O most holy angel of God, appointed by God
to be my guardian, I give you thanks for all the benefits which you have ever
bestowed on me in body and in soul. I praise and glorify you that you
condescended to assist me with such patient fidelity, and to defend me against
all the assaults of my enemies. Blessed be the hour in which you were assigned
me for my guardian, my defender and my patron. In acknowledgement and return for
all your loving ministries to me, I offer you the infinitely precious and noble
heart of Jesus, and firmly purpose to obey you henceforward, and most faithfully
to serve my God.
A Catholic Prayer from the Grace from all the World's Masses
we humbly offer Thee our poor presence, and that of the whole of humanity,
from the beginning to the end of the world at all the Masses that ever have or ever will be prayed.
We offer Thee all the pains, sufferings, prayers, sacrifices, joys, and relaxations of our lives, in union with those of our Lord Jesus here on earth.
May the Most Precious Blood of Christ, all His Blood, Wounds, and Agony save us, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Praying the Promises
(Based on the Twelve Promises made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary)
Let us pray: Sacred Heart of Jesus, behold us kneeling before You to praise You, to thank You, to repair
our faults,and consecrate ourselves to Your love. Mindful of Your divine promises, we presume to go to You with
the utmost confidence:
Heart of Jesus, grant us all the graces necessary for this state of life. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, establish peace in our families. R. Lord, you have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, help us in our afflictions and console us in our trials. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, be our assured refuge in life, but especially at the hour of death. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, pour down Your blessings in abundance on all our undertakings. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, be for sinners an ocean of mercy. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, render tepid souls fervent. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, grant that fervent souls may advance rapidly in the path of perfection. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, bless every place where Your image is exposed and honored. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, give to those whou labour for the salvation of souls, the grace of thouching the hardest hearts. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, engrave forever in Your adorable Heart the names of those who promote this devotion. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Heart of Jesus, give to those who communicate for nine consecutive First Fridays, the grace of final repentance and the reception of the Sacraments. R. Lord, You have promised it.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, be the sole object of our love, the protector of our life, the support of our weakness, the remedy of our inconstancy, the repairer of all our faults, the assurance of our slavation, and our refuge at the hour of death. Amen.
Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration You receive from the angels and saints.
I give You my heart and I offer my ardent thanksgiving for all the grace which You never cease to bestow on me.
O Giver of all supernatural gifts, who filled the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with such immense favors, I beg You to visit me with Your grace and Your love and to grant me the gift of holy fear, so that it may act on me as a check to prevent me from falling back into my past sins, for which I beg pardon.
Grant me the gift of piety, so that I may serve You for the future with increased fervor, follow with more promptness Your holy inspirations, and observe your divine precepts with greater fidelity.
Grant me the gift of knowledge, so that I may know the things of God and, enlightened by Your holy teaching, may walk, without deviation, in the path of eternal salvation.
Grant me the gift of fortitude, so that I may overcome courageously all the assaults of the devil, and all the dangers of this world which threaten the salvation of my soul.
Grant me the gift of counsel, so that I may choose what is more conducive to my spiritual advancement and may discover the wiles and snares of the tempter.
Grant me the gift of understanding, so that I may apprehend the divine mysteries and by contemplation of heavenly things detach my thoughts and affections from the vain things of this miserable world.
Grant me the gift of wisdom, so that I may rightly direct all my actions, referring them to God as my last end; so that, having loved Him and served Him in this life, I may have the happiness of possessing Him eternally in the next.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God, Born of the Father before all ages.God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
Consubstantial with the Father; Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the Holy Spirit he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, death, and was buried and rose again on the third day 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.
I 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 adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, we humbly beg of Thee to revive in They Church that spirit which Thou didst so abundantly bestow on the Apostles. Call, we pray Thee, very many to Thy priesthood and to the religious life. And may zeal for Thy glory and the salvation of souls inflame those whom Thou hast chosen, may they be saints in Thy likeness, and may Thy Spirit strengthen them. O Jesus, give us priests and religious after Thine own Heart! (Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York)
Lord, I believe: I wish to believe
in Thee. Lord, let my
be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate
my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things. Lord, let my
be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit,
and dispose it for prayer with God and conversation with men, so that
the inner bli. ss of its fortunate possession may shine forth in sacred
and secular conversation. Lord, let my
be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and not have any better guarantee than in docility to Tradition and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church.
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O Jesus, we know that you are gentle, that you have given your heart to us, crowned with the thorns of our sins. We know well that today you still pray for us, so that we will not be lost.
