Sunday, February 25, 2024

Monthly Prayers & Prayer Request August

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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August Month Prayers

 

August 1st
Saint Alphonsus Liguori   

The Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori  

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen. 

St. Alphonsus Liguori Novena 

Glorious St Alphonsus,
loving Father of the poor and sick,
all your life you devoted yourself,
with a heroic charity,
to lighten their spiritual and bodily miseries.
Full of confidence in your tender pity for the sick,
since you yourself patiently borne the cross of illness,
I come to you for help in my present need…
(Share your request…)
Loving father of the suffering, St Alphonsus,
look with compassion upon me in my suffering.
Ask God to give me good health.
If it is not God’s will,
then give me the strength to bear my cross patiently
and to offer my sufferings with my crucified Saviour
and his Mother of Sorrows,
for the glory of God and the salvation of souls,
in reparation for my sins and those of others,
for the needs of this troubled world,
and the Holy Souls in purgatory.

Amen.

Say: One Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.

Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit 

Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.

I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.

O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favours, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.

Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervour, follow with more promptness Your holy       inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.

Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without         deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.

Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world   which threaten the salvation of my soul.

Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the             wiles  and snares of the tempter.

Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things
detach  my  thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.

Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having
loved  Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.

Amen.

 
August 2nd

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli

Prayer

Lead us, Lord God, to imitate the constancy of Saint Eusebius

in affirming the divinity of your Son,

so that, by preserving the faith he taught as your Bishop,

we may merit a share int eh very life of your Son.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer

Valiant Soldier of Jesus, Eusebius, Martyr and Pontiff, how much labour and suffering thou didst undergo for the Messias! And yet, they seemed to thee to be little in comparison with what is due to this eternal Word of the Father, who, out of His pure love, has made Himself the Servant of His own creatures, by becoming Man for them in the mystery of the Incarnation. We owe the same debt of gratitude to this divine Saviour. He was born in a stable for our sake, as He was for thine; pray, therefore, for us that we may be ever faithful to Him both in war and peace; and that we may resist our temptations and evil inclinations with that same firmness, wherewith we would confess His name before tyrants and persecutors. Obtain for the Bishops of our holy Mother the Church, such vigilance, that no false doctrines may surprise them, and such courage that no persecution may make them yield. May they be faithful imitators of the divine Pastor, who gives his life for his sheep; and may they ever feed the flock, intrusted to them, in the unity and charity of Jesus Christ.

 
August 2rd

Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Peter Julian Eymard – Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest – My Catholic Life! Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Peter Julian Eymard was a French Catholic priest and founder of two religious institutes: the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament for men and the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament for women. He has been referred to as “the Apostle of the Eucharist.”

Peter Julian’s road to the priesthood, as well as his life as a priest, was shadowed by the cross. Peter Julian Eymard had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. After his mother died, young Peter entered the seminary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate for the first time in 1829. His father protested his vocation, as Peter was his only surviving son. His first attempt to pursue the priesthood ended in serious illness. Following his father’s death, he tried once again, and in 1834, at the age of 23, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Grenoble but later joined Marists in 1839. On Corpus Christi (25th May 1845), Father Eymard had a powerful experience that would change the course of his life. While carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession at Saint Paul’s Church in Lyons, he felt an intense attraction to Christ in the Eucharist and resolved to “bring all the world to the knowledge and love of our Lord; to preach nothing but Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ Eucharistic.” Father Eymard petitioned his superiors to form a Marist community dedicated to eucharistic adoration. When his superiors denied his request, he felt called to leave the Marists and found a new community focused on the Eucharist in 1851.

Peter Julian Eymard was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1962, one day after Vatican II’s first session ended.

Prayer to Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Gracious God of our ancestors,
you led Peter Julian Eymard,
like Jacob in times past,
on a journey of faith.
Under the guidance of your gentle Spirit,
Peter Julian discovered the gift of love in the Eucharist
which your son Jesus offered for the hungers of humanity.
Grant that we may celebrate this mystery worthily, adore it profoundly,
and proclaim it prophetically for your greater glory.

Amen.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us!

Novena To Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Saint Peter Julian,
who received the great privilege
of so perfectly knowing what treasures are ours
in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
of being all afire with seraphic love for It,
and of consecrating unto It your untiring zeal
that it might be perpetually adored and glorified by all mankind,
we beg of you to obtain for us the spiritual and temporal Favors
of which we stand in need.

Obtain for us particularly to become,
in imitation of you,
faithful adorers in spirit and in truth
of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
while tending ever more toward the acquiring of Christian virtue,
above all, of sincere humility.
Thus we hope to live that life of union with Our Lord
which was the aim of your constant zeal,
as it is the principal effect on Holy Communion in our souls.

Finally, Saint Peter Julian,
obtain for us your own filial devotion
toward Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
that we may learn from that dear Divine Mother
how to serve and adore on earth Our Saviour hidden in His Sacrament,
and thus come to adore and glorify Him unveiled in heaven.

Amen

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

O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine.
All Praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
pray for us.

Saint Peter Julian, pray for us.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard Novena Prayer

Saint Peter Julian, who listened with such loving response to the voice of Jesus, help us also to listen and hear Him as He calls us to serve Him each in our own vocation. Help us especially during this Novena when we turn with our petitions to your powerful intercession.

(mention your intercession in the quietness of your own heart).

Lord Jesus Christ, through Your grace, St. Peter Julian understood the Eucharist to be Your Gift of Self to the world. May our prayers lead us to an ardent love of the Eucharist so that, like St. Peter Julian, we may shine in the world with the Radiance of Your Presence, a radiance that will silently say:

Jesus is there – let us go to Him!

St. Peter Julian, Apostle of the Eucharist, pray for us.

Novena Prayer in Honor of St. Peter Julian Eymard

St. Peter Julian, you were called by the grace of God to be a priest of the Eucharist. Your mission was to make the Eucharist known and loved on earth. You were to embrace selfless service and suffering you took the cross. You walked with Jesus. Your pilgrimage led you to the kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice and love, A Kingdom of Peace. St. Peter Julian, living in the fullness of Life, be aware of our needs. By your prayers before the lord, we ask you to help us especially in this need. (please mention your request) St. Peter Julian, during your life, you accepted the trials and troubles of life. You accepted with faith, hope, and love the will of the father. You said, “Your will be done.” We have our share of trials and troubles. We sometimes falter beneath the cross. By your intercession, St. Peter Julian, help us to have faith, Help us to trust in god, help us to accept his will for us. May your prayer for us be heard. May your prayer gain for us strength to follow Jesus – To love as He loved, to serve as he served, to share in the joy of His resurrection. St. Peter Julian, in your great gift of self, you never forgot those in need. Enable us to remember the needs of our brothers and sisters. You knew the needs of society. In your ministry, you did not forget the poor. You did not forget the sick and dying. Help us to recognize the poor in our midst, to remember the sick in home or hospital, the lonely and the dying those who have no one to care for them. Move us to make known the power of the Eucharist, to transform our society into paradise regained the new messianic Kingdom. A Kingdom in which no one will go hungry, no one will suffer injustice, no one will lack care in sickness, no one will die alone and unaided, it will be a Kingdom of God, in which the goodness of creation will be known again – among men and women, among brothers and sisters, among husbands and wives and children, among all nations on earth – the Kingdom where men and women will walk in harmony with God and all creation, Now and forever.

Amen.

St. Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist, Pray for us!

 

August 3rd

Saint Nicodemus

Prayer to Saint Nicodemus

Merciful God, whose servant Nicodemus was a secret disciple of Christ, meeting him by night to avoid the wrath of the other members of the Sanhedrin, and eventually spoke out to that body to remind them that Jesus had a right to a hearing and with reverence and godly fear prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever.

Prayer to Saint Nicodemus 

Jesus, Son of the Father without mother according to divinity, I glorify You the eternal one Who is above every cause and word.

Jesus, Son of a Mother without father according to humanity, I glorify You Who became man for us.

