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A prayer for grace, mercy, and protection against our enemies.

Unto the end, a psalm for David.

To thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed.

Neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on thee shall be confounded.

Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause.

Shew, O Lord, thy ways to me, and teach me thy paths.

Direct me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art God my Saviour; and on thee have I waited all the day long.

Remember, O Lord, thy bowels of compassion; and thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world.

The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember.

According to thy mercy remember thou me: for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

The Lord is sweet and righteous: therefore he will give a law to sinners in the way.

He will guide the mild in judgment: he will teach the meek his ways.

All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, to them that seek after his covenant and his testimonies.

For thy name’s sake, O Lord, thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is great.

Who is the man that feareth the Lord? He hath appointed him a law in the way he hath chosen.

His soul shall dwell in good things: and his seed shall inherit the land.

The Lord is a firmament to them that fear him: and his covenant shall be made manifest to them.

My eyes are ever towards the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the snare.

Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am alone and poor.

The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my necessities.

See my abjection and my labour; and forgive me all my sins.

Consider my enemies for they are multiplied, and have hated me with an unjust hatred.

Keep thou my soul, and deliver me: I shall not be ashamed, for I have hoped in thee.

The innocent and the upright have adhered to me: because I have waited on thee.

Deliver Israel, O God, from all his tribulations.


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God all powerful, who has suffered on the tree of the Cross, be with us, Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, have pity on us. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, be our hope. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, turn away from us all sharp weapons. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, pour into us all good. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, turn away from us all evil.


Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, make us walk in the paths of salvation. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, preserve us from all spiritual and temporal accidents. Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, may I adore thee. Holy Cross of Jesus, now and forever, Jesus of Nazareth, crucified, have pity on us, make the invisible fly far from us now and for ever and ever. Amen.


(Holy Mary, Mother of God, St Joseph, St Michael Archangel, and Holy Angels, protect us.)

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Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Prayers for Today


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Let us pray. O Lord, watch over your household with an untiring love; sheltered from all adversity by your protection, may it be devoted to you in the practice of good. 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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God, that madest earth and heaven,
Darkness and light;
Who the day for toil hast given,
For rest the night;
May thine Angel-guards defend us,
Slumber sweet thy mercy send us,
Holy dreams and hopes attend us,
This lifelong night.

Guard us waking, guard us sleeping;
And, when we die,
May we in thy mighty keeping
All peaceful lie:
When the last dread call shall wake us,
Do not thou our God forsake us,
But to reign in glory take us
With thee on high.
– Bishop R. Heber, 1783-1826
Archbishop R. Whately, 1787-1863


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May the power of thy holy Cross, I beseech thee, O Lord, go before me and lead me through the day, wheresoever I may be. In thy mercy so guide me to-day that my enemy may find in me nothing that is his, but all that is thine; or, should aught of evil be so found by reason of my frailty, may thy loving kindness quickly blot it out. May thy holy angel guard me and bring me safe and unharmed unto the evening hour. Amen.


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By the power and glory of thy holy Cross, with which I bless myself, save me, O Lord Jesus; turn aside from me the poisonous darts of the enemy; destroy in me carnal lust; quicken me with the gifts of thy grace; shelter me under the shadow of thy wings.

By this same sign of thy holy Cross, deliver me, O Lord, from daily perils, disease, and death. Should sorrow or sickness overtake me for my sins, soothe my grief and allay my pain as thou willest, and as thou best knowest how.

Grant that, protected in thee and by thee, I may never be delivered into the hands of my enemies, visible or invisible; but rather in mercy than in anger do thou chastise me, good Jesus; and whenever I shall stray from thee do thou call me back again, and guard me in thy loving kindness to thy glory. May thy name be blessed for ever. Amen.


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“The devotion of the THREE HAIL MARYS is a very simple and yet most efficacious devotion. Every day, recite Three Hail Marys, adding the invocation: ‘O Mary, my Mother, keep me from mortal sin.’ Many people recite the Three Hail Marys as part of their morning and night prayers. To practise this devotion in time of danger, stress, special need or temptation, is a sure means to obtain Our Lady’s help.

• My heartfelt thanks to Jesus and Mother Mary for the innumerable favours received and the blessings bestowed on my family through faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys. Thank you Mother Mary for taking care of me during my illness and helping me to recover quickly. Also thanks for helping me to get a job soon. Both my sons are doing well now. Oh, mother, always protect our family from every danger and sickness. (E.D’C, Mumbai)

• I prayed the 3 Hail Marys when my father was in the ICU, I was touched by the wonders worked. I am most grateful. (A., Goa)

• On 4th January I came back home because I had chicken pox. I remained there for four weeks. I prayed the 3 Hail Marys during this time. Mary helped me, providing strength and helping me recover. By the time the four weeks were over I was fit enough to return to the hostel. I am very grateful to Mother Mary for all her goodness. (M.A., Chennai)

• Thank you Mother Mary for all the favours granted and for being with us at the time of pain. (B/A & family)

• My sincere thanks to Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco and Dominic Savio, through faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys I received the final settlement from work. I prayed fervently for 2 years and now finally it has come through. Do continue to bless me always and help me to carry out my daily chores and responsibilities. (C.A., Goa)

• My wife and I are grateful to Our Lady for the success in the law exams and for other favours received which we gratefully acknowledge. (Dr O.A. and D.A.)

• I am grateful to Mother Mary; faithfully praying the 3 Hail Marys I received countless blessings for 35 years. I had been saved from many accidents. I always pray the 3 Hail Marys before leaving the house and Mother Mary has guided me in my work. Thank you Mother for granting all my favours. (C.M., Mumbai)

• While travelling by train I was struck on the head by a huge bundle of clothes from the rack above. I am in the habit of praying the 3 Hail Marys while I travel. I remained unharmed and I believe it was the gracious protection of Our Lady. I am most grateful. (M.P., Mumbai).
I These testimonies and “Thank You’s” were published with full names in “Don Bosco’s Madonna” issue September 2013. To support the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna in Matunga – Mumbai – India including seminarians, or to subscribe to the magazine please visit (external link) or (external link).


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