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Monthly Prayers April & Prayer Request for April

Please Submit Your Prayer Request The Saint Michael Center will receive your prayer request. Please be assured that your intentions have been presented in confidence into the hands of a Holy Priest and that they will be directly offered in Holy Mass, the highest and most sublime of all prayers, united with our prayers for you at the Saint Michael Center. May The LORD bless thee, and keep thee safe and healthy May The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The LORD lift up His Countenance upon thee, and grant thee His peace prayer request The Miracle Prayer Lord Jesus, l come before You, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me In Your name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. l give You my entire self. Lord Jesus, now and forever, I invite You into my life Jesus, I accept You as my Lord, God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit. Come Lord Jesus cover me with Your precious blood, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, I love You Lord Jesus. I praise You Jesus. I thank You Jesus. I shall follow You every day of my life. Amen. SAY “THE MIRACLE PRAYER” ! BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. GOD LOVES YOU !

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April Month Prayers

April 1st

Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Saint Hugh of Grenoble Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the saints and their deeds, which are an inspiration to us. We thank you for St. Hugh and his service to the Church. May he guide us in our efforts to help others and carry out Your will on earth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

PRAYER TO ST. HUGH

O Heavenly Patron, Saint Hugh, in whose name I glory, pray ever to Christ for me. Strengthen me in my faith; establish me in virtue; guard me in the conflict; that I may vanquish the malignant foe and attain to glory everlasting.
Amen

April 2nd

PALM SUNDAY

A Palm Sunday Prayer

IO Lord Jesus Christ,
when you entered Jerusalem,
great crowds waved palm branches and cried “Hosanna.”
Save us now from our sins,
and make us to rejoice in you,
our only Redeemer; through your mercy, O our God,
you are blessed,
and live and govern all things,
now and forever.
Amen.

 

Prayer for Illumination

Merciful God, as we enter Holy week, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Stir up within us the gift of faith that we may not only praise him with our lips, but may follow him in the way of the cross.
Amen.

Prayer for Holy Week

O Father, most merciful,
in the beginning you created us,
and by the passion of your only Son
you created us anew.
Work in us now, both to will and to do what pleases you.
Since we are weak and can-do no-good thing by ourselves,
grant us your grace and heavenly blessing,
that in whatever work we engage
we may do all to your honor and glory.
Keep us from sin
and empower us daily to do good works,
that as long as we live in the body
we may always perform service to you.
After our departure give us pardon of all our sins,
and receive us to eternal life;
through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.
Amen.

A Palm Sunday Prayer

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son and paving the way for our lives to be set free through Jesus’ death on the cross. Thank you for what this day stands for – the beginning of Holy Week, the start of the journey towards the power of the cross, the victory of the Resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is our King of Kings. “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord…”We give you praise and honor for your ways are righteous and true. We give you worship for you are holy and just. We will declare that your love stands firm forever. For your lovingkindness endures forever.
Thank you that your ways are far greater than our ways, your thoughts far deeper than our thoughts. Thank you that you had a plan to redeem. Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you that your face is towards the righteous, and you hear our prayers, and know our hearts. Help us to stay strong and true to you. Help us not to follow after the voice of the crowds, but to press in close to you, to hear your whispers, and seek after you alone.
We praise you; we bless you, Lord! Thank you that you reign supreme and we are more than conquerors through the gift of Christ!
In the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen.

April 3rd

Saint Benedict the African

Prayer

O God, by whose grace your servant St. Benedict the African,
kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church:
Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline,
and walk before you as children of light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

April 4th

Saint Isidore of Seville

Prayer to St. Isidore of Seville Patron Saint of the Internet

Almighty and Eternal God,
You created us in Your image and called us to seek all that is good, true and beautiful.
Through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, help us as we journey through the Internet to direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to You.
Help us to treat all those we encounter online with charity, patience, and respect.
Grant us the wisdom to ensure that our digital creations and communications reflect all that we believe and the Gospel Values that we share.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen

Prayer before Logging on to the Internet

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty and eternal God who has created us in thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Father, we ask you this, through Christ our Lord.
Amen
(Mention your request here…)

Saint Isidore of Seville, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

Praying the Chaplet of St. Isidore of Seville

Day 1/Bead 1

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed throughout his life, from the time he was a young boy in a holy family. St. Isidore of Seville, we know little about your early life. But multiple people in your family came to be recognized as saints. As a member of this holy family, you began on the path to serving God. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served! You continued on the path of holy service to God for the rest of your life. You became an archbishop and helped unite the Church in a time of great conflict. Pray for me, that I may be as devoted a servant of God as you were. Pray that I may be eager to devote my life to God.
Please also pray for (Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 2/Bead 2

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed from the time he was a young student and throughout his whole life. St. Isidore of Seville, you studied under the guidance of your older brother, St. Leander, during your youth. Though your early school experience was very harsh, you grew to love learning. Please bring my petitions before the throne of God! You understood the importance of education. As an archbishop, you promoted the study of theology, grammar, history, geography, and other subjects. You worked to help lead your people closer to God through study. Pray for me, that I may always be eager to learn more about God. Pray that I may be as eager to serve God as you were.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 3/Bead 3

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed in choosing to serve as an archbishop. St. Isidore, we knew few details about the early years of your vocational path. But we know that you held the monastic life in high esteem, and that you were elected archbishop after your brother’s death. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so devotedly! As archbishop, you were deeply concerned for the welfare of your people. You did a lot of good work for the Church and never tired of serving God. Pray for me, that I may always be eager to serve God in whatever ways He calls me to serve Him. Pray that I may be happy to devote my life to Him.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 4/Bead 4

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue with which he led your people as archbishop. St. Isidore of Seville, you were chosen as archbishop of Seville after the death of St. Leander. As archbishop, you ensured that the monasteries in your archdiocese were protected. Then, you developed a course of action to promote the spiritual welfare of your people. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served with such enthusiasm! You worked hard to bring unity to the Church in your archdiocese. You fought against heresy and taught the true teachings of the Church. Pray for me, that I may serve God and His Church as devotedly as you did. Pray that I may never cease seeking to serve God faithfully.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 5/Bead 5

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed by working to foster peace and unity in society. St. Isidore of Seville, you actively began working to unify your people after you 2 were made archbishop of Seville. You worked to unite subcultures of people into a unified Church. Please continue to bring my petitions before the throne of God! You succeeded in bringing about unity, and you did a lot to strengthen the Church. Under your leadership, many people were brought closer to God. Pray for me, that I may work as diligently to bring others to God as you did. Pray that I may never miss the opportunity to help bring peace and unity to others around me.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 6/Bead 6

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue he showed in working to promote the Church’s true teachings and to defend those teachings against heresy. St. Isidore of Seville, there were many divisions in the Church when you served as archbishop. You worked hard to unite the Church and to defeat heresy, out of love for God. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you loved so dearly! You were able to get rid of the Arian heresy almost entirely in your area. You were also effective in halting the spread of the Acephali Heresy shortly after it began. Pray for me, that I may always be as willing to fight for and defend the truth as you were. Pray that I may never waver in my devotion to the true teachings of God.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 7/Bead 7

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the love of You he showed in using education to bring others to unity and increased holiness. St. Isidore of Seville, you grew to love learning despite your harsh school experience as a child. You made education your life’s work, and you sought to serve God through it. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you sought to serve! You worked to counteract barbarism through education. You promoted the establishment of more seminaries, and you promoted more learning in all subject areas. Pray for me, that I may never tire of learning more about God in my life. Pray that I may make use of all natural gifts possible to glorify God in the world.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 8/Bead 8

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed in his life of service to Your Church. St. Isidore of Seville, you became archbishop of Seville after your brother, St. Leander, died. As archbishop, you eagerly set out to do all you could to lead your flock and unite God’s Church. Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served so eagerly! You did a lot to unify your scattered and conflicted people. You helped bring an end to heresies, and you led your people to deeper holiness. Pray for me, that I may always be eager to serve God and His Church in my life. Pray that I may never miss the opportunity to put my gifts to use at the service of God’s Church.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Day 9/Bead 9

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Isidore of Seville as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue he showed in his care for the poor around him. St. Isidore of Seville, your virtuous care for the poor became apparent near the time of your death. Before your death when you were nearly eighty years old, your home was filled with poor people. You distributed alms to them, out of love for God. Please continue to bring my petitions before the throne of God! In your great love for God and charity towards your brothers and sisters in Christ, you gave away all of your possessions to the poor before you died. Pray for me, that I may grow in charity towards those in need. Pray that I may never miss the opportunity to serve God through charity towards the poor.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Isidore of Seville, pray for us!
OUR FATHER

Closing Prayer on the Crucifix (Attributed to St. Isidore of Seville)

Here we are before thee, O Holy Ghost. We feel the burden of our infirmities, but we are united all together in Thy name: come to us, help us, enter into our hearts: teach us what we should do, the path to follow, do for us what Thou askest us to do. Be the only one to propose and guide our decisions, because only Thou, with the Father and the Son, hast a name that is glorious and holy. Do not allow us to offend justice, Thou, who lovest order and peace, let not ignorance lead us astray, Let not human sympathy bias us, do not let people or office influence us. Keep us intimately close to Thee with the gift of Thy Grace, so that we may be only one thing with Thee, and nothing may separate us from the Truth. Gathered in Thy Holy Name, may we be good and firm, so that all we do may be in one accord with Thee, awaiting that the faithful fulfilment of our duty may lead us to the eternal good.
Amen.