Jesus, Emmanuel unchanged, for You are the message-bearer of the great message of salvation, I thank You for Your great love for man.

Jesus, spotless Lamb of God, I ever confess You, for I am the lost sheep.

Jesus, most-compassionate Comforter, make the grace of Your Spirit to work within me.

Jesus, new Adam, remove from me the old man, and establish in me the new.

Jesus, You Who descended to earth, make me worthy to have my habitation in the heavens.

Jesus, You Who took on human nature, make me a partaker in the grace of theosis.

Jesus, my breath, come to visit me.

 
 
 
August 4th

Saint John Vianney 

John Vianney was a French Catholic priest who is internationally known for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France, because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings.

In 1790, when the French Revolution forced priests to work in secrecy or face execution, young Vianney believed the priests were heroes. He continued to believe in the bravery of priests and received his First Communion catechism instructions in private by two nuns who lost their convents to the Revolution. He struggled mightily with all of his studies and he had a particularly difficult time with Latin. Many, including his formation directors and instructors in the seminary and his own bishop, had very serious doubts that this man who did not have strong intellectual gifts, would be suitable for the priesthood. However, John Vianney persevered and finally was ordained a priest in 1815. In 1818, as pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. From 1824 he suffered attacks that he believed were caused by the Devil, who allegedly on one occasion set fire to Vianney’s bed. From 1845 until Vianney’s death, about 20,000 persons visited Ars to see Vianney and especially to make their confession to him.

He was beatified by Pope St Pius X in 1905, and canonized twenty upon years later by Pope Pius XI. In 1929, the same Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the “Heavenly Patron of all Parish Priests throughout the world.”

Prayer of Love by St. John Vianney 

I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.

Prayer

Saint John Vianney, we pray you to bless and help our pastor so that he may love dearly in this life and be richly rewarded in the next. Obtain for him the grace always to be kind and generous, self-sacrificing and zealous. Watch over the people of our parish, and keep them free from all evils. Help them to be loyal and generous in the support of our pastor.
Help us particularly always to give him the respect and honour due him as a priest. Except for him we should not have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, or Your presence among us, or the other sacraments that we so dearly love and need. From his anointed hands we receive the food of our souls, the most precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ From his lips we hear the word of God. By the power given to him our sins are forgiven, and we are given all blessings And it is he who will anoint us when we are dying, and will offer the Holy Sacrifice for us when we are dead. Help us, dear Saint, to see Christ in him, and to cooperate with him in all his work for the good of our souls.

Amen.

Prayer For Our Priests 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill them with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to greater union with your Son. Increase their faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us. Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of St. Jean Vianney, grant that your priests will be inspired to strive for holiness by the power of his example. As men of prayer, may they ponder your word, follow your will and faithfully lead the flocks you have entrusted to their care. St. Jean Vianney, obtain for the Church an abundance of vocations to the holy priesthood. Through your intercession, may many faithful men hear Christ’s call, and respond with courage and generosity. Mary our Mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones. Intercede for our priests, so that by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

St. Jean Vianney, patron of parish priests, pray for us!

Prayer for Priests by Saint John Vianney   

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill them with the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to greater union with your Son. Increase their faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us. Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of St. Jean Vianney, grant that your priests will be inspired to strive for holiness by the power of his example. As men of prayer, may they ponder your word, follow your will and faithfully lead the flocks you have entrusted to their care. St. Jean Vianney, obtain for the Church an abundance of vocations to the holy priesthood. Through your intercession, may many faithful men hear Christ’s call, and respond with courage and generosity. Mary our Mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones. Intercede for our priests, so that by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Prayer for Priests through the Intercession of Saint John Marie Vianney  

Most gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people. May our spiritual fathers be guided by the example of St. John Vianney. Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, their families, and for all your people throughout the world. May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and their good works. Assist all spiritual fathers, that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth. May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 
 
August 5th

Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

Collect

Pardon the faults of your servants, we pray, O Lord,
that we, who cannot please you by our own deeds,
may be saved through the intercession of the Mother
of your Son and our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Mary Queen of Heaven

O Maria, transform my heart unto thine.
Place around it a wreath of purity, adorned in virtue.
Take my heart, dear Mother, consecrated as your own.
Present it to God the Father as an offering from me to you.
Help me O Maria in each day to make your heart more known.

Amen.

Glory be to the

 
 
August 6th

Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event where Jesus Christ took three of his disciples, Peter, James and John, upon Mount Tabor, where Moses and Elijah appeared and Jesus was transfigured, his face and clothes becoming dazzlingly bright. The festival celebrates the revelation of the eternal glory of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus is then called “Son” by the voice of God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.

A church first raised at Mount Tabor in the fourth century was dedicated on August 6. The Feast of Transfiguration was fixed as August 6 by Pope Calixtus III in 1457 as a thank offering for the victory over the Turks at Belgrade on that day in 1456.

Amen.

Collect

Father in heaven,

whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured

before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,

and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:

give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross

that in the world to come we may see him as he is;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Prayer for the feast of the Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the Mountain, O Christ God, showing Your Disciples as much of Your glory as they could hold. Let Your eternal light shine also upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Giver of Light, glory to You.

Prayers for the Transfiguration of the Lord

Living Word and shining Sun of God,

in your presence we see the face of holiness.

Overshadow us with your power and grace,

so that we may keep your commandments

and speak your truth with courage and love;

all for the dazzling glory of your holy name.

Amen.

Prayers for the Transfiguration of the Lord

Great God of dazzling beauty

and overshadowing majesty,

in Jesus Christ, your beloved Son,

we glimpse the image of your glory.

Teach us to listen to him

so that we may hear your voice

and follow your holy way;

through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Amen.

 

 
August 7th

Saint Sixtus, Pope and Companions

Prayer

Pope Saint Sixtus II, you were a servant and a leader, a confident shepherd to a frightened flock, a central actor, not a bystander; a witness to truth, not an outside observer; a light generating others’ shadows. You are known because you were courageous. Make us faithful like you.

Prayer

Father,

by the power of the Holy Spirit

you enabled Saint Sixtus and his companions to lay down their lives

for your word in witness to Jesus.

Give us the grace to believe in you

and the courage to profess our faith.

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.

Collect

By the power of the Holy Spirit make us, we pray, Almighty God, docile in believing the faith and courageous in confessing it, just as you granted Saint Sixtus and his companions that they might lay down their lives for the sake of your word and in witness to Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you.

 

 
 
August 7th

Saint Cajetan

St. Cajetan Novena – Patron of the Unemployed

Glorious Saint Cajetan, acclaimed by all people to be the father of providence because you provide miraculous aid to all who come to you in need, I stand here before you today humbly asking that you present to the Lord the requests that I confidently deposit in your hands.

May these graces that I now request help me to always seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, knowing that God Who dresses with beauty the flowers of the field and abundantly feeds the birds of the sky will grant me all other things. Amen. Saint Cajetan, pray for us!

(Mention your request here…)

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

 

 
August 8th

Saint Dominic

St. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers (commonly called the Dominicans) is the saint to whom Our Lady famously appeared and gave the devotion of the Holy Rosary to assist him in combating the Albigensian heresy then wreaking havoc in the Church.

Dominic Guzman traveled into France preaching against the Albigensian heresy, he was largely unsuccessful and pleaded for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After three days of prayer and fasting, three angels appeared in the sky along with a ball of fire. When they disappeared, Mary appeared to St. Dominic and told him to use the Marian Psalter while preaching the Gospel.The Marian Psalter was a prayer developed by the Cistercians, which involved praying 150 Hail Mary’s divided into groups of 10 by Our Fathers. Prayer beads were used to keep track of the Hail Mary’s. Mary revealed to St. Dominic which mysteries should be preached to correspond to the Psalter prayers. St. Dominic was the first to see the benefits reaped from meditation upon its mysteries.

