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O MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF ETERNAL LIFE

PRAYER TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD.

[Indulgence, 300 days each time.]

O Most Precious Blood of Eternal Life, the ransom and redemption of the whole universe, the drink and bath of our souls, thou Who art ever pleading our cause of men before the throne of God’s sovereign mercy; I adore thee most profoundly, and desire, as far as it is in my power, to compensate thee for the insults and affronts which thou art continually receiving at the hands of men, especially of those who rashly dare to blaspheme thee.

And who is there that will not bless this Blood of infinite value? Who is there that will not feel himself inflamed with love for Jesus Who shed it? What should I be if I had not been redeemed by this Divine Blood? What was it that drew thee forth from the veins of my Lord, even to the last drop? Ah! it was nought else but love.

O boundless love, that has given us this balsam of salvation! O Balsam beyond price, streaming forth from the well-spring of a boundless love, grant, oh, grant that every heart and tongue may praise, and magnify, and bless thee, now and for ever, even unto the day of eternity! Amen.

V. Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, with thy Blood.

R. And thou hast made us a kingdom unto our God.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2021 in Devotions

 

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THE PRAYER OF THE HEAVENLY COURT

THE PRAYER OF THE HEAVENLY COURT (as revealed to St Lutgarde, whose memorial is on the 16th of June)

O, all-holy and all-merciful Redeemer, Source of all graces, and our most kind Jesus! Out of incomprehensible love for us poor children of Eve, hast thou left thy seat on the right hand of thy Heavenly Father, and willed to clothe thyself with our helplessness and poverty.
Nay, the more surely to win us to love thee in return, thou hast made thyself helpless and poor beyond us all. No possible trouble, no possible toil, hast thou spared thyself in order to save us from the wicked enemy, and make us the children of thy Father in Heaven.
Bitterly do I grieve that up till now, I, a valueless and wretched worm of earth, have so little understood the excess of thy Love, and have given thee such poor thanks for all the hardships, pains and martyrdom thou hast bourne for me.
And therefore do I now offer up to thee this my unworthy prayer, in honour of thy most life and sufferings and death, and of every year and day and hour thou didst spend on earth for the salvation of lost and sinful men.
And I offer thee too, from the inmost depths of my heart, all the myriad acts of praise and love and gratitude of the nine Choirs of holy Angels, and indeed of all creatures from the first moment of their creation until now, and all the acts made by the Most Blessed Virgin Mary with the greatest possible love and devotion since her Immaculate Conception to this very day, together with those she will not cease to make through all the instants of Eternity.


And I offer thee these acts that I may thank thee perfectly for all thou hast done for me:

