Favorite Daily Prayers

"No prayer is ever lost"
- St. Jean Vianney (1786-1859)

"Have no anxiety about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God."
Philippians 4:6

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for
welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will hear you."
Jeremiah 29:11-12


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Basic Catholic Prayers
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Act of Consecration
The 3 Hail Marys
Morning Prayers
Morning Offering
The Rosary
Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Ave Maria
St. Francis Prayer
Walk With God
St. Joseph
Holy Infant 
Salve Regina
Afternoon Prayers
Corporal Works of Mercy
Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Ten Commandments
The Seven Gifts of
The Holy Spirit
Various Short Prayers
St. Teresa's Bookmark
St. Augustine's Holy Spirit Prayer
The
Sabbatine Priviledge
Kiss Jesus & Mary
Display Sacramentals in Your Home
The Fruits of The Holy Spirit
The Brown Scapular
Various Other Scapulars
The Family Altar
Holy Medals
Passion Meditation
Honor the Lost Drops
of Jesus' Blood
True Letter of Our Lord
St. Gertrude's Prayer for The Holy Souls
Grace
Protection Against Storms
Act of Contrition
Memorare
Nightly Prayers
Spiritual Communion
Daily Neglects
Guardian Angel
St. Michael
Prayer for the Dying
Heartbeat Reparation Prayer
Act of Contrition
Prayer When Using Holy Water
The Value of Holy Water
Prayer for The Sick
Prayer To Our Lady of The Rosary
Short pre-Communion
Prayers
More Afternoon
Prayers
Eating & Drinking
Offering
The Golden Arrow
Personal Consecration to The Sorrowful & Immaculate
Heart of Mary
Holy Spirit Prayer

Prayer Is The Key To Heaven

Prayer is the key to heaven,
but faith unlocks the door;
Words are so easily spoken,
but a prayer without faith,
is like a boat without an oar.
Have faith, when you speak to the Master,
that's all He asks for you,
yes, prayer is the key to heaven
but faith unlocks the door.
~ Fr. Dennis O'Brien, M.M., 'The Splendor of Truth'
 

"The continual prayer of a just man availeth much."
James 5:16

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.   For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened."
Luke 11:9,10

Thus says the Lord: Stand beside the earliest roads,
ask the pathways of old, Which is the way to good, and walk it;
thus you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremias 6:16

Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer,
believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.
Mark 11:24

When you stand to pray,
forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance,
so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.
Mark 11:25



 

Lovely Lady
Dressed in Blue

Lovely Lady 
dressed in blue - 
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy, 
Tell me what to say!

Did you lift Him up, sometimes,
Gently, on your knee?
Did you sing to Him the way 
Mother does to me?

Did you hold His hand at night?
Did you ever try
Telling stories of the world?
Oh! And did He cry!

Do you really think He cares 
If I tell Him things -
Little things that happen? And 
Do the Angels' wings
Make a noise? And can He hear 
Me if I speak low?
Does He understand me now?
Tell me - for you know.

Lovely Lady dressed in blue -
Teach me how to pray!
God was just your little boy,
And you know the way.



Short Prayer of Consecration to The Blessed Mother

My Queen, my Mother,
I give myself entirely to Thee,
And to show my devotion to Thee,
I consecrate to Thee this day,
my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve.

Wherefore good Mother as I am thine own, keep me, Guard me, as thy property
and possession.  Amen

(An indulgence of 500 days)


* The Ave Maria *

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum:
benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructus ventris, tui Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.


Salve Regina

Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.  To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

O God, Who's Only Begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection has purchased for us eternal life.
Grant we beseech Thee, that by meditating on the mysteries of the most Holy Rosary we may imitate
what they contain and obtain to what they promise through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.
 
 



Morning Prayers

"Never forget that it is at the beginning of each day that God has the necessary grace for the day ready for us.  He knows exactly what opportunities we shall have to sin...and will give us everything we need if we ask him then.  That is why the Devil does all he can to prevent us from saying our Morning Prayers or to make us say them badly."

~ The Cure' of Ars, St. Jean Vianney



Morning Offering Prayer:

'O JESUS, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings,
Of this day, be they good or bad:
In union with the Mass said throughout the world today
For the love of Thee, the conversion of sinners,
for the poor souls in purgatory,
And in reparation for all the sins committed against
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'


"When you awake in the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart,
and to offer Me your own.... Whoever shall breathe a sigh toward Me
from the bottom of his heart when he awakes in the morning
and shall ask Me to work all his works in him throughout the day,
will draw Me to him
... For never does a man breathe a sigh of longing aspiration toward Me
without drawing Me nearer to him than I was before."

