17-18).A plenary indulgence is granted on each Fridayof Lent tothe faithful, who after Communion piously recitethe aboveprayer before an image of Christ crucified; onother days of theyear the indulgence is partial.Anima ChristiSoul of Christ, sanctify me.Body of Christ, save me.
  • Blood of Christ, inebriate me.Water from the side of Christ, cleanse me.Passion of Christ, strengthen me.O good Jesus, hear me.Within thy sacred wounds, hide me.Never suffer me to be separated from Thee.From the malice of my enemies, defend me.At the hour of my death, call me.Command me to come to Thee,that with thy saints I may praise Theefor ever and ever. Amen.--St Ignatius LoyolaThanksgivingLord, all-powerful and ever-living God, I thankYou, for eventhough I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant,not because ofmy worth but in the kindness of your mercy, Youhave fed mewith the precious Body and Blood of Your Son,our Lord JesusChrist. I pray that this Holy Communion may notbring mecondemnation and punishment but forgivenessand salvation.May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of goodwill.May it purify me from evil ways and put an end tomyevil passions. May it bring me charity andpatience,
  • humility and obedience, and growth in the powerto dogood. May it be my strong defense against all myenemies, visible and invisible, and the perfectcalming ofall my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. May ituniteme more closely to You, the one true God, andlead mesafely through death to everlasting happinesswith You.And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to thebanquet where You, with your Son and HolySpirit, aretrue and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlastingjoy,gladness without end, and perfect happiness toyoursaints. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.--St. Thomas AquinasBasic PetitionJesus, meek and humble of heart,make my heart like unto thine.Jesus, gentle and pure of heart,make my heart like unto thine.Prayer after Communion*Jesus, I praise You, I worship You, I glorify You.I offer You to your heavenly Father in union withtheHoly Spirit in thanksgiving for the whole work ofcreation and redemption and in particular for
  • __________________________ [whatever Jesus saidordid in the Gospel of this Mass].I thank You for giving yourself, Body and Blood,Soul and Divinity, to us under the appearances oftheconsecrated bread and wine of Holy Communion.I thank for You for the many times You haveforgiven my sins. Thank You for letting mereceive Youtoday.Lord Jesus, I believe, but not firmly enough.Pleasehelp me and each member of my family andextendedfamily to grow in faith.I thank You for my family and every otherblessingYou have given me. Please help me to fulfill welltodayand this week all the responsibilities You haveentrustedto my care.I thank You for the gift of the Church; pleasebringabout authentic reform and renewal within yourChurch.I offer You to your heavenly Father in union withtheHoly Spirit in most solemn petition—
  • for a rebirth of chastity, a stop to contraception,and astop to abortion;for an end to the persecution of the Church;for the conversion of Islam and the Jews;for the conversion of Africa;for the conversion of China, India, Vietnam andallcountries that strongly resist the Faith;for the reconversion of Europe and the Americas.for that unity of the Church for which You prayedatthe Last Supper;and that I may be some small part of that effort oratleast not cause any further disunity;and for my own personal needs and intentions____________________________________________.Grant that I may love You always, and then dowithme as You will.A Spiritual CommunionMy Jesus, I believe that You are in the BlessedSacrament. I love You above all things, and I longforYou in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Yousacramentally, come at least spiritually into myheart. Asthough You have already come, I embrace Youand unite
  • myself entirely to You; never permit me to beseparatedfrom You. Amen.15Prayers for ChastityMy Guardian Angel, help me.Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for me.Virgin most pure, pray for me.St. Joseph, pray for me.St. John the Baptist, pray for me.St. Maria Goretti, pray for me.Prayer for Chastity*O most compassionate virgin Mary, rememberyourfriends who pray to you for the grace of chastity.Weakened by our own past sins and surroundedby aworld filled with temptations, we can avoid fallingintosin only with the graces that God has entrustedto yourcare.Ever virgin, holy Mary, Mother of the true God,youhave been chosen by God to crush the head oftheserpent. Help us and all the members of ourfamily tolive holy and happy lives.Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.Most chaste Saint Joseph, pray for us.
  • Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us to know and tolivethe truth about love. Amen.To MaryDearest Mother, I consecrate myself entirely toyoutoday, and in order that I may always be close toyourside, I earnestly beseech you to take entirepossession ofmy heart and all my senses. Never permit me tobedefiled by any impure thoughts or desires; but iftheyshould come upon me, stretch forth your armsand takeme under your blue mantle. Fill my heart withyour loveand flood all my senses with your purity, that Imay liveand die an immaculate son (or daughter) of you,myImmaculate Mother, through Christ our Lord.Amen.To Saint JosephSaint Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, intoyourfaithful keeping were entrusted Innocence itself,ChristJesus, and Mary, the Virgin of virgins. I pray and
  • beseech you, to keep me from all uncleanness,and togrant that my mind may be untainted, my heartpure andmy body chaste. Help me always to serve JesusandMary in perfect chastity. Amen.To St. StanislausSaint Stanislaus, my patron most chaste, Angel ofpurity,I rejoice with you in that singular gift of virginalpuritywhich graced your spotless heart. I humblybeseech you,obtain for me the strength to overcometemptations toimpurity, and inspire me to continual vigilance inkeeping intact the virtue of holy purity.Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.Prayers of Praise and ThanksCanticle of DanielBless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,praise and exalt him above all forever.Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord.You heavens, bless the Lord.All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.All you hosts of the Lord, 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.Dew and rain, bless the Lord.Frost and chill, 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,praise and exalt him above all forever.Mountains and hills, bless the Lord.Everything growing from the earth, bless theLord.You springs, bless the Lord.Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.You dolphins and all water creatures, bless theLord.All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.You sons of men, bless the Lord.O Israel, bless the Lord,praise and exalt him above all forever.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.Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord,praise and exalt him above all forever.Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the HolySpirit,Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
  • Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament ofheaven,praiseworthy and glorious forever.—The New American Bible version plus doxology16The GloriaGlory to God in the highest, and on earth peaceto men ofgood will.Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God andFather,we praise You, we bless You, we adore You, weglorify You, we give You thanks for your greatglory.Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,Lord God, Lamb of God,You take away the sins of the world: have mercyonus;You take away the sins of the world, receive ourprayer;You are seated at the right hand of the Father:havemercy on us.For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are theLord,You alone are the most High, Jesus Christ,with the Holy Spirit,in the glory of God the Father. Amen.The Te DeumA solemn hymn of praise and thanksgiving.
