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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

GLORY TO YOU GOD THE FATHER. Supreme King, Creator of the Heavens and the earth. Glory to You Supreme Omnipotence, Glory to You, Fountain of Love and Eternal Wisdom, glory to You, Highest Infinite Majesty.

Glory to You, abundant fountain of Existence, glorious cause without cause. Glory to You, Divine Promise and final Goal of all Your Children, Whose Name is reason for Praise and Fear.

Glory to You Sovereign God, beyond the description of our limited human intellect, but closer than our own breath. Glory to You God, Author of what has been created and sustaining Spirit of the physical and spiritual universe.

My Father, I adore You with all the strength of my heart, my mind, my soul and my Spirit.

Celestial Father, Come reign in our hearts!

GLORY TO YOU GOD THE SON OF THE CELESTIAL FATHER, my most loved Lord Jesus Christ. God the Son, begotten of the Father in His Eternal Womb, God born man of the Holy Virgin Mary through the conception of the Holy Spirit, Incarnate Eternal Wisdom. God King of all the creatures of the Father.

Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world through the only sacrifice worthy to the Father for the redemption of mankind. 

Glory to You, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, offered daily in all altars throughout the world in reparation of our sins.

Glory to You, "Eternal Fountain of Mercy and Love" that grows in the hearts of those who love You. Glory to You Lord Jesus Christ in whose Sacred Heart our souls find refuge. Glory to You Most Beloved Jesus, through our devotion and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Your blessed Mother, our advocate before You.

Son of The Eternal Father, my Lord and God, I love You with all the strength of my heart, my mind, my soul and my spirit.

Most beloved Jesus, Come reign in our hearts!

GLORY TO YOU GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, Spirit of the Father and of the Son, Voice of the Wisdom of God, that spoke to the Patriarchs, to the Prophets, and to the Saints. Glory to You Holy Spirit, spiritual espouse of Mary, that overshadowed the Holy Virgin Mary as she conceived the Son of God, our Lord Jesus. Glory to You Holy Spirit, Incarnate Wisdom in Jesus Christ that with Your Divine Word left us food for our souls. Glory to You Divine Spirit of Pentecost's, that enlightened the Virgin Mary and the apostles, to propagate the Kingdom of God in all hearts.

Glory to You Holy Spirit that guides and sustains the Church of Christ through your servants. Glory to You Holy Spirit, Spirit of prayer, fervour, consecration, penance, faith, hope, love to God and to our neighbour, mortification and detachment of the world. Glory to You Spirit of anxiety for the House of the Father.

I love You with all the strength of my heart, my mind, my soul and my Spirit.

Holy Spirit, Come reign in our hearts!

God our Father
in obedience to you your only Son accepted death on the Cross for the salvation of mankind.
We acknowledge the mystery of the Cross on earth. May we receive the gift of redemption in heaven.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

St. Maximilian Kolbe
Maximilian Kolbe’s
two crowns:

purity and martyrdomO Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world. " Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin
R. Give me strength against your enemies

Prayers of Saint Thérèse

This Prayer was found after the death of Sister Teresa of the Child Jesus and of the Holy
Face in the copy of the Gospels which she carried night close to her heart.
O my God, O Most Blessed Trinity, I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved
– to labor for the glory of Holy Church by saving souls here upon earth and by delivering
those suffering in Purgatory. I desire to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, and to reach the
degree of glory Thou hast prepared for me in Thy Kingdom. In a word, I wish to be holy,
but, knowing how helpless I am, I beseech Thee, my God, to be Thyself my holiness.
Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me Thy Only-Begotten Son to be
my Savior and my Spouse, then infinite treasures of His merits are mine. Gladly do I
offer them to Thee, and I beg of Thee to behold me only through the Eyes of Jesus, and in
His Heart aflame with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the Saints both of
Heaven and of earth, together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels.
Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, my dearest Mother—to her I commit this
Oblation, praying her to present it to Thee.

