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Monthly Prayers & Prayer Request for May

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May Month Prayers

May 1st

Saint Joseph the Worker

Prayer Before Work to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.
Amen.

Prayers to St. Joseph For Workers

Joseph, by the work of your hands
and the sweat of your brow,
you supported Jesus and Mary,
and had the Son of God as your fellow worker.
Teach me to work as you did,
with patience and perseverance, for God and
for those whom God has given me to support.
Teach me to see in my fellow workers
the Christ who desires to be in them,
that I may always be charitable and forbearing
towards all.
Grant me to look upon work
with the eyes of faith,
so that I shall recognize in it
my share in God’s own creative activity
and in Christ’s work of our redemption,
and so take pride in it.
When it is pleasant and productive,
remind me to give thanks to God for it.
And when it is burdensome,
teach me to offer it to God,
in reparation for my sins
and the sins of the world.

Litany of St. Joseph

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, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Illustrious son of David, pray for us.
Light of patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most valiant, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of workmen, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the afflicted, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, 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!
V. He made him the lord of His household,
R. And prince over all His possessions.
Let Us Pray
O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

Novena to St. Joseph the Worker

Joseph, patron saint of workers,
blending skill with charity,
silent carpenter, we praise you!
Joining work with honesty,
you taught Christ with joy to labor,
sharing his nobility.
Joseph, close to Christ and Mary,
lived with them in poverty,
shared with them their home and labor,
worked with noble dignity.
May we seek God’s will as you did,
leader of his family!
Joseph, inspiration for workers,
man of faith and charity,
make us honest, humble, faithful,
strong with Christ’s true liberty,
Make our labor and our leisure
fruitful to eternity!

Prayer to Saint Joseph, Patron of Workers

Blessed St. Joseph, patron of all working people, thank you for the opportunity to build up God’s kingdom through my labors. Help me to be conscientious in my work so that I may give as full a measure as I have received.

May I do all things in a spirit of thankfulness and joy, ever mindful of the gifts I have received from God that enable me to perform these tasks. Permit me to work in peace, patience, and moderation, keeping in mind the account I must one day give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vanity of success, so fatal to the work of God. Glorious St. Joseph, may my labors be all for Jesus, all through Mary, and all after your holy example in life and in death.
Amen.

Prayer for the Spirit of Work

God our Father, Creator and Ruler of the universe, in every age you call us to use and develop our gifts for the good of others. With St. Joseph as our guide, help us to do the work you have asked and come to the rewards you have promised. Please grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer to St Joseph for workers and those seeking employment

Silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your
hands you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family. Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they all may use their strength and talents to make visible God’s new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts. With confidence and trust we make this prayer thru Jesus.
Amen.

May 2nd

Saint Athanasius

Prayer by St. Athanasius

It is becoming for you, O Mary, to be mindful of us, as you stand near him who bestowed upon you all graces, for you are the mother of God and our Queen. Come to our aid for the sake of the King, the Lord God and Master who was born of you. For this reason, you are called “full of grace.”
Be mindful of us, most holy Virgin, and bestow on us gifts from the riches of your graces, O Virgin full of grace.

St. Athanasius Prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
who raised up the Bishop Saint Athanasius
as an outstanding champion of your Son’s divinity,
mercifully grant,
that, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection,
we may never cease to grow in knowledge and love of you.
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.

NOVENA TO SAINT ATHANASEUS

Hail, O St. Athanasius! Model of virtue,
most brave defender of the Faith!
Hail, thou rock of the Patriarchs!
Sweet-voiced trumpet, admirable mind, most persuasive tongue,
axe that felled the forest of heresies
and burned them with the fire of the Holy Ghost,
most firm pillar and unshakeable tower.

O Holy Doctor of the Church,
thou armed the Mystical Body of Christ
with divine dogmas of the Catholic Church;
Thou didst keep the faith O glorious St. Athanasius,
and justly won a crown by thy labors.
In thy flesh, O blessed Patriarch,
Thou filled up the sufferings of Christ,
suffering many persecutions,
even from among those counted within the Church.

O God-bearing Saint,
with the staff of thy teachings
thou drove heretical wolves far from the one,
holy, catholic, and apostolic Church,
Thou didst encompass and defend her
with the fortifications of thy words
and presented her sound and safe to Christ.

Beseech God, therefore,
that by thy merits and intercession,
He would deliver from error,
perversion and all dangers,
both spiritual and temporal,
those who faithfully celebrate thine ever venerable memory.
In particular, we implore…

[State your intention(s) here…]

We ask this through Christ our Lord,
And the powerful intercession of St. Athanasius.

Amen.

Let us pray

O God, the rewarder of faithful souls,
grant that by our pious devotion
and commemoration of St. Athanasius,
and by the prayers of Thy same blessed confessor and bishop,
may we be rendered acceptable to Thy mercy
and receive the gifts of Thy grace.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

St. Athanasius,
Pray for us.