April 5th

Saint Vincent Ferrer

St. Vincent Ferrer Novena

O Saint Vincent Ferrer, our guardian, because God, our eternal Father, has blessed you with and inexhaustible fountain of grace and blessing, we beg you to hear our prayers and to assist us with your powerful intercession which is even more effective now that you are in heaven than it was when you were on earth. Full of confidence in your mercy and compassion, we kneel in prayer before you, and commend to your powerful intercession all our needs, those of our families, our friends, relatives, and especially…
(Mention your request here…)
Glorious Saint Vincent Ferrer, let not our hope and confidence in your protection be deceived. Intercede for us before the throne of God. Watch over our eternal welfare. If our trials and tribulations in this world multiply, may they serve to give us spiritual joy and happiness. If God will only grant us the grace of ever-increasing patience to the end that we may save our souls. Amen.

St. Vincent Ferrer, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

Powerful Prayer to St. Vincent Ferrer for Healing

My most loving benefactor, convinced of the glory and power that you enjoy before God, and that you exercise on behalf of all your true devotees, and animated also with great confidence in your powerful patronage:

I HUMBLY kneel before your holy image, like a son before his loving father, like a poor vassal before his generous king, like an afflicted patient before his compassionate physician. See me here kneeling at your blessed feet, full of sorrow and sadness, sickness and misery, indeed, full of all kinds of needs of both soul and body. To you I recourse with all my faith and with confidence so that you may deign to heal me, removing from me my anguishes and granting me the favors that I ask of you.

HELP me, therefore, my powerful and clement Holy one; heal me of the ailments that afflict me; obtain for me from God the grace to convert wholeheartedly to Him and to serve Him to death; comfort me and encourage me in all my works with your holy assistance; deliver me from all dangers that surround me everywhere, and preserve me always in the health of soul and body that I need so that, in this way, I may be able to fulfil the divine commandments and obligations of my own state, and may also continue to honor you with a fervent devotion and with all my most tender gratitude for your kindness and goodness, being as a true father for me.

LISTEN to me, my Holy One, graciously accepting my cries and, by granting me the Favors that I ask of you and which I wait for, grant me also the great bliss of imitating you in your precious virtues, especially in love to Jesus Christ, our Divine Redeemer, in charity towards my neighbours, in the mortification of my senses, in tender and constant devotion to our most beloved Mother, the Most Holy Virgin of the Rosary, and, finally, in the continuous meditation of my death and of the tremendous day of judgment. So be it.
Amen

Pray three

Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias for all the necessities of the devotees of Saint Vincent Ferrer.

PRAYER TO SAINT VINCENT FERRER

O Saint Vincent, glorious worker of miracles, who in thy lifetime didst convert so many sinners by preaching the last judgment, grant that we too, by meditating on the four last things, death, judgement, hell and heaven, may be enabled to obtain from the Almighty God through thine intercession, the healing of all our spiritual maladies. Let thy heart be tender toward us, and obtain for us those graces for the welfare of both soul and body, which we so earnestly ask of thee.
Amen.

Prayer to St. Vincent Ferrer

O glorious Apostle and worker of miracles, St Vincent Ferrer, new angel of the Apocalypse and our kind protector, receive our humble prayers and obtain for us a copious shower of divine favors. By that love with which thy heart was inflamed, obtain for us from the father of mercies the pardon of all our sins, confirmation in the Faith, and perseverance in good works; so that by living as good and fervent Christians we may become worthy of thy powerful patronage. Extend thy patronage also to our bodies, and free us from our infirmities. Protect our lands from the violence of tempest and hail, and keep misfortune far from us. Thus, blessed by thee in the goods of soul and body, we shall be ever devout to thee, and one day see thee in heaven, there with thee to praise God forever and ever.
Amen.

April 6th

HOLY THURSDAY

A Prayer for Love

O blessed Lord; you have commanded us to love one another. Just as we have received your undeserved blessings, may we love everyone in you and for you.
We ask your kindness for all, but especially for the friends whom your love has given to us. Love them, O fountain of love, and move them to love you with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do only those things which are pleasing to you.
Our prayer is cold, because our love is so feeble, but you are rich in mercy. Do not measure your goodness to them by the dullness of our devotion, but as your kindness surpasses all human affection, so let your hearing transcend our prayer. Do what is best for them, according to your will, that being ruled and protected by you always and everywhere, they may receive eternal life in the end; to you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and praise forever and ever.
Amen.

Variant

O blessed Lord, who hast commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that having received thine undeserved bounty, we may love everyone in thee and for thee. We implore thy clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom thy love has given to us. Love thou them, O thou fountain of love, and make them to love thee with all their heart, that they may will, and speak, and do those things only which are pleasing to thee.

Prayer of Thanksgiving for Holy Thursday

“You gave Your life to us, like the bread on the table you broke into pieces and shared.
Now anyone who holds out their hand and heart can receive it and feed.
You gave Your life to us, like the wine You poured in the cup and shared.
Now anyone who offers their lips can drink and rejoice.
You gave us everything, O Lord Jesus,
and you offered your life like bread and wine.
Now the entire world can taste the love of God You shared freely with all the children of the earth!
Here we are, O Lord, holding out our hands and hearts! “

Prayer of Grace for Holy Thursday Evening

“Jesus, your love is eternal. We offer You a place in our home and in our hearts. Come, help us open our door to You, stay with us. Bring us Your peace and Your joy.”
You can leave an empty seat at dinner for Jesus, to remind everyone that He is invited to your home.

Prayer of Praise for Holy Thursday

“Lord Jesus, Your Last Supper is the first Eucharist: You even gave a place to the one who betrayed You. You gave everything to fill the void of Your absence. Blessed are You, O Servant King!”

April 7th

GOOD FRIDAY

Good Friday Prayer

O Jesus, Who by reason of Thy burning love for us
hast willed to be crucified
and to shed Thy Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us here gathered together
in remembrance of Thy most sorrowful Passion and Death,
fully trusting in Thy mercy;
cleanse us from sin by Thy grace,
sanctify our toil,
give unto us and unto all those who are dear to us our
daily bread,
sweeten our sufferings,
bless our families,
and to the nations so sorely afflicted,
grant Thy peace,
which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Thy commandments
we may come at last to the glory of heaven.
Amen.

Short Invocation for Good Friday

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
O Christ, hear us.
God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Be gracious to us. Spare us, good Lord.
Be gracious to us. Help us, good Lord.
From every sin, deliver us, good Lord.
From every error, deliver us, good Lord.
From every evil, deliver us, good Lord.
From the devil’s lies and cunning, deliver us, good Lord.
From eternal death, deliver us, good Lord.
By the mystery of the holy incarnation, help us, good Lord.
by your holy birth, help us, good Lord.
by your baptism, fasting and temptation, help us, good Lord.
by your agony and bloody sweat, help us, good Lord.
by your cross and suffering, help us, good Lord.
by your death and burial, help us, good Lord.
by your resurrection and ascension, help us, good Lord.
by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, in all times of trouble, help us, good Lord.
by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, in all times of prosperity, help us, good Lord.
by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, in the hour of death, help us, good Lord.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, hear us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace.
Amen.

A Prayer for Good Friday: It Is Finished

Dear God, we remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us.
Thank you, Lord, that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered and that your Power is everlasting.
Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new. In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

Prayer Meditation for Good Friday

My Most Glorious and Suffering Lord, it is Your Hour. It is the Hour by which You conquered sin and death. It is the Hour for which You came into this world, taking on flesh so as to offer Your precious life for the salvation of the world.
May I be with You, dear Lord, in these moments of suffering and death. May I, like Your Mother, John and Mary Magdalene, stand at the foot of the Cross, gazing upon the perfect Gift of Love.
My suffering Lord, may I see in Your Cross the most perfect act ever known in this world. May I see Love in its most pure form. May my eyes and soul look beyond the blood and pain and see Your Divine Heart, pouring forth Mercy upon me and upon the whole world.
Today I kneel in silent adoration of You, my God. I sit quietly, beholding the great mystery of our faith. I behold God, beaten, bruised, mocked, tortured and killed. But in this act, I see all grace and Mercy flowing from Your wounded Heart. Bathe the world in Your Mercy, dear Lord. Cover us with Your grace and draw us to new life through Your death. I love You, dear Lord. I love You with all my heart. Jesus, I trust in You.

A prayer for Good Friday

Jesus,
Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love
That shone light into the darkness
That bore life from such emptiness
That revealed hope out of devastation
That spoke truth through incrimination
That released freedom in spite of imprisonment
And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.
Thank you that we can now walk in the light of your life, hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness, this day and every day.
Amen.