Jesus, remember us if we fall into sin. Through your Sacred Heart, enable us to love one another, that hatred may disappear from among men. Show us your love. We love you and wish that you protect us with the heart of the Good Shepherd.
Enter into each heart, Lord Jesus! Knock on the door of our hearts with patience and persistence. We are locked within ourselves for we have not understood your will. O Jesus continue to knock that our hearts may open to you, especially when we remember the passion which you suffered for us. Amen
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Immaculate Heart Mary, overflowing with goodness, show us your love. May the flame of your heart,O Mary, descend upon all people. We love you so very much. Impress true love in our hearts. May our hearts yearn for you.
O Mary sweet and humble of heart, Remember us even when we sin. You know that we are all sinners. Through your most sacred and motherly heart, heal us of every spiritual illness. Make us capable of realizing the beauty of your maternal heart.
And in this way, may we be converted by the flame of your heart. Amen
Acts of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, 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 sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
St. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Jesus
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me ! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to renew it. And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
O Holy Spirit, grant me all these graces. Plant in my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life in abundance. O Holy Spirit, give me great devotion to Mary, Thy faithful spouse; give me great confidence in her maternal heart and an abiding refuge in her mercy, so that by her Thou mayest truly form in me Jesus Christ, great and mighty, unto the fullness of His perfect age. Amen.
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loretto)
This beautiful litany can be recited alone, or after praying the rosary, particularly during the month of May, dedicated to Mary. A partial indulgence is attached to those who pray this litany.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, 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 Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. .
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord.
Let us pray. O God, you willed that, at the message of an angel, your Word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant to your suppliant people, that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with you. Through the same Christ our Lord.
From Christmas to the Purification
Let us pray. O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, you bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beg you, that we may feel the power of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.
Let us pray. O God, who by the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world; grant, we beg you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.
Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (St. Louis De Montfort's Consecration)
I, (Name), a faithless sinner -
renew and ratify today in thy hands,
O Immaculate Mother,
the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan,
his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him
all the days of my life,
and to be more faihful to Him
than I have ever been before.
In the presence of
all the heavenly court
I choose thee this day,
for my Mother and Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee,
as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior,
and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future;
leaving to thee the entire
and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God,
in time and in eternity.
LITANY TO JESUS IN THE WOMB OF MARY
Response to each invocation: Have mercy on us.
Jesus, knit so wonderfully in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, uniquely human from the moment of conception in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, present at creation, created in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, word made flesh, taking on a human body in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, subject to human development in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, whose Precious Blood first flowed through tiny arteries and veins in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, hidden nine months in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, begotten by God, nourished by the substance and blood of His Most Holy Mother in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, leaping from eternity into time, in the womb of Mary
Jesus, revealing with His Father and the Holy Spirit all wisdom and knowledge to His Most Holy Mother, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, aware of His role as Redeemer in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, Sanctifier of His Precursor from the womb of Mary,
Jesus, Eternal Word, Divine Child, embraced by the Father, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, raising His Mother to the heights of sanctification, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, everlasting delight of heaven, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, manifesting His Incarnation to His Holy Mother, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, adored and contemplated by His Mother in the sanctuary of her womb Jesus, before whom the angels prostrated themselves, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, in whom the very angels beheld the humanity of the Infant God and the union of the two natures of the Word in the virginal womb of Mary,
Jesus, whose Holy Limbs first budded in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, whose Godhead the world cannot contain, weighing only a few grams in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, Divine Immensity, once measuring only tenths of an inch in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, Sacrificial Lamb, Docile Infant in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, who was to suffer the agony and passion of death, accepting the human capacity for pain and grief, in the womb of Mary,
Jesus, Lamb of God in the womb of Mary, Spare us, O Lord.
Jesus, Holy Innocent in the womb of Mary, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Jesus, Son of God and Messiah in the womb of Mary, Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Let us pray:
God, our creator, you formed us as women and men,
equal partners in the stewardship of your world:
joined forever as sisters and brothers,
yet within each of us lives a rich diversity of different gifts,
different hopes and different limitations.
In Jesus, your word born fully in our flesh,
you have seen and loved in us all that you have made us to be.
Though graced, we are limited and often weak.
But our weaknesses themselves are no obstacle to your passion for us.
Teach us to see in ourselves what you have seen in each of us from birth.
Teach us to know our gifts and limits.
Keep us confidently on the path of self-knowledge,
fullness of wisdom, and joy in being your children.