In 1213, Catholic forces under the joint command of Count Simon de Montfort and St. Dominic were set to fight the Albigensian in Muret, a small town near Toulouse, France. The Catholics had only 1500 men, while their foe had 30,000. Confident of their upcoming success, the Albigensian spent the night before the battle celebrating in drunkenness and debauchery. The Catholics, on the other hand, spent their night praying the Rosary. After the battle, every Catholic in the area attributed the victory to the Rosary.

A Dominican pope, St. Pius V, promoted the Rosary and instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victory in 1571. It was later renamed as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1573 by Pope Gregory XIII.

Novena Prayer to St. Dominic (to be said for nine consecutive days)

O glorious Saint Dominic, thou who wast a model of mortification and purity, by punishing thy innocent body with scourges, with fasting’s and with watching’s, and by keeping inviolate the lily of thy virginity, obtain for us the grace to practice penance with a generous heart and to keep unspotted the purity of our bodies and our hearts.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

O great Saint, who, inflamed with divine love, didst find thy delight in prayer and intimate union with God; obtain for us to be faithful in our daily prayers, to love our Lord ardently, and to observe His commandments with ever increasing fidelity.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

O glorious Saint Dominic, who, being filled with zeal for the salvation of souls, didst preach the Gospel in season and out of season and didst establish the Order of Friars Preachers to labor for the conversion of heretics and poor sinners, pray thou to God for us, that He may grant us to love all our brethren sincerely and to cooperate always, by our prayers and good works, in their sanctification and eternal salvation.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

V. Pray for us, Saint Dominic,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O glorious Saint Dominic, thou who wast a model of mortification and purity, by punishing thy innocent body with scourges, with fasting’s and with watching’s, and by keeping inviolate the lily of thy virginity, obtain for us the grace to practice penance with a generous heart and to keep unspotted the purity of our bodies and our hearts.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

O great Saint, who, inflamed with divine love, didst find thy delight in prayer and intimate union with God; obtain for us to be faithful in our daily prayers, to love our Lord ardently, and to observe His commandments with ever increasing fidelity.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

O glorious Saint Dominic, who, being filled with zeal for the salvation of souls, didst preach the Gospel in season and out of season and didst establish the Order of Friars Preachers to labor for the conversion of heretics and poor sinners, pray thou to God for us, that He may grant us to love all our brethren sincerely and to cooperate always, by our prayers and good works, in their sanctification and eternal salvation.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

V. Pray for us, Saint Dominic,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who are weighed down by the burden of our sins may be raised up by the patronage of blessed Dominic Thy Confessor. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen

Prayer in Honor of St. Dominic

My Lord Jesus Christ, who didst found Thy Church with Thy Most Precious Blood and, by the preaching of the Apostles, didst establish it, propagate it and extend it throughout the whole world; and after them didst send the holy Patriarch Dominic to adorn it, enlighten it and defend it by the splendor of his merits and doctrine; vouchsafe to hear the prayers incessantly offered by that apostolic man for the increase of the spiritual goods and the temporal welfare of the same Thy Church.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

Most merciful Redeemer, who didst choose Saint Dominic to labor with Thee in the saving of souls, and he, by his zeal and Thy grace, won over to the Church so many heretics who were separated from her, and so many sinners who had grieved her by their evil lives; O my God, do thou send new laborers always into Thy vineyard to work for Thy glory and to gather in the fruits of everlasting life.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

O good Jesus, who didst delight to see Saint Dominic kneeling every night before Thine altar, adoring Thee hidden in the Blessed Sacrament with lively faith and offering in turn groans, prayers and penances in behalf of the Church, at that time persecuted by her enemies and profaned by her own children; defend this Thy Spouse through the intercession of Saint Dominic from the insults and the plots of the infernal enemy of mankind.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)

  1. Pray for us, Saint Dominic,
  2. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who are weighed down by the burden of our sins, may be raised up by the patronage of blessed Dominic Thy Confessor. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer for the Feast of St. Dominic

May God the Father, who made us, bless us. May God the Son, who redeemed us, send healing into our midst.
May God the Holy Spirit, who gives us life, move within us.

May God give us eyes to see to God, ears to hear God, and hands to bring God’s work into the world.

May we walk with God and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last by God’s grace to the eternal Kingdom.

 
 
August 9th

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Prayers of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

O Prince of Peace, to all who receive You, You bright light and peace.  Help me to live in daily contact with You, listening to the words You have spoken and obeying them.  O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours; I shall follow You.  Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.

I will go unto the altar of God.  It is not myself and my tiny little affairs that matter here, but the great sacrifice of atonement.  I surrender myself entirely to Your divine will, O Lord.  Make my heart grow greater and wider, out of itself into the Divine Life.

O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.  Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.  I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall met with peace.

How wondrous are the marvels of your love, We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb, for word and spirit fail us.

Prayer

Dear Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, child of the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur, daughter of Abraham, bride of Christ, seeker of truth, scholar of the Church, handmaid of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, servant of the Suffering Servant, presence of mercy, victim of victimiser, embracer of the Cross of Christ-like love, Martyr of Auschwitz, imitator of Jesus, conquerer of evil, friend of God, Edith, please pray for me. Please intercede for this petition of mine. (Mention your petition.)

Amen.

St Edith Stein, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.

 
August 10th

Saint Lawrence

Prayer to St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.

Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body.

May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Saviour who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

St. Lawrence Novena 

Glorious St Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom.Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly…

(Mention your request here…)

Help me, dear St Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.

Amen

St. Lawrence, pray for us. 

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

 

 
 
August 11th

Saint Clare of Assisi

Clare of Assisi was an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honour as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares (Clarissines).

Having refused to marry at 15, Clare was moved by the dynamic preaching of Francis. He became her lifelong friend and spiritual guide. On Palm Sunday in 1212, Clare left her father’s home and went to the chapel of the Porziuncula to meet with Francis. While there, Clare’s hair was cut off and she was given a plain robe and veil in exchange for her rich gown. On March 18, 1212, Francis received her vows, and thus began the Second Order of St. Francis. Many joined Clare, including her sister Agnes of Assisi. They lived a simple life of great poverty, austerity, and complete seclusion from the world, according to a Rule which Francis gave them as a Second Order. The Poor Ladies went barefoot, slept on the ground, ate no meat, and observed almost complete silence. Their lives consisted of manual labor and prayer. Yet, they were very happy, because Our Lord was close to them all the time. In 1216, Francis obliged Clare to accept the office of abbess. She suffered serious illness for the last 27 years of her life. Her influence was such that popes, cardinals, and bishops often came to consult her.

In 1224, an army of rough soldiers from Frederick II came to attack Assisi. Although very sick, Clare went out to meet them with the Blessed Sacrament on her hands. She had the Blessed Sacrament placed at the wall where the enemies could see it. Then on her knees, she begged God to save the Sisters. A voice seemed to answer: “I will keep them always in My care.” In that moment, a sudden fright struck the attackers and they fled as fast as they could without harming anyone in Assisi.

She was canonized in1255, by Pope Alexander IV. St. Clare was designated as the patron saint of television in 1958 by Pope Pius XII, because when St. Clare was very ill, she could not attend mass and was reportedly able to see and hear it on the wall in her room. She is also the patroness of eye disease, goldsmiths, and laundry.

Powerful Prayer to Saint Clare of Assisi

O glorious Saint Clare!

God has given you the power of working miracles continually,
and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress;
we beseech you, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother,
what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully,
if it be for the greater honour and glory of God and for the good of our souls. Amen.
Saint Clare of Assisi, Pray For Us

Powerful Prayer To Saint Clare Of Assisi

O Blessed Saint Clare, your life shines like a beacon and cast its light down the ages of the Church to guide the way of Christ.

Look with compassion on the poor and humble who call on you for help. As you bow before your Eucharistic Lord in Heaven, speak to Him of my afflicted body and my broken spirit. Ask Him to heal me and to wash away my sins in His precious Blood.