  • O God, we praise You, and acknowledge You tobe thesupreme Lord. Everlasting Father, all the earthworshipsYou. All the Angels, the heavens and all angelicpowers,All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously crytoYou: Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of Hosts! Heavenandearth are full of the Majesty of your glory.The glorious choir of the Apostles, the wonderfulcompany of Prophets, the white-robed army ofMartyrs,praise You. Holy Church throughout the woldacknowledges You: the Father of infinite Majesty;Youradorable, true and only Son; also the Holy Spirit,theComforter.O Christ, You are the King of glory! You are theeverlasting Son of the Father. When You took ituponyourself to deliver man, You did not disdain theVirgin’swomb. Having overcome the sting of death, Youopenedthe Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. You sit attheright hand of God in the glory of the Father. Webelieve
  • that You will come to be our Judge.We, therefore, beg You to help your servantswhomYou have redeemed with your Precious Blood.Let thembe numbered with your Saints in everlastingglory. Saveyour people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance!Governthem, and raise them up forever.Every day we thank You. And we praise yourNameforever; yes, forever and ever. O Lord, deign tokeep usfrom sin this day. Have mercy on us, O Lord, havemercy on us. Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,forwe have hoped in You. O Lord, in You I have putmytrust; let me never be put to shame.Let us pray: O God of whose mercies there is nonumber,and of whose goodness the treasure is infinite,we givethanks to your most gracious majesty for the giftsYouhave given us; evermore beseeching yourclemency, thatas You grant the petitions of those who ask You,You
  • may never forsake them but may prepare themfor therewards to come. Through Christ our Lord.Amen.A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful whorecitethe Te Deum in thanksgiving. A plenaryindulgence isgranted if the hymn is recited publicly on the lastday ofthe year.The Divine PraisesBlessed 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 his most Precious Blood.Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament oftheAltar.Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary mostholy.Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.Blessed be her glorious Assumption.Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chastespouse.Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
  • May the Heart of Jesus in the Most BlessedSacrament be praised, adored, and loved withgrateful affection, at everymoment, in all the tabernacles of the world, evento the end of time. Amen.17Prayers to the Holy SpiritCome, Holy SpiritCome, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful,andkindle within them the fire of thy divine love.Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.And Thou shall renew the face of the earth.Let us pray: O God, You have taught the hearts ofyourfaithful by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant thatby thegift of that same Holy Spirit we may be truly wiseandalways rejoice in his consolation. We ask thisthroughChrist our Lord. Amen.To the Holy Spirit for HolinessBreathe in me, O Holy Spirit,that my thoughts may all be holy,Act in me, O Holy Spirit,that my work, too, may be holy.Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,that I love only what is holy.Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,to defend all that is holy.
  • Guard me so, O Holy Spirit,that I may always be holy. Amen.A Cardinal’s AdviceI am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctityandhappiness. Every day for five minutes controlyourimagination, close your eyes to the things ofsense, andyour ears to the noise of the world, in order toenter intoyourself. There in the sanctuary of your baptizedspirit—say to Him:“O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You.Enlighten, guide and console me. Tell me what Imustdo; give me your orders. I promise to subjectmyself toall that You desire of me and to accept all thatYoupermit to happen to me. Let me only know yourwill.”If you do this, your life will flow along happily,serenely,and full of consolation even in the midst of trials.Gracewill be proportioned to the trial, giving youstrength tocarry it, and you will arrive at the gate ofparadise laden
  • with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit isthesecret of sanctity.--Cardinal Mercier18Prayers and Devotions to JesusLitany of the Sacred Heart of JesusLord, have mercy on us.Christ, have mercy on us.Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.Christ, graciously hear us.(After each invocation, “Have mercy on us.”God the Father of heaven,God the Son, Redeemer of the world,God the Holy Spirit,Holy Trinity, one God,Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father,Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in thewomb ofthe Virgin Mother,Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Wordof God,Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God,Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven,Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praises,
  • Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,Heart of Jesus, in Who are all the treasures ofwisdomand knowledge,Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was wellpleased,Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have allreceived,Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke You,Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death,Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,Heart of Jesus, victim for sins,Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust inYou,Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You,Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,Lamb of God, You take away the sins of theworld, spareus, O Lord.Lamb of God, You take away the sins of theworld,graciously hear us, O Lord.
  • Lamb of God, You take away the sins of theworld,have mercy on us.Jesus, meek and humble of heart,Make our hearts like unto thine.Let us pray: O almighty and everlasting God, lookuponthe Heart of your well-beloved Son and the praiseandsatisfaction He offers You in the name of sinnersand forthose who seek your mercy. Be appeased, andgrant uspardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ,your Son,Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of theHolySpirit, world without end. Amen.Act of Consecration to the Most SacredHeart of JesusO most loving Jesus, Redeemer of the humanrace,behold us humbly prostrate before your altar. Weareyours and yours we wish to be. But to be moresurelyunited in You, behold each one of us freelyconsecrateshimself today to your most Sacred Heart. Many,indeed,have never known You; many, too, despising your
  • precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy onthem all,most merciful Jesus, and draw them to yourSacredHeart.Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who havenever forsaken You, but also of the prodigalchildrenwho have abandoned You. Grant that they mayquicklyreturn to their Father’s house, lest they die ofwretchedness and hunger.Grant, O Lord, to your Church, assurance offreedomand immunity from harm. Give peace and orderto allnations. Make the earth resound from pole topole withone cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wroughtoursalvation. To It be glory and honor forever. Amen.19Act of Reparation to the Most SacredHeart of JesusPope Pius XI issued two encyclicals dealing withdevotion to the Sacred Heart. MiserentissimusRedemptor (Most Merciful Redeemer,1928) is on reparation to the Sacred Heart;Caritate Christi compulsi (Compelled by the Loveof Christ, 1932) complements it. He
  • decreed that the consecration of the world to theSacred Heart, started by Leo XIII and reaffirmedby Pius X, be transferred to the feastof Christ the King. He also composed thedefinitive Mass of the Sacred Heart. Finally, hewas so moved by massive indifference to theLord Jesus that he composed the followingprayer.O most loving Jesus, whose immense love formen isrepaid by so much forgetfulness, negligence andcontempt, behold us prostrate before your altar.We areeager to repair, by a special act of homage, thecruelindifference and injuries to which your lovingheart iseverywhere subjected.We ourselves have had a share in such greatindignities, which we now deplore from thedepths of ourhearts. We humbly ask your pardon and declareourreadiness to atone by voluntary penance not onlyfor ourown personal offenses, but also for the sins ofthose,who, straying far from the path of salvation,refuse intheir obstinate infidelity to follow You, theirShepherd
  • and Leader, or renouncing the vows of theirbaptism,have cast off the sweet yoke of your law.And while we intend to expiate all suchdeplorablecrimes, we propose to repair each one inparticular:immodesty in dress and actions,the many seductions to ensnare the feet of theinnocent,the violation of Sundays and holy days,the horrible blasphemies uttered against You andyour saints,the insults hurled against your Vicar and yourpriests,the negligence and the horrible sacrileges bywhichthe very sacrament of your love is profaned,and, finally, the public crimes of all nations whichresist the rights and the teaching authority of theChurchwhich You have founded.Would that we could with our blood wash awaysuchabominations! And now, in reparation for theseviolations of your divine honor, we offer thesatisfactionthat You once made on the cross to your Father,andwhich You renew daily on our altars. We offer it in
  • union with the expiation of your Virgin Mother, allthesaints and of all the devout faithful on earth. Wepromise sincerely to repair, as far as we are able,with thehelp of your grace, the neglect of your great love,and forthe sins we and others have committed in thepast: by afirm faith, an innocent life, the observance of thelaw ofcharity, and with all our power to prevent othersfromoffending You and to bring as many as possible tofollowYou.O loving Jesus, through the intercession of theBlessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation,deign toreceive the voluntary offering we make of this actofreparation. By the crowning gift of perseverancekeep usfaithful until death in our duty and in theallegiance weowe to You, so that we may all one day come tothathappy home, where You with the Father and theHolySpirit live and reign God, world without end.Amen.