We ask this through Christ and the Holy Spirit, with you,
One God, forever and ever. Amen
"Love Mary!... She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme.
If you are in danger, she will
hasten to free you.
If you are troubled, she will console you.
If you are sick, she will bring you relief.
If you are in need, she will help you.
She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you.
She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity."
-St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful
From the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Orleans.
THE LITANY OF SAINT JOAN OF ARC Composed by Louis, Bishop of Saint Dié.
Lord, have mercy on us!
Jesus Christ, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy on us!
Jesus Christ, hear us!
Jesus Christ, graciously hear us!
Our Heavenly Father, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Son, Savior of the world, Who
is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Spirit, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Mary, virgin mother of God, pray for us.
Our Lady of the Assumption, principal patron of France, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, patron and special protector of France, pray for us.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr, pray for us.
Saint Margaret of Antioch, virgin and martyr, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, chosen by God at Domremy, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, informed [of her mission] by Saint Michael, the Archangel and his angels, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, compliant to the call of God, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, confidant [in] and submissive to her voices, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, model of family life and labor, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, faithfully devoted to Our Lady, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, who delighted in the Holy Eucharist, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, model of generosity in the service to God, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, example of faithfulness to the Divine vocation, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, model of union with God in action, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, virgin and soldier, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, model of courage and purity in the field [of battle], pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, compassionate towards all who suffer, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, the pride of Orleans, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, glory of Reims, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, liberator of the Country, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, abandoned and imprisoned at Compiegne, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, pure and patient in your prison, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, heroic and valiant before your judges, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, alone with God at the hour of torment, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, martyr of Rouen, pray for us.
Saint Joan or Arc and Saint Therese of Lisieux patronesses of France, pray for us.
All the Saints of France, intercede for us.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, Lord.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us, that we may become worthy of the promises of Our Savior Jesus Christ.
Let us pray.
Oh God, Who has raised up in an admirable manner, the virgin of Domremy, Saint Joan of Arc, for the defense of the faith and [our] country. By her intercession, we ask You that the Church [may] triumph against the assaults of her enemies and rejoice in lasting peace; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
THE LITANY OF SAINT JOAN OF ARC
Lord, have mercy on us!
Jesus Christ, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy on us!
Jesus Christ, hear us!
Jesus Christ, graciously hear us!
Our Heavenly Father, Who is
God, have mercy on us!
Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Spirit, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, Who is God, have mercy on us!
Holy Mary, virgin mother of God, pray for us.
Saint Joan named by God before
the foundations of the world; Pray for us.
Saint Joan consecrated in the womb; Pray for us.
Saint Joan born on the feast of Epiphany at Domremy, France ; Pray for us
Saint Joan pious and noble in your childhood; Pray for us.
Saint Joan exhibiting wisdom and grace as a child; Pray for us.
Saint Joan delight of all who knew you; pray for us.
Saint Joan pious daughter of the church; Pray for us.
Saint Joan daughter of Mary Most Holy; Pray for us.
Saint Joan who delighted in the Eucharist; Pray for us.
Saint Joan compliant to the call of God; pray for us.
Saint Joan model of family life and labor; Pray for us
Saint Joan submissive to the command of God through her counselors; Pray for us.
Saint Joan informed of her mission by Saint Michael the Archangel; Pray for us.
Saint Joan faithfully devoted to Our Lady, pray for us.
Saint Joan confident in and submissive to her voices, pray for us.
Saint Joan example of faithfulness to the Divine Vocation, pray for us.
Saint Joan model of union with God in action, pray for us
Saint Joan model of mercy and compassion; Pray for us
Saint Joan patriot in the service to your God and country; Pray for us
Saint Joan virgin and soldier, pray for us.
Saint Joan model of courage and purity to all. pray for us.
Saint Joan liberator of Orleans, France; Pray for us.
Saint Joan glory of Rheims, France; Pray for us.
Saint Joan liberator of France; Pray for us.
Saint Joan who by your life and example restored the faith of the people of France.
Saint Joan abandoned and imprisoned at Compiegne, pray for us.
Saint Joan pure and patient in your prison; Pray for us.
Saint Joan beaten, bruised, questioned and accused; Pray for us. Saint Joan heroic and valiant before your judges; Pray for us.
Saint Joan bearing prophetic utterance at your trial; Pray for us. Saint Joan remaining true to your Lord through extremity; Pray for us.