April 8th

HOLY SATURDAY

A Holy Saturday Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, for our sins you endured the cross and the grave, and on the third day you rose again from the tomb.
Just as you have cleansed us from our sins by your blood, and as we are buried with you in baptism, so by your grace, let us share in your resurrection; through your mercy,
O our God, you are blessed and live and govern all things, now and forever.
Amen.

A Prayer for Easter Eve

O God, you enlightened this most holy night with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection. Preserve the spirit of adoption which you have given to all your people, so that renewed in body and soul, we may serve you in all purity; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Restored by Christ

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light, look favorably on your whole Church, which is a wonderful and sacred mystery. In your eternal foreknowledge, you peacefully do your saving work for humanity.
Let the whole world know that things that were cast down are being raised up, and things that had grown old are being made new, and all things are being restored by him in whom they have their beginning; Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Holy Saturday – Holy Week Prayer

Lord God,
On the Sabbath,
Jesus rested.
He was in the grave.
He had finished his work.
To most people’s eyes,
It looked as if it were all over.
He was dead and buried.
But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,
Not to decay, but to spring to new life.
Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid
Teach us that death is not our end
Teach us to hope always in you
And in the resurrection, the making of all things new.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

A Prayer for Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer in the Waiting

Dear God,
I’m reminded this Holy Saturday that you are no stranger to death, darkness, or doubt. Help me to remember as I wade within my own discomforts and fears today, that you are still alive, even when I can’t see you. You know waiting is hard. And yet you allow it, for your glory to be revealed in your perfect timing. I rest in you, Lord, as I wait on what only you can do.
Amen.

A Prayer of Gratitude for Resurrection

Lord, your miracles are so inconceivable, it’s tempting to not believe. How awesome you are to prove yourself able to defeat even death, so we can look forward to each new day. Help me to invite this Saturday as a holy day that you have made. I’m in awe that what appeared dead to human senses, by your power and grace, rose to life.
Guide me to trust in the proof you’ve given, even during the confusing, inevitable “tomb” seasons of life this side of heaven. Praise you for making resurrection so perfect and plain! In your name,
Amen.

A Prayer of Praise

Our life had no hope of Eternal Happiness before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy.
How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!

A Prayer to Awaken Dormant Faith

Dear God,
may this Easter grandeur that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God, the Springtime song of birds
With messages more meaningful than man’s often empty words
Telling harried human beings who are lost in dark despair –
‘Be like us and do not worry for God has you in His care.

Holy Saturday Prayer

My Lord, today all is silent. You have given Your precious life for the salvation of the world. You died a horrific death, poured out all Mercy from Your wounded Heart, and now You rest in peace in the tomb as the soldiers keep vigil.
Lord, may I also keep vigil with You as You sleep. I know that this day ends with Your glorious triumph, Your victory over sin and death. But for now, I sit quietly mourning Your death.
Help me, dear Lord, to enter into the sorrow and the silence of this Holy Saturday. Today no Sacraments are celebrated. Today the world waits in mourning in anticipation of the glory of new life!
As I keep vigil, awaiting the celebration of Your Resurrection, fill me with hope. Help me to look forward to the celebration of Your Resurrection, but also to look forward to the hope of my own share in the new life You won for the world. I entrust my whole being to You, dear Lord, as You lay lifeless and still. May Your rest transform the brokenness of my own soul, my weaknesses, my sin and my frailty. You are glorious and You bring the greatest good out of Your apparent defeat. I trust in Your power to do all things and I entrust my life to You. Jesus, I trust in You.

Prayer for Holy Saturday

(This prayer is designed to be said within the family before a Crucifix on Holy Saturday.)

No candles are lit on this day.
Mother or a child:
“May our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who alone by His powerful word governs all things, yet has buried the shame of the Cross and iron bonds,
who has broken the bars of the bronze doors and has descended into hell, who has shone with the brightness of a new light on those who were sitting in the shadow of death, may He,
the sun of justice, rising from the tomb, shine upon our darkness with the marvelous light of his risen Body.”
Father: The women sitting at the sepulchre
Family: were weeping and lamenting for the Lord.
Father:

Let us pray.
O God, who makes this most holy night illustrious by the glory of the resurrection of our Lord, preserve in the new children of your family the spirit of adoption which You have given, that, renewed in body and soul, they may give You a pure service. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.
Family: Amen.
Father: Let us bless the Lord.
Family: Thanks be to God.
Father: May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep us.
Family: Amen.

Holy Saturday Prayer

All-powerful and ever-living God, your only Son went down among the dead and rose again in glory. In your goodness raise up your faithful people, buried with him in baptism, to be one with him in the eternal life of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Holy Saturday Prayer to Be Joined with Christ in Death

O Lord, your sorrowing Mother stood by Your Cross; help us in our sorrows to share Your sufferings. Like the seed buried in the ground, you have produced the harvest of eternal life for us; make us always dead to sin and alive to God. Shepard of all, in death you remained hidden from the world; teach us to love our hidden spiritual life with You and the father. In Your role as the new Adam, you went down among the dead to release all the just there since the beginning; grant that all who are dead in sin may hear Your voice and rise to new life. Son of the living God, you have allowed us through baptism to be buried with You; grant that we may also rise with You in baptism and walk in newness of life.
Amen.

COLLECT

All-powerful and ever-living God,
your only Son went down among the dead
and rose again in glory.
In your goodness
raise up your faithful people,
buried with him in baptism,
to be one with him
in the eternal life of heaven,
where he lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

April 9th

EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Prayer of Saint Hippolytus

Christ is risen: The world below lies desolate.
Christ is risen: The spirits of evil are fallen.
Christ is risen: The angels of God are rejoicing.
Christ is risen: The tombs of the dead are empty.
Christ is risen indeed from the dead, the first of the sleepers! Glory and Power are His forever and ever!
Amen.

A Prayer for Easter Sunday

Lord God, you loved this world so much that you gave your one and only Son, that we might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, every day. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace and tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen.

An Easter Prayer

Good and gracious God,
Our most glorious Creator,
As we greet the signs in nature around us:
Of Spring once again regaling us in bloom,
In the songs of returning birds and fields soon to be planted,
We give you praise for an even greater sign of new life: the resurrection of your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we especially celebrate at this time.
The sadness and despair of his death has given way to the bright promise of immortality.
For the Resurrection is our guarantee that justice will triumph over treason, Light will overcome darkness, and love will conquer death.
As we celebrate, we also dare to ask for your grace that we may live the promise given to us,
By imitating the life of Jesus in reaching out to the poor, the marginalized, the least among us,
As we strive to be neighbour to all those we meet,
We ask your special blessings each and every day on our President.
Working with him may we strive to make this great country of ours a beacon of hope and justice in a world hungry for peace and so in need of your love.
We praise you in this Easter season. Change our lives, change our hearts to be messengers of Easter joy and hope.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord forever.
Amen.

Anglican Prayer for Easter Sunday

Almighty God, who through your only begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Love Overcame

Love overcame
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth is complete

An Easter Prayer

Loving Lord, today we remember
the veil of darkness
transforming to the brightest light.
The most dreadful end
becoming the most beautiful beginning.
We remember with trembling hearts
the depths of despair
fading to reveal hope everlasting.
The curse of death
defeated by eternal life.
Today we remember with thankfulness
your willingness to be pierced for our sins.
We sing with abounding joy
of your miraculous rise,
from death’s tomb to resplendent life.
Thank you for the promise of heaven
and your generous invitation of eternal life for all.
Amen.

The Gate of Everlasting Life

Lord, the resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

Easter Prayer to the Holy Trinity

O Lord,
Risen, alive and full of grace.
You paid such a price that we may live in freedom today.
We worship your holy name and give thanks for your redeeming grace.
Heavenly Father,
May we drink in your tender love so that we can pour this love out to others.
Come reign in our hearts, minds and spirits.
Holy Spirit,
We welcome you to blow through our every word, action and thought.
Come transform us on the inside so that each day we become more like our risen Lord.
Amen.

An Easter Prayer from Matthew 28

– “Do not be afraid.” God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.
– “I know that you are looking for Jesus.” God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.
– “He has risen.” God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.
– “Just as he said.” Jesus, you keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust you more, obey You more and resemble You more.
– “Come and see.” Jesus, you had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself … You, Your Word, Your insights.
– “Then go quickly and tell his disciples.” Jesus, I don’t want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You. Me, the unwanted girl whom You loved, redeemed and wanted.
In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

April 10th

Saint Magdalene of Canossa

Prayer through the intercession of St. Magdalene of Canossa

O God, Father of goodness, you revealed your love to the humble and to the children,
by raising in your Church, Saint Magdalene of Canossa
to be the servant of the poor, grant that we may seek you above all things and serve the poor
and the little ones in the true spirit of charity and humility.
For Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Saint Magdalene di Canossa – pray for us

Prayer for the intercession of Saint Magdalene of Canossa

Graciously look down, o Lord, on our present sorrows and necessities
and, through the intercession of Magdalene of Canossa, grant that, renewed in spirit
by the constant contemplation of Jesus Crucified and Mary, Mother of Sorrows,
we may be found worthy to be heard in our petitions.
Amen.

