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Category Archives: Traditional Catholic Prayers

HAIL, O QUEEN OF HEAVEN ENTHRONED (HYMN)

Hail, O Queen of heaven enthroned!

Hail, by angels Mistress owned!

Root of Jesse, Gate of morn,

Whence the world’s true light was born;

Glorious Virgin, joy to thee,

Loveliest whom in heaven they see;

Fairest thou where all are fair,

Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

 

V. Vouchsafe that I may praise you, O holy Virgin. R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Let us pray.

O most merciful God, grant succour to our frailty, that as we celebrate the memory of the holy Mother of God, so by the help of her intercession we may rise again from our transgression. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. R. Amen.

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AN ANCIENT GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER

AN ANCIENT GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER

I believe, O holy Angel, that thou art appointed by God Almighty to be my guardian, wherefore through Him who has set thee to this task, I, who am so miserable, so weak, and so unworthy, humbly ask that thou wilt ever and always in this life watch over me; that thou wilt guard me from all evils and ever shield me. And when God shall bid my spirit depart hence, let not the devils have power over it, but do thou gently receive my soul from my body and lovingly bear it into Abraham’s bosom, at the bidding and by the help of my Creator, my Saviour, and my God, who is blessed for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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A PRAYER OF REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

O Heart of Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before your altar, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which your loving Heart is everywhere subject.

 

Mindful, alas, that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask your pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offences; but also for the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow you, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their Baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of your law.

 

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against you; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offences against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behaviour, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violation of Sundays and holy-days, for the shocking blasphemies uttered against you and your Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which your Vicar on earth and your priests are subjected, for the profanation by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of your divine love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations, who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which you have founded.

 

Would, O Divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of your divine honour, the satisfaction you once made to your eternal Father on the Cross and which you continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of your grace, for all neglect of your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our ability to prevent others from offending you and to bring as many as possible to follow you.

 

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to you, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where you with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

 
 

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PRAYING FOR ONE’S ENEMIES: ALMIGHTY GOD, HAVE MERCY

Prayer of St Thomas More for His Opponents

Almighty God,

have mercy on N. and N. [names],

and on all that bear me evil will and would me harm,

and their faults and mine together,

by such easy, tender, merciful means as thine infinite wisdom best can devise;

vouchsafe to amend and redress and make us saved souls in heaven together,

where we may ever live and love

together with thee and thy blessed saints,

O glorious Trinity,

for the bitter passion of our sweet Saviour. Amen.

 

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THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD – HYMN AND PRAYER

Hymn

The Gentiles’ mighty Lord, all hail / All hail, O Israel’s King adored! To Abraham sworn in ages past, and to his seed while earth shall last.

To you the prophets witness bear; of you the Father here proclaims, that all who would his glory see, must hear and must believe in you.

To Jesus, from the proud conceal’d, but to the little ones reveal’d, all glory with the Father be, and Holy Ghost, eternally. Amen.

Ant.1. Jesus took Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart, and he was transfigured before them.

Ant. 2. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as snow, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, in the glorious transfiguration of your only Son, you confirmed the mysteries of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and miraculously foreshadowed the complete adoption of your sons in the voice which came from the bright cloud; deign to make us co-heirs with the King of glory, sharers in that same glory. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

By your grace may we come to share the glory of Christ.

V. Lord, hear us.

R. Lord, graciously hear us.

Having suffered with Him, may we also be glorified with Him.

V. Lord, hear us.

R. Lord, graciously hear us.

Our Father, etc.

 

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A SELECTION OF SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

Please memorise them that you can use them on any occasion and in particular needs.

To the King of ages, immortal and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is recited devoutly every day for a month.

My God and my all.

An indulgence of 300 days.

O God, be merciful to me, the sinner.

An indulgence of 500 days.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when the invocation has been devoutly recited every day for a month.

My God, I love Thee.

An indulgence of 300 days.

My Jesus, mercy.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when this invocation is devoutly recited every day for a month.

My Lord and my God!

The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when it is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted: An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a week, if this pious practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions for the daily repetition of this ejaculation. The faithful who invoke the sacred names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph conjointly, may gain: an indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily repetition of the invocation.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions if this invocation be devoutly repeated daily.

Queen of the most holy Rosary; pray for us.

An indulgence of 300 days.

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us 

An indulgence of 300 days.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.

An indulgence of 7 years for each invocation. A plenary indulgence on the usual condition, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month.

From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

An indulgence of 300 days.

– Selected Indulgenced Prayers from ‘The Raccolta’

 

 

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THEE WE ADORE, O HIDDEN SAVIOUR, THEE (HYMN)

Adoro the devote

Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee.

Who in thy Sacrament art pleased to be;

Both flesh and spirit in thy presence fail,

Yet here thy Presence we devoutly hail.

O blest Memorial of our dying Lord,

Who living Bread to men doth here afford!

O may our souls for ever feed on thee,

And thou, O Christ, for ever precious be.

Fountain of goodness, Jesu, Lord and God,

Cleanse us, unclean, with thy most cleansing Blood;

Increase our faith and love, that we may know

The hope and peace which from thy Presence flow.

O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,

May what we thirst for soon our portion be,

To gaze on thee unveiled, and see thy face,

The vision of thy glory and thy grace.

– St Thomas Aquinas, 1227-74

Tr. Bishop J. R. Woodford

 

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