St. Athanasius Novena Prayers

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us Your servant, St. Athanasius, as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the virtue he showed from the time of his holy childhood until his death.
St. Athanasius, you grew up with the benefit of devout Christian parents. They ensured that you received a strong education in the Faith, and you eagerly grew in your Faith and service to God.
Please bring my petitions before God Whom you served!
Your early acquaintance with holy monks during your childhood years must have done a lot to inspire you along the path of holiness. You soon followed in their footsteps and chose to devote your life to God.
Pray for me, that I may always seek ways to grow in holiness in my life. Pray that I may be eager to devote myself to God’s service at every opportunity.
Please also pray for (mention your intentions here).
St. Athanasius, pray for us!

May 3rd

Saints Philip and James

PRAYER IN HONOUR OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES

O God, who gladden us each year
with the feast day of the Apostles Philip and James,
grant us, through their prayers,
a share in the Passion and Resurrection
of Your Only Begotten Son,
so that we may merit to behold You for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Saints Philip and James Novena Prayer

Dear God, thank you for giving us the examples of your holy apostles Saints Philip and James. Through their actions and witness of faith in You many people have come to know You and have converted to Christianity. Help us to be witnesses of the faith like Saints Philip and James.
Saints Philip and James, you relied fully on God when you went around the world proclaiming the Gospel. Help us to know that our faith relies on God alone as you also knew. Pray for us and ask God to grant the intentions we hold within our hearts. (State your intentions here…)
Heavenly Father, please grant, through the prayers and intercession of Saints Philip and James, that our prayers may be answered and that we may join you in Heaven for all eternity.
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…, Glory Be…

Prayer

Holy Apostles! you saw our Risen Jesus in all his glory. He said to you on the evening of that great Sunday: Peace be to you! He appeared to you during the forty days following, that he might make you certain of His Resurrection. Great indeed must have been your joy at seeing, once more, that dear Master, Who had admitted you into the number of his chosen Twelve; and his return made your love of him more than ever fervent. We address ourselves to you as our special patrons during this holy Season, and most earnestly do we beseech you to teach us how to know and love the great mystery of our Lord’s Resurrection. May our hearts glow with Paschal joy, and may we never lose the New Life that our Jesus has now given unto us.

May 4th

Blessed Michael Giedroyc

Feast Day of Blessed Michael Giedroyc

On this feast day of Blessed Michael Giedroyc, we pray for those of us that suffer from physical handicaps. So many people face obstacles and discrimination because of their physical disabilities. May we be inspired by Blessed Michael Giedroyc and his quiet strength. May we find solace from his work that sought out the injustice of the disabled in our communities forged a path and example of his rich spiritual life despite his own physical needs. We ask these prayers through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May 5th

Saint Hilary of Arles

A Prayer for the Virtue of Obedience

Jesus, Almighty King of kings, You Who obeyed Your Father to the end, Teach me the meaning of obedience. My soul burns to comply to Your Will, Striving to charm Your Divinity. While my worldly nature seeks one way, My spiritual nature seeks another. Bless me with the strength to obey, That my soul may subdue both natures, Blending them as a fair aromatic bloom. I always seek favor in Your eyes, To always obey You until my last breath!

May 7th

Saint Rose Venerini

Prayer

O God, who raised up blessed Rose Venerini in your Church to show others the way of salvation, grant us, by her example, so to follow Christ the master, that we may come with our neighbor into your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

May 8th

Saint Peter of Tarentaise

Prayer

Almighty God, you have raised up faithful bishops of your church, including your servant Saint Peter of Tarentaise.
May the memory of his life be a source of joy for us and a bulwark of our faith,
so that we may serve and confess your name before the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May 9th

Saint John of Avila

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God,
who gave your holy Church blessed John of Avila as Doctor,
grant that what he taught when moved by the divine Spirit
may always stay firm in our hearts;
and, as by your gift we embrace him as our patron,
may we also have him as our defender to entreat your mercy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer

Good Jesus, Saint John of Avila was the spiritual director of Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint John of God, and other saints. He used to say, “I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures he bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee.” I ask Saint John to intercede for my growth in holiness, that I may gain the maturity to discover the good that springs out of the suffering I cannot avoid. O Lord, give me more companions on my journey who assist me as spiritual directors, sharing the deepest truths with me and guiding me to greater purity and piety. Saint John of Avila, pray for me. Amen.

