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Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

Amen.

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Dear Christians, stop being cute just on social media

Dear Christians, no offense. But, its time to start evangelizing your family, neighbors, friends, just about anyone you meet and build a connection with.

Share your personal story of encounter with Jesus with them one to one. Sit with the people at home, listen to them. Give others a call and build heart to heart connections. Stop spending time only with those who already have faith. Start spreading your light. Remember, we got to give an account for every soul God made to cross their paths with ours. Were we Christ like? Did we make them understand the reason for our hope by our living? Do we have hope for the Eternal Life?

If every Christian starts telling how and when they got that God-experience, in 5 minutes the whole world will be saved.

Observe well what’s happening around the world. What if we just have a few decades before the end of time (not the end of the world) is upon us? What if we have just 10 years? What if just 5, what if just one? What if just a few months left?!!! Are we ready for the transition? Are we ready to go through that dreaded tribulation of 3.5 years? Are we ready to let go off the conviniences and live a life with just the bare minimums? Are we detached enough?

Start evangelizing your family ( those who don’t know Jesus/ don’t believe/ don’t care). Don’t be pushy. Ask about their opinion and share about your experience and hope at least once. Let them just hear the name of Jesus and that you believe He is the Lord. And when the time comes they will realize it themselves and embrace Him. Be ready to experience scorn. That is alright and will be considered by God as your white martyrdom.

I hope you take this to heart and be bold in proclaiming the name of Jesus.

May Jesus be with you.

Prayer to St. Joseph for the Dying

EVERLASTING Father, for the sake of the love which Thou didst bear to St. Joseph, whom Thou didst choose above all to occupy Thy place on earth, have mercy on us and those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

Everlasting Son of God, for the sake of Thy love toward St. Joseph, who didst protect Thee so faithfully on earth, have mercy on us and those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

Everlasting Divine Spirit, for the sake of Thy love toward St. Joseph, who so carefully protected Mary, Thy most holy and beloved Spouse, have mercy on us and on those who are dying.

Pater Noster … Ave Maria … Gloria Patri …

(Pre-1968 Indulgence of 500 days, once a day)

Litany for the Liberation of Holy Souls of Purgatory

O Jesus, Thou suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness.  Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:

My dear parents and grandparents, my Jesus mercy!
My brothers and sisters and other near relatives, my Jesus mercy!
My godparents and sponsors of confirmation, my Jesus mercy!
My spiritual and temporal benefactors, my Jesus mercy!
My friends and neighbors, my Jesus mercy!
All for whom love or duty bids me pray, my Jesus mercy!

Those who have offended me, my Jesus mercy!
Those who have suffered disadvantage or harm through me, my Jesus mercy!

Those who are especially beloved by Thee, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose release is near at hand, my Jesus mercy!
Those who desire most to be united to Thee, my Jesus mercy!

Those who endure the greatest sufferings, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose release is most remote, my Jesus mercy!
Those who are least remembered, my Jesus mercy!

Those who are most deserving on account of their services to the Church, my Jesus mercy!
The rich, who now are the most destitute, my Jesus mercy!
The mighty, who now are powerless, my Jesus mercy!
The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly, my Jesus mercy!
The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness, my Jesus mercy!
The poor, who did not seek the treasures of heaven, my Jesus mercy!
The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer, my Jesus mercy!
The indolent, who neglected to perform good works, my Jesus mercy!
Those of little faith, who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments, my Jesus mercy!
The habitual sinners, who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace, my Jesus mercy!
Parents who failed to watch over their children, my Jesus mercy!
Superiors who were not solicitous for the salvation of those entrusted to them, my Jesus mercy!
Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures, my Jesus mercy!
The worldly-minded, who failed to use their wealth and talents in the service of God, my Jesus mercy!
Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own, my Jesus mercy!
Those who did not provide for the life hereafter, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose sentence is severe because of the great things entrusted to them, my Jesus mercy!