During the days of His life on earth her Divine Son, my sweet Spouse, spoke
these words: “If you ask the Father anything in My Name, He will give it to you.”1
Therefore I am certain Thou wilt fulfill my longing. O my God, I know that the more
Thou wishest to bestow, the more Thou dost make us desire. In my heart I feel boundless
desires, and I confidently beseech Thee to take possession of my soul. I cannot receive
The in Holy Communion as often as I should wish ; but, O Lord, art not Thou allpowerful
? Abide in me as Thou dost in the Tabernacle—never abandon Thy Little
Victim. I long to console Thee for ungrateful sinners, and I implore Thee to take from me
all liberty to sin. If through weakness I should chance to fall, may a glance from Thine
Eyes straightaway cleanse my soul, and consume all my imperfections—as fire
transforms all things into itself.

I thank Thee, O MY God, for all the graces Thou hast granted me : especially for
having purified me in the crucible of suffering. At the Day of Judgment I shall gaze on
Thee with joy, as Thou bearest Thy scepter of the Cross. And since Thou hast deigned to
give me this precious Cross as my portion, I hope to be like unto Thee in Paradise and to
behold the Sacred Wounds of Thy Passion shine on my glorified body.
After earth’s exile I trust to possess Thee in the Home of our Father ; but I do not
seek to lay up treasures in Heaven. I wish to labor for Thy Love alone—with the sole aim
of pleasing Thee, of consoling Thy Sacred Heart, and of saving souls who will love Thee
through Eternity.
1 John xvi. 23.

When comes the evening of life, I shall stand before Thee with empty hands,
because I do not ask Thee, My God, to take account of my works. All our works of
justice are blemished in Thine Eyes. I wish therefore to be robed with Thine own Justice,
and to receive from Thy Love the everlasting gift of Thyself. I desire no other Throne, no
other Crown but Thee, O my Beloved?
In Thy sight time is naught—“one day is a thousand years.”2 Thou canst in a
single instant prepare me to appear before Thee.

In order that my life may be one Act of perfect Love, I offer myself as a Victim of
Holocaust to Thy Merciful Love, imploring Thee to consume me unceasingly, and to
allow the floods of infinite tenderness gathered up in Thee to overflow into my soul, so
that I may become a very martyr of Thy Love, O my God! May this martyrdom, after
having prepared me to appear in Thy Presence, free me from this life at the last, and may
my soul take flight—without delay—into the eternal embrace of Thy Merciful Love!
* * * * * * *
O my Beloved, I desire at every beat of my heart to renew this Oblation an infinite
number of times, “till the shadows retire,”3 and everlastingly I can tell Thee my love fact
to face.
Mary Frances Teresa of the Child Jesus
And of the Holy Face.
The ninth of June,
Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity,
In the year of grace, 1895

A Morning Prayer
O my God ! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the
glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every
thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits ; and I wish to make
reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God ! I ask thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to
fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this
passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen.
2 Ps. xxxix. 4.
3 Cant. iv. 6.


Written for the Novices
O Adorable Face of Jesus, since Thou hast deigned to make special choice of our
souls, in order to give Thyself to them, we come to consecrate these souls to Thee. We
seem, O Jesus, to hear Thee say : “Open to Me, My Sisters, My Spouses, for My Face is
wet with dew, and My Locks with the drops of the night.” 4 our souls understand Thy
language of love ; we desire to wipe Thy sweet Face, and to console Thee for the
contempt of the wicked. In their eyes Thou art still ‘as it were hidden . . . they esteem
Thee an object of reproach.”

O Blessed Face, more lovely than the lilies and the roses of spring, Thou art not
hidden from us. The tears which dim Thine Eyes are as precious as pearls which we
delight to gather, and, through their infinite value, to purchase the souls of our brethren.
From Thy Adorable Lips we have heard the loving plaint : ”I Thirst.” Since we know
that this thirst which consumes Thee is a thirst for love, to quench it we would wish to
possess an infinite love.

Dear Spouse of our souls, if we could with the love of all hearts, that love would
be Thine. . . . Give us, O Lord, this love ! Then come to thy spouses and satisfy Thy
And give to, us souls, dear Lord . . . We thirst for souls !—Above all for the souls
of Apostles and Martyrs . . . that through we may inflame all poor sinners with love of

O Adorable Face, we shall succeed in winning this grace from Thee ! Unmindful
of our exile, “ the rivers of Babylon,” we will sing in Thine Ears the sweetest of
melodies. Since Thou art the true and only Home of our souls, our songs shall not be
sung in a strange land. 6 O Beloved Face of Jesus, while we await the Eternal Day when
we shall gaze upon Thine Infinite Glory, our only desire is to delight Thy Divine Eyes by
keeping our faces hidden too, so that no one on earth may recognize us . . . Dear Jesus,
Heaven for us is Thy Hidden Face!