Our Lord to Saint Mechtilde (1298)




The 3 Hail Marys
in Honor of the Holy Trinity

This devotion was practiced and promoted by St. Mechtilde, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Leonard of Port-Maurice. Our Lady appeared to St. Mechtilde and requested the daily recitation of 3 Hail Mary's in honor of the Holy Trinity. Our Lady said:

"The first Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Father, whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every creature that after God, I have the greatest power in Heaven and on earth.  In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power far from you."

"The second Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Son, who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me ... In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled."

"The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost, who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy ... In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight."


Promise Made to St. Gertrude by Our Lady:

  "To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Marys I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor of beauty so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation."



Other Morning Prayers and Practices...

* The Daily Mass - (The greatest form of prayer and communion with God).
* The Stations - or Way of the Cross - (Very powerful for the relief of the holy souls in purgatory.)
* The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary - (Highly recommended reparation prayer to Our Lady - it will change your life!)
* Seven Glorias in honor of the Holy Spirit, and your Guardian Angel - to honor your most faithful friend in this life.


PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Come, Holy Spirit,
    fill my heart with Your holy gifts.

Let my weakness be penetrated with Your strength
    this very day that I may fulfill all the duties of my
    state conscientiously, that I may do what is right and just.

Let my charity be such as to offend no one, and hurt
    no one's feelings; so generous as to pardon sincerely
    any wrong done to me.

Assist me, O Holy Spirit,
    in all my trials of life, enlighten me in my ignorance,
    advise me in my doubts strengthen me in my
    weakness, help me in all my needs,
    protect me in temptations and console me in afflictions.

Graciously hear me, O holy Spirit,
    and pour Your light into my heart, my soul, and my mind.

Assist me to live a holy life and to grow in goodness
    and grace.         Amen
 
 



VARIOUS SHORT PRAYERS
BEFORE RECEIVING JESUS IN HOLY COMMUNION:

"O Blessed Mother, prepare my heart to receive Our Lord.
Adorn it with all the merits of all your good works, your humility,
chastity, purity, love, obedience, trust, and all the merits of all your sorrows and prayers.

"O My Jesus, would that I could receive you with all the burning love and desire of any mortal!"

"O My Jesus, would that I could receive you adorned with all the oraments
of all the angels and saints in Heaven!"


In Your Walk with God ....
W.alk Humbly
A.ct Justly
L.ove Tenderly
K.eep Praying!
E.ver Trust
R.ead Scripture




Personal Act of Consecration
To The Sorrowful Heart of Mary
Composed by Berthe Petit:

'Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, dwelling pure and holy,
cover my soul with your maternal protection
so that being ever faithful to the voice of Jesus,
it responds to His love and obeys His Divine Will.

I wish, O, my Mother, to keep unceasingly before me your co-redemption
in order to live intimately with your Heart
that is totally united to the Heart of your Divine Son.

Fasten me to this Heart by your own virtues and sorrows.
Protect me always.  Amen.'



Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow your love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I
may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
 To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving, that we receive
  It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying
That we are born to Eternal Life.




St. Teresa of Avila:

Let nothing disturb thee.
Let nothing affright thee.
All things are passing.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God has everything.
God alone suffices.




Prayer to St. Joseph
(This prayer is reputed to be over 1900 years old)

        'O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the Most Loving of Fathers.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.  Press Him in my name and Kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.    Amen.'

This prayer was discovered in the Fiftieth year of Our Lord.  It was sent by the Pope in the 1500's
to Emperor Charles who was preparing for battle; with this message:

  "Whoever reads this prayer or hears it or carries it, will never die a sudden death, nor be drowned,
nor will poison take effect on them.
They will not fall into the hands of the enemy nor be burned in any fire, nor will they be defeated in battle."

Make this prayer known everywhere.
Imprimatur ~ Most Rev. George W. Ahr Bishop of Trenton
 




Holy Spirit Prayer

' Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always will be holy.  Amen'

(St. Augustine)



Afternoon Prayers


Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary

O Mary Conceived without sin, Immaculate from the start,
We offer you our Rosaries, to console your Sorrowful Heart.

If we form a chain of Rosaries, bead to bead, and link to link,
Do you think it would help to change the world?
What did you and Jesus think?

For you know what awaits our world, which is in a state of great upheaval,
Because of the spread of evil.

We seek refuge in your Immaculate Heart, and the Sacred Heart of your Son.
Please help us to remain in the state of grace, Until our life is done.

O Sorrowful Heart of Mary, what would you and Jesus say?
If the world said a Rosary every day, would this wipe your tears away?