Our Mother Foundress – pray for us

Prayer for the intercession of Saint Magdalene of Canossa

Our Father in Heaven, where You crown the merits of those who serve you faithfully on earth,
show us the crown you have granted to Magdalene of Canossa by granting our humble prayer through her intercession.
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.
Jesus Christ, Son of the Eternal Father, our Lord, you promised eternal happiness to those who serve you in the least of your brothers. Grant us the grace we ask you through the intercession pleasing to you, of Magdalene. She spent the whole of her life in the service of our brothers and was pleased to call the members of the charitable Institute she founded by the name of Servants of the Poor. 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.
Holy Spirit, ineffable love of the Father and Son, you work miracles of grace in souls. Through that Charity which you put in the heart of your generous disciple, Magdalene of Canossa, increase in us through her intercession, your grace and grant what we are asking of you. 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.
Our Lady of Sorrows, to whom our Foundress humbly dedicated her Institute, obtain for us the spirit of faith, hope and charity which animated your handmaid who now, by divine goodness, is your companion in heaven and grant that our humble supplications may be mercifully heard by the Lord. 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.

Novena in preparation to the feast of Saint Magdalene di Canossa

I day – 29 April

Magdalene says: “I beg the Lord with all my heart to fill, with His Spirit, all of you present, as well as those who will embrace our Institute in the future”.
L. The grace is spread upon her face.
A. For this God has blessed her forever more.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
P. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

II day – 30 April

Magdalene affirms: “I promise that I will remember you, really, very much and I will not cease to pray for you until I see you in full possession of God. I beg you to work with fervour in the vineyard of the good God”.
L. The Lord has choosen you. He chose you before you were born.
A. He made you live in his own dwelling place.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
P. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

III day – 1 may

Magdalene says: “…how happy you will be at your death, my dear Sisters, if you have looked, with all your heart, for your Spouse Jesus and for His glory”.
L. From the Lord you received blessing and salvation.
A. You have always looked for the Lord.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

IV day – 2 may

Magdalene encourages: “My dear Sisters, love your Rules as they are all, without exception, directed to your greater spiritual good, the glory of God and the salvation of souls”.
L. The just will shine in the glory of God.
A. They will be the joy of all his faithful.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
P. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

V day – 3 may

Magdalene writes: “My dear Sisters, choose obedience which is the short and safe road to reach Paradise”.
L. Whoever observes and teaches the Lord’s commandments
A. will be great in the Kingdom of heaven.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

VI day – 4 may

Magdalene invites: “Be generous-hearted and do not be afraid to leave, out of obedience, any good work and to take up any other however difficult and bitter it may seem to your senses. The Lord will surely help you and you will gain a glorious victory at the end”.
L. The Lord has clothed you with joy.
A. He has placed a splendid crown upon your head.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

VII day – 5 may

Magdalene says: “My dear Sisters, I exhort you to love humility. Let each one consider herself at the least of the house. Furthermore, each one should have great respect considering herself to be the respectful servant of her sisters”.
L. By this you will know they are my disciples,
A. If they love one another.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

VIII day – 6 may

Magdalene encourages: “I recommend more than ever my beloved poor to you. See to it that they may all one day enjoy the Lord with the help of your holy instructions, prayers, charity and toil, however always under the obedience to your Superiors”.
L. Whoever loves the poor will be blessed.
A. Whoever believes in the Lord will welcome them in His name.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

IX day – 7 may

Magdalene says: “Farewell, my dear Sisters, I leave you all in the heart of our Lady of Sorrows, our most beloved Mother. I wish that God may set your hearts aflame with His holy, divine love. Farewell once again, see you in Paradise”.
L. The saints rejoice in glory.
A. In the house of the Lord they sing with joy.
Let us pray: Father, you poured into the heart of Magdalene, our Foundress and Mother, the charity of the heart of Christ, your Son. Through her intercession, pour into our hearts too the gifts of your Spirit, so that, like her, we may glorify you in life by loving and serving your Son in our brothers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
L. Our Mother Foundress,
T. pray for us.

April 11th

Saint Stanislaus

PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF ST. STANISLAUS, Bishop and Martyr

Father,
to honour you, Saint Stanislaus
faced martyrdom with courage.
Keep us strong and loyal
in our faith until death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer of Intercession to St. Stanislaus

O God, in your providence, you have called your priest, St. Stanislaus, to make known the honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to assist the souls in Purgatory. Following the example of his apostolic life, grant, we pray, that we may also proclaim the fullness of innocence and sanctity of the mother of your Son, and invoking your mercy for the departed, may we safely arrive at our true homeland. Through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer to Saint Stanislaus as your Patron Saint

Saint Stanislaus, my patron most tender and most powerful, angel of purity and seraph of love, I rejoice with thee in thy happy death, a death caused by thy longing to see Mary who was taken up bodily into heaven, and consummated by a mighty impulse of love toward her. I give thanks unto Mary who was pleased to hear and answer thy prayers, and I implore thee, by the glory of that thy happy death, to be the advocate and patron of my death. Intercede with Mary for me that my death, if not so happy as thine, may at least be peaceful under the protection of Mary, my Advocate, and of thee my special patron.

St. Stanislaus Novena

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us Your martyr, St. Stanislaus, as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the openness to Your will that he showed by answering Your call to serve You in the priesthood.
St. Stanislaus, you began your life in the household of pious parents. From the foundation in the Faith that they gave you, you continued on the path of virtue and openness to God’s will for you.
Pray that all who are called to serve God in a religious vocation may respond generously to His call!
You willingly chose to serve God in the priestly vocation. As a priest, you carried out your vocation faithfully and grew in virtue. You inspired others with your holy example and your preaching.
Pray for me, that I may be open to the path of holiness God calls me to in my life.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Stanislaus, pray for us!

April 12th

Saint Teresa of Los Andes

OPENING PRAYER OF THE PROPER MASS OF SAINT TERESA DE LOS ANDES

God of mercy, joy of the saints, you set the youthful heart of Saint Teresa ablaze with the fire of virginal love for Christ and for his Church; and even in suffering you made her a cheerful witness to charity.
Through her intercession, fill us with the delights of your Spirit, so that we may proclaim by word and deed the joyful message of your love to the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.
Amen.

NOVENA PRAYER TO SAINT TERESA DE LOS ANDES

Lord Jesus, you chose St Teresa of Los Andes to show people the joy of knowing and loving you. She consecrated her life to your love and reflected in her countenance the beauty of your divine Face. You also asked her to spread the joyful message of the Gospel and she spent her young life living the Gospel of love. We ask you, Lord, that her canonization by the Church may serve to exalt your name and to bring her message of faith and love, of joy and hope, to everyone, especially those most in need. We also ask you to grant us the particular grace we now pray for through her intercession.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the father…

Prayer for Surrender to the Heart of Jesus — St. Teresa of the Andes

Only God can satisfy us. He is truth and unchangeable good. He is eternal love. Oh, my Jesus and my mother, may I belong to Him forever. May nothing on earth claims my attention but the tabernacle. Preserve me pure for Yourself so that when I die, I can say: how happy I am now that at last I can lose myself in the infinite Ocean of the Heart of Jesus, my adored Spouse.

Prayer of the Church of Chile to Teresa de Los Andes:

Teresa de Los Andes,
Who by the hand of Mary was changed
Into a young girl in love for Jesus Christ,
You are a model of holiness
And a way of perfection for the Church.
You knew how to laugh, to love, to play and to serve.
You were strong to bear suffering and generous to love.
You knew how to contemplate God in the simple things of life.
Show us the love of the Father to live friendship in joy
And tenderness in the family.
Help the weak and the sorrowful
That the Holy Spirit may encourage them in hope.
Intercede for us.
And ask for Chile love and peace.
Teresa de Los Andes, predilected daughter of the Chilean Church,
Religious of Carmel, friend of young people, servant of the poor,
Pray for us every day.
Amen.
Say 1 Our Father…
Say 1 Hail Mary…
Say 1 Glory Be…
Saint Teresa, Pray for us.
Saint Teresa, Pray for us.
Saint Teresa, Pray for us.

April 13th

Saint Martin I

Collect Prayer

Grant, almighty God,
that we may withstand the trials of this world
with invincible firmness of purpose,
just as you did not allow your Martyr Pope Saint Martin the First
to be daunted by threats of broken by suffering,
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer

Merciful God, our Father,
neither hardship, pain, nor the threat of death
could weaken the faith of Saint Martin.
Through our faith, give us courage
to endure whatever sufferings the world may inflict upon us.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

April 14th

Blessed Peter Gonzalez

Prayers:

Almighty God, you bestowed the singular help of Blessed Peter on those in peril from the sea. By the help of his prayers may the light of your grace shine forth in all the storms of this life and enable us to find the harbor of everlasting salvation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

April 15th

Saint Caesar de Bus

Prayer:

Blessed Caesar de Bus, you who left us the admirable example of a life given to God, who burned with a desire to communicate God’s life with your brothers, now intercede for us with the Lord, for the same Fire consumes us and the same charity urges us. And you, dear brothers and sons, we entrust you to him and we bless you from my heart.

