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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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LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SOUL, AMEN

LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SOUL, AMEN

DIVINE JESUS

Divine Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, Who for my salvation didst vouchsafe to be born in a stable, to pass thy life in poverty, trials, and misery, and to die amid the sufferings of the Cross, I entreat thee, say to thy Divine Father, at the hour of my death: “Father, forgive him,” say to thy beloved Mother: “Behold thy son,” and to my soul: “This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.”

My God, my God, forsake me not in that hour. I thirst, yes, my soul thirsts after thee, who art the fountain of living waters. My life passes like a shadow; yet a little while, and all will be consummated. Wherefore my adorable Saviour! from this moment, for all eternity, into thy hands I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus, receive my soul. Amen.

[His Holiness Pope Pius IX., by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences, June 10th, 1856, confirmed an Indulgence of three hundred days, to be gained by all the faithful every time that they shall say the foregoing with contrite heart and devotion.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY

IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY

ANCIENT IRISH PRAYER TO OUR LADY 

This prayer, in the original tongue, is in constant use among Irish speakers, in the West of Ireland, and there is attached to it a tradition that the Blessed Virgin will graciously manifest herself at the hour of death to those who say it with devotion every day. 

O glorious Virgin, Mother of God, blessed among all nations, worthy of praise and the greatest of praise, intercede for me with thy beloved Son. O honoured Lady, Mother of the King of Angels and Archangels, assist and deliver me from every difficulty and danger.

O Blossom of the Patriarchs, the Virgins and the Angels, Hope of Glory, Beauty of Virgins, Admiration of the Angels and Archangels, remember me, and forsake me not, I beseech thee, at the terrible hour of my death. O Star of the Sea, Gate of Heaven, Temple of God, Palace of Jesus Christ, Harbour of Safety, Power of all Nations, Pearl of all Sweetness, Hope of the Faithful; O Queen who shelters the guilty, who surpasses in radiance the Virgins and the Angels, thy presence gives joy to all the hosts of Heaven.

Therefore, O Mother of Mercy, I place in the protection of thy holy hands my going out, my coming in, my sleeping, my waking, the sight of my eyes, the touch of my hands, the speech from my lips, the hearing of my ears, so that in everything I may be pleasing to thine own beloved Son. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THE SCAPULAR OF MOUNT CARMEL

THE SCAPULAR OF MOUNT CARMEL

1. Secures one the special protection of the Blessed Virgin in all the necessities of life, at the hour of death, and in Purgatory.

2. It should be worn day and night over the shoulders. It must be received from a person duly authorised to confer it, and the recipient’s name must be entered on the register of the Confraternity.

3. No special prayers are ordained, but in order to secure the favour of being released from Purgatory on the first Saturday after death, chastity according to one’s state must be observed, and the Little Office of Our Lady daily recited. The blessing of the first scapular extends to those which are afterwards substituted. 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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O MY LORD JESUS CRUCIFIED

O MY LORD JESUS CRUCIFIED

PRAYER OF POPE ST PIUS V., O. P. 

1. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Ears, and listen to me as thou didst listen to the Eternal Father on Mount Tabor.

Here say the Apostles’ Creed.

2. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Eyes, and look upon me as thou didst look from the Tree of the Cross upon thy dear Mother sorrowing and afflicted.

The Apostles’ Creed as before. 

3. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thy blessed Mouth, and speak to me as thou didst speak to St John when thou gavest him for son to thine own most beloved Mother.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

4. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Arms and embrace me as thou didst open them upon the Cross to embrace the whole human race.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

5. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thy Heart and receive therein my heart, and hear me in all that I ask of thee, if so it be agreeable to thy most holy will.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

[Indulgence of 60 days each time, which must be applied according to the intention of the Pope. Plenary once a month.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

 

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BEADS OF THE DEAD

BEADS OF THE DEAD

Consisting of four decades, in memory of the Forty Hours which Our Lord passed in Limbo.

Begin with the “De Profundis”or with an “Our Father”  and “Hail Mary”.   “

Say on the large beads the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity. – “O my God, I believe in thee, because thou art Truth itself. Amen. I hope in thee, because thou art merciful. Amen. I love thee, because thou art good: and my neighbour as myself for love of thee. I am very sorry that I have sinned against thee, because thou art so good, and with thy grace, I will not sin again. Amen.”

On each small bead repeat: “Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.” [300 days’ indulgence.]

End each decade with: “Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. [300 days, each time, applicable to the souls in Purgatory.]

[Numerous indulgences are granted for saying these prayers with or without Rosary beads.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

We thank God, O Saint Alphonsus,
for the tender devotion
with which He inspired you
for His Holy Mother.
We ask you to obtain for us
a filial love for our Lady of Perpetual Help,
so that she may assist us
in our last agony as she did you,
and that we may die
under her mantle a happy death.
Amen.

 

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HOW THE BEAUTY OF A CHRISTIAN SOUL ENRAPTURES HIM WHO BECAME ITS SPOUSE BY BAPTISM

HOW THE BEAUTY OF A CHRISTIAN SOUL ENRAPTURES HIM WHO BECAME ITS SPOUSE BY BAPTISM

RAISE YOUR EYES TO THE REGIONS OF INFINITE LOVE: THERE YOU WILL FIND THE SECRET OF YOUR TEARS

Alas! we always forget that the object of our love is beloved also by another, and that God is called in the Holy Scriptures a jealous God. In our affections we forget Him Who loves more than all creatures together, and Who, lest they should find any reason to complain of Him, has willed to die for them, eternal as He was by His nature. Raise your eyes to the regions of infinite love, there you will find the secret of your tears. You will see wrapped in the embrace of God the soul which divided itself so equally between God and you, that not even the attractions of Heaven would have torn it from you, if it had not received an indisputable order. You will see the reason of this command, which seems so cruel, and understand how the beauty of a Christian soul enraptures Him Who became its Spouse by baptism.

DEATH IS THE PORTAL OF LIFE

Unhappy that we are, we do not believe these divine mysteries! We call birth and life by the name of death; we make a tomb of the portal of heaven, we weep there, like men who have no hope?

– Lacordaire, from Laverty & Sons (eds), Leeds, 1905

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LORD ON THE CROSS

PRAYER TO OUR LORD ON THE CROSS

My Crucified Jesus, mercifully accept the prayer which I now make to thee for help in the moment of my death, when all my senses shall fail me.

When, therefore, O sweetest Jesus, my weary and downcast eyes can no longer look up to thee, be mindful of the loving gaze which now I turn on thee, and have mercy on me.

When my parched lips can no longer kiss thy Most Sacred Wounds, remember then those kisses which now I imprint on thee, and have mercy on me.

When my cold hands can no longer embrace thy Cross, forget not the affection with which I embrace it now, and have mercy on me.

And when, at length, my swollen and lifeless tongue can no longer speak, remember that I called upon thee now.

Jesus, Joseph, Mary, to you I commend my soul.

[Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Plenary twice a year. – Pius X, September 4th, 1903.]

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

 

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NEW WEBSITE: “THE ART OF DYING WELL”

NEW WEBSITE: “THE ART OF DYING WELL”

This new website has been set up by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Sections include: What is dying well? Talking about death. Facing death personally. Losing a loved one. Caring for the dying. The address of this new website is http://www.artofdyingwell.org (external link).

 

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