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PRAYER FOR THE POPE AND THE BISHOPS

PRAYER FOR THE POPE AND THE BISHOPS

Good Lord Christ Jesus, I cry thee mercy for all states that be in Holy Church, for the Pope and all his cardinals, for all archbishops and bishops, and for all the order of priesthood, for all men and women of religion, and especially for them that are busy to save and defend the Faith of Holy Church. Lord, for thy mercy, bless them and grant them the victory over all their enemies, and speed them in all that they go about in thy worship; for all that are in grace, at this time, God send them perseverance unto their lives’ end, and make me worthy to be partaker of their prayers, and them of mine, and each of us of others.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

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OCTOBER – THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

OCTOBER – THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

Pope Clement XI firmly held to the opinion that  [ apart from the Victory of Lepanto ] other famous victories must be attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. In 1716, Charles VI, Emperor Elect of the Romans, won a tremendous triumph in the kingdom of Hungary over an overwhelming army of Turks, on the very day on which the feast of the dedication of the basilica of Our Lady of Snows was being celebrated. Indeed almost at the very moment of battle, the confraternity of the most holy Rosary was offering up public and solemn prayer in the Eternal City.

PUBLIC AND SOLEMN PRAYER IN THE ETERNAL CITY

An immense number of people took part in this demonstration. They poured forth with great devotion fervent prayers to God for the overthrow of the Turks. They implored the powerful intercession of the Virgin Mother of God for the help of Christians. In view of this victory, and also of the raising of the siege of the island of Corcyra which followed almost immediately, Clement made this decree. That the memory of these extraordinary favours may be perpetuated forever, that the faithful might be thankful forever, Clement extended the observance of the feast of the most holy Rosary to the universal Church. He ordered that it be continued to be celebrated under the rite of a double major.

HE BESOUGHT THE FAITHFUL ALL OVER THE WORLD TO RECITE THE ROSARY FREQUENTLY 

Benedict XIII decreed that all these things be written into the Roman Breviary. When the Church was experiencing one of the most turbulent periods in her history, when for a long time a veritable fury of hard pressing evils was raging, Leo XIII, in a series of Encyclical letters earnestly besought the faithful all over the world to recite the Rosary frequently, especially in the month of October. He raised the rank of the rite of the feast and added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation, “Queen of the most holy Rosary.” He granted as well a special office to be recited on the solemn feast by the Universal Church. Let us, therefore, ever honour the most holy Mother of God by the devotion very dear to her. May she who so many times has answered the prayers of Christ’s faithful in the recitation of the Rosary, who brought their earthly enemies to destruction and defeat, grant victory over the powers of hell to us also.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES

DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES

“DIVINE GRACE IS THE ONLY HOPE ON WHICH YOUR FAMILY RELIES”

Let us pray. O Lord, divine grace is the only hope on which your family relies: watch over them with uninterrupted love, surround them with your constant protection. 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. Amen

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Prayers for the Church

 

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PRAYER OF ST JOHN FISHER FOR THE CHURCH

PRAYER OF ST JOHN FISHER FOR THE CHURCH

Good Lord, set in thy Church strong and mighty pillars,

that may suffer and endure great labours,

which also shall not fear persecution,

neither death

but always suffer with a good will

slanders, shame, and all kinds of torments,

for the glory and praise of thy Holy Name.

By this manner, good Lord,

the truth of thy Gospel

shall be preached throughout the world.

Therefore, merciful Lord,

exercise thy mercy,

show it indeed upon thy Church.

Amen.

 
 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

Most glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, treasure of divine grace and advocate of sinners, I, the most unworthy of thy servants, beseech thee to be my guide and counsellor in this vale of tears.

Obtain for me by the most Precious Blood of thy Son the pardon of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it. Grant that the Holy Catholic Church may triumph over her enemies, and that the Kingdom of Christ may be propagated on earth. Amen.

[100 days. – Leo XIII, Nov. 23rd, 1880]

 

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LITANY OF THE IRISH SAINTS

LITANY OF THE IRISH SAINTS

To implore their protection in all our wants, but particularly for the existing necessities of the Irish Church.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

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, Sanctifier of the Elect, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Ireland, pray for us. [“Pray for us” is to be added after each of the following invocations.]

Holy Angels Guardian of Ireland,

Glorious St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland,

St Brigid, Mother of the Churches of Ireland,

St Columba, Saint of the Eucharist,

St Odran, faithful servant of St Patrick,

St Benignus, beloved disciple of St Patrick,

St Laurence O’Toole, assiduous client of Our Lady,

St Kevin, patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin,

St Livinus,

St Rumold,

St Malachy,

St Otteran,

St Carthage,

St Declan,

St Columban,

St Albertus,

St Finbarr,

St Virgilius,

St Frigidianus,

St Kilian,

St Cataldus,

St Flannan,

St Brendan,

St Donatus,

St Eugene,

St Fiacre,

St Fursey,

St Rupert,

St Onchu,

St Caimin,

St Gerald,

St Finian,

St Fechin,

St Marianus,

St Dympna,

St Fedelmia,

St Maura,

St Peregrinus,

St Ibar,

St Ninidh,

St Comulbanus,

St Gelasius,

St Colman,

St Gall,

St Canice,

St Kieran,

St Jarlath,

St Comgall,

St Macartin,

St Enda,

St Fintan,

St Aidan,

St Loman,

St Lupita,

St Fannie,

St Ita,

St Attracta,

St Gobnaita,

St Hya,

St Ethnea,

St Sodelbia,

St Blath,

St Syro,

St Mella,

St Darerca,

St Crea, pray for us.

All ye holy Saints of the Irish Nation, make intercession for us.

That thou, O Lord, wouldst vouchsafe to preserve among us, pure and inviolate, the faith “once delivered” by St Patrick,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant unanimity of sentiment and opinion to our Prelates and Pastors,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to increase among us the fervour of the just, and convert the sinners,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to alleviate our sufferings, and grant us patience in our trials,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and protect the children of St Patrick, in life and death,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to conduct them in triumph to thy heavenly Kingdom.

 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

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

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

 

Prayer.

O Lord God of infinite goodness and mercy, Who with the faith didst plant amongst us the true spirit of St Patrick, and propagate it abundantly for ages, we humbly beseech that being “the children of the Saints,” we may never degenerate from their noble sentiments and holy example; but through their powerful intercession, may ever walk worthily in the vocation to which we have been called. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, Our Lord. Amen.

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

 

 

 

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PRAYER ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST LEO THE GREAT

PRAYER ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST LEO THE GREAT

ST LEO THE GREAT, POPE – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 10

 

O God, who never allow the gates of hell

to prevail against your Church,

firmly founded on the apostolic rock,

grant her, we pray,

that through the intercession of Pope Saint Leo,

she may stand firm in your truth

and know the protection of lasting peace.

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.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Prayers for the Church

 

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