Our Lady Of The Rosary, we come on bended knee,
To ask you to intercede for us...to Jesus lovingly.

Printed with permission: © 1996 Anne Pileggi-Gabbamonte, September 13, 1996
Nihil Obstat, March 3 1997 - Andrew J. Golias, Censor Librorum, Philadelphia PA
Imprimatur, March 4 1997 - Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, PA
 




"This aspiration must often be repeated near the sick:

"My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits
of your Holy Wounds!"

This prayer will solace soul and body."

(This prayer is one of 17 Promises that were dictated by Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon of the Monastery of the Visitation of Chambery (1841-1907) (who died in the odor of sanctity) for all those who honor Him with devotion to His Holy Wounds). *Read about the powerful Holy Wounds Devotion
 



Corporal Works of Mercy

1. Feed the hungry.
2. Give drink to the thirsty.
3. Clothe the naked.
4. Shelter the homeless.
5. Visit the imprisoned.
6. Visit the sick.
7. Bury the dead.

Spiritual Works 
of Mercy

1. Admonish sinners.
2. Instruct the uninformed.
3. Counsel the doubtful.
4. Comfort the sorrowful.
5. Bear wrongs with patience
6. Forgive injuries
7. Pray for the living and the dead.

7 Gifts of The Holy Spirit

Wisdom
Knowledge
Understanding
Piety
Counsel
Fortitude
Fear of the Lord

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Joy 
Charity 
Peace 
Patience 
Kindness 
Goodness 
     Long-Suffering
Humility
Fidelity
Modesty
Continence
Chastity



The Seven Deadly Sins

1. Pride ~ An exaggerated opinion of one's own worth.
2. Avarice/Greed ~ An immoderate desire for earthly goods.
3. Lust ~ Desire for immoral pleasures.
4. Anger ~ An inordinate feeling or expression of displeasure.
5. Gluttony ~ Intemperate use of food or drink.
6. Envy ~ A feeling of resentment over another's attainments, endowments or possesions.
7. Sloth ~ Laziness or carelessness in doing right and in practicing virtue.

The Ten Commandments

1. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name the Lord, your God, in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's possesions.



*The Daily Rosary -  (easiest to say when traveling to work, school, Mass etc. and back)
*The Divine Mercy Chaplet - (Said anytime, and powerful as a novena, but preferably said at the Hour of Mercy - 3 PM)
*The 15 Prayers of St. Bridget - Found in the Pieta Prayer Booklet - The 15 St. Bridget Prayers, distributed by the Miraculous Lady of The Roses, 1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060, 1 (616) 731-4490
*The Infant of Prague  - Powerful devotion honoring Our Lord's Infancy & childhood. Great graces granted especially in difficulties, sickness, financial, and protection in dangers,
*Devotion to St. Gertrude the Great - The only woman saint, canonized in the Catholic Church, besides the Blessed Virgin Mother, who has been honored with the title "Great"  Special favors granted to those who thank the Eternal Father for all he has done in and through this wonderful saint.




Various indulgenced short prayers said as often as you think of them:

"Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls!"

"Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me."

"Jesus, I trust in Thee!"

"All for Thee, my Jesus!"

"Oh, if you only knew what great merit you aquire
by saying even once,
'Admirable is the Name of God!'
in the spirit of reparation for blasphemy!"

(Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter)

"Lord Jesus Christ, have Mercy on us!"

"O Holy Infant Jesus, Bless and Protect us."

"O Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for us."

"Behold, O God, Our Protector,
And look upon the Face of Thy Christ."
A prayer to appease God irritated by blasphemy
and the rod will drop from His hands. (Sr. Mary of St. Peter)

 Say the following prayer for your own conversion:

 "Eternal Father, I offer You
the Wounds
of Our Lord Jesus Christ
to heal those of our souls."

(Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon
of the Monastery of the Visitation of Chambery, 1841-1907)
 

LORD, GRANT UNTO THY CHURCH SAINTLY PRIESTS AND FERVENT RELIGIOUS!
  indulgence of 300 days each time it is prayed



The Golden Arrow
Powerful Prayer of Reparation for Blasphemy dictated by Our Lord to Sr. Marie of St. Peter.

MAY THE MOST HOLY, MOST SACRED, MOST ADORABLE,
MOST INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND INEFFABLE NAME OF GOD,
BE FOREVER PRAISED, BLESSED, LOVED ADORED AND GLORIFIED,
IN HEAVEN, ON EARTH, AND UNDER THE EARTH, BY ALL THE CREATURES OF GOD,
AND BY THE SACRED HEART OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
IN THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR.