The popes, kings and rulers, my Jesus mercy!
The bishops and their counselors, my Jesus mercy!
My teachers and spiritual advisors, my Jesus mercy!
The deceased priests of this diocese, my Jesus mercy!
The priests and religious of the Catholic Church, my Jesus mercy!

The defenders of the holy faith, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died on the battlefield, my Jesus mercy!
Those who fought for their country, my Jesus mercy!
Those who were buried in the sea, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died of apoplexy, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died of heart attacks, my Jesus mercy!
Those who suffered and died of cancer, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died suddenly in accidents, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died without the last rites of the Church, my Jesus mercy!
Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours, my Jesus mercy!
My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Thy judgment seat, my Jesus mercy!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them: For evermore with Thy saints, because Thou art gracious.

May the prayer of Thy suppliant people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, benefit the souls of Thy departed servants and handmaids: that Thou mayest both deliver them from all their sins, and make them to be partakers of Thy redemption. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Litany of the Abba Father

God The Father of heaven, have mercy on us

God The Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us

God The Holy Spirit, have mercy on us

Holy Trinity One God, have mercy on us

(After each invocation, pray have mercy on us)

Father, Creator of the world

Father, Peacemaker of the world

Father, Eternal wisdom

Father, Infinite goodness

Father, bountiful

Father, Fount of everything

Father, most sweet

Father of infinite mercy

Father, Our Defender

Father, Our glory and our happiness

Father, Wealth of all people

Father, Triumph of all nations

Father, Hope of all Christians

Father, Splendor of the Church

Father, Splendor of kings

Father, Overturner of idols

Father, Consolation of People

Father, Happiness of Priests

Father, Guide of men

Father, Gift of family life

Father, Help of the poor

Father, Guide of youth

Father, Friend of children

Father, Freedom of slaves

Father, Light of those who are in darkness

Father, Destroyer of the proud

Father, Rest in tribulation

Father, Wisdom of the just

Father, Harbor of safety in danger

Father, Consolation of the poor

Father, Consolation of the afflicted

Father, Refuge of the hopeless

Father, Refuge of the orphans

Father, Refuge of the aged

Father, Refuge of the dying

Father, that extinguishes our thirst and poverty

Father, Life of the dead

Father, glory of the saints

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

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

Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us O Lord

Rosary to the glory of God the Eternal Father

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Almighty Father, we are yours, receive all that we have, and all our deeds, words, thoughts and desires. Let them be according to Your will. Amen.

Pray the Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Pray the  Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Pray the Apostles Creed/Nicene Creed.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial
of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Recite 7 Glory Be’s

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Pray the  Come Holy Spirit prayer

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. And Thou shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O God, who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

FIRST MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when You created heaven and earth, give us an increase in faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

*Pray the Merciful God prayer followed by 12 Glory Be’s, and the Come Holy Spirit while meditating upon the Mystery.

Merciful God, Eternal Father

Merciful God, Eternal Father, give fullness of victory to your Church! Have mercy on the people of the world: our own, our benefactors, even on our enemies, and grant them salvation. Bless those who are kind to us and forgive those who harm us. Protect our leaders and all those who do not as yet know You; open their eyes and change their hearts so that they may turn to You in faith. Come to the assistance of the poor, the orphans, prisoners and the unfortunate. Protect the pure of heart. Lead travelers in peace to their destination. Heal the sick, comfort the dying and bring into your kingdom the souls in purgatory. Keep and protect us now and at the hour of our death, and grant that we may die believing in You. Amen.

Announce the Second Mystery, then repeat the starred step (above)for all the Mysteries.