“ If you ask the Father anything in My Name, He will give it to you.”—John xvi. 23.
O Eternal Father, Thy Only-Begotten Son, the dear Child Jesus, belongs to me
since Thou hast given Him. I offer Thee the infinite merits of His Divine Childhood, and
I beseech in His Name to open the gates of Heaven to a countless host of little ones who
will for ever follow this Divine Lamb.
4 Cf. Cant. v. 2.
5 Cf. Isa. Liii. 3.
6 Cf. Ps.

“ Just as the King’s image is a talisman through which anything may be purchased in
his kingdom, so through His Adorable Face—that priceless coin of my Humanity—you will
obtain all that you desire.”
Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter

Eternal Father, since Thou hast given me for my inheritance the Adorable Face of
Thy Divine Son, I offer that Face to Thee, and I beg Thee, in exchange for this coin of
infinite value, to forget the ingratitude of those souls who are consecrated to Thee, and to
pardon all sinners.


O Jesus, dear Holy Child, my only treasure, I abandon myself to Thy every whim.
I seek no other joy that that of calling forth Thy sweet Smile. Vouchsafe to me the graces
and the virtues of Thy Holy Childhood, so that on the day of my birth into Heaven the
Angels and Saints may recognize in Thy Spouse : Teresa of the Child Jesus.

O adorable face of Jesus, sole beauty which ravisheth my heart, vouchsafe to
impress on my soul Thy Divine Likeness, so it may not be possible for Thee to look at
Thy Spouse without beholding Thyself. O my Beloved, for love of Thee I am content not
to see here on earth the sweetness of Thy Glance, not to feel the ineffable Kiss of Thy
Sacred Lips, but I beg of Thee to inflame me with Thy Love, so that it may consume me
quickly, and that soon Teresa of the Holy Face may behold Thy glorious Countenance in

Inspired by the sight of a statue of the Blessed Joan of Arc
O Lord God of Hosts, who hast said in Thy Gospel : “ I am not come to bring
peace but a sword,” 8 arm me for the combat. I burn to do battle for Thy Glory, but I pray
thee to enliven my courage. . . . Then with holy David I shall be able to exclaim : “ Thou
alone art my shield, it is Thou, O Lord Who teachest my hands to fight.” 9
O my Beloved, I know the warfare in which I am to engage ; it is not on the open
field I shall fight. . . . I am a prisoner held captive by Thy Love ; of my own free will I
have riveted the fetters which bind me to Thee, and cut me off for ever from the world.
My sword is Love ! with it—like Joan of Arc—“ I will drive the strangers from the land,
and I will have Thee proclaimed King”—over the Kingdom of souls.

Sister Mary of St. Peter entered the Carmel of Tours in 1840. Three years later she had the first of a series of revelations concerning devotion to the Holy Face as a means of reparation for blasphemy. See Life of Leon Papin-Dupont, known as “The Holy Man of Tours.”
8 Matt. x. 34.
9 Cf. Ps. cxliii. 1, 2.

Of a truth Thou hast no need of so weak an instrument as I, but Joan, Thy chaste
and valiant Spouse, has said : “We must do battle before God gives the victory.” O my
Jesus! I will do battle, then, for Thy love, until the evening of my life. AS Thou didst not
will to enjoy rest upon earth, I wish to follow Thy example ; and then this promise which
came from Thy Sacred Lips will be fulfilled in me “ If any man minister to Me, let him
follow Me, and where I am there also shall My servant be, and . . . him will My Father
honor.”10 To be with Thee, to be in Thee, that is my one desire ; this promise of
fulfillment, which Thou dost give, helps me to bear with my exile as I wait the Joyous
Day when I shall see Thee face to face.