Great Servant of Christ, remember the needs of my family and all those I pray for. Defend us from everything that would threaten our Holy Catholic faith.

Hear the cry of the poor and make it a song of intercession, rising from your poor heart to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, our Healer, our Savior, and our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer

I look up and I behold the Lord,
Clare says to me, “Gaze upon Him, consider Him, contemplate Him,
I put this more simply:
behold, hold, enfold.

I behold the Lord
I see His outstretched hands
I see the blood from His wounds.
I see the love in the eyes of Jesus.
I see His gracious acceptance of me.

Jesus has come out of the tomb –
He still has the scars, but now they are glorious, with the glory of heaven.
Still looking at the Lord, I reach out and touch Him.
I hold the Lord – and I am held in His love.

Love enfolds
It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.
I am secure in the Lord.
I can look out, now, through the Lord’s eyes.
I can see the world as He created it, in His mercy,
I can see my sisters and brothers with His love,
and I can worship the Father through the eyes of the Son
in the Love of the Holy Spirit.

 
August 11th

Saint Philomena

Novena to St. Philomena

We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint Philomena, virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue. Amen.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular(Here specify your petition).

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy.

Amen.

Litany of St. Philomena

Composed by St. John Vianney

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, 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 Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, filled with abundant graces from your birth, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, model of virginity, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the glory of God, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, victim of love for Jesus, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, example of strength and perseverance, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, invincible champion of chastity, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, mirror of most heroic virtue, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pierced by a rain of arrows, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, consoled in chains by the Mother of God, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, miraculously healed in prison, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, comforted by the angels in your torments, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who preferred torments, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who converted witnesses by your martyrdom, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who wore out the fury of your tormentors, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, protectress of the innocent, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, patroness of youth, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, health of the sick and infirm, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, new light of the Church Militant, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who confounds the impiety of the world, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who rejuvenates the faith and courage of the faithful, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven and feared in hell, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, made illustrious by the most splendid miracles, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who reigns in glory, pray for us.

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.

Pray for us, O Worker of Wonders, Saint Philomena,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O Lord, through the intercession of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, whose eminent purity and practice of every virtue was most pleasing to you, pardon our sins and grant us the grace of (add your special intention), through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

St. Philomena Novena

Prayer to Saint Philomena for a Favor (KNOWN TO BE A VERY POWERFUL PRAYER)

O faithful Virgin and glorious Martyr, St. Philomena, who works so many miracles on behalf of the poor and sorrowing, have pity on me.
You know the multitude and diversity of my needs. Behold me at your feet, full of misery, but full of hope. I entreat your charity, O great saint! Graciously hear me and obtain from God a favorable answer to the request which I now humbly lay before you (mention your petitions here).
I am firmly convinced that through your merits, through the scorn, the sufferings and the death you endured, united to the merits of the Passion and death of Jesus, your Spouse, I shall obtain what I ask of you, and in the joy of my heart I will bless God, who is admirable in his Saints.

Amen.
(From the “Novena to St. Philomena” by The Society of St. Paul)

Prayer To Saint Philomena For A Special Favor

Illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place you. Full of confidence in your protection, I entreat you to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon your humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, and obtain for me the graces necessary to me. Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. St. Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us.

Amen.

Prayer To St. Philomena For Purity

O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr, St. Philomena, whom God in His eternal power has revealed to the world in these unhappy days in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope and enkindle the charity of Christian souls, behold me prostate at thy feet. Deign, O Virgin, full of goodness and kindness, to receive my humble prayers and to obtain for me that purity for which thou didst sacrifice the most alluring pleasures of the world, that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks and that ardent love for our Lord Jesus Christ, which the most frightful torments could not extinguish in thee. So, that wearing thy holy cord and imitating thee in this life, I may one day be crowned with thee in Heaven.

Amen.

Prayer In Honor Of Saint Philomena

Hail, O innocent Philomena, who, for love of Jesus, preserved the lily of thy virginity in all its brightness. Hail, O illustrious Philomena, who shed thy blood so courageously for Jesus Christ.

I bless the Lord for all the graces He granted thee during thy lifetime, and most especially at the hour of thy death. I praise Him and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beseech thee to obtain for me from God the graces I request through thy intercession.

The Litany of St. Philomena

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. Philomena child of benediction, Pray for us.
St. Philomena the daughter of light, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, who from infancy chose Jesus Christ for your spouse, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, who despised with heroic courage the greatest honors, in order to remain faithful to Christ, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whose faith and love for Jesus Christ could not be shaken, either by promises or threats, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whose constancy could not be diminished, either by the supplications of a father, or the tenderness of a mother, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, who by your love of sufferings, merited to be consoled by Jesus, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whose ardor to endure new torments augmented every day, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whom God confided to the care of Angels, and who by their assistance defeated the rage of your persecutors, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whose glory God was pleased to manifest by continual wonders, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, who endured several kinds of martyrdom from the different punishments you suffered, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, who, by your example, drew many souls to Faith, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, bound to a pillar and struck with reeds, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, perfect model of Christian virgins, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, special protectress of those who honor you, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, whom the Church honors and reveres as an illustrious virgin and martyr of Jesus Christ, Pray for us.
St. Philomena, now in possession of immortal honor, 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 takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us

V. Pray for us, St. Philomena!
R. That we may, like you, consecrate our entire lives to the love of Jesus.

Let us pray

O Glorious virgin and martyr, whose glory God has been pleased to manifest by shining miracles! we address ourselves to you with entire confidence. Obtain for us, that, following your example, we may generously combat all that opposes the reign of Jesus Christ in our hearts, that He may ornament them with thy virtues, with that angelic purity of which you are so perfect a model; it order that, enkindled with a love for Jesus, we may walk constantly in the way He has pointed out to us, and partake one day of your eternal felicity.

Amen.

Novena To St. Philomena 3 —– Traditional

O great St. Philomena, glorious Virgin and Martyr, wonder-worker of our age, I return most fervent thanks to God for the miraculous gifts bestowed on thee, and beseech thee to impart to me a share in the graces and blessings of which thou hast been the channel to so many souls. Through the heroic fortitude with which thou didst confront the fury of tyrants and brave the frowns of the mighty rather than swerve from thy allegiance to the King of Heaven, obtain for me purity of body and soul, purity of heart and desire, purity of thought and affection. Through thy patience under multiplied sufferings, obtain for me a submissive acceptance of all the afflictions it may please God to send me and as thou didst miraculously escape unhurt from the waters of the Tiber, into which thou wert cast by order of thy persecutor, so may I pass through the waters of tribulation without detriment to my soul. In addition to these favours, obtain for me, O faithful spouse of Jesus, the particular intention I earnestly recommend to thee at this moment. O pure Virgin and holy Martyr, deign to cast a look of pity from Heaven on thy devoted servant, comfort me in affliction, assist me in danger, above all come to my aid in the hour of death. Watch over the interests of the Church of God, pray for its exaltation and prosperity, the extension of the faith, for the Sovereign Pontiff, for the clergy, for the perseverance of the just, the conversion of sinners, and the relief of the Souls in Purgatory, especially those dear to me., and those most forgotten. O great Saint, whose triumph we celebrate on earth, intercede for me, that I may one day behold the crown of glory bestowed on thee in Heaven, and eternally bless Him who so liberally rewards for all eternity the sufferings endured for His love during this short life.

Amen. 

 

 
August 12th

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Novena and Prayers to St. Jane Frances de Chantal

O Glorious Saint, Blessed Jane Frances, who by thy fervent prayer, attention to the divine Presence, and purity of intention in thy actions, didst attain on earth an intimate union withGod, be now our advocate, our mother, our guide in the path of virtue and perfection.  Plead our cause near Jesus, Mary and Joseph, to whom thou wast so tenderly devoted, and whose holy virtues thou didst so closely imitate.  Obtain for us, O amiable and compassionate saint the virtues thou seest most necessary for us; an ardent love of Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, a tender and filial confidence in His blessed Mother, and like thee, a constant remembrance of His sacred passion and death.  Obtain also, we pray thee, that our particular intention in this novena may be fulfilled.

