Prayers

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A Reflection of Priesthood

To live in the midst of the world

with no desire for its pleasures.

To be a member of every family, yet belonging to none;

To share all sufferings, to penetrate all secrets,

To heal all wounds;

To daily go from people to God to offer him homage and petitions;

To return from God to people to bring them His pardon and hope;

To have a heart of fire for charity

and a heart of bronze for chastity;

To bless and be blest forever.

O God, what a life, and it is yours,

O Priest of Jesus Christ.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven +

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit,

Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary, *

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgins of virgins,

Mother of Christ,

Mother of Divine Grace,

Mother of most Pure,

Mother of most Chaste,

Mother of Inviolate,

Mother most Undefiled,

Mother most Admirable,

Mother of Good Counsel,

Mother of our Creator,

Mother of our Savior,

Mother of the Church,

Virgin most Prudent,

Virgin most Venerable,

Virgin of 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 Haven,

Morning Star,

Health of the Sick,

Refuge of Sinners,

Comforter of the Afflicted,

Help of Christians,

Queen of Angels,

Queen of Prophets,

Queen of Apostles,

Queen of Martyrs,

Queen of Confessors,

Queen of Virgins,

Queen of All Saints,

Queen Conceived without Original Sin,

Queen assumed into Heaven,

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,

Queen of Peace,

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

Spare us, o Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

Graciously hear us, o Lord!

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy! Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, O most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance; and to amend my life. Amen. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and bring all souls into Heaven, especially those who need most Your Mercy.

The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries

(Monday and Saturday)

  1. The Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin
  2. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to St. Elizabeth.
  3. The Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.
  4. The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

(Tuesday and Friday)

  1. The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  2. The Scourging of Jesus at the Pillar.
  3. The Crowning of Jesus with Thorns.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross by Jesus to Mt. Calvary.
  5. The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mt. Calvary.

The Glorious Mysteries

(Wednesday and Sunday)

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus.
  2. The Ascension of Jesus.
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
  4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.
  5. The Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Heaven.

The Mysteries of Light

(Thursday)

Pope John Paul II, In his Apostolic Letter, Rossarium Virgins Mariae (October 2002) proposed the addition to the traditional pattern of fifteen decades, five more mysteries drawn from Jesus public life, in order to bring out more fully the Christological depth of the Rosary.

The following are proposed:

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan.
  2. The Self-manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding of Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God with the Call to Conversion.
  4. The Transfiguration of Jesus.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist as the Sacramental Expression of the Pascal Mystery.

Prayers

In the name of Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Creed

                I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, he Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, in heaven, holy be your name; your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sins against us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen,

Mother Mary, My Advocate

Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God,

I choose you this day to be my queen,

my patroness, and my advocate,

and I firmly resolve never to leave you,

and never to say or do anything against you,

nor ever permit others

to do anything against your honor.

Receive me, then, I beg of you,

for your servant forever.

Help me in my every action,

and abandon me not

 at the hour of my death.

Amen.

A Visit with Jesus

I will pay a visit to Jesus

at least once each day.

In my own words I will tell Jesus

that I believe that he is truly present

in the tabernacle

and that I adore him, as he is my God.

I will talk to him about any joy or trouble

I have had since my last visit.

I will say a short prayer, for instance:

“Jesus, my God,

I adore you here truly present

In the sacrament of your love.”

Amen.

 

Alone with God

I humbly kneel before you,

O My God, present on this altar,

I thank you for inviting me

Into your house, Lord,

it is good to be here!

During this visit, O my Savior,

I want to isolate myself with you,

think of no one but you,

love no one but you,

with my mind and senses silent,

contact with the world of business

and war and community troubles severed

–not solicitous for anything,

High or low, or far or near.

Alone with you, O my God,

let me honor you with all my heart

and mind, and with my body, too.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breath in me, O Holy Spirit,

that I may think what is holy;

Guide me, O Holy Spirit,

that I may realize what is holy;

Attract me to you, O Holy Spirit,

that I may love what is holy;

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,

that I may defend what is holy;

Defend me, O Holy Spirit,

that I may never lose what is holy

Amen.

To My Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

to whom his love entrusts me here,

ever this day be at my side,

to light and guard, to rule and guide,

from sinful stain, O keep me free

and at death’s hour

my helper be.

Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit

fill the heart of your faithful,

and enkindle in them

the fire of your divine love.

Send forth your Spirit

and they shall be created, and you shall renew

the face of the earth.

Let us pray

God,

Who by the light of the Holy Spirit

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant us by the same Holy Spirit

to relish what is right and just

and always to rejoice in his consolation.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.