SECOND MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when You sent out the prophets, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

THIRD MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when You sent the Holy Spirit and the angel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to inform her that she would give birth to a Saviour, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

FOURTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when Your Son was born in poverty, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

FIFTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when You gave glory to Your Son and His Mother in the Temple, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

SIXTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan and the Holy Spirit came down upon Him in the form of a dove, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

SEVENTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when Your Son began preaching, healing the sick and performing miracles, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

EIGHTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when Your Son was tempted and resisted Satan for forty days in the desert, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

NINTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed when through Jesus You were suffering great anguish in the Garden of Olives in Gethsemane, the painful crowning of thorns, the incessant blows He endured because of our sins, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

TENTH MYSTERY 

My God, by the power and love you displayed when Jesus was carrying the Cross, when He was crucified and died on the Cross, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

ELEVENTH MYSTERY

My God, by the power and love you displayed at the Resurrection of Jesus, His ascension into Heaven, and the descent of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

TWELFTH MYSTERY
My God, by the power and love you displayed when the Mother of Your Son was taken into Heaven and glorified, and by the hope and trust we have in You, increase in us faith and love, and enlighten the whole world.

Merciful God…(1x)
Glory Be…(12x)
Come Holy Spirit…(1x)

Pray the Closing Prayer after the 12 Mysteries are completed

Almighty God, who makes all things good and useful to those who love You, fill our hearts with lasting love for You, so that the thoughts You give us will endure. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer as revealed to Eugénie Nyirimbabazi in Kibeho, Rwanda, Africa, on November 28, 1986, by God, the Eternal Father.

Source: https://abbaavinu.wordpress.com/

CONSECRATION OF THE HOUR OF MY DEATH TO MARY

(Myriam van Nazareth)

Dear Mother Mary,
Because no soul knows the day and the hour of her departure towards God, today I give You the hour of my death.

Do live and rule within me completely in that hour, so that my soul may experience the end of my life in a perfect inner peace and calm.
Do in that hour obtain for me perfect faith and trust, so that I may be able to open up completely for a joyful encounter with my Creator.
Do in that hour deliver me from all fear and doubt, so that I may then praise God’s Mercy like never before.
Do in that hour fructify me with the fire of true Love, so that many traces of sins and faults may be burnt up inside of me yet, and my soul may appear before God’s throne all cleaned and justified.
Do in that hour light me with the fire of longing for complete forgiveness and reconciliation towards the souls that have sometimes made life on earth difficult for me.
Do in that hour lend me Your own Heart, so that the heartbeat of true sanctity may irrigate my entire being with true Divine Life, which is soon to take the place of my life on earth.
Do in that hour obtain for me the grace of a complete Confession and a perfect repentance, so that the breeze from my last words may open up the gate of Heaven for me.
Be my shield of Light over the horizon of my path through life, so that the darkness inside of me may not have the final say, and that my death may truly be the dawn of my eternal spring.
Do let the evening sun beam down into my heart, so that I may from this moment onwards with my eyes focused on the golden gate inside of which the rebirth for eternity is waiting for me.


Prayer Source: http://www.maria-domina-animarum.net

Litany of the Dust

For those who have betrayed us…Father, forgive them.for those who have let us down…(Repeat: Father, forgive them.)

for those who have been indifferent to us…
for those who have crippled our lives…
for those who have doubted us…
for those who have accused us…
for those who have preferred others to us…
for family members who have hurt us…
for friends who have denied us…
for those who have walked away from us…

For my own self pity…Father, forgive me.
for my lukewarmness…(Repeat: Father, forgive me.)

for my times of despair and distrust…
for my refusals to be hugged…
for my disbelief in your love…
for my searchings everywhere but in your heart…
for apologies frozen on my lips…
for my words of love unspoken…
for my kisses and embraces ungiven…
for compliments never offered…
for a heart closed in self-centeredness…
for my own unforgiving postures…
for not believing in your forgiveness…

O Jesus, you who offered forgiveness to so many—to Mary, the
Crippled Man, the Good Thief—who said that you came to give
life and shed your blood “for the forgiveness of sins,” forgive us
our sins. Not only the obvious ones, but especially the unnoticed ones of pride, righteousness, self-hate and the refusal to be loved.