V.    Pray for us, O holy St. Jane Frances.
R.   That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O Almighty and merciful God, who didst grant blessed Saint Jane Frances, so inflamed with the love of Thee, a wonderful degree of fortitude through all the paths of life, and wast pleased through her to adorn Thy Church with a new Religious order; grant, by her merits and prayers, that we, who sensible of our weakness confide in Thy strength, may overcome all adversities with the help of Thy heavenly grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Prayer of Abandonment by St Jane Frances de Chantal

O sovereign goodness
of the sovereign Providence of my God!
I abandon myself forever to Thy arms.
Whether gentle or severe,
lead me henceforth whither Thou will.
I will not regard the way
through which Thou will have me pass
but keep my eyes fixed upon Thee,
my God, who guides me.
My soul finds no rest without the arms
and the bosom of this heavenly Providence,
my true Mother, my strength and my rampart.
Therefore I resolve with Thy Divine assistance,
0 my Saviour,
to follow Thy desires and Thy ordinances,
without regarding or examining
why Thou does this rather than that
but I will blindly follow Thee,
according to Thy Divine will,
without seeking my own inclinations.
Hence I am determined to leave all to Thee,
taking no part therein,
save by keeping myself in peace in Thy arms,
desiring nothing, except as Thou incites me to desire,
to will, to wish.
I offer Thee this desire, 0 my God,
beseeching Thee to bless it.
I undertake all it includes,
relying on Thy goodness,
liberality and mercy,
with entire confidence in Thee,
distrust of myself,
and knowledge of my infinite misery and infirmity.
Amen

 
 
August 13th

Blessed Michael J. McGivney

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivne

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Blessed Michael McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbour. Through the example of his life and virtue, may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify Blessed Michael McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the Favor I now present (here make your request).
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer to Father Michael J. McGivney 

O great and glorious God,
you imbued your holy priest,
Father Michael J. McGivney,
with deep priestly virtue and especially
with pastoral concern for the poor,
the orphan, the widow,
for the Christian education of youth,
for the protection of the faith
of the working man of his day.

Now that his priestly ministry continues
to spread to countless millions
throughout the world through the efforts
and influence of the Order
of the Knights of Columbus,
which Father McGivney founded,
we beseech you,
Heavenly Father,
to raise your faithful servant, Michael,
to the honours of the altar.
We ask this favour
through our Lord Jesus Christ
and His holy mother,
Mary and our mother.

Amen.

 
 
August 14th

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, was a Polish Catholic priest who volunteered to die in place of a man in the German death camp of Auschwitz, during World War II. He had been active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and founding or running several other organizations and publications. Due to Kolbe’s efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

In 1906 young Kolbe had a vision of the Virgin Mary in which she offered him a white crown and a red crown and asked which he would accept. Understanding the white to represent a life of purity and the red to represent martyrdom, he said he would accept them both. The vision deeply affected him, and the following year he and his elder brother joined the Franciscan Conventuals. He became a novice at 16 and ordained at 24. Maximilian later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology.

In 1939, the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow, a religious centre founded by Kolbe was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.In 1941, Fr. Kolbe was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. Following a prisoner’s escape, 10 men were randomly selected to die as punishment, and Kolbe volunteered his life in the place of Franciszek Gajowniczek, who was married with young children. Kolbe and the other nine prisoners were starved for weeks until he and the few others who were still alive were finally injected with carbolic acid and cremated.

Fr. Kolbe was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1971. In 1982 Pope John Paul II canonized him, proclaiming that he was to be venerated as a martyr. Gajowniczek survived Auschwitz and attended both the beatification and canonization ceremonies. The Catholic Church venerates him as the patron saint of amateur radio operators, drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, and prisoners. John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century.”

Prisoner’s Prayer To Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Introduce me to Mary, the Immaculata, Mother of God.

She prayed for Jesus in a Jerusalem jail.

She prayed for you in a Nazi prison camp. Ask her to comfort me

in my confinement. May she teach me always to be good.

If I am lonely, may she say, “God is here.”

If I feel hate, may she say, “God is love.”

If I am tempted, may she say, “God is pure.”

If I sin, may she say, “God is mercy.”

If I am in darkness, may she say, “God is light.”

If I am unjustly condemned, may she say, “God is truth.”

If I have pain in soul or body, may she say, “God is peace.”

If I lose hope, may she say: “God is with you all days, and so am I.”

Amen.

Novena Prayers to Saint Maximilian Kolbe

O Lord Jesus Christ who said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose life illustrated such love, we beseech You to grant us our petitions. (Mention here the requests you have.) 

Through the Knights of the Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men – a love which was inspired by true devotion to Mary. 

Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we, too, may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellowman in imitation of your humble servant, St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Amen. 

(Say 3 Hail Marys and a Glory Be)

“love Alone Create” Prayer

St. Maximilian, amidst the hate and lonely misery of Auschwitz, you brought love into the lives of fellow captives, and sowed the seeds of hope amidst despair.  You bore witness to the world, by word and deed, that only “Love alone creates.”

Help me to become more like yourself.  With you and Mary and the Church, may I proclaim that only “Love alone creates.”  To the hungry and oppressed, the naked and homeless, the scorned and hated, the lonely and despairing, may I proclaim the power of Christ’s love, which endures forever and ever. 

Amen.

 
August 15th

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. Catholicism celebrates her dogmas like a country celebrates its Independence Day or its military victories. Assumption Day commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was “assumed” into heaven to be reunited with her soul, instead of going through the natural process of physical decay upon death. 

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We proclaim and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.  

Although the bodily assumption of Mary is not explicitly recorded in Scripture, Catholic tradition identifies her with the “woman clothed with the sun” who is described in the 12th chapter of the Book of Revelation. The passage calls that woman’s appearance “a great sign” which “appeared in heaven,” indicating that she is the mother of the Jewish Messiah and has “the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Accordingly, Catholic iconography of the Western tradition often depicts the Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven in this manner.  

Prayer for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Almighty and everlasting God, 

You have taken up body and soul 

into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary, 

Mother of Your Son: Grant, we beseech You, 

that, ever intent upon heavenly things, 

we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory. 

Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, 

who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, 

One God, forever and ever. 

Amen. 

Prayer for the Assumption of Mary 

Father in heaven, 
all creation rightly gives you praise, 
for all life and all holiness come from you. 
In the plan of your wisdom 
she who bore the Christ in her womb 
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven. 
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness 
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Prayer To The Blessed Virgin Assumed Into Heaven By Pope Pius XII 

O, Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and Mother of Men,

we believe with all the fervour of our faith in thy triumphant Assumption,

body and soul, into Heaven,

where thou art acclaimed as Queen by all the Choirs of Angels

and by all the Legions of Saints.

We unite with them to praise and bless the Lord

Who halls exalted thee above all other pure creatures

and to offer to thee the fervour of our devotion and our love.

We know that thine eyes,

which caressed maternally the humble

and suffering humanity of Jesus on earth,

are now filled with the vision of the glorified humanity of the incarnate Wisdom,

and that the joy of thy soul contemplating face to face the adorable Trinity.

makes thy heart beat with beatifying tenderness.

And we, poor sinners. whose bodies burden the flight of the soul,

we beseech thee to purify our senses so that we may learn,

while yet here below, to enjoy God and God alone in the charm of His creatures.

We are confident that thine eyes of mercy look down upon our miseries,

our sorrows, our struggles, and our weaknesses,

and smile upon our joys and our victories,

and that thou hearest the voice of Jesus saying to each one of us,

just as He said of His beloved disciple. ” Behold thy son.”

and we invoke thee, our Mother,

and like John we take thee for guidance,

strength and consolation in our mortal life.