  1. For thy choice from all Eternity of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God;
  2. For her Immaculate Conception, and her preservation from every spot of original sin, in which all other mortals are conceived and born;
  3. For the most pure nativity of thy Immaculate Mother, which shed a light over the whole world and caused joy in Heaven;
  4. For thine own wonderful Conception by the power of the Holy Ghost in the virgin womb of thy chosen Mother which was announced by the Archangel Gabriel;
  5. For the first journey thou didst take, hidden in the most pure womb of thy Holy Mother, a journey over the hills to thy cousin Elizabeth and her child John – John who, even as thou didst, then lay hidden;
  6. For thy holy Nativity, when thou didst come into the world in the greatest poverty and wast born in a stable amid senseless beasts, without even a pillow on which to lay thy Sacred Head, or clothes wherewith to warm and protect thy tender limbs;
  7. For the great honour thou didst vouchsafe to receive from the Adoration of the Three Wise Men and from their costly symbolic gifts – gold, and frankincense, and myrrh;
  8. For thy first blood-shedding at the Circumcision, which thou didst suffer for our sakes and out of humble obedience to the Law of Moses;
  9. For thy most holy Presentation in the Temple at Jerusalem by thy Blessed Mother, in accordance with the Law of Moses;
  10. For the bitter persecution which began even with thy tenderest years, and which drove thee into the godless land of Egypt and kept thee there for a long space of time;
  11. For thy most dear Mother’s anxious search for thee, and then her joyful finding of thee amid the doctors in the Temple, after she had sought thee for three days with bitter grief and pain;
  12. For the submission thou didst show to Mary and Joseph at Nazareth rendering them all manner of humble, filial services;
  13. For all thy teaching and preaching, for thy hard and dangerous journeys, and especially for all the fatigue and toil thou didst undergo for our salvation;
  14. For thy most holy fast of forty days, and thy constant, fervent prayers in the desert;
  15. For thy great and glorious miracles, worked to convince the stubborn people;
  16. For thine agonized prayer and bloody sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane, when shuddering and sorrowful unto death, thou wert yet perfectly resigned to thy Father’s Will;
  17. For the false kiss with which the faithless Judas betrayed thee and delivered thee into the hands of wicked men;
  18. For the painful bands and cruel cords of thine infamous captors, and for their grievous dragging and pulling of thee over stones and through water and briars;
  19. For the many false accusations devised and brought against thy most holy Person before Annas and Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod;
  20. For the most painful treatment meted out to thee when thou was ignominously drawn from one unjust Judge to another;
  21. For the hard and worse than blasphemous blow thou didst receive on thy most Holy Face from a servant of the High Priest;
  22. For the copious and most painful bloodshedding when every part of thy most holy Body was torn by the rods and scourges of the executioners;
  23. For thy nakedness, and the bitter shame thou didst experience when most of thy garments were torn from thee and thou wert thus bound to the pillar before all the crowd;
  24. For the jeering, scoffing, and mock genuflections by which godless people ridiculed thee to thy holy Face;
  25. For the sharp pressure on thy sacred Head of the crown of thorns, which caused thy Precious Blood to flow down over thy Face;
  26. For thy piteous appearance before Pilate, who by his exclamation “Behold the man” tried to move the people to compassion;
  27. For the sentence pronounced on thee by Pilate, for the manner in which thou wast led forth to die, and for the heavy weight of the Cross;
  28. For thy dolorous meeting with thy sorrow-stricken Mother and the other holy women who had followed thee on the Path to Calvary and shed tears of pity over thee;
  29. For the painful removal of most of thy clothing to the renewal of thy wounds, and for the merciless nailing to the wood of the Cross,as also for all the priceless words spoken on the Cross, and the final surrender of thy Spirit;
  30. For thy glorious Resurrection on the third day after thy sufferings, when thou didst appear to thy Mother, thy Disciples and Apostles, and after that to many others;
  31. For thy wonderful Ascension into Heaven and glorious return to thy Heavenly Father, when thine earthly pilgrimage was ended and thou hadst triumphed victoriously over the world and Satan;
  32. For the wonderful fiery Descent of the Holy Ghost on thy Disciples and Apostles and thy most beloved Mother on the holy Day of Pentecost;
  33. For the lordly triumph thou didst celebrate when thou didst assume thy beloved Mother, body and soul, into Heaven;
  34. For thy festival of joy, in which were associated the Father and the Holy Ghost, at the exaltation of thy most glorious Mother over all the Choirs of Angels, and at her Coronation as the Queen of Heaven;
    For all these, and more especially for every beat of thy Heart and every act of love, for all thy thought and desires, for all the silent and the uttered prayers which thou didst offer on earth, and still dost offer in the thou didst offer while on earth, and still dost offer in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar – for all these I tender thee a thousand thanks, and ask thee most humbly that thou wouldst grant to me and to all who have commended themselves to my prayers, or for whom I ought to pray, perfect contrition for our sins and a firm determination never to offend thy Divine Majesty, together with the grace of final perseverance. Grant that I and all men may enjoy thy grace here, and after this toilsome life is over may be received into the company of thine elect, and be united with them to the Source of Eternal Joy – which is none but thou thyself, O dearest Lord. And may we be permitted to gaze at last on thy most holy Face, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 

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HAIL, SACRED HEART OF JESUS

PRAYER OF ST GERTRUDE TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Hail, Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and vivifying source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, burning furnace of divine love!

Thou art the place of my repose and my refuge. O my Divine Lord, inflame my heart with that ardent love with which thine was inflamed; pour into my heart the graces of which thine is the source; and grant that my heart may be so closely united to thine that thy will may be mine, and that mine may be eternally conformed to thine, for it is my desire that henceforth this holy will be the rule of all my desires and my actions. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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DIVINE MERCY PRAYER

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2021 in Devotions

 

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THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE

THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE

THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE – AUGUST 2

The Portiuncula Indulgence is the first plenary indulgence that was ever granted in the Church. He who gains the Portiuncula Indulgence becomes as pure as after holy baptism.

