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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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I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I CRY THEE MERCY, LORD, FOR ALL THOSE THAT ARE TEMPTED BY THEIR GHOSTLY ENEMIES

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all false heretics, and for all mis-believers, for all false tithepayers, thieves, adulterers, and all common women, and for all mischievous livers. Lord, for thy mercy, have mercy upon them, if it be thy will, and bring them out of their misbehaviour the sooner for my prayers.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all those that are tempted and vexed by their ghostly enemies, that thou, of thy mercy, will give them grace to withstand their temptations, and deliver them there-of, when it most pleaseth thee.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my ghostly fathers, that thou vouchsafe to spread as much grace in their souls as I would that thou didst in mine.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my children, ghostly and bodily, and for all the people in the world, that thou make their sins to me by true contrition, as it were my own sins, and forgive them as I would that thou forgive me.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for all my friends and all mine enemies, for all that are sick, especially for all lepers, for all bedridden men and women, for all that are in prison, and for all creatures that, in this world, have spoken of me either good or ill, or shall do so unto the world’s end.

Have mercy upon them, and be gracious to their souls as I would that thou wert to mine.

– The Book of Margery Kempe (modernised text 1936)

 

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THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

THERE IS MANY A SAINT IN HEAVEN WHO SOMETIME WAS HEATHEN ON EARTH

FROM THE PRAYERS OF MARGERY KEMPE, 14th/15th CENTURY 

I cry thee mercy, Blissful Lord, for the King of England and for all Christian kings, for all lords and ladies that are in this world. God set them in such behaviour that they may most please thee, and be lords and ladies in Heaven without end.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for the rich men in this world, who have thy goods in possession; give them grace to spend them to thy pleasing.

I cry thee mercy, Lord, for Jews and Saracens and all heathen people.

Good Lord, have mind that there is many a saint in Heaven, who sometime was heathen on earth, and so thou hast spread thy mercy to them that are on earth.

Lord, thou sayest thyself that no man shall come to thee without thee nor any man be drawn unless thou drawest him. And therefore, if there be any man undrawn, I pray thee, draw him after thee.

Me thou hast drawn, Lord, and I deserved never to have been drawn, but after thy great mercy, thou hast drawn me. If all this world knew all my wickedness as thou dost, they would marvel and wonder at the great goodness thou hast shown me. I would that all this world were worthy to thank thee for me, and as thou hast made of unworthy creatures worthy ones, so make all this world worthy to thank thee and praise thee.

– From the modernised translation, 1936

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2019 in Intercessory Prayers

 

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THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

THE VICTORY WAS AN ANSWER TO ALL THE PRAYERS

From this holy devotion of the Rosary countless benefits have been showered the length and breadth of Christendom. Among these most certainly can be reckoned that famous victory which the Christian princes, aroused by the plea of Pope St Pius V, won over the vastly superior power of the Turks at Lepanto.

THE VICTORY OF LEPANTO 

As this victory was won on the very day on which the confraternities of the most holy Rosary throughout the world were offering up their rosaries, as they had been asked to do, there can be no doubt that this victory was an answer to their prayers.

PERPETUAL THANKSGIVING 

So convinced of this was Gregory XIII that he proclaimed that for so singular a blessing there should be offered everywhere on earth perpetual thanks to the blessed Virgin, under the title of the Rosary. He decreed also that in every church where an altar of the Rosary had been erected, its office should be celebrated in perpetuity under the rite of a double major. Other pontiffs also have granted almost innumerable indulgences to the recitation of the Rosary and to Rosary Confraternities.

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

 

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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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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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O MY JESUS! CAST UPON US A LOOK OF MERCY

O MY JESUS! CAST UPON US A LOOK OF MERCY

O my Jesus! cast upon us a look of mercy; turn thy Face towards each of us as thou didst to Veronica, not that we may see It with our bodily eyes, for this we do not deserve; but turn It towards our hearts, so that, remembering thee, we may ever draw from this fountain of strength the vigour necessary to sustain the combats of life.

– Pope Pius IX

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2019 in Devotions

 

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A LITANY OF REPARATION

A LITANY OF REPARATION

FOR RECITAL DURING ADORATION OR ANYWHERE ELSE

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

 

God, the Father of Mercy, – have mercy on us. (repeat after each line)

God the Son, Mediator between God and man,

God the Holy Spirit, Enlightener of hearts,

Holy and undivided Trinity,

 

O Sacred Host! Victim of reparation for the sins of the world,

O Sacred Host! Immolated on the altar for us and by us,

O Sacred Host! Despised and neglected,

O Sacred Host! Outraged by the blasphemies of men,

O Sacred Host! Neglected and abandoned in your temples, – have mercy on us.

 

Be merciful unto us, – spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful unto us, – hear us, O Lord.

 

For so many unworthy Communions, – we offer You our reparation, O Lord.

For the irreverence of Christians,

For the continual blasphemies of the impious,

For the infamous discourses made in Your holy temples,

For the crimes of sinners,

For the sacrileges which profane Your Sacrament of Love,

For the coldness of Your children,

For their contempt of Your loving invitations,

For the infidelity of those who call themselves Your friends,

For the abuse of Your grace,

For our unfaithfulness,

For our delay in loving You,

For our tepidity in Your holy service,

For Your bitter sadness at the loss of souls,

For Your long waiting at the door of our heart,

For Your loving sighs,

For Your loving tears,

For Your loving imprisonment,

For Your loving death, – we offer You our reparation, O Lord.

 

That You spare us, that You hear us, – we sinners beseech You, hear us.

That You will make known Your love for us in this Most Holy Sacrament, –

That You will vouchsafe to accept our reparation, made in the spirit of humility, – we sinners beseech You, hear us.

 

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – have mercy on us, O Lord.

 

(With Ecclesiastical Approbation – Archdiocese of Chicago)

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Litanies

 

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ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

BEADS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Composed by St John Berchmans, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Our Lady, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Method of saying. – “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

First Set of Beads. – “Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times. Gloria once.

Second Set. – Same prayers. Third Set. – Same prayers.

 
 

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HOW DO I SEND GOOD THOUGHTS TO SOMEONE?

HOW DO I SEND GOOD THOUGHTS TO SOMEONE?

A good thought spread about is an angel who goes, in the name and to the profit of him who sends it, to do good in all places to which it has the mission to penetrate.

You desire to accomplish some work of mercy, which are so sweet to the soul and so meritorious for heaven – to give alms, for example… But you are too poor: Send forth a good thought which will simply tell of the happiness of giving, and, guided by Providence, it will penetrate into the soul of some person, who, being moved, will give largely out of his abundance. God will then have two people to reward – the one who gave and the one who inspired him to give.

You wish to visit prisoners [Mt 25:33-46] and the sick, to console those who weep, to speak of God to little children who do not know him… but your duty keeps you within the narrow precincts of a cell, a room, or a family: Send a good thought which will tell of God’s goodness, which will speak of the happiness and the merit of suffering, and will show how, it is followed by the sweet repose of Paradise… This thought will give birth to hope, to a smile, to some act of love… and God will be indebted to you for regaining to Himself a soul that perhaps had forgotten him

“That which reassures me against the judgment of God,” said a devout person on the point of death, “is the good books and pious pamphlets which I have distributed during my earthly life; it seems to me that each good thought to which they have given birth will plead as an advocate for me before God.’

Unknown friends, whom the reading of Golden Grains unites spiritually by prayer and zeal, let us sow good thoughts, in order that we may reap merits! [Mt 6:19-21]

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M. H. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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