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Category Archives: Prayers to Bless and Protect Your Family and Home

PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE FAMILY

Lord,
May no family begin by accident.
May no family end because it lacks love.
May all couples live for one another body and soul.
May nothing in the world separate the couple that has a dream.

May no family live in a makeshift shelter.
May no one interfere in the home and life of a married couple.
May no one force them to live without hope.
May they live yesterday, today and in function of tomorrow.

May the family begin and end knowing where it is going.
And may the husband carry the grace of a father on his shoulders.
May the wife be a heaven of tenderness, cordiality and warmth.
And may the children know the strength that comes from love.

Bless, Lord, the families, amen!
Bless, Lord, my family, too!

May man and woman have the strength to love without counting the cost.
May no one go to sleep without asking or giving pardon.
May children begin in the cradle to learn the meaning of life.
May the family celebrate sharing in caring and breaking bread.

May husbands and wives be faithful to one another and to their children.
May jealousy not destroy the certainty of love between the couple.
May the star in their heavens that shines the most be their determined hope in heaven here and now, and afterwards. Amen.
- Fr Zezinho, SCJ

 

PRAYER TO ST AGATHA YI KAN-NAN

ST AGATHA YI KAN-NAN +1846

At the age of twenty, Agatha Yi Kan-nan, the daughter of a pagan Korean family, lost her husband only two years after her wedding. Soon afterwards, the young widow learned of the Catholic faith. Refusing to remarry, she asked her mother to find for her a Catholic to instruct her in the faith. Having arranged for a Catholic relative to teach her daughter, Agatha’s mother decided to become a Catholic also, as did Agatha’s brother.
Agatha’s father, however, angered by the conversion of his family, punished Agatha by ordering her to live with her deceased husband’s family. These relatives, touched by Agatha’s gentle disposition, came to admire her to the point that one sister-in-law also became Catholic.
Agatha ultimately bought a home of her own. She was known to be deeply devout, mortifying herself with frequent fasting. Her fellow Catholics revered her for her exceptional chastity, deeming her ‘as clear as a mirror and as pure as snow’. On July 10, 1846, Agatha was arrested for her faith by agents of Korea’s pagan regime. After being repeatedly tortured, the thrity-three-year old widow was put to death on September 20, 1846.

PRAYER:
Glorious St Agatha, deeply inspired by your unshakeable faith, we ask you humbly to intercede for us, that, by means of your prayers and your example, we may strive to live with gentleness, purity and perseverance in faith. Dear St Agatha, grant also your help to widows and widowers; teach them how to cope with their loss and make use of their time in the service of God, neighbour and Holy Church.
Amen.

 

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST MARTIN DE PORRES

(This prayer is recited over nine consecutive days.)

FIRST DAY:
Dear St Martin, you were rejected and abandoned by your father. We pray for all those who experience the same situation and for all those who are rejected for not meeting their family’s expectations in some way. May they be reconciled, as you were finally reconciled with your own father. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SECOND DAY:
Dear St Martin, as a child your mother was your only parent. We pray for all single parent families, and ask you that you help them in the particular difficulties that they face. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

THIRD DAY:
Dear St Martin, you grew up poor but you always gave to those who had even less. We ask you to help us to become generous with our goods and our time, never feeling that we have nothing to offer. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

FOURTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, when you were eight your father reappeared and whisked you off to a prosperous life in another country before sending you back to the life you had before. We pray for all those whose family life is insecure and disrupted. May they experience, as you did, that God is their security. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

FIFTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, you lived alone working to support yourself from a very young age. We pray for all children who have adult responsibilities; for all children who support their families; and for all children who are carers for their parents. Intercede for them that they may receive the help they need. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SIXTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, you were rejected because of your colour. We pray for all those who suffer discrimination of any kind. May all in authority deal with everyone justly, and may we treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SEVENTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, you were not ashamed to do the most menial of jobs. You were even cleaning lavatories, without a murmur. May we too learn humility and come to see that all work can be holy. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

EIGHTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, you were known for your love of animals. Help us to love and respect all God’s creation. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

NINTH DAY:
Dear St Martin, you had great medical skill and love for other people. We pray for all who are involved in caring for the sick. May they share something of your compassion and your skill. We pray especially for (mention your request).
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN YOUR FAMILY

O Jesus,
thank You for thinking about our families too.
Please, right now, with all Your Heart, make my family worthy of Your peace.
Cleanse it from every stain of sin so that Your peace may flourish and grow in us.
May Your peace drive away all anguish and conflict from our family.
Make us be totally enveloped by Your peace and, as the One who brings peace, be the special guest in our home.
For our neighbouring families we ask that they may also be replete with Your peace, and, in this way, let joy be lived by all.
Amen.

 

PRAYER FOR HEALING THE GENERATIONS

In the Name of Jesus, I pray for the waters of baptism to flow over the generations, penetrating to the roots of my family tree.
May the Blood of Jesus, healing and purifying, flow over all the generations, touching, healing, and purifying.
I put the Cross of Jesus before all the generations that preceded my family and me, and I will not permit that I be used for the transfer of forces that suppress live.
Amen.

(Now pray:
- The Apostles’ Creed,
- Our Father,
- Hail Mary,
- Glory Be,
- Psalm 90 and 91.)