May 10th

Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka’i

St. Damien of Molokai Novena Prayers

Thank you Lord Jesus for the powerful witness of love that you provided in St. Damien of Molokai. I pray that I will have the same love toward all I meet, especially those who are different than me.
St. Damien, you were a spiritual minister and leader to people with leprosy. Thus, you were not too proud to work with the most outcast members of society. Help me to remember those in my own life and culture who are seen as outsiders. Remind me to invite them into my world to make them feel welcome and respected.
Keep me from treating those who are different as unworthy of love and respect. Help me to remember that all people are equal in God’s eyes.
As the patron of lepers, I bring to you in my heart all those who suffer from terminal illnesses and all of those who feel outcast from society in some way. Please also pray for these intentions I hold in my heart:
(State your intentions here)
St. Damien, Pray for Us!

Saint Damien Prayer

Damien, brother on the journey, happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your own life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security and your dreams.
Teach us to give our lives with joy like yours, to be in solidarity with the outcasts of our world, to celebrate and contemplate the Eucharist as the source of our own commitment.
Help us to love to the very end and, in the strength of the Spirit, to persevere in compassion for the poor and forgotten so that we might be good disciples of Jesus and Mary.
Amen

COLLECT PRAYER

Father of mercy, who gave us in Saint Damien a shining witness of love for the poorest and most abandoned, grant that, by his intercession, as faithful witnesses of the heart of your Son Jesus, we too may be servants of the most needy and rejected. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

May 11th

Saint Ignatius of Laconi

Prayer

O God, who led Saint Ignatius to the height of holiness along paths of humility, innocence and charity toward others, grant that, by imitating his virtues, we may put charity on earth into practice, in deeds and in truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May 12th

Saint Leopold Mandic

Prayer and Novena

God, Almighty Father, you made Saint Leopold a rich source of your grace for all who had recourse to him. Through his intercession, may we live our lives in love, relying entirely on your will, and strong in the hope of your promises.
Glory be to the Father
God, you show your almighty power most clearly when you grant mercy and forgiveness to sinners. You made Saint Leopold an outstanding witness through his ministry in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Grant us the grace to celebrate the Sacrament joyfully, and so experience your great love.
Glory be to the Father
God our Father, through Christ your Son who died and rose to life, you redeemed us, and you gave us Saint Leopold as a fatherly presence to comfort and guide us in our trials. Pour into our hearts the certainty of your presence and help.
Glory be to the Father
God, source of communion for all your sons and daughters, you wanted Christ to be the only Shepherd of your Church. Through the prayers of Saint Leopold, that silent prophet of spiritual ecumenism, infuse your Spirit into us, so that we may pray and give our lives for the unity of all who believe in you.
Glory be to the Father
God, you wanted Mary to be Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church, and you gave Saint Leopold a tender devotion to our Lady. May we know in our own lives the joy of her motherly protection and love.
Hail Mary
God, glorious Lord and Father of life, we entrust to your love all our hopes and prayers. Through the intercession of Saint Leopold look kindly upon your sons and daughters and hear the prayers you have inspired in us. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

May 13th

Our Lady of Fatima

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima -by Pope John Paul II

Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope.

PARDON PRAYER

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee. Amen.

ANGEL’S PRAYER

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

DECADE PRAYER

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

DECADE PRAYER

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

THE SACRIFICE PRAYER

Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

PRAYER BEFORE THE ROSARY

Queen of the Holy Rosary, you have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion, in order that by meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched with its fruits and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the favor which I ask of you in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) I ask it for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of souls, especially for my own. Amen.

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA (Pray for 9 consecutive days)

Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and this favor that I so earnestly seek, request which I ask of you in this novena, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all people. Amen.
Pray 3 sets of: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be

ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your motherly presence we join in the voice of all generations that call you blessed. We celebrate in you the great works of God, who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save it.
Accept with the benevolence of a Mother this act of entrustment that we make in faith today, before this your image, beloved to us. We are certain that each one of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing in our hearts has estranged you. May we allow your sweet gaze to reach us and the perpetual warmth of your smile.
Guard our life with your embrace; bless and strengthen every desire for good; give new life and nourishment to faith; sustain and enlighten hope; awaken and animate charity; guide us all on the path to holiness.
Teach us your own special love for the little and the poor, for the excluded and the suffering, for sinners and the wounded of heart. Gather all people under you protection and give us all to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady of Fatima Prayers

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary to three little shepherd children. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the children of Fatima, we want to bring God’s word to others. Give us the strength, O Lord, to overcome our doubts so that we may be messengers of the Gospel. We know that Jesus lives in our hearts and we receive Him in the Eucharist.
Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers.
Especially… (Mention your intentions here…)
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us!
Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!
“From famine and war, deliver us.”