  • The Nine First Fridays DevotionDevotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotionto the bodily Heart of Christ as the chief sign andsymbol of the love Heshows us as our Redeemer. Devotion to theSacred Heart of Jesus has been part of Catholicprayer life since the firstmillennium. It grew steadily in the Middle Ages(1100-1350), and in 1353 Pope Innocent VIinstituted a Mass in honor ofthe Sacred Heart. The apparitions of the LordJesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in1673-1675 intensified this devotion.In these apparitions, Jesus made 12 promises tosouls devoted to his Sacred Heart.I will give them all the graces necessary in theirstateof life.I will establish peace in their homes.I will comfort them in all their afflictions.I will be their secure refuge in life and above all indeath.I will bestow abundant blessings on all theirundertakings.Sinners shall find in my heart the source and theinfinite ocean of mercy.Tepid souls shall become fervent.Fervent souls shall quickly mount to highperfection.I will bless every place where a picture of myheart
  • shall be exposed and honored.I will give to priests the gift of touching the mosthardened hearts.Those who shall promote this devotion shall havetheir names written in my heart, never to beblotted out.I promise you, in the excessive mercy of myheart,that my all-powerful love will grant to all thosewhoreceive Holy Communion on the first Friday fornineconsecutive months the grace of finalrepentance; theyshall not die in my disgrace nor without receivingthesacraments; my Divine Heart shall be their saferefuge inthat last moment.To receive the blessings of these promises of theSacredHeart of Jesus, you must fulfill certainconditions.--Receive Holy Communion on the first Friday ofthemonth--For nine consecutive months withoutinterruption--With the proper dispositions--With the intention of making reparation to theHeart
  • of Jesus and to obtain the fruit of the “GreatPromise.”20The Nine First Fridays Devotion consists offulfilling these conditions. You receive HolyCommunion on the first Friday of nineconsecutive months with the proper dispositionsand intention. “Proper disposition” means thatyou must be in the state of sanctifyinggrace. If you are in the state of grace, you are notrequired to go to Confession before each FirstFriday, but the practice of monthlyconfession is highly recommended. For yourconvenience, use the following space to recordthe dates on which you make the Nine FirstFridays Devotion. Caution: use a pencil at first, ormark up your calendar. It is sometimes difficult tomake the consecutive months; ifyou miss, start over again.1.________________________________________2.________________________________________3.________________________________________4.________________________________________5.________________________________________6.________________________________________7.________________________________________8.________________________________________9.________________________________________Consecration of Your Home to the SacredHeart
  • The consecration of the family to the SacredHeart is a devotion desired by our Lord, who hasmade loving promises infavor of families consecrated to Him. “I willbless,” He said, “those homes where an image ofmy heart shall be exposedand venerated; I shall give peace in theirfamilies; I shall bless abundantly all theirundertakings. I shall be their securerefuge in life and especially at the hour of death.”In order to make this consecration, one musthave a representation of the Sacred Heart ofJesus, have it blessed by thepriest, and after having put it in the place ofhonor in the house, make before it theconsecration of the entire family.Where it is possible, it is good that all be presentat the ceremony, and where this is not possible,then as many familymembers as can be there should be present; theconsecration is equally valid.The Sacred Heart of Jesus has accorded manyfavors, even extraordinary ones, to those familieswhich have receivedHim into their midst by consecrating themselvesto Him. Among the graces may be mentionedhelp received in criticalperiods, dangers averted, discords settled, andabove all numberless souls who have returned tothe faith.
  • Act of Consecration of the Family to theSacred HeartO most loving Heart of Jesus, Who, to your greatloverSaint Margaret Mary, has made this consolingpromise:“I will bless those homes in which an image of mySacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated,”deign toaccept today the consecration of our family toYou. Bythis act we intend to proclaim solemnly thedominionthat You have over all creatures and over us,recognizingYou as King of our souls.Your enemies, O Jesus, refuse to admit yoursovereign rights, and repeat the satanic cry: “Wedo notwant this One to reign over us,” thereby torturingin amost cruel manner your most loving heart.We, on the other hand, repeat with greater fervorandmore ardent love: “Reign, O Jesus, over ourfamily andover each of its members. Reign over our minds,that wemay always believe in the truths You have taughtus.
  • Reign over our hearts, that we may always followyourdivine teachings.” O divine heart, You alone aretheloving King of our souls, of those souls which Youhaveconquered at the price of your precious Blood,and all ofwhich You desire to see saved.And now keep your promise and let fall upon usyourblessings. Bless us in our labors, in ourundertakings, inour health, in our interests. Bless us in joy and insorrow, in prosperity and in adversity, now andalways.Grant that peace reign in our midst, as well asconcord,respect, love for one another, and good example.Defend us from dangers, from sickness, fromaccidents, and above all, from sin. Deign, finally,towrite our names in the most sacred wound ofyour heart,and grant that it be never effaced so that afterhavingbeen united with You on earth, we may one daybeunited in heaven, there to sing the glories and thetriumphs of your mercy. Amen.