Opening His Heart to her, our Saviour complained of blasphemy, saying that this sin wounds
His Divine Heart more grievously than all other sins, since it is like a "poisoned arrow."
He also told her that the two sins which offend Him the most grievously
are blasphemy and the profanation of Sunday.

  "This Golden Arrow will wound My Heart delightfully," He said, "and heal the wounds inflicted by blasphemy."

   Sr. Mary of St. Peter saw, "streaming from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, delightfully wounded by this 'Golden Arrow,'
torrents of graces for the conversion of sinners."




"When you eat or drink, think that you are giving me
that alleviation and do the same whenever you
take pleasure in anything whatever."
(Our Lord to Sr. Josepha)

"Everything I say to one of My children is for all of them
... Each soul is My Favorite ...
If only you knew My love for each one."
(Our Lord to Gabrielle Bossis (1874 - 1950)




Frequently kiss the Image of Our Lord.
Revealed to a chosen soul:

    "Whenever you kiss My Image, I in turn kiss you;
whenever you press My Image to your heart,
I in turn press you to My Heart;
whenever you think of Me, I in turn think of you.
Indeed, you are always in My thoughts,
but at these times I think of you
with a special love and devotion."




Miraculous Infant of Prague Prayer
Composed by Rev.Cyrillus a Matre Dei
The first and most devoted venerator of the
Holy Infant of Prague

Jesus unto Thee I flee,
Through Thy Mother praying Thee,
In my need to succor me.
Truly, I believe of Thee
God Thou art with strength to shield me;
Full of trust, I hope of Thee
Thou Thy grace wilt give to me.
All my heart I give to Thee,
Therefore, do my sins repent me;
From them breaking, I beseech Thee,
Jesus, from their bonds to free me.
Firm my purpose is to mend me;
Never more will I offend Thee.
Wholly unto Thee I give me,
Patiently to suffer for Thee,
Thee to serve eternally.
And my neighbor like to me
I will love for love of Thee.
Little Jesus, I beseech Thee,
In my need to succor me,
That with Joseph and with Mary
And the angels, I may Thee
Once enjoy eternally.     Amen.



Use Often and Display in Your Home - Your Sacramentals:

A Sacramental is an aid in which the faithful use to deepen their faith, to bring down a special blessing from God, or ask Him for His special protection, blessing, bring comfort and healing through the workings of His Grace, according to the faith of the believer. And to which has the special blessing of the Church
through her priests.


Sacramental
Resource Guide


The Importance and Use of Sacramentals

'Holy Water, Blessed Candles, Blessed Crucifixes - should be in every room of your house.

St. Jean Vianney said:
"Never let your home be without a crucifix upon its walls, to the end that all who enter it may know that you are a disciple of a Crucified Lord, and that you are not ashamed to own it."

Blessed Statues of Our Lord and Our Lady

* St. Jean Vianney also said:

"Have some pictures or statues of the saints in your home, and prize them with your crucifix, more than any of your possessions. Often it only needs a glance at a picture to bring to our minds the characteristics of the saints during their life on earth....We learn from them lessons of faith, courage, penitence, and the love of God."

*  Display a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary and various wonderful saints like saint Joseph.

* Blessed Salt - Find out more about the renewed interest in this ancient sacramental. > Click Here <

*  Obtain an 'Extreme Unction' or 'sick call' Crucifix at your local Catholic supply store and have it blessed.

Have your whole house blessed by a priest. Consecrate your house and your family to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary during his visit.  Have your children, spouse and pets (even your car) blessed with holy water! Always bless yourself and your children with holy water when entering and leaving church - God's Holy Temple!

*  A picture of The Holy Face of Jesus. Contact the Holy Face Society.
 
 



Wearing Holy Medals
There are many different kinds of holy medals you can choose from.
But here are a few of the most powerful medals.

*  The Miraculous Medal. (I can personally attest to its namesake - having been hit by lightning while camping - and survived unhurt! I wear it always).  Tons and tons of testimonies abound with this special little medal - designed by Our Lady Herself!

*  Wear a Blessed Crucifix.  It is the visible testimony to our salvation and the basis for our faith!

*  Wear The Holy Face Medal. The powerful medal of Jesus' Holy Face, (contact the Holy Face Society located on our LInks page for a free medal & picture).  Who do you love?  Show him by wearing this wonderful medal.  Many miraculous things reported by those who wear it.

* St. Benedict Medal - So powerful it is used in excoricisms.  It's the most highly indulgenced medal in the Church.
 