May 14th

Saint Matthias

A Prayer to St. Matthias the Apostle, for Grace

O Glorious Saint Matthias, in God’s design it fell upon you to take the place of the unfortunate Judas who betrayed his Master. You were selected by the twofold sign of the uprightness of your life and the call of the Holy Spirit.
Obtain for us the grace to practice the same uprightness of life and to be called by that same Spirit to wholehearted service of the Church. Then after a life of zeal and good works let us be ushered into your company in heaven to sing forever the praises of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

A Prayer to St. Matthias the Apostle, for the Church

O Almighty God, who into the place of Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the Twelve: Grant that thy Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

A Prayer to St. Matthias the Apostle, for Worthiness

Saint Matthias, pray that we may become worthy witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus in the way we live the eternal life we have right now.

PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT MATTHIAS

Father,
you called Saint Matthias to share in the mission of the apostles.
By the help of his prayers
may we receive with joy the love you share with us
and be counted among those you have chosen.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

May 15th

Saint Isidore the Farmer

Prayer to Saint Isidore the Farmer, Patron of Countrymen

Good Saint, we are told that your devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was so great that you would rise before it was light in order to be able to attend Mass before beginning your work in the fields. Obtain for us, we pray you, some of that loving devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There it is that the fruits of our farm labor, bread and wine, are brought and offered to God by the priest. Then, in the consecration, Christ Himself, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, becomes present on our altars under the appearances of this same bread and wine. And in what was the altar bread, He comes to us to be the very food of our souls. If we deeply realize the value and beauty of Holy Mass, we will be very happy to attend as often as we possibly can.
Help us to understand that in the Mass we offer ourselves to God with Christ by the hands of the priest. There we can bring to God all that we do, and offer it to Him in union with His Holy Sacrifice. The oftener we do this now, the happier we shall be hereafter. Good Saint Isidore, bless us

Prayer to St. Isidore (farmers)

O St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers, I come to you now asking your intercession on behalf of (name person) and all whose livelihood is based in farming.
I ask you to pray that their crops have sufficient water and minerals to grow to fruition and that they are abundant at harvest.
Please pray that their crops are protected from strong winds, flooding, hail, rust, and every blight of worm and insect.
St. Isidore, please pray that God in His infinite love and wisdom will bless their labors so that they may reap the rewards of work well done here on Earth and in Heaven.
Amen.

St Isidore the Farmer Novena

St. Isidore, you lived a humble life working the land.

You attended Holy Mass each morning, which jeopardized the employment that allowed your family to eat.

The Lord repaid your love by sending His angels to plow the fields while you were at Church.

Dear Isidore, ask Our Lord Jesus to place deep faith in our hearts and water it each day with your prayers that we may progress in holiness as you did.

Pray that as our heart grows in love and humility we may be a living sign of Jesus to those around us.

As a farmer who used his hands to bring forth nourishing food, please ask Jesus to bless us with a bountiful harvest.

Pray that our hands and bodies will remain strong that we may farm the land God has given us.

Ask Jesus to care for our gardens as he tends our hearts.

Pray that weeds will be kept far from our fields and likewise give us an aversion to sin.

Humbly we ask that you carry the petitions we hold in our heart to our most loving and generous Lord.

Amen.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

May 16th

Saint Margaret of Cortona

St. Margaret of Cortona Novena

O glorious St. Margaret, you embarked on a life of penance and poverty after you repented of your sins. Jesus touched your heart, and after imposing on yourself a rigorous life of fasting, Jesus talked and conversed with you, revealing to you his merciful heart that rejoices whenever a sinner returns to him.
On controlling your appetite for food, you managed to free yourself from all temptations, including those of the flesh of which you were a victim for many years. Listen then to our petitions. May you bring our petitions to Jesus.
Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Margaret of Cortona, pray for us.

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

May 17th

Saint Paschal Baylon

SPRAYER TO ST PASCHAL BAYLON:

St Paschal, you were filled by the Holy Spirit
with a wondrous love
for the sacred mysteries of Christ’s Body and Blood.
Intercede for us now that we may obtain the grace of
a profound faith and tender devotion
for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
May we draw from the Eucharist
the same spiritual riches you received with great joy,
and may our lives reveal
the enduring fruit of love, generosity and goodness
to the glory of God our Father.
St Paschal Baylon, lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Amen.

PRAYER BY ST PASCHAL BAYLON

I am a sinner and You
are He who justifies the impious.
I am poor, you are rich in infinite riches.
Give me an increase of faith,
an increase of love,
a complement of all virtues
with which I may serve You and praise You
all my life so that, at last,
I may enjoy You in Heaven.
Amen.

Prayer to Saint Paschal Baylon

Paschal, illustrious is thy name,
But brighter glows thy virtue’s fame;
With many a sign thy works are crowned;
Through thee God’s gifts to men abound.

From heaven look down, we humbly pray,
On us who seek thine aid this day;
Remove the evil that we dread,
And grant us what we ask instead.

And when to heaven’s high feast we go,
The nuptial robe on us bestow,
That Christ our strength and food may be,
In death and for eternity.