The call for each of us

César de Bus’ saintly witness calls us to root our lives in the Word, as he did.
Furthermore, he reminds us to go to the peripheries to seek out “the little ones” and to find new ways to evangelize and to present the faith in accessible, relatable forms.
He lived so long ago, yet his life embodies all that we are called to live in our Church today. Whatever our mission or vocation in life, as we seek to pass on the faith to new generations and new witnesses, we can call on his intercession.

St. César de Bus, pray for us!

April 16th

Saint Bernadette Soubirous

NOVENA TO ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS

Dear Saint Bernadette, you were chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His graces and blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother Mary, you gained for us the miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing.
We now implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections.
St Bernadette, place our petition in the hands of our Holy Mother Mary, so that she may place them at the feet of her beloved Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and He may look on us with mercy and compassion:
(Share your request…)
Help us, O Dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours.
As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.
Pray Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary who have been so grievously wounded by our sins.
Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, pray for us.
Amen.
Say: One Decade of the Rosary and a Memorare

Memorare

Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly onto you O Virgin of Virgins, my mother;
to you I come; before you, I stand,
sinful and sorrowful,
O Mother of the Word incarnate,
despise not my petitions;
but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.

Mary conceived without sin – Pray for us who have recourse to Thee. (x3)

Novena Chaplet of St. Bernadette

Opening Prayer:
Oh, ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Healer of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Consoler of the Afflicted, you know my wants my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the Grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, ensure my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity.
Amen
Day One:
St. Bernadette, you grew up in great poverty. You were born the daughter of a miller, and your family was evicted from the mill while you were still a child. Your father worked odd jobs and your mother did laundry for richer neighbours and other jobs to help support the family. You played a large role in helping to raise your siblings. Bernadette, patron of those in poverty, help me to see you in all those who live in poverty.
Hail Mary…
Day Two:
St. Bernadette, you suffered from physical illness throughout your life. You said, “It is so good, so sweet, and above all, so beneficial to suffer.” Your simple faith helped lead to the healing of so many. But you did not receive physical healing yourself. When you were asked why, your response was, “You see, my business is to be ill.” Grant me your simplicity to understand the value of suffering in my own life.
Hail Mary…
Day Three:
St. Bernadette, you had such a love for the Eucharist. You prepared so hard to make your first Communion even though your catechism class was difficult for you. You said, “The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, ‘Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.’” Give me your heart for the Eucharist.
Hail Mary…
Day Four:
St. Bernadette, you had a beautiful devotion to Our Lady, especially in the most holy Rosary, even before the apparitions. You would have your Rosary with you when you were in the fields as a shepherdess. You said, “In the evening when you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them. Do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling ‘Mama! Mama!’’ Help me to approach Mary with the same childlike faith as you.
Hail Mary…
Day Five:
St. Bernadette, many who were closest to you did not believe that what you were seeing was real when you told them about your apparitions. Your sister made fun of you, your mother told you that you were dreaming, your aunt said it was an illusion. Through it all, you remained strong and calm. Bernadette, patron of those insulted for their faith, help me build a strong foundation for my faith that can weather whatever difficulties may come.
Hail Mary…
Day Six:
St. Bernadette, Our Lady asked you to “pray to God for the conversion of sinners.” You once said, “O Jesus and Mary, let my entire consolation in this world be to love you and to suffer for sinners.” Today, I offer my suffering up for sinners, especially those in most need of God’s mercy.
Hail Mary…
Day Seven:
St. Bernadette, you had such perfect obedience. When Our Lady asked you if it would bother you to “get down on [your] knees and kiss the ground as a penance for sinners,” you responded “Oh, no! with all my heart.” You dug with your fingers in the mud, drank muddy water, and ate grass as an obedient response to Our Lady’s requests. People thought you were crazy for your actions, but it was through your obedience that at that location, a healing spring now exists. Soften my heart that it may become more immediately obedient to God’s promptings.
Hail Mary…
Day Eight:
St. Bernadette, at the young age of 14, you had people questioning you regularly about the apparitions. You stated what happened over and over again as they tried to trick you into speaking inconsistently. You said, “My job is to inform, not convince.” Teach me to speak Truth simply with conviction.
Hail Mary…
Day Nine:
St. Bernadette, how great your humility! After all the attention you received from the apparitions, you referred to yourself as “the broom placed behind the door after it has been used.” You said, “Those who are humble of heart will be glorified. How beautiful the heavenly crown will be for those who are genuinely humble despite outward humiliations, those who follow the humility of the Savior in every way.” Through your physical trials and difficulty learning, the Lord was your strength. Teach me true humility that recognizes that the Lord is the source of my strength.
Hail Mary…
Closing Prayer:
Dear Saint Bernadette, Chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His Graces and Blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, you gained for us the Miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing. We implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections. Place our petitions in the Hands of our Holy Mother, Mary, so that she may place them at the feet of her beloved Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion. Help, O Dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours. As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind. Pray Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of Our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that have been so grievously wounded by our sins.
Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Pray for us.
Amen.

Prayer to Saint Bernadette

ST. BERNADETTE,
pure and simple child,
you who were privileged to
behold the beauty of
Mary Immaculate and to be
the recipient of her
confidence eighteen
times at Lourdes;
you who did desire from then
on to hide yourself in the
cloister of Nevers and there live
and die as a victim of sinners,
obtain for us that spirit of purity,
which will lead us also
to the glorious vision of God
and of Mary in Heaven.
Amen.

April 16th

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

The Chaplet of Mercy

1. Make the Sign of the Cross

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

2. Optional Opening Prayers

St. Faustina’s Prayer for Sinners

O Jesus, eternal Truth, our Life, I call upon You and I beg Your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest Heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with You for poor sinners.
O Most Sacred Heart, Fount of Mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of You light for poor sinners. O Jesus, be mindful of Your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of Your most precious Blood.
O Jesus, when I consider the great price of Your Blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners. Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled.
Therefore, let every soul trust in the Passion of the Lord, and place its hope in His mercy. God will not deny His mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change, but God’s mercy will never be exhausted. Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate Your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to Your feet that they may glorify Your mercy throughout endless ages (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 72).

3 O’clock Prayer

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times)
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!
3. Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Amen.
4. Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,
Amen.
5. The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Amen.
6. The Eternal Father
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each Decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
8. Repeat for the remaining decades
Saying the “Eternal Father” (6) on the “Our Father” bead and then (10) “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” (7) on the following “Hail Mary” beads.
9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
10. Closing Prayers
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

(Optional)

O Greatly Merciful God, Infinite Goodness, today all mankind calls out from the abyss of its misery to Your mercy — to Your compassion, O God; and it is with its mighty voice of misery that it cries out. Gracious God, do not reject the prayer of this earth’s exiles! O Lord, Goodness beyond our understanding, Who are acquainted with our misery through and through, and know that by our own power we cannot ascend to You, we implore You: anticipate us with Your grace and keep on increasing Your mercy in us, that we may faithfully do Your holy will all through our life and at death’s hour. Let the omnipotence of Your mercy shield us from the darts of our salvation’s enemies, that we may with confidence, as Your children, await Your [Son’s] final coming — that day known to You alone. And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: through His merciful Heart, as through an open gate, we pass through to heaven.

Litany of Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy, gushing forth from the bosom of the Father, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, greatest attribute of God, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, incomprehensible mystery, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, fountain gushing forth from the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed by any intellect, human or angelic, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, from which wells forth all life and happiness, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, better than the heavens, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of miracles and wonders, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, encompassing the whole universe, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, descending to earth in the Person of the Incarnate Word, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, which flowed out from the open wound of the Heart of Jesus, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, enclosed in the Heart of Jesus for us, and especially for sinners, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in the institution of the Sacred Host, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the founding of the Holy Church, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in our justification through Jesus Christ, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us through our whole life, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing us especially at the hour of death, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, endowing us with immortal life, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, accompanying us every moment of our life, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, shielding us from the fire of hell, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in the conversion of hardened sinners, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, astonishment for Angels, incomprehensible to Saints, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, unfathomed in all the mysteries of God, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, lifting us out of every misery, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, source of our happiness and joy, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in calling us forth from nothingness to existence, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, embracing all the works of His hands, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, crown of all God’s handiwork, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, in which we are all immersed, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, sweet relief for anguished hearts, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, only hope of despairing souls, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, repose of hearts, peace amidst fear, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, delight and ecstasy of holy souls, Jesus I trust in You.
Divine Mercy, inspiring hope against all hope, Jesus I trust in You.
Let us pray:
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

The Divine Mercy Novena

DAY 1 (Good Friday)
Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Oh, omnipotence of Divine Mercy,
Salvation of sinful people,
You are a sea of mercy and compassion;
You aid those who treat You with humility.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy forever and ever.
Amen
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 2 (Holy Saturday)
Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in Heaven.
The fountain of God’s love
Dwells in pure hearts,
Bathed in the Sea of Mercy Radiant as stars,
bright as the dawn.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard—upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end.
Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 3 (Easter Sunday)
Today bring to Me ALL DEVOUT AND FAITHFUL SOULS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
The miracles of mercy are impenetrable.
Neither the sinner nor just one will fathom them.
When You cast upon us an eye of pity,
You draw us all closer to Your love.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages.
Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 4 (Easter Monday)
Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, you are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
May the light of Your love
Enlighten the souls in darkness;
Grant that these souls will know You
And, together with us, praise Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages.
Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday)
Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, you do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Even for those who have torn the garment of your unity,
A fount of mercy flows from Your Heart.
The omnipotence of Your mercy, Oh God.
Can lead these souls also out of error.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday)
Today bring to Me THE MEEK AND HUMBLE SOULS AND THE SOULS OF LITTLE CHILDREN, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, you yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favourite. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
A truly gentle and humble soul
Already here on earth the air of paradise breathes,
And in the fragrance of her humble heart
The Creator Himself delights.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages.
Amen
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 7 (Easter Thursday)
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ESPECIALLY VENERATE AND GLORIFY MY MERCY, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.
A soul who praises the goodness of her Lord
Is especially loved by Him.
She is always close to the living fountain
And draws graces from Mercy Divine.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living, Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, I Myself will defend as My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy.
Amen.

Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 8 (Easter Friday)
Today bring to Me THE SOULS WHO ARE DETAINED IN PURGATORY, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so, I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
From that terrible heat of the cleansing fire
Rises a plaint to Your mercy,
And they receive comfort, refreshment, relief
In the stream of mingled Blood and Water.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion.
Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

DAY 9 (Easter Saturday)
Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.

Most compassionate Jesus, you are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardour of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Fire and ice cannot be joined,
Either the fire dies, or the ice melts.
But by Your mercy, O God,
You can make up for all that is lacking.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy.
Amen.
Now pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Divine Mercy.

Prayer of Entrustment to Divine Mercy

O Lord, our God.
We place our trust in You,
Because you are mercy itself.
We repent of our sins and turn to You for mercy.
We trust you to provide for our every need, according to Your will.
Help us to forgive others as You forgive us.
We promise to be merciful by our deeds, words and prayers.
Though we have fears because of human weakness, we rely on Your infinite goodness and mercy.
We entrust to You the future of our planet, our Church, our nations, our families and all our needs.
With loud cries we implore your mercy on us and on the whole world.
Look upon us, created in your image and likeness.
Form us in the Heart of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit into the living images of mercy.
May all come to know the depth of Your mercy and sing the praises of Your mercy forever.
Amen!

April 17th

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

St. Benedict Joseph Labre Novena

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre, you gave up honour,
money and home for love of Jesus.
Help us to set our hearts on Jesus
and not on the things of this world.
You lived in obscurity among the poor in the streets.
Enable us to see Jesus in our poor brothers and sisters
and not judge by appearances.
Make us realize that in helping them
we are helping Jesus.
Show us how to befriend them and not pass them by.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre,
you had a great love for prayer.
Obtain for us the grace of persevering prayer,
especially adoration of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre,
poor in the eyes of men
but rich in the eyes of God,
pray for us.
(Mention your request here…)
Say 1: Our Father…Say 1: Hail Mary…Say 1: Glory Be…

Prayer to St. Benedict Joseph Labre (Patron Saint of the Homeless)

O dearest St. Benedict Joseph Labor, you who truly understand what is like to be homeless, I ask our prayers on behalf all of those who are homeless, especially
(Name person).
You were totally reliant upon the generosity and kindness of others. Pray that those who are homeless experience kindness, understanding, and love from others.
You know what it felt like to be turned away and scoffed at.
Pray that the wounds of their hearts will be healed and that they can openly embrace the charity of others.
Through your gracious intercession may they find safe places to lay their heads, friendly and accepting places to eat meals, and supportive places to bathe and receive medical care.
Thank you, dear saint, for your prayers.
Amen.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

O Loving Jesus, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre paid close attention to how well his life compared to the holiness You described in the Gospels. To purify himself, he performed acts of penance every time he committed even the smallest sin. He loved the Bible so much that he carried it everywhere until the day he died. I ask him to pray for me to value the Word of God just as highly as he did. Dear Lord, use it to inspire me to grow in holiness. Encourage me with its promises. Direct my steps on the path to spiritual maturity by leading me through the verses that teach me how to live for You in everyday life.
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us.
Amen.

The Litany of St. Benedict Joseph Labre

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Glory of Loreto, pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Beggar for Christ, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Despised by the world, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Renouncing earthly ties, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Mocked by the crowds, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Reproaching our pride, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Tender to the outcast, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Ministering in charity hospitals, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Worker of mercy, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Saintly brother of the road, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Self-effacing unto death, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Example of humility, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Armor of chastity, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Zealous for souls, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Clean of heart, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Strength of the poor, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Christ’s admonition, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Mantle of Holy Poverty, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Childlike before God, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Holy Wayfarer, Pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph, Leading us to Christ, Pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us!
Let us Pray.
Saint Benedict Joseph, beloved of God, lead us, poor travellers on this earth, along thy pilgrim way to God; shield us from all occasions of lust and pride, that we may wear the garment of humility in the sight of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and that we may be received into His everlasting kingdom.
Merciful Jesus, who didst, by the life of Thy servant Benedict Joseph, show Thy love for the very least of this world, grant to us, we beseech Thee, the requests by which the Holy Mendicant asks in our behalf knowing that he deserves to obtain for us only those things that would lead us to Thee, through Thy Holy Poverty on earth and Thy Divine Labors.
Amen!

April 18th

Blessed James Oldo

April 19th

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Prayer to St. Gianna

God, our Father,
we praise You and we bless You
because in Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
You have given and made Known to us
a woman who witnessed the Gospel
as a young person and bride, as a mother and doctor.
We thank You because,
through the gift of her life,
we learn to accept and honour every human being.
Lord Jesus,
You were for her a privileged reference.
She was able to see You in the beauty of nature.
As she questioned her choice of life,
she was searching for You and for the best way to serve You.
Through her married love, she became a sign
of your love for the Church and for all men and women.
Like You, Good Samaritan, she stopped at the side
of every sick person, of the small and the weak.
Following your example,
she lovingly offered up her life, while giving new life.
Holy Spirit, source of all perfection,
give also to us wisdom, intelligence and courage
so that, following Saint Gianna’s example
and through her intercession,
we may serve every person
in our personal, family and professional life,
and thus, grow in love and holiness.
Amen.

St. Gianna Beretta Molla Novena

Dear holy servant of God, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, we pray to you because you were once the selfless and suffering mother who chose the life of her child over her own life. Your faithfulness to God brought you so close to God that you are now resting in His divine splendour. We humbly pray for your holy intercession.
(Mention your intentions here)
In the midst of your suffering, you continued your mission to care for the sick, needy and weak. And so we bring our needy hearts to you and ask that you pray for us to God our Father…
Day 1: Pray for all those who suffer from infertility or miscarriage. That they may be comforted.
Day 2: Pray for us, that we may be filled with love for children.
Day 3: Pray for us, that we may seek the will of God in all things.
Day 4: Pray for us, that we may be generous with those in need.
Day 5: Pray for us that we may be patient in suffering.
Day 6: Pray for all those who work in the field of medicine, that they may know the dignity of the human person.
Day 7: Pray for us, that we may be witnesses to the sanctity of human life.
Day 8: Pray that there may be an end to abortion.
Day 9: Pray for all mothers, that they may be the face of God within their families.
Most holy Saint Gianna, you said “yes” to the new life of your baby, generously sacrificing your own life. Show us how to say “yes” as you did to God’s will so that we may come to eternal rest with God in heaven.
Hail Mary…, Glory Be…
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!
Amen.