Written for a Novice
O Jesus ! When Thou wast a wayfarer upon Earth, Thou didst say : “ Learn of
Me, for I am Meek and Humble of Heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls..” 11 O
Almighty King of Heaven ! my soul indeed finds rest in seeing Thee condescend to wash
the feet of Thy Apostles—“having taken the form of a slave.” 12 I recall the words Thou
didst utter to teach me the practice of humility : “ I have given you an example, that as I
have done to you, so you do also. The servant is not greater than his Lord . . . If you know
these things, you shall be blessed if you do them.” 13 I understand, dear Lord, these
words which come from Thy Meek and Humble Heart, and I wish to put them in practice
with the help of Thy grace.

I desire to humble myself in all sincerity, and to submit my will to that of my
Sisters, without ever contradicting them, and without questioning whether the have the
right to command. No one, O my Beloved ! had that right over Thee, and yet Thou didst
obey not only the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph, but even Thy executioners. And now, in
the Holy Eucharist, I see Thee complete Thy self-abasement, O Divine King of Glory,
with wondrous humility, Thou dost submit Thyself to all Thy Priests, without any
distinction between those who love Thee and those who, alas ! are lukewarm or cold in
Thy service. They may advance or delay the hour of the Holy Sacrifice : Thou art always
ready to come down from Heaven at their call.

O my Beloved, under the white Eucharistic Veil Thou dost indeed appear to me
Meek and Humble of Heart ! To teach me humility, Thou canst not further abase Thyself,
and so I wish to respond to Thy Love, by putting myself in the lowest place, by sharing
Thy humiliation, so that I may “have part with Thee”14 in the Kingdom of Heaven.
I implore Thee, dear Jesus, to send me a humiliation whensoever I try to set
myself above others.

And yet, dear Lord, Thou knowest my weakness. Each morning I resolve to be
humble, and in the evening recognize that I have often been guilty of pride. The sight of
these faults tempts me to discouragement ; yet I know that discouragement is itself but a
10 John. xii. 26.
11 Matt. xi. 29.
12 John. xiii. 15-17.
13 Phil. ii. 7.
14 Cf. John xiii. 8.

form of pride. I wish, therefore, O my God, to build all my trust upon Thee. As Thou
canst do all things, deign to implant in my soul this virtue which I desire, and to obtain it
from Thy Infinite Mercy, I will often say to Thee : “ Jesus, Meek and Humble of Heart,
make my heart like unto Thine.”

From St. John of the Cross
“Love is repaid by Love alone”

Birthday . . . . . . . . . January 2, 1873
Baptism. . . . . . . . . January 4, 1873
The Smile of Our Lady . . . . May 10, 1883
First Communion . . . . . . May 8, 1884
Confirmation . . . . . . . June 14, 1884
Conversion. . . . . . . . December 25, 1886
Audience with Leo XII. . . . . November 20, 1887
Entry into Carmel . . . . . . April 9, 1888
Clothing . . . . . . . . January 10, 1889
Profession . . . . . . . . September 8, 1890
Taking of the Veil . . . . . . September 24, 1890
Act of Oblation. . . . . . . June 9, 1894
[ENTRY INTO HEAVEN – September 30, 1897]

O my Jesus who didst say: “Indeed I say to you, ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Here I am, knocking, seeking, and asking the grace (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus who didst say: “Indeed I say to you, whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, it shall be granted to you.” Here I am, asking Thy Father in Thy name for the grace (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.

O my Jesus who didst say: “Indeed I say to you, heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass.” Here I am, and supporting myself on the infallibility of Thy words, I ask Thee the grace (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in Thee.


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom only one thing is impossible and that is not to feel compassion for the wretched, have pity on us, miserable sinners, and grant us the grace which we ask Thee through the Immaculate Heart of She who is Thy tender Mother and also ours. Hail Holy Queen…
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do 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.

Saint Joseph foster father of Jesus, pray for us.