From heaven look down, we humbly pray,
On us who seek thine aid this day;
Remove the evil that we dread,
And grant us what we ask instead.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

From heaven look down, we humbly pray,
On us who seek thine aid this day;
Remove the evil that we dread,
And grant us what we ask instead.

V. Pray for us, O blessed Paschal,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, Who hast glorified blessed Paschal Thy Confessor by a wonderful love for the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood: mercifully grant that we also, like him, may deserve to taste the spiritual sweetness of this devine Supper: Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

O God, Who hast glorified blessed Paschal Thy Confessor by a wonderful love for the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood: mercifully grant that we also, like him, may deserve to taste the spiritual sweetness of this devine Supper: Who livest and reignest world without end.
Amen.

May 18th

Saint John I

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who reward faithful souls and who have consecrated this day by the martyrdom of Pope Saint John the First, graciously hear the prayers of your people and grant that we, who venerate his merits, may imitate his constancy in the faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

May 19th

Saint Theophilus of Corte

Prayer to St. Theophilus of Corte

Dear St Theophilus, help us to continue in prayer for the souls of those we love who have strayed from Jesus and His Church. Through your example, may we learn to find the riches of life, not in material things, but in a life of service to others. May we always find Jesus in those we care for–especially our prodigal loved ones. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray. Amen

May 20th

Saint Bernardine of Siena

Prayer of St. Bernardine of Siena, Patron of all who suffer respiratory illness

Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls,
the comfort of those who mourn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil,
the healing of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires;
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus,
You are the glory of all the saints for eternity.
Amen.
St. Bernardine, Pray for us!

May 21st

Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

PRAYER FOR THE INTERCESSION OF ST CHRISTOPHER MAGALLANES AND COMPANIONS

Almighty and eternal God,
who made the Priest Saint Christopher Magallanes
and his companions
faithful to Christ the King even to the point
of martyrdom,
grant us, through their intercession,
that, persevering in confession of the true faith,
we may always hold fast to the commandments
of your love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

May 22nd

Saint Rita of Cascia

Novena Prayer to Saint Rita of Cascia

O Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, whose pleadings before thy Divine Lord are almost irresistible, who for thy lavishness in granting favors hast been called the Advocate of the HOPELESS and even of the IMPOSSIBLE; St. Rita, so humble, so pure, so mortified, so patient and of such compassionate love for the Crucified Jesus that thou couldst obtain from Him whatsoever thou askest, on account of which all confidently have recourse to thee, expecting, if not always relief, at least comfort; be propitious to our petition, showing thy power with God on behalf of thy suppliant; be lavish to us, as thou hast been in so many wonderful cases, for the greater glory of God, for the spreading of thine own devotion, and for the consolation of those who trust in thee. We promise, if our petition is granted, to glorify thee by making known thy favor, to bless and sing thy praises forever. Relying then upon thy merits and power before the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray thee grant that (here mention your request).
By the singular merits of thy childhood, obtain for us our request.
By thy perfect union with the Divine Will, obtain for us our request.
By thy heroic sufferings during thy married life, obtain for us our request.
By the consolation thou didst experience at the conversion of thy husband, obtain for us our request.
By the sacrifice of thy children rather than see them grievously offend God, obtain for us our request.
By the severe penances and trice daily scourgings, obtain for us our request.
By the suffering caused by the wound thou didst receive from the thorn of thy Crucified Savior, obtain for us our request.
By the divine love which consumed thy heart, obtain for us our request.
By that remarkable devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, on which alone thou dost exist for four years, obtain for us our request.
By the happiness with which thou didst part from thy trials to join thy Divine Spouse, obtain for us our request.
By the perfect example you gavest to people of every state of life, obtain for us our request.
Pray for us, O holy St. Rita, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God, Who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of Thy servant, Blessed Rita, and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human foresight, skill and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance on Thy promise, have pity on our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Petition Prayer I

O Powerful St. Rita,
rightly called Saint of the Impossible,
I come to you with confidence in my great need.
You know well my trials,
for you yourself were many times burdened in this life.
Come to my help, speak for me, pray with me,
intercede on my behalf before the Father.
I know that God has a most generous heart
and that he is a most loving Father.
Join your prayers to mine
and obtain for me the grace I desire:
(Share your request…)
You who were so very pleasing to God on earth
and are so much more now in heaven,
I promise to use this favour, when granted,
to better my life, to proclaim God’s mercy,
and to make you more widely known and loved. Amen.

Petition Prayer II

Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, so humble, pure and patient, whose pleadings with thy Divine Spouse are irresistible, obtain for me from thy Crucified Christ my request: (Share your request…).
Be kind to me, for the greater glory of God, and I promise to honour thee and to sing thy praises forever.
O Glorious St. Rita, who didst miraculously participate in the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, obtain for me the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.