We have the life-giving certainty that thine eyes,

which wept on the earth bathed with the Blood of Jesus,

still gaze on this world. a prey to wars, persecutions

and the oppressions of the just and the weak;

and, in the shadows of this vale of tears,

we look to thy heavenly light and thy sweet pity for comfort

in the grief of our hearts and in the trials of the Church and our homeland.

And we believe. too, that in the glory where thou reigns,

clothed in the sun and crowned with the stars, thou art,

after Jesus, the joy and the happiness of all the angels and saints;

and we on this earth, who pass as pilgrims

comforted by faith in future resurrection,

look to thee, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

Draw us with the sweetness of thy voice and show unto us, one day,

after this our exile, the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

0 clement, 0 loving, 0 sweet Virgin Mary.

Novena prayer for the Feast of the Assumption

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favour: (Mention your request).

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven 

Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. 

 
 
 
August 16th

Saint Stephen of Hungary 

Prayer To St Stephen Of Hungary

Grant your Church, we pray, almighty God, that she may have Saint Stephen of Hungary, who fostered her growth while a king on earth, as her glorious defender in heaven. 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

Just and Holy Father, help me to overcome all tendencies to show favouritism in my life.   Let me treat all persons as brothers and sisters in Christ and work and pray for their salvation.   As You forgive me, teach me Lord, to forgive all.   Grant that the prayers of St Stephen of Hungary may continue to defend us, as he did in the world.  Through Jesus our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever.

Amen

Prayer to St. Stephen of Hungary 

O My Jesus, Saint Stephen was crowned by the pope as “the apostolic King of Hungary” because he worked hard to advance Your kingdom in his country.  He attributed his success as a righteous king and effective evangelist to the Blessed Mother, into whose protection he had entrusted his empire.  I ask him to place under her care my family and my home for safekeeping.  When any of us are in danger, may she come to our aid with a legion of holy angels.  Dear God, deliver us from abuse and family divisions.  Bless each resident and visitor in our homes and purify our relations with each other.   

Saint Stephen, pray for us. 

Amen. 

 
 
August 18th

Saint Louis of Toulouse

Prayer:

O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ, Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly Kingdom: grant that by his intercession and good works, we may participate in his glory for all eternity. Who livest and reignest world without end. R. Amen.

 
August 19th

Saint John Eudes

Prayer To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus by St. John Eudes

O Heart all loveable and all loving of my Saviour, be the Heart of my heart, the Soul of my soul, the Spirit of my spirit, the Life of my life and the sole principle of all my thoughts, words and actions, of all the faculties of my soul and of all my senses, both interior and exterior.
Amen.

Prayer of St. John Eudes

O Lord, You have created me for Yourself, to love You and to enjoy You, infinite Good, ineffable Beauty; do not permit me to lose sight of this sublime end toward which I must tend; do not permit me to wander among the wretched satisfactions that vain, feeble creatures can offer me.

O my Lord, what poor use I have made of creatures! Pardon me, O Lord! Henceforth I do not want to use anything unless it is for Your glory and according to Your holy will, as Your Son Jesus did. O my God, if in the past I have turned aside from You who are my Beginning, my End, and my supreme good; if I have turned toward myself and creatures, preferring their will and mine to Yours, I here and now promise to renounce, entirely and forever the world and myself, and to give myself wholly and forever to You. O my God, I give myself to You as my Beginning; take complete possession of me. May I always abide in You! Be the beginning and end of all my actions. O my God, I give myself to You as my End, my Center, my supreme Good. Draw me to You! Make me tend continually toward You. Be my delight, my glory, my treasure, my all!

PRAYER TO ST JOHN EUDES

Father,

you chose the priest John Eudes

to preach the infinite riches of Christ.

By his teaching and example

help us to know you better

and live faithfully in the light of the gospel.

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.

August 20th

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Pray St. Bernard’s miraculous prayer to the Virgin Mary

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help, or sought thy intercession

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.

To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.

Amen.

PRAYER TO ST BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

Heavenly Father,

Saint Bernard was filled with zeal for Your house

and was a radiant light in Your Church.

By his prayers

may we be filled with his spirit of zeal

and walk always as children of light.

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.

August 21st

Saint Pius X

Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting liturgical reforms and scholastic theology. Pius X was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Confidence.

St. Pius X, original name Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, ordained in 1858 and became a parish priest in the Italian region of Venetia. He was, however, named spiritual director of the major seminary and chancellor of the diocese. Later, he became a bishop and then a cardinal. He was elected Pope on 4 August 1903. He took “Restore all things in Christ” as his motto. He was the head of the Catholic Church from 1903 to his death in 1914.

Three aspects of his policy particularly aroused bitter controversy:

The repression of Modernism

A contemporary intellectual movement seeking to reinterpret traditional Catholic teaching in the light of 19th-century philosophical, historical, and psychological theories;

His reaction against Christian Democrats and his attitude toward separation of Church and State in France.

He directed that children as young as seven should be allowed to receive the Eucharist. He initiated changes in Church music and worship. He began a biblical institute. He gave the first official impetus to the modern liturgical renewal. Pope Pius X believed that real peace could be achieved only through social justice and charity. He sponsored and sheltered refugees with his own resources. His decision to adapt and systematize canon law led to the publication of the new code in 1917, effective in 1918.

Pius X was known for his firm demeanour and sense of personal poverty, reflected by his membership of the Third Order of Saint Francis. He regularly gave sermons from the pulpit, a rare practice at the time. He rejected any kind of favours for his family, and his close relatives chose to remain in poverty, living near Rome.

He was beatified in 1951 and canonized in 1954 by Pope Pius XII. A statue bearing his name stands within St. Peter’s Basilica; and his birth town was renamed Riese Pio X after his death.

Prayer to Pope Saint Pius X

Oh, Pope Saint Pius X, Pope of the Eucharist, pray for me to Jesus Christ that I may get His true Love and live for Him alone. Also pray for me that I get the vigour and will to live a life full of sanctity so that I may enjoy the true rewards of the sacrifice and sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

May I copy your love for the Sweet Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that I may also fill my heart with utmost love and tender devotion for her.

Dear St. Pius X, pray for the Church of Christ so that we may have an increase in vocations for religious life, where eventually we will get holy and dedicated priests and other clergy.

We ask you that you pray for peace and tranquility in our hearts and nations so that we all dwell under the wonderful regime of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph by Pope St. Pius X

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 of Pope Pius X to Mary

O Most Holy Virgin

Most holy Virgin, who pleased our Lord and became his mother, Virgin Immaculate in your body and soul, in your body and soul, in your faith and love, at this solemn jubilee of the promulgation of the dogma which proclaimed you to the entire world as conceived without sin, look kindly on us unfortunate ones who implore your powerful protection.

The infernal serpent, upon whom the primeval curse was laid, continues, alas, to attack and tempt the hapless children of Eve. Ah! Do you, our blessed Mother, our Queen and Advocate, who at the first moment of your conception did crush the enemy’s head, do you gather together our prayers and we beseech you (our hearts one with yours) present them before God’s throne, that we may never allow ourselves to be caught in the snares laid for us, but that we may reach the portal of salvation, and that the Church and Christian society may once more chant the hymn of deliverance, of victory and of peace. Amen.

August 22nd

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Pius XII set the date for the Queenship of Mary on the octave (8th day) after the Solemnity of the Assumption, that is, August 22nd each year. In his 1954 encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection, and because of her intercessory power. “The purpose of the Feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb”

Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

In the fourth century Saint Ephrem called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” “Hail, Queen of Heaven,” “Queen of Heaven.” It is not royal blood, but her motherly relationship, that makes Mary a queen. And since nothing is excluded from the realm of Christ the King, Mary is the Queen of that same realm, including both heaven and earth.

Prayer in Honor of the Queenship of Mary

O Mary Immaculate Queen, look down upon this distressed and suffering world. You know our misery and our weakness. O thou who art our Mother, saving us in the hour of peril, have compassion on us in these days of great and heavy trial.

