Category: Catholic Prayers

A Lenten Prayer Called The Passion

A Lenten Prayer Called The Passion

Dear Lord Jesus, by Your Passion and Resurrection You brought life to the world. But the glory of the Resurrection came only after the sufferings of the Passion.
You laid down Your life willingly and gave up everything for us. Your body was broken and fastened to a Cross, Your clothing became the prize of soldiers, your blood ebbed slowly but surely away, and Your Mother was entrusted to the beloved disciple.
Stretched out on the Cross, deprived of all earthly possessions and human aid, You cried out to Your Father that the end had come. You had accomplished the work given You, and You committed into His hands, as a perfect gift, the little life that remained to You.
Lord, teach me to accept all afflictions after the example You have given. Let me place my death in Yours and my weakness in Your abandonment, Take hold of me with Your love, that same foolish love that knew no limits, and let me offer myself to the Father with You so that I may rise with You to eternal life.

DAILY PRACTICES AND PRAYERS EVERY CATHOLIC SHOULD LEARN

DAILY PRACTICES AND PRAYERS EVERY CATHOLIC SHOULD LEARN

1. On waking up, after having made the Sign of the Cross

My God! I worship You, I love you with my whole heart. I thank You for all Your rewards, particularly for having preserved me during the past night. I offer You all my actions and sufferings of this day, in union with the actions of Jesus and Mary; and I make the intention of gaining all the indulgences that I can receive. I purpose, O Lord! to stop offending You this day, particularly.

It is good to make a resolution, particularly about the flaws into which we fall the most occasionally.

I beseech You, for the love of Jesus, to give me the grace of perseverance. I resolve to conform myself to Your holy will, and especially in those things that are contrary to my inclination, saying always, O Lord! Your will be done. My Jesus, keep Your hand over me this day! Most Holy Virgin Mary, take me beneath your mantle. And do You, O Eternal Father, assist me for the love of Jesus and Mary! O my angel guardian and my holy patron saints, assist me.

Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed; three Hail Marys: in honor of the purity of Mary.

2. At the Commencing of Work or Study

O Lord! I offer You this work.

3. When the Clock Strikes

My Jesus, I love You; never permit me to offend You again, and let me never be separated from You.

4. In adverse circumstances

O Lord since You have so willed it, I will it also.

5. In Time of Temptation

Frequent invocation of the holy names of Jesus and Mary.

6. When conscious or doubtful of having sinned, say at once:

O my God! I repent of having offended You. O Infinite goodness! I will do so no more.

And if you should sin grievously, ensure to go for confession as soon as possible. Before going to rest in the evening thank God for all the favors you have received then make an examination of conscience.

Afterward, ensure the Christian acts in the following manner:

Act of Faith 

O my God, who art infallible truth, because You have revealed it to Your Church, I believe all that she proposes to my belief I believe that You art my God, the Creator of all things; that You do reward the just with an eternal paradise, and do punish the wicked in hell for all eternity. I believe that You art one in essence, and three in persons, namely, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost. I believe in the Incarnation and death of Jesus Christ. I believe, in fine, all that the Holy Church believes. I thank You for having made me a Christian; and I protest that I will live and die in this holy faith.

Act of Hope

O my God, confiding in Your promises, because You art powerful, faithful, and merciful, I hope through the merits of Jesus Christ to obtain pardon of my sins, final perseverance, and the glory of paradise.

Act of Love and Contrition

O my God, because You art infinite goodness, worthy of infinite love, I love You with all my heart above all things; and for the love of You I love my neighbor also. I repent with all my heart and am sorry above all things for all my sins because by them I have offended Your infinite goodness. I resolve, by the help of Your grace, which I beseech You to grant me now and always, rather to die than ever to offend You again. I purpose, also, to receive the holy Sacraments during my life, and at the hour of my death.

Morning Prayer to the Trinity

Morning Prayer to the Trinity

Prayer:

Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility, and render to you, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty.

O my God, I most humbly grateful for all the favors you have bestowed upon me to this present moment.

I give you thanks from the depth of my heart that you have created me after your own image and likeness, that you have redeemed me by the precious blood of your dear Son, and that you have preserved me and brought me safe to the start of another day.

I offer to you, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions and sufferings of this day.

I sanctify them all to the glory of your name, beseeching you that through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Savior, they may all find acceptance in your sight.

May your divine love animate them, and may they all tend to your greater glory.

Adorable Jesus, my Savior and Master, model of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavor, this day, to imitate your example, to be, like you, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, charitable and resigned.

I will redouble my efforts that I may not fall, this day, into any of those sins which I have heretofore committed (especially), and which I sincerely desire to forsake.

O my God, you know my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without you; deny me not, O God, the help of your grace; proportion it to my necessities; give me strength to avoid everything which you forbid, and to exercise the good which you have commanded; and help me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please you to send me.

Our Father + Hail Mary.

One may add here the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love.

O holy Virgin, Mother of God, my Mother and Patroness, I place myself under your protection; I throw myself with confidence into the arms of your compassion.

Be to me, O Mother of mercy, my refuge in distress, my consolation under suffering, my advocate with thy adorable Son, now and at the hour of my death.
Amen.

O faithful Guardian and Father of Virgins, Blessed Joseph, to whom was confided the care of Jesus, and of Mary the Queen of Virgins, I most humbly beseech you, by the love with which you bore Jesus and Mary, to obtain for me that, being preserved from every stain during my whole life, I may ever be able to serve them with unspotted purity of mind and body.
Amen.

Depressed? Pray this powerful prayer of St. Ignatius against the darkness

Depressed? Pray this powerful prayer of St. Ignatius against the darkness

Depression is an extremely hard condition.

The good news is that we are not alone in this battle and in addition to medical care, we have a long list of heavenly friends who can assist us to see the light of Christ.

One such saint who is a strong intercessor and knew depression well was St. Ignatius of Loyola. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At one time he was violently tempted to end his miseries by suicide, on which he resolved neither to eat nor to drink (unless his life was in danger), until God granted him the peace which he desired, and so he continued until his confessor stopped him at the end of the week.”

Through God’s grace, he was able to climb out of the darkness of despair and become one of the greatest saints of all time.

He also left us a powerful “Prayer Against Depression” that can be said frequently, particularly during those dark times in our lives. As always, prayer, matched with proper medical attention, can be a strong help in bringing a person out of the depths of depression into a new life of Christian joy.

O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your Love and Your Strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.

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