Saint Joan alone with God at your hour of passion; Pray for us.
Saint Joan forgiving your executioners; Pray for us.
Saint Joan crying the name of your savior Jesus Christ to the end; Pray for us. Saint Joan martyred on the feast of Corpus Christi ; Pray for us. Saint Joan virgin martyr of Rouen, France ; Pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc angel of Domremy; Pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc apostle of God; pray for us.
Saint Joan pray for us, that we may become worthy of the promises of Our Savior Jesus Christ.
Let us pray.
Lord God, Who has raised up in
an admirable manner, the Virgin of Domremy, Saint Joan of Arc, for the defence
of the faith and country. By her intercession, we ask that Saint Joan intercede
for us and the Church That it will triumph against the assaults of her enemies
and rejoice in lasting peace; through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Saint Michael Novena
nine consecutive days)
Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His Catholic people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who hast made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.
Thou knowest the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request: (Here mention your request.)
Saint Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will, my petition will be granted.
Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen.
Short Exorcism Prayer to Saint Michael
(by Pope Leo XIII)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Consecration to Saint Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel, invincible Prince of the Angelic hosts and glorious protector of the universal Church, I greet thee and praise thee for that splendor with which God has adorned thee so richly. I thank God for the great graces He hast bestowed upon thee, especially to remain faithful when Lucifer and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honor of God and the Divinity of the Son of Man.
Saint Michael, I consecrate to thee my soul and body. I choose thee as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to thy care. Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps.
Assist me by thy powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating thy courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in thy kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in Heaven forever. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joan of Arc For Faith.
In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen
Saint Joan of Arc, Virgin
Apostolic Brief, Jan.11,1927.
Saint Joan of Arc, Apostle of the Kingship of Christ,
Pray for us.
ANGELUS OF JOAN OF ARC
Saint Michael the Archangel announced to Joan that she would save France, by first serving the King of Heaven.
Here I am, the daughter of God. I was born for this.
And in less than a year by the audacity of Joan and the power of God, Orleans was delivered and the King of France was blessed and crowned at Reims.
I salute you, Joan, the Maid. Jesus and Mary were your aides. You are blessed among all the daughters of France and your advice is blessed.
Saint Joan of Arc, patron and guardian of the country, by the incessant prayer [of] our country [may we] become truly French and Christian and discover its unity. Amen.
Pray for us, Saint Joan of Arc, that we may all be worthy of our mission.
LET US PRAY:
Oh God, Who has so loved France, You have raised up this unique Joan of Arc. We beg You by Jesus and Mary to make us share in her clear good sense, her hardy courage, her freshness of soul, her joyous gift of self, her willingness to serve You and her lively love of Your Son and His mother. Amen.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Composed by Louis, Bishop of Saint Dié
God, Who has given to Joan of Domremy to be valiant in the humble work of the house and the fields and generously faithful to all Your calls.
Grant to us, by her intercession, to accomplish with faith all the works of our lives and to serve You courageously in our labors on the land, that we may earn a place with Joan and all the saints of France, in the Kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT JOAN OF ARC
prayer written in 1939 by the Bishop of Orleans, France.
O Joan, holy liberator of France, the powerful holy force in the days of old, as you yourself said, "Peace would be found only at the point of a lance," who used the weapons of war when no other means were able to obtain a just Peace, take care and help today those who do not want to do violence and patiently try to employ all possible peaceful means of resolution, but now allow the violence of war.
Return, O great hearted Daughter of God, and wage war against the enemies of the people of France and the people of England, with whom you yourself wished an alliance for the good of humanity. Both nations are now raised for the defense of what you would have defended: Justice between nations! Both peoples wish to crush the rebirth of barbarism as they raise this cry which is yours: Christianity must continue!
Heroine of Orleans, transmit to our leaders, your talent to inspire your soldiers to accomplish great deeds of valor, in order that our soldiers’ efforts will come to a rapid and successful end.
Triumphant One of Reims, prepare for us the just peace under the shield of a force that will be henceforth vigilant!
Martyr of Rouen, be near to all the soldiers who fall in battle, in order to support, console, and help them and those dear ones that they leave behind.
Saint of the Country, excite in all souls, in every home of the world, the zeal to contribute to the salvation of the world and the return of peace, works which you crave, the rediscovery of a more Christian life, through holy thoughts and actions, forgiveness and persistent prayer, that as you yourself once said, "God must be served first." Amen.
FROM THE LATIN BREVIARY
For May 30th.