  • All: We want God Who is our Father. We wantGodwho is our King.Now recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, andoneGlory Be in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,and oneHail Holy Queen to the Blessed Virgin Mary toobtainher protection.It is good to renew this consecration on the greatfeast days of the year.21Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament(Adoro Te Devote)Hidden God, devoutly I adore You,Truly present underneath these veils:All my heart subdues itself before You,Since it all before You faints and fails.Not to sight, or taste, or touch be credit,Hearing only do we trust secure;I believe, for God the Son has said it—Word of Truth that ever shall endure.On the Cross was veiled Your Godhead’ssplendor,Here Your manhood lies hidden too;Unto both alike my faith I render,And, as sued the contrite thief, I sue.Though I look not on your wounds with Thomas,You, my Lord, and You, my God, I call;Make me more and more believe your promise,
  • Hope in You, and love You over all.O memorial of my Savior dying,Living bread, that gives life to man;Make my soul, its life from You supplying,Taste your sweetness, as on earth it can.Deign, O Jesus, Pelican of Heaven,Me, a sinner, in your Blood to lave,To a singly drop of which is givenAll the world from all its sin to save.Contemplating, Lord, Your hidden presence,Grant me what I thirst for and implore,In the revelation of your essenceTo behold your glory evermore.Other prayersSee also “Thanksgiving after Holy Communion.”22Prayers and Devotions to MaryThe MemorareRemember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, thatnever wasit known that anyone who fled to thy protection,implored thy help, or sought thy intercession wasleftunaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly untothee, OVirgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come,beforethee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of theWordIncarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thymercy hear
  • and answer me. Amen.The MagnificatMy soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,my spirit rejoices in God my Saviorfor he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.From this day all generations will call me blessed:the Almighty has done great things for me,and holy is his name.He has mercy on those who fear himin every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm,he has scattered the proud in their conceit.He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,and has lifted up the lowly.He has filled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty.He has come to the help of his servant Israelfor he has remembered his promise of mercy,the promise he made to our fathers,to Abraham and his children for ever.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHolySpirit,As it was in the beginning, is now, and will beforever.Amen.Litany of LorettoLord, have mercy.Christ, have mercy.Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.Christ graciously hear us.
  • God the Father of Heaven,Have mercy on us.God the Son, Redeemer of theworld,Have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit,Have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God,Have mercy on us.(After each invocation,“Pray for us.”)Holy Mary,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 Savior,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 honor,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 originalsin,Queen assumed into heaven,Queen of the most holy rosary,Queen of peace,
  • Pray for us.Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,Spare us, O Lord.Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,Graciously hear us, O Lord,Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,Have mercy on us.Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.That we may be made worthyof the promises of Christ.Let us pray: Grant us yourservants, we beseech You, O LordGod, to enjoy perpetual health ofmind and body; and by theglorious intercession of blessedMary, ever-Virgin, to be deliveredfrom present sorrows and to enjoyeverlasting happiness. ThroughChrist our Lord. Amen.23To Our Lady of GuadalupeThe Lady of Guadalupe introduced herself toJuan Diegoon December 9, 1531 as the “Ever Virgin, HolyMary,Mother of the True God.” Several days later sheintroduced herself to Juan Diego’s uncle as “te
  • coatlaxopeuh,” which translates roughly as “EverVirginHoly Mary who crushes the head of the serpent.”This,in Aztec, sounded something like Guadalupe totheSpanish, who had such a shrine in Spain, andthus thestill popular name for this visit of Our Lady.Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, makeintercessionfor the Holy Church; protect the Holy Father; helpallthose who invoke you in their needs.Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother ofthe true God, obtain for us from your most holySon,Jesus, the grace to keep our faith, sweet hope inthe midstof the difficulties of life, burning charity, and theprecious gift of final perseverance.Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of theAmericas,pray for us. Amen.The Traditional RosaryThere are a number of small publications thatexplain indetail how to pray the rosary. Here we offer onlythetitles of the twenty mysteries or subjects ofmeditation in
  • the traditional grouping. “Praying the rosary”generally refers to praying five decades of therosary. In2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the FiveLuminousMysteriesThe Five Joyful MysteriesThe AnnunciationThe VisitationThe NativityThe Presentation in the TempleThe Finding of Jesus in the TempleThe Five Sorrowful MysteriesThe Agony in the GardenThe Scourging at the PillarThe Crowning with ThornsThe Carrying of the CrossThe CrucifixionThe Five Glorious MysteriesThe ResurrectionThe AscensionThe Descent of the Holy SpiritThe Assumption of MaryThe Coronation of MaryThe Five Luminous MysteriesThe Baptism of Jesus by JohnThe Wedding at CanaThe Preaching of the KingdomThe TransfigurationThe Last SupperPrayer after the Rosary
  • Let us pray: O God, whose only-begotten Son, byhislife, death, and resurrection, has purchased forus therewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseechYou, that,meditating upon these mysteries of the most holyRosaryof the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate whattheycontain and obtain what they promise. We askthisthrough Christ our Lord. Amen.Hail Holy QueenHail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life,oursweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry,poorbanished children of Eve. To thee do we send upoursighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.Turnthen, most gracious advocate, thine eyes ofmercy towardus, and after this, our exile, show unto us theblessedfruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, OsweetVirgin Mary.Pray for us, O holy Mother of God;That we may be made worthy of the promises of
  • Christ.Prayer to St. MichaelThis prayer is commonly said after the Rosary.Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.Be ourprotection against the wickedness and snares ofthe devil.May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and dothou, OPrince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,castinto hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl abouttheworld seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.The Seven Day Bible RosaryThe Seven Day Bible Rosary has a different set ofmysteries or meditations for each day of theweek plus anextra set that was part of the Seven Day formatbeforePope John Paul II introduced the LuminousMysteries.It contains the traditional mysteries with slightmodifications, and it also includes other eventsandteachings in the public life of the Lord Jesus.Here welist only the four sets of mysteries not included inthetraditional format.The Five Mysteries of the Public Life
  • Jesus is tempted in the wilderness.Jesus calls for faith and a change of heart.Jesus teaches us to love our enemies and eachother.Jesus teaches us about marriage and a rightheart.Jesus shows us his divine power at work in theworld.The Five Mysteries of the ParablesJesus teaches us to respond to the word of God.Jesus teaches us about our neighbor.Jesus teaches about using the gifts He has givenus.Jesus teaches about the dangers of riches.Jesus teaches us about the loving mercy of Godtoward repentant sinners.24The Five Mysteries of the Last SupperJesus washes the feet of his apostles.Jesus commands us to love one another as Hehasloved us.Jesus gives us his body and blood as our spiritualfood and drink.Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will lead theapostles and their successors in the truth.Jesus prays for unity among all those whobelieve inHim.The Five Mysteries of the ChurchJesus calls all men to be his disciples.