The feast of Portiuncula is on August 2nd. According to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, a plenary indulgence is available to anyone who will
– Receive sacramental confession on the day or eight days before or after
– Receive the Holy Eucharist at Holy Mass on August 2nd
– Enter a parish church and, with a contrite heart, pray one Our Father, the Apostles Creed, and prays for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2020 in Devotions

 

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THE PRAYER OF THE HEAVENLY COURT

THE PRAYER OF THE HEAVENLY COURT

THE PRAYER OF THE HEAVENLY COURT (as revealed to St Lutgarde, whose memorial is on the 16th of June)

“O all-holy and all-merciful Redeemer, Source of all graces, and our most kind Jesus! Out of incrompehensible love for us poor children of Eve, hast thou left thy seat on the right hand of thy Heavenly Father, and willed to clothe thyself with our helplessness and poverty.
Nay, the more surely to win us to love thee in return, thou hast made thyself helpless and poor beyond us all. No possible trouble, no possible toil, hast thou spared thyself in order to save us from the wicked enemy, and make us the children of thy Father in Heaven.
Bitterly do I grieve that up till now, I, a valueless and wretched worm of earth, have so little understood the excess of thy Love, and have given thee such poor thanks for all the hardships, pains and martyrdom thou hast bourne for me.
And therefore do I now offer up to thee this my unworthy prayer, in honour of thy most life and sufferings and death, and of every year and day and hour thou didst spend on earth for the salvation of lost and sinful men.
And I offer thee too, from the inmost depths of my heart, all the myriad acts of praise and love and gratitude of the nine Choirs of holy Angels, and indeed of all creatures from the first moment of their creation until now, and all the acts made by the Most Blessed Virgin Mary with the greatest possible love and devotion since her Immaculate Conception to this very day, together with those she will not cease to make through all the instants of Eternity.
And I offer thee these acts that I may thank thee perfectly for all thou hast done for me:
1. For thy choice from all Eternity of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to be the Mother of God;
2. For her Immaculate Conception, and her preservation from every spot of original sin, in which all other mortals are conceived and born;
3. For the most pure nativity of thy Immaculate Mother, which shed a light over the whole world and caused joy in Heaven;
4. For thine own wonderful Conception by the power of the Holy Ghost in the virgin womb of thy chosen Mother which was announced by the Archangel Gabriel;
5. For the first journey thou didst take, hidden in the most pure womb of thy Holy Mother, a journey over the hills to thy cousin Elizabeth and her child John – John who, even as thou didst, then lay hidden;
6. For thy holy Nativity, when thou didst come into the world in the greatest poverty and wast born in a stable amid senseless beasts, without even a pillow on which to lay thy Sacred Head, or clothes wherewith to warm and protect thy tender limbs;
7. For the great honour thou didst vouchsafe to receive from the Adoration of the Three Wise Men and from their costly symbolic gifts – gold, and frankincense, and myrrh;
8. For thy first blood-shedding at the Circumcision, which thou didst suffer for our sakes and out of humble obedience to the Law of Moses;
9. For thy most holy Presentation in the Temple at Jerusalem by thy Blessed Mother, in accordance with the Law of Moses;
10. For the bitter persecution which began even with thy tenderest years, and which drove thee into the godless land of Egypt and kept thee there for a long space of time;
11. For thy most dear Mother’s anxious search for thee, and then her joyful finding of thee amid the doctors in the Temple, after she had sought thee for three days with bitter grief and pain;
12. For the submission thou didst show to Mary and Joseph at Nazareth rendering them all manner of humble, filial services;
13. For all thy teaching and preaching, for thy hard and dangerous journeys, and especially for all the fatigue and toil thou didst undergo for our salvation;
14. For thy most holy fast of forty days, and thy constant, fervent prayers in the desert;
15. For thy great and glorious miracles, worked to convince the stubborn people;
16. For thine agonized prayer and bloody sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane, when shuddering and sorrowful unto death, thou wert yet perfectly resigned to thy Father’s Will;
17. For the false kiss with which the faithless Judas betrayed thee and delivered thee into the hands of wicked men;
18. For the painful bands and cruel cords of thine infamous captors, and for their grievous dragging and pulling of thee over stones and through water and briars;
19. For the many false accusations devised and brought against thy most holy Person before Annas and Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod;
20. For the most painful treatment meted out to thee when thou was ignominously drawn from one unjust Judge to another;
21. For the hard and worse than blasphemous blow thou didst receive on thy most Holy Face from a servant of the High Priest;
22. For the copious and most painful bloodshedding when every part of thy most holy Body was torn by the rods and scourges of the executioners;
23. For thy nakedness, and the bitter shame thou didst experience when most of thy garments were torn from thee and thou wert thus bound to the pillar before all the crowd;
24. For the jeering, scoffing, and mock genuflections by which godless people ridiculed thee to thy holy Face;
25. For the sharp pressure on thy sacred Head of the crown of thorns, which caused thy Precious Blood to flow down over thy Face;
26. For thy piteous appearance before Pilate, who by his exclamation “Behold the man” tried to move the people to compassion;
27. For the sentence pronounced on thee by Pilate, for the manner in which thou wast led forth to die, and for the heavy weight of the Cross;
28. For thy dolorous meeting with thy sorrow-stricken Mother and the other holy women who had followed thee on the Path to Calvary and shed tears of pity over thee;
29. For the painful removal of most of thy clothing to the renewal of thy wounds, and for the merciless nailing to the wood of the Cross,as also for all the priceless words spoken on the Cross, and the final surrender of thy Spirit;
30. For thy glorious Resurrection on the third day after thy sufferings, when thou didst appear to thy Mother, thy Disciples and Apostles, and after that to many others;
31. For thy wonderful Ascension into Heaven and glorious return to thy Heavenly Father, when thine earthly pilgrimage was ended and thou hadst triumphed victoriously over the world and Satan;
32. For the wonderful fiery Descent of the Holy Ghost on thy Disciples and Apostles and thy most beloved Mother on the holy Day of Pentecost;
33. For the lordly triumph thou didst celebrate when thou didst assume thy beloved Mother, body and soul, into Heaven;
34. For thy festival of joy, in which were associated the Father and the Holy Ghost, at the exaltation of thy most glorious Mother over all the Choirs of Angels, and at her Coronation as the Queen of Heaven;
For all these, and more especially for every beat of thy Heart and every act of love, for all thy thought and desires, for all the silent and the uttered prayers which thou didst offer on earth, and still dost offer in the thou didst offer while on earth, and still dost offer in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar – for all these I tender thee a thousand thanks, and ask thee most humbly that thou wouldst grant to me and to all who have commended themselves to my prayers, or for whom I ought to pray, perfect contrition for our sins and a firm determination never to offend thy Divine Majesty, together with the grace of final perseverance. Grant that I and all men may enjoy thy grace here, and after this toilsome life is over may be received into the company of thine elect, and be united with them to the Source of Eternal Joy – which is none but thou thyself, O dearest Lord. And may we be permitted to gaze at last on thy most holy Face, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