1) This is Joan, a most pious and simple maiden, who much feared the Lord, and of whom no one ever said an evil word.
2) The Lord raised her up, and behold the maiden was clad in the armor of God, so that she might withstand the snares of the enemy.
3) Her loins girt with verity and covered with the laurels of justice, she took up the shield and helmet of salvation.
4) And behold she raised her hand to the people and showed the nations the miracle of the Lord, so as to put the adversary to flight. Alleluia!
5) The angel guarded her; and
when going and when stopping, and when returning, as well as in the midst of the
fire, he never abandoned her. Alleluia!
FROM THE HYMN
Raising the people out of profound misery, thou hast accomplished miracles, O, generous virgin!
With right shall the generations call thee through the centuries, "Parent of Our Country."
The greatest reward remains the best. New work and new triumph call thee.
God in sending for thee gave thee new strength and the crown.
To Him who gave salvation to the oppressed, the thrice blessed Lord, let us offer our praises, so that France shall live forever through the many merits of her patron.
ANGEL OF FRANCE
SAINT JEHANNE DARC
Prayer for intercession written in 2004
Oh beloved Saint I fly to you and implore your help and protection in this my time of need. Well do you know the graces that I stand in need of, well do you know my failings and my sins.
Glory be to the father…..
Beloved Saint I present to you my petitions and beg you for your intercession on my behalf knowing that you are so beloved of God that he would refuse you nothing.
Here present your petitions………………..
Prayers by Jennifer
Thoughts and Concepts behind
The Prayer to Sainte Jehanne d'Arc, La Pucelle
"Valiant St. Jehanne, Maid of Orleans, to you I offer this prayer in hope that you may guide me in the virtues of courage, patience, leadership, and trust in God's will."
*St. Jehanne, as a saint of the Catholic Church, serves as an example of how a person should offer themselves as a dwelling place for God. She personified the four "cardinal virtues": prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance (Catechism 1805). By aspiring to be like her in virtue is to become closer to God. We can ask her for intercession for ourselves and the whole world (see Catechism 2683, 2684). Our devotion to St. Jehanne, who dwells in heaven, brings us closer to Christ and, in being more closely united to Christ, we fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness (Catechism 956, 957).
"Inspire me from this hour forth to accept God's will unquestioningly, just as you did when obeying the saintly voices of His messengers in the fields of Domremy."
*St. Jehanne heard and listened to the Voice of God through Saints Catherine, Marguerite, and Michael. She has said that she first heard the voices while a child in her birthplace, Domremy. St. Jehanne had complete faith in her messengers' commands and brought them to fruition, despite great opposition.
"Pray for me to be compassionate, serving God by serving those who are downtrodden and poor in spirit. Obtain for me the strength andcourage to defend God's mission of love and justice and to lead by the example of piety, truth, forgiveness, and faith unwavering."
*St. Jehanne, in following God's commands, served her countrymen who had been oppressed by the English. Her cause lead her into battle where she continued to honor God by encouraging purity and morality from her fellow soldiers. St. Jehanne fulfilled God's mission through justice--the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor; establishing harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. She, by honoring God's commandments, fulfills his foremost law: love.
"Come to my aid as I pray ardently for God's mercy, remembering to forgive others, even in times of persecution. Dauntless Warrior Saint, beseech our heavenly Father, in honor of His Holy Passion, to grant me the courage to speak truth in the face of adversity and the initiative to step forth in spiritual battle for Him."
*St. Jehanne exhibited mercy in battle, giving her opponents opportunity to retreat in peace. In captivity, she bore her wrongful imprisonment patiently. She remained faithful to God. In her trial, Jehanne spoke what she knew to be God's truth despite the threat of torture and death. Jehanne, by acting upon her Voices' commands, stepped forth in spiritual battle for Him and continued to defend His mission to her death. This paragraph of the prayer also contains reference to a prayer Jehanne recited in her trial, which contains the phrase, "...in honor of Your Holy Passion," on March 28 regarding guidance in how to answer her judges about dressing in men's clothing.
"O chaste and steadfast Maid, galvanize my spirit that I may strive in each moment to be placed in God's grace. And may I recall that, like you in battle, I am to be a soldier for the Lord in this life, for it is He who shall give victory."