  • Jesus makes Peter the head of his Church.Jesus continues his saving work through hissacraments and the preaching of his word.Jesus works through the members of his MysticalBody.Jesus intends his Church to be a symbol of truthandlove in the midst of a sinful and unbelievingworld.The Five First Saturdays DevotionBetween May 13 and October 13, 1917, our Ladyappeared to three children—Jacinta, FranciscoandLucia—six times near Fatima, Portugal. On July13 shepredicted the end of World War One. “But,” shesaid,“if people do not stop offending God, another,evenworse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI [WorldWarTwo]. . .To prevent it, I shall come to ask for theconsecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heartand theCommunion of reparation on the first Saturdays.”On December 10, 1925, Our Lady with the ChristChildappeared to Lucia, who was now a nun. “Look,mydaughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thornswith
  • which ungrateful men pierce Me at every momentbytheir blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least,try toconsole Me and announce for Me that I promiseto assistat the hour of death, with the graces necessaryforsalvation, all those who, on the first Saturday offiveconsecutive months, shall confess, receive HolyCommunion, recite five decades of the Rosary,and keepMe company for fifteen minutes while meditatingon thefifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intentionofmaking reparation to Me.”These apparitions are the basis for the Five FirstSaturdays Devotion. In subsequent apparitions,Jesusclarified questions posed by Lucia. Theobligation ofConfession can be fulfilled within eight daysbefore orafter the first Saturday. The persons must be inthe stateof grace when they receive Holy Communion,and theymust have the intention of making reparation tothe
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary. If they forget to makethatintention at the time of the Holy Communion, theycan doso at their next confession and they should takeadvantage of the first opportunity to go toConfession.The promise is that Our Lady will “assist at thehour ofdeath, with the graces necessary for salvation”all thosewho fulfill these conditions:On the first Saturdays of five consecutive months—--Make a good confession within eight days--Receive Holy Communion in the state of grace--Recite five decades of the Rosary--Meditate an additional fifteen minutes on thefifteenmysteries of the Rosary--All of this with the intention of makingreparation forthe sins committed against the Immaculate HeartofMary.Use the Space below to record the completedates ofyour Five Consecutive First Saturdays. Record inpencil, and start over if you miss a Saturday.Month—Day—Year1.
  • Prayer for First SaturdaysHasten, O Lady, the conversion of sinners, sothat theymay love Jesus and cease to offend God, alreadysomuch offended, and thus avoid eternalpunishment. Turnyour eyes of mercy toward us, so that henceforthwe maylove God with all our heart while on earth andenjoy Himforever in heaven. Amen.For Those in Special NeedHoly Virgin, in the midst of your glorious days, donotforget the sadness of earth. Cast a look ofgoodness onthose who are suffering, who are fighting againstdifficulties.Have pity on those who love one another and whohave been separated.Have pity on the loneliness of our hearts.Have pity on the weakness of our faith.Have pity on the troubled objects of our love.Have pity on those who are weeping, on thosewhoare praying, on those who are seized with fear.
  • Give to all of us hope and peace with justice.Amen.Prayers to St. JosephLitany of St. JosephLord, 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 theworld,have mercy on us.God the Holy Spirit,have mercy on us.Holy Trinity, one God,have mercy on us.(After each invocation:“Pray for us.”)Holy Mary,Saint Joseph,Illustrious scion of David,Light of patriarchs,Spouse of the Mother of God,Chaste guardian of the Virgin,Foster-father of the Son of God,Diligent protector of Christ,Head of the Holy Family,Joseph most just,Joseph most chaste,
  • Joseph most prudent,Joseph most valiant,Joseph most obedient,Joseph most faithful,Mirror of patience,Lover of poverty,Model of laborers,Glory of home life,Guardian of virgins,Safeguard of families,Solace of the afflicted,Hope of the sick,Patron of the dying,Terror of demons,Protector of Holy Church,pray for us.Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,spare us, O Lord.Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,graciously hear us, O Lord.Lamb of God, You take away thesins of the world,have mercy on us, O Lord.He made him lord of His house,And prince of all Hispossessions.Let us pray: O God, in yourineffable providence You choseblessed Joseph to be the spouse of
  • the ever Virgin Mary. Grant, webeseech You, that we may be madeworthy to have him for ourintercessor in heaven whom onearth we venerate as our protector.Amen.For PurityO Blessed Saint Joseph, faithfulguardian and protector of virgins,to whom God entrusted Jesus andMary, I implore you by the lovewhich you did bear them, topreserve me from every defilementof soul and body, that I mayalways serve them in holiness andpurity of love.St. Joseph, most chaste spouseof the ever virgin Mary, pray forus. AmenFor a Happy DeathO Holy Joseph, chaste spouse ofthe Mother of God, most gloriousadvocate of all who are in dangeror in their last agony, and mostfaithful protector of all the servantsof Mary, I ask your help. In thepresence of Jesus and Mary, fromthis moment I choose you for mypowerful patron and advocate, andI implore you to obtain for methrough your powerful intercession
  • the grace of a happy death.Receive me, therefore, for yourperpetual servant, and recommendme to the constant protection ofMary, your spouse, and to theeverlasting mercies of Jesus mySavior.Assist me in all the actions ofmy life which I now offer to thegreater glory of Jesus and Mary.Never, therefore, forsake me,and whatever grace you see mostnecessary and profitable for me,obtain it for me now and also atthe hour of my death.I know not when I shall die,but whenever it shall happen Iinvite you to be with me at mydeathbed.Through your graciousintercession may there be grantedme in my last hour all the graces Ineed, through the merits of JesusChrist, my Savior, Who togetherwith the Father and the HolySpirit, lives and reigns, worldwithout end. AmenTo the Patron of the ChurchPope Leo XIII prescribed thisprayer for the month of Octoberafter the recitation of the rosary
  • and the Litany of Loretto. In 1935,Pius XI further encouraged its use.Unto thee, O blessed Joseph, dowe fly in our tribulation and,having implored the help of yourholy spouse, we now alsoconfidently seek your protection.By that affection which united youto the Immaculate Virgin Motherof God, and by your fatherly lovefor the Child Jesus, we humbly begyou to look down with compassionon the inheritance that Jesus Christpurchased with his blood, and inour need to help us by yourpowerful intercession.Do thou, O prudent guardian ofthe Holy Family, watch over thechosen people of Jesus Christ.Keep us, O loving father, safefrom all error and corruption. Ogreat protector, from your place inheaven, graciously help us in ourcontest against the powers ofdarkness. And as of old yourescued the Child Jesus from thedanger of death, so now defendGod’s holy Church from the snaresof the enemy and from alladversity. Extend to each one ofus your continual protection, that
  • led on by your example andstrengthened by your aid, we maylive and die in holiness, and obtaineverlasting happiness in heaven.Amen.26Special PrayersThanksgiving for Blessings ReceivedThank You, O God, for hearing my prayer andgrantingmy request. Thank You for all the kindness Youhaveshown me.Thank You, Father, for your great love in givingmemy life, for your great patience in preserving medespitemy sinfulness, for your protection in the past andfor theopportunity to serve and honor You in the future.Thank You, Lord Jesus, for keeping menumberlesstimes from sin and death by the toils of your life,thesufferings of your passion, and by your victoriousresurrection.Thank You, Holy Spirit of God, for bestowing somany graces upon my soul and for having sofrequentlyrenewed your life with me.May my life, from now on, be a sign of my