Take our very selves and wash them in that unconditional love
of yours, for you are a God of mercy and compassion, you who
live and love forever and ever. Amen.

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Prayer to Jesus in Tabernacle

O DIVINE Jesus, lonely to-night in so many Tabernacles, without visitor or worshipper, I offer Thee my lonely heart, and may its beatings be a prayer of love to Thee. Thou art ever watching under Sacramental veils; in Thy Love Thou never sleepest, and art never weary in Thy vigil for sinners. O Loving Jesus, O Lovely Jesus, may my heart be a lamp, the light of which shall burn for Thee alone. Watch Sacramental Sentinel, watch for the weary world, for the erring soul and for Thy poor lonely child. Amen.


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, that I could water with my tears those places where the marks of Thy Love have been received only with contempt and indifference. In reparation for such injuries, I offer Thee the love of all just souls, the ardour of the angels, and above all, the tender sentiments of Thine Immaculate Mother. Permit me to unite with that offering the affections of my heart. Amen.

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Holy Spirit Chaplet by Blessed Elena Guerra

Chaplet:

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father…

In each mystery ask for a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repeat this prayer seven times:


“Father, in the Name of Jesus, send forth your Spirit and renew the world.”


Conclude with :
“O Mary, who by the work of the Holy Spirit, conceived the Savior, pray for us.

The seven mysteries invoking the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1- Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, detach us from earthly things and infuse in us a love and taste of heavenly things.
Father, in the Name of Jesus…O Mary, …


2- Come, O Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds with the light of your eternal truth and the riches of holy thoughts.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


3- Come, O Spirit of Counsel, make us docile to your inspirations and guide us in the way of salvation.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


4- Come, O Spirit of Fortitude , and give us strength, constancy and victory in the battle against our spiritual enemies.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


5- Come, O Spirit of Knowledge, be the Master of our souls and help us to put into practice Your teachings.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


6- Come, O Spirit of Piety, come to live in our heart to possess and sanctify all of our affections.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


7- Come, O Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, reign over our will and make us always disposed to suffer every evil rather than to sin.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …

Invocation to Mary:
O most pure Virgin Mary, by your Immaculate Conception you were made a chosen tabernacle of Divinity by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
O most pure Virgin Mary, by the Mystery of the Incarnation you became true Mother of God by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
O most pure Virgin Mary, persevering in prayer with the Apostles in the Upper Room, you were abundantly inflamed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us:

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…

Let us pray:
Send Your Spirit, Lord, and transform us interiorly with Your gifts. Create in us a new heart that we may please You and be conformed to Your will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Spirit Chaplet by Blessed Elena Guerra

Chaplet:

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father…

In each mystery ask for a gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repeat this prayer seven times:


“Father, in the Name of Jesus, send forth your Spirit and renew the world.”


Conclude with :
“O Mary, who by the work of the Holy Spirit, conceived the Savior, pray for us.

The seven mysteries invoking the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1- Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, detach us from earthly things and infuse in us a love and taste of heavenly things.
Father, in the Name of Jesus…O Mary, …


2- Come, O Spirit of Understanding, enlighten our minds with the light of your eternal truth and the riches of holy thoughts.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


3- Come, O Spirit of Counsel, make us docile to your inspirations and guide us in the way of salvation.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


4- Come, O Spirit of Fortitude , and give us strength, constancy and victory in the battle against our spiritual enemies.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


5- Come, O Spirit of Knowledge, be the Master of our souls and help us to put into practice Your teachings.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


6- Come, O Spirit of Piety, come to live in our heart to possess and sanctify all of our affections.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …


7- Come, O Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, reign over our will and make us always disposed to suffer every evil rather than to sin.
Father, in the Name…O Mary, …

Invocation to Mary:
O most pure Virgin Mary, by your Immaculate Conception you were made a chosen tabernacle of Divinity by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
O most pure Virgin Mary, by the Mystery of the Incarnation you became true Mother of God by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us.