*St. Jehanne exhibited the virtue of chastity during her life. She vowed virginity for as long as it would please God. In being chaste, a virtue that let her love with an upright and undivided heart, she also achieved purity of intention (seeking to fulfill God's will in everything), purity of vision (refusing complicity in impure thoughts that turn us aside from God's path), and purity of heart ("Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God) (Catechism 2518-2520). This paragraph also contains references to Jehanne's response to her trial judges when asked if she was in God's grace. Jehanne's response was: "If I am not, may it please God to put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there." Her reply adhered to Catholic doctrine that grace escapes our experience and cannot be known except by faith, that we cannot rely on our feelings or our works to conclude that we are justified and saved (Catechism 2005). There is also a reference to her response to her examiners in Poitiers when questioned about the need for soldiers in fulfilling God's will to deliver France : "In God's name! The soldiers will fight, and God will give the victory!" Each of us can view ourselves as soldiers in a lifelong battle to fulfill God's will, to overcome the evils of this world. It is our duty as His children to devote our lives to the glory of His Kingdom.
The spelling of her name in this prayer, "Jehanne," is used to reflect the spelling she herself used as is evident in historical documents and letters attributed to her.
The title, "La Pucelle," is used since this was the only surname Jehanne assigned to herself during her lifetime. The phrase is French for "the Maid." The phrase, "Jhesus Maria," ends this prayer to recall the battle standard Jehanne carried that bore the same words.
The paragraphs in this prayer are punctuated throughout by five crosses to signify the five crosses that adorned the sword she had recovered from the church altar of Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois.
Valiant St. Jehanne, Maid of Orleans,
to you I offer this prayer in hope that you may guide me in the virtues of courage, patience, leadership, and trust in God's will.
Inspire me from this hour forth to accept God's will
unquestioningly,just as you did when obeying the saintly voices of His
messengersin the fields of Domremy.
Pray for me to be compassionate, serving God by serving those who are downtrodden and poor in spirit. Obtain for me the strength and courage to defend God's mission of love and justice and to lead by the example of piety, truth, forgiveness, and faith unwavering.
Come to my aid as I pray ardently for God's mercy, remembering to forgive others, even in times of persecution.
Dauntless Warrior Saint, beseech Our Heavenly Father, in honor of His Holy Passion, to grant me the courage to speak truth in the face of adversity and the initiative to step forth in spiritual battle for Him.
O chaste and steadfast Maid, galvanize my spirit that I may striv in each moment to be placed in God's grace.
And may I recall that, like you in battle, I am to be a soldierfor the Lord in this life, for it is He who shall give victory.
Prayer of Consecration to Saint Joan of Arc
O dearest Saint, whom we have truly come to admire, love and respect; please help each and everyone of us from this day forth to grow daily in grace and in the practice of genuine Christian virtue. In imitation of thee, pray and intercede for us therefore that we may live a pure and chaste life, while living in this world, and grow more deeply in the Faith as well as increase the knowledge of it so as to never lose the sincere appreciation of "this pearl of great price." Pray for us too that our hope for the attainment of heaven - our true home - as well as the desire for the pursuit of personal holiness - which is the key to it - may never wane during our pilgrimage in this valley of tears. Assist us, then, dear Saint in sincerely pursuing these two spiritual goals with the same determination and perseverance, as thou dids't exhibit while on earth, despite all the odds that may yet come against us. Furthermore, by your holy generosity, please St. Joan pray of us that like thee, O Virgin Maiden; we may advance daily in true Fraternal Charity first towards God - ever willing to be never out-done in our acts of piety and adoration of Our Blessed Lord in the practice of our Holy Religion. Help us too to show this Christ-like Charity to our dear brothers and sisters in the Faith when we see them in need and even towards those who would make themselves our enemies. Like thee, O beloved patron, may we never show them any bitterness and hatred but rather pity them in their weakness and above all pray for their conversion and sanctification of their hearts, and minds and ultimately the salvation of their souls.
O Valiant Spiritual Warrior of God, ever brave and virile of heart; we - poor sinners of Christ's Militant Church on earth, - beg of thee today at this un-easy time in the history of the Church to watch over us in our constant daily struggle against satan and the powers of darkness who seek none other than to destroy the Faith in so many souls and to rob them of the inestimable gift of Sanctifying Grace which is the seed of Eternal Glory. Protect us, then, O glorious saint from all evil influences of this materialistic world in which we live. Shield us too from the on-slaught of the present day errors and heresies of Modernism, Liberalism and Secular Humanism as well as all other atheistic beliefs, which have unfortunately become the primary causes of so many souls being led into the general apostasy predicted for our time. Moreover in addition to these prayerful requests which we ask in trustful confidence of thy intercessory power, - help to 'lift the veil of confusion' from the minds and hearts of those unfortunate souls who are presently and imprudently believing and adhering to false doctrines, erroneous opinions, questionable apparitions and even deceitful messages from modern day would -be false prophets. In these times of brazen impiety, pray for us to obtain the grace of moral courage to un-hesitatingly be ever ready to draw the 'Spiritual Sword of Truth' and to strike at all forms of deceit in order that evil may eventually be overcome by good.