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Novena To Obtain Graces Through Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
God, our Father, you have granted to Your church the gift of Gianna Beretta Molla. In her youth she lovingly sought You and drew other young people to You, involving them, through apostolic witness and Catholic Action, in the care of the sick and aged, to help and comfort them.
We thank You for the gift of this young woman, so deeply committed to You. Through her example grant us the grace to consecrate our lives to Your service, for the joy of our brothers and sisters.
Glory be …
Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, you called Saint Gianna to exercise the medical profession as a mission for the comfort of bodies and souls. In her suffering fellow men and in the little ones, deprived of all support, she saw You.
We thank You for having revealed Yourself to this servant as “one who serves” and who soothes the sufferings of men. Treasuring her example may we become generous Christians at the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those with whom You deign to share Your Cross.
Glory be…
God, Sanctifying Spirit, who love the Church as Your Bride, You poured into the heart of Saint Gianna a share of Your Love so that she could radiate it in her family, and thus cooperate with You in the wonderful plan of creation, and give life to new children who could know and love You.
We thank You for this model wife and, through her encouraging witness, we beg You to grant to our families the serene and Christian presence of mothers committed to transform their homes into cenacles of faith and love, rich with generous activity and sanctifying service.
Glory be…
O God, Creator and lover of mankind, you were close to Saint Gianna when, affected by illness, she was in the painful dilemma of choosing between her own life and the life of the child whom she was carrying in herself, a gift long-awaited. Trusting You alone, and aware of Your Commandment to respect human life, Gianna found the courage to do her duty as a mother and to say “yes” to the new life of her baby, generously sacrificing her own. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and after the example of Gianna, inspire all mothers to welcome with love the sparkle of new life.
Grant us the grace we are praying for …………. and the joy to find an inspiration in Saint Gianna who, as a model spouse and mother, after the example of Christ, gave up her life for the life of others.
Hail Mary…

LITANY OF SAINT GIANNA BERETTA MOLLA

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us
Response: Have mercy on us
God the Father in Heaven.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world.
God the Holy Spirit.
Holy Trinity, one God.
Response: Pray for us
Holy Mary.
St. Michael the Archangel.
St. Joseph.
St. Gianna, filled with love for God.
St. Gianna, filled with love for children.
St. Gianna, filled with love for Our Lady and her Rosary.
St. Gianna, filled with love for the Most Blessed Sacrament.
St. Gianna, who sought the will of God in all things.
St. Gianna, generous with those in need.
St. Gianna, devoted to prayer.
St. Gianna, willing to lay down your life for the sake of the gospel.
St. Gianna, patient in suffering.
St. Gianna, united to Jesus on the Cross.
St. Gianna, called to the vocation of marriage.
St. Gianna, who welcomed children as a blessing.
St. Gianna, physician to the ill.
St. Gianna, faithful daughter of the church.
St. Gianna, witness to the sanctity of human life.

Response: Deliver us Lord through the intercession of
St. Gianna From neglecting God through prayer.
From refusing to se God in the sick and poor.
From callousness to the sufferings of others.
From selfishness.
From a lack of trust in God’s providence.
From blindness to the dignity of the human person.
From denial that human life begins at conception.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Let us pray

Lord of life, we thank You for the heroic witness of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. You have taught us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for others. Saint Gianna did this, not only as she gave birth to her last child, but also in her everyday life as she died to herself so that she could live wholly for You. What selflessness we see in her!
Help us, we pray, that through the intercession of Saint Gianna, our society may regain a sense of the sacredness of all human life. Fill us with her spirit of courage to suffer any struggle rather than deny You and the sanctity of human life. We ask You this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen

April 20th

Saint Conrad of Parzham

April 21st

Saint Anselm

A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury

O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You,
where and how to find You.
You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You.
You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know You.
I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek You.
I cannot seek You unless You teach me
or find You unless You show Yourself to me.
Let me seek You in my desire,
let me desire You in my seeking.
Let me find You by loving You,
let me love You when I find You.
Amen

Lord Jesus Christ

Lord Jesus Christ;
Let me seek you by desiring you,
and let me desire you by seeking you;
let me find you by loving you,
and love you in finding you.
I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving,
that you have made me in your image,
so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you.
But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults,
and darkened by the smoke of sin,
that it cannot do that for which it was made,
unless you renew and refashion it.
Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe, I shall not understand.
… St Anselm of Canterbury, Pray for Us …

Prayer of Saint Anselm

Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love; because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself; because you have promised so much, I owe you my whole being.

Moreover, I owe you as much more love than myself as you are greater than I, for whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself. I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge; let me know by love what I know by understanding. I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more, and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you.

Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of your love. I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love.
Amen.

April 22nd

Saint Adalbert of Prague

Prayer

O God, who bestowed the crown of martyrdom on the Bishop Saint Adalbert, as he burned with zeal for souls, grant, we pray, by his prayers, that the obedience of the flock may never fail the shepherds, nor the care of the shepherds be ever lacking to the flock. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Amen.

NOVENA TO SAINT ADALBERT

Saint Adalbert, Patron and Guardian of parishes,
we entrust you with our needs, our hard work and our very souls.
Through your intercession,
may we obtain the necessary grace to lead faithful lives,
may we always be guided by love and a sense of justice,
and may we always remain confident in God’s goodness and his love.
Lead those who have gone astray back to the Church.
Obtain penance for the weak
and perseverance for those who love you.
Protect and guide our married couples,
our families, and our youth.
Assist all parents in the raising of their children.
Pray to God for our sick and suffering parishioners.
Bless our parish.
Awaken in us a faithful spirit and a love for Our Lady.
Through your intercession, may we love our Church,
live in accordance with the commandments,
and may we achieve everlasting life.
Amen.

Prayer

O persecuted shepherd whose flock repeatedly drove you from their midst
but who accomplished great work of conversion among them…
to these indignant souls you repeatedly returned,
ever spreading Christ’s message further.
St Adalbert, Apostle to nations, pray for us,
that in God’s Church today His Word may go boldly forth
to convert hearts so hardened by sin,
that the acquired ignorance of peoples returning to paganism
will be thoroughly dispelled by truth.
Let all souls journey forward,
humbly proclaiming the Gospel
till all have heard and understood the glory
to which they are called by our Savior.
Amen.
[Mention your intention here…]
St Adalbert, Pray for us.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

April 23rd

Saint George

Novena in Honor of St. George PREPARATORY PRAYER

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.
Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul.
Amen.

PRAYER IN HONOR OF ST. GEORGE

O GOD, who didst grant to St. George strength and constancy in the various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

INVOCATION OF ST. GEORGE (Novena)

FAITHFUL servant of God and invincible martyr, St. George; favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honour I make this novena.
Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer.
Amen.

A Prayer to St George, for Triumph in My Battles

Mighty God, Saint George was nicknamed the “Victory Bringer” because he relied on Your power to defeat evil wherever he went. Starting out as a soldier in his country’s army, he converted and became a soldier for Christ. Laying down the world’s armor by giving his wealth to the poor, he forever after carried the shield of faith and won many victories for those who sought Your help. I ask him to pray for the battles I’ve been enduring, and to bring Your triumph into my life. Help me to overcome the Enemy, Lord Jesus, and teach me how to protect myself with ever-increasing faith.

Saint George, pray for me.

Amen.

Prayer to Saint George for Strong Protection Against Enemies

I will go dressed and armed with the weapons of Saint George so that my enemies, having feet will not reach me; having hands will not trap me; having eyes will not see me, neither with thought can they cause me harm.
Firearms will not reach my body; knives and swords will break without touching my body, ropes and chains will break without tying my body.
Jesus Christ protects and defends me with the power of His Holy and Divine Grace.
The Virgin of Nazareth covers me with her sacred and divine mantle, protecting me in all my dolors and afflictions.
And God, with His Divine Mercy and great power, is my defender against the evils and persecutions of my enemies.
Glorious Saint George, in the name of God, extend to me your shield and your powerful arms, defending me with your strength and your greatness; and may my enemies underneath your feet become humble and submissive to you.
So Be it in the Power of God, of Jesus Christ and of the Divine Holy Spirit.
Amen

Youth Prayer to St. George for Courage

Heavenly Father,
St. George honoured your son Jesus by refusing to deny him.
Please grant me the strength and courage you gave St. George.
When my friends are gossiping, let me make my words true and kind.
When somebody is being bullied, let me be the one who stands up for him.
When I am about to use my electronics or social media inappropriately, let me turn away.
When my Catholic faith is being misrepresented, give me the words to defend it.
When I am tempted by evil, help me to stay on the good path.
I ask this through the intercession of St. George
and in the name of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen

April 24th

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

PRAYER

Father,
you filled Saint Fidelis with the fire of your love
and gave him the privilege of dying
that the faith might live.
Let his prayers keep us firmly grounded in your love,
and help us to come to know the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Through Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who were pleased to award the palm of martyrdom to Saint Fidelis as, burning with love for you, he propagated the faith, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, grounded in charity, we may merit to know with him the power of the Resurrection of Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Prayer

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, through your intercession before the throne of God, we ask you to fortify all teachers and preachers of the faith to remain faithful to the truth, even to the point of embarrassment, inconvenience, suffering, and death to self.

April 25th

Saint Mark

Prayer to St. Mark

O glorious St Mark,
through the grace of God our Father,
you became a great Evangelist,
preaching the Good News of Christ.
May you help us to know Him well
so that we may faithfully live our lives
as followers of Christ.
Obtain for me I pray you,
lively faith, firm hope and burning love;
patience in adversity, humility in prosperity,
recollection in prayer, purity of heart,
a right intention in all my works,
diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life,
constancy in my resolutions,
resignation to the will of God
and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death,
and, by your intercession and your glorious merits
I entrust to you this special favour I now ask…
[Mention your request here…]
I ask this through Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with God the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Amen.
(One ‘Our Father’)

Prayer to Jesus

You are our Saviour,
our hope and our life.
Thank you
for watching over us
as we learn and play.
Thank you for our patron,
Saint Mark, and his gospel stories.
His words about You show us
how to be respectful, loving
and peaceful.
Please be with us in all we do,
so that we make choices that honour You. We ask this, in Your name.
Amen.