 

PRAYER FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY

O Heavenly Father, thank You for the innumerable benefits You have given me through my parents.
Reward them for all the goodness they have given me since the day I was born, and make me be grateful to them.
Bless their work and exhaustion, keep them in good health and console them in times of need.
Enrich them with all goodness, and keep them from evil.
Bless also my brothers and all my relatives.
Do not let anyone from my family perish in eternity, but may we one day meet altogether in the house of our Heavenly Father.
Amen.

 

NINE PRAYERS FOR A NOVENA TO ST RITA OF CASCIA; PATRON OF HOPELESS CAUSES, FAMILY PROBLEMS AND THINGS DESPAIRED OF

FIRST DAY:
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHOSE HOPES HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED

Glorious St Rita, you wanted to enter the convent but your parents arranged a marriage for you. We pray for those whose hopes have been frustrated. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SECOND DAY:
PRAYER FOR THOSE TRAPPED IN A DIFFICULT MARRIAGE AND THOSE EXPERIENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Glorious St Rita, you lived for many years with a difficult husband at a time when there was no escape. You never stopped praying for him. We pray for all those fleeing from or experiencing domestic violence. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

THIRD DAY:
PRAYER FOR THE MOTHERS OF DIFFICULT CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS
Glorious St Rita, you wanted the best for your sons even if it meant their death. Help all mothers, fathers and guardians of difficult children and teenagers to pray for them, and to entrust them to God’s providence and mercy. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

FOURTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE DISCORD AND HATRED IN THE FAMILY
Glorious St Rita, you brokered peace between your husband’s family and the family of his murderer. We ask you to intercede anywhere in our lives where there is discord and hatred, and for all families affected by animosity. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

FIFTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO ARE AT RISK OF FEELING BITTER
Glorious St Rita, you did everything God asked of you, but he didn’t give you your heart’s desire. Help us not to become bitter if God has not rewarded us as we think we deserve. May we humbly ask his will. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SIXTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR US ALL TO PERSEVERE IN PRAYER
Glorious St Rita, you persevered in your desire to enter the convent, waiting on God’s time. Eventually, everything became easy and you were able to enter. Help us all to persevere in prayer for our intentions and trustingly accept God’s will whatever the outcome. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

SEVENTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE PAINFUL ILLNESS AND REJECTION
Glorious St Rita, you endured painful illness and the rejection of your sisters because of the terrible stench of your wound. You accepted this in peace. May we too learn to accept suffering and rejection, knowing God will never reject us. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

EIGHTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR US TO BE OPEN TO OTHERS
Glorious St Rita, you were famed for your compassion and wisdom and many people came to ask your help. Intercede for us that we can be open to others. We pray especially for (add your intention). Amen.
Our Father, Hail. Mary, Glory Be

NINTH DAY:
PRAYER FOR MY INTENTION WHICH SEEMS QUITE IMPOSSIBLE
Glorious St Rita, you are the saint of things despaired of. I pray that you intercede for me in this thing which seems impossible. I promise to use this favour, when granted, to better my life, to proclaim God’s mercy, and make you widely known and loved for the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

 

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP REGARDING A HOUSING/ACCOMMODATION PROBLEM

O Mother of Perpetual Help, numerous clients continually surround your holy picture, all imploring your mercy. All bless you as the assured Succour of the miserable; all feel the benefit of your maternal protection.
With confidence, then, I present myself before you in my misery. See, dear Mother, the many evils to which we are exposed; see how numerous are our wants. Trials and sorrows often depress us; reverses of fortune and privations, often grievous, bring misery; everywhere we meet the cross.
Have pity, compassionate Mother, on us and on our families; and especially in this housing/accommodation problem from which I now suffer. Help me, O my Mother, in my problems; deliver me from this my situation; or if it be the will of God that I should endure it still a while longer, let me suffer with love and patience. This grace I expect of you with confidence, because you are our Perpetual Help.
Amen.

 

PRAYER TO ST RAPHAEL FOR THE WISE CHOICE OF A MARRIAGE PARTNER

O glorious St Raphael, Patron and Lover of the Young, I call upon thee and plead with thee for thy help. In all confidence I open my heart to thee, to beg thy guidance and assistance in the important task of planning my future. Obtain for me through thy intercession the light of God’s grace, so that I may decide wisely concerning the person who is to be my partner through life.
O Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand to find each other. May all our movements be guided by thy light and transfigured by thy joy. As thou didst lead the young Tobias to Sara and opened up for him a new life of happiness with her in holy marriage, lead me to such a one whom in thine angelic wisdom thou dost judge best suited to be united with me in marriage.
St Raphael, loving Patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. Find for me as a helpmate in life that person whose character will reflect the traits of Jesus and Mary. May he (she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body, as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.
St Raphael, Angel of chaste courtship, bless our friendship and our love, that sin may have no part in it. May our mutual love bind us so closely that our future home may ever be most like the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Offer thy prayers to God for both of us and obtain the blessing of God upon our marriage, as thou wert the herald of blessing for the marriage of Tobias and Sara.
St Raphael, Friend of the Young, be thou my friend, for I shall always be thine. I desire ever to invoke thee in my needs. To thy special care I entrust the decision I am to make as to my future wife (husband). Direct me to the person with whom I can best cooperate in doing God’s Holy Will, with whom I can live in peace, love and harmony in this life and attain to eternal joy in the next. Amen.

In honour of St Raphael recite one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

 

A PRAYER FOR YOUR HOME TO BE BLESSED

Visit, Lord, this house of ours,
Drive wicked foes away;
Let holy angels stay with us
To keep the peace of day;
Let every blessing come to us
And ‘bide with us always.
Amen.

 
 
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