The Various Scapulars


The Brown Scapular
of Mt. Carmel

(approximate size)

It is a tiny habit of the Carmelite Order. The large full-length version is worn by the Carmelites.  It should be made of 100% *wool.
*(I think for the reason that wool is a sacred representive material which reminds us that we ought to be sheep - and not goats!
And that Jesus is The Lamb of God!)
One part is worn in front and the other in back next to the skin under ones clothes, while attached by two thin strings
worn over the shoulders.  Hence the name 'scapular' taken from the medical term 'scapula' or shoulder).

Anyone of any faith can wear the Brown Scapular and benefit from it's protection after it has been blessed,
but in order for one to be eligible for the Sabbatine Priviledge,
one must be enrolled by a Catholic priest into the Carmelite family and observe the following:


The Sabbatine Priviledge:

"I shall descend on the Saturday after their death
and whomsoever I shall find in Purgatory, I shall set free."

1)  Wear the Brown Scapular. (does not need to be blessed after one has been enrolled).

2)  Observe chastity according to one's state in life.

3) Say the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary daily.
*Note: The Rosary, or seven Our Fathers, Hail Marys
& Glorias may be substituted for the Little Office
when granted permission by a priest with the faculties to do so.

  Wearing the powerful Brown Scapular (Our Lady of Mt. Caramel - Of the Discalced Carmelite Order), is a sign that you are a child of Mary, this is her livery.  To wear it means you are always thinking of her, and she in turn is always thinking of and praying for you! ( Our Lady's promise). (500 days indulgence each time it is kissed)

"Wear it devoutly and perservingly, it is my garment.
To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me,
and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life."
- Our Lady to St. Simon Stock

"One day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World."
- Our Lady to St. Dominic

"Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire."
- Our Lady to St. Simon Stock (July 16, 1251)

"The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable"
- Our Lady to the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal. (1916)
 

The devils revealed to Francis of Yepes, the brother of St. John of the Cross, that three things especially tormented them.  The first is The Name of Jesus; the second, The name of Mary, and the third, The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  "Take off that habit," they cried to him, "which snatches so many souls from us! All those clothed in it die piously and escape us."
 




Other Scapulars

Green: >Click Here<  The Cloth of Conversion, Protection & Grace.  It has only one small square of cloth made of felt or wool and worn in front attached by a thin cord around the neck.  (For the grace of conversion and cures - even if not worn) One should say the following prayer daily for the one given the scapular - if they do not say it or refuse to wear it:

"Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death."


Red: (The Passion of Christ) - For the graces of Faith, Hope, and Love - especially when worn on Fridays. Made like the brown scapular with two small squares of cloth. Usually wool also.  May be worn or displayed in the home.  It has two prayers:

"Holy Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, save us."

"Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Protect us."


Violet: (Benediction & Protection )- For protection from many dangers especially during the Chastisement and for conversion. Worn or displayed in the home). Our Lord made this request of Marie Julie-Jahenny the Breton stigmatist:

"I wish that by the reproduction of this scapular, it should enter the hearts of My children of the Cross, and that they hail Me by these three greetings:

* CRUX  AVE

'I Hail Thee, Jesus Crucified, to let me live.'

'I Hail Thee with all the joy of the Angels
and of the Saints On bringing Thee down from the Cross.'

'I Hail Thee with all the sorrow of Thy Mother
When Thou rested on Her Immaculate Heart.'


Black: (Our Lady of the Seven Dolors) - The grace of a special yearning for Heaven & detachment from the world + other special graces).  Made like the Brown scapular with two black wool cloth panels worn in the front and back.

' Our Lady of The Seven Dolors, pray for us.'

' Afflicted Mother, pray for us.'


Blue: (Of the Immaculate Conception) - Especially for the graces of Virginity and Chastity).  carries with it (as well as the five fold, of which it is a part) 433 indulgences for EVERY RECITAL of 6 Paters, Aves and
Glorias - the only condition is that the person must be in the state of grace.  Great graces are also given to those who pray 5 Paters, Aves and Glorias towards the intention of the conversion of sinners.  One must address
each group (the six and the five) in honor of the most Holy Trinity and the Immaculate Conception.

It is one of the most profound sacramentals the Church has left to assist the souls in Purgatory and pay their ransom out of bondage there. The incorrupt Benedictine, Father Paul of Moll, was always promoting this scapular for that reason.  St. Alphonsus discusses it in "THE GLORIES OF MARY".

- Contributed by one of our readers

White: (The Holy Trinity) - For the redemption of christian captives - Are you a captive to sin? And good works).


The Fivefold Scapular:  A combination of five scapulars: Brown, Black, Blue, White and Red.