  • gratefulness. Amen.Prayer of St. FrancisLord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;And where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master, grant that I may not so muchseek to beconsoled as to console;to be understood as to understand;to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive,it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.Amen.A Papal Prayer for VocationsLord Jesus, as You once called the first disciplesto make themfishers of men, let your sweet invitation continueto resound:Come, follow Me!Give young men and women the grace ofrespondingquickly to your voice. Support our bishops,priests, andconsecrated people in their apostolic labor.Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to allthose who are carrying out the ideal of a lifetotally
  • consecrated to your service.Awaken in our community a missionaryeagerness.Lord, SEND WORKERS TO YOUR HARVEST anddonot allow humanity to be lost for the lack ofpastors,missionaries and people dedicated to the causeof theGospel.Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of everyvocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord Whocalls usto cooperate in the divine plan of salvation.--Pope John Paul IIThe Prayer of the Church for Her PriestsGod, You are the source of all holiness. Thoughno onecan see You and live, You give life mostgenerously, andin an ever greater way restore it. Sanctify yourprieststhrough your life-giving Word, and consecrateyourpeople in his blood until our eyes see your face.--Morning prayer, Thursday, week IIIYou are our King, Lord God. Help us to find aplace forYou in our hearts. Clothe your priests with savingpower, fill the needy with bread, and let yourholiness
  • shine on us all.--Evening prayer, Thursday, week IIIYou ordained your priests to be ministers ofChrist andstewards of your marvelous gifts,--fill them with fidelity, wisdom and love.--Evening prayer, Wednesday, week IVLet your ordained ministers grow toward perfectlove,--and preserve your faithful people in unity by thebond of peace.--Evening prayer, Thursday, Week IFor Holy PriestsO Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests withintheshelter of your Sacred Heart, where none maytouchthem. Keep unstained their anointed hands,which dailytouch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied theirlips, dailypurpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure andunworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublimemark ofthe priesthood. Let your holy love surround themandshield them from the world’s contagion. Blesstheirlabors with abundant fruit, and may the souls towhom
  • they minister be their joy and consolation hereand inheaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.Amen.—St. Therese of the Child JesusPrayer for PriestsO Jesus, I pray for your faithful and ferventpriests; foryour unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priestslaboring at home or abroad in distant missionfields; foryour tempted priests; for your lonely anddesolatepriests; for your young priests; for your dyingpriests; forthe souls of your priests in purgatory.But above all I recommend to You the priestsdearestto me: the priest who baptized me; the priestswhoabsolved me from my sins; the priests at whoseMasses Iassisted and who gave me your Body and Bloodin HolyCommunion; the priests who taught andinstructed me;all the priests to whom I am indebted in any otherway.O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, andblessthem abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.
  • 27A Bishop’s Prayer for VocationsLeader: Let us ask God to give worthy Priests,Brothersand Sisters to his holy Church.Others: O God, we earnestly beseech You tobless thisarchdiocese (diocese) with many priests,brothers,and sisters who will love You with their wholestrength and gladly spend their entire lives toservethe Church and to make You known and loved.Leader: Bless our families; bless our children.Others: Choose from our homes those who areneededfor your work.Leader: May, Queen of the clergy!Others: Pray for us. Pray for our priests andreligious.Obtain for us many more.—Archbishop William O. BradyFor Priestly VocationsLord Jesus, grant saintly priests to the world,priests who liveclose to the Eucharist, who have a deep spirituallife, who workand suffer, yet with a joyful heart; priests whodedicate eachminute of their lives for the salvation of souls andyour
  • Kingdom. Amen.Father Marcial Maciel, L.C.Founder of the Legionaries of ChristFor Authentic Renewal in the Church*Holy Spirit, at the Last Supper the Lord Jesuspromised thatYou would lead the Apostles and theirsuccessors into thefullness of the truth. Please help today’ssuccessors of theApostles to fulfill well the responsibilities thatJesus hasentrusted to their care.Fill them with your gifts. Give them trueunderstanding of the attacks being made upontheChurch from within. Give them the wisdom toknowwhat to do and the fortitude to do it so that theChurchwill be more clearly the light of the world, the cityon themountain, a beacon of truth, justice and love inthe midstof a sinful and unbelieving world. We ask thisthroughHim Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.Amen.The Prayer of the Churchfor those Fallen Away
  • Lead back to your friendship and truth all whohave goneastray,--teach us how to help them.--Evening prayer, Wednesday, fourth week ofLentGuide all estranged from You by sin and scandal,--that they may come back to You, and remainalways in your love.--Evening prayer, Tuesday, fourth week of LentWe pray for those who have turned away fromyourpaths,--that they may experience the grace of yourforgiveness and the joy of rising to new life.--Evening prayer I, third Sunday of EasterBe merciful to sinners who have fallen away fromyourlove,--reconcile them to yourself and to your Church.--Evening prayer, Friday, week IITake pity on those who struggle and fall along theway,--may they find a friend to help them.Evening prayer, Friday, first week of AdventFor the Conversion of Relatives*Lord Jesus, You foretold that households wouldbedivided over You, that men and women of faithwould be
  • opposed by members of their own families, sonsagainstfathers, daughters against mothers.How true this is even to this day, and You knowbetter than I the situation in my own family andextendedfamily. It is hard to see that N.________ is (are)walkingthe narrow way that leads to everlasting life withYou.But You died for all of us. You suffered for themas wellas for us who believe. Out of your infinite mercy,sendyour Holy Spirit upon us; please grant the gracesofconversion and perseverance to each member ofmyfamily and extended families so that we all mayrejoicetogether in your presence for all eternity. Amen.For the Conversion of Islam and the Jews*Heavenly Father, years ago You revealedyourself toAbraham and he believed. Today we contemplateanddeplore the unhappy divisions among those of uswhoclaim Abraham as our father in faith.O God of unity and truth, we appeal to You now in
  • the name of Jesus to send the Holy Spirit inpower tobring about unity in faith and love among all whoclaimAbraham as their father. Please bring about theconversion of the Jews; help us all to believe inthefullness of your revelation that in the OneGodhead Youare three divine persons, Father, Son and HolySpirit.Please bring about the conversion of Islam. Helpusall to believe more firmly that You love us somuch thatYou invite us to call You Abba, Father.The human mind cannot imagine how unity canbeachieved out of such divisions as exist today, butYou arethe God of infinite love and mercy and power.Help uswho walk with your divine Son to love our ownenemiesas He commanded and to love all thedescendants ofAbraham as we pray for their conversion. Help ustolove and to serve as Jesus did so that we maybecome