May 23rd

Saint Gregory VII

Prayer

God, strength of all who put their trust in you, you endowed your bishop blessed Gregory with the virtue of steadfastness to defend the liberty of the Church; grant that by virtue of his example and intercession, we may overcome all difficulties with the same courage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.
Pope St Gregory VII…Pray for Us
St Joseph…Pray for Us
St Mother Teresa…Pray for Us
Amen

Prayer to St. Gregory VII Pope and Confessor

O invincible defender of Holy Church’s freedom, Saint Gregory of great renown, by that firmness thou didst show in maintaining the Church’s rights against all her enemies, stretch forth from Heaven thy mighty arm, we beseech thee, to comfort her and defend her in the fearful battle she must ever wage with the powers of darkness. Do thou, in an especial manner, give strength in this dread conflict to the venerable Pontiff who has fallen heir not only to thy throne, but likewise to the fearlessness of thy mighty heart; obtain for him the joy of beholding his holy endeavors crowned by the triumph of the Church and the return of the lost sheep into the right path. Grant, finally, that all may understand how vain it is to strive against that faith which has always conquered and is destined always to conquer: “this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.” This is the prayer that we raise to thee with one accord; and we are confident, that, after thou hast heard our prayers on earth, thou wilt one day call us to stand with thee in Heaven, before the eternal High Priest, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth world without end.

May 24th

Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Novena

I adore Thee, O Eternal Father and I thank Thee on the part of Thy beloved Daughter, Mary Magdalene, for all the graces by Thee granted her, and in particular for having chosen her as the resting-place of Thy Divine Being, in that manner, and as far as mortal creatures can become capable thereof and for having promised her to grant her whatsoever she would ask Thee, saying to her : “Bride of My Only-Begotten Word, ask of Me what thou wilt.”
I beg of Thee, for the sake of her merits and prayers, to infuse into my heart a true humility and conformity to Thy Divine Will.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father
V. Pray for us, O St. Mary Magdalene.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
Let us pray:
O God, the lover of virginity, Who didst inflame the breast of Saint Mary Magdalene with the fire of Thy love, and enriched it with heavenly gifts, grant that we may imitate her by our purity and charity, whose commemoration we devoutly make and whose festival we celebrate. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ Thy Son who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

May 25th

Saint Bede the Venerable

Prayer of St Bede the Venerable

O Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendour of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the greyness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of
hope.
Amen.

Prayer to St. Bede the Venerable

Venerable Saint Bede, Patron of Catholic schools,
thank you for being an example of holiness, goodness, and wisdom.
Thank you for inspiring us to be lifelong learners
who are always eager to learn more.
Inspire us to read and hear the Word,
which helps us to know Jesus and to follow His ways.
Help us all to love God with all our hearts, and to love
and respect our classmates, teachers and families.
Guide us to use our words kindly and wisely so
that we can be effective communicators
who listen carefully and speak thoughtfully.
Above all, give us courage to live like Jesus lived.
Saint Bede, Pray for us.
Amen

Prayer by Saint Bede FOR FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY

O COME to me, my only hope, O Lord my God. Come to me, true light, Father, almighty God. Come, light from light, both Word and Son of God, God almighty. Come Holy Spirit, concord of Father and Son, God almighty. Come one almighty God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit.
Teach faith, stir up hope, pour out love. The will is present with me (yet not from me, but from thee) to quit the world and the earth, and to seek the heavens. But this will is a feeble feather without thy help. Give wings of faith, that I might fly on high to thee.

Prayer by Saint Bede FOR BETTERMENT

O GOD and King, by whose hand the frame of our measureless world is fitted together, through Christ I implore thee: of thy grace be merciful, for I am wretched. Give a watchful understanding, O King of kings, governor of all things; give, I pray, natural quickness, give a comely light of mind. May faith be right within me, fit to face false sects; above all, may there be timely amendment of habits. May I be loving, humble, truthful, wise with the moment; never speaking of a secret, ever chary of the tongue’s thunderbolt. Give a faithful companion, and a fast friend.

May 26th

Ascension of the Lord

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
Right before your Ascension into heaven you told your apostles to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth upon receiving the Holy Spirit. May I be similarly inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father!

Prayer Meditation for The Ascension

O Lord Jesus, I adore you, Son of Mary, my Saviour and my Brother, for You are God. I follow You in my thoughts, O first-fruits of our race, as I hope one day by Your grace to follow You in my person into heavenly glory. Until then, do not let me neglect the earthly task which You have given me. Let me labour diligently all my life with a greater appreciation for the present. Let me realize that only by accomplishing true human fulfillment can I attain Divine fulfillment and ascend to You at the completion of my work.
Amen.