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OBLATION IN HONOUR OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

OBLATION IN HONOUR OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

Eternal Father! we offer thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus, shed for us with such great love and bitter pain from His Right Hand; and through the merits and efficacy of that Blood, we entreat thy Divine Majesty to grant us thy holy benediction, in order that we may be defended thereby from all our enemies; and be set free from every ill; whilst we say, May the Blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, descend upon us and remain with us for ever.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. 

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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CHAPLET OF THE FIVE WOUNDS

CHAPLET OF THE FIVE WOUNDS

THE BEADS OF THE FIVE WOUNDS

V. Incline unto my aid, O God!

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

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

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Holy Mother! pierce me through;

In my heart each Wound renew

Of my Saviour Crucified. 

 

First Wound. – The Left Foot. 

My Crucified Jesus, I devoutly adore the painful Wound of thy Left Foot. Ah! by the pain which thou didst feel therein, and by the blood which thou didst shed from that foot, grant me grace to fly the occasions of sin, and not to walk in the way of iniquity, which leads to perdition.

Glory be to the Father, etc., five times. One Hail Mary and Holy Mother, pierce me, etc., as above. 

Second Wound. – The Right Foot. 

My Crucified Jesus, I devoutly adore the painful Wound of thy Right Foot! Ah! by the pain which thou didst feel therein, and by the blood which thou didst shed from that foot, grant me the grace to walk constantly in the way of Christian virtue, even to the entrance of Paradise.

Glory be to the Father, etc., five times. One Hail Mary and Holy Mother, pierce me, etc., as above. 