Jesus has confided to you the treasure of His grace, and through you He wills to grant us pardon and mercy. In these hours of anguish, therefore, your children come to you as their hope.

We recognize your Queenship and ardently desire your triumph. We need a Mother and a Mother’s Heart. You are for us the luminous dawn which dissipates our darkness and points out the way to life. In your clemency obtain for us the courage and the confidence of which we have such need.

Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, You Who did crown with glory in Heaven the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior, grant that all her children on earth may acknowledge her as their Sovereign Queen, that all hearts, homes, and nations may recognize her rights as Mother and as Queen.

Mary Immaculate Queen, triumph and reign! Amen

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen, graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Salve Regina

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

Prayer to Mary, Queen of Heaven

O Queen of heaven, rejoice, Alleluia;
For He whom thou didst deserve to bear, Alleluia;
Is risen again as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. Because our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray

O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ
didst deign to give joy to the world:
grant we beseech Thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

August 23rd

Saint Rose of Lima

The original name of St. Rose of Lima is Isabel Flores de Oliva. Her mother decided that Rose would be her daughter’s name, and later she was given that name at the time of confirmation. From an early age, Rose wanted to become a nun. But her mother wanted her to marry and initially refused to allow her daughter to pursue religious life. To deter suitors, the beautiful Rosa cut off her hair and blistered her skin with hot peppers. The struggle between them lasted 10 years, during which time Rosa made a perpetual vow of virginity. In 1606 her mother relented and allowed Rosa to become a Dominican of the third order, though her parents did not permit her to live in a convent. Instead, Rosa chose strict enclosure and contemplation and withdrew to the seclusion of a hut in the family garden, where she endured a life of severe austerity and asceticism. She regularly wore a heavy silver crown, with spikes that could pierce her flesh. The spikes reminded her of the Crown of Thorns. At one point, one of the spikes become so lodged in her skull that the crown was removed with great difficulty. She practiced fasting and slept only a few hours a night on a bed of potsherds, self-flagellated, and experienced numerous visions, particularly of the Devil. Rosa was devoted to the sick and hungry in her community and often brought them to her hut to care for them. She was skilled in needlework and sold her fine lace and embroidery and the flowers that she grew in her garden to help her family and to raise funds for the poor. Her funeral was an occasion of public honour, and many miracles were said to have occurred after her death.

She was beatified in 1668 by Pope Clement IX and declared patron of Lima. She was canonized in 1971 by Pope Clement X, who proclaimed her patron saint of South America, the Indies, and the Philippines. She is the patron saint of Peru and all of South America as well as of embroiderers, gardeners, and florists.

Admirable St. Rose

Admirable Saint Rose, you were truly a sweet flower blooming on a rugged soil; you were indeed a rose among thorns, bearing with meekness and patience the stings of envious tongues, and preserving perfect purity and modesty amid the alluring blandishments of a deceitful world. To the sufferings inflicted on you by others, you added the voluntary tortures of fasting and watching, of the discipline, of the crown of thorns and of the hair shirt, to subdue the flesh and to make yourself like to your heavenly Spouse. By the merits which you have thus gained with your divine Bridegroom, obtain for me the grace to bear my afflictions with patience, to remain pure and modest, to be meek and humble, to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and so to mortify my passions that I may be ever more pleasing and acceptable in the sight of my dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

Mother’s Prayer to St Rose

Saint Rose, devout Virgin, fragrant rose in the garden of God, sweetly blooming amid the thorns of distressing tribulation and severe mortification, white as snow in the immaculate innocence of your heart, glowing in the love of God that consumed you. Your devotedness to your parents was so great that you laboured night and day to relieve their poverty, and most tenderly cared for them in their sickness.

Most grateful, most humble daughter, have pity on me and my children. Teach me, by conduct truly Christian, to deserve the warmhearted gratitude of my children. Teach my children to appreciate my love and the numerous sacrifices that I cheerfully make for their sake; teach them to repay the same by filial love and obedience, and chiefly by fervent prayers for me. Bless me and my entire family. May our hearts be intimately united even in adversity. Let us not place our happiness in temporal prosperity, but rather in the hope of a future, eternal blessedness. Pray, likewise, O sainted patroness of America, for all Christian mothers in particular, that Christian life and sentiments may everywhere be awakened among them. May these sentiments spread far and wide, uniting all families into the one great family of God, in which Jesus Christ may live and rule with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Prayer to St. Rose as your Patron Saint

Saint Rose, whom I have chosen as my special patron, pray for me that I, too, may one day glorify the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Obtain for me your lively faith, that I may consider all persons, things, and events in the light of almighty God. Pray, that I may be generous in making sacrifices of temporal things to promote my eternal interests, as you so wisely did.

Set me on fire with a love for Jesus, that I may thirst for His sacraments and burn with zeal for the spread of His kingdom. By your powerful intercession, help me in the performance of my duties to God, myself and all the world.

Win for me the virtue of purity and a great confidence in the Blessed Virgin. Protect me this day, and every day of my life. Keep me from mortal sin. Obtain for me the grace of a happy death.
Amen

August 24th

Saint Bartholomew

NOVENA TO SAINT BARTHOLOMEW, THE APOSTLE

O Eternal God and loving father,
you have given us the glorious Apostle Bartholomew
as our beloved Patron Saint
and powerful advocate in heaven.
We offer you our prayers,
animated by a spirit of confidence
that through the efficacious intercession of Saint Bartholomew,
we shall merit your unfailing help and protection
and shall ever remain loyal and devoted
to Divine will all the days of our life.

Teach us to cherish, proclaim,
and practice the Gospel message of Christ,
which Saint Bartholomew so eloquently preached
and finally sealed with his heroic martyrdom.

As we prepare devoutly for his solemn feast
by this Novena of prayers,
we trustingly raise our minds and hearts to you.

Refuse not, o Lord God, our humble petition
but unite it with that of Apostle Bartholomew
and of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Queen of the Apostles,
so that we may obtain the grace of true repentance for our sins,
of divine assistance in our spiritual and temporal wants,
and of constant fidelity to all our Christian duties.
This we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord,

Amen.

In silence…

[Mention your intentions here…]

PETITIONS:

Leader : O glorious St. Bartholomew the Apostle, our shining model of preserving faith

Response : Pray for us.(Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be)
Leader : O glorious St. Bartholomew the Apostle, our perfect example of enduring hope

Response : Pray for us.(Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be)
Leader : O glorious St. Bartholomew the Apostle, our perfect prototype of consuming charity

Response : Pray for us.(Say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be)

A Prayer to St. Bartholomew, for the Church

O holy apostle,
the Church prays for grace to love what you did believe
and to preach what you did teach.
Not that the bride of the Son of God could ever fail
either in faith or in love;
but she knows only too well that,
though her Head is ever in the light,
and her heart ever united to the Spouse
in the holy Sprit who sanctifies her,
nevertheless her several members,
the particular Churches of which she is composed,
may detach themselves from their center of life
and wander away in darkness.
O You who did choose our West as the place of your rest;
you whose precious relics Rome glories in possess ding,
bring back to Peter the nations you did evangelize;
fulfill the now reviving hopes of universal union;
second the efforts made by the vicar of the Man-God
to gather again under the shepherd’s crook
those scattered flocks whose pastures have become parched by schism.
May your own Armenia be the first to complete a return
which she began long ago;
may she trust the mother-Church
and no more follow the sowers of discord.
All being reunited,
may we together enjoy the treasures of our concordant traditions,
and go to God, even at the cost of being despoiled of all things,
by course so grand and yet so simple taught us
by thy example and by thy sublime theology.

Prayer to Saint Bartholomew

Oh, Jesus, Saint Bartholomew’s greatest desire was to know the truth. When first informed about You, his initial reaction was, “How can anything good come from Nazareth?”