O blessed St. Joan, - true apostle of the Kingship of Christ - may we, like thee, be totally dedicated to spreading courageously the doctrine of the Social Kingship of Christ, Our Saviour, and all that it implies and may we likewise cultivate and spread devotion to Our Blessed Mother - the Queen of Heaven, - for just as you had the names of "Jhesus & Marie" inscribed upon your military banner, when leading your country-men into battle to fight for their homeland, - so may their sacred names be forever and indelibly impressed in our hearts and minds and upon our lips.
Finally, O "Daughter of God,"
whom we honor this day by the collective consecration of ourselves to thy
protection; obtain for each and everyone of us gathered - the grace to be
willing to give our very lives for the Faith, - yes, even martyrdom itself, so
that just as thou, at the end of your mortal life was willing to be consumed in
the fires at the stake lit by those who took away your precious life, - grant
that whatever suffering we may be called upon to endure, in the future; we too
may one day be consumed in the Fire of God's Everlasting Love and in doing so,
eventually enjoy HIS Beatific Presence in Heaven with thee, see thee face to
face, and praise HIM, HIS holy mother in company with all the choirs of angels
and saints! AMEN! Ave Jhesus & Maria!!!
Father Peter R. Lemay composed this prayer, on May 29th, 2001 through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and with the assistance of Fr. Lemay's guardian angel and St. Joan.
A PRAYER TO SAINT JOAN OF ARC
Composed by Virginia Lindsley, when she was in the 7th grade.
Dear Saint Joan: I humbly ask you to help me to live as God wants me to. I would be happy if I had only a fraction of the love and kindness you had for your enemies as well as your friends. But most of all, I implore you to help me to obtain from God a spark of your great and endless love and faith so that I may truly love, serve and obey Him with my whole heart as you did to the very end of your holy life. May you always protect me and help me to stay pure in mind, body and spirit forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER TO SAINT JOAN OF ARC IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
Composed by Andrea Oefinger
SAINT JOAN OF ARC, GIVE ME STRENGTH!
In this, my time of need, I beg thee to come to my aid.
I humbly ask thee to help me bear my trials with honor,
As I remember you in your earthly agonies.
BLESSED JOAN, DUTY BOUND TO GOD, GIVE ME COURAGE!
You who left family and friends to enter into God’s service,
Devout and valiant to uphold righteousness to the end,
While being insulted and harmed by your enemies.
HOLY JOAN, DAUGHTER OF GOD, GIVE ME FORTITUDE!
Help me to prevail in life and death over evil,
While bearing my injuries with the dignity you showed
When wounded in the breast, head, thigh, and heel.
PIOUS JOAN, HELP ME TO BE FEARLESS!
Abandoned by the king you yourself had crowned,
Captured and sold to the highest bidder,
You put your trust in the King of Heaven to deliver you.
VENERABLE JOAN, HELP ME TO BE UNWAVERING IN MY FAITH!
Beaten, bruised, questioned and accused,
You were denied that which you loved most:
Communion, confession, mass and public prayer.
HEROIC JOAN, HELP ME TO UPHOLD JUSTICE!
Imprisoned, neglected, threatened and condemned,
Sentenced to die as a heretic the most cruelest death,
To die by the fire and be raised up in heaven!
GLORIOUS VIRGIN, PLEASE INTERCEDE FOR ME.
Hear this petition and my heartfelt plea.
Pray for me in this, my time of need,
For I believe God will deny you nothing. Amen.
(Here mention you specific
PRAYER TO SAINT JOAN OF ARC FOR HEALING
Composed by Andrea Oefinger
Holy Saint Joan, compassionate to the sick and wounded, who, while on earth, nursed so many back to health, hear me.
You who wished to see no one injured or in discomfort, pray for me and guide me through this difficult time.
Daughter of God, wounded many times in battle, I petition you for healing (here mention your request here) so that I may be better able to serve God in whatever capacity HE wishes. Intercede for me.