Third Wound. – The Left Hand. 

My Crucified Jesus, I devoutly adore the painful Wound of thy Left Hand. Ah! by the pain which thou didst feel therein, and by the blood which thou didst shed from that hand, deliver me from being found at thy left hand, with the reprobate, at the last judgment.

Glory be to the Father, etc., five times. One Hail Mary and Holy Mother, pierce me, etc., as above. 

Fourth Wound. – The Right Hand. 

My Crucified Jesus, I devoutly adore the painful Wound of thy Right Hand. Ah! by the pain which thou didst feel therein, and by the blood which thou didst shed from that hand, bless my soul, and conduct it to thy kingdom.

Glory be to the Father, etc., five times. One Hail Mary and Holy Mother, pierce me, etc., as above. 

Fifth Wound. – The Side. 

My Crucified Jesus, I devoutly adore the Wound in thy Sacred Side. Ah! by the blood which thou didst shed from it, enkindle in my heart the fire of thy love, and give me grace to persevere in loving thee to all eternity.

Glory be to the Father, etc., five times. One Hail Mary and Holy Mother, pierce me, etc., as above. 

 

 

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SALUTATIONS OF THE SACRED FACE

SALUTATIONS OF THE SACRED FACE

Hail, adorable Face of Jesus, disfigured by blows, and defiled by spittle in the day of the Passion!

Hail, Sacred Face, mocked and blindfolded by the Jews!

Hail, Blessed Eyes, which wept for our sins!

Hail, Blessed Ears, assailed by blasphemies and insults!

Hail, Blessed Mouth, filled with words of tenderness and benediction for all men, but embittered in return with gall!

Hail, Noble Brow, so often bedewed with sweat and pierced for us with cruel thorns!

Hail, Sacred Face, so lovely in thy disfigurement, so noble in thine a basement!

Hail, Sacred Face of the Man of Sorrows, outraged upon earth, triumphant, adored and glorified in Heaven! Praise, thanksgiving, and love be rendered thee for ever and ever.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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“MEDITATE UNCEASINGLY ON THIS MYSTERY OF LOVE”

“MEDITATE UNCEASINGLY ON THIS MYSTERY OF LOVE”

The Sacred Passion of our Blessed Lord is the peculiar and essentially necessary devotion of the children of St Francis, “for our Lord has chosen us,” says our Seraphic Father, “not only to carry the cross ourselves, but, by our example and teaching, to induce others to do the same, that united with them we may tread in the footsteps of Jesus Christ our Lord.”

HE SAW NOTHING ON EARTH BUT JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED

Hence he earnestly exhorts his Brethren to meditate unceasingly on this mystery of love. “Have always before your eyes,” he used to say “the way of humility, poverty, and the Holy Cross by which our Saviour Jesus Christ redeemed us.” Like the Great Apostle, he saw nothing on earth but Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified: “My mind is so fully occupied with the consideration of the Passion of my Lord, that, were I to live until the end of time, I should require no other subject for my thoughts.”

I SHOULD REQUIRE NO OTHER SUBJECT FOR MY THOUGHTS

This continual remembrance of the sufferings of his “Beloved Crucified” Saviour made such an impression on his mind and heart that he could not restrain his sighs and tears. When reproached for this, he answered: “I weep for the sufferings of my Lord Jesus Christ, and I ought not be ashamed to weep over them before the whole world.

TRANSFORMED BY THE FIRE OF LOVE

This love of Jesus Crucified obtained for him the signal honour of bearing on his body the Stigmata of his Saviour. St Bonaventure thus describes this wonderful prodigy: “On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, whilst praying in the morning on the side of the mountain, St Francis beheld a Seraph, having six wings inflamed with the most resplendent fire, descending to him from the height of heaven. And as he flew with great swiftness towards the man of God, there appeared between the wings, the form of one crucified, having his hands and feet stretched out and fixed on the cross… When he beheld this vision he marvelled greatly, and his heart was filled with mingled joy and sorrow; and he at once clearly understood that he was to be transformed into Christ crucified, not by the martyrdom of the flesh, but by the fire of love. The vision left behind it a marvellous fervour in his heart, and a no less wonderful impression on his flesh; for nails began immediately to appear in his hands, and in his feet, and on his right side a red wound, as though it had been pierced with a lance; from this wound blood often flowed.”

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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