Prayer on the Feast of the Ascension

Lord Jesus, you became man and came to live among us.
For love of us, you suffered and died for us.
Because you are God, you conquered death and rose on the third day.
Today you return to your Father and our Father,
But you promised to remain with us till the end of time,
And to send us the Holy Spirit.
We rejoice and thank you, Lord Jesus.
Come Holy Spirit, purify and transform us,
Kindle within us the fire of your love.
Amen

7 Powerful Prayers for Ascension Sunday

John 7:33
Heavenly Father, I thank You for sending Your Son who was with us only for a short time. Thank You for being the living water that quenches the thirst of all those who long for You. I give You praise for being Your resurrection power, it is because of You that we too can have everlasting life with You in heaven. I pray that we do not take for granted this special day, Amen.
Acts 1:6-11
Righteous God, I thank You for this ascension Sunday and for Your divine authority. Your Word says that You alone set the dates and times for things to happen and it is through You that we receive power. I thank You for the ascension of Your son Jesus, because of Him we are given divine authority and guidance here on earth through Your Holy Spirit. I give you thanks because I know that someday You will return from heaven in the same way You ascended from earth, Amen.
Luke 24:50-51
Oh Lord, thank You for Your benevolent nature. Whilst Your Son was taken up into heaven, He blessed us here on earth. I pray that I do not take for granted the blessings that You have given me, instead I receive them with my whole heart. So on this ascension Sunday, Father I give You the glory, honor and praise because of who You are and because of all that You have done, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
John 14:2
Righteous God, I thank You for the many rooms that You have prepared for us. Lord, I thank You for ensuring that I can spend eternity with You after death through the resurrection power of Your Son Jesus. Your Word says that if You had not prepared a place for me, You would not have told me so. Therefore, on this ascension Sunday, I thank You for sending Your Son so that I may be saved, Amen.
1 Timothy 3:16
Eternal God, I give You the honor and praise because You are great! You sent Your Son to appear in the flesh, to then be vindicated by the Spirit. Your Son was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world and taken up in glory. Hallelujah for the hidden truth of godliness! So on this ascension Sunday, we thank You for allowing us to comprehend just a segment of You awesome and divine power, Amen.
John 14:12
Oh Lord, we commemorate this special day – the day of ascension – along with the many things You did here on earth. Your scripture declares that whoever believes in the works that You did on earth, will do even greater things, because Your Son returned to You in heaven. I thank You for giving us divine authority to be more like Jesus, I walk in Your power, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
John 16:28 & Hebrews 6:20
Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son into the world so that I may be saved. Thank You for the fulfillment of Your Word by the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension into heaven. I glorify Your Name because You are faithful to Your Word and Your people. You sent Your son to be a forerunner so that I could also be with You in heaven. So on this day of ascension, Blessed be Your Name, Amen!

May 26th

Saint Philip Neri

PRAYER TO SAINT PHILIP NERI

O Holy Saint Philip Neri, Patron Saint of Joy,
you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand,
and that we need not have anxiety about anything:
in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows,
and lift the burdens from our hearts.
We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God
and all creation.
Hear us we pray, especially in this need: (make request here)
Keep us safe through your loving intercession
and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart,
Saint Philip,
transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
… St Philip Neri, Pray for Us …

Prayer to Saint Philip Neri

O glorious St. Philip, who wast so favored by God with the gift of consoling and assisting thy spiritual children at the hour of death, be also my advocate and father when I shall find myself at that dreadful moment. Obtain for me that at that hour the devil may not conquer me, nor temptation overcome me, nor fear itself revile me; but that, strengthened by a lively faith, a fervent hope and, a sincere charity, I may sustain with patience and perseverance that supreme struggle, and that, full of confidence in the mercy of the Lord, and in the infinite merits of Jesus Christ and the protection of the Most Blessed Mary, I may deserve to die the death of the just, and be united with thee and all the saints in the blessed home of Paradise, to praise and enjoy the Lord forever. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Philip Neri

Immaculate Virgin, thou hast to save me. Grant that I may always remember thee ; and thou, do thou never forget me. The happy day, when I shall go to behold thy beauty in paradise, seems a thousand years off. So much do I long to praise and love thee more than I can now do, my Mother, my Queen, my beloved, most beautiful, most sweet, most pure, Immaculate Mary. Amen

May 27th

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

Prayer for the Sick

Watch O Lord, with those
who cannot sleep or weep tonight.
Tend your sick ones.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones. Amen.

Novena Prayer

O Lord our God, who by your Son Jesus Christ called your Apostles
and sent them forth to preach the Gospel to the nations:

We bless your holy name for your servant Augustine,
first Archbishop of Canterbury,
whose labors in propagating your Church
among the English people we commemorate today.