The Family Altar

See Photos of a Family Altar

Set up a Family Altar in your house to honor God, around which to pray the family rosary and other prayers ~ like Novenas. (Everything on your family altar should be blessed or sprinkled with holy water) Have beautiful pictures and statues of Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph, and the saints and if your lucky enough to own one ~ relics and other blessed sacramentals.  Place fresh flowers around your alters ~ especially on Feast days. Pussy Willow branches make an impressive display and last forever. Have a large supply of blessed candles for your nightly prayers. Some people may use incense as well. (*see my sacramentals page ~ The Little Flowers Family Apostolate).

Be Creative:

No fresh flowers? Use silk ones. These days they're really not that expensive. I've found vases, candlestick holders, silk flowers, beautiful antique lace doilies and small tablecloths in abundance at consignment/antique shops, flea markets and yard sales for practically nothing.  The altar itself is an old dresser I bought for $5! I keep all my alter supplies there. I found my Holy Infant statue at a consignment shop for $10 - but in really poor shape. Took him home, gave him a new coat of paint, and a beautiful dark blue velvet robe. He's now better than new! Old statues and crucifixes are wonderful to makeover as you always add a little love in beautifying them. In doing this - especially with a crucifix - it also serves as a form of meditation as you think about Christ's sufferings in a special and loving way. You don't need to be an artist!

Where's the Best Place for The Family Altar?

In our case, I found the parents bedroom to be a good location to set up our family altar. It's private and generally off limits (which makes it a more attractive location to the little ones!) And you can keep them from playing with the delicate items on it by simply closing the door when your not using it in prayer.

Hints for Young Mothers:

* Children of all ages love the flowers, statues and candles!  Let them help pick and arrange the flowers for the altar, and after the prayers, let them blow out the candles - and light them (if old enough). Anyone gifted in sewing could make special robes for their statues and change them around from time to time.

Lots of Singing!

* I found the easiest way for children to learn their prayers, is through song. You've got to admit singing is alot more fun than reciting and makes the experience more enjoyable and interesting for both them ~ and you! And you've heard the saying; 'When you sing, you pray twice!'

To Each His Own Rosary

* Obtain for each child their own special rosary. Maybe have them pick it out themselves from a religious gift shop or mail order catalog. (See my sacramentals page). Or give them their rosary (and scapular) on their birthdays or special occasions.  If you don't mind having all the same kind, I will give you free blessed rosaries for your children ~ as many as children you have. >email me<  You can personalize the rosaries by attaching holy medals to them. (How about their patron saints' medal?) (I also have available blessed: Miraculous Medals, Holy Face Medals, and St. Benedict Medals ~ also free.)(Now you have no more excuses! : )

Arts & Crafts Project!

* Large or small colored beads on string (found in departments stores and craft supply stores etc.) would really make a great rosary for a child. You could pick up a little crucifix at a Catholic gift shop.  Let them count out the beads and string them.  (Don't forget to have them blessed!)  Helping the child make their own rosary would really be a fun project, as well as some good quality time spent with mom or dad!

Make it Special

* Keep all the family rosaries together or in special places, then when you're ready to pray as a family, distribute the rosaries each to his own. When finished, gather them back again. That way they won't lose them out in the sandbox, and it makes it a little more special since they only have their rosaries when they're praying at the family altar.  But I've also found that keeping a child's rosary under their pillow or hanging it on their bed post to work fine as well.

Teaching Moments...

Here around the family altar, is the perfect opportunity for the parents to impart their faith onto their youngsters. My six year old always has interesting and thought provoking questions that I can answer each time we say the rosary. At each of the Mysteries, I give a little explaination describing in my own words what each one is about. Even saying a simple phrase like "Poor Jesus", "Poor Mary" causes the little ones to compassionate the sufferings of Our Lord ~ to great spiritual benefit ~ even at the youngest ages! With compassion, are planted the seeds of love.

Let each child say (or sing) the second half of the rosary prayers.  Mix it up a little by together singing some of the Hail Marys and Our Fathers.  I have the little ones, (or the ones who won't say it) at least wear their rosary around their neck and insist they stay in the same room with us while praying.  Don't worry, even if the children refuse to take part or are too young to pray, it will be a blessing to them in ways you'd never guess.  It's enough that they see you doing it!  Eventually, they'll come around, and resist less and less each time.  What you are doing is creating a valuable family tradition ~ instilling in them the importance of prayer and honor shown to God.  And later in life they will have this strength to draw upon ~ learned in childhood!