St. Mark Novena

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Mark as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed in working as a missionary for Your Church.
St. Mark, we know from the Acts of the Apostles that you accompanied St. Paul on one of his missionary journeys. Though you probably found this lifestyle to be difficult, you continued to serve God.
Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served!
Despite your departure from Paul’s missionary journey, you devoted the rest of your life to serving God and His Church. It is believed that you even established the Church in Alexandria.
Pray for me, that I may always be eager to serve God in my life. Pray that I may never miss the opportunity to preach the Good News to others.
Please also pray for
(Mention your intentions here).
St. Mark, pray for us!

April 26th

Saint Pedro de San José Betancur

April 27th

Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort

St. Louis de Montfort Prayer

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart, and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still see in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God; root it up and bring it to naught; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.
May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me.
Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine, to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine, to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine, to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine.
I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion, or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God just as thou willest.
Such is, O heavenly Mary, the “best part,” which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee—and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants.
The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say “Amen; so be it”—to all that thou didst do while on earth; “Amen; so be it”—to all that thou art now doing in Heaven; “Amen; so be it”—to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity.
Amen.

Prayer of Saint Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort

Our Father who art in heaven, you completely fill heaven and earth with the immensity of your being; you are present everywhere; you are in the saints by your glory, in the damned by your justice, in the good by your grace, even in sinners by your patience, tolerating them. Grant that we may always remember that we come from you and that we may live as your true children. Grant that we may set our true course according to your will and never swerve from you. Grant that we may use our every power, our hearts and souls and strength to tend toward you, and you alone.

St. Louis de Montfort Novena

O God, Who in the power
of the Holy Spirit
have made Saint Louis-Marie
an ardent apostle of Christ Crucified
and a faithful son of the Virgin Mary,
Grant that through
his example and intercession…
(Mention your request here…)
we may be renewed
in the Spirit of our baptism
and be always faithful
to Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns
with You and Holy Spirit.
One God. forever and ever.
Amen

St. Louis de Montfort Novena

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
St. Louis de Montfort, you consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary in your earthly life and are even more fully devoted to them now in Heaven. I ask that you present my petitions before our most blessed Mother, who will in turn place them at the feet of her Son.
*Insert petitions here*
St. Louis de Montfort, two of the ten principal virtues that Mary exemplified were deep humility and constant self-denial. Please intercede on my behalf that I may grow in humility and self-denial, seeing myself through God’s eyes, that I may offer myself more fully to Christ working through me.
Amen.

April 28th

Saint Peter Chanel

Prayer to Saint Peter Chanel

O God, who for the spreading of your Church
crowned Saint Peter Chanel with martyrdom,
grant that, in these days of paschal joy,
we may so celebrate the mysteries of Christ’s Death and Resurrection
as to bear worthy witness to newness of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer to St Peter Chanel

St Peter Chanel, you left your homeland to proclaim Jesus, Saviour of the world, to the peoples of Oceania.
Guided by the Spirit of God, who is the strength of the gentle, you bore witness to love, even laying down your life.
Grant that, like you, we may live our daily life in peace, in joy, and in fraternal love.
May your prayer and example call forth from our midst many workers for the Gospel so that God’s Kingdom may reach to the ends of the earth.
Amen

April 29th

Saint Catherine of Siena

Prayer of Catherine of Siena

Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God,
and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O beautiful love, from every evil thought; warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love, and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord, help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love.
Amen.

“Loved Undefiled” by St. Catherine of Siena

Eternal God, eternal Trinity,
You have made the Blood of Christ so precious
through His sharing in Your Divine nature.
You are a mystery as deep as the sea;
the more I search, the more I find,
and the more I find the more I search for You.
But I can never be satisfied;
what I receive will ever leave me desiring more.
When You fill my soul, I have an ever-greater hunger,
and I grow more famished for Your light.
I desire above all to see You,
the true light, as you really are.
Amen.
St Catherine of Siena, Pray for Us …

“My Nature Is Fire” by St. Catherine of Siena

In your nature, eternal Godhead,
I shall come to know my nature.
And what is my nature, boundless love?
It is fire,
because you are nothing but a fire of love.
And you have given humankind
a share in this nature,
for by the fire of love you created us.
And so, with all other people
and every created thing;
you made them out of love.
O ungrateful people!
What nature has your God given you?
His very own nature!
Are you not ashamed to cut yourself off from such a noble thing
through the guilt of deadly sin?
O eternal Trinity, my sweet love!
You, light, give us light.
You, wisdom, give us wisdom.
You, supreme strength, strengthen us.
Today, eternal God,
let our cloud be dissipated
so that we may perfectly know and follow your Truth in truth,
with a free and simple heart.
God, come to our assistance!
Lord, make haste to help us!
Amen.

Prayer to Saint Catherine of Siena for Mothers expecting a Child

Humble virgin and
Doctor of the Church,
in thirty-three years
you achieved great perfection
and became the counselor of Popes.
You know the temptations of mothers
today as well as the dangers
that await unborn infants.
Intercede for me
that I may avoid miscarriage
and bring forth a healthy baby
who will become a true child of God.
Also pray for all mothers,
that they may not resort to abortion
but help bring a new life
into the world.
Amen.

A Prayer to God to follow St. Catherine Siena

Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb.
In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honour her merits and hear her prayers for each of us, and for our whole parish family dedicated to her. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example.
Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbor of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men’s souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition . . .
(State your own intentions)
We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.

Litany of St. Catherine of Siena

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, our mother, pray for us.
St. Dominic, glorious Patriarch, pray for us.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. Catherine benevolent mother of the poor, pray for us.
St. Catherine, kind mother of the suffering, pray for us.
St. Catherine, merciful mother of the sick, pray for us.
St. Catherine, refuge of the sorrowful, pray for us.
St. Catherine, intercessor for sinners, pray for us.
St. Catherine, rose pf patience, pray for us.
St. Catherine, model of humility, pray for us.
St. Catherine, lily of chastity, pray for us.
St. Catherine, vessel of graces, pray for us.
St. Catherine, zealous promoter of the honor of God, pray for us.
St. Catherine, luster of holiness, pray for us.
St. Catherine, example of mildness, pray for us.
St. Catherine, glory of the Order of Preachers, pray for us.
St. Catherine, fruitful mother of spiritual children, pray for us.
St. Catherine, promoter of peace, pray for us.
St. Catherine, terror of the evil spirits, pray for us.
St. Catherine, follower of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst give the blossoms of thy innocent youth to the service of thy Heavenly Spouse, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst lead an angelic life in human flesh, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst tear thy virginal flesh with scourges, pray for us.
St. Catherine, whom Jesus, Himself, did feed with His Body and Blood, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who didst exchange thy heart with the Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who was blest with His Holy Wounds, pray for us.
St. Catherine, who was taken to Heaven to the celestial nuptials, pray for us
St. Catherine, who didst receive a hundredfold, reward for all thy labors and merits, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O glorious Virgin, St. Catherine
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:
O God, who didst enable Blessed Catherine, graced with the special privilege of virginity, and patience, to overcome the assault of evil spirits, and to stand unshaken in the love of Thy Name, grant we beseech Thee, that after her example treading underfoot the wickedness of the world, and overcoming the wiles of all enemies, we may safely pass onward to Thy glory. Through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

April 30th

Saint Pius V

NOVENA TO SAINT PIUS V, POPE

The scourge of war is on us,
for the worship of God is despised:
the chastisement that avenges guilt is menacing our earth.
In this peril, which of the heavenly citizens
can we better invoke in our defence than you, O Saint Pius?
O blessed Pontiff!
No mortal ever laboured with such zealous vigor
to promote God’s glory on earth as you did;
No mortal ever struggled, as you did,
to free Christian lands from the yoke
which barbarians were seeking to put upon them.
Your power is greater now that you are in heaven:
look upon us your clients!
Restrain civil discord and repel our enemies.
May your prayers bring golden peace upon the earth;
that in calm security we may sing our canticles to God with a gladder heart.
To You, O Blessed Trinity, one God,
be glory, praise and power,
forever and ever.

Amen.

Let us pray

‘O God, Who You were pleased to break the teeth
of them that hate Your Church,
and to restore again the solemn worship of Yourself,
did choose Saint Pope Pius V to work for You in that matter,
grant that he may still be a tower of strength for us.
Grant that we also may be more than conquerors
over all that make war upon our souls,
and in the end may enter into perfect peace in Your presence.’

More than ever, we need to again
restore divine worship with reverence towards God
as St. Pope Pius V accomplished.
We have had enough of the worldly worship of man in our churches,
(Pleasing the people with music,
clapping, jokes, ‘prayer’ facing them,
dramas, dances and everyone getting in on the ‘Show’.)

Father,
you chose Saint Pius V as pope of your Church
to protect the faith and give you more fitting worship.
By his prayers,
help us celebrate your holy mysteries
with a living faith and an effective love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…
Saint Pius V, Pray for us.
Saint Pius V, Pray for us.
Saint Pius V, Pray for us.

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who in your providence raised up Pope Saint Pius the Fifth in your Church that the faith might be safeguarded and more fitting worship be offered to you, grant, through his intercession, that we may participate in your mysteries with lively faith and fruitful charity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Amen.