And we pray that all whom you call and send may do your will,
and bide your time, and see your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

May 28th

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

Prayer to Venerable Pierre Toussaint

O virtuous Pierre Toussaint, son of Haiti, pray for all the poor and afflicted. Pray especially for your brothers and sisters in Haiti as they seek freedom from the oppression of poverty and calamity. Through your prayerful intercession, strengthen the weak, enrich the poor, comfort the downcast and inspire courage and hope among all those who struggle each day.
Amen

May 29th

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

Saint Madeleine Sophie’s Daily Prayer

Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Give me a heart that is one with your own;
A humble heart that knows and loves its nothingness;
A gentle heart that holds and calms its own anxiety;
A loving heart that has compassion for the suffering of others;
A pure heart that recoils even at the appearance of evil;
A detached heart that longs for nothing other than the goodness of heaven;
A heart detached from self-love and embraced by the love of God,
Its attention focused on God, Its goodness its only treasure in time and in eternity.

NOVENA TO SAINT MADELEINE SOPHIE BARAT

Dear St. Madeleine Sophie Barat,
you Consecrated yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and spent your life opening Schools
of the Sacred Heart and educating girls.
You were quoted as saying,
“For the sake of one child,
I would have founded the Society”.
Your approach to children was based in gentleness as you advised,
“Soften your reprimands with kind words;
encourage and reward them.
That is, in short, our way of educating”.
Please pray St. Madeleine Sophie
that as parents and teachers
we may have a softness and gentleness towards children as you did.
Please pray that the Sacred Heart of Jesus
will pour Divine Love and Patience into our hearts.
Please take our intentions before the Sacred Heart of Jesus
as we know your prayers will be warmly received.
Amen.

May 30th

Saint Joan of Arc

Novena In Honor of Saint Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc,
Filled with compassion,
For those who invoke you,
Filled with love for those who suffer,
Heavily laden with the weight of my troubles,
I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you,
To take my present need,
Under your special protection.
(Mention your request here).
Grant to recommend it,
To the Blessed Virgin Mary,
And lay it before the throne of Jesus.
Cease not to intercede for me,
Until my request is granted.
Above all, obtain for me,
The grace to one day,
Meet God face to face,
And with you and Mary,
And all the angels and saints,
Praise Him through all eternity.
O most powerful Saint Joan,
Do not let me lose my soul,
But obtain for me the grace
Of winning my way to heaven,
Forever and ever. Amen.
Our Father…
Hail Mary….
Glory Be…
Amen!

Prayer to St. Joan of Arc In Times of Trouble

St Joan of Arc, give me strength:
In this, my time of need, I beg thee to come to my aid.
I humbly ask thee to help me bear my trials with honour,
As I remember you in your earthly agonies.
Blessed Joan, duty bound to God, give me courage:
You who left family and friends to enter into God’s service,
Devout and valiant to uphold righteousness to the end,
While being insulted and harmed by your enemies.
Holy Joan, daughter of God, give me fortitude:
Help me to prevail in life and death over evil,
While bearing my injuries with the dignity you showed
When wounded in the breast, head, thigh, and heel.
Pious Joan, help me to be fearless:
Abandoned by the king you yourself had crowned,
Captured and sold to the highest bidder,
You put your trust in the King of Heaven to deliver you.
Venerable Joan, help me to be unwavering in my faith:
Beaten, bruised, questioned and accused,
You were denied that which you loved most:
Communion, confession, mass and public prayer.
Heroic Joan, help me to uphold justice:
Imprisoned, neglected, threatened and condemned,
Sentenced to die as a heretic, the most cruelest death,
To die by the fire and be raised up in heaven!
Glorious Virgin, please intercede for me:
(Share your request…)
Hear this petition and my heartfelt plea.
Pray for me in this, my time of need,
For I believe God will deny you nothing. Amen.
Prayer to Saint Joan of Arc
In the face of your enemies,
in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith.
Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith.
Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith.
I pray that I may be as bold
in my beliefs as you, St. Joan.
I ask that you ride alongside me
in my own battles.
Help me be mindful that what is
worthwhile can be won when I persist.
Help me hold firm in my faith.
Help me believe in my ability
to act well and wisely. Amen.

May 31st

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

COLLECT PRAYER

Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

PRAYER

Father in heaven, by whose grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER

Almighty and eternal God, under Your inspiration the Virgin Mary, pregnant with Your Son, visited St. Elizabeth. Grant that we may follow the guidance of the Spirit and praise You eternally with her in heaven. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS ON THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The dawn from on high has broken upon us through the faith-filled consent of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Through her intercession, let us pray:
R. Visit your people, O Lord.
For all those who live in hope of new life:
– reward their patience. (R.)
For all those who encourage the faith of others:
– reward their good work. (R.)
For those who provide others with means to give praise:
– reward their joy. (R.)
For those who bring glad tidings to others:
– reward their generosity. (R.)
(Personal intentions)
Our Father…
O God, you sent the Blessed Virgin Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth and to share with her the joy of your Son’s coming. Give us the will to do your will, that we may glorify you with her for all eternity, through Christ our Lord. Amen.