A True Letter of Our Lord

Taken from the Pieta Prayer Booklet - The 15 St. Bridget Prayers, distributed by the
Miraculous Lady of The Roses, 1186 Burlington Drive, Hickory Corners, Michigan 49060
Telephone: 1 (616) 731-4490

      St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, with St. Mechtilde and St. Bridget, wishing to know more about the terrible Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, offered to God special prayers, sacrifices and devotions. Our Lord rewarded them by appearing to them and spoke to them in this manner:

     "I descended from Heaven to Earth in order to convert you."
     "In olden times people were religious and their harvests were abundant; at present, on the contrary, the are scanty."
     "If you want to reap an abundant harvest you must not work on Sunday,
for on Sunday you must go to Church and Pray to God to forgive your sins.
He gave you six days in which to work and one for rest and devotion
and to tender your help to the poor and assist the Church.
     "Those people, who brawl against my religion and cast slurs on this Sacred Letter,
shall be forsaken by me."

     "On the contrary, those people who shall carry a copy of this letter with them shall be free from death by drowning and from sudden death.  They shall be free from all contagious diseases and lightning; they shall not die without confession, and shall be free from their enemies and from the hand of wrongful authority, and from all their slanderers and false witnesses.

     "Women in peril at child-birth will, by keeping this Oration about them,
immediately overcome the difficulty."

     "In the houses where this Oration is kept no evil thing will ever happen:
and forty days before the death of a person who has this Oration about him or her,
the Blessed Virgin will appear to him or her.  So said St. Gregorius.



2 Paters
2 Glorias
2 Aves

(2 Our Fathers, 2 Glory Be's, 2 Hail Mary's)

Opening Prayer:

'Eternal Father, I offer you The Precious Drops of Blood that Jesus lost;
All His wounds, all His sufferings, all His merits; in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory
and the conversion of sinners.   Amen.

Then pray the: 2 Our Fathers, 2 Glory Be's, 2 Hail Mary's


Promises By Our Lord:

  "To all the faithful who shall recite for 3 years, each day 2 Paters, Glorias and Aves, in honor of the drops of blood I lost, I will concede the following 5 graces:

1.  The plenary indulgence and remittance of your sins.
2.  You will be free from the pains of Purgatory.
3.  If you should die before completing the said 3 years, for you it will be the same as if you had completed them.
4.  It will be upon your death the same as if you had shed all your blood for the Holy Faith.
5.  I will descend from Heaven to take your soul and that of your relatives, until the fourth generation."



Meditation on the Passion of Christ

   "Be it known that the number of armed soldiers were 150; those who trailed me while I was bound were 23.  The executioners of justice were 83; the blows received on my head were 150; those on my stomach, 108; kicks on my shoulders, 80.  I was led, bound with cords by the hair, 24 times; spits in the face were 180; I was beaten on the body 6666 times; beaten on the head, 110 times.  I was roughly pushed, and at 12 o' clock was lifted up by the hair; pricked with thorns and pulled by the beard 23 times; received 20 wounds on the head; thorns of marine junks, 72; pricks of thorns in the head, 110; mortal thorns in the forehead, 3.  I was afterwards flogged and dressed as a mocked king; wounds in the body, 1000.  The soldiers who led me to the Calvary were 608; those who watched me were 3, and those who mocked me were 1008; the drops of blood which I lost were 28,430."

(Benedetta DA S.S., Pope Leo XIII, in Roma 5 Aprile 1890) (Part of a true letter of Our Saviour Jesus Christ Consecrating the Drops of Blood Jesus lost on His way to Calvary.  A copy of this letter is kept in a silver box in the Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem which had been preserved by the Christian Emperors and Pope).


Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar

'Lord Jesus Christ! Who wast pleased to fastened to the pillar and torn with stripes, grant me grace patiently to endure the scourges of Thy paternal correction, and never more grieve Thy Heart by my sins. Amen'
 

Jesus is Crowned with Thorns

'Lord Jesus Christ! Who didst submit through love for me to be crowned with thorns, grant that my heart may be so penetrated with the thorns of repentance in this world, that I may deserve to be hereafter crowned
with Thee in glory.'  Amen.




St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Holy Souls

Our Lord promised St. Gertrude that 1000 souls
would be released from Purgatory each time this prayer is recited:

 'Eternal Father, I offer you the Precious Blood Of Thy Divine Son Jesus,
In union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass said throughout
the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory.  Amen'


Grace Before Meals

  'Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we have received from Thy Bounty,
through Christ our Lord.   Amen.
 


Nightly Prayers

Prayer for Daily Neglects:

 'Eternal Father, I offer you the Sacred Heart  of Your Most Beloved Son Jesus Christ, with all it's love, with all it's sufferings, with all it's merits;

First, to expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. Glory Be....

Second, to purify the good I have done badly this day and during all my life. Glory Be...