It may not be in God’s will for my body to be healed, for my sufferings may help another or my own soul. If my request is not granted, help me to remain strong, and instead be healed emotionally and spiritually. Amen.
A PRAYER COMPOSED BY THE SISTERS OF SAINT JOAN OF ARC
O Saint Joan of Arc, courageous woman soldier, called by God to fight and save your country from the enemy; grant that I, like you, may hear God’s call in my life and have the courage to follow it faithfully, as priest, religious, married or single.
May your motto: ‘My God must be first served,’ be mine also; so that through me, He may build His kingdom here on earth.
Intercede to the Master of the harvest, that He may send laborers into His harvest.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for
Apostolic Brief, Jan.11,1927.
Saint Joan of Arc, Apostle of the Kingship of Christ,
Pray for us.
Prayer To St. Joan of Arc
Composed by Sister Betsy Cheramie, BSC of Berryville, Arkansas
Oh, St. Joan of Arc, a little shepherdess, who later was to be called 'the Maid who would come to help the King of France' and boldly lead the men-at-arms in freeing Orleans from the English, I ask of you to intercede for me through Jesus Christ Our Lord, with the fervor and faithfulness you had when trying to accomplish the mission God, Our Heavenly Father had set before you, through the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.
When on trial and asked, 'Do you believe you are in a state of grace?' You replied, 'If I am not, may God put me in it; and if I am, God keep me in it.'
St. Joan of Arc, Patroness of France pray for me.
Feast: May 30.
Canonized May 16,
A Soldiers Prayer to St. Joan
St. Joan of Arc, humble maiden of France, your heavenly Father miraculously endowed you with every military skill and knowledge, and raised you up as the Commander of the armies of France for the blessing of His Church, the protection of His people, and the glory of His Holy Name. By your merits and prayers may God also endow all military men and women with every military skill and knowledge necessary for his station of duty. May his mission always be righteous, and his actions always be courageous, compassionate, and just. And just as you showed your ardent love for Jesus in offering up your life for Him, so may they fulfill all that their duty requires. St. Joan of Arc pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
Written by Gregory Lobas of
Berea, Ohio - May 30th 20 01
St. Joan of Arc, Pray For Us
St. Joan of Arc, pray for us that we, like you, may receive the merciful gift of courage from Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to learn and do His will. St. Joan, pray for us that we, like you, may remain pure and steadfast in the face of all the temptations that we must endure in everyday life. St. Joan, pray for us that we, like you, may never lose sight of God's will, though we are persecuted and castigated by the world. And, finally, St. Joan, shepherdess, liberator and martyr, pray that we, also like you, may never lose our humanity and sense of humor in pursing Our Lord's will.
Written by Michael
Fantina, June 10th 2001
PRAYER TO ST. JOAN OF ARC
Composed by Linda Fowler, July, 2000
Dear and Glorious St. Joan of Arc, my special
patroness, friend and sister in Christ. I come before you this day to thank you
for the graces you have obtained for me and my family and to ask your continued
intercession with Our Lady to Jesus for us. Help me to fight the battles God
sends me daily with the same courage and dedication you had. My battles may be
smaller and different than the ones you were called to but I need the grace to
surrender my will to God's daily. As you wore a physical armor, help me to put
on the spiritual armor that St. Paul call us to wear in order to stay in the
state of grace always. Be with me at my last hour so that my entry into eternity
will be with faith in the divine Mercy of God no matter what form of death He
wills for me. Help me to keep my eyes focused on Jesus and Him Crucified and
Mary Immaculate. Grant me the signal grace I need at that hour and grant me the
honor and privilege to stand next to you in the heavenly court with my family,
St Joseph and all the saints and angels as we surround the thrones of Jesus and
Mary through all eternity and worship the most Holy and Triune God. St. Joan,
virgin and martyr, pray for me. Amen
A Prayer to St. Jehanne, La Pucelle for Chastity
By Ryan Morton
Dear St. Jehanne, my friend and patroness, I humbly ask for your prayers to help me stay chaste in mind, body and spirit, so that my virginity will be as sacred to me as it was to you. Help me abstain from all sexual sin and the harm it causes. Pray that I also may find the right woman to marry and start a family with. May she be beautiful inside and out and may she love me despite my past faults. May I be always in your prayers and may those prayers keep me in the Grace of God; for without God's Grace and your friendship, I would be lost. I love you, Jehanne and I thank you for your past prayers. May I make YOUR pray mine: "If I am not in the Grace of God may HE put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there." Amen!