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…
O most pure Virgin Mary, persevering in prayer with the Apostles in the Upper Room, you were abundantly inflamed by the Holy Spirit. Pray for us:

May the Divine Paraclete come soon to renew the face of the earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace…

Let us pray:
Send Your Spirit, Lord, and transform us interiorly with Your gifts. Create in us a new heart that we may please You and be conformed to Your will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer in the Form of Offering (favored by Pope Pius IX)

Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Blood, Passion, and Death of Jesus Christ, the Sorrows of the most holy Mary and St. Joseph, in payment of our sins, in suffrage for the holy souls in purgatory, for the wants of our holy Mother the Church, and for the conversion of sinners. Amen.

( From the Raccolta)

Prayer to the Soul of Jesus sorrowful unto death by Teresa Higginson

REMEMBER, O most sorrowful Soul of my Jesus, the fearful agony that Thou didst endure, when plunged into the depths of Thy Father’s Justice and Wrath, Thou didst cry out, “My Father, if it be possible, let this bitter Chalice pass from me, nevertheless not My Will but Thine be done;” and when overwhelmed in deepest woe, Thou didst complain that “Thy Soul was sorrowful, even unto death;” and when agonising, dying and deserted by all, even by Thine eternal Father, these words of wondrous mystery were wrung from Thee, “My God!  My God!  Why hast Thou forsaken me?”

Remember the sighs, the groans, the anguish of soul, the agony of mind, and the breaking of Thy Loving Heart. 

Remember the many stripes, the blows, the insults, the blasphemies, the thorns, the Blood, the Tears, the stripping of Thy garments, the shame, the prayers, the separation of Thy Holy Soul from Thine adorable Body.


Remember the Wisdom of Thy Sacred Head that had contrived so much suffering, and would thus prove the Love of Thy Sacred Heart, for the souls of Thy children.  Remember, too, what Mary suffered.


Remember the price I have cost Thee, and when Thou beholdest all these fearful tortures, have mercy and pity on my soul, and forgive me through Thy Precious Blood.


Why O my crucified, loving Jesus, are so many souls in darkness and sin?  Art thou not the Almighty God?  The God of Wisdom, of Knowledge, of Light?  Art Thou not our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sanctification, our holy and strong God?  Why then is our enemy and Thine so bold?  


O Lord, for the love Thou hast for souls, for the price we have cost Thee, for the glory of Thy Name, arise and show that Thou art the Living God.  Lighten up every darkness by the Light of Thy Divine Wisdom; expel all heresies by spreading the truth of Thy doctrines, and the beauty of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith throughout all nations.  Consume all hearts with the burning fire of Thy Love.  Draw all souls to Thy Soul, that we console and comfort Thee here, by weeping over sin, which is the cause of Thy intense sorrow.  Hide us, dear Jesus in Thy wounds; bathe our souls in Thy most Precious Blood.  Stamp Thy Sacred head and Face deeply in our hearts and souls that we may never forget Thee, nor the sorrow we have caused Thee.

Remember us, Lord, in Thy Kingdom, Grant us pardon and peace here and eternal happiness in the world to come.  Let us keep near Thee, Jesus, in Thy sorrow, that we may be found worthy to dwell for ever with Thee, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, One God in three distinct Persons, in the world without end.  Amen.


Jesus, Mary, Joseph.  Amen.

Prayer, Penance, Reparation for the times as they’re now

For some reason the Book of Lamentations sounds so relevant for our times.

With weeping my eyes are spent; I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city. To their mothers they cry, “Where is the bread and wine?” As they faint like wounded men in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away in their mothers’ arms.

(Lamentations 2: 11-12)

Surely we are languishing without the Holy Eucharist. But there is hope because as the Word says,

The Lord’s love abides unceasingly, his compassion is never exhausted; every morning it is renewed, so great is his faithfulness.” My portion is the Lord,” says my soul, ” therefore, I shall hope in him. The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to those who search for him. It is rewarding to wait in silence for the Lord’s saving help.