 St. Patrick's Breastplate

St. Patrick's Breastplate is contained in the ancient Book of Armagh, from the early ninth century, along with Patrick's authentic "Confession." St. Patrick is said to have written this prayer to strengthen himself with God's protection as he prepared to confront and convert Loegaire, high king of Ireland. I see in it some similarities to Paul's exhortation to "put on the whole armor of God" (Ephesians 6:10-18), except that it is much more detailed. I recommend St. Patrick's prayer to you as a wonderful prayer of spiritual preparedness.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgment Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort, [i.e., at home]
Christ in the chariot seat, [i.e., travelling by land]
Christ in the stern. [i.e., travelling by water]

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

Prayer in Honor of the Five Wounds

Act of Contrition

As I kneel before Thee on the cross, most loving Saviour of my soul, my conscience reproaches me with having nailed Thee to that cross with these hands of mine, as often as I have fallen into mortal sin, wearying Thee with my base ingratitude. My God, my chief and perfect good, worthy of all my love, because Thou hast loaded me with blessings; I cannot now undo my misdeeds, as I would most willingly; but I loathe them, grieving sincerely for having offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness. And now, kneeling at Thy feet, I try, at least, to compassionate Thee, to give Thee thanks, to ask Thee pardon and contrition; wherefore with my heart and lips, I say:

To the Wound of the Left Foot

Holy wound of the left foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for the love whereby Thou laboured to overtake me on the way to ruin, and didst bleed amid the thorns and brambles of my sins. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, in atonement for my sins, all of which I detest with sincere and bitter contrition.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

To the Wound of the Right Foot

Holy wound of the right foot of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for that love which pierced Thee with such torture and shedding of blood, in order to punish my wanderings and the guilty pleasures I have granted to my unbridled passions. I offer the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, and I pray Thee for grace to weep over my sins with hot tears, and to enable me to persevere in the good which I have begun, without ever swerving again from my obedience to the divine commands.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

To the Wound of the Left Hand

Holy wound of the left hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for having in Thy love spared me the scourges and eternal damnation which my sins have merited. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of They most holy humanity: and I pray Thee to teach me how to turn to good account my span of life, and bring forth in it worthy fruits of penance, and to disarm the justice of God, which I have provoked.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

To the Wound of the Right Hand

Holy wound of the right hand of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for Thy graces lavished on me with such love, in spite of all my most perverse obstinacy. I offer to the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity; and I pray Thee to change my heart and its affections, and make me do all my actions in accordance with the will of God.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified.

To the Wound of the Sacred Side

Holy wound in the side of my Jesus, I adore Thee; I compassionate Thee, O Jesus, for the cruel insult Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee, my Jesus, for the love which suffered Thy side and Heart to be pierced, so that the last drops of blood and water might issue forth, making my redemption to overflow. I offer to the Eternal Father this outrage, and the love of Thy most holy humanity, that my soul may enter once for all into that most loving Heart, eager and ready to receive the greatest sinners, and never more depart.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified


O most loving Jesus, meek lamb of God, I, a miserable sinner,
salute and worship the most sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder
on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so
tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy bones as to inflict on Thee
an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy most blessed body.
I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee,
and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful
Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by
the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross, to be merciful to me,
a sinner, and to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and
to lead me on toward Heaven along the Way of the Cross. Amen.

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and our Lord answered: "I had on My shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins."

Christian Prayer for the Persecuted

"Lord Jesus, draw close to those who have been persecuted and to all those whose lives they touch. Comfort them, give them the strength to endure. Whisper to them what a testimony of faith they are being and help us all to be able to follow their heavenly minded example as they follow yours. May the lies, hatred and violence instigated by groups, Religions, and many governments around the world be obliterated by the Gospel. Give those facing persecution for believing on your name a safe haven and protection. Be with them through all their trials and bless them. Above all else may you fill those who are persecuted with a sense of your peace, joy and usefulness as they see you use their suffering to spread the gospel. Holy Father, My heart desires that all persecution stop! But I will have faith in you and your perfect will. I know you love your church with emotion and strength and wisdom I cannot understand. I lift up those who suffer, comfort them with your mighty hand, show them a joy that is beyond our earthly understanding. Give them peace that only the Creator of all things can give. Show them the prize at the end of the race and that it is so very worth their suffering. Touch the persecutors with your love and grace, and grant them the grace of repentance. Heavenly father we ask this in Jesus Christ holy name. Amen"

For Our Men and Women in Military Service

O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity, and devotion the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil. Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings, and all those within from harm and peril. Protect our land and its peoples from enemies from within and without. Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice. Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all. Amen.

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