Third, to supply for the good I ought to have done but have neglected this day and during all my life.
Glory Be...'

 A Poor Clare nun, who had just died, appeared to her abbess, who was praying for her soul, and said to her, "I went straight to heaven, for, by means of this prayer, recited every evening, I paid my debts." (This prayer, or any other is not meant to, or can replace the necessity of having to go to Confession)


An Act of Spiritual Communion

'My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I long for You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart
as though You have already come.
I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You;
never permit me to be separated from You.'
 

~ Enchiridion of Indulgences

"....Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made.  One every quarter of an hour is not enough.  Make them; shorter, but more numerous."

~ Our Lord to Sr. Benigna Consolata (1916)


The Memorare

  'Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins.  My Mother.
To thee I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.  Amen'


Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear,
to whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen'


St. Michael's Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
Rebuke him, O God I humbly beseech Thee,
and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, thrust into hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world
seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.'


Prayer for the Dying

  'O Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I beseech thee that by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows Thy Immaculate Mother,
to wash clean in Thy Blood all the sinners
of the whole world that are to die this day.  Amen.
'O Jesus, once in agony,
have mercy on the dying.'


Heartbeat Reparation Prayer

  'Eternal Father, I desire to rest in your heart this night.  I make the intention of offering you every beat of my heart, joining to them as many acts of love and desire.
I pray that even while I'm asleep,
I will bring back to You souls that offend You.
I ask forgiveness for the whole world,
especially for those who know You and yet sin.
I offer to You my every breath and heartbeat,
as a prayer of reparation.  Amen'

  "During the night you will rest in My Heart!  My Heart will listen to the beats of yours, which will be so many acts of love and desire.  Thus even while you are sleeping, you will bring back to Me souls that so offend Me ... Ask forgiveness for the whole world, especially for those that know Me and yet sin; offer your self in reparation!"

(Our Lord to Sr. Josefa Menendez)


Prayer for Protection Against Storms
(it is of great Importance)

  'Jesus Christ a King of Glory
has come in Peace.  God became man,
and the Word was made flesh.
Christ was born of a Virgin. Christ suffered.  Christ was crucified. Christ died.
Christ rose from the dead.
Christ ascended into Heaven.
Christ conquers.  Christ reigns.  Christ orders.
May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.
Christ went through their midst in Peace,
and the word was made flesh.
Christ is with us with Mary.
Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion
of the Generation of Juda,
the Root of David, has won.
Holy God!  Holy Powerful God!
Holy Immortal God!  Have mercy on us.  Amen!'


Act of Contrition

    'O My God, I am heartly sorry for having offended Thee,
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.'


Prayer When Using Holy Water:

Make the sign of the Cross, and say:

'By this holy water
and by Your Precious Blood,
Cleanse me from all my sins, O Lord.'



The Great Value of Holy Water

     Holy Water is a powerful sacramental in the Church. Water itself has many special qualities and spiritual attributes as it is referred to many, many times in the Gospels and Old Testament.  Holy water represents a 'cleansing of impurity' and other spiritual significances. It remits venial sin because of the blessing of a Priest sanctified by the Holy Church that is attached to it. It is a Powerful weapon against hell - as is the Name of 'Jesus' and 'Mary' and the meditation of the Holy Rosary. Great importance is placed on it's frequent use by the Church - especially when danger threatens such as fire, storms, sickness and other calamities.  Every Catholic should cultivate the frequent use of holy water and no Catholic home should be without it!

The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a
 person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.

Reflections of St. Teresa of Avila:

  "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again.  They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy water must have great value. For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation.

In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe,
 resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has
 happened to me only once it has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.

 I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed."

 "One night, too, about this time, I thought the devils were stifling me; and when the nuns had sprinkled a great deal of holy water about I saw a huge crowd of them running away as quickly as though they were about to fling themselves down a steep place."

 "I will only describe something that happened to me one night of All Souls. I was in an oratory: I had said one nocturn and was repeating some very devotional prayers which follow it -- they are extremely devotional: we have them in our office-book -- when actually the devil himself alighted on the book, to
 prevent me from finishing the prayer. I made the sign of the Cross and he went away. I then began again and he came back.

 I think I began that prayer three times and not until I had sprinkled some holy water on him could I finish it. At the same moment I saw several souls coming out of purgatory: their time there must have been nearly up and I thought that perhaps the devil was trying to impede their deliverance."

 Keep your soul beautifully pure in God's sight by making the Sign of the Cross carefully while saying,
 "By this holy water and by Thy Precious Blood wash away all my sins, O Lord."
 

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A DROP OF HOLY WATER


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