(Lamentations 2:22-26)

The Lord God was the portion of the tribe of Levi. As Catholics, being the Levites of the New and Eternal Covenant, i.e. as the priests of the whole elect humanity (the new Israel), Lord God Himself is our portion. So let us hope in Him. Let us be the ones who lament for our own sins and the sins of the world. Our High Priest, has offered Himself, the Holy Victim, on the Holy Altar of His Cross. Being resurrected on the Third day, He has already entered the Holy of Holies by ascending to Heaven. And from the right hand of His Father, He intercedes for us, while simultaneously being with us still on Earth, in the Holy Eucharist. He has never forsaken us as orphans.

So let us ponder:

For, it is not forever that the Lord rejects man. Though he punishes, he will have compassion out of the abundance of his love. For he does not willingly bring suffering or grief to the human race.

( Lamentations 2: 31-33)

Further, it continues,

Why should then mortals complain when punished for their sins? Let us search and examine our ways and return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven, and say: We have sinned and rebelled, and you have not forgiven us.

( Lamentations 2: 40-42)

Have we really repented ? Or are we just thinking and talking about it? Have we let all distractions removed from our minds and knelt in the presence of the Lord behind the shut door and asked for His Mercy, yet?

No respite, no relief, my tears will flow and never cease, till the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.

( Lamentations 2: 49-50)

Then the Lord hears our cries.

Out of the depths of the pit I called on your name, O Lord. You heard my plea, ” Do not close your ear to my cry for relief.” When I called, you came to my aid, and you said, ” Have no fear!” O Lord, you took my cause, and you rescued my life.

( Lamentations 2: 55-58)

Let us repent for our personal sin first and then give reparation for the sins of the whole world. Take up your weapons: Prayer, Penance, Reparation.

Prayer to God the Holy Trinity – St Basil the Great (330-379 AD)

As I rise from sleep I thank You, O Holy Trinity, for through Your great goodness and patience You were not angered with me, an idler and sinner, nor have You destroyed me in my sins, but have shown Your usual love for men, and when I was prostrate in despair, You raised me to keep the morning watch and to glorify Your power. And now enlighten my mind’s eye and open my mouth to study Your words and understand Your commandments and do Your will and sing to You in heartfelt adoration and praise Your Most Holy Name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

St Basil the Great, 330-379 AD

LITANY TO THE SACRED HEAD OF JESUS


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.


Jesus, 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, have mercy on us.


Sacred Head of Jesus Formed by the Holy Ghost in the Womb of the Virgin Mary, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Substantially United to the Word of God, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Temple of Divine Wisdom, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus, Centre of Eternal Light, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Tabernacle of Divine Knowledge, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Safeguard Against Error, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Sunshine of Heaven and Earth, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Treasure of Science and Pledge of Faith, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Radiant With Beauty and Justice and Love, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Full of Grace and Truth, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Living Witness of Humility, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Reflecting the Infinite Majesty of God, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Centre of the Universe, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Object of the Father’s Joyous Satisfaction, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Upon Which the Holy Ghost Rested, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Around Which the Glory of Mt. Tabor Shone, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Who Had No Place on Earth on Which to Rest, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Whom the Fragrant Anointing of Magdalene Consoled, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Bathed With the Sweat of Blood in Gethsemane, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus who Wept for Our Sins, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Crowned With Thorns, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Outraged by the Indignities of the Passion, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Consoled by the Loving Gesture of Veronica, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Bowed to the Earth Which was Redeemed at the Moment of Death on Calvary, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Light of Every Being Born on Earth, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Our Guide and Our Hope, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Who Knows All our Needs, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Who Gives Us All Graces, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus That Governs All the Motions of the Sacred Heart, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Whom we Wish to Adore and Make Known Throughout the World, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Who Knows All the Secrets of Our Hearts, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Who Enraptures Angels and the Saints, Guide us in all our ways.