  • one flock under one shepherd, Christ our Lord.Amen.For a Happy DeathFather, when You are ready to lead me throughdeath toeternal life, be with me as You were with yourpeople ofold. As the last breath of life pours from me, takeawayall fear and let me embrace You with joy. Give methegrace to die, as did Saint Joseph, with Jesus andMary atmy side. Amen.28For the Conversion of America*Holy Mother of God, the United States of Americahasbeen dedicated to you as the ImmaculateConception,and it is in grievous need of your help. Civiccorruption,abortion, impurity, divorce and families withoutfathersshow that all too many in this country no longerwalk theway of the Lord Jesus. Many have never knownHim;still others have abandoned Him, and even somewithinhis holy Church do not accept her teaching.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, we ask you tointercedefor the Church in America that it may truly be thesalt ofthe earth and bring about authentic renewalwithin itselfand the whole nation. We plead in a special wayfor arebirth of chastity, a stop to contraception, a stoptoabortion, a proper sense of sin and true sorrowfor sin,and for unity of faith among all Christians.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinnersnowand at the hour of our death. Amen.For a Stop to Persecution*Lord Jesus Christ, You suffered and died for oursalvation, and You told us to expect rejection andpersecution as the price of being your followers.Youtold us even to pray for our persecutors as Youprayedfor yours on the Cross. And so, Lord Jesus, wepray forthe persecutors of your Church. Please grantthem thegrace of conversion and everlasting life, andplease bringabout this change of heart quickly as You did withSaul
  • on the road to Damascus.Lord Jesus, while we pray for a stop to thepersecution of the Church, we pray also for anincreaseof faith and courage among all those who arebeingpersecuted for their faith in You. Grant them yourconsolation, and when the trial is done, pleasegive themthe reward of eternal life. We ask this through theintercession of the Sorrowful Mother who is nowwithYou in the glory of heaven. Amen.For the Gift of MotherhoodO good Saint Gerard, powerful intercessorbefore God andwonder worker of our day, I call upon you andseek your aid. Iask you who on earth always fulfilled God’sdesign to help meto do the holy will of God.Beseech the Master of Life, from whom allpaternityflows, to render me fruitful in offspring that I mayraiseup children to God in this life and heirs to thekingdomof his glory in the world to come. Amen.Respect for Life PrayerGentle Saint Francis, you were so devoted to the
  • humanity of Christ. Your heart burst withappreciationtoward God for taking on human life. You sawbeautyand goodness in all living things—in birds thatsing, thefish that fill our waters, and all that lives innature.Help us to imitate your reverence for lifewherever itmay be. Especially, humble Francis of Assisi,help us tohelp others to see the worth of each living,unborn babysheltered in its mother’s womb.May all mankind have the grace to understandthatthese tiny, budding lives have the right to life,liberty,and pursuit of happiness.For the UnbornHeavenly Father, You create men in your ownimage,and You desire that not even the least among usshouldperish. In your love for us, You entrusted youronly Sonto the holy Virgin Mary. Now, in your love, protectagainst the wickedness of the devil those littleones towhom You have given the gift of life. Amen.
  • For Good EyesightBoth St. Lucy, a late third century virgin andmartyr, andSt. Odilia, who died in 720 or 722, are patrons ofgoodeyesight. Legend says that St. Lucy’s eyes weregougedout in her martyrdom and then restored. St.Odilia wasborn blind and was cast out of her father’s royalhousehold. She received her sight when she wasbaptized at the age of thirteen. She headed areligiouscommunity, engaged in works of charity, anddied onDecember 13, the feast of St. Lucy, for whom shehad atender devotion. She is a patron of the Order ofthe HolyCross (the Crosier Fathers).O God, our Creator and Redeemer, mercifullyhear ourprayers; and as we venerate your servant, St.Lucy, forthe light of faith You bestowed upon her, increaseandpreserve this same light also in our souls, that wemay beable to avoid evil, to do good, and abhor nothingso
  • much as the blindness and the darkness of eviland of sin.Relying on your goodness, O God, we humbly askYou by the intercession of your servant, SaintLucy, togive perfect vision to our eyes, that they mayserve foryour greater honor and glory, for our salvationand thatof others, and that we may come to theenjoyment of theunfailing light of the Lamb of God in paradise.Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr, hear our prayersandobtain our petitions. Amen.O God, the illuminating Light of all nations, Youhaveshown us wonderful things through the powerfulintercession of Saint Odilia. We beseech You, inyourmerciful kindness, through her prayers andmerits, giveus both temporal light and eternal glory, as Youremovedthe darkness of her natal blindness. We ask thisthroughChrist our Lord. Amen.29For Cure of CancerO God, who gave to Saint Peregrine an angel forhis
  • companion, the Mother of God for his teacher,and Jesusas the physician of his malady, grant we beseechYouthough his merits that we may on earth intenselylove ourholy Angel, the blessed Virgin Mary, and ourSavior, andin Him bless them forever. Grant that we mayreceivethe favor which we now petition. We ask thisthrough the same Christ our Lord. Amen.(Pray seven Our Fathers, seven Hail Marys andsevenGlory Be’s with the invocation, “St. Peregrine,pray forus.”)Prayer to St. Jude, Patron of DifficultCausesO glorious Apostle Saint Jude, true relative ofJesus andMary, I salute you through the Most Sacred HeartofJesus.Through this Heart, I praise and thank God for allthegraces He has bestowed upon you. Humblyprostratebefore you, I implore you through this Heart tolook
  • down upon me with compassion. Despise not mypoorprayer and let not my trust be in vain. To you hasbeenassigned the privilege of aiding mankind in themostdesperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I maypraisethe mercies of God.All my life I will be grateful to you and will be yourfaithful client until I can thank you in heaven.Amen.If your request is granted, you are expected topubliclyacknowledge the intercession of St. Jude.To Overcome Mental and NervousDisordersLord, our God, You graciously chose SaintDymphna aspatroness of those afflicted with mental andnervousdisorders. She is thus an inspiration and asymbol ofcharity to the thousands who ask herintercession.Please grant, Lord, through the prayers of thispureyouthful martyr, relief and consolation to allsufferingsuch trials, and especially those for whom wepray:
  • (Here mention those for whom you wish to pray.)We beg You, Lord, to hear the prayers of SaintDymphna on our behalf. Grant all those for whomwepray patience in their sufferings and resignationto yourdivine will. Please fill them with hope, and grantthemthe relief and cure they so much desire.We ask this through Christ our Lord Who sufferedagony in the garden. Amen.For the Poor Souls in PurgatoryEternal Father, I offer You the Most PreciousBlood ofyour divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Massessaidthroughout the world today, for all the holy soulsinpurgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners intheUniversal Church, those in my own home andwithin myfamily. Amen.This prayer is attributed to St. Gertrude theGreat. It isalso claimed that she received it from the LordWho alsosaid that this prayer would obtain the release of1,000souls from purgatory each time it is said.