But as soon as he met You, he wanted to become one of Your disciples. You said of him, “Here is a man in whom there is no deception.”

I ask him to pray against the deceptions that are influencing me and the people I know.

Help us to experience Your affirmation when we are honest, give us courage to resist lying as a means of self-protection, and inspire our minds to recognize the truth when we hear it. Saint Bartholomew, pray for us. Amen.

August 25th

Saint Louis of France

Novena to St. Louis IX, King of France

O holy King St. Louis, worthy son of our Holy Father St. Francis and patron of the Third Order, intercede for me with our Heavenly Father.

Obtain for me the grace to follow in thy footsteps, to be always a dutiful child of St. Francis, and to observe exactly, all the days of my life, that holy rule which thou loved so ardently and kept so faithfully.

Be my guide and protector, so that I may never stray from the path of virtue but increase daily in holiness and perfection, and finally merit to be numbered among the chosen ones of our Seraphic Father in Heaven. Amen

O God, Who didst exalt blessed Louis Thy Confessor from an earthly realm to the glory of Thy Heavenly kingdom: grant, we pray Thee, that by his merits and intercession we may be made heirs of the King of Kings, Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen

(Mention your request here…)

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

Collect Prayer:

O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulfilling our duties on earth, we may seek out your eternal Kingdom. 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.

August 27th

Saint Monica

When Monica was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother’s violent temper. Patricius’ mother lived with the couple and the duo’s temper flares proved to be a constant challenge to young Monica. Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but when Monica’s prayers and Christian deeds bothered Patricius, he is said to have respected her beliefs.

Three children were born to Monica and Patricius: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Unfortunately, Monica was unable to baptize her children and when Augustine fell ill, Monica pleaded with Patricius to allow their son to be baptized. Patricius allowed it, but when Augustine was healthy again, he withrew his permission. For years Monica prayed for her husband and mother-in-law. Monica’s prayers and example finally won her husband and mother-in-law to Christianity. Her husband died in 371, one year after his baptism. As time passed, Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious life

At the time of his father’s death, Augustine was 17 and a rhetoric student in Carthage. Monica was distressed to learn that her son had accepted the Manichean heresy—”all flesh is evil”—and was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him. When he was 29, Augustine decided to go to Rome to teach rhetoric. Monica was determined to go along. So, one night he told his mother that he was going to the dock to say goodbye to a friend and instead he set sail for Rome. Monica was heartbroken when she learned of Augustine’s trick, but she still followed him to Rome, where she learned he had left for Milan and pursued him. In Milan, Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, St. Ambrose, who also became Monica’s spiritual director. St. Ambrose helped her convert Augustine to Christianity following his 17 year resistance. She continued her prayers for Augustine. St. Ambrose baptized Augustine and several of his friends. Monica came to know that her life was near the end. She told Augustine, “Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.” She became ill shortly after and suffered severely for nine days before her death.

Prayer to Saint Monica

Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son, not with threats, but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.

Dear St Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime, yet you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine; your prayers were answered.

Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea.

(mention your intention here)

Grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

Saint Monica, pray for us.

Prayer to St. Monica, Patroness of Mothers

Blessed Monica, mother of St. Augustine,
we give thanks to our Father in Heaven
Who looked with mercy upon your tears
over your wayward son.
His conversion and heroic sanctification
were the fruit of your prayers.

Dear St. Monica
we now ask you to pray with us
for all those sons and daughters that have wandered away from God,
and to add your prayers to those of all mothers
who are worried over their children.
Pray also for us that,
following your example, we may,
in the company of our children,
one day enjoy the eternal vision of our Father in Heaven.

Amen.

St. Monica Novena Prayers

Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

(Mention your intentions here)

With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.
Amen.

August 28th

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo

We humbly supplicate and beseech thee, O thrice-blessed Augustine, that thou wouldst be mindful of us poor sinners this day, daily, and at the hour of our death, that by thy merits and prayers we may be delivered from all evils, of soul as well as body, and daily increase in virtue and good works; obtain for us that we may know our God and know ourselves, that in His mercy He may cause us to love Him above all things in life and death; impart to us, we beseech thee, some share of that love with which thou so ardently glow, that our hearts being all inflamed with this divine love, happily departing out of this mortal pilgrimage, we may deserve to praise with thee the loving heart of Jesus for a never-ending eternity.

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.

Prayer to Know God

Eternal God,
who are the light of the minds that know you,
the joy of the hearts that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you;
grant us so to know you
that we may truly love you,
and so to love you
that we may fully serve you,
whom to serve is perfect freedom,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer to forsake myself for Jesus:

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You,
And desire nothing save only You.

Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You,
And ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear You,
And let me be among those who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
And let me be poor because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You.
Amen.

August 29th

Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist

COLLECT PRAYER

O God, who willed that Saint John the Baptist should go ahead of your Son both in his birth and in his death, grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach. 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.

Litany to St. John the Baptist

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 Spirit,

have mercy on us

Holy Trinity, one God,

have mercy on us

Holy Mary,

pray for us

Queen of Prophets,

pray for us.

Queen of Martyrs,

pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, glorious forerunner of the Sun of Justice,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, minister of baptism to Jesus,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, burning and shining lamp of the world,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, angel of purity before thy birth,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, special friend and favorite of Christ,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, heavenly contemplative, whose element was prayer,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, intrepid preacher of truth,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, voice crying in the wilderness,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, miracle of mortification and penance,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, example of profound humility,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, glorious martyr of zeal for God’s holy law,

pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, gloriously fulfilling thy mission,

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,

hear us, O Lord

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

have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us,

Christ, graciously hear us

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. John the Baptist,

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, Who hast honored this world by the birth of Saint John the Baptist, grant that Thy faithful people may rejoice in the way of eternal salvation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The Knights Prayer

In thy strength, O Lord, the just man shall exult, and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly. You have given him his heart desires. We beseech Thee, O Lord, that every thought, word, and action, which we offer in the memory of the suffering of Thy holy marty, St. John the Baptist, may by his intercession, profit us unto salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, World without end. Amen.

Prayer to Saint John the Baptist

Oh God, you gave St. Elizabeth, in her old age, the gift of a son, St. John the Baptist, who would prepare the way for Jesus to begin His ministry here on earth.

Lord, Fill Your people with the joy of possessing graces like those of Saint John the Baptist, and direct the minds of all us in the way of salvation and peace. St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so may we Dear God, energetically profess our Faith in You, and help us to lead others to Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Eternal Life. Amen.

August 31th

Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

PRAYER

O God, who willed that Saint John the Baptist should go ahead of your Son both in his birth and in his death, grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach. 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.

Litany to St. John the Baptist

Almighty God, You alone are holy and without You no one is good. Through the intercession of Sts. Joseph and Nicodemus, grant that we may so live as not to be deprived of Your glory. 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

O God, by whose grace

Saint Joseph of Arimathea

was emboldened to ask

for the sacred Body of our Lord Jesus Christ,

that together with Saint Nicodemus

he might prepare it for burial and lay it in his own tomb,

give us such an increase of faith and courage

that we may not fear to bear reproach for the sake of Christ,

but rather may serve Him with sincere devotion

all the days of our life.

Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer to Saint Joseph of Arimathea

Merciful God, whose servant Joseph of Arimathea with reverence and godly fear, prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Dear Lord Jesus, we pray for the intercession and guidance of Saint Joseph of Arimathea, that we will we see clearly as he did and not be spiritually blind as so many of his brethren were.
Amen.

Prayer to Saint Nicodemus

Merciful God, whose servant Nicodemus was a secret disciple of Christ, meeting him by night to avoid the wrath of the other members of the Sanhedrin, and eventually spoke out to that body to remind them that Jesus had a right to a hearing and with reverence and godly fear prepared the body of our Lord and Savior for burial, and laid it in his own tomb: Grant to us, your faithful people, grace and courage to love and serve Jesus with sincere devotion all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever.

Saints Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemas, pray for us!

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