Sacred Head of Jesus Whom One Day We Hope to Behold Unveiled forever, Guide us in all our ways.


Jesus, We Adore Your Sacred Head; We Surrender Utterly to All the Decrees of Your Infinite Wisdom.


Imprimatur to the original french litany by Fredericus Gui, Liverpol April 1927, and Richardus both Archieps, Liverpol, Spt 1931.

More information on the devotion and for image source, visit this link.

Prayer to The Sacred Head of Our Blessed Lord As the Seat of Divine Wisdom

WISDOM of the Sacred Head guide me in all my ways.

O Love of the Sacred Heart, consume me with Thy fire.

Say Three Gloria’s, in honor of the Divine Will, Memory, and Understanding.

O Seat of Divine Wisdom, and guiding Power, which governs all the motions and love of the Sacred Heart, may all minds know Thee all hearts love Thee, and all tongues praise Thee, now and for evermore. Amen.

Imprimatur: Jacobus Canonicus Carr,Pro Epo Liverpolitano.

Litany of the Holy Spirit

(For Private use only)

Lord, have mercy on us.  
Christ, have mercy on us.  
Lord, have mercy on us.


Father all powerful,  
Have mercy on us.  

Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, Save us.  

Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless Life of both, Sanctify us.  
Holy Trinity,  Hear us.


Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.  


Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.  


Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.  
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.  
Author of all good, < have mercy on us>
Source of Heavenly water,  “
Consuming Fire,  “
Ardent Charity,  “
Spiritual Unction,  “
Spirit of love and truth,  “
Spirit of wisdom and understanding,  “
Spirit of counsel and fortitude,  “
Spirit of knowledge and piety,  “
Spirit of the fear of the Lord,  “
Spirit of grace and prayer,  “
Spirit of peace and meekness,  “
Spirit of modesty and innocence,  “
Holy Spirit, the Comforter,  “
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,  “
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church,” Gift of God the Most High,  “
Spirit Who fillest the universe, “
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, “

Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.  
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.  
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light into our souls.  
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.  
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.  
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.  
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.  
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy Heavenly inspirations.  
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.  
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.  
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.  
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.  
Holy Spirit, make us persevere injustice.  
Holy Spirit, be our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Spirit.  


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,  Grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,  
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Let Us Pray:
Grant, O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.

Stained glass window by Lucien Bégule from the Église Saint-Pothin in Lyon, France. Photo by Thaï Ch. Hamelin / ChokdiDesign on Unsplash.

Why we should try to avoid purgatory?

‘A person may say I am not much concerned how long I stay in purgatory, provided I may come to eternal life. Let no one reason thus. Purgatory fire will be more dreadful than whatever torments can be seen, imagined, or endured in this world. He who is afraid now to put his finger into the fire, does he not fear lest he be then all buried in torments for a long time?’

St. Caesarius of Arles

Image of a fiery purgatory by Ludovico Carracci

A Short Way of The Cross

Franciscan Fathers on their Missions used to pray this. Can we make a daily habit of praying at least this short Way of Cross?

First Station: Jesus Condemned to Death

O Jesus! so meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.

Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross

My Jesus, this Cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.

Third Station: Our Lord Falls the First Time

O Jesus! by this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.

Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother

O Jesus! may no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.

Fifth Station: Simon the Cyrenean Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.

Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy sacred features upon Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.

Seventh Station: The Second Fall of Jesus

By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.

Eighth Station: Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem

My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: “Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much.”

Ninth Station: Third Fall of Jesus

O Jesus! when weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.

Tenth Station: Jesus Stripped of His Garments

My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.

Eleventh Station: Jesus Nailed to the Cross

Thou didst forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and FORGET them.

Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.

Thirteenth Station: Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus Laid in the Sepulcher

When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy Adorable Body. Amen.