  • The Prayer of the Church concerningWorkChrist, by your work the world was made, but Youwerewilling to be called a worker’s son,--teach us to work diligently.--Morning prayer, Feast of the Holy FamilyGod our Father, work is your gift to us, a call toreachnew heights by using our talents for the good ofall.Guide us as we work, and teach us to live in theSpiritthat has made us your sons and daughters, andin the lovethat has made us brothers and sisters. Grant thisthroughChrist our Lord.--Midmorning prayer, MondayFather, yours is the harvest and yours is thevineyard:You assign the task and pay a wage that is just.Help us to meet this day’s responsibilities, and letnothing separate us from your love. Grant thisthroughChrist our Lord.--Midday prayer, MondayGod of Mercy, this midday moment of rest is yourwelcome gift.Bless the work we have begun, make good its
  • defects, and let us finish it in a way that pleasesYou.Grant this through Christ our Lord.--Midday prayer, WednesdayLord, give our bodies restful sleep and let thework wehave done today bear fruit in eternal life.We ask this through Christ our Lord.--Night prayer, MondayFor Advocates of Marital Chastity*Lord Jesus, born into a loving and caring humanfamily,we turn to You in this moment of need. You knowthedesires of our hearts even before we voice them,yet Youencourage us to pray in your Name. Thereforewe cometo You, asking that You touch the hearts of manymarried couples to respond to the need for moreadvocates of marital chastity through thepromotion andteaching of Natural Family Planning.Lord, You know our desire to remain faithful toyourChurch and its teachings on Christian marriage.Be withus as we seek to build your kingdom by handingon toothers what we have received—your divine truthsabout
  • human love.Open the minds of all to accept fully theteachings ofyour Vicar on earth, Pope N._____, and enable ustocontinue joyfully our efforts to support thoseteachings.Led by the Spirit, we submit ourselves humbly toyour Church through our bishop, and we callupon Maryand Joseph to keep us always in communion withYouand the will of your Father. Amen.30Prayer to Live and to Teachthe Truth about Love*Heavenly Father, out of your great love for us,You sentyour Son to bring us back to You and to teach usthetruth about love. We pray that your kingdom willreignin our hearts and that we may be fruitfulmessengers ofyour love and dominion.O Jesus, help all those who call themselves yourdisciples to let You reign as King in their hearts,to walkthe narrow way with You, and to keep yourcommandments of love.Most Holy Spirit, especially during times of
  • temptation help us to remember God’s love for usandthe sufferings Our Lord has borne for us.Strengthen usto avoid sin and to grow in virtue.Heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praiseYou in all that You have done; we thank You forwhatever good You have done though us. We askyourspecial blessings on all the people working topromotemarital chastity by teaching natural familyplanning.Help us to live and to teach your divine truthabouthuman love. Amen.31Prayers for the Dying and DeceasedAcceptance of DeathThe following prayer may be suggested for adying butconscious person to say.Jesus, I adore You. I repeat your words on theCross:“Into your hands I commend my spirit.”I know not whether I shall have free use of myunderstanding when I leave this world, so fromthismoment I offer to You my agony and all the painsof mydeparting.
  • You are my Savior. I commend my soul into yourhands. I desire that my last moment may beunited toyour death, and that the last beat of my heart maybe anact of pure love for You.My Lord and my God, from this moment I acceptatyour hands, with resignation and cheerfulness,the kindof death it may please You to send me, with all itspainsand anguish. Amen.Prayer to the Blessed Virgin MaryMay Mary the most merciful Virgin Mother of God,kindest comforter of them that mourn, commendto herSon the soul of this his servant, that throughMary’smaternal intercession, he (she) may overcomethe dreadof death and, with her as guide, joyfully reach his(her)longed for home in the heavenly fatherland.AmenPrayer to St. JosephTo you I have recourse, Saint Joseph, Patron ofthedying. To you, at whose blessed death watchfullyassisted Jesus and Mary, by both these dearestpledges I
  • earnestly recommend the soul of this servant inthesufferings of his (her) last agony. I pray that he(she)may, by your protection, be delivered from thesnares ofthe devil and from eternal death, and may meritto attaineverlasting joy. Through the same Christ ourLord.Amen.InvocationsShort prayers to be suggested to the sick,leisurely and distinctly, especially when they arenearing death and cannot bearlong prayers. For longer prayers, see theTreasury of Common Prayers.Grant that I may love You always, and then dowith meas You will.Lord Jesus, Who died for me, have mercy on me.Lord, I believe in You. I believe all You havetaught meby your word and by your Church.In You, O Lord, I put all my trust: O let me neverbeconfounded.Hide me, dear Jesus, in your wounds; bathe mysoul inyour precious blood. O protect and defend me inthis
  • hour.Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit;LordJesus, receive my soul.O my God, I desire to praise You, to bless You,and toglorify You for all eternity.Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to theHolySpirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and evershall be, world without end. Amen.O Divine Love, take full possession of my soul. OmyGod, teach me to love You forever.I give You thanks, O God, with my whole heart,for allyour graces and blessings. Please pardon, IimploreYou, all my ingratitude and all the other sins of mywhole life.Have mercy on me, O God, according to yourgreatmercy; and according to the multitude of yourtendermercies, blot out all my iniquity.O God, be merciful to me a sinner.Incline unto my aid, O God; O Lord make haste tohelpme.Remember, dear Jesus, You purchased me forYourself
  • by your precious blood. Please let nothing everseparate me from You.Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive thosewhotrespass against us.Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,now andat the hour of our death.O my good angel, stand by me in this hour.All you blessed angels and saints of God, assistme byyour prayers.I renounce Satan and all his suggestions. Oblessedangels of God, drive this wicked enemy far fromme.After DeathThe following prayer may be offered for thosewho are present.Grant, O God, that while we lament the departureof thisyour servant, we may always remember that weare mostcertainly to follow him (or her). Give us grace topreparefor that last hour by a good life, that we may notbesurprised by a sudden and unprovided death, butbe everwatching, that, when You call, we may, with the
  • bridegroom enter into eternal glory, throughChrist ourLord. Amen.